4 Spoocktacular Events Happening This Weekend!

Fun for the whole family!

Skeleton Festival – Saturday, October 21 4 pm – 8 pm

The second annual Skeleton Festival is back! Trick-or-treat at local businesses throughout downtown from 4-6pm. Pick up a Candy Map at the Visitor Center in the Hardesty Higgins House, 212 S. Main Street, to see the list of trick-or treat locations and look for the orange balloons outside businesses!

Then join us for an all-ages party at the Turner Pavilion & Park from 6-8pm! Festivities include: kids, dogs, and adults costume contests; music; food trucks; a community ofrenda; trunk-or-treating; wacky shacks, goober blobs, whisker biscuits, and more!



Zombie Run for Brains 2017 at Fear Forest – Saturday, October 21 11 am – 1 pm

Can you navigate your way through the gounds of Fear Forest with out getting infected by the zombies that lurk along the way? Each participant will be given a flag football belt at the beginning of the race. Make it through the course and finish with at least one flag and you’ve survived! End the course without any flags left, you’ve been infected and will need to be “disinfected” before you can rejoin society.

Register at www.ZombieRunForBrains.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zombie-run-for-brains-2017-tickets-36797213456?aff=es2

*Proceeds benefit Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Inc. A nonprofit organization that provides information, resources and services to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury in the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Bath, Rockbridge and all the cities included within so they can lead independent and productive lives.

Children’s Harvest Festival 2017 at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum -Saturday, October 21 11 am – 2 pm

The Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, JMuke, free children’s crafts, dancers, local musicians, and Harrisonburg’s favorite horses from Classic Carriage with their wagon, all join together with the EJC Arboretum, for the 2017 Children’s Harvest Festival! Free admission!

Additional parking will be available. Severe inclement weather automatically cancels this outdoor family event. Visit our website: www.jmu.edu/arboretum for more information.

Fall Foliage Carriage Ride at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum – Sunday, October 22 1 pm – 4pm

Reservations are highly recommended as this event is often sold out in advance. Call our office at (540) 568-3194 during business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00 to reserve your ride.

BEFORE CALLING, please read through the pricing options and maximum number of seats per ride at https://www.jmu.edu/arboretum/events.shtml.

Meet at the Frances Plecker Education Center. Each carriage ride is approximately one mile in length and completes a circuit through the arboretum forest on a graveled, unlit route.

The Mac and Cheese Off!

Join us on Sunday, October 15th from 4 pm – 6 pm for the Mac And Cheese-Off. The event is a day to gather, eat and raise money for awareness of local hunger and other ministries that serve Harrisonburg and the surrounding community.

Local amateurs and local celebrity chefs from your favorite Harrisonburg food establishments bring their own twists on mac and cheese for the public to try. The winner of the amateur chef competition will receive a gift certificate to one of the downtown food establishments represented by the local celebrity chefs! And the winner of the most popular mac and cheese recipe wins bragging rights until the next Mac and Cheese-Off.

Hosted  by RISE, the event will raise money for Love Packs, RISE & Shine, Stop Hunger Now, Gleaning, and College Outreach.

Want To Sign Up To Bring Your Mac And Cheese? Fill out the form at: www.riseharrisonburg.com/getyourmacon

Purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-mac-cheese-off-tickets-37400975324

If you’re a local business and would like to participate, sign up on our website at www.riseharrisonburg.com/getyourmacon or email Denise at dlee3596@gmail.com.

Bring Your Own – Grand Opening

Join us during First Fridays downtown to celebrate the Grand Opening of Harrisonburg’s first zero-waste store, Bring Your Own! The first 25 people will receive a door prize and others will have the chance to enter to win giveaways!

Bring Your Own brings awareness to the amount of waste that is created in our communities. Bring Your Own hopes to inspire and educate others to reduce their waste and plastic use by providing practical and sustainable, non-disposable products, offering zero-waste classes, and home and business consultations.