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
In the middle of a good conversation you feel endless, like the person right in front of you, like you can go anywhere, like there is nothing but the moment and your coffee, the cigarettes and the empty ashtrays and the billowing smoke slowly surrounding your earlobes. The beginnings of a poem by Harrisonburg native, Logan Hill.
They say, “the past is behind you.” This is certainly true with the seats at Court Square Theater. Join the Arts Council in a campaign to replace the 250 seats in our beloved community theater.
St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow! Break out your green apparel and head Downtown to celebrate.
Downtown Rockstars show up and make things happen. Check out who some of our rockstars are and get a glimpse of what's new downtown as a result of individuals and businesses investing in our community.
Year after year, Luhn keeps adding to the Bella “empire”—a description that makes him laugh. But, it's not that much of a stretch. With a restaurant, gelateria, banquet space and mobile truck under his belt, it's no surprise that he has an even bigger vision.
This year, at Celebration & Reception, we gave out more awards than ever before. See who the award winners are and learn more about the amazing things they are doing in our community.
Taste of Downtown is a featured part of Harrisonburg's Restaurant Week, March 5-11. With more than 30 restaurants to choose from in 40 blocks, you can't go wrong.
Writer Angela Carter shares with us her struggles to find the right time and place to sit down to write. The Hub was the perfect space, enabling her to enjoy some quiet, recharge her creativity and feel productive around other Hubbers.
Whether you're single and celebrating Valentine's Day with your friends, or you're crushing on someone and looking for date ideas, we're here to help. We've assembled a list of great things to do in downtown on Valentine's Day and over the holiday weekend, from romantic dinners to Valentine's Day themed trivia.
Get ready for First Fridays, where on the first Friday of each month, people stroll throughout Downtown Harrisonburg in celebration of the arts. From 5-8pm, enjoy local art at more than 30 participating locations for free!
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