Parks Special Events

September 11 Memorial Service

9/11 Remembrance Day

Join us as we remember those who served and those we lost on September 11 during Winchester Parks and Recreation's 9/11 Memorial Service. There will be apparatus displays of vehicles that responded that day, presentation of colors and guest speakers.
Date: W, 9/11
Time: 8 am
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Rec Center

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: Jim Barnett Park, Outdoor Pool

Summer of Slam - Grass Volleyball Tournament

There will be four women's courts and four men's courts. Eight team maximum in each division: Men's Doubles, BB/B or Women's Doubles, BB/B.
Date: SA, 9/14
Time: 8 am registration, 9 am start time
​Fee: $50/team
Register by: In advance or onsite
Activity #: 631645-11
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Gym 

Mini Drive-In Movie

Come early for the "drive-in movie" for the little ones to design their very own mini vehicle to sit in while watching the movie. Children 6 and under will be given a cardboard box and supplies to design and decorate their very own vehicle (while supplies last). Movie: "Cars 3" (PG)
Date: F, 10/4
Time: 5:30 pm to begin decorating boxes, 6:15 pm movie
​Fee: FREE
Ages: Open to all, boxes are for ages 6 and under
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Gym 

Park Cleanup Day

Help us keep Jim Barnett Park beautiful. Groups will be assigned to a section of the park to pick up trash and debris. 
Date: SA, 10/19
Time: 9-11 am
Registration: Will take place outside the Rec Center entrance beginning at 8:30 am.
Location: Jim Barnett Park

Ghouls and Gals Halloween Dance

For middle school students featuring a DJ and costume contest. Food will be available for purchase at minimal cost. SCHOOL ID is REQUIRED for admission. No masks or weapons (fake or real). Costumes  must be school dress code appropriate.
Date: SA, 10/19
Time: 7-9 pm
​Fee: $5 in advance, $8 at the door
Register by: In advance or onsite
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Gym

Spookcessible

A Halloween event for children with special needs. Search for easily accessible non-spooky ghosts to turn in for treats. Then head over to the pumpkin patch to look for a pumpkin gourd to take home. Bring a packed lunch and play on the Children's Dream Accessible Playground. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Jim Barnett Park gym.
Date: F, 10/18
Time: 10 am
​Fee: FREE
Location: Jim Barnett Park Familyland

Veterans Day Memorial Blood Drive

As we honor our veterans that serve or have served, please join us for a luncheon provided by Gore's Meats. A blood drive will also be held by the American Red Cross. Give the gift of life.
Date: F, 11/8
Time: 11 am-5 pm
​Fee: FREE
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall

Santa Letters

Write a letter to Santa and put it in his special mailboxes in Winchester for mailing. Remember to include your return address and Santa might just write you back. Mailbox locations: Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, Rouss City Hall (15 N. Cameron Street), Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center (1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road).
Date: 11/18-12/2
​Fee: FREE

Little Turkey Treats (1+)

Time to bring your "Little Turkey" to the park for some fun activities, crafts and treats to celebrate Thanksgiving. Enjoy the room full of age-appropriate arts and crafts at your own pace. Parent/guardian must stay with child. No day-of registrations will be accepted.
Date: TH, 11/21
Time: 6:30 pm
​Fee: $5/child
Register by: 11/18
Activity #: 641347-11
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall

Thankful for Volleyball Tournament (18+)

All co-ed volleyball teams are invited to show off their skills in this annual tournament.
Date: SU, 11/24
Time: 8 am registration, 9 am start time
​Fee: $20/person
Register: In advance or onsite
Activity #: 631645-07
Location: John Handley High School, Gym

Santa Letters

Write a letter to Santa and put it in his special mailboxes in Winchester for mailing. Remember to include your return address and Santa might just write you back. Mailbox locations: Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, Rouss City Hall (15 N. Cameron Street), Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center (1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road).
Date: 11/18-12/2
​Fee: FREE

Cookies with Santa (1+)

Enjoy the room full of age-appropriate arts and crafts to celebrate the holidays at your own pace. Parent/guardian must stay with child. No day-of registrations will be accepted.
Date: TH, 12/4
Time: 6:30 pm
​Fee: $5/child
Register by: 12/2
Activity #: 641347-12
Location: Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall

Santa Letters

Make a Christmas craft while you wait to visit the jolly old man himself, Santa!
Date: 12/14
Time: 10 am-2 pm
​Fee: FREE
Location: Godfrey Miller Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street (pedestrian mall)


Special Event Permits

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