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Staunton Music Festival – 20 Years Strong

Now in its 20th anniversary season, the festival–known in the community as “SMF”–boasts not only an incredible range of classical and contemporary repertoire, but also a diverse lineup of performers from all over the world. SMF, begun in the late ’90s by Artistic Director Carsten Schmidt as a weekend of music among friends, has risen … Continue reading Staunton Music Festival – 20 Years Strong

Now in its 20th anniversary season, the festival–known in the community as “SMF”–boasts not only an incredible range of classical and contemporary repertoire, but also a diverse lineup of performers from all over the world.

SMF, begun in the late ’90s by Artistic Director Carsten Schmidt as a weekend of music among friends, has risen above its humble beginnings to become one of the region’s most innovative and accomplished chamber music organizations. Although SMF presents recognizable classic works such as Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (which will be played this year during the finale), contemporary pieces by visionaries such as Eugene Kurtz and composer-in-residence Moritz Eggert are also at the forefront of the festival.

“There are some festivals where it’s just contemporary music, or it’s just baroque, or it’s just strings. But when you come to a Staunton performance, you get a little bit of everything,” violist Katie Overfield-Zook said of SMF during a recent interview.

The innovative programming brings audience members from all over the country and performances continue through Sunday, August 20. For more information, visit www.stauntonmusicfestival.com.

Staunton Raises a Glass to Virginia Craft Beer

Celebrate entrepreneurship, ingenuity, perseverance, love of place, and so much more when you celebrate Virginia Craft Beer month with us in Staunton. Bedlam, embracing chaos. A post shared by Taylor Kuykendall (@taykuy) on Feb 25, 2017 at 9:41am PST Bedlam Brewery Staunton’s newest brewery has become a favorite on the local circuit, and it may … Continue reading Staunton Raises a Glass to Virginia Craft Beer

Celebrate entrepreneurship, ingenuity, perseverance, love of place, and so much more when you celebrate Virginia Craft Beer month with us in Staunton.

Bedlam, embracing chaos.

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Bedlam Brewery

Staunton’s newest brewery has become a favorite on the local circuit, and it may be thanks to not only a new variety of craft beer flavors, but also the wood-fired pizza! There’s more than just excellent pizza and an umbrella-filled patio. Come for the brunch, unexpected delights like seafood and poutin, and of course, live music every now and again. Feel free to bring your pooch. The patio is dog-friendly.

Redbeard Brewing Co.

You will never tire of visiting Redbeard because their beer changes all the time. “Small batches of big beer” is their slogan, and they work hard to craft new brews for their dedicated patrons and those new visitors, too. When you go, you’ll be able to choose from about eight house-brewed options, including beers “as close to ‘Real Ale’ as you will find in Virginia, as all are warm fermented, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated in the kegs they are served from.”

Bring your own food or have something delivered to you at the brewery, as food is not served. Live music, however, is. Watch the calendar.

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company

Many craft brewers are happy to share some of their knowledge and help others along, but the folks at Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company take that generous spirit a step farther by offering homebrewing supplies as well. Craft your own flight to see which of their beers you favor, and then take a stab and brewing your own.

There are no food options on site but you’re welcome to bring your own or order from the Farmhouse Restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy brewing!

Beer'o'clock? 🍻 from @qcbrewing in Staunton, VA. #vafoodie #vabeer 📷: @travelexperiencelive

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Queen City Brewing

Thirty-two taps could be overwhelming to some, but we would suggest you try a flight (or two or three) to figure out which of Queen City’s “on tap” varieties will be your favorites. With more than 80 recipes to pull from, you can expect a healthy rotation of options pretty regularly. Homemade soda, fruit wines, and hard-pressed apple ale are also available. If you’d like to try your hand at the brewing process, ask to become the brewer.

Like Redbeard, food is not available, but you’re welcome to bring your own or order-in. A food truck is on-site every Friday, and live music rings out every Wednesday and Friday night.

