What could possibly be better than Sunday brunch? LIVE music! Join us at Jimmy Madison’s this Sunday, July 16th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for brunch and blues with special guest Quentin Walston!
What could possibly be better than Sunday brunch? LIVE music! Join us at Jimmy Madison’s this Sunday, July 16th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for brunch and blues with special guest Quentin Walston!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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:
Glen’s Fair Price
Dick Myers Chrysler Dodge Jeep
James McHone Jewelry
Rockingham New Holland
Shenandoah Bicycle Company
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 540-432-6430.
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 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:
Note: Ticket prices are higher online due to processing fee. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Thank you!
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!
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:
$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/.
Larkin Arts, located on Court Square in Downtown Harrisonburg, will be showcasing some adorable adoptable animals this Friday, February 3rd from 5pm-8pm! Come join in the First Friday fun, check out some art, and take home your next best friend! This event is being hosted by Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA
Come spend you Saturday night at Jimmy’s with Gypsy Town! The band is Cheryl Sule & Rick Cash with Steve Nicholson on percussion. Check them out on Facebook for more info! See you there!
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!
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!
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!
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!
We hope to see you there!
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
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.
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 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:
Adults – $9.50
Seniors – $8.50
Matinee (before 5 pm) – $5.00
Students – $5.00
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.
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
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!
Coconut Vanilla Daylight Cravings
The release of Local Roast (Coffee Oatmeal Stout)!
Coffee pin (more info TBA)
Coffee infusion (more info TBA)
The former Hess Furniture building at 139 N. Liberty Street had its official ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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 Adaptive Re-Use went to The Ice House. The Ice House currently houses ten commercial businesses and thirty-four residential apartments.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
We were thrilled to have Governor McAuliffe visit our project and cannot wait to unveil Phase 2 of the project later this year!
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.
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.
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.
Have you visited Shabby Love (80 West Water Street) at the newly renovated Livery Building? If so, you know Hanna Kappes and her team of repurposing wizards have some of the most unique and beautiful furniture in all of Virginia. You may even ask yourself, my, how does Hanna find such incredible pieces to begin with?!? Shabby Love is giving us a glimpse into their magical process this fall with Pickers Paradise at The Market at Grelan on Friday & Saturday, September 26th-27th from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Wow, this event is four months away, so why are we writing about it now? The reason is that Shabby is openly soliciting vendors from all across Virginia so everyone and anyone can participate. So if you’re out there, little person with a shed full of nostalgia and a pocket full of dreams, reach out to Hanna and the Shabby Love team here to get a spot at the most exciting pickers event in the whole entire world (as far as I know).
Just when you thought your Tuesday could not get any better, Bella Luna is teaming with Friendly City Co-op for an exclusive screening of Breaking Away, the 1979 cult classic about epic cycling in Southern California. The fun begins at Shenandoah Bicycle Co. at 6:00pm for a ride around town, ending with the movie showing at Bella Luna (80 West Water Street) beginning at 7:00pm. Come on! Doesn’t that sound like the best Tuesday ever?!? So pumped.
People in Harrisonburg and across the valley take their biking pretty seriously. Whether it’s on the roads or on the trails or on a scavenger hunt led by an underground biking community, people love to ride.
And this Friday, May 16th everyone in the community gets to participate with Harrisonburg’s annual Bike To Work Day. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition has organized several events throughout the month of May to highlight all things bicycle with everything from safety lessons, to training tips, and even a sponsored breakfast in the heart of Court Square this Friday for all those that bike to work.
You can register for your ride to work and free breakfast here.
WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014 beginning at 6:30pm
WHERE: Capital Ale House (41 Court Square)
Harrisonburg’s Downtown Renaissance will host its 11th annual Renaissance Night to celebrate, support, and recognize businesses through an evening of entertainment and revelry at Harrisonburg’s Capital Ale House. The party is sure to be a huge draw this year with dinner, drinks, dancing, auctions, and raffle for a free trip. In short, this will be a great place to be this weekend if you love and support Downtown Harrisonburg.
Graduation weekend in Downtown Harrisonburg is kind of all over the place. First and foremost, it’s great to see so many people downtown supporting our local businesses. It’s an inspiring scene to see visitors from around the country appreciate the restaurants, art, and community that we have come to love. However, it can be a little crazy because the streets are FLOODED with people and everywhere is booked! So where should you go? What should you do? This is where Matchbox Downtown can help.
Local Chop & Grill
Now, you won’t be able to get a reservation at Local Chop this weekend (they actually open reservations for graduation day on January 15th of each year and are usually fully booked within 24 hours), but their bar area does NOT take reservations and you can still enjoy a cocktail, world class beer, or arguably the best appetizers in town. It’s a bit of a roll of the dice if you’re coming with your whole family, but if it’s just you and one or two other people, give it a shot.
Clementine’s is similarly booked up, but they do have a gnarly show on Saturday night featuring Funk Ark & Jonathan Scales. Tickets are on sale for $10 presale and $12 at the door. I would recommend you buy sooner rather than later though, as I imagine the show will sell out relatively quickly.
