Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 12 – 6 PM



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Across Downtown

Best. Putt Putt. Ever. (12 - 6 PM)

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.

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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


All Kids Activities


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
🦩 Harrisonburg Farmers Market
🦩 Friendly City Safe Space
🦩Horizon Gifts
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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Court Square & N Main St

Live Chalk Art (9:30 AM - 3 PM)

Near Asbury Church

From 9:30am until 3pm, join artist Robert Mott – who has been making art with chalk in public settings for more than 30 years – as he creates a detailed chalk drawing in the parking area just outside Asbury United Methodist Church! Children are invited to create their own chalk masterpieces alongside the artist throughout the day. Materials will be provided! This activity is sponsored by Arts Council of the Valley, with support from The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Robert Mott has enjoyed creating chalk art drawings in public settings for more than 30 years. In the early 1990s he was a regular artist at the I Madonnari Chalk Festival in San Luis Obispo, California where he was known for colorful recreations of historic California orange crate labels. He and his brother, Tom, led a collaborative team of chalk artists that was featured at the premier San Diego Chalk Festival in the late 1990s. In the early to mid-2000s, Mott began sharing his talents at Staunton Jams music festivals, the Staunton Pride Festival and more recently creating fantastical Harry Potter-themed street art at a number of Queen City Mischief and Magic Festivals. In 2017 Mott was invited to create a Jimi Hendrix drawing at the prestigious I Madonnari festival at the historic mission in Santa Barbara, California. His professional graphic design studio website is found at robertmottdesigns.com.

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

Virginia Quilt Museum

Enjoy free admission during the Virginia Quilt Museum’s last day at the Warren-Sipe House. See all of our exhibitions, visit our gift shop, and enjoy one last look at quilts in Downtown Harrisonburg.

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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 booth on Court Square

Enjoy free face painting – booth located on Court Square. Note – artist will be taking a 30-minute break at 3 PM.

Book Notes Kids Concert with SVBF at Central Library (1 - 2 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. Free for children of all ages and their caregivers.


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

Roaming event, particularly N Main Steet

Smith House Galleries (12 - 6 PM)

Stop by Smith House Galleries (311 South Main St) during special hours noon-6pm June 15! This month, the galleries feature a stunning exhibition of watercolors, Juxtaposed, by local artist Brenda Hounshell. In Juxtaposed, Hounshell harnesses a particularly challenging medium to explore color association and contrast, sharing palette-based vignettes among thoughtful groupings of tree subjects, glass objects, and abstract images. Visit during Best.Weekend.Ever. and chat with the artist herself while you admire her detailed watercolor creations!

Last Day of Early Voting (9 AM - 5 PM)

City Hall

You do not need an excuse to vote in person absentee (early voting), and you do not need to fill out an Absentee application. You may vote early in City Hall (409 South Main St.) beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. To vote absentee in person you must be a registered voter of Harrisonburg, provide your name and address, and show an acceptable form of ID. Early voting is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

Make a Spinning Top with Snapology (12 - 5 PM)

Look for the booth in the KIDS Zone in the Jimmy Madison’s Parking Lot

Join Snapology of Harrisonburg to design, build, and customize your own LEGO® spinning top! Kids can explore the science of physics by testing their tops for the longest spin and learning what makes them stay balanced. Engage in exciting battles with friends and take your creation home for endless fun!
Kiwanis Prize Walk (1 - 4 PM)

Look for the booths across from Clementine and Ruby’s

Play an interactive musical game and win prizes thanks to the Kiwanis Club.
Silent Disco (1 - 5 PM)

Look for the action in front of Denton Park

Grab a headset and dance in the [Main] street, like you’re having the Best.Weekend.Ever.
Headphones available on a first come first served basis. In partnership with Any Given Child.
Scavenger Hunt & Giveaways (12 - 6 PM)

Look for the tent in front of the Visitors Center on Main Street

Check out Visit Harrisonburg’s scavenger hunt kids along with giveaways

Liberty Street

Master Gardeners Nocturnal Pollinators (8 AM - 1 PM)

Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Turner Pavilion

Check out the Master Gardeners kid’s activity titled “Nocturnal Pollinators: Creatures of the Night”

Kitten Adoption Event (12 - 6 PM)

Aristocat Cafe

The Humane Society will be bringing their cutest (by that we mean each and every one) of their pre-adoptable kittens from foster to the cafe on Saturday! Pre-apply for adoption today!

Tie-Dye Doggie Bandanas & Make Pronoun Pins with Friendly City Safe Space (12 - 6 PM)

Look for Friendly City Safe Space’s Booth at Pale Fire’s Dog Days of Summer

Enjoy fun and free activities including tie-dying dog bandanas and making your own pronoun pin! FCSS also will have some resourcesincluding safer sex kits, menstrual kits, a selection of clothes from the closet, and raffle tickets.

Other Locations

Free Outdoor Yoga Class (2 PM, arrive by 1:45 PM)

Yogal Sol (90 N Main St Ste 101)

This special FREE class of the 26&2 practice will be held outdoors behind Yoga Sol. Join us for the original sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises in an outside environment to celebrate Harrisonburg’s Best Weekend Ever. This Hatha style yoga class focuses on each individual posture with a short rest between and is led with full instructional dialogue. Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome to attend! Participants will be entered into a raffle to win free classes at Yoga Sol or a blooming Mandevilla plant.

You can register online at http://www.Yogasolva.com , or arrive in person (early) to register before the class. Participants must 16 years or older to practice.

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


Snap a picture to remember your Best.Weekend.Ever.! Presented by Verizon.


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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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Library Book Sale (12 - 3 PM)

Central Library

Thousands of gently used books available to purchase at just $1 each for adult titles, and $.25 each for children’s books. Cash and credit card accepted and all proceeds benefit MRL’s nonprofit mission.

$3 Game Pass at Ruby's Arcade (12 - 4 PM)

Ruby’s Arcade

Special price – purchas a gamepass  for $3 to play all the games in the arcade (with the exception of Halo and photobooth.) Regular price is $7 from 4-Close.

Custom Glass Activity (12 - 4 PM)

Ruby’s Arcade

Customize your very own glass led by one of our amazing Ruby’s Arcade artists, Katie Cousins! Perfect for all ages, this is the perfect way to be creative and bring home a part of the arcade!  $10 to paint, $5 to sticker.

Painting will be for ages 10+ only and waterproof stickers for any age. This is for younger children’s safety. Limited glasses available. First come, first serve.

Liberty Street

Dart Vintage Market (10 AM - 3 PM)

Look for the tents at Dart Resale & Trade (205 S Liberty St Ste. E)

Dart is hosting a vintage market in its lot with @wreckware.clothingco @delatrenches @reclotheva and @jinkiesspacevault.

Harrisonburg Farmers Market (8 AM - 12 PM)

 Enjoy over 50 vendors (local produce, meat, cheese, artisan goods), music by Kendall Anderson, and celebrate National Pollinator Month with the Master Gardeners kid’s activity titled “Nocturnal Pollinators: Creatures of the Night”

Wine Tasting (1 - 4 PM)

Rootstock Wine Bar & Provisions

Nerd out on wine with the owner of Rootstock Wine Bar & Provisions!

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