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Our four breweries are just a tip of the Beerwerks Trail. Hop on over to Waynesboro, south to Lexington, and north to Harrisonburg for 10 more. We’re a convenient location to hub-and-spoke your way along the trail and try all of the breweries in a long weekend. See the map.

Freshly stocked cooler! Come build ya a 6-pack. We're open until 4:00!

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Shenandoah Hops

After you’ve tried our breweries, visit Shenandoah Hops to taste more Virginia craft beer and wine. Friday tastings are complimentary, and the knowledgeable staff can help you find something perfect for your palate. They’ll also fill any growler, so stock up!

Michael Allman to Play Shows in Staunton Area

Musical talent often runs in families, which holds true for the Allmans. Michael Allman, eldest son of famed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, has the same vocal abilities as his father. So do three of his four other half siblings.  In 2013 Tampa Bay Times wrote … Continue reading Michael Allman to Play Shows in Staunton Area

Musical talent often runs in families, which holds true for the Allmans. Michael Allman, eldest son of famed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, has the same vocal abilities as his father. So do three of his four other half siblings. 

In 2013 Tampa Bay Times wrote Michael Allman “looks and sounds almost identical to legendary rocker Gregg Allman, but the son is determined to cut a path of his own …” When asked in 2012 by Miami New Times to define his music, Michael said, “basically the same style as my father, Southern rock-ish blues with a twist, I guess.” You be the judge.

Michael Allman

Michael Allman Plays Staunton Area

Catch Michael Allman and the Nicholson Brothers Band for three performances this week!

August 11 and 12, Allman and the Nicholson Brothers Band will play Valley Smokehouse on Beverley Street. Seating is open at 6 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $30 for VIP seating, and available for purchase at Shenandoah Hops and Beverley Street Convenience.

On August 13, catch Allman and the Nicholson Brothers Band at Basic City Beer Co. in Waynesboro. The show starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $20. A food truck will be on site for convenient dining, and don’t forget to try a craft beer or two.

Local favorite Crystal Armentrout will open each show. Her style is a great accompaniment to what follows her: rock and roll.

To learn more about all of the musicians, the shows themselves, or to purchase tickets online head over to ShenandoahConcerts.com.

Four Quirky Staunton Stays

Break away from the traditional lodging molds of hotels and B&Bs (not that we don’t ADORE ours, of course), and try these fun, surprising, quirky Staunton stays instead. Staunton is home to the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. Such an attraction requires occasional plays on words, don’t you think? Enter “The Bard’s Nest,” an accommodation within walking … Continue reading Four Quirky Staunton Stays

Break away from the traditional lodging molds of hotels and B&Bs (not that we don’t ADORE ours, of course), and try these fun, surprising, quirky Staunton stays instead.

Staunton is home to the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse. Such an attraction requires occasional plays on words, don’t you think? Enter “The Bard’s Nest,” an accommodation within walking distance of the Playhouse. If you didn’t know, William Shakespeare was known as “The Bard,” a professional story-teller. Welcome to what he might have enjoyed, were he a 21st century fellow.

The Bard’s Nest is a very cozy, comfortable arrangement for a solo traveler or a couple. Guests should not smoke, bring children or pets, or anticipate wheelchair access, as “the nest” is on the second floor. Natural light and vaulted ceilings make the space quite inviting. Equipped with a refrigerator, stove, and additional comforts of home, you may want to extend your stay.

The Bard’s Nest

The Storefront was literally a store front, and it’s also your next favorite Staunton stay. Affectionately called “a very small hotel,” The Storefront accommodation begins at street level where you’re likely surprised to find a bar right inside the front door. Yes, BYOB and make yourself at home! Climb the stairs to the second floor where a full kitchen and “the most comfortable queen-size bed in town” awaits.

