Thursday, October 27, 2016

Paint the Town Autumn - Local Autumn Activities

Guest post by Sydnie Long!

The skies are gray, the rain is falling, the leaves are shedding their green color for orange and gold hues, and the temperature is steadily declining (no matter how hard summer is holding on). All of that can only mean one thing—Autumn is here! And with that comes a bunch of fun local activities for solo adventurers and families alike.

Here are just a few of the many, many activities going on in Harrisonburg at this time of year:

Skyline Drive


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Every Fall people travel from around the country to see the leaves change in the Shenandoah Valley!  If you haven't had the chance to experience the leaves in the mountains, now is the perfect time for a hike or a trip through Skyline Drive!

For more details, visit the Shenandoah National Park website!


Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market


Come out, come out to support our local farmers at the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market. While this is a year-round event, it’s only at this time of year that you can get certain harvest produce and d├ęcor. The Summer Market goes until Thanksgiving, before switching to the Winter Market in December.

For more information, check out their website.


The Great Pumpkin Party


A great event for kids and families! Don your costumes and grab your candy bags, and get ready to spend the day at Back Home on the Farm. You’ll get to trick-or-treat and engage in fun activities all centered around pumpkins—painting them, smashing them, and playing games with them! The event takes place on Halloween itself.

For more information, check out the farm's website.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with Live Shadow Cast!)


The Rocky Horror Picture Show is all the rage, what with JMU’s Marching Royal Dukes performing “Time Warp” as part of their set, Fox’s recent TV adaptation, and the timeless love fans have always had for this production. Now, you can see the performance in person at our very own Court Square Theater. Costumes are encouraged for attendees!

For dates, ticket prices, and more information, check out the webpage.


Fear Forest


Check out one of Virginia’s creepiest haunts at Fear Forest. Shoot zombies with laser guns as you ride through corn fields, hold on tight to your friends as you creep through the forest, and avoid creepy clowns, daunting dolls, and monsters with chainsaws. The fear is real at Fear Forest, the place to be  to get a good scare in the days leading up to Halloween. Prepare to scream your throat out.

For dates, ticket prices, and more information, check out their website.


Apple + Pumpking Picking

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With local orchards and farms all over the Valley, there are many places to visit for you-pick apples or pumpkins!  One of our closest orchards is Showalter's Orchard in Timberville.  They have special events every Saturday from 9am - 5pm!

To view all of their events, visit their website here.


Westover Holiday Craft Show


Looking to decorate your house for the holiday season? Need to get some gifts for the people in your life? Of course, The Lady Jane Shop has got you covered with that and more, and the Westover Holiday Craft Show does too. The craft show even has availability if you’re looking to become a vendor. Act soon though; the craft show takes place on October 29.

For more information, check out the webpage.


Haunted Harrisonburg Ghost Tours


You’ve tried Fear Forest, and you want to take your scares a step further. Take a 75-minutes walking tour through Downtown Harrisonburg as you check out the local haunts. Purchase your tickets online or by calling, and meet in the Visitor’s Center parking lot.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.


Veterans Day Parade and Concert


Show your support for our veterans, the dedicated men and women who have proudly served our country, by coming out to the Veterans Day Parade Concert. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, the parade begins by Rockingham County Administration Center and will travel down Main Street toward City Hall. Following the parade at 3:30 p.m., Harrisonburg High School will host a short reception, featuring the performance of their music department.

For more information, check out the webpage.


Rocktown Downtown Turkey Trot


What better way to kick off your Thanksgiving morning by burning off the calories of food you’ll consume later that day, in the Rocktown Downtown Turkey Trot. In an event for friends and family members of all ages, take part in this 4-mile trot through Downtown Harrisonburg at your own pace. Bonus points if your running attire is turkey-themed.

For more information, check out their website.

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