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Take in a Shakespeare Show
Situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in historic Staunton, Virginia, the 300-seat Blackfriars Playhouse -- the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theater. The American Shakespeare Center hosts an internationally acclaimed theater company that performs Shakespeare's works under their original staging conditions -- on a simple stage, without elaborate sets, and with the audience sharing the same light as the actors. A great experience for anyone to enjoy!
Staunton/Augusta Farmer's Market Saturdays til November
Saturday Hours: 7:00 a.m. to noon Season: First Saturday in April until the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Live Music starts at 9am At the Wharf Parking Lot on Johnson Street in historic downtown Staunton FREE PARKING
Now open Wednesdays too but parking is as follows, Parking is FREE until 8:30am in the Wharf lot, and until 10:00am in the Johnson St. Parking Garage ONLY 50 cents an hour any other time
Virginia Hot Glass Festival - April 26 and 27, 2014
Watch as glass artists from across the region demonstrate various hot glass techniques, including traditional glassblowing, flame working, and bead making. See exhibits of the region's finest blown glass, art glass marbles, beads, jewelry, & more. This is a rare opportunity to buy work from many glass artists in one location after seeing them in action.
Special demonstrations during the weekend will include a fire-breathing dragon or a flaming ray gun, and the Kids' Challenge, in which artists will choose from drawings submitted by children and recreate them in glass.
The Virginia Hot Glass Festival is the only annual festival in Virginia devoted entirely to hot glass artistry. Wine tasting will be offered by Barren Ridge Winery. In addition, the Virginia Stone Carvers will be exhibiting and demonstrating stone sculpting across the street from the Festival.
Garden Week Tour at Wilson Library - May 3, 2014
The historic Victorian garden adjacent to the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson will again be featured on the Historic Garden Week House and Garden Tour.
Advance tickets $20, tickets at the door $25
Mother's Day Tea at the Wilson Library - May 10, 2014
On May 8, 1914, the United States Senate and House of Representatives passed a joint resolution establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. The next day, May 9, President Wilson issued a proclamation, establishing Mother's Day.
What better way of celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day than attending an afternoon tea with your mother? Join us and celebrate your mother on Saturday, May 10 from 1pm - 3pm at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.
Tickets: $20 per person and includes admission to the museum
The Bach Project - May 16 and 18, 2014
Harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt completes a multi-year Bach project, performing all of Bach's keyboard works in recital.
May 16, at 7:30pm
Just Before Bach: works by Bach's German and French predecessors, including Froberger, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, and others.
May 18, at 4:00pm
Bach's Transcriptions: concert of Bach's transcriptions of his own works for colo, violin, cello, and lute, as well as arrangements for keyboard of concertos by Vivald and Reincken.
November 9, at 4:00pm
Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1): a complete performance of Bach's highly influencial volume of 24 Preludes and Fugues; free pre-concert talk with music historian Jason Stell at 3:00pm
Admission: tickets are $22 general, $20 for senior, $8 for students, free for youth 18 and younger
Staunton Jams - May 17, 2014 and August 30, 2014
We have your WHOLE DAY COVERED in beautiful Downtown Staunton!
A stage showcasing local bands will be set up on Beverley Street between Central and Augusta Avenues. Bring the whole brood to this family-friendly even with various diversion for the kiddos!
ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival - May 24, 2014
Kick off the start of summer with regional wines, drafts, and microbrews, listening to live music, enjoying delicious food, and browsing the wares of quality crafters and artisans.
XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge - May 31, 2014
Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show, register for giveaways and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family. If you want to take advantage of this beautiful region's many adventure sports opportunities or just want to try something new and exciting, then mark XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge on your calendar!
Doughnut Dolly Days - June 6, 2014
The traditional American doughnut has an important place in the history of the armed forces. During World War I, the Salvation Army sent women to France to lift the spirits of the soldiers - and to serve them comfort food. Their food of choice? Hot donuts.
The women became known as "Doughnut Girls" and the soldiers "doughboys." Join us Friday, June 6, at the Smith House on the grounds of the Presidential Library and celebrate the contribution of these Salvation Army Girls and enjoy some homemade doughnuts.
Standard Library admission applies
Groovin' at the Greenway - June 11 - 25, 2014
Come on down to the Greenway on Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 8pm and relax by the river, where good music comes naturally.
This new, FREE music series is sure to have you tapping your toes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Shenandoah Valley Wine and Jazz Festival - June 28, 2014
The Frontier Culture museum is hosting their annual Wine and Jazz Festival. Listen to music, explore the museum, and enjoy delicious wines from the Shenandoah Valley.
Polyface Field Day - July 19, 2014
Once only every three years, local farm Polyface hosts a Field Day for guests to come out, tour the farm, chow down on their own Pigerator Pork and Salad Bar Beef, and visit an enormous trade show. There's a ton to do and see, and you can learn more about it on their website.
Be sure to register by June 25 if you'd like to attend!
Blues and Brews Festival - August 9, 2014
It's time for blues and brews at the Frontier Culture museum. Think of it as the natural progression of the wine and jazz festival. There'll be live music, costumed actors to discuss the history of the area, and beer from local breweries. What could be more fun?
Waynesboro at War - Civil War Re-enactment
This year is the sesquicentennial of a major battle in nearby Waynesboro! Come out to see re-enactors perform the First Battle of Waynesboro on Saturday and the Second Battle of Waynesboro on Sunday. Bring the kids and make a day of it. Call our office for special pricing for those coming out just for the re-enactment.Download the details
Fall Foliage in the Shenandoah Valley - Sept - Nov, 2014
Magnificent beauty surrounds us in the fall! The leaves are gorgeous shades of green, yellow, orange, red, & even purple. While the sun may set earlier, the beauty never stops because on a crisp clear night the moon lights the valley & and the stars twinkle above. What a great time of year to camp here!
You'll just love the down-home country fall foliage festivals with all the homemade jams, syrup, & apple butter you could ever want. You'll also see some of the best handmade crafts, woodworking, jewelry, & quilts ever made. Our Fall Festivals are something to share with the entire family.
You can't forget to take a drive on the Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway to gain real perspective on how vast the beauty of The Blue Ridge Mountains.
Good Times, Tastes, and Traditions - September 20 & 21, 2014
The Frontier Culture Museum welcomes you to hear music and try beers, foods, and wines from Shenandoah Valley and around the world. See ethnic dancers, try delicious foods you've never even heard of, and get the chance to meet local artisans and vendors.