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Weekend events in Central Virginia: May 17-18

Whether you head to an organized event or to a local park, enjoy a weekend making memories in Central Virginia
Whether you head to an organized event or to a local park, enjoy a weekend making memories in Central Virginia
Sandy Wallace

There are tons of family-friendly activities happening in Central Virginia this weekend. Whether you're looking for an organized activity or local information, you'll find lots of family activities in the Lynchburg Macaroni Kid newsletter each week.

The Sprayground at Riverside Park is open daily from 11-7 for free water fun
Sandy Wallace

Here's what's happening in Lynchburg and Central Virginia this weekend. Pack up the family and enjoy making memories together.

Pick strawberries with the family at Yoders' Farm on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Yoders' is located about 15 minutes from Lynchburg at 1135 Browns Mill Road in Rustburg. Call ahead at (434) 401-4864 for picking conditions.

Enjoy National Kids to Parks Day at your favorite Virginia State Park. All of the Virginia State Parks, as well as state, local and national parks across the country are participating in National Kids to Parks Day. Planned activities include canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, geocaching, history, culture and self-guided programs.

Enjoy a day of free water fun in Lynchburg at the Sprayground at Riverside Park on Rivermont Avenue or the spraypad at Riverfront Park on Jefferson Street. Both are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Monacan Indian Nation invites all to attend this year's Powwow with Native American drums and dancers in full regalia, Native American artists and crafters, storytelling, great food and more. Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is located at the Monacan Indian Nation 6 miles east of Route 29 on Route 130 in Elon. See the link for more details.

Go for a run together. Honor our veterans at the We Honor Veterans 5K, held at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the National D-Day Memorial. If you're in Lynchburg, head to Calvary Baptist Church on Timberlake Road at 8 a.m. on Saturday for the 7th Annual Calvary Baptist Church Road Trip 5K and Youth Mile. Arrive early to register on race day at either race.

Working Mamas of all ages are invited to the Motherhood Cafe's Working Mama Meet-Up. Enjoy conversation and discussion with other working moms. Children under 12 months are welcome, there will not be childcare provided for older children. This month, we will discuss the emotions involved in working outside the home and shifting from work to home and home to work mode. This event is held at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at the Drowsy Poet inside Givens Books, 2236 Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg.

Head to Bedford's Falling Creek Park for Happy Tails Family Fun Day on Saturday. Listen to the Panini Brothers play their music at Happy Tails Family Fun Day while you meet adoptable pets from 14 area rescue groups. The Bedford County Shelter has organized this fun event which features an agility area, rabies clinic, food, vendors, live music, face painting, a bouncy house and much more at Bedford's Falling Creek Park. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Please bring dog's rabies certificate. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a rabies clinic from 10-12.

Head north and enjoy a day of family fun at the Amherst Elementary PTO Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be bounce houses, food, games, entertainment, strawberry shortcake, prizes and more. Amherst Elementary School is located off N. Main in the town of Amherst.

The Lynchburg Hillcats are at home this weekend. Game times are 6:05 on Saturday and 2:05 on Sunday. Come on out and support your hometown Hillcats. Saturday's game is the annual "Swing for a Cure" Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

Farmers markets are open and ready for business. Head to Lynchburg Community Market on Main Street from 7-2 on Saturday or Forest Farmers Market, behind the Forest Library on Route 221 from 8-12 on Saturday and choose fresh, local foods for all of your meals.

College commencement ceremonies take place this weekend at Lynchburg College and Randolph College. LC commencement begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. RC commencement begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Both are held outdoors and open to the public.

Head to Ivy Creek Park and rent a canoe or kayak this weekend. Saturday hours are 10-5 and Sunday hours are 2-6. Clemmons Lake is the perfect place to teach your little ones how to canoe or kayak. Bring fishing poles and fish off the pier too.

New bricks will be dedicated at Lynchburg's Awareness Garden at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. Lynchburg City Schools string students will provide music at 2:30. Bricks are donated by members of the community in memory or honor of loved ones who have fought the battle against cancer. The Awareness Garden is located at the Ed Page Entrance to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway off Langhorne Road. Shuttle service for the event from Farm Basket.

Hike or bike the trails this weekend in Lynchburg and beyond. Head to Percival's Island and enjoy hiking or biking on the paved trail. Bring the mountain bikes to Peaks View Park and hit the trails in the woods. Hike the Blackwater Creek Trails off the Blackwater Creek Bikeway in Lynchburg. Visit the Peaks of Otter in Bedford and give the Sharp Top Mountain Trail your best shot. Head north to Crabtree Falls and enjoy a day hike. Start your section hike journey on the Appalachian Trail. Bike High Bridge Trail State Park's trail with the family.

Head to Snowflex and enjoy skiing or snowboarding without the snow. Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is located on Candler's Mountain Road above Liberty University.

For more Lynchburg-area fun, check out the articles below. Learn about Lynchburg's parks, where to find the best sweet summer treats, family day trips in Virginia and places to ride your bike in Central Virginia.

However you spend the weekend, there's plenty to do in Lynchburg to keep your family busy and active this weekend. So pick one, pick two or pick a few and have a great weekend making memories together.

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