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


WoodsTACO, a taco competition, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Court Square in downtown Woodstock. Musical entertainment by JunkFood.

Children’s Day

The Strasburg Museum will host a Children’s Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday at 440 E. King St. for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Activities include operating an antique sewing machine, story-telling by Mother Goose, a ride in a barrel train, play in a corn kernel bin, watch a model train in action and face-painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. While quantities last there will be free activity booklets about Strasburg’s history. Free admission. Information: 540-465-3728.


The Shenandoah Film Collaborative will show two films on Saturday in Strasburg:

• “Alice”: 5-6:30 p.m., at Box Office Brewery. Digitally restored animated film from the original 35mm print by Jan Svankmajer.

• “Leave No Trace”: 8-9:49 p.m., at Strasburg Square, by Academy-Award nominated writer and director of “Winter’s Bone.”

Information: 412-228-0715 or


Kernstown Battlefield Guide Larry Turner will lead tours of the battlefield at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday starting at the Visitor’s Center. Comfortable clothes and refreshments advised. Information: 202-302-9129 or visit or

Pup pool party

The New Market Community Pool will host a summer’s end pup pool party from 1-4 p.m. Sunday for dogs.

Dogs must be at least 6 months old. Proof of current vaccinations is required. Preregistration is recommended. Those who bring a donation of food, toys and/or accessories for the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket of doggie treats. Admission is $3 per dog.

Registration: Amber Smoot at 9418 John Sevier Road, New Market; fax to 540-740-9204, email or register online at and go to the announcements tab.


The State Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will host Nature Nurtures from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Events include honey tasting, bird walks, backpacking tips, wellness tips, nature crafts, activities for children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and more.

Admission is $5 per car. Information: 540-837-1758 or visit

‘Steel Magnolias’

Winchester Little Theatre will present “Steel Magnolias” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester.

Future performances will be held Sept. 18-21. Tickets range from $15.99 to $19.99. Information: 540-662-3331 or Valerie O’Keefe at 540-336-2357 or


The Schultz Theatre will present “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 26 Hawks Hill Drive, Broadway.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors 65 and older. Information: 540-896-9600 or

‘Crazy Ladies’

The Roundhouse Players will present “Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Trackside Theater in Luray.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Future performances will be held Sept. 20-22. Tickets:

Touch A Truck

The Frederick County Fairgrounds in Clear Brook will host Touch A Truck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for kids to touch and learn about some of their favorite vehicles.

Trucks of all shapes and sizes, emergency response vehicles and more will be there. A sensory-friendly block of time will be held from 10-11 a.m. for those who may not wish to experience lights and sounds. There will also be bounce houses, face painting and different activities throughout the day.

Tickets are $5 per person. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley’s summer camp scholarship fund. Information:

Sky Meadows

Local Apiarists Doug and Ramona Morris of the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. They will talk about hive construction, honey extractions and how to set up and care for hives with historic and modern techniques. Event is free with a $10 parking fee. Information: 540-592-3556 or email