8 Iconic WaynesboroVA Summer & Fall Shindigs Not to Miss

Summer is here!
From mountain biking to camping to whitewater rafting, #WaynesboroVA is the perfect homebase for all your outdoor recreation along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park.  Waynesboro is also the hub of a vibrant art, music, food, and local brew scene.  And whether you stay and play for a weekend or a week, you’ll soon discover that festivity comes naturally in Waynesboro!

  1. Rock n’ Ridgeview

rock n' ridgeview

Enjoy a summer evening of live music and local food truck fare at Waynesboro Parks and Recreation’s Summer Music Series.  From Americana to Alternative Country to Vintage Rock, this year’s series held at Ridgeview Park Amphitheater offers rocking entertainment for all tastes.

2017 Music Lineup
June 1: Little Walter & the Convictions (Vintage Rock)
June 8: Sun Dried Opossum (Rock)
June 15: Jeremy Michael (Country/Alt-Country/Southern Rock)
June 22: Bryan Elijah Smith & the Wild Hearts (Alt-Americana)
June 29: Hard Swimmin’ Fish (Twisted Vintage Roots)

2. P. Buckley Moss Barn Show

p. buckley moss barn show

Join celebrated artist, P. Buckley Moss at her Waynesboro home for a quarterly Barn Show and Gallery Open House.  Take this special opportunity to meet Pat and have your artwork signed and personalized!

2017 Barn Show Schedule
April 21-23
July 7-9
October 13-15
December 1-3

3. Summer Extravaganza

summer extravaganza

Plan to spend the day at this annual celebration!  Festivities begin early in the morning with Summer Extravaganza 5K & 10K and continue throughout the day at Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park with family entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, live music, hot air balloon rides, magicians, cloggers, and lots of great food. The grand finale is the large fireworks display that tops off the Summer Extravaganza.

2017 Summer Extravaganza: July 8

4. Waynesboro at War: A Civil War Weekend

waynesboro at war

Step back into Civil War history with a weekend commemorating the battles of Waynesboro. Talk with soldiers from both armies, experience camp life, fall in with other raw recruits, and witness the drama of charging cavalry and thundering artillery.

2017 Civil War Weekend: September 16-17

5. Virginia Chili, Blues n’ Brews Festival

Virginia Chile, Blues n' Brews Festival held in Waynesboro, Va. Saturday September 24, 2016.  (Photo by Norm Shafer).
Virginia Chile, Blues n’ Brews Festival held in Waynesboro, Va. Saturday September 24, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

Mix chili competition with a legendary blues line-up and top it off with micro & mega brews and you have the hottest festival around.  The Virginia Chili, Blues n’ Brews Festival in Waynesboro, attracts over 3,000 lovers of spice each year as well as pro and amateur chili chefs who compete for prize money and the title of People’s Choice.

2017 Festival: September 23

6. British Car Festival

british car festival

Celebrating its 36th year, the Shenandoah Valley British Car Club has the distinction of running one of the oldest annual British car festivals on the East Coast. “We expect more than 150 British cars from 11 states to attend. And trophies will be awarded in more than 20 categories,” says Mark Brown, President of the Club and Car Show Chair. Set beneath the fall foliage of Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, the British Car Festival is a wonderful chance to see up-close a large variety of exciting British cars and to meet the people who love them.

2017 Festival: October 6-7

7. Apple Days Craft Show

apple days

Waynesboro’s Apple Days is host to over 100 national vendors and features a juried show of crafts for sale ranging from jewelry, ornaments, quilts, fine art, and furniture.  For over 40 years, the event has been delighting and entertaining families with apple butter making demonstrations, cider tasting, and homemade apple dumplings.

2017 Apple Days: October 7-8

8. Virginia Fall Foliage Art Show 

fall foliage festival

Organized by Shenandoah Valley Art Center,  the Virginia Fall Foliage Art Show highlights fine artists and artisans, hand selected for their quality arts and crafts including paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, prints, metalwork, glasswork, woodwork and more.

“The Virginia Fall Foliage Art Show has a rich history of bringing highly skilled artists and artisans to the community,” says Piper Groves, Executive Director.  “This is the Art Show’s 45th year and it continues to turn the streets of downtown Waynesboro into a festive and exciting weekend for visitors and residents. We will welcome 150 fine artists, local food trucks, craft beer, and roots based regional music to celebrate the arts amidst the backdrop of the seasonal color changes of the Blue Ridge.”

 2017 Fall Foliage Art Show: October 14-15

Fall Foliage 5K & 10 K

The Fall Foliage 5K & 10 K is the last race of the season in the Run the Valley Race Series sponsored by Waynesboro Parks & Recreation. The Fall Foliage Race is a brisk run through the charming neighborhoods of Waynesboro.  Racers can cool down and relax at the post race party and then head over to the Virginia Fall Foliage Art Show in downtown Waynesboro for additional festivities and entertainment.

2017 Fall Foliage Race: October 14

 So come for the art. Come for the food. Come for the good nature. There’s a festival waiting for you in #WaynesboroVA.