Home School Week at Luray Caverns - March 12
Civil War Living History Weekend at the Luray Valley Museum - April 21
Festival of Spring - May 05
Luray Downtown Initiative’s Chicken Chow Down - May 18
Town of Luray 4th of July Celebration - July 04
Discovery Day - August 11
Luray International Triathlon & Luray Sprint Triathlon - August 18
Page Valley Fair - August 19
Page Valley Cycling Road Race - September 01
Page County Heritage Festival - October 06
During the week of March 12 – March 18, 2018, Luray Caverns is teaming up with Home Educators of Virginia and offering special rates for homeschool families all week. Take education underground as your kids explore and learn about the geology, chemistry and history behind the wonder of Luray Caverns. Students and families from every state are invited to attend and take advantage of this special offer. Reservations are required, so please call 888-443-6551 or 540-743-6551 and choose option 4. Your children will thank you!
Join us as we host a Civil War Living History Weekend at the Luray Valley Museum located on the grounds of Luray Caverns. Civil War artillery drills and instruction school with a battery of four field cannons will take place on Saturday, April 21st at noon, 2pm and 4pm and on Sunday, April 22nd at 11am and 1pm only. In addition, the 33rd Virginia Infantry reenactors will drill and camp on site.
All proceeds donated to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to continue their active work to save the hallowed battlegrounds in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. For additional information, please visit https://goo.gl/CWYwMn.
May is a beautiful month in Virginia; warming weather and blooming flowers bring the long-awaited opportunity for fun in the fresh air. The Annual Festival of Spring offers the perfect atmosphere for quality family time. Come to the charming town of Luray and take part as our historic Main Street comes alive with fine crafts, food, drink and entertainment. Take advantage of the spring air while tasting Virginia wines to a soundtrack of live, local bands. As for the kids, their faces will be painted with colors and brightened with smiles as they delight in bounce houses and train exhibits. We invite you to spend a fun-filled family day in downtown Luray or enjoy a whole weekend of exploring the sights and attractions of the Shenandoah Valley. This year’s event takes place from noon to 6pm. For more information, visit www.townofluray.com.
Join LDI for their 3rd annual Chicken Chow Down event to be held at Luray Caverns’ Burner Barn from 5pm to 8pm. The Chicken Chow Down spotlights the best of the poultry industry. Dancing and a chicken cook-off are event highlights. Chefs and caterers will test their best dishes against experienced judges and hungry crowds. At the end of the evening, a “Chicken Mayor” is crowned. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged. For more information, visit www.luraydowntown.com.
There is no better place to celebrate the independence of America than one of the most historic areas in the country. Deck the kids in red, white and blue and follow the festive fire engine through the streets of Luray in our annual Independence Day Parade, beginning at 10am at Inn Lawn Park. Bring a traditional family picnic or try out one of our downtown diners for a tasty American meal. When the sun starts to set, head over to the banks of the Hawksbill Creek to watch the sky light up for the classic main event: Fireworks! Continue the patriotic celebration and enjoy the summer night with live music at Performing Arts of Luray’s outdoor patio. For more information, visit www.townofluray.com.
140 years ago, in August of 1878, Luray Caverns were first discovered. The New York Herald reported a “thousand candles illuminated the antechambers making it nearly as bright as day.” Sounds magical, doesn’t it? You won’t need a time machine to experience the enchantment. Join our annual Discovery Day celebration and take a special Grand Illumination Tour, where guides dressed in period costumes lead you through candlelit sections of the caverns and tell about the discovery of this wondrous landmark here in Luray, Virginia. Amidst the magic of the caverns, you may be surprised at what you yourself will discover.
Journey to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and watch the saga unfold for our 11th Annual International Triathlon and Luray Sprint. On the 18th, athletes start the International Triathlon with a loop swim in Lake Arrowhead, then continue on bike for 41 kilometers through the woods of the Shenandoah Valley, followed by a 10-kilometer run through the hills of Page County.
The next day, the Luray Sprint Triathlon takes place, consisting of one loop in Lake Arrowhead, a 27-kilometer bike ride, and a 5-kilometer run to the finish line. Athletes also have the option of doing an AquaBike race that includes the swim and bike portions only. Spectators are welcome to come enjoy the scenic and historic attractions of Luray and Page County. Competitors are encouraged to sign up for these races at luraytriathlon.com.
Beat the heat and the summer doldrums at this year’s Page Valley Fair. For one week in August, the beautiful valley between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten will be filled with amusement rides, contests, food and fun for the whole family. Contests include a lawn mower race and food pantry bingo on Sunday, a karaoke show-down starting Monday with a winner’s round on Friday, and even a truck/tractor pull on Tuesday. The competition will be friendly and the entertainment endless, featuring performances by several live bands each night, all leading up to the Twisted K Ranch Rodeo at the end of the week. Plan a day or two, or take the whole week to ride the rides and enjoy the shows with your family at the Page Valley Fair. For more information and a full schedule visit pagevalleyfair.org.
Join us as Page Valley hosts the Senior Championship road race for both VACA and MABRA. The best of the best in the region compete in this classic road race every year along a scenic route through Luray and Page County. The race includes an eleven-mile loop with two major climbs, a 1.5-mile climb starting gently and then ramping up, and 3/4 mile climb to the finish line, which is 8.3 miles from the start. The excitement of this championship race serves yet another reason to come check out the beauty and charm of Page Valley, situated aesthetically between Massanutten and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy the race and the summer day, then cool off in the shade of the world-renowned Luray Caverns.
October 8th and 9th mark the peak fall foliage season, and Page County celebrates this year with the 48th Annual Heritage Festival. It’s the perfect opportunity for the family to come together and take in the changing colors and the crisp air of the season. Ignite your creativity as hundreds of crafters display their skills, with all-day demonstrations of spinning, crocheting, apple-butter boiling, tole and oil painting, wheel-thrown pottery, blacksmithing and other traditional handiwork. Join us for the festivities in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley as we embrace the coming of chilly weather and celebrate the heritage of Virginia. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/.../heritage-festival.