Above Aioli, the best Mediterranean restaurant in Staunton, is Bella Inn, two studio suites with an abundance of natural light flooding in. Suite One features a king bed, full kitchen, spiral staircase to a loft with a daybed and washer and dryer, and comfortable appointments. Suite Two also boasts a king bed and full kitchen, but trades the loft for a private patio with skyline views. You’ll want to think a while before making your suite choice at Bella Inn.

The Villages Penthouse is a vast industrial accommodation with comfortable touches; a fashionable blend of textures. Wide open space divided only by black steel beams and a curtain for bedroom privacy lets light flood the main living areas. Lots of people can rest here and enjoy the rooftop patio views. It’s an amazing place to grill a fresh steak or burgers!

The Lofts at the Villages

Looking for more cozy places to stay in Staunton? See the options!

Free Things for Kids to Do in Staunton

Summer travels, spring break, and impromptu days off here and there often leave parents looking for things to do that won’t break the bank. Ta da! We’ve rounded up a list of free things for kids to do in Staunton and it’s all for you. Pin, Facebook, bookmark, or print this for future reference; we’re … Continue reading Free Things for Kids to Do in Staunton

Summer travels, spring break, and impromptu days off here and there often leave parents looking for things to do that won’t break the bank. Ta da! We’ve rounded up a list of free things for kids to do in Staunton and it’s all for you. Pin, Facebook, bookmark, or print this for future reference; we’re sure you’ll look to it as a resource for a while to come.

Artsy Things

Glow, cad sel, copper ruby.

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One of the coolest demonstrations you’ll ever see is glassblowing, and you can see it everyday in Staunton at Sunspots Studios! Watch the masters seemingly turn glass into wax as they form big bubbles bound for a life of beauty. 

Outdoorsy Things

Most parks are fun, but have you seen our parks? Here’s what’s waiting …

Gypsy Hill Park is 214 acres and has a skate park (BMX, inline, scooters, and skateboards are welcome), the Gypsy Express Mini Trail (almost free; $1 per person), garden center, numerous ball fields, and of course, playgrounds. Don’t miss Family Nite Flix hosted by Staunton Parks and Recreation – free family-friendly movies at the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand.

Lake Tams is a 2.5-acre lake that’s stocked for fishing. Bring your pole and valid Virginia fishing license to see what’s biting!

If your kiddos just like to ride their bikes or work to gain their balance on a new pair of skates, you’re in the right place. Constitution Drive meanders through the park is a designated play street, meaning kids have the right to play in the street.

Finally visited the Natural Playground at Montgomery Hill Park. Stayed for hours! 😍

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Montgomery Hall Park is 148 acres and is home to the long-awaited natural playground, Nature Ridge. Designed for imaginative play, Nature Ridge has a mud kitchen, rock quarry, pirate ship, ball drop, chimes, and an elevated sand pit accessible to children of all abilities. 

Do you have a little explorer on your hands? Feed the sense of adventure and mystery when you geocache in our parks or downtown.
Learn more about the process and fun of geocaching, then locate our area caches to get started.

Fun Things

Arguably, everything we’ve mentioned thus far is fun, but what about fun with toys? Did you know Staunton has a toy store that lets your kids play while you shop? “Don’t touch” is not a phrase you’ll hear at Pufferbellies. Pop in to play at the largest independently owned toy store in the Shenandoah Valley, and you can help your kids build their Christmas wish list while you’re at it!

Have you ever heard of Kids Bowl Free? Our very own Staunton Lanes is a member of the program that allows your children to bowl two free games every day all summer long. The catch is that once your child is registered, he or she may only bowl at the bowling alley initially chosen at the time of registration. If you never bowl but want to, go ahead and choose ours! 

Discover Staunton by Trolley! Although its not free—the cost is 25-cents per rider—hop on and off as you visit area attractions like the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Gypsy Hill Park and several of Staunton’s historic districts. The Green route runs every 30 minutes from the Visitors Center located at 35 S. New Street. Or explore by foot using the free app, Traipse! Traipse takes you on an adventure that is half historic tour and half scavenger hunt. You can Traipse anytime, with whomever you want, in places like downtown Staunton, Gypsy Hill Park, and the campus of Mary Baldwin University. The app even provides discounts at select local businesses when you complete the challenges at those spots.

