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Downtown Directory / Things To Do

Harrisonburg Fire Museum

Discover the history of the Harrisonburg Fire Department, located on the third floor of the Public Safety Building. The Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum features a rich display of historic fire memorabilia such as uniforms, medals, equipment, old fire alarms, and photographs. more

Heritage Bakery & Cafe

Owned and operated by mother daughter duo, Heritage Bakery & Café is truly a passion project. They run an intimate café with a 200-square foot kitchen filled with local art and a collection of coffee mugs and plates in mismatched vintage patterns. There is a small outdoor seating area surrounded by gardens that make the café feel as if it’s tucked away in the French countryside.  more

Hugo Kohl Museum of American Jewelry & Manufacturing

Hugo Kohl has combined a magnificent library of design, the ultimate goldsmiths shop and working factory. His vision was to design a museum that will give visitors a visual, audible and sensory experience of jewelry manufacturing. An elevated floor plan allows people to browse the retail store while watching artisans create in the workshop below. While vintage jewelry is the heart of the museum, Hugo realizes that customers may wish for something more contemporary. Visitors will be able to create a custom piece of jewelry at a unique station dubbed the create bar, which is a CAD system that guides visitors through an online exercise that determines their preferences in jewelry. more

Ice House Studios

Ice House Studios is the home of The Center Yoga and The Grace Barre and Pilates. They are located downtown at 217 South Liberty Street Suite 201 across from the Farmer's Market. They are home to several talented health and wellness practitioners, a gallery space, an event space, and the hub of many community happenings. more

Jimmy Madison’s Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

Prepare yourself for a special blend of soulful music, modern southern cuisine, and premium whiskeys at Jimmy Madison's. Chef Isaac's use of fresh ingredients to create menu items such as fried green tomatoes, a selection of southern burgers, baby back ribs, jambalaya, and more will make you feel like you just landed in The Big Easy. more

Lineage

Born from a passion for craft, Lineage was started by Paul Hansbarger and is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Lineage bags, wallets, and accessories are designed, cut, sewn, hammered, punched, and riveted one at a time in our downtown workshop using a variety of hand tools and industrial sewing machines. more

Lucy F. Simms Center

Born enslaved in 1856, Lucy F. Simms went on to receive her degree from Virginia’s Hampton Institute, and eventually settled in Harrisonburg to teach over 1,800 students from three generations of families. The Lucy F. Simms School was built soon after her death and served African-American students from all over Rockingham County and beyond between 1938 and 1965. This exhibit, spanning 150 years of history, tells the story of the school in terms of its place at the heart of local community life. The exhibit was produced by James Madison University students and their professors, Dr. Mollie Godfrey and Dr. Seán McCarthy, working in close collaboration with countless community members and the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project in association with Billo Harper. The exhibit opened on April 25, 2016, and is permanently housed in the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center. more

Massanutten Regional Library

Founded in 1928, Massanutten Regional Library has been an integral resource for the central Shenandoah Valley for over 80 years. The library is conveniently located next door to the children's museum. more

OASIS Fine Art & Craft

OASIS Fine Art and Craft is a cooperative of talented local artists. Our vibrant, newly renovated gallery features work in many media, styles and price ranges. We offer original art and fine crafts, an opportunity to meet the artists, and programs that enhance the local art scene. To check out our schedule of events, please go to oasisfineartandcraft.org, or visit our Facebook page @oasisfineartandcraft. more

Rocktown Gift Shoppe

Rocktown Gift Shoppe, located inside the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, is your destination for local gifts and souvenirs. The shop offers a diverse selection of Virginia’s Finest products, including jams and jellies, syrups, honey, spices, sauces, soaps, and more. It’s here you’ll find a bounty of Virginia is For Lovers merchandise, including adult and youth T-shirts, mugs, bags, water bottles, magnets and other products. The gift shoppe is also home to hiking trail books and maps, as well as Civil War memorabilia, postcards, jewelry, Virginia candies and peanuts, Route 11 Potato Chips, lavender products, and a variety of books written by and about local people. more