Visit Downtown Harrisonburg

Things to Do | Events | Eat & Drink | Shop


Harrisonburg’s historic downtown is the lively center of the city’s innovative and varied culture. Our accessible and expansive 40-block downtown district can be explored on foot, on bike or by car. You won’t want to miss any of downtown Harrisonburg’s tantalizing dining options, charming locally-owned shops, beautifully-restored architecture, or one-of-a-kind museums. Be sure to leave plenty of time for engaging in exciting events, getting engrossed in historic lore, and savoring local food and drink. Click here to view the downtown map.

Harrisonburg’s trailblazing culinary and arts and cultural offerings are inspiring and abundant. From popular music venues like The Golden Pony to the historic Court Square Theater you can catch a touring band or an independent film. Visit one of five micro-breweries within walking distance to sample locally crafted beer or cider. Take a historic walking tour with emphasis on architecture or discover our local murals. Visit the Explore More Discovery Museum and Shifflett Fire Museum with hands on activities for children. History buffs will enjoy the Valley Turnpike Museum and Civil War Orientation located within the downtown Visitor Center in the Hardesty-Higgins House (circa 1848). Don’t miss the unique Virginia Quilt Museum offering historic and modern exhibits of quilts from around the state and beyond.

We love our local culture and historic downtown district, and we are thrilled to see that others agree. Don’t just let this praise speak for itself, visit Downtown Harrisonburg to see what all the buzz is about for yourself. Great American Main Streets are the heartbeat of a city, and Main Street Harrisonburg is no different!


  • Downtown Harrisonburg was named Virginia’s first Culinary DistrictCity of Harrisonburg, 2014
  • Downtown Harrisonburg was named Great American Main Street – National Main Street, 2014
  • Downtown Harrisonburg was designated as a Virginia Main Street Community, 2004
  • Downtown Harrisonburg was designated as a National and Virginia Historic District, 2004
  • Downtown Harrisonburg was designated the first Arts & Cultural District in Virginia, 2001
Downtown Harrisonburg VA
Picnic tables outside of Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
A photograph inside a Harrisonburg boutique