Historic Things

If you’re an active duty military family, we have great news! The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is free for you between Memorial Day and Labor Day! Check out the Blue Star Parent Tool Kit for great ideas to get your kids interacting with what they see during the visit.

History buff families with eager-to-learn children tend to appreciate a good walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Fortunately, the Historic Staunton Foundation offers such tours every Saturday. Join in for free!


Our Visitor Center is located at 35 S. New Street. Come in for a map, directions, or help with reservations.

Free Things for Adults to Do in Staunton

  A post shared by Shenandoah Art Therapy, LLC (@shenandoaharttherapy) on Apr 9, 2017 at 3:15pm PDT Families aren’t the only ones looking for freebies these days. All of us want to save a buck where we can, right? Yes, of course! The good news is there are free things for adults to do in … Continue reading Free Things for Adults to Do in Staunton

Families aren’t the only ones looking for freebies these days. All of us want to save a buck where we can, right? Yes, of course! The good news is there are free things for adults to do in Staunton, which helps you splurge where you want to and be a frugalista when you want to, too.

Artsy Things

If you appreciate the finer things – the arts in many shapes and forms – this is your jackpot to free things to do in Staunton.

1. The Beverley Street Studio School Gallery hosts rotating exhibits, which are open to the public seven days a week. See what’s currently on exhibit.
2. When you find yourself in Staunton during lunch time on a Monday in the summer, DO find the Heifetz Institute musicians for a free concert. The summer series is called Mondays on the Market and the location varies.
3. The Staunton Augusta Arts Center is located in the historic R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. Peruse the galleries Monday through Saturday to check out the rotating exhibits, which change every six weeks. See what’s currently on exhibit.
4. Have you ever seen glass blown? Do so for free at Sunspots Studios. It’s free to watch and demos are offered daily until 4 p.m.

Historic Things

1. The Louis Comfort Tiffany windows at Trinity Episcopal Church are always a draw, and we’re always happy to inform you that you can visit the church for free to see them. Learn more about the windows and plan your visit.
>> Also See: Staunton Architecture: Newtown Historic District 
2. Thornrose Cemetery should probably be one of the places on your list if you didn’t receive a nudge from us or someone else with some knowledge of the property. Thornrose is the final resting place of more than 1,700 Confederate soldiers from five area battlefields. The various statues are worth attention as well.
3. A guided tour of Staunton is offered every Saturday – May through October – for free! Connect with the Historic Staunton Foundation to join in.

Outdoorsy Things

1. Betsy Bell and Mary Gray Wilderness Parks are open to the public from dawn until dusk. Walk the nature trails and appreciate the expansive views of Staunton and the surrounding area. Be sure to bring your camera to capture wildlife!
2. In downtown Staunton is the 214-acre Gypsy Hill Park. Some people love the duck pond, others appreciate the swimming pool. We’re sure our skilled readers will go for the skate park. Bring your inlines, your BMX, or your skateboard to thrill onlookers with your mad tricks. During the summer, we’d expect to see you at the bandstand for free summer concerts as well. Featuring a different genre almost every night of the week, with band concerts by the Stonewall Brigade on Monday; Praise in the Park on Tuesday; Bluegrass in the Park on Wednesday; and Jazz in the Park on Thursday. 
3. Those with a need for some adrenaline will enjoy the mountain biking trails at Montgomery Hall Park. Check out the map to see what the fuss is all about.

Tasty Things

1. Shenandoah Hops offers complimentary tastings every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Those tastings could include craft beer, wine, or cider.
2. Another evening tasting option occurs at The Wine Cellar. Sometimes the tastings are on Fridays and sometimes they’re Saturdays. Check the calendar to see what’s being poured.
3. If you enjoy cooking stop by Staunton Olive Oil Company’s tasting room for a cooking demonstration and to try their many varieties of infused and fused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. 


