FIRST FRIDAYS DOWNTOWN

First Fridays Downtown is an exciting monthly event that came to life in 2009. This event is held the first Friday of every month and involves over 30 participating venues, such as retail shops, restaurants, galleries and museums, throughout a buzzing downtown Harrisonburg. These events feature local art shows and exhibits with live music, activities, refreshments, and fellowship downtown. First Fridays enhance the culture of downtown Harrisonburg and is the perfect event for fun family bonding or a date night out with your significant other. Explore the schedule below for art gallery listings, concert times, restaurant events, kids activities, and more.

VENUES & EVENTS SCHEDULE

August 4, 5-8pm

ACV'S COURT SQUARE THEATER
41-F Court Square 

  • See Court Square Theater tab above for theater schedule

 

ACV'S SMITH HOUSE GALLERIES
311 South Main Street

  • Art Lotto
    Portrait show by 35 artists
  • Live music by Mark Whetzel and refreshments available for enjoyment


292 NORTH GALLERY AT THE CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION
292 North Liberty Street

  • Refuge in the Valley: Portraits of Hope
    CWS refugee resettlement photography show featuring Ernie Didot, Amelia Eliza, and Howard Zehr
  • Talk at 6:30 PM, live music, wine, and cheese

 

ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
205 South Main Street

  • No schedule yet, check back soon!


THE ARTFUL DODGER
47 Court Square

  • No schedule yet, check back soon!

 

BEYOND RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
50 West Water Street

  •  No schedule yet, check back soon!

 

CAPITAL ALE HOUSE
41-A Court Square

  • No schedule yet, check back soon!

 

CLEMENTINE
153 South Main Street

  • No schedule yet, check back soon!

 

COMMUNITY MENNONITE CHURCH 70 S. High Street

  • Kinship
    Charcoal and pen on paper by Madeline Miller
  • Refreshments and live music provided

 

CREATIVE VETERANS                          91 N. Main Street

  • No schedule yet, check back soon!

 

DOWNTOWN WINE & GOURMET
41-C Court Square

  • No schedule yet, check back soon!

 

DUKE HALL GALLERY OF FINE ART
JMU / Duke Hall #1022, 820 S. Main St.

  • No exhibit this month, check back soon!

    EXPLORE MORE DISCOVERY MUSEUM
    150 South Main Street

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!

     

    THE GAINES GROUP AT THE DEPOT
    141 West Bruce Street, 2nd Floor

    • A Family Affair - Art by Gaines Group Family and Friends
      Various media formats by Deborah Smith, Ivan Huber, Charles Hendricks, Hannah Hendricks, Sophie Hendricks, and Patricia Hendricks
    • Food and drink provided

     

    HARDESTY-HIGGINS HOUSE VISITORS CENTER

    212 South Main Street

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!

     

    HERITAGE BAKERY & CAFE
    212 South Main Street

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!

     

    HESS FINANCIAL
    380 East Market Street

    • The Storybook
      Pen and ink by Nate Smith
    • Work accompanied by refreshments and snacks

     

    THE LADY JANE SHOP & SPARROWS FLOWERS
    117 South Main Street 

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!


    LARKIN ARTS WINE-RINER GALLERIES
    61 Court Square

    • Painting Politics As Metaphor
      Large scale encaustic painting by Julie Dzikiewicz
    • Work accompanied by Old Hill cider and refreshments


    THE GALLERY AT LAUGHING DOG
    82 South Main Street  

    • Recent paintings by Rebecca Hurt
    • Live music by Kat and the Travelers and light refreshments offered
    • **5:00 - 7:00 PM**


    LOOK WEST GALLERY AT THE MARK-IT
    125 West Water Street

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!

     

    MARKETPLACE GALLERY
    41 Court Square

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!

     

    WILSON DOWNTOWN GALLERY AT KLINE MAY REALTY
    83 South Main Street

    • Eye Candy
      Various 2D and 3D mediums by Zach Gesford, Quillon Hall, Jewel Hertzler, Holly Kincaid, Colleen Kivley, Erin Murray, Allison Nickens, Emily Quesenberry, Jennifer Rucinski, Pamela Tittle, Jennifer Tremblay, and Eve Watters
    • Face painting by Allison Nickens and acoustic music set by Bridie
    • Light refreshments provided

     

      THE FRAME FACTORY & GALLERY
      139 N Liberty St #101

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!

       

      OASIS FINE ART & CRAFT
      103 South Main Street

      • En Plein Air Paintings of the Shenandoah Valley
        Oil and acrylic by invited artists
      • Accompanied by live music from Simply Folk and light snacks

       

      OUR COMMUNITY PLACE
      17 E. Johnson St.

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!

       

      PALE FIRE BREWING CO.
      217 S. Liberty St. #105

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!

       

      RUBY'S ARCADE
      165 South Main Street

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!

       

      SHENANDOAH JOE
      64 South Mason Street, Suite 100

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!


      SPITZER ART CENTER
      486 West Market Street

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!


      ST. STEPHEN'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
      358 South Main Street 

      • Hot Stuff!
        Classic bluegrass, great oldies, and fine pluckin' by The Hatcher Boys Band
      • CDs on sale, chat with performers after the show
      • **5:30 - 6:10 PM**

       

      TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
      181 South Main Street

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!

       

      THREE NOTCH'D BREWING CO. 
      241 East Market Street

      • Sick Leg Tat
        Paintings and prints by Torie Topor **4:00 - 9:30 PM**
      • Live music **7:30 - 9:30 PM**

       

      VIRGINIA QUILT MUSEUM
      301 South Main Street

      • Hawaiian-style quilts
      • Celebration of Hawaii's August 1959 statehood and performance by the Valley Ukulele Players

       

      WALKABOUT OUTFITTER
      90 North Main Street

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!

       

      WITH SIMPLICITY
      44 South Main Street

      • No schedule yet, check back soon!

       

        First Fridays Downtown is made possible with support by

        If you would like to be a part of First Fridays Downtown Harrisonburg,
        please email firstfridaysdowntown@gmail.com

        *PDF version of map updated annually