Parks Special Events

Family Day Fishing Rodeo (4+)

Go fishing and win prizes! Prizes will be awarded in eight divisions for the largest fish. VA State Fishing regulations apply. A special stocking is scheduled prior to the rodeo. Register in advance or day of. Sponsored by Wilkins Trust Fund.
Date: SA, 6/15
Time: 7-10 am
Fee: $5
Register by: In advance (6/14, 1 pm) or day of at the Lake
Location: Wilkins Lake, Jim Barnett Park

Movie Nights at the Amphitheater

Movies Nights at the Amphitheater

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Amphitheatre. Food will not be available for purchase, so feel free to bring a snack or picnic.

  • F, 6/7: Mary Poppins Returns
  • F, 7/12: Hotel Transylvania 3
  • F, 8/2, Incredibles 2

Time: Movies will begin at dusk (approx. 8:30 pm)

Family Luau

Enjoy a family-oriented, Hawaiian-themed pool party for all ages. The Tiki Torches will be lit while the Hula dancers are dancing. A DJ will provide the music and food will be available for purchase at the concession stand. 
Date: SA, 6/29
Time: Noon-4 pm (pool open until 6:45 pm)
Fee: Daily admission or included with Park membership
Location: Outdoor pool, Jim Barnett Park

Liberty 5K and Kids Mile Race

The course consists of a single loop around Jim Barnett Park and through the grounds of Shenandoah University using roads and sidewalks. The Kids Mile Race will be held immediately following the 5K race. Prizes and awards for top runners. Sponsored by Winchester Paks & Recreation and Shenandoah Valley Runners Club.
Date: TH, 7/4
Time: 8 am
​Fee (before 6/24): SVR members $18, Kids Run $10, Non-member $20
Fee (after 6/24): SVR members $25, Kids Run $15, Non-member $25
Location: Kiwanis 2 pavilion, Jim Barnett Park
Register online:

Moonlight Ball

In honor of Winchester's 275th anniversary, enjoy an evening of learning and dancing traditional Victorian dances. Instruction by Victorian Dance Ensemble. Live music by the Susquehanna Travelers. No dance experience needed. Period attire encouraged but not required. Space is limited. 
Date: SA, 7/20
Time: 7-10 pm
​Fee: $25/individual, $40/couple, $50/group of four (must live in same household, $5 per additional household member)
Register by: 7/15 (additional tickets may be available at the door if not all sold in advance)
Activity #: 659000
Location: George Washington Hotel

Christmas in July

Enjoy Christmas fun under the sun at the outdoor pool. There will be fun and games and plenty of Christmas cheer. Food will be available for purchase at the concession stand. Don't be a Scrooge...take part in the festivities.
Date: TH, 7/25
Time: Noon-3 pm (pool open until 6:45 pm)
​Fee: Daily admission or included with Park membership
Location: Outdoor pool, Jim Barnett Park

End of Summer Swim Under the Stars

Experience the outdoor pool at night and swim under the stars. Food will be available for purchase at the concession stand.
Date: SA, 8/3
Time: 9:30-11 pm
​Fee: $2 per person
Location: Outdoor pool, Jim Barnett Park

All Paws on Deck Canine Swim

For the 5th consecutive year, we'll end the summer pool season with a canine splash! Bring your furry friends out for an evening of swimming at the outdoor pool. All attendees must show proof of rabies vaccination for entrance. Pre-registration option available. 
Date: SA, 9/14
Time: 2-3 pm, 3-4 pm, 4-5 pm
​Fee: $2 per dog
Register by: 9/12 or day-of at the pool
Activity #: 622547-01, 03, 05
Location: Outdoor pool, Jim Barnett Park

Special Event Permits

Click here for more information about holding a special event in Jim Barnett Park.

Leslie Bowery
Recreation Coordinator - Special Events
Winchester Parks & Recreation
1001 East Cork Street
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 662-4946
Fax (540) 678-8791