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Going Out: Enjoy the outdoors

By Josette Keelor

Make this weekend go down in history.

The Brew and Blues Festival will showcase music, food, exhibitors and more than 20 craft beers in downtown Front Royal from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $2. Tasting admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Information: www.brewandblues.com

Harrisonburg's Annual International Festival will combine performing, visual and culinary arts with musical talent at Hillandale Park from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission: free. Information: 540-433-6228, www.harrisonburg-international-festival.org

In Clarke County, the 10th Annual Watermelon Park Fest runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday with bands, vendors and camping along the Shenandoah River at 3322 Locke's Mill Road, Berryville. Tickets: $60 for Friday and $65 for Saturday with campground parking. Children younger than 12 free. Information: 540-539-2054, www.watermelonparkfest.com

But that's not all.

At the Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground Road in Clear Brook, the 9th Annual Tri-State Antique Truck Show will run through Saturday with breakfast and lunch items for sale, a Friday night dinner and camping options. Admission: $2 for adults and teens, free to others. Information: Scott Shifflett at 540-478-4389, www.tri-state-antiquestruckshow.com/

In New Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Virginia Museum of the Civil War will host its Fall Living History event at 8895 George Collins Parkway. Bring a picnic lunch and join volunteers for an afternoon on Bushong Farm with music, games, storytelling and more. Cost: free with paid battlefield admission; special rates apply for groups of 10 or more. Information: 866-515-1854

Drive out to little Washington, where a free Civil War Heritage Weekend will be part of the Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with cavalry, artillery and infantry demonstrations, musicians, dancers, a youth boot camp, a Saturday afternoon parade and a Sunday afternoon skirmish by the Visitor's Center, at 3 Library Road off U.S. 211. Information: www.rappahannockcountyfarmtourfestival.com

Or take a day trip or weekend excursion to Doswell in Caroline County for The State Fair of Virginia, which begins Friday and continues through Oct. 6. It has all the fun of a county fair, only bigger, with racing pigs, disc-catching dogs, grizzly bears, roving puppet shows, a demolition derby, chain saw art, magic shows, music, livestock competitions, carnival rides, a rodeo and the Miss State Fair pageant. Oh, and the food.

Tickets: $15 for adults and teens, $8 for children 5-12 and seniors 60 and older, and free to everyone else. Season passes: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Information: www.statefairva.org

But more outdoor fun is waiting nearby too. Shenandoah National Park will waive its entrance fees Saturday for National Public Lands Day. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy seconds that, asking residents of all ages to spend time on the trail Saturday. To find out what other wildlife organizations are doing locally, call 202-261-6479 or visit www.publiclandsday.org

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com


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