What Hot in April?
Springing Forward into Summer —
Goodbye to gray skies and cold days, the sun is out, the cherry trees are blooming and gardeners are donning their gloves and digging in the dirt to plant new things. Our vineyards will see green sprouting on the vines soon beginning another growth season here in the Shenandoah Valley. Runners are out hitting the roads getting ready for the next race. Here are some hot happenings in the Blue Ridge Mountains Shenandoah Valley for April —
Garden Events –
One of the first signs of Spring are the early morning bird chirps as you open your eyes in the morning. With the coming of Spring, garden tours and flower festivals launch the Spring season.
April 10th – Begin the flower season with the Annual Daffadil Walk at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. Over 50 varieties of daffodils. Explore over 125 acres of natural beauty and experience the glory of Spring.
April 20th and 21st – A must attend for garden enthusiasts is the popular Leesburg Garden and Flower Show. Be prepared this one is crowded and can be a shoulder to shoulder garden experience. But it is worth the crowds both for ideas and the purchase of the latest new plants and garden gadgets.
April 27th – Virginia is celebrating its 80th Annual Historic Garden Week. The local Winchester tour features four lovely homes belonging to local garden club members. Fellow Garden Club of Virginia volunteers will decorate the rooms open to the public with fabulous flower arrangements, a hallmark of all Historic Garden Week tours. While the homes are located within the town, the gardens evoke a sense of tranquility allowing visitors to feel as if they have entered a hidden oasis.
Spring is also the time Virginia wineries pop their corks and take the fun outside of the tasting room.For many years, it has been all about the wine, but now the valley is offering new options to include craft beer breweries and distilleries opening up.
Wine and Beer Festivals and Racing Events –
April 20th – Run or walk this 951′ 5K through the vineyards and orchards of Bluemont Vineyard. The race takes you along scenic grass, gravel, and paved roads, and ends with a 1/2 mile, 350′, uphill climb timed trial. At 951′ the finish line offers spectators and participants a great view of the Loudoun Valley! The event features prizes, music, and refreshments after the race. All race participants 21 and over will receive a free wine tasting!
April 20th – Downtown Harrisonburg Renaissance celebrates Spring with the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival. Last year, three thousand happy people converged on Downtown Harrisonburg to enjoy a day of great music, food, and craft beer. Get your tickets today — they sell out quickly.
April 26th and 27th – Apple Blossom Bloomin Wine Festival will feature 20 of Virginia’s finest wineries including many new ones. There will be two stages with with live musical entertainment from around the region. The open and casual atmosphere of the event will allow attendees to stroll among the artisans and vendors while enjoying their wines. Food vendors will be plentiful with something to satisfy just about everyone’s palate.
Culinary Events –
April 20th – BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV — Live demonstrations from local chef Scott Collinash of Panorama at the Peak spice up the 19th annual Uniquely West Virginia wine and food festival in Berkeley Springs from 10am to 5pm. The show offers a free opportunity for the public to sample and buy dozens of state-grown products including more than 50 vintages from nine wineries, as well as meet the faces behind these products. By locating at the north end of the Old Factory Antique Mall, more than 75 antique vendors extend festival shopping further.
Nothing is more relaxing than putting down the top and taking a drive thru the Blue Ridge Mountains.
April 21st – Shenandoah County is welcoming Spring with a one day festival “Come Spend a Day in the Country” on Sunday. Learn how to make your garden grow this summer with planting tips from Fort Valley Nursery. Take a hayride through apple blossoms and meet potters, basket makers, and artists of all types. Enjoy music, vineyard tours, and spectacular mountain views. Part of the Artisan Center of Virginia. You can tour Shenandoah Caverns and American Celebration on Parade, Route 11 Chips, and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War.
For Kids ONLY –
April 6th – 12th Annual Kite Festival at Sherando Park in Winchester. Richmond Air Force will be on hand to discuss the science behind kite flying, the history of kites, and weather permitting, they will demonstrate some high flying kite tricks. Food, Craft vendors, and all sorts of kites available for purchase. Free Kites are available while they last.
Now that spring has arrived, many kid attractions are opening their doors to a great 2013 season. Enjoy farm life at Great Country Farms. The get ready to enjoy the best movies at the The Family Drive In Theater. Shenandoah Discovery Museum’s Summer Camp registration is now open.
Finally plan an entire weekend at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. Read our latest blogs on “Visit the Apple Blossom Festival – Just as Much Fun as Disney”.