Special Events

 
Throughout 2016, Shenandoah has an abundance of exciting events scheduled in celebration of the NPS Centennial as well as the old favorites! For the most updated and comprehensive list, take a look at the chart below. 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
Bold text is being used to denote Centennial events.
2016 DATES
EVENT
LOCATION
January

January 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Fee Free

All National Parks



February
February 12 Centennial Event: Debut of IMAX film National Parks Adventure Washington, D.C. and Va.Beach, VA
March
March 2 Centennial Event: Shenandoah National Park Rangers participate in Read Across America Local schools
March 5 -13 Centennial Event: Philadelphia Flower Show featuring your national parks! Philadelphia, PA
March 24 Centennial Event: Release of Centennial Commemorative Coin Nationwide
April
April 10 Centennial Event: Debut of IMAX film National Parks Adventure Richmond, VA

April 15

Spring Ranger Programs Begin!

This year we're including exciting Centennial programs! Stay tuned for more details!


Parkwide
April 15
Youth Wildflower Art Submissions Due


April 16 - 24

National Park Week - Fee Free

(Detailed schedule coming soon, including some extra events designed specifically to celebrate the Centennial!)


All National Parks

April 22


Centennial Event:
Live Music - Ed Willet, John Muir, University of Wilderness


Ruffner Plaza, Luray, VA 7:00 p.m.
April 23 Centennial Event: Live Music - Ed Willet, John Muir, University of Wilderness Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51. 1:30 p.m.

April 22


Centennial Event:
Park Beautification / Earth Day

Parkwide


April 23


Junior Ranger Day in Shenandoah

A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS 100th Birthday and get kids of all ages connected to their national park!


Dickey Ridge and Byrd Visitor Centers




May

May 7 - 8

Wildflower Weekend
A weekend of special hikes, walks, and talks designed to feature Shenandoah's diverse and beautiful wildflowers.


Parkwide
May 14
11:00 a.m.
Centennial Event: Program and Book Signing by Ren and Helen Davis. (Authors of Landscapes for the People) Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51

May 21

Centennial Event:
Kids to Parks Day


Parkwide
May 21
Trout Fishing Seminar
Click here for registration and information

Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA

May 28

Summer Ranger Program Begins

This year we're including exciting Centennial programs!


Parkwide



June

June 4


National Trails Day




Byrd Visitor Center





June 11 Centennial Event: Special Seminar - Art in the Park
Click here for registration and information.
Big Meadows, mile 51
June 17
7:00 p.m.

Centennial Event: Live Music -Emlyn Johnson

The Theater at Washington, Washington, VA

June 18
1:30 p.m.

Centennial Event:
Live Music - Emlyn Johnson

Byrd Visitor Center
June 18
11:00 a.m.
"Get Your Kids Hiking!"Led by Jeff Alt Byrd Visitor Center
June 20
7:00 p.m.
Centennial Event: Sing Across America! The Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir will present a concert including a song composed especially for the NPS Centennial. Byrd Visitor Center
July
July 6 Centennial Event: Naturalization Ceremony Big Meadows Amphitheater, mile 51
July 9 Centennial Event: Special Seminar - Butterflies!
Click here for registration and information.
Big Meadows area, mile 51
July 15-16 Special Program: History of Gliders at Big Meadows Byrd Visitor Center
July 16 "Get Your Kids Hiking!" Led by Jeff Alt
Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadows Lodge, and Skyland
July 22
6:30 p.m.
Centennial Hike: Twilight Hike to Stony Man – Join Skyland founder "George Pollock" on this evening living history walk to the summit of Stony Man.
2 hours, 1.6-mile hike
Stony Man Trailhead, mile 41.7

July 23

Blackberry Delight

Skyland Resort


July 26 - Sept. 10 National Parks Quilt Tour-special program by Shenandoah Ranger on
July 30.
Virginia Quilt Museum
Harrisonburg, VA
July 28 - 31 Night Skies Festival - Celebrate the valuable resource of dark skies through guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs, and viewing the beautiful night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. Big Meadows area
August

August 4 through October 31 Centennial Event: Art exhibit: The artists of Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville, VA celebrate the NPS Centennial with an exhibit. Skyland and Big Meadows Lodges
August 6
10:00 a.m.
Cenntennial Hike: Chimney Rock Hike- Discover Shenandoah's Wilderness on this hike with great views and compelling geology. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 3.5 hours, moderate
3.4-mile hike
Riprap parking area, mile 90
August 10
8:30 p.m.
Cenntenial Event: "An Interview with Stephen Mather" features Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup portraying Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, near the end of his stellar career in 1929. In this living history interpretive program, Park Ranger Michael Punches will portray a newspaper reporter asking questions about the many challenging issues regarding the formation and development of the National Park Service. Skyland Ampitheater, mile 42
August 12
10:00 a.m.
Centennial Hike: Compton Peak Hike- Join a Ranger on a hike along the Appalachian Trail to Compton Peak. Enjoy interesting geology and an outstanding view of the Shenandoah valley.
3 hours, moderate 2.4-mile hike
Compton Gap, mile 10.4
August 13
10:00 a.m.
Centennial Hike: Legends of the Limberlost - Join a Ranger for a morning stroll to explore stories of the past and present on this trail that has dramatically changed over time.
1.5 hours, 1.2 miles
Limberlost Trailhead, mile 43
August 13
1:30 p.m
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Artist-in-Residence - Join sound artist & radio producer Dianne Ballon, the August Artist-in-Residence, for an interactive demonstration on her work to "create a sound portrait of Shenandoah National Park by recording the natural sounds of the park, and by summoning "stories" to record." Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51
August 19
6:00 p.m.
Centennial Hike: Twilight Hike to Stony Man – Join Skyland founder "George Pollock" on this evening living history walk to the summit of Stony Man.
2 hours, 1.6-mile hike
Stony Man Trailhead, mile 41.7
August 20 Centennial Event: Rededication of Hawksbill Viewing Platform Hawksbill Viewing Platform

August 25

Centennial Event:

Founders Day - Fee Free
(Happy Birthday NPS! See the schedule here!)