Enjoy your time in downtown Staunton and let us know how we can be of assistance. Our Visitor Center is located at 35 S. New Street. Come in for a map, directions, or help with reservations.

An Insider’s Guide to Queen City Mischief & Magic 2017

  queen city Mischief & Magic september 22-24 Wizards and muggles from near and far descend upon Staunton, Virginia for the annual Queen City Mischief & Magic (formerly Potter Party.) With a touch of wizardry, the historic downtown is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade. Local businesses reinvent themselves offering Harry Potter themed shopping, dining … Continue reading An Insider’s Guide to Queen City Mischief & Magic 2017

 

queen city Mischief & Magic

september 22-24

Wizards and muggles from near and far descend upon Staunton, Virginia for the annual Queen City Mischief & Magic (formerly Potter Party.) With a touch of wizardry, the historic downtown is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade. Local businesses reinvent themselves offering Harry Potter themed shopping, dining and hands-on activities for all ages. Potter fans unlock the secrets of Hogsmeade using Marauder’s Map or explore the walkable downtown and take on the task of Horcrux Hunting using the free app Traipse— which will help you find them all. For Harry Potter fans this entertaining and family-friendly festival is not to be missed!

Visitors are greeted by Norberta the Dragon—where selfies and costumes are encouraged—Take a selfie with her! Other photo opportunities include:

  • Platform 9 3/4 awaits your arrival at Rachel’s Quilt Patch.
  • Become a Mandrake at Honey Dukes (Paris Cake Company)
  • Be cautious​ of the Goblins at Gringotts Wizards Bank (Suntrust)
  • Flying Cornish Pixies in Florish and Blotts (Black Swan Books)
  • A Life Size Prisoner of Azaban Wanted Poster
  • Daily Prophet Frontpage

hogsmeade businesses

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Use colorful potions to dissolve a magic fizzing treasure rock and find the key to your patronus’s true identity. This is but one of the enchanted activities you will find upon visiting Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (Pufferbellies Toys & Books) located at 15 West Johnson Street.

The Three Broomsticks

Quench your thirst with some butterbeer. On tap—all weekend— at The Three Broomsticks (Baja Bean Co.) located at 9 West Beverley Street. Available for grab and go or dine in and served in 2017 Queen City Mischief & Magic souvenir cups; while supplies last. 

Hagrid’s Hut

Do you hear the calling of the Runes? If so, you need to confer with Bathsheda, Professor of Study of Ancient Runes, at Hagrid’s Hut (Artful Gifts LLC)—located at 6 Byers Street. Professor Bathsheda will be available for consult during the Queen City Potter Party as well as by appointment throughout the year.

Honeydukes

Searching for a Confectionery Charm? Then Honeydukes is the place to go! Paris Cake Company located at 310 Kalorama Street will transfigure itself into Honeydukes, the legendary wizarding sweet shop, offering Mandrake Cupcakes, Butterbeer Cupcakes, Cauldron Cakes, Golden Snitch treats, a multitude of Enchanted Cookies, Bertie Botts Cupcakes, Chocolate Frogs and many more sweet delights.

The list of activities and businesses continues to grow. Get your daily update at Queen City Mischief & Magic website.

Schedule (still TBA)

 

Here is just a sampling of what will be an amazing weekend of Harry Potter fun:

When you arrive on Saturday visit Headmaster Dumbledore and Professor McGonagoll as they will be signing “Acceptance Letters” for all incoming students and Dumbledore shall have “Graduation Certificates” for the Alumni.

Sorting Ceremonies will take place at various locations throughout the day.

Visit with strolling characters like our very own Professor Rubeus Hagrid. Equipped with his enchanted umbrella, he will be walking about meeting with Students, Parents and Alumi throughout the entire weekend.

