Memorial Day weekend, most people think of it as a nice break from work or the ending of school with a well-deserved 3-4 day weekend. This is a day/ weekend in which we look to remember the fallen men and women, who throughout the years have given everything so we could have the great opportunities that we enjoy today! The Shenandoah Valley is no stranger to history and we have seen some of the greatest and darkest times in our Nations history with the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. During this weekend many of our small towns take the time to host festivals to remember their heritage as well as to honor the service men and women who called this great place home.
Now that I’ve gotten some of the history out of the way, there is no reason you shouldn’t take the time to enjoy some of the great offerings that the Valley has to offer and learn about even more of our history! I’m going to list a few events that families and singles can enjoy this weekend.
Saturday, May 26th Massanutten ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival
The ValleyFest is a festival held on Memorial Day weekend and is Massanutten’s official kick-off to summer! They have counted on upwards of 4,000 people to help celebrate this holiday weekend. Festival attractions include, dancing to live music, sampling food, shopping for unique and handmade crafts, and enjoying quality brews and wines from all of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. They state that this is “all of the beer and wine you could possibly enjoy in one place!”
Live musical guests will include, Slippery When Wet, The Hackens Boys, Dell Foxx Company & Strong Water.
Massanutten is a resort that has several different amenities that families with children might enjoy more than adult beverages. The activity that the kids will love the most is their wonderful water park. This is a fun way to spend a hot afternoon here in the Valley as it has an indoor and outdoor section.
Here is Massanutten’s website if you like more information or would want to schedule a weekend get away. Click Here
Friday & Saturday May 25th-26th Newtown Heritage Festival
Stephens City, VA
An annual celebration held every Memorial Day weekend for the last 25 years. The Newtown Heritage Festival is a celebration of a small town now known as Stephens City. This town is located less than 10 miles south of Winchester. This festival that lasts over two days (main celebration takes place on Saturday the 26th) includes live music performances from the Shernando High School Marching Band as well as the Sherando High School Jazz Ensemble. Both of which I am proud to have been a part of in my high school career and my brother is a graduating Senior this year. This festival also has other live music performances, a parade, games and a carnival atmosphere for children, and a firework display at night. There are also museum tours of some of the historical house that still reside on historic Route 11.
This is certainly a unique look into how a close-knit community can come together to put on a great experience for people who most likely have never heard of Stephens City.
Any day- Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center
Take a day or the whole weekend and head to Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center to enjoy outdoor adventure at it’s finest! Harper’s Ferry AC has river adventures (tubing, kayaking, rafting) and aerial adventures (zip line and rope courses). Both have different packages that you can choose from to enjoy the most out of your stay. Camping is also available on several different parts of the property if you want to make a weekend out it. This is a fun way to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of every day life by getting back to nature.
I just want to remind everyone that if you do see a service member (current or former), to please take the time to thank them for their service. And this doesn’t just have to be Memorial Day, but every day. Without each and every one of our hometown heroes, we wouldn’t have the lives that we enjoy today. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend this year in the Valley!
If you would like more ideas of activities to do here in the Valley, check out some of our blogs and events!