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Bach is Back Downtown

May 22, 2018 by Guest

Cowbells? Effects pedals? Dueling harpsichords? Yes, all that and more is coming to this year’s Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. If you think the Bach Festival is an “EMU thing,” think again! This year the Festival will have a bigger downtown Harrisonburg presence than ever before, and you’ll hear sounds you never thought you’d hear from classical musicians! more

Prepare your Bids for the Downtown Dinner Party

May 16, 2018 by Susie Patrick

We're just a few days out from HDR's brand new event, the Downtown Dinner Party, which is taking the place of Renaissance Night. For HDR's 15th Anniversary, we've decided to team up with the Sub Rosa Supper Club event team for a festive and food-filled night in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. The event will feature an elegantly transformed Turner Pavilion with 15 curated bar and tasting stations from downtown restaurants like you've never seen them before and 15 incredible experiences to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Plus, there will be music by DJ Ryan Clark, The Rosy Co. vintage photo booth trailer, craft cocktails and more! more

Friendly City Fortune

May 9, 2018 by Andrea Dono

We’re a month into our second Friendly City Fortune raffle fundraiser and we wanted to continue building excitement by sharing the projects that last year’s raffle is funding. Raffle proceeds contribute towards projects that directly benefit Harrisonburg; align with community values expressed in surveys, Idea Pop Ups, and focus groups; and create a downtown that we all love. Here’s exactly how: more

Downtown Business Honored At Celebration & Reception

March 7, 2017 by Guest

Last week, Ruby’s Arcade set the stage for one of downtown’s best parties of the year – Celebration & Reception. It’s our favorite event that we produce because we get to show our appreciation for the people, businesses, and partners who keep downtown thriving, as well as for our supporters who believe in HDR’s mission. It’s a great night of optimism, excitement, and gratitude; you’d expect nothing less from a room full of people who are passionate about our city. Plus, thanks to our sponsors, we had plenty of beer, wine, and tasty pizza and BBQ to elevate spirits. more

The Art Of Community: A First Fridays Review

February 2, 2017 by Guest

On the first Friday of every month, families, couples, groups and individuals stroll downtown’s sidewalks, rain or shine, in celebration of the current month’s art openings. With approximately 30 participating venues — each featuring a separate artist — there’s no lack of variety anywhere in sight during Harrisonburg’s First Fridays. What began, in 2009, as a partnership between Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, the Virginia Quilt Museum, and Harrisonburg Tourism, as a biannual event, is now organized by the Arts Council of the Valley and embodies the arts-related culture that downtown residents observe on a daily basis. more

Running For a Cause

July 9, 2015 by Guest

It's easy to see why Harrisonburg is naturally a great place for outdoor recreation. With the mountains surrounding us, there are endless opportunities to be active in Rocktown. This year’s Valley Fourth Parade celebrated this very idea with the theme “Get Outdoors and Get Moving!”  Leading this year’s parade were two people that motivate the Harrisonburg community to live healthier lifestyles, Kevin Gibson and Alan Maynard, the co-founders of VA Momentum. more