4 Spoocktacular Events Happening This Weekend!

Fun for the whole family!

Skeleton Festival – Saturday, October 21 4 pm – 8 pm

The second annual Skeleton Festival is back! Trick-or-treat at local businesses throughout downtown from 4-6pm. Pick up a Candy Map at the Visitor Center in the Hardesty Higgins House, 212 S. Main Street, to see the list of trick-or treat locations and look for the orange balloons outside businesses!

Then join us for an all-ages party at the Turner Pavilion & Park from 6-8pm! Festivities include: kids, dogs, and adults costume contests; music; food trucks; a community ofrenda; trunk-or-treating; wacky shacks, goober blobs, whisker biscuits, and more!

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Zombie Run for Brains 2017 at Fear Forest – Saturday, October 21 11 am – 1 pm

Can you navigate your way through the gounds of Fear Forest with out getting infected by the zombies that lurk along the way? Each participant will be given a flag football belt at the beginning of the race. Make it through the course and finish with at least one flag and you’ve survived! End the course without any flags left, you’ve been infected and will need to be “disinfected” before you can rejoin society.

Register at www.ZombieRunForBrains.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zombie-run-for-brains-2017-tickets-36797213456?aff=es2

*Proceeds benefit Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Inc. A nonprofit organization that provides information, resources and services to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury in the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Bath, Rockbridge and all the cities included within so they can lead independent and productive lives.

Children’s Harvest Festival 2017 at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum -Saturday, October 21 11 am – 2 pm

The Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, JMuke, free children’s crafts, dancers, local musicians, and Harrisonburg’s favorite horses from Classic Carriage with their wagon, all join together with the EJC Arboretum, for the 2017 Children’s Harvest Festival! Free admission!

Additional parking will be available. Severe inclement weather automatically cancels this outdoor family event. Visit our website: www.jmu.edu/arboretum for more information.

Fall Foliage Carriage Ride at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum – Sunday, October 22 1 pm – 4pm

Reservations are highly recommended as this event is often sold out in advance. Call our office at (540) 568-3194 during business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00 to reserve your ride.

BEFORE CALLING, please read through the pricing options and maximum number of seats per ride at https://www.jmu.edu/arboretum/events.shtml.

Meet at the Frances Plecker Education Center. Each carriage ride is approximately one mile in length and completes a circuit through the arboretum forest on a graveled, unlit route.

The Mac and Cheese Off!

Join us on Sunday, October 15th from 4 pm – 6 pm for the Mac And Cheese-Off. The event is a day to gather, eat and raise money for awareness of local hunger and other ministries that serve Harrisonburg and the surrounding community.

Local amateurs and local celebrity chefs from your favorite Harrisonburg food establishments bring their own twists on mac and cheese for the public to try. The winner of the amateur chef competition will receive a gift certificate to one of the downtown food establishments represented by the local celebrity chefs! And the winner of the most popular mac and cheese recipe wins bragging rights until the next Mac and Cheese-Off.

Hosted  by RISE, the event will raise money for Love Packs, RISE & Shine, Stop Hunger Now, Gleaning, and College Outreach.

Want To Sign Up To Bring Your Mac And Cheese? Fill out the form at: www.riseharrisonburg.com/getyourmacon

Purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-mac-cheese-off-tickets-37400975324

If you’re a local business and would like to participate, sign up on our website at www.riseharrisonburg.com/getyourmacon or email Denise at dlee3596@gmail.com.

Bring Your Own – Grand Opening

Join us during First Fridays downtown to celebrate the Grand Opening of Harrisonburg’s first zero-waste store, Bring Your Own! The first 25 people will receive a door prize and others will have the chance to enter to win giveaways!

Bring Your Own brings awareness to the amount of waste that is created in our communities. Bring Your Own hopes to inspire and educate others to reduce their waste and plastic use by providing practical and sustainable, non-disposable products, offering zero-waste classes, and home and business consultations.

Arctoberfest – Harrisonburg’s German Beer & Wine Festival

You are invited to Arctoberfest, Harrisonburg’s first ever German beer and wine festival! The event will be taking place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the Turner Pavilion in Downtown Harrisonburg.

This inaugural, family friendly event will be benefiting The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham Inc. and promises to be a fun-filled day with music, dancing, carnival games, food trucks and vendors and of course a German beer garden.

