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

September 1, 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

  • Looking for Rocktown: Contemporary Depictions of Harrisonburg
    Works by Cyndi Gusler, Jeffrey Stockberger, Trip Madison, Daniel Robinson, and Gene Gibb
  • Violin performance by Sage Wright and refreshments available for enjoyment


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

  • Curious Encounter, Unlikely Friendships
    Ink and watercolor by Cyndi Gusler
  • Proceeds from the show support the artist's travel to create art with orphans in Russia and Africa

 

ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
205 South Main Street

  • Color and Composition with Knots and Handmade Paper
    Handmade paper by Barbara Fast
  • Artist talk at 6:15 PM


THE ARTFUL DODGER
47 Court Square

  • Mixed media by Valeria Zaldivar

 

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

  • Animal House
    Painting and pencil drawings by Raven Harris
  • **5:00 - 7:00 PM**

 

COMMUNITY MENNONITE CHURCH 70 S. High Street

  • No schedule yet, check back soon!

 

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.

  • Picturing Harrisonburg: Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City Since 1828
    Curated by David Ehrenpreis and Kevin Borg
  • Large-scale exhibition including more than 80 paintings, postcards, maps, and photographs

    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

    • 10x10 collages of design using color, line, and abstraction by artist Barbara Gautcher
    • Refreshments available
    • Join us at 7:30 PM for your chance to win two FREE tickets to ACV's Progressive Party!

     

    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

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!

     

    THE LADY JANE SHOP & SPARROWS FLOWERS
    117 South Main Street 

    • No schedule yet, check back soon!


    LARKIN ARTS WINE-RINER GALLERIES
    61 Court Square

    • Harrisonburg: Unfiltered
      Instant photography by 20 various artists


    THE GALLERY AT LAUGHING DOG
    82 South Main Street  

    • Court Square'd
      Up-close glimpses of Downtown Harrisonburg in a 6x6" format using t-shirts as canvas
    • Light refreshments offered


    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 Pam Tittle and the Valley Art Project
    • 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

      • The Joy of Clay and Leaves
        Ceramic by Kathy Kavanagh
      • Join us at 8 PM for your chance to win two FREE tickets to ACV's Progressive Party!
      • Accompanied by snacks and live music from Jan and Neil Gillies

       

      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

      • Painting and drawing by Natalie Verko


      SPITZER ART CENTER
      486 West Market Street

      • The Resolution
        Work by Jennifer Lockard Connerley and Open Studios with several studio renters
      • Join us at 7 PM for your chance to win two FREE tickets to ACV's Progressive Party!


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

      • Mozart and More Trio
        Classical music for violin, cello, and piano in various combinations
      • **5:30 - 6:15 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

      • Community Quilting Bee
      • Join us to see why front porch quilting is as old as the activity itself!

       

      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