The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:
Berryville concert series
Berryville Main Street will host Music in the Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Rose Hill Park. It will feature Allan James performing original rock music.
Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic dinner. Weather cancellations will be posted on Facebook and at www.berryvillemainstreet.org. Information: 540-955-4001.
Friday Night Live
The final Friday Night Live series of concerts will bring Nashville to Winchester from 5:30 to 11 p.m. today on the Old Town Mall in Winchester.
The Alex Hilton Band will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. playing country music favorites followed by Austin-based country music singer Thom Shepherd, known for his hit single “Redneck Yacht Club.”
Wine and beer will be sold at the Taylor Pavilion for the benefit of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets for the main stage area are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Information, tickets: www.oldtownwinchesterva.com.
Limestone & Blues Concert Series
The Cash Express will perform classic Johnny Cash and Rockabilly at the Limestone & Blues Concert Series at 7 p.m. today at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood.
Barbecue and beer will be available for purchase. Information: 540-837-1856.
Bright Box Theater
The Bright Box Theater will have three shows this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
• Today: 8 p.m., If Birds Could Fly, a southwest Virginia duo, and the Honey Dewdrops, featuring Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, will perform Appalachian folk and classic Americana music. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
• Saturday: 8 p.m., The Reflex, the ultimate 80s tribute band, will perform music by Bryan Adams, Blondie, Duran Duran, the Go-Go’s, Journey, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 and the door.
• Sunday: 3 p.m., Phil Zuckerman’s Summer Rock Room Concert featuring eight student bands showcasing their talents. Students range in age from 11 to in their 60s. Admission is free although donations will be accepted.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.
Magic Lantern Theater
Magic Lantern Theater will show the film “St. Vincent,” featuring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts, at dusk around 8:30 p.m. today outdoors at Veramar Vineyard, 905 Quarry Road, Berryville.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and picnic. Admission is $8 or $5 for theater members. In case of rain, the film will move under cover. Information: 540-678-0963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blue Ridge Arts Council summer concert series Gazebo Gatherings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Village Commons in Front Royal. Admission is free.
Bluemont Concert Series
The Danny Knicely Trio featuring Danny on mandolin, Aimee Curl on upright bass and vocals and Bert Carlson on guitar, will perform at the Bluemont Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. today at the old Frederick County Courthouse, 20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and senior citizens and $2 for children under 12. Information: 540-338-4640. In case of bad weather the concert will be moved to the First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St.
Rockingham County Fair
The Rockingham County Fair in Harrisonburg will be held today and Saturday with the following events:
Today: 8-10 p.m., demolition derby, Pepsi Grandstand. Saturday: 7-11 p.m., Interstate Truck & Tractor Pullers, Pepsi Grandstand.
Admission: $12 for adults or $5 for ages 6 and younger.
Civil War weekend
Nine area locations will hold special activities this weekend commemorating the Civil War.
• Star Fort history at sunset program: 7 p.m. today, Fortress Drive and U.S. Route 522, Winchester. Free admission. Information: 540-869-3051 or www.nps.gov/cebe.
• National Park Service Rangers will present free programs on the Battle of Cedar Creek at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown.
• Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown will offer 45-minute tours at 12:15 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday discussing the occupation of the plantation during the Civil War, especially during the Shenandoah Valley campaigns of 1862 and 1864. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, AAA, military and National Park Service pass holders and $6 for children and National Trust for Historic Preservation members. Information: 540-869-2028.
• Star Fort: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Fortress Drive off U.S. 522, Winchester. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will present living history guided tours and special youth programs, learn about Civil War fortifications and archaeology. Free admission. Information: 740-4545 or www.shenandoahatwar.org.
• Newtown History Center: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Stephens City. Featuring lectures at 11 a.m. by Jonathan Noyalas on the African-American community in Stephens City and beyond; 1 p.m., Ann Denkler will talk about African-American women in the Shenandoah Valley; 3 p.m., Kenneth Rowlette will talk about Civil War chaplains during and after the war. Admission is free. Information: 540-869-1700.
• Kernstown Battlefield, Pritchard-Grim Farm: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester. The Kernstown Battlefield Association will exhibit a collection of Shenandoah Valley appliqué and pieced quilts circa 1840-1900. Pritchard House tours conducted hourly. Battlefield tours will take place throughout the day. Battlefield admission is free, house tours are $3, quilt show $5 (includes house tour), children under 10 admitted free. Information: 540-869-2896.
• Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 415 N. Braddock St., Winchester. Featuring Confederate Infantry encampment including real musket firing, National Park Service Rangers will present a program on Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign, hear from General Jackson himself as he strolls through the event, period children’s games and a Confederate recruiting station will also be available. Admission is free, although house tours are $5 for adults, $2.50 for children. Information: 540-662-6550.
• Long Branch Plantation, Millwood: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday house tours, $5. View the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s exhibit on emancipation and its legacies from 1850 to 1964. Information: 540-837-1856 or www.visitlongbranch.org.
• Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center: 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, author Jonathan Noyalas will sign copies of his new book “Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah: Remembrance, Reunion and Reconciliation.” Information: 540-542-1326.
• Sheridan’s Field Hospital: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Opequon Avenue, Winchester. Guided tours of the site of the largest temporary field hospital of the Civil War. Free admission. Information: 740-4545.
Cirque Italia, an authentic Italian circus, will be at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester today through Sunday.
The animal-free show features musical clowns, juggling, aerial, acrobatic and water acts.
The circus will be held under the white and blue tent at 7:30 p.m. today, 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The on-site box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets can be purchased by calling 941-704-8572 or through www.cirqueitalia.com/tickets.
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold a chess challenge from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for ages 7 and older.
Long Branch Plantation
Long Branch Plantation in Boyce will show the film “Glory” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn. The two-part series of outdoor movies is being held to coincide with the Frederick and Clarke counties and Winchester Civil War weekends.
The movie on Aug. 29 will be “The Last of the Mohicans.”
Those attending may arrive at 7:30 p.m. and are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Movie concessions will be available for purchase. The cost is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will hold two events this weekend at 901 Amherst St., Winchester:
• Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Shenandoah Valley Tastefest, featuring cooking demonstrations and sampling, vendors selling locally made foods and gifts, gardening lectures and family activities. Admission: free.
• Sunday: 2-4 p.m., bluegrass music by Drymill Road. Admission is $5 for MSV members, $10 for nonmembers, free for ages 12 and younger.
Information: 540-662-1473, 888-556-5799 or themsv.org.
Millbrook High School in Winchester will be the site of the Pioneer Pig Out BBQ cook-off from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Featured will be local celebrity judges, live bands, kids’ zone, cornhole tournament and food available for purchase. Information: www.pioneerpigout.com.
The Town of Broadway will hold its annual Chickenstock 5K race beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Park, 165 Turner Avenue.
A community picnic and beer festival will follow with live music, contests, activities for kids and adults, corn hole tournament and barbecue chicken cookout.
Festival admission is $10, which includes a glass and drink ticket. Information: 540-896-4992.
The Beach Boys will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wolf Trap in Vienna. Tickets range from $30 to $50. Information: 703-255-1900 or www.wolftrap.org.
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