Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

The Bloom is an annual event organized by the private Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival organization and held in the City of Winchester and Frederick County. Attracting crowds in excess of 250,000 people, the festival includes over 30 events such as the Old Town Wine & Fine Arts Festival, Apple Blossom Carnival, dances, parades, band concerts, luncheons, parties and much more.

Although the City of Winchester local government does not organize this event, several City departments are involved in making sure festival activities are permitted and safe.  

City's 2016 Apple Blossom Week Schedule:

  • City Offices - Most City offices will close at noon on Friday, April 29.  To make a bill payment (personal property taxes, real estate taxes & utility bills), please visit the City's pay online web page, or place your payment in the black box outside Rouss City Hall.
  • Joint Judicial Center - Joint Judicial Center will be closed on Friday, April 29.
  • War Memorial Building - The War Memorial Building will close early (5:00 pm) on Friday and is closed all day on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.
  • WinTran - Public transit service will be closed on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Regular operations will resume on Monday, May 2 at 6:00 am.
  • Refuse/Recycling Refuse and recycling collection will operate on normal schedule, except Friday’s refuse will be collected early.  Residents and businesses that normally have their refuse collected on Fridays are encouraged to put their refuse out Thursday evening after 6 pm.
  • Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center - The Visitors Center located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road is open every day from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

2016 Festival Event Information is the official Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival website. If you are looking for information about Festival events, history, news, merchandise, etc., visit for all of the details.

Maps, Detours and Parking

Friday, April 29 Road Closures

  • Firefighters' Parade  - Route will close at 4 pm until approx. 8:30 pm. Cameron Street from Gerrard Street to Wyck Street will close at noon for parade line-up.
  • Kids Bloomin' Mile - Route closes at 3:15 pm. Race begins at 4 pm and ends at 5:30 pm. Course begins and ends on Handley Blvd in front of the Grandstand and wraps around the JHHS campus.

Saturday, April 30 Road Closures

  • 10K Race & Grand Feature Parade - Routes will close to all traffic at 8 am and will remain in effect until the end of the parade at approx. 7 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Medical Aid Stations

A Medical Aid Station is located at the end of the parade route near the McDonald's restaurant at the intersection of Gerrard and Cameron Streets, plus other emergency units are located near the parade routes. If you need medical attention and cannot get to the emergency station or units on your own, dial 9-1-1 for emergency service.

Towed Vehicles

Parade line-up routes and traffic detours create changes to on-street parking areas close to all of the events.  Do not park on streets marked "Closed to Parking" - pay close attention to parking restriction signs or your vehicle will be towed. If your vehicle does get towed, contact the City's non-emergency assistance line at (540) 662-4131 to get its location.

Parking in Old Town Garages

With all of the street closings and parking restrictions, the parking garages are the best alternative. All four downtown garages are one block from the parade route or the Midway. Only $15 per day. (NOTE: Reserved parking on Friday and Saturday is SOLD OUT.) If space is still available on Friday or Saturday, you can park in the garages for $15 (CASH ONLY).

Friday, April 29:
Garages will be open from 10 am to midnight.

Saturday, April 30:
Garages will open at 8 am and will not have a set closing time.

Handicap Parking

Handicapped parking is available at each Apple Blossom sponsored event.  We recommend that residents utilize downtown parking garages for the Grand Feature Parade.

Handicapped parking for Weekend in the Park will be available in front of the War Memorial Building.


Please be aware that pets are not allowed to enter the Loudoun Street Mall area during Apple Blossom events on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. The prohibited area is defined as the area north of Cork Street, south of Fairfax Lane, east of Braddock Street and west of Cameron Street inclusive of the named streets. This is for the pets’ safety as well as the safety of the festival attendees. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

The dates and restrictions are: Noon on Friday, April 29 to 6 pm on Saturday, April 30. Permitted animals include: (1) service animals, (2) vendors that have obtained written authorization from the Chief of Police, and (3) residents living within the designated area can to walk their animals to and from their residence but may be required to show proof of residency while walking their animals through designated areas. 

Mobile App

The Winchester Police Department will be utilizing the Apple Blossom Festival’s Smartphone App to keep local residents and festival attendees informed about emergency situations during the festival.

With push notifications, subscribers will get real time notifications sent directly to their mobile device.  Messages can include inclement weather alerts, traffic accidents and areas to avoid.  The app also has a tool to help with parking.  With the ‘Find My Car’ feature, you can pin the location of your vehicle and easily retrieve it with GPS directions.

Note – when you sign up for the mobile app, you must select ‘yes’ to receive push alerts and enable the GPS tracking.

The app also includes these features:

  • Events Calendar
  • PDF Maps to help navigate the parade route
  • Photo Gallery
  • News Feed

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® mobile app is available in iTunes and Google Play Stores. We encourage the public to download the Apple Blossom Festival App today! 

Safety Tips and Important Numbers

  • Fire and Rescue Safety Tips
  • Police Department Safety Tips
  • Important Phone Numbers:
    • Information Resource Center (street closings, detour routes, festival info) - (540) 545-4737 or (540) 545-4738
      • Available April 29-30 from 8 am-5 pm
      • Available May 1 from 8 am-Noon
    • Winchester Police Dept Assistance (lost child, towed vehicle, etc.) - (540) 662-4131
    • Downtown Parking Garages - (540) 722-7575