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Staunton’s Upcoming Events: Spring and Summer

Had enough of the winter gloom? Summer will be here before we know it, and Staunton is ready to celebrate the warmer weather with some spectacular upcoming events and festivals. Save the dates for spring and summer fun!

Heifetz Institute

At the Heifetz International Music Institute, talented young musicians train with faculty from top universities, conservatories and performance groups from around the globe. Give your ears a treat with some of the great programming offered to the public over the next few months. Upcoming events include:

  • The Spring Hootenanny on March 16 at the American Hotel.
  • Performance at the historic Sugarloaf estate in Middlebrook as part of the spring Garden Tour / Plein Air Festival.
  • Festival of Concerts: six-weeks of daily concerts, a speaker series, and performances by world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Stay tuned as Heifetz announces its programming on its website.

Queen City Plein Air Festival

April 17-22, 2018

During this annual event, professional artists will leave their studios and travel to Staunton to paint “en plein air.” They will produce onsite paintings of Staunton’s noteworthy architecture, gardens, and landscapes. Interested members of the public can take in artist demonstrations, compete in the Paint Staunton Quick Draw Art Competition, attend preview parties and workshops, and purchase art at the Fresh Paint Show & Sale and the Wet Paint Gallery Sale.

For information, check out Beverly Street Studio School.

Historic Garden Week

April 21

The Garden Club of Virginia will celebrate Augusta County’s contributions to Historic Garden Week in the magnificent gardens of Middlebrook, just 10 miles south of Staunton. Plein Air artists will be painting on site at the farms and estates featured by the tour.

Dogwoods & Daffodils at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

April 20th 

Reserve a spot for the 4th Annual Dogwoods & Daffodils garden party in the lovely gardens of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Enjoy both live and silent auctions and a delicious meal catered by local chef Mike Lund.

Art in the Park

May 26 – May 27

Join us for the 51st year of Art in the Park. Artists working in various media gather in Gypsy Hill Park to display and sell their wares in this juried show. Past artists have included painters, photographers, sculptors, textile artists, woodworkers, jewelers and more. Concessions, live music, and fun activities for kids are available.

The American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Center turns 30 in September and has a packed lineup for 2018. Highlights include:

  • A full year of stellar programming including Macbeth, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew,  Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and more.
  • The world premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma in June.
  • The first two winners in the Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries competition will be announced in June.
  • The Wars of the Roses tetralogy concludes with Richard III opening in September.

Wine & Jazz Festival

June 30

Looking for something to do in that quiet time before the 4th of July? Save the date for the 10th annual Wine and Jazz Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum. Relax for an afternoon of music and wines from the Shenandoah Valley. Food and other vendors with also be on site. Here’s a link to last year’s schedule.

Fourth of July – Happy Birthday America

July 1-4

Staunton has been celebrating the Fourth of July in grand style since 1970. Join us for this year’s Happy Birthday America celebration in Gypsy Hill Park. The loaded schedule will feature music, a vesper service, fireworks, a parade, a 5K race, a children’s pageant, and concessions. The celebration will also feature a concert by Wilson Fairchild. Wilson Fairchild is a country group comprised of Wil and Landon Reid, sons of the Statler Brothers’ Harold and Don Reid, who originally performed the celebration’s yearly free concert.

Independence Day Celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum

July 4, 2018

Want to learn about American history on the Fourth of July? Plan on attending the Independence Day Celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum and discover what independence meant to Augusta County’s early settlers. This event is pay-what-you-will. Experience educational activities for the entire family, including period games, dances and demonstrations. Food vendors will be on site.

Red Wing Roots Festival

July 13-15

The Red Wing Roots Festival is a family-friendly music festival at Natural Chimneys Park. Come for the day or plan to camp all weekend. Unwind as you listen to the music and enjoy scenery framed by the 120-foot limestone towers. There will be plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained. Adults can enjoy morning yoga and runs, hiking, and a beer garden. Kids will keep busy painting murals and playing outdoor games. They can also explore a rock-climbing wall, a slackline, an instrument petting zoo and more. Click here for the 2018 line-up.

Staunton Music Festival

August 10-19

Every year the Staunton Music Festival brings us ten days of world-class classical music ranging from the Middle Ages to commissioned world premieres. Thirty concerts will take place in variety of downtown Staunton settings. Highlights include:

  • a semi-staged performance of Hercules, one of the most powerful and rarely-heard of Handel’s operas. Click here for more information.
  • SMF will host one of America’s most intriguing and award-winning composers, Gabriela Lena Frank. Frank will be featured in several events, including a free discussion and performance of her choral and piano music. Follow the link for more info: Meet the Composer Event.

4th Annual Food Truck Battle

September 2

Food trucks and breweries from across Virginia will showcase their best dishes and compete for grand champion status during the Food Truck Battle at Augusta Expo. VIP ticket holders take part in the judging while everyone else can purchase the food, beer, and wine of their choosing. The food truck battle benefits the Madee Project, a local non-profit foundation supporting families battling pediatric cancer.