Block party

New Market will host a summer block party from 5 to 7 p.m. today on Congress Street. There will be sidewalk sales, music from Sound Solutions, games and members of the Generals football team will be there for a meet and greet.


The Blue Ridge Arts Council’s free summer concert series will feature the following performers at 7 p.m. at the Gazebo in Front Royal:

Today: The Administration with 60s to 90s tunes.

July 29: The Sidemen performing rock n roll.

Aug. 5: jazz/classical guitarist Joe Martinrock.

Aug. 12: Ryan Jewell

Aug. 19: Vinyl Tracks, an all Beatles tribute show.

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival at Shrine Mont will feature the following performers:

Friday: The Four Tops

Saturday: Classic Albums Live performs Fleetwood Mac Rumours

July 30: Aoife O'Donovan with special guest Carsie Blanton

July  31: Kansas

Aug. 13 Phil Vassar

Aug. 14: Black Violin

Sept. 3: Madeleine Peyroux;

Sept. 4: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Sept. 5:  a bluegrass minifest featuring Steep Canyon Rangers and The Gibson Brothers

Information, tickets:

Heroes on the River

Local nonprofit Heroes on the River will hold its fourth annual free skydiving event Saturday and Sunday for combat veterans at Skydive Shenandoah, 57 River Road, New Market.

The two-day event will include a campout, skydiving for up to 50 combat veterans and active-duty military, live music performances, barbecue and a fish fry.

While only combat veterans and active-duty military can participate in the skydiving, families and significant others are invited to join in the other activities. A veteran service dog organization will have a table set up for those interested in getting a service dog.

Information: 540-336-3582 or email

Barns of Rose Hill

Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free outdoor concert starting at 5 p.m. on July 31.

There will be lots of kid-friendly activities, including magic, balloon animals, face painting, arts and crafts, and an instrument petting zoo. There will also be free ice cream for all attendees. Grammy nominee Cheick Hamala Diabaté and his band will take the stage at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be on site.


Waggin’ for Dragons

Registration has begun for Waggin’ for Dragons, an annual fundraiser to benefit United Way of Front Royal-Warren County, Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the Humane Society of Warren County, in Aug. 7 at the Front Royal Golf Club.

The race, which is open to businesses, churches, families and friends, features 20 rowers plus a drummer competing in a skill of coordination rather than athleticism, so it’s great for people of all skill levels. Each team is asked to raise money for their participation with a minimum of $2,000 each. The goal is to have 30 teams.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Meghan 540-635-4734 or visit or

Vintage in the Valley

Strasburg will celebrate Vintage in the Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28. Activities include:

• Car show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Holliday Street. Registration taken 9-11 a.m., $10 per car benefitting Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter. Auction, raffles, awards.

• Shenandoah carriage rides: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of Town Hall, $5 a loop.

• Historical silk mill tour: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the front entrance of Strasburg Emporium.

• Vintage fashion show: 1 p.m., Strasburg Square, sponsored by Lydia’s Clothes Closet.

• Craft demonstrations all day at the Strasburg Emporium.

• Valley vendors: all day at Town Hall, Strasburg Emporium and Strasburg Square.

• Star in the Valley vintage wine garden: all day at Strasburg Square, music by deejay Jimmy Lee.

• Movie under the stars: 8 p.m. at Strasburg Square, showing the film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Information: 540-465-9197 or visit

Core of the Community festival

Concern Hotline, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will host its inaugural Core of the Community Festival bringing community members, nonprofit organizations and businesses together during the Labor Day weekend.

• Activities kick off at 4 p.m. on Sept. 2 with the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s annual valor awards ceremony at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Nominations are being accepted through July 30 in the categories of Citizen’s Award, Lifesaving Award and Awards of Valor, among others honoring safety personnel and citizens for extraordinary acts of courage during the time period of July 31, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Nominations can be made at

• On Sept. 3, Concern Hotline will host a fish fry from 4 to 9 p.m. at the fairgrounds to eat in or as a drive-thru. Junkfood will be performing. Tickets are available through for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children under 10 will be admitted free.

• On Sept. 4, there will be the Valley Health Four-Mile Race and the Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics One-Mile Kids’ Run. At 1 p.m. there will be the Apple Blossom BBQ & Brews from 1 to 9 p.m. at the fairgrounds. People interested in competing are asked to email or visit Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets: Vendor applications can be found at

Updates will be available at or on Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Facebook page.