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 these activities when you visit downtown on Saturday, June 17!

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The Weiler Orthodontics & Invisalign KIDS ZONE is located on N Main Street in and around the parking lot across from the Explore More Discovery Museum

The Horizons Edge KIDS ZONE is on N Main Street by the Public Safety Building


Located on N Main Street near Explore More

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Explore More Discovery Museum

FREE Admission Day (10 AM - 5 PM)

Look for Explore More Discovery Museum
Explore More exhibits will also be open from 10 AM – 5 PM with FREE ADMISSION! No reservations are required; however the museum reserve the right to limit indoor capacity to ensure the safest experience.

Farm-to-City Day (12 - 4 PM)

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

Low Sensory Zone (12 - 5 PM)

Find this area on the Third Floor of the Explore More Museum
We realize that for some children, big events can be overstimulating. Please feel free to take a break and enjoy more solitude play in the low sensory zone located at the Explore More Discovery Museum’s third floor.

Outdoor Activities & Games (12 - 5 PM)

Find this area on Newman Ave near the new Explore More mural
Including bubbles, hula hoops and sidewalk chalk

OASIS Fine Art & Craft

Arts & Crafts (12 - 5 PM)

Look for craft tables on N Main Street near OASIS FIne Art & Craft
FREE kids arts & craft activities include:

  • Bag painting
  • Suncatcher art
  • Clay crafting
  • Sand art
Community Art Experience (12 - 5 PM)

Look for the tent on N Main Street near OASIS Fine Art & Craft
Interactive activity inspired by contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama’s, art installation “The Obliteration Room”

Air Brushed Tattoos (12 - 5 PM)

Look for the tent on N Main Street near OASIS Fine Art & Craft
Get an airbrushed design from volunteers at OASIS!

More KIDS ZONE Activities

Weiler Orthodontics & Invisalign Activity Booth (12 - 5 PM)

Look for the tent on N Main Street in the parking lot across from Explore More
Bubble machines and a temporary tattoo station!

Lantz Construction Play Zone (12 - 5 PM)

Look for tent on N Main Street in the parking lot across from Explore More
Dig your fingers into the sand and get building with the Lantz Construction Play Zone!

Balloon Animals (1 - 3 PM)

Look for TBD

Shirley's Popcorn Art (1 - 3 PM)

Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn (N Main Street)

Popcorn isn’t just for eating!  Stop by Shirley’s and help create a colorful piece of popcorn art.


Located on N Main Street outside of the Public Safety Building

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Fun & Games with Horizons Edge

Look for the Horizons Edge tents on N Main Street near the fire truck
Shoot your shot at the Horizons Edge bucket challenge! Throw the ball into the buckets at various distances to win a prize. Partner with a buddy to play cornhole and giant Connect Four too!

Splash Pad at Public Safety Building


VOICE Nonprofit Activity Booth

Look for the 10×10 near the Splash Pad
VOICE Nonprofit, Music Games and Fun Prizes


There’s more family-friendly fun all day long. Check out these activities happening Saturday, June 17.


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Court Square

Free Face Painting


Rosie Co. Photo Booth


Lawn Games & Picnic Zone


Liberty Street

Liberty Street Lawn Party down Liberty Street (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 Saturday, June 17, 12 – 6 PM! Sip & Stroll your way down Liberty Street and discover pop-up vendors, live music, and lawn games 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!
🦩 DART Resale & Trade
🦩 Mashita
🦩 Pale Fire Brewing
🦩 Sage Bird Ciderworks
🦩 & More Announced Soon!


Necklace Making Craft at Dart Resale & Trade (12 - 6 PM)

Dart Resale & Trade
Make your own necklace with Valley Creative Reuse. They will be repurposing donated surplus computer wires and beads.


Dogs Days of Summer at Pale Fire (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.
💧 We’ll have “doggie” pools, free tennis balls, an agility course, and misting station plus…
🌭 Food from The Corndog Company and IceStickles shave ice.
🍺 A summery shandy Pale Fire beer and a seasonal sangria. You can also participate in the downtown Sip & Stroll (12-6pm) and BYO from another nearby restaurant.
📷 A pup costume contest and photo booth with Amelia Schmid. [details to come]
🐾 Toys, accessories, and treats from Blue Ridge Dog, or pup bandanas from Dogwood Goods.
🐶 Anicira on site with cornhole for humans plus canvas painting, doggie pool bobbing for treats, and agility games for dogs.
💜 A surprise visitor to be announced soon!


Silent Disco near Liberty Park (12 - 3 PM)

Look for the parking lot next to Liberty Park with the music mural
Enjoy a fun dance party where you get to choose the tunes!

Inflatable Basketball Game near Liberty Park (12 - 3 PM)

Look for the parking lot next to Liberty Park with the music mural
Shoot some hoops at the giant inflatable basketball game.

World Refugee Day at Turner Pavilion (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!

Other Areas

Free Admission at Virginia Quilt Museum (10 AM - 4 PM)

Enjoy free admission to the Virginia Quilt Museum along with needlework demonstrations by members of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild.

Tobini the Magician across Downtown Harrisonburg (1:30 - 4:30 PM)

Roaming event, particularly N Main Steet

Scavenger Hunt (12 - 6 PM)

Visitors Center

Scavenger hunt for the kids!

Book Notes Kids Concert at Central Library (1 PM)

Led by the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, come enjoy an instrument show & tell, hear classically-trained musicians perform live, and hear wonderful children’s literature read as well.

Dance & Co. Open House (3 - 6 PM)

115 S. Main St

Dance & Co. will be hosting an Open House on June 17th from 3:00-6:00 with short performances at 4:00 and 5:00, tours of the studio, mini dance classes, and other activities for all ages!

Opening Doors: The Art of Inclusion (Self-Guided)

Enjoy a self-guided tour of 20 Art Doors located in Downtown Harrisonburg. Rack cards (with maps) are available at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center and Court Square Theater. Download the VisitHarrisonburgVA! app, or visit Take selfies with the doors and share. #openingdoorsharrisonburg

Hunt for Miniatures! (Self-Guided)

There are three new miniatures in Downtown Harrisonburg! Find one to unlock the guide and clues to other installations downtown.


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Downtown Businesses

Kitty Time at Aristocat Cafe (10 AM - 11 AM)

Look for the cat cafe on Liberty Street next to Mashita
Kitty Time, for guests under 7, is available every Saturday from 10am-11am. This gets our youngest cat lovers 30 minutes in the cat room, a free small drink, and a quick art project.

Block Printing at Dart Resale & Trade - FREE IF YOU BYO SHIRT (12 - 5 PM)

Dart Resale & Trade
A variety of carved stamps and ink will be provided. BYO clothing item to print for free or purchase a used tee from us.

Court Square

Henna Tattoos (12 - 6 PM)


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