The Downtown Insider Archive
The Downtown Insider is our monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 3,000 subscribers each month.
- March 7th
Taste of Downtown Edition
- February 22nd
Leading up to Taste of Downtown & more exciting events
- February 9th
People's Choice Awards & Valentine's Day celebrations
- January 11th
JMU Championship Parade, new businesses and more
On The Blog
Five years have passed since the three Shifflett brothers first opened the brewery in downtown in December of 2012. Brothers Adam, Jason, and Tyler started the business as a way to collaborate on a shared passion, but the “brotherhood” has evolved to include a large and supportive community in Harrisonburg. And that’s what their 5th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, January 13 is all about.
This has been a transformational year for HDR. After intensive planning and defining the next phase for our organization, we’re prepared to leap into our 15th anniversary year with big plans to invest in downtown, business owners and the community. Keep a lookout for details about our plans for next year in January, but first, here’s our 2017 highlights!
Here's your guide to planning for New Year's Eve in Harrisonburg!
If you enjoy running or have been wanting to try something new, Bluestone Bike and Run's new location in Agora Downtown Market is a great place to start! Learn more about how owner Kyle Coleman started his business and what Bluestone Running offers.
Get ready to shop, drop and roll in downtown Harrisonburg for the holidays! Winter Wonderfest will go from noon to 6pm, where there will be holiday activities, deals, an art market, the Grinch, elves, and more!
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance welcomes you to our historic shopping district to kick off the holiday season this weekend. Start your day by having brunch in the culinary district or pick up a hand-crafted warm beverage to accompany you on a stroll through independently owned downtown businesses on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Plan your Thanksgiving with a few tips on what to serve, where to eat, and how to celebrate!
The character, charm, history, and sense of place that historic buildings give our community is special, irreplaceable, and worth saving. Historic buildings are just one of the reasons why Downtown Harrisonburg is a thriving place, and they are worth fighting for. Today, we need your help.
The Artful Dodger is celebrating its 25th Anniversary downtown this year! From brunch to nightlife, this eclectic coffeehouse has an identity all its own. Their known for offering diverse events and welcoming everyone inside to hang out in "downtown's living room".
ESPN College GameDay returns to Harrisonburg for the second time in two years! The national pre-grame show will broadcast from the Quad at JMU from 9am to Noon this Saturday, October 14th as JMU (No. 1) hosts Villanova (No. 12).
If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get a ticket to Saturday's game, here's a list of businesses that will be televising the game and offering GameDay specials.
Podcasts & Interviews:
Hello Harrisonburg is a local podcast hosted by board member Kai Degner. Episodes feature interviews with people making Harrisonburg rock: entrepreneurs, artists, business professionals, nonprofit leaders, students, advocates, and our amazing community members.
Awards & Designations
2014: Downtown named Great American Main Street award winner by National Main Street Center
2014: Downtown was designated Virginia's first Culinary District
2004: Downtown was designated a Virginia Main Street Community and a National and Virginia Historic District
2001: Downtown was designated Virginia's first Arts & Cultural District