Tickets will be available in advance via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/Arctoberfest
*Adults 21 and over – $15 per person includes a keepsake beer stein and one pour
*20 years of age and under – Free of Charge

Tickets available at the door:
*Adults 21 and over – $20 per person includes a keepsake beer stein and one pour
*20 years of age and under – Free of Charge

We hope to see you there!

The Wooden Trout Grand Opening

Calling all art lovers! Stop in to help celebrate the grand opening of Harrisonburg’s newest art gallery, The Wooden Trout, tomorrow Friday, September 1st from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be appetizers, live music, kids activities, and local and regional art for sale.

The Wooden Trout is located in Agora Market in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Hope Field – All you can pick sunflowers

It is almost that time of year again! Join us on Saturday August 26th from 8AM-6PM and again on Sunday August 27th from 8:00 AM-Noon for a day of picking sunflowers and providing hope for people who are battling cancer.

This year Hope Field is partnering with the RMH Foundation‘s Hope Fund which ensures someone’s financial position does not determine whether or not they get the cancer care they need. Donations will help provide preventive screenings for those without insurance and medications for patients who cannot afford them.

Location: 2704 Spotswood Trl, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-2213, United States

**The field is not open to the public until August 26th and 27th. Please refrain from trespassing and respect the property, as well as neighbors, in the area.**

Back to School Bash

Calling all parents! Join us on Saturday August 19th for our very first “Back to School Bash”!

The first 100 Kids will receive FREE BACKPACKS stuffed with school supplies and coupons for free food and ice cream! Plus, it’s FREE ADMISSION! Back to school never sounded so fun!

A fire truck will be on site and child carseat checks will be provided upon request. There will also have free food, ice cream, face painting, games and other give aways.

Come on out and see what Harrisonburg Community Health Center is all about!

Rocktown Chili Throwdown

It’s the Rocktown Chili Throwdown to benefit VAIL !

Join us as local restaurant Chefs battle it out for chili glory. There’ll be live music from Shenandoah Alley and Many Nights Ahead, hot pepper eating contest, family-friendly activities, an indoor silent auction, chili tasting and more!

It all takes place Sunday, August 13th from 1-6pm in the lot by Three Notch’d Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom$8 entrance at the gate. Children under 12 are FREE.

Fore more information on the event click HERE.

Virginia Wine, Oyster & Artisan Festival

Enjoy tastings from valley wineries, coastal oysters and an array of craft foods as you explore curated, local artisan booths at On Sunny Slope Farm’s Inaugural “Virginia Wine, Oysters & Artisans at the Cultural Crossroads of the Shenandoah Valley” Festival. The festival is taking place this Sunday August 6th from 11 am – 5 pm. There will be live music and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Ticket information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-festival-tickets-30049567064?aff=es2

Event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/923805257751716/

Midsummer Night’s Scream – Summer Halloween Party

Come join us for a spooktacular time at The Artful Dodger‘s annual summer Halloween party! The event is taking place this Saturday July 19th from 9:00 pm – 2:00 am. There will be a $5 cover or get in for FREE if you come in costume. Lets just say that costumes are HIGHLY encouraged! DJ Crums will be taking the stage to make this one unforgettable night!

Valley Fourth

Spend the fourth in the valley! Nothing says July 4th better than great food, music and entertainment, a 5K, kids activities, an art market, craft beer garden, and fireworks finale. And don’t forget about Friendly City Fortune! They’re giving away $250,000 in cash and prizes – one prize every five minutes for four hours (1-5pm). You could be one of the lucky winners! 

Schedule of Events: 
8AM: Valley Fourth RUN
8AM – 1PM: Harrisonburg Farmers Market
Noon: Reading of the Declaration Independence by the Fort Harrison Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (at Court Square)
1-5PM: Friendly City Fortune $250,000 Raffle
2-9PM: Art Market, food trucks, beer garden, craft vendors and kids’ activities
5-9PM: Live music with The Judy Chops and Super Doppler
5-9PM: Classic Car Cruise-in
9:15 – 9:30PM: Fireworks Begin

Barre at the Bar

Join your fellow barre lovers once a month at the Pale Fire Tap Room for Barre at the Bar! The event will happen one Sunday per month starting at 11:45am all summer long! Tickets are $15 per person and include a one pint of delicious Pale Fire beer at the end of the 45 minute class. Please bring your own mat & water bottle! Reserve your ticket today!

