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.