21st Annual Apple Butter Celebration

NOTE: While we're busy planning, please check out our 2019 details below to get an idea of what to expect in 2020!

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Skyland (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive)
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Apple Butter - Shenandoah National ParkCome to Skyland as the staff sets up the copper kettles and stokes up the fire for a day of apple boiling. Watch the process, give the kettle a stir, try a delicious sample, and take home some fresh-from-the-kettle jars of apple butter!

Our chefs will be creating a great menu of items such as Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with Apple Spiced BBQ Sauce, Hot Dog with Apple Relish, Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers, Smoked Pepper Chili & Cornbread, Cole Slaw, Baked Apples, Baked Beans, Apple Cobbler à la Mode, Apple Turnovers, Apple Strudel, Funnel Cakes, and Hot and Cold Apple Cider.

Wine tasting, hard cider by the glass, pony rides, children’s crafts, and live entertainment are also featured throughout the day!

Stay at Skyland (mile 41.7 & 42.5) for convenient, in-park lodging closest to the activities! Or, there's also Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51) not too far down Skyline Drive. But, book now, because rooms fill fast!

Book Your Shenandoah Reservation Today Skyland

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Click tab below to view our 2019 lineup:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Larry Taylor
Larry TaylorA seasoned veteran to the stage, Larry offers acoustic entertainment for audiences of all ages and a fun evening filled with old favorites as well as current tunes.

12:15 - 1:45 PM
Glen Shelton

Glen SheltonGlen has worked with many Nashville recording artists since 1995, and he won the Colgate Country Showdown in 2002. His first national radio release was a self-written Top 40 hit on the country charts in 2004. He has continued to work with well-known artists such as Jimmy Fortune who recorded with Glen on his latest album. This album includes two self-written songs that hit the Top 10 on the nationwide Christian Country Top 100 in 2009. In 2010, Glen opened for Tanya Tucker, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley, Little Texas, and Rhonda Vincent. In March 2010, self-written "Help Me to Stand" hit #2 on the nationwide Christian Country Top 100. In May 2010, "Help Me to Stand" hit #12 on the nationwide Power Source Country Top 20. Glen has also been nominated for the ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year, and the ICGMA (International Country Gospel Music Association) Male Horizon and Crossover Artist. The most popular question people ask Glen when they hear him for the first time is "Where have you been?"

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Shenandoah Valley Cloggers

Shenandoah Valley CloggersThe Shenandoah Valley Cloggers Inc., formed in 1984, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Appalachian clogging, a distinctive form of American folk dance, which encompasses many different traditions of step dances with Scottish, English, Dutch and German roots. To entertain a variety of ages, the troupe’s music includes everything from bluegrass, to country, to pop, to old time rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1984, the troupe has been performing Tuesday evenings from April through October at Skyland in Shenandoah National Park. The troupe is made up of 14 dancers, ranging in age from mid-20s to late 60s, all focused on their love of clogging and the enjoyment of entertaining.

3:15 - 4:30 PM
DZ & Natural Grass

Natural Grass - Shenandoah National ParkThe Natural Grass Band was formed in the summer of 2006. After “jamming” with musicians from both sides of the Blue Ridge, Debbie Zinn brought some of her “music buddies” together to perform throughout the northwestern region of Virginia. Natural Grass’ repertoire consists mainly of traditional bluegrass favorites from many years ago, from the likes of Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley and the Stanley Brothers to name a few. They have performed at various events over the years including festivals, conference retreats, banquets, cookouts and church events.
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park
  • Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park

Apple Month

We didn't want the celebration to end with our Apple Butter Festival, so we're celebrating apples all month long with hard cider tastings!

Click Tabs Below for Details:

Old Hill Hard Cider - Shenandoah National Park

Delicious and natural, familiar and flavorful, hard cider is a rich part of Virginia's heritage with a variety of styles ranging from dry to sweet and still to sparkling - sure to tantalize even the most distinguished of palates.

Old Hill Cider uses carefully selected apples of heirloom cider-specific varieties, and is made from 100% apple juice with the added benefit of being gluten-free.

