City schedule, important information for 95th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 14:15

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

CITY’S SCHEDULE

Due to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival activities and road closures, the City of Winchester will operate the following schedule:

  • City Administrative Offices – Closed 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 payments in the black box outside Rouss City Hall.
  • Refuse Collection – Friday’s refuse (April 29) will be collected early.  Residents and businesses that normally have their refuse collected on Fridays are asked to put their refuse out Thursday evening or before 5:00 a.m. on Friday.
  • Jim Barnett Park Rec Center – Closed Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 
  • Joint Judicial Center (courts) – Closed Friday, April 29 
  • WinTran - Closed Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Regular operations will resume on Monday, May 2 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center – The Visitors Center located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road will be open every day from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ROAD CLOSURES

Please see the Festival Parking and Detour document for more detailed information. 

Dates* Street/Lane From To Time Reason/Details
April 28 E. Southwerk Street
E. Whitlock Street
Kent S. Loudoun 9-9:30 am School event
April 28 S. Loudoun Street
S. Kent Street
E. Southwerk E. Whitlock 9-9:30 am School event
April 28-May1 Piccadilly Street
Loudoun Street
Cameron
Fairfax
Braddock
Piccadilly
noon on 4/28-noon on 5/1 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
(Old Town Midway)

April 29

(detour map)

Handley Avenue
Stewart Street
Germain Street
Washington Street
Piccadilly Street
Braddock Street
Cork Street
Cameron
Handley Ave
Stewart
Germain
Washington
Piccadilly
Braddock
Stewart
Germain
Washington
Piccadilly
Braddock
Cork
Cameron
5:30-8:30 pm Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
(Firefighter's Parade)
April 29 Handley Avenue
Valley Ave/Braddock St
Jefferson Street
Service Road
Handley Ave/Millwood
Valley Ave
Valley/Braddock
Jefferson Street
Tennyson
3-5:30 pm Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
(Kids Bloomin' Mile)
April 30 Braddock Street
Fairfax Lane
Washington Street
Handley Blvd
Jefferson Street
Valley Avenue
Jubal Early Drive
Valley 
Braddock
Fairfax
Braddock
JHHS Campus
Braddock
Valley
Fairfax
Washington
Handley Blvd
JHHS Campus
Valley
Bellview
Loudoun
7:30-10:30 am Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
(10K race)

April 30

(detour map)

Handley Blvd
Stewart Street
Germain Street
Washington Street
Piccadilly Street
Braddock Street
Cork Street
Cameron
Handley Blvd
Stewart
Germain
Washington
Piccadilly
Braddock
Stewart
Germain
Washington
Piccadilly
Braddock
Cork
Cameron
1:30-5 pm Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
(Grand Feature Parade)

BAG CHECKS/PROHIBITED ITEMS

Safety is a priority during The Bloom and bags will be checked at the entrances into a number of events including (but not limited to):

  • Bloomin' Wine Fest
  • All tent events
  • Queen's Coronation
  • Weekend in the Park

The following items are prohibited at the above-mentioned events:

  • Backpacks/large bags (14x9)
  • Alcohol and illegal drugs
  • Weapons/knives of any kind
  • Any item that could be used as or construed to be a weapon
  • Food, snacks, beverages or coolers
  • Animals (except for service)
  • Aerosol/spray cans
  • Noisemakers

The Winchester Police Department strongly recommends that guests do not bring bags, backpacks, handbags or purses to events unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. Diaper bags that have necessary items for small children are permitted.

MEDICAL AID STATIONS

A Medical Aid Station is located at the end of the Parade route near the McDonald’s restaurant on Gerrard and Cameron Streets (reference map). Other emergency units are located near the parade routes. If you need medical assistance and cannot get to the emergency station or units on your own, dial 911 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 car will be towed. If your vehicle does get towed, contact the non-emergency assistance line at 540-662-4131 to get its location.

PARKING IN OLD TOWN

With all of the street closings and parking restrictions, the parking garages are the best alternative for you and your family.  All downtown garages are an easy walk to the Parades or the Midway. Braddock Street Autopark will be closed during Apple Blossom. Parking can only be paid for by credit card.

Friday, April 29: Garages will be open from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. Fee is $15.00. 

Saturday, April 30: Garages will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Fee is $15.00.

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. Handicap parking will be available in all three parking garages.

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

Do not park on streets that are closed to parking.

PETS

Pets are not permitted inside Shenandoah Apple Blossom ticketed events. Pets are also 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 6:00 p.m. 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 walk their animals to and from their residence but may be required to show proof of residency while walking their animals through designated areas. 

SAFETY TIPS

Fire and Rescue Safety Tips

Police Department Safety Tips

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

  • Information Resource Center - Street closings, detour routes, etc. 
    • (540) 533-1382 or (540) 533-0234
      • April 29-30, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Winchester Police (non-emergency) - Lost children, towed vehicles, etc.
      • (540) 662-4131
  • Downtown parking garages 
    • (540) 722-7575
  • Emergencies only 
    • 9-1-1