Black Tie Art Crawl

The Arts Council of the Valley is inviting you to a classy evening full of coattails, cocktails, and artistic celebration! Join legendary artist aficionados Valerie Smith and Laura Thompson this Saturday, June 3 from 4:00 PM  to 6:30 PM for the Black Tie Art Crawl.

This event is a fun and fancy opportunity to support the arts of Harrisonburg. Ticket holders are encouraged to dress up for a stroll through Harrisonburg’s thriving downtown district. Tour highlights include ACV’s Smith House Galleries, Ruby’s Arcade, Oasis, Larkin Arts, and Court Square Theater.

At each stop, ticket holders will enjoy drinks and appetizers while learning from and engaging with Harrisonburg artists on some of the community’s newest creative projects. The Crawl kicks off at ACV’s Smith House Galleries with local artist Joshua Miller before continuing through downtown Harrisonburg.

Tickets are $50; all proceeds benefit the sustainability of the Arts Council of the Valley.

Breakfast on the Farm

Come out to Arbogast Farms this Saturday, May 27 from 9 AM – 12 PM for Breakfast on the Farm! Learn a little bit about agriculture, where your food comes from and take a tour!

On the menu: Pancakes and sausage, milk and fruit. Yum!

For those planing to attend the event, you are asked to park at Lacey Springs Elementary school and take the shuttle bus to the farm. Tickets are FREE, but REQUIRED. We look forward to meeting you!

Harrisonburg Strawberry Festival 2017

The Harrisonburg Strawberry Festival is back in town! This is a community fundraiser is being hosted by local Rotary Clubs for local park initiatives.

Admission to the event it FREE, but there will dessert sales to raise funds. $5 for your choice of strawberry shortcake, chocolate covered strawberries or strawberry sundae. To purchase a dessert ticket, click HERE.

There be live music by Strong Water and Who Shot John.

Join us this Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM!

Friendly City Fortune

It’s your chance to win big! The Shenandoah Valley is giving away $250,000 in cash and prizes on July 4th! A prize will be drawn every 5 minutes for 4 hours making it the largest raffle in the valley!

Here’s how it works: only 500 tickets are available for $100 a ticket. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, but don’t have to be present to win. Winners will be contacted and posted at www.downtownharrisonburg.org

Tickets are sold at the following locations with CASH or CHECK only:

BlueRidge Powersports
Glen’s Fair Price
Harrisonburg Ford
Dick Myers Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Hugo Kohl
James McHone Jewelry
Midtowne Market
Rockingham New Holland
Rocktown Bicycles
Shenandoah Bicycle Company
Steven Kia
Steven Toyota
Walkabout Outfitter

Raffle proceeds will support the vitality of Downtown Harrisonburg through beautification projects, community-building initiatives, and business assistance programs.

To purchase a ticket or check out the list of prizes, click HERE.

Harrisonburg Happynings

Check out what’s going on downtown this Friday for First Friday! Here’s the line-up so far:

ACV’S SMITH HOUSE GALLERIES • 311 South Main Street • Flowers and Swans • Oil on canvas by Nadia Louderback

292 NORTH GALLERY AT THE CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION • 292 North Liberty Street • Watercolors by Anita Walter Cooper • Live music

THE ARTFUL DODGER • 47 Court Square • Rock Stars • Photography by Bob Adamek

HARDESTY-HIGGINS HOUSE VISITORS CENTER • 212 South Main Street • Chocolate Walk!

 

THE GALLERY AT LAUGHING DOG • 82 South Main Street  • Jorge Escobar’s photography exhibit titled “Nevermore”

WILSON DOWNTOWN GALLERY AT KLINE MAY REALTY • 83 South Main Street • Paintings by Amanda Dicken

OASIS FINE ART & CRAFT • 103 South Main Street • Contemporary quilling by Deb Booth • Artist demonstration accompanied by live music and a Chocolate Walk station

PALE FIRE BREWING CO. • 217 S. Liberty St. #105 • Descent to Rising: 18 years of photography created while in the midst of fighting depression • Photography by Angela M. Carter • Free samples served by Paella Perfecta

