Parents Weekend in Harrisonburg

Welcome family and friends for JMU Parents Weekend! When your not watching the game experience a wide range of activities in and around Harrisonburg. Enjoy delicious food at one of Harrisonburg’s over 200 restaurants. Shop at the Valley Mall or independent boutiques and outfitters in Downtown Harrisonburg. Make memories and cherish this precious family time on a hike in a local park, playing a round of golf at Heritage Oaks or relaxing at Ruby’s Arcade playing pool or bowling. Check out our event calendar for special happenings this weekend and our free trip planner to browse local events, attractions and restaurants and sort by your preferences.

Family Fun

Beards N Broads – Axe Throwing for ages 12 and up.

Elevation Sports offering Bubble Soccer, Combat Archery and Nerf Wars.

Explore More Discovery Museum – a children’s museum engaging young minds through interactive, multi-sensory learning.

Funky’s Skate Center – open skating, roller derby, and speed skating.

Horizons Edge – indoor clip and climb climbing walls.

Massanutten Resort offering tubing, zipline, cycling, chair lift rides and much more.

Mulligans Golf Center – Open 10 am – 7 pm daily. Offering 18-hole mini golf and driving range.

Ruby’s Arcade with bowling, billiards, and more as well as brick oven pizza.

Valley Jump – trampoline park with over 7,000 Square feet of fun. (4549 Spotswood Trail, Penn Laird)

Valley Lanes Bowling offering 32 lanes of fun in business since 1960.



Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center – guided tours of historic homes and meeting spaces set amongst panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley and a carefully preserved, peaceful agrarian setting.

Court Square Theater – venue offering theatrical and musical performances and showings of a variety of movies, from documentaries, to independent films, to award-winners, and more.

Downtown Art Walk – a collection of nearly 30 murals, mosaics and sculptures that showcase the talent of local artists and the city’s thriving art community 

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum – a woodland sanctuary on the JMU campus. This 125-acre public urban garden and forested greenspace preserves native plant species.

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts – extraordinary dance, theatre and music performances by critically acclaimed guest artists and JMU’s award-winning faculty members, students and alumni.

Heritage Oaks Golf Course – a beautifully manicured course designed by William Love, par 70 layout including link style holes, tree-lined holes and more.

The Virginia Quilt Museum – One of only a few quilt museums in the world.


Agora Downtown Market – an open indoor marketplace bringing several small businesses together under one roof, making it a unique retail destination and exciting shopping experience.

Downtown Harrisonburg – an award winning downtown which includes a Virginia Arts & Cultural District and Culinary district is the lively center of the city’s innovative and dynamic culture.

Friendly City Food Co-Op – a full-service grocery store offering a broad selection of natural, organic, and locally-produced food and products.

Harrisonburg Farmers Market – Tues. and Sat. from 8 am – 1 pm. Locally made and grown food and gift items.

Valley Mall – a premiere shopping destination in the Shenandoah Valley featuring over 60 retail stores and food vendors.