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What to Expect: Rocktown Festival 2019

April 18, 2019 by Rebecca McDonald

Returning for its ninth year, Rocktown Beer & Music Festival is back and better than ever with an incredible selection of food, beer, cider, and music. Presented by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, this festival is one of the most popular downtown events, bringing around 3,000 people to Turner Pavilion every spring. more

Weekly Events in Downtown

April 10, 2019 by Rebecca McDonald

Looking for something new to do this week? Downtown Harrisonburg has some great weekly events that are sure to keep everyone entertained! more

A Downtown Easter for Everyone

April 5, 2019 by Noelle Dondero

Easter is the best holiday for a heaping dose of community. If you're spending your Easter downtown with us this year, there are many ways to make this Easter one to cherish. Grab your family and friends and enjoy a tasty, adventurous, relaxing, and memorable weekend at all your favorite downtown spots! more

Destination Downtown: Massanutten Regional Library’s StoryWalk

March 25, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

We were thrilled to get a sneak peek of Massanutten Regional Library's upcoming StoryWalk project last week! Made possible by a Destination Downtown grant from HDR, StoryWalk is an interactive, kid-friendly, fun, and free new way to explore Downtown Harrisonburg— while also enjoying a diverse selection of childrens' stories with messages and lessons that you'll feel good sharing with your family. more

Rocktown Bites: A Delicious Walking Tour of Downtown Harrisonburg’s Culinary District

March 19, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

There are so many great restaurants in Downtown Harrisonburg, it can be overwhelming trying to visit them all! Wouldn't it be great to spend a beautiful afternoon walking through Downtown, learning some Harrisonburg history, and checking a bunch of food spots off your culinary checklist? With the Rocktown Bites Downtown Food Tours, brought to us by Hotel Madison, you can do just that. With tickets at just $49, this three-hour-long walking tour chock full of scenery, history, and generous food samplings will definitely NOT leave you hungry for more. more

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

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

Top 5 Noteworthy Moments Of 2016

January 13, 2017 by Kim Kirk

2016 was a pivotal year for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. It was a year of reflection, change, and growth as an organization. Here's a look at some of our most memorable moments: more

Ice House Studios: Go Melt With Them!

January 16, 2015 by Kim Kirk

Suzanne McCahill Perrine, owner of The Center Yoga Studio, and Rebekah Girvan Budnikas owner of Breath Pilates Studio have joined forces and moved to the Ice House! They like to think of themselves as roommates—they are still keeping separate businesses; however, the facility will be a partnership. According to Suzanne, “Ice House studios is like the umbrella for all these people coming together to work as a team” A little less than 2 years ago, Suzanne heard the Ice House space would be available in the future and planned to move her business there. “I thought about all these studios around and realized it would be more powerful if we worked as a team. So I called Rebekah, who hadn’t yet been in business more than a year, about the idea to bring our talents, people, and passion for what we do together,” says Perrine. more