DATE
LOCATION
VENDOR
Sept 18
Skyland
Old Hill Cider
Sept 26 Big Meadows Lodge
Bold Rock Hard Cider

Apples are Awesome in September

There are apple orchards all around the park and we've built out a few maps for you and choice locations to find this delectable fruit on your way to and from the park.

NOTE: The National Park Service neither approves nor endorses the services or facilities outside the park area.

Click Tabs Below for Details:

Apple Orchards - DC to Skyline Drive

High Places Orchards
121 Winesap Lane
Flint Hill, VA 22627
540-635-5537

  • Pick-Your-Own: Virginia Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), McIntosh (Sept), William's Pride (Sept)

Williams Orchards
3 Williams Farm Lane
Flint Hill, VA 22627
540-675-3765

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Virginia Gold (Sept), Stamen (Sept), Winesap (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Rome (Oct), Arkansas Black (Oct), York (Oct)

Roy's Orchards
64 Old Hollow Road
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8636

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Nittany (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Winter Gala (Oct)

Thornton River Orchards
11587 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8585

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Braeburn (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct)

Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse
17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853
540-896-7582

  • Pick Your Own: Home to over 20 varieties of apples, including antiques, and Old Hill Hard Cider! Pick Your Own varieties change weekly as their fruit ripens thru the season, so contact the orchard directly to see what varieties are available during your visit!
Apple Orchards - Winchester to Skyline Drive


Marker-Miller Orchards

3035 Cedar Creek Grade
Winchester, VA 22602
540-662-1391

  • Pick-Your-Own: Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Empire (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Sept), Nittany (Sept), Stayman (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct)
  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Yatika Fuji (Sept), Ida Red (Sept), Jonagold (Sept), Crispin (Sept), Enterprise (Sept), Cameo (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct)

Rinker Orchards, Inc. (opens mid-September)
1156 Marlboro Road
Stephens City, VA 22655
540-869-1499

  • Pick-Your-Own: Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Ida Red (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Nittany (Oct), York (Oct), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct)

Williams Orchards
3 Williams Farm Lane
Flint Hill, VA 22627
540-675-3765

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Virginia Gold (Sept), Stamen (Sept), Winesap (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Rome (Oct), Arkansas Black (Oct), York (Oct)

Thornton River Orchards
11587 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8585

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Braeburn (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct)

Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse
17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853
540-896-7582

  • Pick Your Own: Home to over 20 varieties of apples, including antiques, and Old Hill Hard Cider! Pick Your Own varieties change weekly as their fruit ripens thru the season, so contact the orchard directly to see what varieties are available during your visit!
Apple Orchards - Charlottesville to Skyline Drive


Carter Mountain Orchards

1435 Carters Mountain Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-977-1833

  • Pick-Your Own: Virginia Gold (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Jonagold (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Granny Smith (Oct), Stayman (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Winter Gala (Oct)
  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Jonathan (Sept), Rome (Oct), Crispin (Oct), Albemarle Pippin (Nov)

Graves Mountain Farm
141 Apple Tree Lane
Syria, VA 22743
540-923-4231

  • Pick-Your-Own: Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Mutsu (Sept), Rome (Oct), Stayman (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Empire (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct)

Roy's Orchards
64 Old Hollow Road
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8636

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Honeycrisp (Sept), Nittany (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct), Fuji (Oct), Pink Lady (Oct), Winesap (Oct), Winter Gala (Oct)

Thornton River Orchards
11587 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA 22740
540-987-8585

  • Not Pick-Your-Own, but In Season: Summer Rainbow (Sept), Ginger Gold (Sept), Gala (Sept), Golden Delicious (Sept), Red Delicious (Sept), Braeburn (Sept), Empire (Sept), Rome (Oct), Granny Smith (Oct), York (Oct)

Showalter's Orchard & Greenhouse
17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853
540-896-7582

  • Pick Your Own: Home to over 20 varieties of apples, including antiques, and Old Hill Hard Cider! Pick Your Own varieties change weekly as their fruit ripens thru the season, so contact the orchard directly to see what varieties are available during your visit!
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