Front Royal is gearing up to celebrate the fall season with its annual Festival of Leaves beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The festival, which takes place in downtown Front Royal, will feature food, drinks, live entertainment and tours of several historical buildings. Bryon Biggs, who serves on the board for the Warren Heritage Society, said he’s excited for locals to celebrate the history of Front Royal.
“It’s a day for people to see history come to life,” Biggs said.
Biggs recommended visits to the historical sites in Heritage Square, including the Balthis House, Country Store Museum, and the Belle Boyd Cottage. Each site will have re-enactors and living history demonstrations.
The festival will feature a parade starting at 10 a.m. Front Royal police will close the followings roads starting at 3 a.m. Saturday in preparation for the parade: Chester Street from Main to 2nd Street, Main Street from Royal Avenue to Blue Ridge Avenue, and all side streets extending from Main Street. At 9 a.m., Luray Avenue from Criser Road to Kilby Drive will be closed for the parade line-up. Royal Avenue from South Street to 4th Street will be closed at 9:40 a.m.
The Shotgun Shivers, the Charlie Almond Band and Ryan Jewel will headline the live musical entertainment at the gazebo at the town commons near Chester and Main streets. Period music by local school and church choirs will be performed in Heritage Square.
Other events will include a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School, and a children’s corner for kids activities at the town commons.
More than 100 vendors selling food, crafts, art and other items, will be at the festival.
If You Go
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.