Top Annual Events to Check Out in Shenandoah County, VA

Whether planning your trip around one of our annual events or fitting it into your jam-packed itinerary, here’s a look at some of the top Shenandoah County events and festivals.

Route 11 Yard Crawl (August, Shenandoah County)

Get ready for the ultimate treasure hunt during the annual Route 11 Yard Crawl. Spanning over 40 miles along the U.S. Route 11 between New Market and Stephens City, this massive yard sale extravaganza features countless vendors selling unique finds, antiques, crafts, and more. Explore charming towns and picturesque landscapes as you hunt for hidden gems. Whether you're a dedicated collector or a casual shopper, the Route 11 Yard Crawl offers something for everyone.

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival (July-September, Orkney Springs)

Orkney Springs hosts the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, which highlights a diverse lineup of classic and contemporary artists and bands. Relish in the catchy melodies under the open sky for an unforgettable experience blending music, nature, and community.

Edinburg Ole Time Festival (September)

The Edinburg Ole Time Festival is a three-day annual event that captivates visitors with its nostalgic charm. Expect historical reenactments, antique displays, and traditional crafts. Savor delectable treats, explore local artistry, and revel in live music performances. With its focus on preserving heritage and fostering community spirit, the Edinburg Ole Time Festival offers an immersive experience celebrating the town's rich history and culture.

Bryce Fest (July, Basye)

Experience the vibrant spirit of Bryce Fest at Bryce Resort in Basye every Fourth of July. This exciting event celebrates community and culture, featuring an array of local food and crafts showcasing the region's rich heritage. With live music filling the air, attendees can groove to the rhythm while enjoying the family-friendly atmosphere. Bryce Fest offers a perfect blend of entertainment and relaxation, making it a cherished annual tradition.

American Fright Night (October, Mount Jackson)

Get ready for a spine-tingling experience at American Fright Night in the American Celebration on Parade float museum on the grounds of the stunning Shenandoah Caverns. Every weekend in October, the 40,000-square-foot museum invites all to its haunted house experience.

Shenandoah Downs (April-May/August-October, Woodstock)

Experience the thrill of horse racing and entertainment at Shenandoah Downs at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock. Over the course of several weekends in the spring and fall, you can enjoy live harness racing, where skilled drivers guide their horses to victory. Feel the crowd's energy as the horses sprint down the track and indulge in concessions and amenities that enhance your experience. With a festive atmosphere, family-friendly activities, and the excitement of wagering, Shenandoah Downs offers a unique blend of sports and entertainment for all to enjoy. 

Shenandoah Autumnfest (October, Woodstock)

Woodstock Autumnfest is a vibrant celebration of the season's splendor, where the charm of Woodstock, adorned in its autumnal hues, comes to life. This event unites locals and visitors in a tapestry of art, music, and family fun at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Expect live music performances, a barbecue-tasting garden, food trucks, art vendors, a log-splitting competition, craft brews, wine, and spirits. The Shenandoah Downs typically coincide with this event.

Shenandoah County Fair (August-September, Woodstock)

For over a century, the week-long Shenandoah County Fair, held at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, has brought people together for summer fun. Expect agricultural exhibitions, thrilling amusement rides, live entertainment, tractor pulls, kids' activities, and an assortment of mouthwatering fair food. The annual event provides a platform for showcasing local agricultural accomplishments and fosters a sense of community. From exciting shows to classic experiences, the Shenandoah County Fair delivers a memorable time for everyone.

Strasburg Mayfest (May)

If you’re looking for a new family tradition, visit Strasburg in the springtime. The city’s downtown comes alive with countless artisans, food vendors, and exciting games during this three-day annual party on the street. A festive street parade,  kids' zone, and competitive duck race add to the festivities.

Jammin’ Foods Fest (May, New Market)

Kick off the season every summer at New Market Community Park for the one-day Jammin’ Foods Fest. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, craft vendors, and a beer/wine garden. Connect with friends, family, and neighbors while relishing the park's ambiance. Bring a chair or blanket for comfort and embrace the festivities. Don't miss this annual event that brings the community together in New Market’s vibrant setting.

Shenandoah Valley ARTFest (June, Woodstock)

Immerse yourself in creativity at the Shenandoah Valley ARTfest: a vibrant one-day celebration of art, music, and culture in downtown Woodstock. Everyone will enjoy live music performances, artist demos, and caricature paintings, making this one-day event a dynamic showcase of artistic expression. Take home art pieces from some of the over a dozen Shenandoah Valley artists participating. When you get hungry, you’ll find a collection of food vendors and downtown restaurants within walking distance.

WoodsTACO (September, Woodstock)

Experience a delicious culinary adventure at WoodsTACO in Woodstock, VA. This street taco competition gathers amateur and professional teams to craft extraordinary dishes. Dive into the taco showdown, where attendees turn into judges, savoring and casting their votes for the top creations. Join us for a day filled with flavorful camaraderie, creative culinary feats, and an exuberant celebration of all things taco at WoodsTACO.

Strasburg Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup Festival (November)

The Strasburg Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Festival is a savory gathering celebrating comfort food with a twist. This one-day culinary event in downtown Strasburg celebrates the delicious namesake duo–classic grilled cheese and tomato soup. Taste various sandwiches and soups, and vote for your favorite combo. The foodie event also features plenty of vendors, as well as face painting and balloons for the kiddos. 

These are just some of the many Shenandoah County events that grace our towns and villages throughout the year. Whether you plan your trip around one of these events or want to squeeze in as many as possible while on vacation, get ready to soak up all the fun Shenandoah County has in store.