Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presents

Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 12 – 6 PM

Downtown Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is bringing back its summer festival on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 12 – 6 PM all across Downtown Harrisonburg.

This will have a variety of activities and entertainment spread throughout the district for all ages. There will be live music, magicians, community art projects, arts and crafts activities, walking tours, food specials at restaurants, food trucks, sidewalk sales, touch-a-truck, Sip & Stroll, and more!



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Across Downtown

Best. Putt Putt. Ever.

Play this pop-up putt putt game all across downtown. Clubs and balls are available at every hole. Keep score or just play for fun. Pick up a scorecard and map at the HDR info booth on Court Square or at any of the eleven holes.

Live Music (12 - 6 PM)

Grab a Sip & Stroll drink and discover some great local music on our three stages.

All Live Music


Sip & Stroll (12 - 6 PM)

Sip & Stroll is an element to our events that replaces the usual beer garden. Adults aged 21+ can purchase a beer, wine or cocktail at a participating brewery, cidery, or restaurant and enjoy it while strolling within the downtown event footprint.

Participating Locations


Main Street & Court Square

Virginia Fine Art Mobile (12 - 6 PM)

Look for the Mobile Museum behind the Smith House Galleries off Main Street

During Best.Weekend.Ever., you’re invited to step inside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Artmobile for an exciting exhibition called Love, Laughter, Tears: An Artist’s Guide to Emotions. This visit, sponsored by Arts Council of the Valley, offers a chance to check out paintings, prints, photographs and film – all from the museum’s permanent collection – that utilize color, shapes, symbols and text to showcase the universality of human emotions. This dynamic compilation of artwork, spanning cultures and time periods, considers the relationship between art and feeling and how artistic depictions of emotions can connect humanity and foster mutual understanding. See it all for yourself June 15, noon-6pm, just behind Smith House Galleries – admission is free!
Sentara Healthy Zone (12 - 6 PM)

Located on Court Square
Meet Sentara Health Plans team for family-friendly games, A1C Checks and Blood Pressing Screening, and to learn all about free services Sentara offers and get your health plan started this summer. 

Horizons Edge
& Massanutten Resort

Nursing & Changing Area at Blue Ridge Florist (12 - 6 PM)

Located at Blue Ridge Florist at 165 N Main St

Parents can relax in a private, air-conditioned area set up for nursing, changing a diaper, or just taking a break. This area will be staffed by Moriza Dovis, a family wellness practitioner, who will be available to color with the kids while parents sit.

Also in this area:

  • $20 Grab-n-go bouquets
  • Full Tea Service at Blue Ridge Florist Tea Room from 11am-1pm. Reservations still available. Call (540) 434-9931 to reserve a time. Includes a 3-tier tasting with a variety sweets & treats from Bittersweet Bakery and a flight of 4 teas.
  • Walk-ins for tea & scones starting at 1pm.
  • Polaroid Selfie Station in front of the flower wall.
Horizons Edge KIDS ZONE Activities (12 - 5 PM)

While Best.Weekend.Ever. is an event for all ages, we have a variety of activities specifically geared toward kids and families. Make sure to check out the KIDS ZONEs while you are at the festival for crafts, games, art, free museum admission, farm animals, play zones, and more.

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Massanutten Resort KIDS ZONE Activities (12 - 5 PM)

While Best.Weekend.Ever. is an event for all ages, we have a variety of activities specifically geared toward kids and families. Make sure to check out the KIDS ZONEs while you are at the festival for crafts, games, art, free museum admission, farm animals, play zones, and more.

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Community Mural Painting "Music Belongs in Harrisonburg" (12 - 5 PM)

Look for the mural next to the “You Belong in Harrisonburg” mural on the outside wall of Ruby’s/Clementime in the Jimmy Madison’s parking lot across from Explore More

Contribute to this year’s “Music Belongs in Harrisonburg” community mural!

Farm-to-City (12 - 4 PM)

Look for farm animals, combines, etc. in the parking lot area
Explore a real-life combine, ambulance, tractor, and farm animals

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Lantz Construction Play Zone (12 - 5 PM)

Dig your fingers into the sand and get building with the Lantz Construction Play Zone!

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Liberty Street

Liberty Street Lawn Party (12 - 6 PM)

Look for a variety of activities all down Liberty Street

It’s BEST.WEEKEND.EVER. & Liberty Street is celebrating with a LAWN PARTY in Downtown Harrisonburg on Saturday, June 15, 12 – 6 PM! Sip & Stroll your way down Liberty Street and discover pop-up vendors, live music, and lawn games, and more at participating businesses.
SIP & STROLL 12 – 6 PM
🥤 Grab a drink and walk downtown!
🥤 Must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Nonalcoholic options available.
Grab a BINGO sheet at participating businesses and enter to win merch or gift cards from those downtown businesses!
🎟️ Earn stamps by following the prompts on the BINGO board.
🎟️ Five stamps in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) is a BINGO.
🎟️ Earn 1 entry into the giveaway for every activity you do. Earn 10 bonus entries for a BINGO.
🎟️ Turn in your card at a participating Liberty Street location for your chance to win a prize from participating businesses.
🦩 DART Resale & Trade
🦩 Mashita
🦩 Pale Fire Brewing
🦩 Sage Bird Ciderworks
🦩 Restless Moons Brewing
🦩 Magpie Diner
🦩 Aristocat Cafe
🦩 Liberty Street Tattoos
🦩 Blue Ridge Dog
🦩 The Frame Factory & Gallery
🦩 Bittersweet Bakery
🦩 Liberty Street Mercantile
🦩 Rootstock Wine Bar
Family & Dog-Friendly Event. Presented by Glo Fiber.


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Dog Days of Summer (12 - 6 PM)

Look for activities in the Pale Fire roundabout across from the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market.

It’s the Best.Weekend.Ever…FOR DOGS! Find plenty of activities for all ages around downtown, but there’s only one place where four-legged furry friends are the star of the show.
World Refugee Day (3 - 6 PM)

At the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market (Turner Pavilion)
This event will help focus community attention community attention on the contributions of refugees in the Shenandoah Valley, and there will be opportunities to support refugees. CWS Harrisonburg and Virginia’s Immigrant Voices will celebrate World Refugee Day with music, cultural activities, food, storytelling, henna, facepainting, kids activities, and more at Turner Pavilion Downtown during the Best.Weekend.Ever!

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Join HDR’s Best.Weekend.Ever. Facebook group for updates and announcements about the event in real-time.

Volunteer at Best.Weekend.Ever.

Help create a downtown-wide block party where there is music, entertainment, and activities for all ages around every corner!  Support from volunteers will make the streets come alive and showcase the best of what downtown has to offer.

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Best.Weekend.Ever. would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!