SHENANDOAH JOE • 64 South Mason Street, Suite 100 • Mixed media by Madeline Martinez

SPITZER ART CENTER • 486 West Market Street • The Secret Life of Typewriters •Photography, painting, and sculpture by Howard and Nicole Zehr

ST. STEPHEN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST • 358 South Main Street  • Hear one of the Valley’s most popular groups, the Harrisonburg Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus, produce fine music for all ages • 5:30-6:10pm

 

VIRGINIA QUILT MUSEUM • 301 South Main Street • Textile and fiber art and quilts • Work accompanied by the Chocolate Walk, featuring specialty chocolates and chocolate-inspired textile and fabric dyes from the VQM Hospitality Committee Chocolatiers

Also, the 6th annual Chocolate Walk! 5 – 8 at multiple downtown locations.

For more info and a list of more business that could be participating, click HERE.

6th Annual Chocolate Walk

Join the Collins Center tomorrow for the 6th Annual Chocolate Walk supporting victims of sexual assault.

From 5 – 8 pm participating businesses and organizations in Downtown Harrisonburg will open their doors and invite you in to taste the mouth-watering chocolates including truffles, fudge, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies.

Registration and day-of ticket purchase will take place in the driveway of the Ice House at the Check-In Tent between 5:00 – 7:00pm, where participants will pick up their maps and trays to collect chocolate at 15 different stops nearby. You may go to as many stops as you like between 5:00 – 8:00 pm and do not need to participate for the entire 3 hours.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. All proceeds with benefit the Collins Center.

For more information or questions, please contact Jess Balac at jess@thecollinscenter.org or 540-432-6430.

Harrisonburg Easter Egg Hunt

Come out to Westover Park on April 15th at 10:00am for the annual Harrisonburg Easter Egg Hunt! The event, open to city residents only, will have four age divisions: toddlers, 3 years old – kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade, and 3rd & 4th grade.
Kids will have the chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny and win special prizes! Keep in mind that this event goes fast. Please arrive early and be prepared to start at 10:00am. Don’t miss out!
For additional information contact Brittany Clem at 540-433-2474 or Brittany.Clem@harrisonburgva.gov

Skyline Literacy’s Downtown Trivia Crawl

It’s time for the second annual Food 4 Thought Downtown Trivia Crawl! This Saturday, April 1st join Ruby’s Arcade, Capital Ale House, Jess’s Lunch, Pale Fire, and Bella Luna for trivia questions and scavenger hunts!

Eat, drink and think for a good cause! In teams of four, visit local downtown restaurants to enjoy amazing food and a chance to win great prices! All proceeds benefit Skyline Literacy, a local nonprofit helping community families improve literacy skills.

For more info on tickets follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-4-thought-downtown-trivia-crawl-tickets-31900198352

Check-in and awards will be at Capital Ale House Harrisonburg!

Taste of the World 2017

Taste of the World is NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center’s annual fundraiser. Every year, the event features an evening of food and music from around the globe.

This year, Taste of the World will feature the region of Southern Asia! (This includes India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangledesh, Madlives, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan).

Join NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center at Park View Mennonite Church at 6:00 pm on the evening of Saturday, March 25th, 2017 for food and silent auction.

Doors open at 5:30 followed by a silent auction from 5:30-8:30 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.

Purchase your tickets now! They are going to go FAST.
$65.00 per plate
$464.00 for a table of 8
Feel free to send a check to their office (64 W. Water Street, Harrisonburg VA 22801) made payable to NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, or find them online on our Square online store:
https://squareup.com/store/newbridgesIRC

Note: Ticket prices are higher online due to processing fee. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Thank you!

Yoga with Essential Oils

Image via The Well Oiled Blog

Image via The Well Oiled Blog

Just like yoga, the use of essential oils can help bring greater awareness to your body and mind. Join Shenandoah Yoga this Saturday February 18th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm for a unique class that combines yoga with essential oils practice. Gentle breath work coupled with conscious movement enable students to feel more connected, energized and balanced. No prior yoga experience is required! All levels are welcome! Drop in or use your regular yoga class pass.

What are you waiting for? Sign up and save your spot!

Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides

Worried about what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Plan a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through JMU’s beautiful Edith J. Carrier Arboretum! Rides are on Sunday February 12th and Tuesday February 14th from 5-8 pm.

