As summer begins in Central Virginia, outdoor activities will be on the calendar for many area families this weekend.
Whether your idea of fun is a night at the ball park, camping, a music festival, taking in a movie under the stars or a 5K run, you’ll enjoy these family activities this weekend.
The Lynchburg Hillcats kick off a seven-game homestand on Friday night to begin the second half of the season.
The Hillcats will take on the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday through Sunday nights. On Monday, the Wilmington Blue Rocks will come to town for a four-game series.
The first 1,000 fans on Friday night will receive a free Andrelton Simmons bobblehead. Saturday night features a fireworks display after the game.
On Sunday night, leashed dogs are welcome at Hillcats stadium for Bark in the Park Night. There will be a pregame parade so come early.
Friday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday games begin at 6:05 p.m. Bring the family and come support your hometown Hillcats.
The Great American Backyard Campout will take place in communities, parks and backyards across the country on Saturday night.
This event is held annually on the fourth Saturday in June to encourage families to connect with nature and spend time outdoors.
Both Smith Mountain Lake State Park and Holliday Lake State Park are offering special rates for camping at a group campsite. Check with the parks for reservations.
Friday Night Cheers will be held at Riverfront Park on Jefferson Street in Lynchburg. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Summer Solstice Wine Festival will be held this weekend at Lazy Days Winery in Amherst. Family activities include a petting zoo and inflatables.
Kids under 12 are admitted free with a parent. There will also be live music, festival foods, arts and crafts vendors and antique cars.
Movie buffs can enjoy “Man of Steel” under the stars this weekend at area drive-in movie theaters in Lexington and Moneta.
Mayberry Drive-In Theatre in Moneta offers “Monsters University” at 9:15 p.m. “Man of Steel” will follow. Come early to enjoy great food before the movies begin.
Hull’s Drive-In Theatre in Lexington offers “World War Z” as the first feature on Friday and Saturday, followed by “Man of Steel.” On Sunday, the order is reversed. The first movie starts at 8:55 p.m.
You can enjoy a free outdoor movie on Friday night at Calvary Baptist Church on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg. The gates open at 8 p.m. and “Wreck it Ralph” begins at dusk.
Lynchburg runners are gearing up for Saturday morning’s Presbyterian Homes 5K and Youth Run, held on the Presbyterian Homes campus on Linden Avenue.
It’s not too late to join the fun. Online registration has closed but you can register Friday at Riverside Runners or at the race site from 7-7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and is followed by the youth run. Two sibling-assisted United Athletics Lynchburg teams will be running in the youth run so come on out and show your support.
Local and state parks will be packed this weekend as summer begins with lots of family activities. The great outdoors is the place to be during summertime.