Excited JMU college students outside jumping Harrisonburg

Block Party in the ‘Burg

Saturday, August 24, 2019 

Video of happy people enjoying downtown Harrisonburg block party

Thanks for joining us in welcoming JMU’s class of 2023! To our new Downtown Duke friends — the Block Party Bucket list is now live! You have until the end of Fall semester to check items off your bucket list for a chance to win $100 Downtown Dollars! See below for instructions and more details. We can’t wait to see you around Downtown!

Check out the highlight video and visit The Breeze for a recap of this year’s event!


Want to win $100 to spend downtown? Each item you check off the Downtown Bucket List by the last day of fall semester classes (Friday, December 6th) is a chance to win!


1) Take a photo of the item, event or experience and post it on your personal Instagram account

2) Follow the business and follow @downtownharrisonburg

3) Include the hashtag #dukesdodowntown19 in the caption

THAT’S IT! One luck winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday, December 6th!

Happy JMU college students city wall colorful handprints

Bucket List Items:

Eat, Drink, and Hang Out
Bella Gelato Pastries Try an affogatto or gelato float. Their toasted almond coconut sorbetto is our favorite dairy free option!
Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza Get a full-size $5 artisanal pizza between 3-5:30 pm. We also love their meatball sandwich.
Benny Sorrentino’s Get a $4 pizza slice as big as your head!
Beyond Sit on their scenic back patio and try the pineapple cream cheese wontons.
Billy Jack’s Try their famous Sticky Nuggs (boneless chicken bites tossed in your choice of sauce) for $4 on Thursdays!
Bittersweet Bakery Try a sweet or a savory pastry. Don’t miss their homemade poptarts!
Black Sheep Coffee A great place to get a jump start on studying. We love their breakfast sandwhiches huge selection of loose-leaf teas.
Boboko Indonesian Cafe We love everything on their menu, but especially their Indonesian chicken soup and vegetarian/vegan tempeh dishes.
Broad Porch Coffee We love their lattes, cold pressed coffee and super friendly staff.
Brothers Craft Brewing Attend their weekly Trivia Night every Monday starting at 7:30. It’s free to play, you can play alone or in a group, and there are prizes to be won!
Capital Ale House Try their burgers! Score one for 1/2 price from 10pm-close Sunday through Thursday.
Clementine Cafe A great place to catch live music! We also love their Thursday night Team Trivia from 9pm-11pm.
Cuban Burger Try their award-winning burgers! Get one Tuesday night for 1/2 price from 7-9pm.
El Paisano Bakery Try a concha or a bolillo bread stuffed with chorizo or cheese & jalapeños!
Finnigan’s Cove Come by for their daily specials (including JMU-favorite $0.50 wing Mondays and Thursdays!)
Food.Bar.Food Meet friends at FOOD.BAR.FOOD for Happy Hour! They’re giving you a Buy One, Get One to try their Happy Hour Menu of global comfort food small plates Tuesday-Saturday 5-6pm. Show your student ID, follow them on Instagram and claim your BOGO coupon by September 30th. BOGO coupon valid thru December 15, 2019. Share a picture from your Happy Hour visit and tag @food.bar.food with #happyhour for a chance to win dinner for two next semester!
Friendly Fermenter Catch (or join in!) the Old Time Porch Open Jam on Sunday evenings.
Friendly City Pedicab Ride the pedicab with your crew at the end of the night. Pricing is competitive and it’s way more fun than a cab!
Habana Cafe Don’t miss Salsa Night, every Friday from 9pm-2am, and College Night, every Thursday starting at 9:30pm
Heritage Bakery & Cafe Macarons, sticky buns, giant cookies, and more – but get there early before the case sells out!
Hotel Madison Use your JACard at grace+main Coffee Shop!
Indian American Cafe Enjoy a meat or vegetable somosa appetizer with pappad – lentil chips!
Jack Brown’s Try their famous Greg Brady burger or grilled cheese and get a fried Oreo for dessert.
Jess’ Downtown Restaurant Try their legendary hot dogs!
Jimmy Madison’s Enjoy dinner on their famous rooftop patio – be sure to order the Jimmy Sprouts!
Joshua Wilton House A great date night spot! Check out Date Night on Tuesdays with a 3 course meal for only $35/person.
Kline’s Dairy Bar Print out their flavor card and hang in your dorm to stay up to date on their weekly specials.
L&S Diner Order the Garbage Omelet for breakfast at this historic “railcar” diner.