Capital Ale House with Three Brothers Brewing
Capital Ale is embracing all things Harrisonburg with a special event featuring Three Brothers brews and a limited edition pint glass with Three Brothers and Cap Ale insignia specifically for graduation weekend. Cap Ale is large enough to house nearly any party size, but I would get there early if you want prime rooftop seating which seems like a must on what is looking to be a beautiful weekend.
Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza
From everything we know, Bella Luna is not accepting reservations for Friday or Saturday this weekend which is great for anyone without a place already reserved for this weekend. First come, first serve service can be great on a weekend like this and just think, at the worst, you will be able to enjoy a cocktail in the awesome, open air veranda of the Livery building. Sooo cool.
Blue Nile is a great place to catch a meal during this crazy weekend (have you ever had their grilled cheese with peanut butter soup?!?). The restaurant will be open until 9pm, after which the real party starts in the basement with DJs running until 2am. Prepare to get sweaty.
Three Notch’d Brewery
And as you’ve seen from our previous post, it looks like Three Notch’d Brewery will also be opening this Friday so make sure to check out their awesome downtown location at the Urban Exchange! Something tells me this will be a great place to take in all the craziness graduation weekend has to offer.
The Joshua Wilton house has a rich and storied tradition here in Harrisonburg as a top of the line food and wine destination. The space creates a sense of timeless elegance, the chefs and servers know any and everything there is to know about the menu and wine selection, and grounds create a warmth that is unparalleled. Now, most people associate these qualities with outrageous pricing and “once a year” type of dining experiences. To help combat that stereotype, Joshua Wilton (412 South Main Street) has Wilton Wednesdays and Date Night Thursdays.
Every Wednesday night, you can get a cocktail and an appetizer for $12!
And every Thursday night, you can share an appetizer, get two entrees, and share a dessert for just $55!
And keep in mind, we’re not talking about Chili’s here, this is THE JOSHUA WILTON HOUSE, the same Joshua Wilton house that has great reviews from Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times, and The Richmond Dispatch! So run, don’t walk to Joshua Wilton as soon as you can.
It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about the excitment of First Fridays Downtown. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s time to celebrate again. This Friday, May 2nd will be our May version of First Fridays here downtown with a huge collection of artists and exhibits for everyone to enjoy. And even better yet, the rain will have stopped, there will be clear skies and a crisp 60 degrees. That’s the good stuff.
You can find the full list of exhibits here and I know that I am personally amped up to see what Miller/Miller has to offer at Larkin Arts (61 Court Square) as well as Bruce Rosenwasser’s work at the Blue Nile (181 North Main Street).
Sure, it may be Monday but it’s never too early to start thinking about next weekend. After all of the raucous music and revelry of this past weekend’s Rocktown Beer Festival, Downtown Harrisonburg is following that up with Shenandoah Spring Fest at Three Brothers Brewery (800 North Main Street) on Saturday, May 3rd from 12pm to 9pm.
Shenandoah Spring Fest is an event put on by local artists and 3 Brothers to support the Mercy House, a faith based, public assistance foundation dedicated to the care of homeless families and underprivileged children across the Valley. Patrons can enjoy music by The Trongone Band out of RVA as well as food provided by some of the area’s best food trucks including our favorite, Mashita. Tickets are $3 prior to the event and $5 at the door. Cash donations are also encouraged for those that would like to donate a little more to the Mercy House cause.
As you may recall, we already declared Blue Nile the Best Coffee and Breakfast in Dowtown, but it turns out they also have top notch music shows and arguably the best music venue in all of Harrisonburg. Luckily, Blue Nile has posted their event calendar for April and we can all now plan our lives accordingly. So what’s on tap? Here are some highlights:
– April 17th (TONIGHT!) – The Deems (Jam Funk, $5 cover)
– April 25th – Titus Andronicus (Indie Rock, $10 cover)
– April 26th – Rocktown Afterparty feat. Dead Professional (Rock, $4 cover)
Now get out and enjoy all that Downtown Harrisonburg has to offer! If you don’t, you never know what great moments you may miss.
In my Harrisonburg experience, there seems to be a real spirit of conservation and preservation across our fair city. Individuals want to preserve the culture of town and simultaneously want to ensure that the natural resources we have will continue to be available for several generations to come. One of the most visible parts of our downtown ecological footprint remains Black’s Run which snakes through several key parts of town including Matchbox’s office, Clementine’s café, and the new Ice House.
Sign-in: 9:00am – 10:00am
The Green Scene (exhibits for all!): 9:00am – Noon
Kick Off and Special Guest Speaker: 9:30am
Clean Up: 9:30am – 11:30am
Lunch: 11:30am – Noon
You can sign up here and remember to invite your friends!
Twice a year we have a little party in Downtown Harrisonburg called Rocktown Beer Festival. If you’re unfamiliar, thousands of people come to the Farmer’s Market on Liberty Street and party the day/night away with music, food, and yes, beer. And this year’s lineup is no slouch with beer from over 15 breweries and food from acclaimed restaurants such as Local Chop & Grill House and Clementine’s.
Now, in order to make sure you can attend, I highly recommend buying a ticket ahead of time. You can preorder tickets here and also check out their list of breweries and food if you need further convincing. But let’s be real, you’re going to be there, I am going to be there, and we are going to have an awesome time. Can’t wait!