Downtown Dinner Party: Once in a Blue Moon

May 18, 2019 | Turner Pavilion

Downtown Dinner Party is an inspired celebration of the Valley’s love for Downtown Harrisonburg and our culinary stars! Highlighting the exceptional array of restaurants in Virginia’s First Culinary District, the Dinner Party invites you to mix and mingle, enjoy more than fifteen delicious tasting stations, sip local beer, wine, cider, and coffee, bid in a live auction with unique local experiences you won’t find anywhere else, and join in the most fun dance party around. Many attendees hailed this as the “best event ever.”

Limited tickets are still available!

Live Auction Items: 

These are some pretty fantastic, one-of-kind items that have been curated just for you lovers of downtown! Plan ahead, round up some friends, get your strategy, and be ready to bid on your favorite items!

Are you a doer? This auction item is perfect for you and a friend as you make your way through downtown maker spaces. Enjoy free access to all of the Handmade for the Holidays 2019 workshops, access to any one WithSimplicity workshop, select a design for one silver cuff bracelet at Hugo Kohl and watch it created right in front of your eyes, work with Paul at Lineage to create one waxed canvas and leather bag (with snacks and beverages to boot!), and put your own inspiring ideas into play with a free 3-month membership to The Hub Coworking.

Donated by HDR, WithSimplicity, Hugo Kohl, Lineage, and The Hub Coworking.
Expires 5/15/2020.

We hear you. Everyone’s been on a wine bus before, so we’re mixing it up this time! Hop aboard a comfy RV complete with a couch and plush chairs. Enjoy breakfast and mimosas from Kirsten Moore’s Magpie Diner & Bakery (opening late 2019/early 2020 in the former Big L Tire location) as you make your way to four different wineries. A picnic lunch at one of the stops will give you an exclusive sneak peek at the Magpie menu. You’ll also get VIP invitations to the soft opening when the time comes!

Donated by Magpie Diner & Bakery and Lauren & Dave Huber. Wineries can be selected by participants within a one-hour radius of Harrisonburg.
Expires 12/31/2019.


The Via Ferrata at NROCKS is a one of a kind adventure experience, offering a mile of fixed-anchor, professionally-guided rock climbing. During this 3.5-5 hour climb you’ll gain 1085 feet in elevation, cross a suspension bridge that is 150 feet high and 200 feet long, and reach exposed heights of 280 feet. Italian for ‘by way of iron’, the Via Ferrata is a permanently installed system of steel rungs and cables that allows you to climb up and over two towering rock fins. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort. Plus, you’ll have overnight accommodations in the lodge on site and a packed meal to go from Rocktown Kitchen.

Donated by NROCKS and Rocktown Kitchen. Availability and weather permitting. Participants MUST be 13 or older.
Expires 5/15/2020.

Especially when you’re in a hot air balloon! Enjoy a four-person sunrise hot air balloon flight (approximately 40-60 minutes), champagne toast when you land, and a picnic breakfast from Heritage Bakery & Cafe. The whole adventure is 2-3 hours long, and you’ll get to be hands on if you want to or simply enjoy the ride!

Donated by Star Ballooning and Heritage Bakery & Cafe.
Expires 5/15/2020 and is subject to scheduling and weather.


You fell in love with the original Jack Brown’s in the ‘Burg, but do you know how AWESOME cold beer and burgers taste after a day at the beach? This vacation package gets you a FULL WEEK in a two-bedroom condo in Kill Devil Hills, NC, conveniently located a block away from Jack Brown’s KDH, where you’ll have a $100 credit to spend! Plus, we’ll give you road trip box full of beach gear, snacks, and beverages from downtown businesses to take with you!

Donated by Trevor Parmer, Jack Brown’s and participating downtown businesses.
Must be used between September 1, 21019 and May 31, 2020 and is good for up to 7 consecutive days, Saturday to Saturday.

Have you seen the beautiful conference table in HDR’s office — the one made from municipal trees that had to be removed? How would you like your own custom piece? Rocktown Urban Wood is a cooperative made up of the talented Ned Gearing, Landon Heavener, Rhett Miles, and Brad Wroblewski. With a combined 35 years experience, these craftsmen create one-of-a-kind projects from locally-sourced wood. This auction item allows the purchaser a $2,500 credit towards a custom project of your choosing. Available wood options, colors, and edging will be dependent on stock at the time of the project request.

Donated by Rocktown Urban Wood. Delivery and assembly included within Harrisonburg City Limits. For customers outside of that radius, a personalized solution will be identified. Final design of this project must be agreed upon by both Rocktown Urban Wood and the client no later than Sept. 1, 2019. Project may take up to 8 weeks for delivery.


Do you go to everything downtown? For the next year, this pass will get you:

2 free entries to VA Momentum’s downtown races (Turkey Trot, Valley Fourth Run, Glow Run, Sunday Funday)
2 passes to all Pale Fire live music events
2 passes to all Golden Pony live music events (must maintain capacity)
2 passes to any one show at Clementine

2 VIP tickets to Rocktown Beer & Music Festival
2 tickets to the 2020 Downtown Dinner Party
Admission for 2 to three movies at Court Square Theater
2 Cookie Tour tickets

2 spots on a Rocktown Bites Tour
2 bowling passes to Ruby’s Arcade
5 rides with Harrisonburg Pedi Cab
2 Friendly City Fortune raffle tickets

What the what?!? Bid on this awesome item NOW and you’ll never wonder what to do with your weekends for the next year!

Donated by all of the listed downtown establishments.
Expires 5/15/2020.

This item might have two of the hottest tickets in town. The incredibly talented Trent Wagler of the Steel Wheels will perform a solo house concert or backyard show for you and your guests. But first, start the evening out with a localy-sourced dinner for 12, styled and prepared by Sub Rosa Supper Club, a local pop-up supper club recently featured in Virginia Living Magazine.

Donated by Trent Wagler, Kirsten Moore and Jennifer Sodikoff. Subject to availability and scheduling. Any travel outside of Harrisonburg will be paid by the winning bidder. Additional guests can be added for a fee.
Expires 5/15/2020.

Have a big celebration coming up? What about your next office party? Or just because you feel like it? You’ll have Brothers Craft Brewing all to yourselves for the evening including a 2-hour set by everyone’s favorite DJ, Ryan Clark Slocum.

Donated by Ryan Clark Slocum and Brothers Craft Brewing. Scheduling must be agreed upon by all parties and beer purchases are the responsilbity of the auction winner.
Expires 5/15/2020.

Ever heard the term “moonshot”? It’s used to describe an extremely ambitious or innovative project. We all, gathered here tonight, have SO MANY ideas and dreams for downtown. Please consider a generous gift during this paddle raise to continue the good work of HDR and help Downtown Harrisonburg reach for the stars!

By attending this event not only will you have an amazing night out in downtown, you will be supporting the mission of HDR as we work to build downtown as a destination where independent businesses thrive and people enjoy memorable experiences. Learn more about our work here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Realty and Management Services logo
Apartment properties in downtown Harrisonburg
Bank in Harrisonburg Virginia mortgage and home loans
Family-run organic chicken company in Harrisonburg Virginia
Radio stations in Harrisonburg Virginia
Local news stations in Harrisonburg Virginia
Investment group Harrisonburg Virginia


Andrew & Lisa Forward

Capital Ale House

Larson Wealth Management

LD&B Insurance and Financial Services

Newman Avenue Associates


Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Reddy Ice