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May 9, 2023

Our conversation for Tourism Tuesday - Old Town Winchester edition - with Alex Flanigan, Main Street Program Manager for the City of Winchester took place in the secret garden at Espresso Bar & Cafe on the Old Town Walking Mall.

I met up with Alex to get all the details for KidzFest which is happening on Saturday, May 13, 2023, from noon til 5pm. She told us why this event is one of her favorites despite the rain-out TWICE last year and we talked about all the FREE activities available for children and families to enjoy.

KidzFest is a fun, free day out for the whole family in partnership with friends and neighbors from all across the community to provide hands-on entertainment, arts & crafts activities, educational opportunities, musical performances, fun games, engaging workshops, and so much more!

Here are some of the attractions to look forward to at KidzFest 2023:


  • Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion, joins KidzFest with a hands-on percussion petting zoo!
  • J. Edward Ford dazzles and delights with close-up magic & illusions!
  • Susie the Clown offers free face painting for kids of all ages!
  • GRAMMY-nominated singer and storyteller Ray Owen educates through song with three unique and zany performances!
  • Showtime snacks provided at the Taylor Pavilion with kettle corn by Crim’s Concessions and ice cream treats from Red Fox Creamery – all free for little ones!


  • Shenandoah Arts Council welcomes everyone to join in on painting a community mural!
  • Arte Libre VA teaches a hydro-dipping workshop to create stunning works of art!
  • The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley brings paper gardens to life with handcrafted paper flowers and butterflies!
  • Home Depot gets little hands busy with junior carpentry kits!
  • The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum sparks constructive play with building blocks of all sizes!
  • Old Town Winchester encourages you to make your mark with sidewalk chalk!


  • Armstrong Irish Dance Academy teaches and demonstrates Irish dancing for anyone who wants to join in the fun!
  • East Coast Gymnastics & Cheer gets everyone going with jumps and tumbles for little ninjas and cheerleaders alike!
  • Winchester Parks & Recreation challenges you to an obstacle course!
  • Winchester Sportsplex raises the energy with their on-site moon bounce!
  • Once Upon a Child scores a goal for afternoon fun with their soccer kick challenge!
  • The Splash Pad opens for the season–so dress accordingly!

Click here for a full site map!

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