Festivals to wine, dine and show a good time

By Josette Keelor

Weekend festivals aim for sunnier weather after several days of rain. In Front Royal wine and crafts will reign while Strasburg celebrates its annual Mayfest and Winchester debuts its downtown Kidz Fest.

The 32nd Mayfest in Strasburg will take place Friday through Sunday at various locations downtown. Events will include the Dining & Dancing with Danny’s Fine Food at South Holiday Street from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, the Kiwanis Club of Strasburg Classic Car Show at the Strasburg High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Red Tent Extravaganza at 239 High Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and a parade from West King to Massanutten streets at 3 p.m.

From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, downtown Strasburg will feature sales, music, food, pony rides, art and other fun for all ages. Most events are free, but the duck race at 2 p.m. Sunday costs $5 per duck at the Town Run in the Town Office parking lot. Prizes are $150 for first place, $75 for second, $25 for third and $10 for last place.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.mayfeststrasburg.com.

In Front Royal the 28th Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival will open at 10 a.m. Saturday with activities and live entertainment continuing until 6 p.m.

Tastings will feature 18 Virginia wineries, and more than 100 vendors, artists and crafters will canvas seven blocks downtown selling food and collectibles like handmade jewelry, clothing, artwork and antiques.

Music at both ends of Main Street will feature the band Fiery Run and Texas Chainsaw Horns at the gazebo and The Church Street Project and Three State Famous on the courthouse lawn.

Festival admission for wine tasters and buyers is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. There is no general admission fee. Advance tickets can be purchased through the Chamber of Commerce, at the Front Royal Visitor Center or online at www.wineandcraftfestival.com. Information: www.wineandcraftfestival.com.

The first ever Kidz Fest in Winchester will set up along the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in old town from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Activities for a day of fun, music and learning will include free activities and exhibits, inflatable moon bounces and games, a soccer ball juggle, egg toss, free throw shooting, football tossing and a Girls on the Run race open to everyone. The event is free, and for the occasion the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum on Cork Street will offer special rates and programs.

Stage performances in front of the courthouse on Rouss Avenue will begin at 11 a.m. with Peter McCory the One Man Band and continue with Gary the Frisbee Guy at noon, the Selah Theater Project at 1 p.m., Mister Chandler at 1:30 p.m., Jerry the Jester at 2 p.m., Winchester Academy Dancers at 2:30 p.m., the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy at 3 p.m. and Mister Chandler again at 3:45 p.m.

Area businesses along the mall will offer special activities too. For a full schedule of events, call 540-535-3661 or visit www.oldtownwinchesterva.com.