July is the summer month in the valley when one really understands what hot is. With temperatures reaching the 90‘s and Virginia-West Virginia’s wonderful southern humidity one has two choices – stay inside in the cool air-conditioning or brave the hot outdoors by looking for fun events. Here is a list of July’s fun schedule of events for adults and kids just a tankful outside of DC.
Culinary Happenings and Events
If you have never been to a U Pick Farm, you are missing out getting fresh fruit and vegetables straight off the vine. Plus, you can find more locally grown crops. Ever heard of Brambles? Lori MacKintosh of MacKintosh Fruit Farm saids, “A Bramble is any rough (usually wild) tangled prickly shrub, specifically a blackberry or raspberry bush, or any hybrid of similar appearance, with thorny stems.”
At the Bluemont BBQ Bash this year ‘amateurs’ can bring their grills in on Sunday and compete in the Backyard BBQ Competition. The KCBS (Kansas City BBQ Society) competitors who competed on Saturday will be there to give you advice but not share their secrets. This takes a lot of the heat off and allows local BBQ lovers to get their feet wet with out sinking from the pressure of a national contest. Email today to learn more.
The Bluemont BBQ Bash beings on Friday with a meet and greet at Bluemont Vineyard. All the KCBS Competitors will be there. Remember last year’s Bluemont winner “3 Eyz BBQ” won the national competition and is back this year to claim his crown again. On Saturday, the People’s Choice Competition is a bit more light hearted than the actual competition and will benefit the Boulder Crest Retreat for wounded warriors. VIP and guests have the opportunity to enjoy 5 samples of BBQ and rank their favorite to award the People’s Choice Crown. Get tickets here.
Theater in the Valley
The valley is fortunate to have two theater festivals for the summer. Very opposite in subject manner, the Contemporary American Theater is on its 23rd season Festival and the Shenandoah Summer Music Festival is celebrating thirty years. Both use equity actors in their plays and supplement with students from their universities.
The Contemporary American Theater Festival produces new American theatre and is only for the month of July beginning on the 5th and ending on the 28th. Contemporary themed subject manner, this is an adult only theater festival. There is a five play repertory and features three world premieres. Pick your favorites or for the dye heart contemporary-theme enthusiast buy the package and see them all.
Shenandoah Summer Music Festival opened in June and runs until August 4th. The last two musicals are Crazy About You July 10 – July 21st and just for the young ones here in the Shenandoah Valley, Shrek The Musical from July 24th to August 4th.
Outdoor Recreation – 2nd Annual Olympic Tubing Event
There is no better way to cool off than to visit Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. From water tubing, white water kayaking, flat water kayaking, zip-lining and much more. Fun for the entire family.
On July 20th, join in on the second annual Olympic Tubing Event for $45 you can do The Tube Roll, Tube Discus, Tube Stack, Tube Carry and Tube Race. Tube-tastic Prizes include $100 Cash Prize, Deluxe Adventure Package, FREE trips. Post game party on the mountain is BBQ. Learn more about this fabulous events.
Kid’s Bucket List July Event
Save the Butterfly Event at Great Country Farms. Butterfly Lovers & Girl Scouts! Spread the word to help save the Monarch’s. Join GCF on July 20th for our very first Butterfly Harvest to learn all about how we can help these magical creatures build their population. Girl Scouts also get the chance to design our Butterfly Patch and the winner will be announce during the Harvest. Check out the event and share so others can help you too! Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy GirlScouts Nation’s Capital
If you are looking for a historic inn, trip advisor has just awarded Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn their 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Located in Middleburg, Virginia, the bed and breakfast has a beautiful pool for the need to cool off.
Enjoy this wonderful hot summer cruising the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.