You probably already know how special Staunton is: breathtaking scenery, gorgeous historic sites, fun and eclectic shopping, varied, diverse cultural offerings, and elevated Virginia cuisine – what’s not to love? What you may not realize is that Staunton is also home to some unique and delightful annual events throughout the year! Below are a few of our favorite events that we look forward to every year:
Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week
The Staunton Tour showcases the beauty of the western Shenandoah Valley with five homes that each offer their own distinctive character. The properties include lovely gardens and scenic views in addition to tours of gorgeous homes. Enjoy the heart-stopping beauty of spring in Virginia while appreciating the historic charm of the Staunton area during this dazzling event on Saturday, April 15, 2023.
Staunton Summer Bandstand Events
Summer in Staunton is beautiful, and the Summer Bandstand Series at Gypsy Hill Park helps you make the most of the outdoors with entertainment all week long! Concert bands, praise celebrations, bluegrass music, jazz, and family movies are among the varied events hosted by the park. Beginning in June and running through the end of August, this series offers something for everyone.
Staunton Music Festival
Considered to be “Virginia’s world-class music festival”, the Staunton August Chamber Music Festival brings more than 90 world-class musicians from around the globe together right here in Staunton. Enjoy ten consecutive days and nights of vocal, chamber, and symphonic music in historic downtown Staunton. The Festival also hosts a spring event, Springfest, featuring music composed before 1800.
Augusta County Fair
The Augusta County Fair is the highlight of the summer, bringing the community together to celebrate the county’s local farmers. A delightful mixture of fun, educational experiences, and fascinating entertainment, the fair features livestock judging, acrobats, illusionists, laser tag, and imaginative interactive ways for kids to learn about the world. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with the Staunton community at this classic summer event every August.
Art in the Park
This annual festival brings fine arts and crafts to the community in historic Gypsy Hill Park on Labor Day weekend. The event includes food, music, art, and art activities. View and purchase art, discuss the process of creating art with the artists, and enjoy a variety of food choices. This is a wonderful chance for aspiring artists to connect with professionals to learn, and a great way for families to enjoy art together.
Staunton Christmas Parade
Kick off the holidays with the Staunton community in historic downtown Staunton at this annual Christmas Parade! Enjoy singing groups, floats, and beautiful decorations as Staunton celebrates the holiday season with flair. Make sure to bring the kids to see Santa and his reindeer!
Celebration of Holiday Lights
Holiday lights at Gypsy Hill Park will dazzle your family and put you in “the holiday mood”! This amazing display of lights includes creative modern ideas as well as time-tested classics for an eye-catching collection of glittering light that covers 214 acres. Welcome the holidays with a tour starting on the Monday before Thanksgiving, and return throughout the season until the end of December!
Holiday House Tour
The Historic Staunton Foundation hosts the Annual Holiday House Tour, a celebration of the spirit of the season and the beautiful historic homes in Staunton. Get a rare glimpse into some of the beautifully restored historic homes in Staunton’s revitalized Gospel Hill historic neighborhood. This is a fantastic way to connect with history and share decades of holiday tradition in Virginia.
There are lots of events happening every day in Staunton, from wine tastings to concerts to educational activities for the whole family. To stay up to date with even more events in our community, check in regularly with our Events in Staunton! We regularly post happenings we think our residents would love. Our community is full of opportunities to celebrate together!