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Takeover Tuesday — Chestnut Ridge Coffee, Mashita, El Paisano, & Sage Bird

October 5, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

For this #TakeoverTUesday, #InternKate and #InternEleanor headed to Chestnut Ridge Coffee, Mashita, El Paisano, and Sage Bird. more

Takeover Tuesday with #InternKate and #InternEleanor

September 28, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

Every Tuesday, Kate and I (#InternEleanor) will be exploring downtown Harrisonburg and uploading all our adventures for your enjoyment. Be sure to view our Instagram stories, and stay tuned through the blog, where Kate and I will upload content every week outlining all the delicious food, amazing shops, and unique places Harrisonburg has to offer, so you can plan YOUR next adventure downtown! more

Things To Do in Downtown Harrisonburg: 2021 Weekly Fall Events

September 23, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

It's been over a year of sheltering in place and quarantining, but now that more people are getting vaccinated and state regulations are being lifted, we are revving up to welcome everyone back to in-person events in downtown Harrisonburg! Whether you are into live music, trivia, happy hours, BINGO, art workshops, or something else, downtown Harrisonburg has something for you. The downtown Events Calendar is updated weekly with new additions, but there is also a number of weekly events to keep you entertained throughout the week. Check back as we will update weekly events here throughout the spring and summer! more

Event Recap: Best.Weekend.Ever. with Intern Eleanor

September 20, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

Looking back on the events of last weekend, it’s safe to say that Harrisonburg really saw the Best.Weekend.Ever. Between kids events, live music, restaurants galore, and art walk tours, the city came alive Labor Day weekend in a celebration of local businesses and community members.  more

Freedom to Celebrate: Community Collaboration for Magpie Diner’s Juneteenth Celebration

June 15, 2021 by Kate Harwood

Through the inspiring teamwork of Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed and owner of Magpie Diner, Kirsten Moore, Juneteenth will be a celebration for the entire Harrisonburg community. Moore, owner of Magpie Diner, opened the diner in 2020 as an opportunity for the community to connect around food. In addition to being the Mayor of Harrisonburg, Mayor Reed is also a member of The Perch at Magpie and a good friend of Moore's. They struck up a friendly conversation while Mayor Reed was attending a lunch meeting at the diner, Moore wanted to learn more about street closures for events, Mayor Reed pitched an idea for a Juneteenth event. With determination, willingness, and collaboration, planning for Magpie Diner’s Juneteenth Celebration was underway.  Councilman Christopher Jones was brought into the event planning, assisting Officer Westhall and Officer Howard in laying out the event’s footprint, shutting down Gay and Liberty Street, and assisting in selecting the music performances. more

Things To Do in Downtown Harrisonburg: 2021 Weekly Spring & Summer Events

May 10, 2021 by Emily Winter

It's been over a year of sheltering in place and quarantining, but now that more people are getting vaccinated and state regulations are being lifted, we are revving up to welcome everyone back to in-person events in downtown Harrisonburg! Whether you are into live music, trivia, happy hours, BINGO, art workshops, or something else, downtown Harrisonburg has something for you. The downtown Events Calendar is updated weekly with new additions, but there is also a number of weekly events to keep you entertained throughout the week. Check back as we will update weekly events here throughout the spring and summer! more

Celebrating Mothers of All Kinds: Earth Week and Mother’s Day Promotions Downtown

April 19, 2021 by Emily Winter

How appropriate is it that Mother’s Day and Earth Day are so close together? Check out how businesses downtown can help you celebrate Mother Earth and every other kind of mother in your life in the upcoming weeks ahead.  more

Easter Promotions Springing Up Downtown

March 29, 2021 by Emily Winter

As flowers start blooming and the weather starts warming up this week, local businesses are ready to welcome you downtown to celebrate Easter and the spring season! Check out these activities and promotions below and plan your trip downtown to enjoy the warm sunshine. more

Sweets, Treats, Flowers, and Surprises Downtown for Valentine’s Day

January 26, 2021 by Jeslyn Stiles

From classic red roses to fair trade jewelry to heart-shaped pizzas and beyond — you can find everything you need for a unforgettable Valentine's Day downtown. Order ahead and use curbside pickup or delivery for a safely distanced celebration! Check out some thought-starters below and explore our shop online guide and downtown business directory for even more inspiration. more

Savory and Sweet Thanksgiving Treats in Downtown Harrisonburg

November 18, 2020 by Jeslyn Stiles

Let downtown do the cooking this year! No matter the size of your gathering or where you prefer to give your thanks, there are plenty of options downtown for those looking for a hand with the side dishes, desserts, or even the whole meal. more