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Feel the Holiday Spirit in Downtown

December 6, 2018 by Guest

Want to know everything happening in downtown for the big parade? Here's a list of all the fun and cool things the businesses are helping out with! more

NYE Celebrations in Downtown

November 30, 2018 by Rania Zaied

Looking for the perfect way to welcome in the New Year? Downtown Harrisonburg has you covered! We've got the inside scoop on all the wonderful events going on this upcoming New Years Eve. more

Thanksgiving in Downtown Harrisonburg

November 8, 2018 by Rania Zaied

Wondering what Downtown Harrisonburg has planned for Thanksgiving? Holiday traditions are a big part of Downtown Harrisonburg, and we have the scoop on special events, menus, offers and promotions. more

Oprah Winfrey, Bono and Ten Thousand Villages

September 26, 2018 by Andrea Dono

How big of an impact can you have in helping people in need internationally by shopping and volunteering with a local Harrisonburg business? A lot. Just ask Carmen Miller, a sales associate with Ten Thousand Village – a fair trade nonprofit and retail boutique in the heart of Downtown Harrisonburg. more

Kline’s: Serving 75 Years of Happiness in Harrisonburg

August 24, 2018 by Susie Patrick

Kline's Dairy Bar is an institution in downtown Harrisonburg. In celebration of their 75th anniversary, we're sharing their story, including how this iconic ice cream shop got its start, the family legacy they've created and the lasting impact they've made on our community. more

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