Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 12 – 6 PM



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Art Incarnate's Third Annual Artisan Festival (11 AM - 4 PM)

Join Arts Incarnate for its third annual Artisan Festival! The event will b hosted once again at 75 N. Mason Street (right across from the Elizabeth Street parking garage). With live music, food, and artisan craft and art vendors you won’t want to miss!


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Silent Disco (12 - 3 PM)

Look for the banners near Liberty Park, in the parking lot by the music mural.

Enjoy a fun dance party where you get to choose the tunes!
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


All Kids Activities


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 two KIDS ZONES while you are at the festival for crafts, games, art, free museum admission, farm animals, play zones, and more.


All Kids Activities


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.

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


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 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!


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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.
💧 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!
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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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Across Downtown Harrisonburg

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 openingdoorsharrisonburg.com. 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.

Court Square & N Main St

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

Virginia Quilt Museum

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

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

Dance & Co. (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!

Splash Pad & Touch-a-Truck (12 - 5 PM)

Look for the fire truck on N Main Street north of Court Square

Cool down with sprinklers and more at the Harrisonburg Fire Department’s Splash Pad. Budding firefighters can also explore a real firetruck!

The Rosy Co. Photo Booth (12 - 6 PM)

Look for the vintage camper on Court Square!

Snap a picture to remember your Best.Weekend.Ever.!

Picnic Area & Lawn Games (12 - 6 PM)

Look for the picnic blankets on the lawn to the left of the Court Square Stage! The pinwheels will guide you there!

Grab your meal to-go and enjoy the live music on Court Square. We have picnic blankets for you to be able to sit on the lawn and enjoy the summer weather.

Face Painting (12 - 6 PM)

Look for the tent on Court Square

Get your face painted for FREE on Court Square.

Shirley's Popcorn Art (12 - 6 PM)

Shirley’ Gourmet Popcorn (N Main St)

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

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.

Tobini the Magician (1:30 - 4:30 PM)

Roaming event, particularly N Main Steet

Liberty Street

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.

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.

Chalk Artist

Look for the Chalk Artist at Pale Fire
See a chalk art masterpiece being created in real-time!

Other Locations

Yoga Sol Open House-Meet & Greet (11 AM - 5 PM)

Yoga Sol

Swing by Yoga Sol to check out the studio, meet the staff and feel the hot room. Enjoy special deals on classes, giveaways, and enter a raffle to win a 5 Class Bundle!


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Court Square & N Main St

Court Square Vendor Market (12 - 6 PM)

Browse a variety of vendors throughout downtown including the East and West sides of Court Square! To see a full list of participating businesses and locations, visit our Shopping & Promotions page.

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Liberty Street

Harrisonburg Farmers Market (8 AM - 12 PM)

Café con Leche is back by popular demand! Café con Leche is a musical group based in Harrsionburg, VA. While the members met and formed the group in the Shenandoah Valley, they have roots in a variety of places throughout Latin America, from Mexico to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Eduador, to Bolivia and Puerto Rico. Their music will take you on a melodious andd rythmic journey through different regions and musical genres of Latin America, with the blended sounds of guitar, zampoña (panpipes), quena (wooden flute), charango (small 10 stringed guitar), bombo (bass drum), conga drums, and multiple voices.

Horizon Gifts Vendor Market (12 - 6 PM)

Explore the visiting vendors outside Horizons Gifts!

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.

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