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

Harness racingHarness racing will be held today and Saturday at Shenandoah Downs at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock. Parking and admission are free.

Apple Harvest FestivalThe Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday through 5 p.m. Sunday at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Clear Brook.

New this year will be a bubble ball and human hamster ball from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be craftsmen and vendors, a canine obstacle course, kid zone area with inflatables, antique car show, bingo, apple pie baking and eating contests, apple butter making and entertainment featuring Blake Esse, Robbie Limon, Bud’s Collective and Jimmy Lee.

Tickets, which are $10 with $1 off coupons available at area Handy Mart stores. Children under 6 admitted free. An extra fee is charged for hard cider and craft beer tastings. Proceeds benefit area nonprofit organizations.

Belle GroveBelle Grove Plantation, south of Middletown, will celebrate Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tours of the manor house will be open at no charge. A ranger with Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will present a program at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn. Tickets are available at Information:

Battlefields• The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will host a day of free programs commemorating the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Third Winchester from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at 541 Redbud Road. Programs range from a series of stationary programs at different battlefield sites, visitor center grand opening, monument dedication, living history programs and artillery demonstrations. Information:

• Star Fort kid’s mini-camp for ages 6-14 will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the fort on Fortress Drive, Winchester. Admission is free however preregistration is required by calling 540-740-4545, email or visit

• French and Indian War Weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Abram’s Delight, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. Featured will be 18th-century colonial encampments, drilling and musket presentations, two battle skirmishes and historical interpretations.

• Kernstown Battlefield Guide Robert McCurry will lead two 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

Dinner in Old TownAn outdoor dinner by area chefs will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday on Rouss Avenue in Old Town Winchester to raise money for the Sinclair Health Clinic. Tickets can be purchased at

ConcertsShenandoah University will host two concerts this weekend in Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Drive, Winchester:

• Saturday: 7:30 p.m., vocal and choral ensembles will present a concert celebrating Winchester’s 275th birthday. Tickets range from $5 to $15.

• Sunday: 7:30 p.m., performance by Nobuntu, an award-winning female a cappella ensemble. Tickets range from $12 to $28.

Tickets, information: 540-665-4500 or visit

FilmThe Shenandoah Film Collaborative will show the animated film “A Cat in Paris” from 8-9:20 p.m. Saturday at Strasburg Square.

Arts/Music FestivalHandley Regional Library will host the Winchester Arts and Music Festival this weekend at the library and area locations. For a full list of activities, visit

ConstitutionA celebration of the 230th anniversary of the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hebron Cemetery Chapel, 305 E. Boscawen St., Winchester.

The prologue will be presented by Pastor Alan L. Morrison of Christ Reigns Presbyterian Church in Cedar Creek. The celebration will include a general procession and posting of colors by Boy Scout Troop 5 of Strasburg and the Sons of American Revolution Color Guard, remembrance of soldiers buried there and the laying of a wreath at the grave of Gen. Daniel Morgan.

Celebracion of WinchesterA free family oriented festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the Old Town Mall.

Included will be a children’s art activity tent, Latin dancing lessons, a performance by a Mexican children’s dance troupe and artisan tents. Held rain or shine. Information:

Winchester Little TheatreThe Winchester Little Theatre will present “Steel Magnolias” and a reading of King Lear this weekend at 315 W. Boscawen St.

• Steel Magnolias: 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15.99 to $19.99.

• Readers’ Theatre of King Lear: discussion starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the reading at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

Information: 540-662-3331 or Valerie O’Keefe at 540-336-2357 or