The Downtown Insider Archive
- May 3rd
- Lucy Simms Mural Dedication & More
- April 21st
Taste of Downtown Edition
- April 6th
Downtown is open on Sundays
- March 8th
HDR's Vision and Strategy, Friends' Event: Train Depot Tour
- February 9th
Spotlight on Sparrows Flowers and Valentine's Day
- February 1st
Behind the scenes of Ruby's Arcade and the former executive director's next steps
- January 8th
Introduction of Andrea Dono, new executive director and January events
The Downtown Insider is our monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 2,800 businesses and community members.
- October 7th
Hotel and Conference Center Update and Upcoming News and Events
- September 20th
HDR Launches "Back the Burg"
- August 23rd
Craft Beer Month, Block Party and more.
- August 09th
Help us beat Charlottesville for Top Outdoor Town
- July 22nd
New businesses opening downtown, Valley Fourth wrap-up and more.
- June 21st
Valley Fourth Edition
- June 7th
Downtown businesses receive praise, Be a part of Valley Fourth and more
- May 17th
Renaissance Night, Beerwerks Trail and Business Resources
On The Blog
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!
Super Bowl LI is only days away. From food and drink specials, to watch parties and more, Downtown Harrisonburg is the ultimate place to spend your Super Bowl Sunday! Check out a list of events happening here.
2016 was a pivotal year for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. It was a year of reflection, change and growth as an organization. here's a look at some of our most memorable moments.
The JMU Dukes landed in Frisco, Texas yesterday for the FCS National Championship. The game against Youngstown State will kick off at Noon this Saturday, January 7th. Wear your purple and gold and cheer on the Dukes at a watch party downtown!
It's time to say goodbye to 2016. Bid farewell and start a new year with your friends and neighbors in Downtown Harrisonburg. There's no shortage of champagne toasts, dance parties, and swanky dinners. There's even a ball drop at the stroke of midnight. Here's your guide to the best bashes around town, including special holiday hours for downtown businesses.
If you still need to check some things off your list, you don't have to settle for the painstaking experience of a last-minute shopping trip to the big box stores. Most downtown retailers are open, but may have special holiday hours. Plan ahead!
We have some exciting news! HDR was just awarded a grant for $15,000. Read how we're partnering with the City of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, JMU, and the SBDC to strengthen our business community.
Busy schedules can make it difficult for families to gather around the table to enjoy a home-cooked meal. But Jamie Eanes, owner of Meals 4 Home, is making it easier. Interested in how? Read our blog post about the great things this business is doing for the community.
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