Locals and visitors, rejoice! There is near-nightly summer entertainment at Gypsy Hill Park, one of the jewels in the Staunton Parks & Recreation crown. Pack yourself a picnic and spread out on the lawn for a terrific evening of music and family fun.
8 p.m. June through August: Find The Stonewall Brigade Band on the bandstand. It is the oldest continuous community band in the country, dating to 1855. Initially a brass band, now it’s a full concert band of at least 70 performers from the 120-strong roster of musicians. Each concert is different and includes a variety of genres. Of special note is July 17, a concert created just for the kids and featuring their favorite music from Looney Tunes and Sesame Street to Disney’s latest hits Frozen and Moana.
7 p.m. in July and August: Praise in the Park is a series of concerts of gospel, contemporary, and hip hop Christian music along with family activities like free pony rides (July 11) and free pizza and soda along with bounce house (August 8). Concessions are available.
7 p.m. in July and August: Bluegrass! If you love a little pickin’ and grinnin’, this is the night for you. You won’t want to miss this series. Highlights to include the traditional Larry Stephenson Band (August 2) and the brother and sister duo, Marteka and William, performing in the styles of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
7 p.m. July through September 1: Jazz in the Park takes control of the bandstand to bring you exciting Big Band, Prohibition era jazz, Blues, and even a little Zydeco this summer. JUST JAZZIN BIG BAND kicks off the 30th Season of Jazz in the Park on July 6. Hot summer nights will only turn up a notch when these exciting entertainers come to Staunton.
June through August 4: Family-friendly movies under the stars create memories! Bring your kiddos and a big blanket to Family Nite Flix, lay back and watch some classics like Sixteen Candles and some new flicks, too, like Finding Dory and Zootopia. Concessions will be available.
Saturdays and Sundays in Staunton’s parks are great for swimming, golfing, picnicking, hiking, and biking. Make these green spaces your summer go-to for unwinding any day of the week. Happy Summer!