Tickets prices are as follows:
$12 child
$18 adult
$75 private carriage – holds 4 adults or family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children)

For more information and a list of future events, please head to www.jmu.edu/arboretum/.

George Clanton with Negative Gemini

What better to do on a Thursday night than help George Clanton and Negative Gemini kick off their VA tour at The Golden Pony? You know it’s going to be a wild ride of a night so don’t miss it! $10 (All Ages)

Zooanzoo will also be releasing their new album – ‘LOUD MOUTH’ – brought to you by Lagom Audio/Visual. The album will be available in cassette form at the show!

City and JMU Partner to Host Parade

The Dukes are national champions! Last Saturday the Dukes of JMU painted the streets purple and gold in Friso, Texas with a 28-14 win over Youngstown State at the FCS national championship. To celebrate their much anticipated win, the city of Harrisonburg and JMU will he hosting a Champions parade this Saturday, January 14th at 1:00pm! 

The football team, coaching staff, the Marching Royal Dukes and cheerleaders will walk on Main Street, starting at Water Street and ending at the court house steps in Court Square. A few brief remarks will then be made at the court house.

Note that Main Street from, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Elizabeth Street, and Court Square will be closed from approximately noon until 3 p.m. Parking on Main Street, along with parking in the public lot across from Newman Avenue, will be prohibited after 10 a.m. on Saturday.

We hope to see you there! Go Dukes!

Jimmy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Are you a total fan of the New Years Eve celebrations? Jimmy Madison’s is having a “Back to the 80’s” NYE party and you are invited!

A special dinner menu is planned with special cocktails, a DJ spinning your favorite 80’s hits, dancing, party favors (while they last) and a champagne toast at midnight! Doesn’t get nay better than that! Get some friends together and go spend New Year’s at Jimmy’s!

The party starts at 11 am on December 31st! Happy New Year!

Holiday Art Market

Join Larkin Arts and 22 other art vendors this Saturday from noon to 7pm for their 5th annual Holiday Art Market! Show your support of local artists while picking out the perfect present for someone at the same time!

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and a full list of the vendors click HERE. To see photos of artists and their work, check their photo album HERE.

We hope to see you there!

Pale Fire Brewing and Brothers Craft Benefit Beer Dinner

Join Pale Fire and Brother’s Brewing at Capital Ale House this Saturday, November 19th from 7:00-10:00 pm for a fall beer dinner benefiting the Rockingham Day Care Center.

The event will feature a hand-crafted menu of 7 courses all made with local ingredients. Each course will be paired with either a Brothers Craft Brew or Pale Fire brewed beer. With only 25 spots available, this is a must attend event. A portion of the proceeds going to the Harrisonburg Rockingham Day Care Center.

Get your tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1353197?utm_medium=bks 

Skeleton Festival

Start off Halloween week on the right foot by joining the Harrisonburg community this Saturday, October 22nd for the Skeleton Festival! The event will take place from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Turner Pavilion and Park. Activities will kick off with trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and will conclude with an all-ages party featuring kids, dog, and adult costumes contests, face painting, fire dancing, food trucks, live music, video art, “trunk-or-treating”, wacky shack, goober blobs, and whisker biscuits.

Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Make a weekly visit to the The Harrisonburg (summer) Farmers Market between now and Thanksgiving for your shot at fresh, nutritious, locally produced agricultural goods and crafts. Located at  the Turner Pavilion in Downtown Harrisonburg, the market is currently open from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Hours will change for the winter market (December – March) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The Latino Film Festival

The annual Latino Film Festival returned to Court Square Theater last night! Over the course of the week, and in celebration of Hispanic culture, Court Square Theater will be screening a selection of Spanish language films. All films will be subtitled in English. 

This year’s festival will feature the following films:

Truman: Argentina
Pelé: Birth of a Legend: Brazil / USA
La Novia: Spain
Embrace of the Serpent: Colombia
Amir: Mexico

Tickets:

Adults – $9.50
Seniors – $8.50
Matinee (before 5 pm) – $5.00
Students –  $5.00

Run, Sweat & Beers

After launching last spring, Run, Sweat & Beers is a friendly event meant to bring people who love running and drinking beer together. It’s totally free and no pre-registration required! The event starts and finishes at Brothers Craft Brewing on the fourth Friday of every month at 5:30 pm. They  have a 1 mile, 3 mile, or a 5 mile running option so you pick what you’re feeling that day. And as if you needed any more convincing, the run is completed with discounted brews in the tasting room at Brothers Craft Brewing.

