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.

Downtown Harrisonburg named Great American Main Street (Video)

Downtown Harrisonburg has been named a Great American Main Street in 2014! Check out the video above to see all of the awesome Downtown Harrisonburg has to offer. Also, make sure to notice how Matchbox’s Livery building, Urban Exchange, Walton Hotel, Wine Bros. building, and Ice House all get a shoutout!

Save the Date: Pickers Paradise Sale hosted by Shabby Love

Barn Sale 2014

Barn Sale 2014

 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).

Bikes, Pizza, Beer, and a Movie

Breaking Away Flyer

Breaking Away Flyer

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.

Bike To Work Day! And free breakfast at Court Square!

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day

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.

An Evening Downtown hosted by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

An Evening Downtown Flyer

An Evening Downtown Flyer

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.

Tickets can be purchase here for anyone interested in attending.   Also, please notice that your very own Matchbox is listed as a sponsor for the event so we would love to see you all there!

Graduation Time

It’s Graduation Weekend…Get ready for the crazy!

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
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.

Three Notch'd Brewery downtown Harrisonburg

Update on Three Notch’d Brewery at Urban Exchange

Since it’s Friday, and we know our readership is likely getting weekend thirsty, we thought it would be best to give you an update on Harrisonburg’s second brewery, Three Notch’d Brewery at the Urban Exchange.

Three Notch'd Brewery downtown Harrisonburg Tasting Room

Three Notch’d Brewery downtown Harrisonburg Tasting Room

Three Notch'd Brewery downtown Harrisonburg

Three Notch’d Brewery downtown Harrisonburg

Three Notch’d (Urban Exchange @ 241 East Market Street) is in the final stages of customizing their space and could open as soon as NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 9TH!   Now, we do not have anything set in stone from the owners, but how great would it be to enjoy a cold pint on graduation Friday at Three Notch’d, then sling over to Benny’s pizza to grab a slice, all with a diploma in hand doing Judd Nelson Breakfast Club style fist pumps up and down Mason Street?!?  Sounds pretty great to us.   Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned to Matchbox Downtown for additional information.