The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:

Shenandoah Downs

Shenandoah Downs at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock will hold several activities this weekend to close out its season.

Today will feature Hops ‘n Hooves, an after-work dollar draft beer event with races from 3 to 6 p.m. and music by Maryland’s Surf Jaguars. Gates open at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

On Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Shenandoah Valley Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Autumnfest event. There will be a barbecue, craft beer and wine tastings, live music, a log-splitting competition, a classic car show, and rafters. Harness racing will be held from 2 to 5 p.m.

A pair of 14-year-old horses, B Blissful and Go Easy On Me, will be recognized in the winner’s circle in a retirement ceremony. Tickets are $8 or $20, which includes tastings. Admission to the races is free.

Sunday’s final race day features the $320,000 Virginia Breeder’s Championships, an eight-race showcase event with 2- and 3 year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes.




The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will present an outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 3 p.m. Sunday at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.

An art exhibit by Maxfield Parrish, featuring scenery studies for the 1909 play, will also be open. Tickets range from $5 to $15. Information: 540-662-1473 or


The Strasburg Museum will host an art display all month by members of the Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Theatre Shenandoah

Theatre Shenandoah will present the psychological drama “The Bad Seed” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 107 Center St., Edinburg.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, are available at the Edinburg Mill by calling 984-3972 or online at

Barns of Rose Hill

Barns of Rose Hill will have a concert, exhibit and lecture this weekend at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

Today: 8-10 p.m., music by the Eric Byrd Trio and opening of a watercolor exhibit by artist Deborah Conn. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Saturday: 7 p.m., lecture by Karen Daly on art looted in the Nazi Era; 8 p.m., the film “The Monuments Men” will be shown. Admission is free.

Information: 540-955-2004 or

Nature Nurtures

The state Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will hold its first Nature Nurtures festival from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Featured will be goat yoga from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., tai chi, walks, cooking demonstrations, medicinal herb workshops, nature crafts and more. Children will be able to create fairy and woodland creature houses in the “enchanted forest” and crafts. Admission is $5 per car.

Information: 540-837-1758 or