Downtown News

2024 The Love that Downtown Built

February 15, 2024 by Annette Williams

Happy Valentine's Day downtown Harrisonburg! As you may have seen last year, we created The Love that Downtown Built feature as part of our twentieth-anniversary celebration at Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. This year we decided to copy ourselves because we loved the feature so much, so if you get the chance to head on over to our Facebook and Instagram, you will some of the sweetest love stories that downtown was a part of. Check out the full collection of stories below! more

2024 Valentine’s Day Roundup

February 8, 2024 by Annette Williams

With Valentine's Day sneaking up on us, it is important to place your plans in your calendars! From restaurants to flower shops, there is something for everyone this season and with this guide to the holiday's hottest, you will not be missing out on all that downtown has to offer. So grab your loved one, friend, or furry family member and head on out to take a seasonal taste of all things downtown! more

HDR’s Veterans Parade Grand Marshal Exemplifies Service

November 4, 2023 by Haley Thomas

Chaz Haywood, an Army veteran who now serves as Rockingham Clerk of Court, will act as the grand marshal for HDR’s annual Veterans Parade — which will be downtown this Sunday from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. We sat down with Haywood to hear more about his time in the military, how it prepared him for his role now and why he believes it’s important to make the history of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County accessible to all. more

Furious Flower Poetry Center Returns With Open Mic Oct. 26

October 24, 2023 by Guest

Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University is back with another open mic and poetry reading at The Golden Pony on October 26! more

Dinner and a Show

October 13, 2023 by Maggie Ronan

With the Forbes Center of Preforming Arts and Downtown Harrisonburg being only a 5-minute drive apart, it only makes sense to elevate your night with both dinner and a show. This year, enjoy a wide variety of talented performances hosted by James Madison University and indulge in some of Downtown Harrisonburg’s best restaurants. more

A Look Inside the Black Legacy Project

September 29, 2023 by Haley Thomas

The Black Legacy Project has reached thousands of people in more than 400 communities globally by connecting people of all backgrounds and advocating for equity. You too can witness the work of the Black Legacy Project at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, on the Arts Incarnate stage at the Church of the Incarnation.  more

Friendly Faces of the Friendly City — Dawn Davis Womack of X2 Comedy

July 14, 2023 by Haley Thomas

They say laughter is the best medicine, and Dawn Davis Womack is healing the Friendly City.  Davis Womack is the founder of X2 Comedy, the host of the Virginia is for Laughers podcast and an iconic face of local stand-up comedy. Having lived in the Valley for 17 years, Davis Womack said her goal has always been to unite the community while spreading laughter. more

Decades of Flavor: 20 Years of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Celebrated at the Downtown Dinner Party

June 15, 2023 by Sarah Golibart Gorman

Nestled within the vibrant Turner Pavilion, a space usually reserved for Harrisonburg’s bustling weekly Farmer's Market, a remarkable transformation occurred. Instead of rows of fresh vegetables and tempting local treats, an array of global flavors emerged, courtesy of Harrisonburg's finest local restaurants. Since its inception in 2018, Harrisonburg Virginia’s Downtown Dinner Party has become a cherished tradition, captivating the palates of locals and visitors alike. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), it's only fitting to honor this milestone with an unforgettable evening filled with delicious delights. more

Compliments to the Chefs: Taste of Downtown 2023 Recap

April 24, 2023 by Annette Williams

This Taste of Downtown Recap highlights some faces around Downtown Harrisonburg with a personal flare! We are so thankful for the participants, whether they are businesses downtown, people of Harrisonburg, sponsors, or anyone who contributed to this fantastic month of community! more

APRIL FOOLS: Downtown Harrisonburg Becoming “The Dog-Friendly City”

April 1, 2023 by Emily Winter

Get ready for a new movement to build Downtown Harrisonburg as a destination where dog-friendly businesses thrive and pets enjoy memorable experiences! On this twentieth anniversary year, we are delighted to announce a new focus for the future of Downtown Harrisonburg: developing programs and events that are dog-forward as well as welcoming new dog-focused businesses to the Downtown Harrisonburg community. We look forward to working on this new focus to make Harrisonburg known nationally as "The Dog-Friendly City." more