The Valley has a wealth of recreational activities from live arts events and galleries, historic attractions, festivals and museums.

Augusta County, VA

Red Wings Roots and Music Festival, Mt Solon VA

Set amongst the majesty of towering limestone formations of Natural Chimneys Regional Park and Campground the Red Wing Roots and Music Festival, presented by The Steel Wheels, hosts 40 bands on 4 stages over three days. Nationally and locally recognized artists perform at this music festival that focuses on family, community and sustainability. Activities such as camping, yoga, organized bike rides, hiking, fishing and events for kids make Red Wings Roots and Music Festival a “must attend” event.

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Grand Caverns, Grottoes VA

Grand Caverns is the oldest continually operating display cave in the United States and has been ranked the #2 cave in America by Parade Magazine. Cathedral Hall at 280 feet long and 50 feet high is said to be one of the largest cave rooms in the East. Family friendly activities include hiking and biking trails, a pool, a river that is stocked with trout for fishing and miniature golf.

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Staunton, VA

The American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA

Described as “shamelessly entertaining” by the Washington Post, “phenomenal…bursting with energy” by the Boston Globe and “an absolute blast from start to finish” by Andrew White of Broadway World, it is easy to see why doing “it with the lights on” at The American Shakespeare creates a captivating, alluring, riveting experience. The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfrairs Playhouse is the only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater in the world and offers year-round performances in an intimate 300 seat theater.

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Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton VA

Through Living History interpreters, reconstructed buildings from Africa, Europe and America, authentic agricultural exhibits and craftsmen The Frontier Culture Museum demonstrates how the blending of cultures, technologies, traditions and people came to form our roots as Americans. Annual festivals such as Wine and Jazz and the Roots Music Festival are held here annually.

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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Staunton VA

“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” – Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States of America. Born in Staunton, VA in 1856, and elected to the Presidency in 1912, President Wilson led the United States of America into World War I to “make the world safe for democracy.” A visit to his childhood home is an interactive experience allowing visitors to explore the story of not only a professor and president, but also that of a peacemaker.

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Waynesboro, VA

Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro VA

Wayne Theater, built in 1926, recently underwent a magnificent restoration and renovation due in large part, to members of the Waynesboro community that saw the value in preserving this historic theatre. The Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center hosts events for all ages: Monday Night at the Movies to national musical acts, speaker spotlights and touring theatre productions.

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Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro VA

In historic downtown Waynesboro, the Shenandoah Valley Art Center offers galleries, artisan studio spaces, classrooms, educational opportunities for adults and children as well as an artisan gift shop featuring local and regional artist’s works. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center features local artisans specializing in the visual arts through seasonal exhibits.

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Rockingham County, VA

Massanutten Resort

Massanutten Resort, considered one of the premier four-season resort destinations in the mid-Atlantic, offers something for everyone on its 6,000 acres. From dining to mountain biking, skiing and tubing in the winter, golf courses offering vistas of the Valley, an indoor/outdoor waterpark and numerous festivals throughout the year that are designed to showcase the bounty of the Valley, there is something for everyone at Massanutten Resort.

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Green Valley Book Fair, Mount Crawford VA

Located just south of Harrisonburg, VA in picturesque Mount Crawford is the Green Valley Book Fair featuring over 500,000 new book titles at discount prices in 25,000 climate controlled square feet. Green Valley Book Fair has been in operation since 1971 and offers over 60 categories of books: everything from fiction, non-fiction, history, children’s, religion, science, home and garden, travel etc.

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Rockingham County Fair, Harrisonburg, VA

The Rockingham County Fair is recognized as the largest agricultural fair in the United States. Held annually in August, the Rockingham County Fair features agricultural and livestock displays, locally crafted farm-to-table delicacies, national country music acts nightly on the grand stage (past performers: Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson), tractor pulls, demolition derby, and a midway full of rides and games.

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Harrisonburg, VA

Arts and Cultural District and Culinary District

Downtown Harrisonburg was designated as the first Arts and Cultural District in Virginia as well as the first Culinary District in Virginia. From art galleries and the Forbes Center for Performing Arts, to locally owned restaurants that focus on the seasonal bounty of local farms, and breweries winning national recognition, you can see why locals have coined the phrase “it’s better in the ‘Burg."

Explore More Discovery Museum

Explore More Discovery Museum is a child’s interactive environment designed to allow children to learn, explore their curiosities and creativity, play and most importantly, have fun! Hands-on learning activities through visual, auditory and or tactile experiences engage both children and adults. Admission is free on the first Friday of the month.

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LOVEWorks, Harrisonburg VA

Virginia is for lovers and the Commonwealth is highlighting that “love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.” Around the state LOVEWorks art installments are highlighted in communities-Harrisonburg is one such community. The LOVEWorks installation represents the community’s rich agricultural heritage, academic settings, outdoor recreation, arts and the cultural diversity that gives Harrisonburg its uniqueness. Located at 311 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Rockbridge County

Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Bridge VA

Known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, surveyed by George Washington and once owned by Thomas Jefferson the 215-foot tall Natural Bridge is one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular work. Six miles of hiking trails take visitors from Cedar Creek Trail to the Monocan Indian Village and or Lace Falls with a 30-foot cascading waterfall.

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Hull’s Drive-In, Lexington VA

One of only seven remaining operational drive-in theaters in the United States and the first non-profit community owned drive in theater, Hull’s Drive-In is a place for families and friends to come together to enjoy the magic of the movies.

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Virginia Horse Center, Lexington VA

Located on 600 acres amongst rolling green hills the Virginia Horse Center is the epicenter of Virginia’s $1.2 billion equine economy. With a 4,000 seat coliseum, 19 show rings, two large indoor arenas, and 8 barns VHC can accommodate 1,200 horses. The Virginia Horse Center is host to 115 events annually including numerous non-equine events throughout the year such as the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show, BMX races, and dog shows.

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Lime Kiln Theatre, Lexington VA

Referred to as the Red Rocks of the East, the intimate setting in a turn of the century limestone quarry and kiln provides for an acoustical experience unlike any other. The 2017 summer concert series featured such notable acts at The Steep Canyon Rangers, Turnpike Troubadours, Love Canon, and Robin and Linda Williams.

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