The magic continues after the sun sets at the Queen City Potter Party Hogwarts Homecoming Celebration. The Queen City Fire Circus shall be performing on both Friday and Saturday night. The Flaming Arena will be located directly behind Gringotts (Suntrust Bank).

Take on the task of Horcrux Hunting when you download Traipse, an app that will help you find them all. We must destroy He Who Shall Not Be Named! Two levels are available: Muggle and Potter Prefects.

*Activities and events are still being added throughout the weekend. 

The Details

 

Appropriate for all ages, no admission fee required. Some activities will require a small participation fee.

Times and locations for activities will be available at the official Queen City Mischief & Magic website and will be published in the QCMM Map which will be available electronically as well as in print in numerous locations throughout the weekend.

May is the Month for Art Lovers to be in Staunton

Sunny days, festivals, and beautiful art are on tap this month in downtown Staunton. From shopping along Beverley Street to two big Memorial Day weekend festivals, May is the month for art lovers! Little Made; Market | May 13, 10 AM to 4 PM | 15 E. Beverley Street Made; For the People, By the … Continue reading May is the Month for Art Lovers to be in Staunton

Sunny days, festivals, and beautiful art are on tap this month in downtown Staunton. From shopping along Beverley Street to two big Memorial Day weekend festivals, May is the month for art lovers!

Little Made; Market | May 13, 10 AM to 4 PM | 15 E. Beverley Street

Made; For the People, By the People, is a thoughtful curation of re-purposed and handmade items in a sweet downtown Staunton storefront on East Beverley Street. For this inaugural Little Made; Market, 20 or more carefully selected local and regional makers meeting the Made; standard are showcasing and selling their work. Market goers can shop an array of handmade affordable goods. If you’re looking for fine art or on-trend pop culture pieces, you won’t find them here.

 

Art in the Park

Art in the Park | May 27, 10 AM to 5 PM & May 28, Noon to 5 PM | Gypsy Hill Park

Now in its 51st year, Art in the Park is a art shoppers paradise! Local, regional, and even national artists are juried, then invited to converge on Gypsy Hill Park every Memorial Day Weekend. Those perusing their booths are treated to not only beautiful original fine art pieces, but also great music and food, and children’s activities throughout the day. Admission is free.

 

Virginia Hot Glass Festival

 

Virginia Hot Glass Festival
May 27, 9 AM to 6 PM & May 28, 10 AM to 5 PM | Sunspots Studios

Lovers of hot glass or art demos will want to be at Sunspots Studios on Memorial Day weekend. The annual Virginia Hot Glass Festival features two floors of beautiful glass art and two dozen hot glass artisans. Barren Ridge Vineyards pours tastings or wine by the glass, and each artisan has a space to sell their creations. Don’t miss the fire-breathing dragon, the flaming ray gun, or the Virginia Stone Carvers Guild chiseling across the street.  Admission is free.

MORE ART

If you can’t make one of the festivals or are seeking more art while you’re in Staunton, please check out our galleries and maker spaces.

Your Guide to Staunton’s Summer Music Festivals

    A post shared by Red Wing Roots Music Festival (@redwingroots) on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:03am PDT During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The festival season kicks off with the Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts on June 24 and culminates with the Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season on August 20. Add … Continue reading Your Guide to Staunton’s Summer Music Festivals

 

During the summer months, Staunton abounds with the sounds of music! The festival season kicks off with the Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts on June 24 and culminates with the Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season on August 20. Add the Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys and we have over 8 weeks of live music to choose from—and happening just about anywhere and everywhere in Staunton. Planning your festival experience will involve some coordination so check out our festival guide with insider tips and must-see performances. 

Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts

June 24-August 4

The Heifetz Institute’s Festival of Concerts kicks off a summer of music making starting with their Opening Concert and Convocation on June 24 and the music doesn’t stop until August 4. The six-week festival consists of over 40 events including daily concerts, outdoor events, “Heifetz Happy Hours” featuring local wine and artisan food, and special performances featuring their world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Read more. 

