The first Arts & Cultural District in Virginia, Harrisonburg is known for its distinctive art community. A 10-block walk down Harrisonburg’s historic Main Street passes through several museums, art galleries, public art structures, locally-owned shops, niche boutiques, iconic architecture, and a bustling farmers market. The area’s focus on the arts spills over into the city’s wide array of locally-owned restaurants.
Kick start your morning by soaking in the history and splendor of Harrisonburg's Main Street. On Tuesdays and Saturdays through the summer and fall, stop by Turner Pavilion to browse the craftsmanship, esteemed artistry, and farm-fresh produce offered at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market.
Continue your walk downtown by stopping in the many art shops and galleries, including Oasis Fine Art & Craft, Larkin Arts, and the Darrin-McHone Gallery. Make sure to also stop in Artisans Downtown Gallery & Gifts along your Main Street stroll. This space not only highlights the work of local artists, but also offers classes on various art techniques.
Grab a bite to eat at Clementine Café, where the walls are dripping with dynamic, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The focal point of the restaurant – a stage with a brightly-splashed backdrop – is home to weekly performances from a variety of musicians. The café is also applauded for its mouth-watering menu inspired by local flavors and its inventive cocktail menu. Or, stop for a fusion-inspired lunch at Beyond Restaurant & Lounge, a hotspot offering a full menu of international specialties, tapas and sushi. The restaurant's atmosphere is as artistic and eclectic as its menu.
Visit the iconic Virginia Quilt Museum, a regional gem of Harrisonburg featuring a permanent collection of nearly 300 quilts, a Civil War Gallery, antique room, and rotating exhibits. The museum is the perfect blend of art, heritage and the social culture of Virginia.
Walk to the grassy lot beside the downtown Turner Pavilion to see Harrisonburg's LOVEworks public artwork. Each of the four "LOVE" letters represents an important part of the Harrisonburg community: diversity, agriculture, outdoor adventure/recreation, and the arts. Make sure to snap a picture and share your "LOVE" for Harrisonburg on social media.
If your visit to Harrisonburg extends through the early evening, check show times for performances at Court Square Theater and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. From musicians and concerts to comedians and plays, these two iconic performing art centers provide a bevy of entertainment to the city.