Can’t-miss Events in the Valley this Spring
Now that the weather is officially on our side again, there’s no better time to get out there and enjoy everything that our wonderful community has to offer. Just about any given weekend, one can find opportunities to take in the region’s art, culture, history, and natural beauty. We wanted to take some time to highlight some of the events coming down the pipeline that we are the most excited about – so take out your calendars and get ready to save some dates. Here are the can’t-miss events happening this Spring in the Valley.
Historic Garden Week
Various locations in Staunton – April 27th
Every year, the Garden Club of Virginia hosts Historic Garden Week – an opportunity that brings people from all over the country to see some of the most beautiful historic properties at their seasonal peak. While Garden Week is a statewide event, the tour date for Staunton is the 27th, and it is a great opportunity to see a lot of what makes this community so special.
Highlights include a tour of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace, a Georgian Revival mansion completed in 1848 and is located close to the center of downtown, as well as the Whitestone, the current home of Mr. Don Reid of the celebrated Statler Brothers. These and other beautiful properties are highlighted alongside some of the wonderful arts organizations in the area. The Heifetz International Music Institute, for example, will be putting on a performance at Waverley Hill that will feature violin, viola, cello, and piano music from their cohort of virtuosic talent. More details about Historic Garden Week in Staunton can be found here – it should not be missed!
Constitution Park, Waynesboro – May 4th
By the mid-90s, residents of Waynesboro largely considered the South River a nuisance. Some felt it was a flooding hazard while others felt it was little more than a polluted eyesore. During that time, plans began to form to alleviate the flooding problems – but would only happen at great ecological risk. This alarmed some members of the community, and Riverfest – a festival to celebrate the recreational, educational, and aesthetic value of the South River – was born.
Riverfest has now grown to be one of the Waynesboro’s largest festivals. Programs include a Stream Safari and presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, which help to highlight the ecological importance of the river. The big event of the day is the Great South River Duck Race – where members of the community can sponsor a rubber duck for $5 and have them released to race towards big prizes! The winning duck (well, its sponsor, at least) will take home $1,000 in cash and sponsored prizes.
Shenandoah Antiques Expo
Augusta Expo Center, Fishersville – May 10th-11th
Ever had the desire to be like those guys on American Pickers, but don’t have any desire to go up to a stranger’s door and ask to look around their overstuffed barn you can see from the road? Or maybe you just bought an older farmhouse in the area and are looking to deck out the dining room with era-appropriate decor? You’re in luck – the 64th Shenandoah Antiques Expo at the Augusta Expo Center will be the perfect place to find something to suit your needs.
One of the largest gatherings of antique dealers in the mid-Atlantic, the Shenandoah Expo attracts hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of collectors. The Expo brings in all kinds of merchandise, from 18th and 19th-century investment pieces to mid-century toys and collectibles. Something can be found for just about anybody – and with two days to explore it all, the inner treasure hunter in you will surely be satisfied.
The Virginia Hot Glass Festival
Sunspots Studio, Staunton – May 25th and 26th
Everyone loves watching an artist at work. When that artist is using red-hot glass to complete their work, then it becomes a true experience. That’s why our last can’t-miss event for this Spring is the Virginia Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots Studio in Staunton.
The Hot Glass Festival is the state’s only annual festival dedicated entirely to hot glass artistry. Every year, vendors from across the country come to Staunton to show off their creations. Now in their 12th year, the Virginia Hot Glass Festival will be featuring special guest Grant Garmezy out of Richmond, who will be sculpting life-like animals out of 2000-degree glass. Upstairs in the studio, Barren Ridge Vineyards will be pouring glasses for attendees. The festival will be in the heart of downtown Staunton, allowing access to all the best dining and shopping around!
These are just some of the wonderful ways that residents of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro can hope to fill calendars all the way up to Memorial Day Weekend. There are even more events to come during the summer around the bend! Want to know how you can be a part of this amazing community? Feel free to check out our current listings, and feel free to reach out to an agent to see how we can get you into the area!