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

Strasburg events

The Town of Strasburg and Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River will host several activities this weekend:

• Front Porch Fridays: 7-9 p.m. today featuring music by Shockwave at Strasburg Square. Food truck, local brews and games for kids. Rain location is Box Office Brewery.

• Fish fry float for Father’s Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the town park. Featured will be the Blues Condition Band, a petting zoo, face painting, dolphin bouncy water slide, games, exhibits, nature discovery, fish kissing and watermelon-eating contest. A free kayak shuttle is available with advance registration.

• Toadally Toady: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the town park. Kids will have a chance to paint a toad house, all supplies provided. Advance registration required:

Information: Olivia Hilton at 540-465-9197 or visit Facebook @DiscoverStrasburg!

Woodstock ROCS

The Seven Bends will open this year’s Riley Outdoor Concert Series from 7-9 p.m. today at W.O. Riley Part in Woodstock. Food sold starting 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Cross Roads Fest

The Town of New Market will host its annual Summer Music Series, Cross Roads Fest, featuring music by Sons of Liberty from 6:30-9 p.m. today at Rebel Park. Admission is free. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring a chair.

Gazebo Gatherings

The Blue Ridge Arts Council will kick off its summer concert series at 7 p.m. today at the gazebo in Front Royal. The first concert will feature the American Legion Community Band. Admission is free. Information:


Winchester City officials and members of the Winchester Royals Baseball Team will unveil an interpretive historical marker in honor of Spottswood Poles, a Negro League baseball player, at the Winchester Royals home game against the Woodstock River Bandits at 7 p.m. today at Bridgeforth Field.

A road in Jim Barnett Park will be named in Poles’ honor. He was referred to as the “Black Ty Cobb.” He was also a decorated WWI veteran who served in France.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 6-12.

Gardens at Night

The Robbie Limon Band will perform from 7-9 p.m. today as part of the Gardens at Night Concert Series at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester.

There will also be family lawn games from 6-8 p.m., food, beer, hard cider and wine. Seating begins 5:30 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair. Held rain or shine. Information: 540-662-1473 or

History at Sunset

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will host History at Sunset at 6:30 p.m. today exploring the terrain of the Third Winchester Battlefield.

Those attending should meet in the parking lot of the Third Winchester Visitor Center, 541 Redbud Road, Winchester. Recommended for people who can hike three or four miles at a moderate pace.

Safety Day

The Virginia State Police will hold a Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 18627 Old Vally Pike, Edinburg.

There will be vehicles for kids to explore, K9 demonstration, child safety seat checks, refreshments.


Kernstown Battlefield Guide Robert McCurry will lead two tours of the battlefield 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester. Information: 202-302-9129 or visit


The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has on exhibit “Cats” by French-Swiss artist Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen through Sept. 1 at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.

The 26 feline-themed works were organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and include drawings, lithographs, bronze sculpture and books featuring the artist’s cat illustrations.

Programs organized in conjunction with the exhibition include:

• Monday: 6-8 p.m., Adult Makerspace Night, $30 or $20 for MSV members.

• Wednesday: 6-9 p.m., Paint Your Pet’s Paw-trait, $45 or $40 for MSV members.

Information: 540-662-1473 or

‘Robin Hood’

The Winchester Little Theatre will present “Robin Hood” 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 315 W. Boscawen St.

Future performances will be held June 18-22. Information: 540-662-3331 or Valerie O’Keefe at 540-336-2357 or

National Parks

In honor of Neighbor Appreciation Day, all National Park sites will offer free admission Saturday. Information: 540-999-3500.