Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival

The 2020 Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground Rd., Clear Brook, VA. The festival continues to grow with attendance over 6,000 people!
The festival has always been family (and pet) friendly and this year we will be adding other interesting elements for all ages!

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR…HALF PRICE ADMISSION AFTER 3PM EACH DAY! Yes, you got that right, $5 admission at 3pm and age 10 and under are always FREE! Gate admission includes free inflatables, dog show, apple pie eating contest, music, artisans and vendors, samples, car show and more!

Local and Regional Artisans and Vendors throughout the grounds and two (2) buildings.

Since we are pet friendly, this new fun-to-watch and fun-to-participate activity is our new fun element for our four-legged friends (Saturday only).

always popular, always fun! An area just for the kids with Knocker Ball, Giant Slide, Obstacle and Bounce House, face painting and other fun activities. Meet Little Joe our minature horse.

Enjoy a great collection of antique vehicles in a festive atmosphere. Bingo is always fun with great prizes!

Very popular addition to the festival. Artisans from throughout the region will be added to the lineup of festival activities. Must be 21 and over with ID required. Tasting fee extra. Live entertainment nearby makes this a can’t miss attraction!

What would an apple harvest festival be without the popular apple pie eating contest? Center stage, Sunday at 3pm!

Another got-to-have crowd pleaser! Enter the Apple Pie Baking Contest and bring your family and friends to watch the while the judges sample the variety of homemade pies in the apple theme booth. The Apple Theme Arena is where you can get free apple and apple cider samples.

Continuous entertainment featuring Jimmy Lee, Mojo Mothership and
others TBA…all family friendly.

Apple Pie, Apple Dumplings, BBQ, Crab Cakes, Turkey Legs, Donuts, Ice Cream, Kettle Corn, Lemonade and all your festival favorites!

We flood the area schools, day care centers and all HANDY MART stores with $1.00 off admission coupons! Admission includes all activities except Tap & Cork and is $10 or less! Age 10 and under are FREE!

Giving back to the community just feels good. Be a part of something big and contribute to this event by exhibiting and/or attending. All proceeds for the event go to local non-profits. Over $1 Million Dollars has been given over the life of this event…so thank you!

Harlem Globetrotters

Due to popular demand, the Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Shenandoah University and Winchester for a one-night event of alley-oops, and-ones and acrobatics.

The Globetrotters will take to the court at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center on March 19. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event starts at 7 p.m. Those who purchase a Magic Pass can take advantage of a pre-event function at 5:30 p.m. The pass allows attendees to learn tricks, shoot hoops and get autographs and photos with the Harlem Globetrotters. Doors for Magic Pass holders open at 5 p.m.

Russ Potts Productions, Inc. (RPPI) is the organizer of the event, which is sponsored by United Bank.

Tickets are on sale now, with approximately 2,000 seats available overall. Reserved seating is available, as well as pre-show Magic Pass tickets. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at

Canned and boxed food collected at the door will benefit the non-profit organization Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester, which helps address local K-12 student needs.

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“Star Fort: Its Past, Present, and Future”

A talk presented by Jack Owens, Resource Management Associate with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

This talk will discuss the history of the earthwork, events and individuals involving the fort, the fortifications post war history, other Winchester earthworks, the preservation of the Star Fort and the future of the Fort. Jack is a student at Lord Fairfax Community College and plans to transfer to Shenandoah University to study History. A rising star within the SVBF, Jack has been instrumental in the development and interpretation of Star Fort. Residing nearby, he has become uniquely knowledgeable about the fascinating history of the fort.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia
20 N. Loudoun Street on the downtown walking mall in Winchester. Free. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email


Apple Blossom’s Got Talent First Audition

Looking For New, Unique, and Unusual Talent of All Kinds!

This is the first of two preliminary Auditions for the 2020 “Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!”, held in Old Town Winchester at the Bright Box Theater. All of the ABGT events will be held on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm: February 12, March 11, Semi-Finals April 8, and Finals April 29. The Finals will take place in the middle of the week between “Wine Festival Weekend” and “Parade Weekend.”

In order to keep prizes at a high level [$2,000 plus perks for first place; $1,000 for second place; $500 for third place], Organizers realize that they must have ticketing and a ticket charge for each event. There will be 80 G/A seats upstairs and 120 G/A seats downstairs at each event. Audition ticket cost is $5.00 for Upstairs (Screen View Only), and $10.00 for Downstairs (Live View).

Enjoy great food & drinks while you’re entertained by some of the finest talent in the Valley!

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Chocolate Escape

Sample chocolate desserts at participating downtown restaurants, enjoy special discounts and treats at participating shops, listen to live music, and pamper yourself during the annual Chocolate Escape!

Diners and shoppers will have the chance to make Valentine’s Day reservations and purchase gifts for loved ones or just browse. Old Town Winchester offers fine dining, artisan shops and specialty boutiques, florists, jewelry stores as well as a day spa and a salon. Escape to Old Town Winchester for Valentine shopping specials and indulgent chocolate morsels.

For participating venues, specials, and activities, visit:

An African American History of Stephens City

In cooperation with the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, the Newtown History Center will be offering a lecture presentation on the history of the African Americans in our community.

We will hold this event in the Parish Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City (double doors off of main part of parking lot).

Admission is free.

Good Food Lovers Club

Fellowship of the Sip Restaurant and Tea House invites you to its new initiative, the Good Food Lovers and Promoters Club!

The club is a special program that aims to offer good food and beverage to those who love it and love to promote it.

Tickets can be purchased per event ($10) or discounted membership can be obtained.

The club hosts two parties each month, at one of the events we will be serving a full dinner and the second will be a food tasting of a variety of food and drink samples, alongside an additional program during each party, including wine tastings, live music, talks and presentations from chefs, producers and others, as well as lotteries, art exhibitions and more.

We collaborate with good food producers, businesses, shops and other businesses to bring even more special offers to you. The members will also be invited to attend a yearly food fair for free, organized by this initiative, bringing activists of the food scene, like chefs, food producers, experts and educators offering discounts and special offers to the Good Food Lovers and Promoters Club Members.

Questions? Give us a call at (540) 845-3543

Drag Brunch

Join us for all your favorite drag queens auctioning off art donated by local artists. Your ticket includes a buffet brunch, bottomless mimosas and/or bloody Mary’s! In addition to the auction and drag show, local artists will be set up selling their one of a kind creations.

SVERN (Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network) will be selling tip jars and doing 50/50s as well as having a silent auction of our own! Come out and support your only local rescue dedicated to the exclusive rehabilitation of abused and neglected equine!

Collage Concert

Part of Shenandoah Conservatory’s annual Mid-Atlantic Honor Band, the Collage Concert features a dynamic variety of faculty and student performances from a range of genres.

Fee: $12.

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Harry Potter Yule Ball

Handley Library, Ages 12+, for middle and high school students.

It’s time to dress up in your semi-formal best as we celebrate a love of Harry Potter in the wintery wonderland of the Great Hall. Fun will be had by all, whether you’re dancing the night away, drinking butterbeer, or going through our interactive stations.