Harrisonburg receives Virginia Main Street Milestone Awards

Downtown Renaissance for Harrisonburg Virginia On Wednesday, March 19, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and the city of Harrisonburg were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of over 85,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown and for creating an environment that has encouraged more than $55 million in private investment in the city’s historic commercial district. The awards were presented at Richmond’s historic Hippodrome Theater.

April 4, 2014

Stephen Bennett next up in the Music Series at Harrisonburg’s Court Square Theater

Stephen Bennett

Whether playing his great-grandfather’s harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. His playing has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined with a lifelong love affair with the sound of guitar strings. (more…)

April 4, 2014

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

International Photographer Lalla Essadyi in Harrisonburg

Lalla Essadyi, Photographer

The James Madison University’s (JMU) School of Art, Design, and Art History will partner with the Arts Council of the Valley to bring the photography of internationally known artist, Lalla Essadyi, to the Darrin-McHone Gallery in the Smith House.


March 7, 2014

Heart of the Arts gets Video and Companion Brochure

Art of the Arts

The Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) recently obtained a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts through their Cultural Tourism Marketing Program to produce a video and companion brochure showcasing the arts in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The main purpose of this promotion is to familiarize the out-of-town visitor with the vast array of visual and performing arts and cultural venues our area has to offer.


March 5, 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

Dessert Trucks : Something sweet and delicious may be coming to a location near you!

Like most other places around the country, the fastest-growing segment on the American dining scene is mobile kitchens . . . or food trucks! Harrisonburg is not immune to this movement, and our food trucks are downright delicious. For desserts and coffee you won’t go wrong with any of these . . . try one today!


December 20, 2013

2013 Downtown Harrisonburg Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

Our local merchants have accomplished beautiful holiday season decorations in their store windows for all to enjoy. Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has selected those amongst the best! Thanks to Nicole Martorana for taking all these photos and sharing with Harrisonburg readers!


December 17, 2013

It’s a Wonderful Life

Your chance to see this classic on the big screen with digital projection!

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Rated PG 13.

Rotten Tomatoes writes :

Quoting  begins The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing. Quoting  ends

Tickets for Dec. 23, 11am, 7pm

It's a Wonderful Life
For more information about any of these events, please visit
GO valleyarts.org or call 540.433.9189.

The Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) champions diverse artistic expression and promotes the arts as fundamental to a vibrant community. ACV provides memorable arts experiences for individuals in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County through our visual, literary, and performing arts programs, education opportunities, and grants.

41-F Court Square I Harrisonburg, VA 22801 I 540.433.9189 I www.valleyarts.org

December 14, 2013