All National Parks

August 25
8:30 p.m.
Cenntenial Event: "An Interview with Stephen Mather" features Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup portraying Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, near the end of his stellar career in 1929. In this living history interpretive program, Park Ranger Michael Punches will portray a newspaper reporter asking questions about the many challenging issues regarding the formation and development of the National Park Service. Big Meadows Amphitheater, mile 51
August 25 - 28 Centennial Event: Fee Free in celebration of the NPS's 100th Birthday!
August 26
10:00 a.m.
Centennial Hike: Hike to the Highest Peak – Explore a high-elevation forest on the way to the summit of Shenandoah's tallest mountain, Hawksbill. 2 hours, moderate 2.1-mile hike Upper Hawksbill parking area, mile 46.7

August 27

Photography Seminar
Click here for registration and information.

Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51



August 27
4:00 p.m.
Centennial Hike: Highest Point at Big Meadows – Take a short walk along the Appalachian Trail to the spectacular view from the Blackrock viewpoint.
1 hour, easy
Big Meadows Amphitheater, mile 51
August 28
10:00 a.m.
Centennial Hike: Hike Through History - Travel back in time to learn about some of the Park's human history and visit the ruins of an Episcopal mission.
2 hours, moderate 1.9-mile hike
Pocosin Trailhead, mile 59.5
September
September 2
10:00 a.m.
Centennial Hike: Little Stony Man Cliffs - Explore a sheer cliff face and breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley during this scenic hike that rises in elevation 270 feet. 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles Stony Man Mountain Overlook, mile 38.6
September 3
10:30 a.m.
Centennial Hike: Discovery Walk on the Story of the Forest Trail – Slow down, look up, under and around and explore the forest with a Ranger and see what you can discover! This family-friendly hike is good for all ages.
1.5 hours, 1.8-mile easy hike
Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51
September 6 Conservation Summit TBA

September 6

Fall Ranger Programs Begin

This year we're including exciting centennial programs!


Parkwide
September 7-10 BioBlitz in cooperation with the North American Mycological Association Front Royal and North District of the Park

September 9 - 11

Wilderness Weekend
Celebrate America's wilderness heritage during Shenandoah National Park's 16th annual Wilderness Weekend.


Parkwide
September 16
6:00 p.m.
Centennial Hike: Night Hike to Hawksbill Summit – Join Rangers to watch the sunset and moonrise from Hawksbill, the highest peak in the Park. 2-3 hours, moderate 2.1-mile hike. Limited to 50 people. To register, call Byrd Visitor Center at (540) 999-3500 x3283 starting Monday, September 12. Upper Hawksbill parking area, mile 46.7
September 16 through October 30 Quilts of Greene County - Greene County celebrates the Centennial! Explore the history of the last 100 years through this textile art form. For more information: www.exploregreene.com/events Historic Stanardsville, VA

September 17


Apple Butter Celebration

Skyland Resort

September 24

National Public Lands Day - Fee Free
An annual event intended to encourage people to visit and support places like Shenandoah National Park through volunteer efforts. This year's event highlights the Monarch butterfly.



All National Parks
September 24
9:00 a.m.

Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion


Big Meadows Lodge

September 24
4:00 p.m.
Centennial Hike: CCC Stroll – Celebrate the Civilian Conservation Corps legacy on this short walk to the previous site of a CCC camp.
Less than 1-mile walk, 45 minutes
Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51
October
October 1
1:30 p.m.

Centennial Event:
Live Music -
"National Park Soundscapes" by Jill Haley.
A concert program celebrating the centennial year of the formation of the National Park Service. Composer Jill Haley will be joined by guitarist David Cullen in an instrumental concert of music written about 12 National Parks, including Shenandoah National Park. The music will be performed on oboe, English horn, guitar and keyboard, and will include selections that also feature Mesa Verde National Park and Badlands National Park.

Big Meadows Amphitheater, mile 51

(in case of inclement weather:
Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51)
October 2
3:00 p.m.
Centennial Event: Live Music -
"National Park Soundscapes" by Jill Haley.
A concert program celebrating the centennial year of the formation of the National Park Service. Composer Jill Haley will be joined by guitarist David Cullen in an instrumental concert of music written about 12 National Parks, including Shenandoah National Park. The music will be performed on oboe, English horn, guitar and keyboard, and will include selections that also feature Mesa Verde National Park and Badlands National Park.
Wayne Theater, Waynesboro, VA

October 4 - October 24

Centennial Event:
Centennial Quilts Tour

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center



November

November 11

Veterans Day - Fee Free

Parkwide


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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500
Use this phone number to contact us for all of your park inquiries!

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