The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:
AKC dog show
Over 1,700 dogs will be competing for the coveted Best in Show trophy at the American Kennel Club dog show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Monday at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood.
AKC breeders will be on hand to answer questions about training, grooming and recommending the perfect companion for your lifestyle. Admission is $5 per car. Information: Renee Hoover at 434-409-5386.
The Moonlighters will perform at the Gazebo Gathering concert, postponed from the Summer Series, at 7 p.m. today at the Village Commons.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, a one-of-a-kind breeding and research facility, will hold it’s annual Autumn Conservation Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal.
Visitors will see bison, endangered cranes and maned wolves. Scientists, animal care staff and researchers will be on hand to answer questions. Appropriate attire for outdoor activities and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The festival will be held rain or shine. Admission is $30 per car (1-6 people) in advance or $40 at the gate. Information: 202-633-3045.
The Front Royal-Warren County Ministerial Association will host the SKY Family, who will perform its Celtic-pop-rock music dance and gospel production “Celtic Revival” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
Gates open at 1 p.m. with a warm-up band at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be sold. A free-will offering will be accepted. Information: 540-635-8312.
River Valley Festival
The River Valley Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1847 N. Royal Ave., Front Royal.
Featured will be folk bands, jig and jive dancers, juggling troupe, soccer, kick ball, horseshoes, corn hole, bobbing for apples, Olympic games, horseback riding, scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving and wine tasting.
Information: Daniel Schiller at email@example.com.
Hope Fest Warren County, a collaboration of several churches in the Front Royal area, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fantasyland Park in Front Royal. Activities will include barber services, blood pressure checks, groceries, school supplies and clothing, a moon bounce, face painting and games for children. Information: 540-692-4531.
History at Sunset
Park Ranger Shannon Moeck will give the talk, “The Long Gray Trail: History of the Valley Turnpike” at the History at Sunset program at 5 p.m. today at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, south of Middletown.
Those attending should meet at the Belle Grove Plantation House to car caravan to several locations around the park. Each program is free and last between 90 minutes and two hours. Information: 540-869-3051 or www.nps.gov/cebe.
During the month of October, the Strasburg Museum will feature artwork by members of the Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters group. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During October, the Strasburg Community Library will feature paintings of artists who graduated from Strasburg High School. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
A free self-guided family friendly tour of area artist’s studios will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday throughout the Clarke County countryside and the towns of Berryville, Bluemont, Boyce, Millwood and White Post.
The tour includes 30 artists and 22 locations. Most artists will be doing demonstrations and have refreshments. Participants will also have an opportunity to enter a raffle by having their passport, collected at their first stop and stamped at each stop made. Information: www.clarkecountystudiotour.com.
A musical adaptation of the seminal play “Spring Awakening” will be performed at 8 p.m. today, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, 620 Millwood Ave., Winchester. The performance features mature language. Tickets are $20. Information, tickets: 540-665-4569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Valley Health System Building Hope Campaign will host its first European Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the state Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce.Experience the taste and sounds of the British Isles, Germany and Italy. A Volksmarch Wellness Walk will start at 9:30 a.m. The Hope Campaign secured funds and resources for the new Cancer Center that opened in September on the Winchester Medical Center campus. Information: www.vhsbuildinghope.org.
Art at the Mill
The Burwell-Morgan Mill and the Clarke County Historical Association of Virginia will hold its fall Art at the Mill show Saturday through Oct. 16 at 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children 12 and under.
The mill is open Sunday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 540-837-1799 or www.burwellmorganmill.org.
The Magic Lantern Theater will host two screenings of “Where to Invade Next,” a documentary by Michael Moore in which he “invades” various nations to gather ideas which the U.S. might adopt. Show times are:
• Sunday: 4:30 p.m., at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester.
• Oct. 16: 4 p.m., at Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers St., Berryville.
Admission is $8 or $5 for Theater, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and Barns of Rose Hill members. Information: 540-678-0963 or www.magiclanterntheater.org.
Bright Box Theater has announced the following events will be held this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
• Today: 8 p.m., the Billy Thompson Band will perform. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
• Saturday: 5:30 p.m., Clues & Blues scavenger hunt sponsored by the Independent School of Winchester on the downtown walking mall. An after-party will follow featuring Terry Oates & The Mudcats at Bright Box. Tickets: $300 for a team of six or $50 for individuals to join a team.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.
The Barns at Rose Hill will present a guitar masters series featuring Grammy-winner Pat Donohue at 8 p.m. today at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.
The Schultz Theatre will present “My Fair Lady” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Future performances will be held Oct. 7-9 and 14-16. Information: 740-9119 or www.schultztheatre.com.
The annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg.
The sale features live and silent auctions of art, woodwork, quilts, antiques and more. There are children’s activities, live music and homemade food including donuts, baked goods, a country breakfast and barbecue chicken. Admission and parking are free. This event benefits Mennonite Central Committee’s work for the relief of suffering in the world, as well as local organizations. Information: www.vareliefsale.com.
James Madison University’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts will present “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” by Rhythmic Circus at 8 p.m. today featuring a parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance. Tickets are $30-$43. Information: 540-568-7000 or www.jmuforbescenter.com.
The James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes, Wind Symphony, Brass Band, Chorale and Steel Band will present JMU Pops! Music of Our World, a one-of-a-kind musical showcase, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg. Tickets are $15. Information: 540-568-7000 or www.jmuforbescenter.com.