Latin’s Flavor All you can eat tacos for only $6.99 every Wednesday!
Little Grill One of Harrisonburg’s most popular breakfast/brunch spots. Their blue monkey pancakes are a forever favorite.
Local Chop & Grill House One of the best places downtown for a celebratory dinner. Of course we love their steaks, but the duck fat fries are an excellent and affordable treat!
Lola Mo’s Deli They have excellent daily specials – and we love their black and white cookies.
Magnolia’s Tacos Try the carne asada fries or one of their authentic tacos!
Mashita Try their steamed buns, ssaam, or Korean burrito – they have plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well.
Pale Fire Brewing Co. Visit our Little Free Library. Take a book, leave a book!
Pulp Try an acai bowl or fruit-infused iced tea.
Restless Moons Brewing Come by for live music, comedy night, and their Bring Your Own Book Club!
Rocktown Kitchen Order the meatloaf for dinner or the fried chicken sandwich at lunch.
Ruby’s Arcade Try your hand at duck pin bowling, and check out Bingo is Life every Tuesday at 7:30pm!
Ruby’s Lounge We’re fans of Acoustic Tuesdays, 9-11pm and Open Mic on Wednesdays, 8-11pm.
Shenandoah Joe Try their awesome iced mocha.
Strite’s Donuts Try their blueberry donut!
Taj of India We love their delicious and super afffordable lunch buffett. Only $9.95/person!
The Golden Pony Their basement venue is one of the best places to see live music in Harrisonburg!
Three Notch’d Valley Collab House Check out live music, comedy nights, and art markets!
Union Station Try their famous house-smoked barbecue.
Shops, Museums, and Entertainment
Blue Ridge Dog Give their shop dog, Dr. Indiana Jones, a biscuit and he’ll give you a high-five!
Blue Ridge Florist Stop smell the roses! And find the perfect gift or bouquet for that special someone.
Bluetique Come in on Tuesday for “Student Tuesday” to get 15% off your purchase!
Bring Your Own Stop by Bring Your Own in Agora Downtown Market Monday-Friday and show your JACard to receive 10% your purchase!
Cat’s Cradle Swing by to find a cat to adopt or learn how to volunteer at the neatest nonprofit around
Charlee Rose Boutique “Check in” by taking a selfie in-store and tagging Charlee Rose Boutique on social media for a 10% off discount!
Court Sqaure Theater The best place to see independent movies and art house flicks. Students get a reduced rate on movie tickets
Downtown Books Find your new favorite book in this cozy independent bookstore full of finds from every decade.
Elk Run Mining Visit the store pup and check out the jewelry crafted from local stones that Stuart mines himself.
Explore More Discovery Museum Consider becoming a volunteer at Explore More Discovery Museum! Learn more about this opportunity by attending one of our fall volunteer info sessions. Visit iexploremore.com/volunteer and click on “College Info Sessions” for more information.
Frame Factory You need some art to jazz up your room – come find the perfect piece and get it framed!
Friendly City Food Co-op Check out their 99 cent table for fresh, affordable local produce. We also love their hot bar and salad bar for a quick lunch.
Gadget Town Looking for a new laptop or tablet for class? Check out Gadget Town’s selection. They also offer same day repairs!
Gamer Oasis Join one of their Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, or Dungeons & Dragons gaming leagues.
Glen’s Fair Price Store The best place to buy your Halloween costume – come check out their selection! Bonus: Glen’s has a huge selection of cameras and accessories.
Green Hummingbird Purchase one of their indigo tye-dye, block printed, and other fun patterned fair-trade headbands to spice up any hair-do!
Harrisonburg Farmers Market Pick up fresh, locally grown produce, or a quick breakfast and cup of coffee. Open year round on Saturdays and also on Tuesdays between April – Thanksgiving.
Heartworn Vintage Deck out your dorm with Heartworn’s vintage home goods and kitchenware. Show your student ID to receive 15% off. Post and tag your Heartworn Vintage finds on social media for 20% off!
Horizon Gifts Check out Board Game Night every Friday at 7:30. 10% off board games with student ID.
Hugo Kohl Jewelry Visit The Museum of American Jewelry Design and Manufacturing . While you’re here, receive a free jewelry inspection and cleaning!
James McHone Jewelry Come by and see their selection of vintage jewelry, dating back to the Victorian era!
La Confianza Tienda Latina Find specialty grocery items, jewelry and clothing. Best place to find ripe plantains!
