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

OktoberfestOktoberfest will be celebrated from 5-11 p.m. today and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday on the Old Town Mall, Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum and Taylor Pavilion in Winchester.

There will be German-inspired food, beers and global wine, best-dressed lederhosen and dirndl contests, live music, Lola the Organ Grinder playing German tunes all along the walking mall with her hand-crafted crank organ, the band The Continentals, performances by Altwashingtonia Schuplattler Verein, the Original Bavarian Dance Club of Washington D.C., free caricature paintings, free photo booth and street performers.

Tickets for tastings range from $20 to $25. General admission is free. Tickets:

Heritage ProjectThe Blue Ridge Heritage Project, a memorial site about the resettlement of mountain people from the Shenandoah National Park, will celebrate its first anniversary at 8 a.m. Saturday at 460 E. Criser Road, Front Royal. Visitors are encouraged to see improvements that have been made to the Chimney Monument site.

Halloween showThe Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will hold a fall Halloween show from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.

The show is being headlined by Radkey along with rooftop veterans American Television, Thee Deluxe and Weatherworn. Costumes encouraged. A portion of ticket sales benefit the museum’s special-needs programming. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Information: 540-662-1473 or

Belle GroveA ranger from the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Park Service will present 1864 In A Box, an overview of the 1864 Civil War campaign, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester. Information: 202-302-9129 or visit

Theatre ShenandoahTheatre Shenandoah’s youth cast will present “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 107 Center St., Edinburg. The play is based on Frank Capra’s 1944 film starring Gary Grant.

The adult cast will perform Oct. 18-20 and 25-27.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, are available by calling 540-984-3972 or 866-967-8167, at the Edinburg Mill or online at Information:

Car showThe Valley Cruisers will hold its 34th annual Wardensville, West Virginia, Fall Festival car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center on Route 259. Top 30 awards and goodie bags to first 40 registered vehicles. Contact Butch at 540-533-1700 or Rick at 540-888-9948.

Rouss CenterThe Rouss Center for the Arts will present “The Savannah Sipping Society” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market.

The show is a dinner theater with a non-dinner option available. Reservations for dinner are required four days in advance. Future performances will be held Oct. 18-20.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Dinner tickets are $30. Information, reservations: 888-341-7313 or visit