Catch a free concert and a Shakespearean comedy! Your first destination will be the scenic and historic Trinity Episcopal Church at noon, where you will enjoy a musical taste of Europe with the Staunton Music Festival’s free Esprit de France concert. With the delightful sounds of Faure and Poulenc still echoing in your head, plan for leisurely shopping and a late lunch in downtown Staunton. Lined with hundreds of Victorian buildings that house unique shops, art galleries, antique stores, restaurants and cafes, downtown offers other options like salons, spas, yoga and massage studios. You’ll find a toy store and hobby shop, homemade ice cream and pizza, as well as an outdoor outfitter and bike shop. You will be sure to find culinary delight in one of our many restaurants, often housed in historic restored buildings.
Your matinee performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the American Shakespeare Center’s famed Blackfriars Playhouse begins at 2:00 pm. The world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater is located right in the center of the history, architecture, and culture of downtown Staunton. After the performance, you’ll have a little more time to explore downtown Staunton.
See live glassblowing daily at Sunspots Studios. Perhaps you might explore the life and legacy of Woodrow Wilson at his birthplace, museum, and library. You can take a self-guided tour of the museum, where treasures tell the tales of Wilson's presidency. Maybe you will want to check-in and freshen up at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel, or one of our many B&Bs located in the downtown area.
Your dinner will be enveloped in the burgeoning local food movement in Staunton. Here, a “Farm to Table” culinary sensibility is realized through the proximity of fresh ingredients, local farm tours and a sensational, seasonal Farmers’ Market. You’ll dine in one of our many restaurants before heading back out on the town for the evening.
After dinner, it’s time to walk back over to Trinity Episcopal for another Staunton Music Festival concert at 7:30 pm. This time you’ll be immersed in chamber music celebrating Austria, including works by the Strauss family, Krenek, and Schubert’s beloved “Trout” Quintet . Internationally-acclaimed musicians from Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Boston, Chicago, and elsewhere perform for your enjoyment. Don’t miss it!