Larkin Arts Great place to buy supplies for SMAD and fine arts students. Stop by during a First Friday to see the gallery, sign up for a class, and get inspired!
Laughing Dog Check out their t-shirt line “Peace Dog Prints”
Lineage Watch Paul make bags in their workshop and buy a locally designed and printed t-shirt!
Midtowne Market Stop by for late-night snacks or your afternoon energy drink fix – be sure to check out the cool stained glass and skate deck art while you’re there!
New Creation VA Show your JAC card at their Agora Downtown Market location for 10% off your purchase.
Oasis Fine Art & Craft Come by to see their ever-changing selection of local art and crafts (it’s a great place to buy a unique gift), and be sure to check out the mosaic staircase!
Rocktown Bicycles Stop by one of their free bicycle clinics or join a group ride!
Rocktown Gift Shoppe Located in the Hardesty Higgins House visitors center, find a regonally or locally made gift for your favorite Virginia lover.
Shenandoah Bicycle Company Try out an electric bike and join a group ride!
Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Try a snack box of Duke Dog Crunch and a drink for only $3.00!
Sparrow’s Flowers Purchase fresh local flowers and pick up a succulent plant for your dorm!
Specto Art Space Check out their latest art exhibition! Also, receive 10% off your retail purchase with a student ID.
Ten Thousand Villages Check out their Elephant Appreciation Event on Saturday, Sept 21–a day dedicated to celebrating and honoring elephants! They’ll have different elephant themed snacks, sales on all elephant products, a Selephie station where you can take a selfie as an elephant, and much more.
The Isle Co Known for their lotion candle — burn a candle, and pour a tiny bit of the melted soy on your hands for instant smoothness!
The Lady Jane Shop Come by and get a photo with one of their foster cats from Cat’s Cradle!
The Mark-it Check out their selection of hand-printed shirts featuring local art and talk to Jeff about getting your own custom shirts printed.
Virginia Quilt Museum Take a selfie with Elvis!
Walkabout Outfitters The best place to find a new backpack—perfect for hauling textbooks or taking a day hike! Stop in to check out their selection and learn about their upcoming events and workshops.
Water Street Vintage & Bohemian Be transported to the 70s at this groovy vintage spot
withSimplicity Beauty Get a Free “Mini-Makeover” and check out their selection of hand-crafted, all-natural skincare and makeup.
Wonder Records Shop their collection of vintage music equipment and pick up a vinyl record from their $1 section!
Yellow Button Peruse the $50 and under rack for high-quality, feminine fashion finds.
Dance, Yoga, Massage, and Fitness
Breathe Pilates and Fitness Spend the semester at Breathe – get a discounted semester group class pass !
Dance & Company Sign up for a dance class at Dance & Company! Classes offered in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Musical Stage, & Irish Step. Visit www.dancenco.com for more information.
Dancing with Karen Join them for a free dance lesson during First Fridays Downtown on Sept. 6, Oct. 4 or Nov. 1, 2019 at 5:30 pm.
Friendly City Dance Room Keep it 100 with Club Dance 101! Learn popular club exclusives at the Dance Room- Zouk, Kizomba, Salsa, Bachata, West, and Reggaeton.
Pink Ambition Dance & Fitness Take a Pole 1 class in this empowering, positive, and supportive Ladies-only pole fitness studio!
Restorative Massage Therapy Enjoy 10% off your regular priced massage session with your college ID. They’ll also give you 15% off for your birthday!
Rocktown Hot Yoga Take a class at the only authentic Hot Yoga studio in the valley.
Shenandoah Yoga Enjoy special rates on classes with your student ID.
The Center Yoga Get 10% off Fire memberships with your student ID.
Churches and Worship
Asbury United Methodist Join them for Worship on Sundays at 8:30 & 11 am.
Blessed Sacrament Join them for mass Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Harrisonburg Baptist Church Attend 10:30 service at HBC or “college lunch” after the service!
Muhlenburg Lutheran Church Join them for Worship, Sundays at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:00, and Wednesdays at noon! Contact Pastor Alex Zuber (zuber@muhlenberglutheran.org) to learn more about Lutheran Campus Ministry.
RISE United Methodist Faith Community Join them for their 10am(ish) Sunday morning service.