You don’t need a special day to come to Staunton, but if you like partying, plan a visit this fall. Several of our attractions, stores, and restaurants are marking milestone anniversaries. Read up for more info about their can’t-miss birthday celebrations.
The American Shakespeare Center
The American Shakespeare Center has been staging world-class Shakespeare for three decades. This year’s performances are extra special as its 30th Anniversary Artistic Year features fall performances of As You Like It, Richard III, George Etherege’s The Man of Mode, and a world-premier adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma by Emma Whipday. Check the schedule for performances that include free pre-show lectures. Plan to buy your tickets for the 30th Anniversary Gala on September 22, which will include a special performance, a celebration, dinner, and dancing.
Frontier Culture Museum
For 30 years, the Frontier Culture Museum has kept the past alive by providing hands-on experiences and telling the stories of the various people who migrated to the Shenandoah Valley during Colonial times. For the month of September enjoy admission prices circa 1988. You’ll be able to visit the Museum for the price you would have paid during its inaugural year: $3 for adults and children ages 6-17 are just $1 (5 and under are free). Come see living history, but also join as the museum marks its milestone birthday with an End-of-Summer Concert on September 2. The concert will feature the locally grown band E3 (formerly “Everything”), famous for their song “Hootch.” Food and beer will be available for purchase.
Other festivities include the Annual Pass Holder Pancake Breakfast on September 22 followed by a book signing of The Log Cabin – An American Icon by author Allison Hoagland and a performance by professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter Amythyst Kiah.
Barren Ridge Vineyards
2018 marks ten years for Barren Ridge Vineyards. Head out to the winery on September 30 for the Harvest Festival Party, where you’ll enjoy live music, giveaways, food trucks, and, of course, award-winning wine, and some of the best scenery in Augusta county!
Two of our downtown favorites also have a lot to celebrate this fall. Baja Bean has been serving tasty Southern California-style Mexican for 20 years, and Made; By the People, For the People has been featuring local and handmade products for five years. Check out web pages and social media for specials.