Fun in Front Royal
The Taste of the Town will open this year’s Wine and Craft Festival in Front Royal from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Gazebo. Featured will be Vinyl Tracks, a classic rock band performing 60s, 70s and 80s music, a magician, balloon bounce, games, face painting and a judged car show. The tasting fee is $10.
Twenty wineries, arts and crafts, a children’s station and food will be featured at the Wine and Craft Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown.
Entertainment performances by Fiery Run will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Souled Out from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the gazebo area, Church Street Project from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Warren County Courthouse and Gallows Bound from 1 to 4 p.m. on Chester Street.
Information: 540-635-3185 or www.wineandcraftfestival.com.
The annual Strasburg Mayfest will be held today through Sunday. Today’s activities include a book sale, quilt raffle, Mayflowers Ladies Bash from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Strasburg, concessions and a street dance from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring Clay Arthur and the Mystic Pistols.
On Saturday there will be a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., Mayfest pottery sale and auction at 9 a.m., caricature drawings, basketball shoot-out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., face painting, balloon artist, pony rides and petting zoo, parade at 3 p.m., acoustic music by Rich Follett from 11 a.m. to noon, Bill Vaughan and Amanda Wilkins from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and a street dance from 7 to 10 a.m. featuring the band JunkFood.
Sunday’s activities include arts and crafts, food concessions, children’s activities from noon to 4 p.m., The Cash Express from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Mayfest Duck Race at 2 p.m.
The Battle of New Market
The annual reenactment of the Battle of New Market will be held this weekend at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. Events include a tactical reenactment on Saturday and the reenactment of the Battle of New Market on Sunday. Also, there is an Adventure Camp for children, artillery demonstrations, battlefield tours, a look at camp life and living history at the Bushong Farm, lectures and book and print signings.
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Bright Box concerts
Two concerts will be held this weekend at the Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
The Billy Thompson Band will perform funky blues-rock New Orleans-style Mardi Gras music at 7 p.m. today plus N’awlins-themed foods will be served, special body-art dance performances by Stephanie Connell (a finalist in Apple Blossom’s Got Talent!) and beads and masks to wear and take home. Thompson has opened concerts for Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, the Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
On Saturday, Dom Flemons, a founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, will perform old-time folk and bluegrass music at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.
Information: 540-665-2878 or www.brightboxwinchester.com.
The North-South Skirmish Association will hold a national competition through Sunday at Fort Shenandoah, 480 Chalbeate Spring Road, Winchester.
The event will feature units competing in live-fire matches with original authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons.
Admission is free. Information: 540-888-3349, www.n-ssa.org.
Fine Arts Festival
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be held at 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Reston Town Center.
Over 200 artists from around the nation will exhibit and sell their works. There will also be live performances and hands-on art activities for children in the Pavilion.
New this year will be a monumental public art sculpture by Earth artist Patrick Dougherty on site at the Town Square Park and a documentary exhibition in the Grace Gallery.
Admission is a donation of $5 per adult, which includes dining certificates at local restaurants. Information: 703-471-9242 or www.northernvirginiafineartsfestival.org.
Winchester Little Theater
“Cheaters,” a farcical situation comedy exploring the human dilemma of infidelity, will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Winchester Little Theater, 315 W. Boscawen St.
Tickets are $19.75 for adults, $17.75 for seniors and $15.50 for students.
Information: 540-662-3331 or www.wltonline.org.
Selah Theatre Project will close out the 2015 season with Robert Harling’s comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” today through May 24 at 30 E. Eighth St., Front Royal.
Directed by La Tasha Do’zia-Earley, the play focuses on the camaraderie of six Southern women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort and repair one another through the worst.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12. Information: 540-686-5185 or www.selahtheatreproject.org.
Schultz Theatre will present “Road to Appomattox” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market.
Under the direction of Richard Clem and Ron Smith, the play parallels the struggles of a modern couple, Beau and Jenny Weeks, with the final actions and decisions of General Robert E. Lee, which led to the South’s surrender in the Civil War.
Tickets, which are $13 or $11 for students and senior citizens, will be sold at the door or online at www.schultztheatre.com/tickets. Information 740-9119.
Newtown Heritage Festival
Crafts, a parade, fireworks, live music, children’s events, wagon rides and museum tours will be featured at the Newtown Heritage Festival today and Saturday on Main Street, Stephens City.
Information: 540-869-3087 or www.stephenscity.vi.virginia.gov.