Run Routes:

1 mile turnaround at Gay Street and N. Main Street
3 mile turnaround on S. Main Street directly in front of Quad at James Madison University
5 mile turnaround just past El Charro on S. Main Street

Bro’s Coffee Fest

Do you like coffee, breakfast food, and beer? If you answered ‘yes’ to all three, it’s time to mark your calendars! This is your chance to join Brother Craft Brewing on Saturday, September 17th for their 2nd annual Coffee Fest!

From 10 am – 11 pm (yes, a whole thirteen hours) Brothers Brewing will be serving you the best in caffeinated drinks with coffee vendors, food trucks serving up coffee and breakfast inspired dishes, and of course, coffee inspired beer.

But wait! It gets better! There will be live music from 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm and guests will also have the opportunity at playing cornhole and giant Jenga!

Live music:
Mike Howdyshell (12:30-1:30)
Delaplane (2:00-3:00)
Britton James – Singer/Songwriter (4:30-7:30)

Coffee vendors:
Friendly City Food Co-op
Black Sheep Coffee Harrisonburg
Nova Coffee Labs

Food:
Rocktown Slops (serving breakfast inspired slops all day)
Mashita (serving lunch/dinner from 1:00 on)
Heritage Bakery & Cafe

Tap list:
Drunken Mornings
Coconut Vanilla Daylight Cravings
The release of Local Roast (Coffee Oatmeal Stout)!
Coffee pin (more info TBA)
Coffee infusion (more info TBA)

Ribbon Cutting @ One39 North Liberty Street

The former Hess Furniture building at 139 N. Liberty Street had its official ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday.

139 N Liberty Street Ribbon Cutting

139 N Liberty Street Ribbon Cutting

The renovation project, completed in January, features over 13,000 square feet of commercial space and houses current businesses Frame Factory, Edward Jones, IT Decisions, Immerge Technologies, Journey Counseling, and Big Valley Law.  At Matchbox, we were happy to celebrate another successful project long alongside our tenants!

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Detox/Retox this Saturday starting at 9:30am!

Detox Retox

Ice House Studios’ Detox/Retox has its second running this weekend, June 20th starting at 9:30am on Saturday!   In case you need a reminder, Detox/Retox might be the best value in town:

  • 9:30am: Organized, optional two mile run through Downtown Harrisonburg
  • 10:00am: One hour outdoor yoga/pilates class
  • 11:00am: One beer at Pale Fire brewery or One coffee at Black Sheep Coffee

All of this, for only $10!

If you are interested in the event, just follow the Facebook link and make sure to visit The Ice House at 217 S. Liberty Street in Harrisonburg, Virginia!

Harrisonburg Ice House Grand Opening Event

Ice House Grand Opening

Ice House Grand Opening

Join us Saturday, April 18th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm for the Grand Opening of the coolest spot in Harrisonburg!

Check out Harrisonburg’s newest downtown businesses including:

There will be music, activities, food and more!

As an added bonus, the first 500 to complete our Ice House Challenge will be entered to win prizes including Do Downtown t-shirts, gift certificates to Ice House businesses, and more! Just register at our Matchbox booth on the day of the event to receive your free Ice House Grand Opening postcard, get a stamp from each of our participating businesses, and you will be automatically entered to win!

The Ice House is located at 217 South Liberty Street in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg across from Turner Pavilion and the Farmer’s Market.

Reason for Celebration! Matchbox Properties win big at HDR’s Annual Design Excellence Awards

 

Packed house at Clementine Cafe for the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance awards!

Packed house at Clementine Cafe for the HDR awards!

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance held its annual awards and celebration last night (think the Oscars of Harrisonburg without the red carpet and artistic talent).   Hosted by Clementine’s, the event highlighted what was new to downtown in the past year as well as what’s coming over the next twelve months.   New businesses including Shenandoah Joe coffee and Pure Eats were announced among several other vibrant businesses soon to call Downtown Harrisonburg home.

