The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:
Taste of the Town
The Taste of The Town 2016 will be held from 6 to 9 tonight in downtown Front Royal.
The event, organized by the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance, will include samples from local restaurants, entertainment from a magician and a live band, and a bounce house and facepainting for children. There also will be a classic car show.
Tickets, which are $10, can be purchase at the event or at the following locations: the Front Royal Visitor’s Center, Royal Oak Computers and City National Bank in Front Royal.
The Colonel John S. Mosby Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will lead a commemoration ceremony at 6 p.m. today at the Mosby Monument in Front Royal’s Prospect Hill Cemetery. The guest speaker will be historian Stephen French. Refreshments will follow.
History at Sunset
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will host the History at Sunset program at 5 p.m. today.
Ranger Eric Campbell will lead a car caravan tour chronologically following the Battle of Third Winchester. The tour will consist of both moderate walking and a car-caravan tour. Participants should meet at the Third Winchester Visitor Center. Information: 540-869-3051 or www.nps.gov/cebe.
The Shenandoah University Conservatory will present two concerts this weekend at Armstrong Concert Hall,702 University Drive, Winchester.
• Today: 8 p.m., Jazz Ensemble will perform works from throughout the Swing Era, tickets: $12.
• Saturday: 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, the Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Piazzolla and Ginastera featuring faculty violinist Akemi Takayama. Tickets: $12.
Information: 540-665-4569 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Warren County Republican Committee will host its annual John Smedley Sr. Memorial pig roast and barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 1860, 1847 N. Royal Ave., Front Royal.
The event will feature a 2017 attorney general forum with Chuck Smith, John Adams and Rob Bell.
Tickets are $35 per person, $59 for couples and $65 per family. The event will be held rain or shine.
Tickets are available at Stoneburner-Carter Insurance, 11 Water St., Front Royal, 540-635-8410; by calling Steve Kurtz at 540-974-3768 or online at www.warrencountyvagop.com.
Bright Box Theater
Bright Box Theater will have the following events this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
• Today: 8 p.m. comedy with Julie Scoggins and Corey Hunter, tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the door; 9 p.m., Sondorgo, Tamburitza band from Hungary, tickets: $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
• Saturday: comedy with Julie Scoggins and Corey Hunter, tickets range from $15 to $20.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.
Antique truck show
The Tri-State Antique Truck Show, featuring antique trucks, fire trucks, farm tractors and military vehicles, will be held from dawn until dusk today and Saturday at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Clear Brook.
Admission: $2 for adults or free for children under 12. Information: 301-845-4709.
Members of the 55th Virginia will encamp and perform firing demonstrations today and Saturday at the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters in Middletown.
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will hold the following activities this weekend:
• Astronomy program: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, featuring Junior Ranger activities for kids and a presentation by ambassadors from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab on the latest in U.S. space research. There will also be a “sky tour” as well as a look into deep space. Parking is $5 per vehicle. No admission allowed after 8:30 p.m.
• Acorn collection: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in recognition of National Public Lands Day and Stewardship. A naturalist will be on hand at the Backcountry Trailhead to guide nut collectors to the best spots. The collected acorns will be sent to the Virginia Department of Forestry for cultivation.
• Civil War encampment: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, with members of the 21st Georgia Infantry.
Information: 540-592-3556 or www.virginiastateparks.gov.
Civil War authors
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation National Historic District will present a series of programs and book signings by Civil War authors, including three newly published books and one landmark study of the largest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley.
• Scott Patchan, author of “The Last Battle of Winchester,” will lead a walking tour of the battlefield at 10 a.m. Saturday beginning in the West Woods (meet at parking near TownePlace Suites, 170 Getty Lane), then move to Huntsberry Farm and Middle Field. This tour will include extensive walking. A book signing will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Third Winchester Visitor Center, 541 Redbud Road, Winchester.
• A reception and book signing will be held for history professor Brandon Beck for his new book “Winchester’s Three Battles” at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. The book provides a concise driving tour and history of the First Battle of Winchester, the Second Battle of Winchester and the Third Battle of Winchester.
Information: Terry Heder at 540-740-4545 ext. 206 or 540-333-2545.
Bowman Library in Stephens City will host a free family film and picnic featuring the movie “Happiness Is…” at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Bring a picnic lunch and blanket to enjoy while watching the movie. Library teens will be serving popcorn and lemonade. Information: 540-622-9041.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will have two free events this weekend at 901 Amherst St., Winchester:
• Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., And Still We Rise Family Day, celebrate African American culture and history with music, dramatic readings, quilting demonstrations and more.
• Sunday: 2-3 p.m., explore African American story quilts.
Information: 540-662-1473 or www.themsv.org.
The Harrisonburg International Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg.
The festival features international foods, music and dance, activities for all ages, a multi-language area and World Bazaar featuring traditional folk art. Information: 540-432-8935.
Evenings on Main
The Floorboards will perform Americana rock and country at the Evenings on Main concert at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Performing Arts Luray patio.
James Madison University’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg will host the Asere Friendship Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The tour is the U.S. debut for the Havana Cuba All-Stars featuring an 11-member band creating a Cuban vibe with rhythmic drums, castanets, trumpets, acoustic guitar and vocals as well as Latin dance, ballads and Spanish and traditional songs.
Tickets are $33-$38. Information, tickets: www.jmuforbescenter.com.