Block Party in the ‘Burg

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and James Madison University are excited to present the 8th Annual Block Party in the ‘Burg on Saturday, August 25th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in downtown Harrisonburg. While this event will temporarily impact traffic and parking, downtown will be accessible to vehicular traffic. Businesses will be open during their regular business hours and will be welcoming customers.

We encourage shoppers and dinners to spend Saturday night downtown and enjoy of one of the last leisurely weekends before summer comes to a close. As an added bonus, diners can take advantage of the traditionally shorter wait times at downtown restaurants. Follow along on our Facebook page for updates on when streets officially reopen.

The students will walk north from campus along S. Main Street starting at 4:15pm. While there will be higher pedestrian activity downtown, parking will be ample and available. Shoppers and diners are encouraged to access parking decks and the municipal parking lot via S. Liberty and Mason Streets.

Official street closures for Block Party activities will be as follows:

1:00 – 7:30pm

  • The south, west, and north sections of Court Square will be closed for event set-up and activities.
  • Parking around Court Square will be prohibited. All parking decks and the municipal lot by Turner Pavilion will be open.

3:00 – 7:30pm

  • Both lanes of Main Street from Martin Luther King Way to Wolfe Street will be closed.
  • Court Square will be closed.
  • All parking decks and municipal lot by Turner Pavilion will be open.

Reopening Streets

  • Main Street will reopen tentatively between 7:30 pm-8pm, depending on crowd levels at the discretion of HPD and Public Works.


  • The Municipal Parking Lot by the Turner Pavilion will be open. It will be easily accessible from S. Liberty Street. No event-related activities will be held at the Pavilion.
  • The Water Street and Elizabeth Street parking decks will be open and accessible from S. Liberty Street and Mason Street respectively. Upper and lower levels of both parking decks will be open to the public.
  • Free parking is located throughout downtown and labeled with blue & gold signs. Please check road closures that will prohibit street parking at those locations.