The highlight of the evening came as Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance announced its winners for Design Excellence including TWO Matchbox properties!

Design Excellence for Historic Renovation went to 126/128 Bruce Street (home to Food Bar Food, Blue Ridge Architects, and Approved Colleges) and the Livery Building (home to Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza and Shabby Love Furniture).

Design Excellence for Historic Renovation - 126/128 Bruce Street

Design Excellence for Historic Renovation – 126/128 Bruce Street

Design Excellence for Historic Renovation - Livery Building

Design Excellence for Historic Renovation – Livery Building

Design Excellence for Adaptive Re-Use went to The Ice House. The Ice House currently houses ten commercial businesses and thirty-four residential apartments.

Design Excellence for Adaptive Re-Use -  Ice House

Design Excellence for Adaptive Re-Use – Ice House

In addition to these amazing design awards, Matchbox’s CEO Barry Kelley and his partner Andrew Forward were awarded Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s first ever Downtown Heroes award!

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Awards

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Awards

It is an honor and a privilege to continue building this downtown community and we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for allowing us to serve your property needs!

Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration begins next week!

From an outsider’s perspective, Harrisonburg may not seem to be the most diverse place in the world.   But after living here, you soon realize the breadth of cultural diversity that shapes the lives of Harrisonburg residents.   This diversity is reflected everywhere from restaurants to churches to art, and makes Harrisonburg what it is today.

Beginning Monday, September 22nd running through Sunday October 5th Harrisonburg will celebrate its international community through a series of events kicking off with JMU International Week, featuring the Explore More Museum’s: One World Exhibit and closing the Latino Film Festival at Court Square Theater.

 

You can see a full list of events here.

FundFest at Turner Pavilion feat. Little Walter and the Convictions

 

Turner Pavilion

Turner Pavilion

Did you remember that Fund Fest, a fundraiser for the SPCA, runs every other Wednesday throughout the summer?   Oh, you forgot?   Well, allow me to retort.

What does Fund Fest look like?   It looks like a collection of people having fun”d” and dancing to live music!

Does it look like a party?  Why yes, it does.  The event usually attracts hundreds of visitors to Turner Pavilion.

Then why haven’t you treated FundFest like the amazing, free party that it is?  I…I…am totally out of excuses.

BAM!

Foolproof logic here.   Go to Turner Pavilion this Wednesday, July 23rd from 6:00pm to 8:30pm and all enjoy all things Harrisonburg.

Blue Nile show for the ages this Wednesday, July 9th

Blue Nile

Blue Nile

Blue Nile (181 North Main Street) will host epic, incredible, blow your mind music by Valkyrie this Wednesday, July 9th starting at 9pm.   Doors will open for the show at 8pm.   And did I mention Blue Nile will host a simultaneous tap takeover by Three Notch’d brewery which will feature their new exclusive Harrisonburg beers including Supultura and Bloody Roots?!?

In short, this is the kind of event that defines who you are as a person.   Are you the type that goes out on a Wednesday to listen to an amazing rock show with one-of-a-kind locally brewed beer or do you just want to stay at home and watch the Bachelorette?

If you need more information, feel free to visit Blue Nile’s Events page.

Your guide to watching the World Cup in Downtown Harrisonburg

 

World Cup

World Cup

The World Cup is a big deal.   It’s not like they call it the Carolina Cup or the North American Bowl, no no, this is the WORLD CUP.   You have to prepare for an event of this magnitude accordingly.  So who will be showing the beautiful game here in Downtown Harrisonburg over the next 30 days?   Here’s a quick list of where to go:

Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza (80 West Water Street): Bella Luna is not known as a sports bar, but they have a great bar area and a big ol’ TV to take in the games.   Plus, they have $5 happy hour pizzas from 3:00pm – 5:30pm each day!   Visiting this place seems like a no brainer.

Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack (92 South Main Street): Billy Jack’s is probably your go to sports bar in Downtown, but did you know the bar has a rich soccer tradition?   Owner Aaron Ludwig has a deep love for the game (hence the Premier League showings on Sundays during brunch), and I have feeling the World Cup will be a celebration of all things fútbol.

Capital Ale House (41 Court Square): Do you want like lots of TVs and lots of space to move and lots of different kinds of beer to drink?   You do?   Well this is a place that has all those things, plus a revitalized food menu that can help you hang in there for the long haul.

