National Arts Advocacy Day is March 24-25


When we say “ARTS” it is important for us to specify that the arts include visual fine art, design, art education, music, dance, art history, theater and performance, literary art, new media, film, integrated media, and public works. The arts are designated as a “core academic subject” in federal law, which means the arts have the same importance as reading, math, social studies, language arts, and science. This federal designation is an acknowledgement of the relevance of the arts in a complete education and their rightful place in the main instructional day. However, a 2011 national survey of over 1,000 public schools found that schools are narrowing curriculum and shifting instructional time and resources away from visual art, music, foreign language, and social studies.


March 24, 2014

Harrisonburg Arts for April

Upcoming arts events and happenings in the central Shenandoah Valley … make your plans to enhance your spring with art . Don’t miss the Progressive Party, and other special events . .


March 24, 2014

February at Court Square Theater

Have your Valentine’s plans been snowed out?  We have the perfect gift – $5 off  tickets for next Friday’s concert. GRAMMY-award winner and six-time GRAMMY nominee, Peter Rowan, brings his Bluegrass Band to Court Square Theater for one night only, Friday February 21.   (more…)

February 13, 2014

Saturday, December 28: Hank Williams Tribute Show

HANK WILLIAMS was a consummate country songwriter, with hits that included “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “The Lovesick Blues” and “Jambalaya”. He died at the age of 29, on New Year’s 1953, leaving behind a legacy of songs and performances that will not be forgotten. You’ll see : CLAIRE LYNCH, CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER, ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS & THEIR FINE GROUP, RICKIE SIMPKINS, MARK SCHATZ (more…)

December 18, 2013

Dynamic Duo: Tim OʼBrien and Darrell Scott play at Harrisonburgʼs Court Square Theater

I hear laughter in the thunder I feel comfort on the wind
I see hope in hopeless faces Someday they will love again
People come and walk beside me, until our pathways do divide
Nothin’ much but love to give you, even less have I to hide

– Tim OʼBrien, Darrell Scott, Timothy Page, songwriters (Walk Beside Me)


October 18, 2013

Valley Fourth Celebrates Full Day of Activities

Valley 4th

Valley Fourth, Harrisonburg’s annual Independence Day celebration, returns for its twelfth year with a full day of activities on Thursday, July 4, from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm in downtown Harrisonburg.

The festivities will begin at 8:30 am with the Valley Fourth Run, a charity race that begins at the Turner Pavilion and goes through the heart of downtown. Runners can pick their distance and one of four charities they wish to support, one of which is The Explore More Discovery Museum (Harrisonburg Children’s Museum. (more…)

June 26, 2013

The Seldom Scene, Seen in town June 21

June 7, 2013

Barrels, Bands, and Barbecue

Saturday,  June 15th –  It’s the Fourth Annual Barrels, Barbecue and Bands at Cave Ridge Vineyard — to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival! Spend the afternoon in a beautiful setting, listening to great music — sponsored by Cave Ridge Vineyard!

Bourbon Barrel Congress


June 7, 2013

Rocktown Bites! Downtown Food Tours Return

rocktown bitesRocktown Bites! Downtown Food Tours return for the summer of 2013. The tours offer residents and visitors alike the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes experience of some of downtown Harrisonburg’s most popular and diverse eateries.

Originally created by Harrisonburg resident Kirsten Parmer, Rocktown Bites! was founded in 2012 and offered an initial season of tours last year. The Rocktown Bites! team for 2013 has expanded to welcome some new organizers and tour guides – local food enthusiasts Regina Hissong, Erin Young, and Shami Gravatt.

June 6, 2013

Women in Focus

Arts Council of the ValleyIn February we’re dedicating a week to celebrating women’s stories – Women in Focus. Several local businesses have generously donated items to a raffle and for each event attended, guests will receive one raffle ticket to put towards an item of their choice. Some of the prizes include a pair of Sseko sandals from Mint, a handmade hulahoop from Friendly City Hoops, and gift certificates to Joshua Wilton House, the Little Grill Collective, and Dragonflies Toys. The drawing will take place on February 16, after the final performance of The Vagina Monologues.

Come celebrate with us!


February 5, 2013