Fan Favorite: The ever-popular Heifetz Hootenannies happening every Saturday night under the big tent; you never know who might just show up and play!

A Midsummer Night’s Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Mendelssohn

Must See: A Midsummer Night’s Mendelssohn: A celebration of Felix Mendelssohn’s music at the midpoint of the Institute, with some of his most glittering compositions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Octet for strings, played by some of the brightest stars in the Heifetz faculty firmament, including Ensemble in Residence the Borromeo String Quartet, cellist Timothy Eddy, and soprano Angel Azzarra. The concert begins at 6, preceded by a 5 pm “Happy Hour” featuring wine from Ox-Eye vineyards and artisan foods from local eateries. 

When & Where:

Friday, July 21:
Happy Hour Reception: 5 pm, Page Terrace
Concert: 6 pm, Francis Auditorium
Mary Baldwin University
$30

Have a Listen:
Check out this video of Heifetz students playing Mendelssohn: 

And violinist Nicholas Kitchen and cellist Yeesun Kimn of the Borromeo Quartet,
the Heifetz Institute’s Ensemble in Residence for summer 2017!  

 

Before You Go:

  • Free performances every Monday; All other concerts range from $7.50 to $50
  • For classical music fans who don’t want to miss a moment of music, 2017 Season Passes are available online and guarantee you a seat at every show.
  • For lodging and to plan your trip to Staunton, click here.

All the Details:

Calendar of Events >

Red Wing Roots music Festival

July 14-17

With the beautiful backdrop of the towering limestone formations, known as The Natural Chimneys, this family-friendly music festival features the best of both worlds: great music in the great outdoors. Spend the weekend listening to the music stylings of The Steel Wheels, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lake Street Dive, and many more while immersed in outdoor activities including daily hikes, morning yoga, fun runs and more. Set-up camp for the weekend or come for the day—either way you’re guaranteed to have fun!

Must See: Don’t miss the innovative soul-pop band, Lake Street Dive, making headlines and appearances following their 2016 release Side Pony. The whimsical hairstyle—also the name of their album—is illustrative of their fun and funky style.

When & Where:
Friday, July 14 at 9:30 pm
Shenandoah Mountain Stage

Have a Listen

Check out headliner, The Steel Wheels and the track “Scrape Me Off the Ceiling” off their new album, Wild as We Came Here

Fan Favorite:
Singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge returns to Red Wing Roots Music Festival after a three year hiatus. 

When & Where:
Sunday, July 17 at 6:45 pm
Shenandoah Mountain Stage

Before You Go: 

All the Details:
Complete Line-up >
Tickets >


Staunton Music Festival

Staunton Music Festival
Staunton Music Festival

August 11-20

The Staunton Music Festival celebrates 20 years of music with a 10-day festival. One of the most popular music events of the summer— happening August 11-20—includes multiple performances a day with music ranging from the Middle Ages to commissioned world premieres and taking place throughout historic downtown Staunton in a variety of locations ranging from intimate venues to traditional settings. Read more.

Fan Favorite: Always an audience favorite, the Piano Extravaganza showcases works for one piano, from one to eight hands. As enjoyable to watch as it is to hear. Music by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Scriabin and many others.

When & Where:
Saturday, August 19 from 12-1 pm
First Presbyterian Church

Must See: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra. The SMF concludes its 20th anniversary season with Beethoven’s last completed symphony, a work that transformed music, rewrote accepted norms of symphonic music, and carried poet Friedrich Schiller’s message of “Ode to Joy” to all future generations. SMF artistic director Carsten Schmidt conducts the SMF Chamber Orchestra, a brilliant period instrument ensemble, along with featured vocal soloists and chamber chorus.