Women’s Memorial Society
The Women’s Memorial Society will commemorate the 1864 Civil War Battle of New Market today with a memorial walk from the New Market Town Hall at 10 a.m. to St. Matthews Cemetery behind Reformation Church for a ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
The guest speaker will be Keven Walker, CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the church.
Purcellville Music/Arts Festival
The Purcellville Music and Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Fireman’s Field Park.
The festival will feature a performance by Robbie Limon from 5 to 7 p.m., a juried art show, local foods, wine and beer.
Admission is free. Information: 540-751-2350 or www.purcellvilleva.gov.
Fort Loudoun Day
Historic Fort Loudoun Day will commemorate the start of building Fort Loudoun in May 1756 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 419 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
Raleigh Boaze will speak about General Braddock’s failed attempt to capture Fort Duquesne and the Colonies involvement and interpreters will tell about the history of the fort.
Admission is free. Information: 540-535-7377 or www.frenchandindianwarfoundation.org.
Kids to Park Day
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will hold several activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday celebrating National Kids to Park Day.
Youth can pick up Junior Ranger activity books, Junior Historian and Junior Farmer, to fill out to become official Sky Meadow Junior Rangers. There will be skull and skins investigations from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. behind Historic Mount Bleak House and nature explorers can hike from 1 to 3 p.m. on Shearman’s Mill Trail at Lost Mountain. Park admission is $5 per car.
Battle of New Market
The 151st anniversary of the Battle of New Market will be commemorated with a tactical re-enactment at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and a re-enactment of the battle itself at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Gates will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 at the gate.
Information: 866-515-1864 or www.vmi.edu/newmarket.
An afternoon of stamping to benefit the Warren County Sheriffs Department summer youth camp will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Warren County Public Safety building in Front Royal.
Activities include make and take cards, tags and 3D projects. Light snacks will be available. Cost is $25. Seating is limited to 40 participants. Information: www.karenskraftymoments.stampinup.net, click on events.
In celebration of National Preservation Month, Handley Regional Library and Preservation of Historic Winchester will host “See! Save! Celebrate! Winchester’s Railroad History” at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Railroad historian Bob Cohen and Sandra Bosley, executive assistant for PHW, will present lectures and slide shows. There will also be a children’s program suitable for grades 2 through 5.
Information: 540-662-9041 or email@example.com.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley at 901 Amherst St., Winchester, will hold the following events this weekend:
Ages 4 and older with an adult can explore the spring garden from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday and learn about the Museum’s natural water sources and make a pond boat to take home.
On Sunday at 2 p.m. enjoy works by famous composers, traditional Romanian folk music and jazz performed by Amor e Saudade featuring soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, clarinetist Garrick Zoeter and pianist Jay DeWire. Information: 540-662-1473 or www.themsv.org.
The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club will hold a sky viewing from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane.
See the day and night sky and view deep space objects through multiple telescopes. Experienced astronomers will be available to answer questions. Held rain or shine. Admission to the park is $5 per car or free after 9 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Winchester will host a fund-raising event “An International Affair of Wine and Food” from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood to support the Winchester Rescue Mission.
Tickets are $100 per person. Information/tickets: Darla McCrary at 540-336-9114 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.visitlongbranch.org.
CLEAN Inc. (Community and Law Enforcement Against Narcotics) will kick off National Prevention Week with a Ready, Set, Glow 5K run/walk starting at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Health campus, Winchester. The Tot race will begin at 8 p.m. Check-in will open at 7 p.m. Information: 540-722-3589 or www.cleaninc.org.
Over 50 exhibits highlighting education, art, music and sports will be featured at the UVA Children’s Hospital KidzFest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Old Town Winchester walking mall and Taylor Pavilion. The event coincides with the start of the Old Town Farmer’s Market at 9 a.m. in Taylor Pavilion.
There will be free performances throughout the day with exhibits, gymnastics, karate, live art, Monkey Joe’s slide, kids bounce, sports inflatables, friendly competitions of soccer ball kicking, free-throw shooting, football toss, field goal kicking and more.
Kids will be able to get their hands on various arts and crafts activities and educational music exhibits, learn about pet care and have a chance to adopt pets. The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will provide coupons at their exhibit for their new location on Cork Street.
Volunteers are needed: contact Cindy at 540-722-8700 or email@example.com or www.oldtownwinchesterva.com.
Pianist Katie Mahan will perform at the Spring Classical Music Series at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for adults, $8 or $10 for students and free for ages 12 and younger when accompanied by an adult.
Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.