Special Events

You can also check our calendar, to find programs and events occurring during your visit.
Things are evolving! Check back often for updates!
Special Events


January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Fee Free All National Parks
February 20 Presidents' Day - Fee Free All National Parks
March 12 & 13 Banff Film Festival Charlottesville, VA
April 14 Youth Wildflower Art Submissions Due Parkwide
April 15 - 23 National Park Week All National Parks
April 15, 16, 22, 23 Fee Free All National Parks
April 21 Starry Nights Festival Byrd Visitor Center
April 22 Junior Ranger Day
A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS and get kids of all ages connected to their national park!
Dickey Ridge and Byrd Visitor Centers
April 23 "Ride the Drive" Car-free Day North district only; 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
April 29 Trout Fishing Seminar Syria, Va
May 6 - 7 Wildflower Weekend
A weekend of special hikes, walks, and talks designed to feature Shenandoah's diverse and beautiful wildflowers.
May 13 "Stories in Stone" Geology Seminar Big Meadows

May 20
Kids to Parks Day Byrd (mile 51) and Dickey Ridge (mile4.6) Visitor Centers
May 27 Summer Ranger Programs Begin
June 2-3 Nature Journaling Seminar Big Meadows
June 3 National Trails Day Byrd Visitor Center
June 10 Rocky Mount Fire Seminar Loft Mountain Amphitheater
June 17 "Get Your Kids Hiking" with Jeff Alt Byrd Visitor Center
June 17 Park Neighbor Day- Fee Free Parkwide
June 17 "Walk for Sunshine: Appalachian Trail" with Jeff Alt Skyland Conference Center
June 18 "Bubba Jones Time Travel at Big Meadows" with Jeff Alt Byrd Visitor Center
July 22
Blackberry Delight
Skyland Resort
July 22 "Bubba Jones Time Travel," with Jeff Alt Skyland Resort
July 22 "Walk for Sunshine: Appalachian Trail" with Jeff Alt Big Meadows Lodge
July 29 Pollinators Seminar Big Meadows
August 12 Artist-in-Residence Public Talk Byrd Visitor Center
August 18 - 21 Night Sky Festival Parkwide
August 25 Fee Free in celebration of the NPS's Birthday! All National Parks
August 26-27 Nature Photography Seminar Big Meadows
September 5 Fall Ranger Programs begin (schedule TBA) Parkwide
September 9 - 10 Wilderness Weekend
Celebrate America's wilderness heritage during Shenandoah National Park's 17th annual Wilderness Weekend.
September 9 Trees of SNP Seminar Big Meadows
September 23 Apple Butter Celebration Skyland Resort
September 24 Learn all about Monarch Butterflies Byrd Visitor Center
September 30 National Public Lands Day - Fee Free
An annual event encouraging people to visit and support public lands. This year's focus: water quality!
All National Parks
September 30
Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion Big Meadows Lodge
October 7 "Bubba Jones Time Travel at Big Meadows" with Jeff Alt Byrd Visitor Center
October 8-14 Earth Science Week Nationwide

November 11 & 12

Veterans Day - Fee Free

All National Parks

Last updated: October 4, 2017

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500

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