When & Where:
Sunday, August 20 from 3-4:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church

Have a Listen: 

 

Before You Go:

  • Free daily concert; All other concerts range from $10-22 (not including college and youth ticket prices)
  • For classical music fans who don’t want to miss a moment of music, 2017 Subscriptions are available with two options: Patron of the Arts Annual Subscription which includes all events in 2017 and the Festival Pack Subscription which includes admission to all performances in the regular August series.
  • For lodging and to plan your trip to Staunton, click here

All the Details:
Calendar of Events >
Tickets >

Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas, Brunch Spots and Shopportunities

Find the perfect gift, take mom shopping or out for a “Momosa,” and brunch. We’ve got you and mom covered this Mother’s Day weekend.  See just a sampling of all the great finds and fun things to do with Mom in downtown Staunton.  gift guide for mom Looking for that perfect gift for Mom? See some … Continue reading Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas, Brunch Spots and Shopportunities

Find the perfect gift, take mom shopping or out for a “Momosa,” and brunch. We’ve got you and mom covered
this Mother’s Day weekend.  See just a sampling of all the great finds and fun things to do with Mom in downtown Staunton. 

gift guide for mom

Looking for that perfect gift for Mom? See some of these unique finds available only in Downtown Staunton. 

For that affordable yet

H.L. Lang Jewelers has Staunton charms that include popular Queen City landmarks like the Gypsy Hill Gazebo, the clock tower, the Marquis Building and of course everyone’s favorite—the flower pot! 

Spoil Mom with luxurious soaps, lotions and all things that smell good from Redwood & Co

Give her the gift of experience with a felting class or pick out a hand-felted scarf, hat or jewelry from Artful Gifts.

Inspire your favorite cook with an infused olive oil, balsamic vinegar—or both from Staunton Olive Oil Company.

 

 

Express your gratitude with a card that says it all from Latitudes Fair Trade

 

 

shopportunities for Mom – Saturday, May 12

Spend the day with Mom shopping in Downtown Staunton. Check out some of these events happening: 

Little Made; Market

East Beverley Street
A Curated Indie Arts & Craft Festival featuring 20 specially selected artists showcasing their handmade works. Click here for more details.

World Fair Trade Day

Downtown Staunton businesses: Latitudes, Harmony Moon, Sacred Circle and Cranberry’s
Celebrate World Fair Trade Day by visiting your favorite fair trade shops in downtown Staunton. Each shop will have a special activity to celebrate the day. Click here for more details.

Shop Staunton First Saturday

Downtown Staunton
Get ready for Mother’s Day with a shopping trip to Downtown Staunton. Look for Daisy Depots at participating stores and pick up a free daisy. Check SDDA’s Facebook page to see all of the special activities planned just for Mom.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch and specials – SUNDAY, May 13

Stonewall Jackson Hotel
From 11 am-2 pm

This Mother’s Day spread includes something for everyone—even picky eaters! Choose from over six stations with everything from salad to smoked salmon, spinach and smoked mozzarella lasagna to roasted beef strip loin and of course dessert! See the full menu.
To make your reservation call: 540-885-4848 or email: reservations@stonewalljacksonhotel.com

Yelping Dog
12 pm to 6 pm

Featuring refreshing cocktails like mimosas with mango, peach or orange juices and Sunday Sangria made with a blend of Italian Pinot Noir with fresh fruit. Known for their grilled cheese, try this Mother’s Day Special of Raspberry French Toast Sandwich serviced on Newtown sour dough bread egg washed with cinnamon crust, stuffed with chèvre and raspberry jam.

 Zynodoa
4 pm to 9:30 pm
Special four-course tasting dinner menu.
To make your reservation, click here or call: 540-885-7775

Other Brunch Spots:
The Shack open 10:30 am-2 pm
Byers Street Bistro brunch served from 11 am-2 pm
The Depot Grille brunch served from 11 am-2 pm
Farmhouse Kitchen & Wares (OPEN for brunch on Saturday from 8 am-3 pm)
Mill Street Grill brunch served from 11 am-3 pm