Blue Nile (181 North Main Street): Blue Nile recently added a large flat screen to their bar area and something tells me the dial will be permanently fixed on the World Cup over the next month.   Come for the Dark & Stormy happy hour special ($4 on Wednesdays) and stay for the Grilled Cheese Gouda sandwich with peanut soup (unreal).

El Sol (91 East Elizabeth Street): El Sol has soccer on the television every day.   Seriously, if you go in there for a lunch on a Tuesday in February they are showing a local farm team in Uruguay.   And the patrons are glued to the action on their lone 37” TV!    Bottom line: if you are looking for the passion and camaraderie that makes World Cup soccer must see TV, this is the best place in town to catch the action.

A full list of the World Cup TV schedule can be found here.

Welcome Bach!

First Presbyterian Church Harrisonburg

First Presbyterian Church Harrisonburg

Did you know that June 8th – June 15th marks the 22nd Season of Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival?   As part of the festival’s week long events (a celebration of all things Johann Sebastian Bach), there will be daily concerts beginning at noon at First Presbyterian Church (17 Court Square) in Downtown Harrisonburg!   It almost sounds too good to be true, but it gets better.   There are no set ticket prices meaning you can contribute as much or as little as you can.   But something tells me after hearing a soaring version of Bach Festival’s events.

The Governor of Virginia visits the Ice House

Ice House Ribbon Cutting

Ice House Ribbon Cutting

Look who decided to pop by Downtown Harrisonburg yesterday, none other than Governor Terry McAuliffe.    The 72nd Governor in Virginia’s rich and storied history visited Phase 1 of the Ice House (127 West Bruce Street) to recognize Harrisonburg’s growing economy and the work of private companies such as Matchbox to spur innovation throughout the Valley.

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Tour

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Tour

Ice House Ceremony

Ice House Ceremony

 

Ice House President Alger

Ice House President Alger

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Speaking

Ice House Governor McAuliffe Speaking

We were thrilled to have Governor McAuliffe visit our project and cannot wait to unveil Phase 2 of the project later this year!

Baseball = Summer

Harrisonburg Turks

Harrisonburg Turks

Did you know that Harrisonburg has its own local baseball team that plays neighboring towns like Staunton, Waynesboro and Strasburg throughout the summer in a quest to be the best of the Valley?  How cool is that?!?   It’s like Game of Thrones, but swap out the blood thirsty quest to be king with the wholesome claim of having the best baseball squad as far as the eye can see.

The Harrisonburg Turks play tonight at 7pm at Memorial Park (395 South Main Street) against our heated (?) rival the Waynesboro Generals.  You can buy tickets and learn more about the team through their harrisonburgturks.com website.

Blast from the Past: Court & Market Days Festival @ Court Square

Court Square - Harrisonburg

Court Square – Harrisonburg

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in mid 19th century America?   Well, you should rent Lincoln, I heard that movie is incredibly accurate.

But if you want to know what it was like to live here, right here in Downtown Harrisonburg during that time in American history, you should check out the epic Court & Market Days Festival this Saturday from 9am to 2pm at Court Square.   There will be food and crafts and snapshots of history scattered throughout our beloved downtown for all to enjoy.

Oh and did I mention there would be dancing?  And I don’t mean this “hips don’t lie” free-for-all we call dancing these days, no no, this is classic ballroom with synchronized toe tapping and hand holding.   It is recommended that you bring a healthy combination of chivalry and modesty with a dash of boogie fever.   Lady bonnets and beards are preferred.

Concert at Turner Pavilion Tonight!

Downtown Harrisonburg

Downtown Harrisonburg

It’s Wednesday on the week after Memorial Day and now that everyone is fully recovered from family fun activities and honoring our vets, it’s time to start enjoying Downtown Harrisonburg once again.  Tonight from 6:00pm to 8:00pm will be a rockin’ concert at Turner Pavilion (228 South Liberty Street) featuring Final Hour.   Music events at Turner Pavilion are held fortnightly (once every two weeks, yes, I googled it), and serve as a fundraiser for our local SPCA.

So if you love dogs or cats or bunnies or live music or being outside, this is the event for you.  If you prefer to stay inside sitting in silence with your pet rock, that’s cool too, but know that there are a few other options out there.