June in Lexington

June is Great Outdoors Month and also a great time to visit Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. The weather is nice, the foliage is lush and vibrant, and our trails are rather enticing. We invite you to #CrushFridayVA and spend some time with us. Vacation days should never be wasted.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Pretend you're a kid again: Go outside and don't come back until the street lights come on. Run, frolic, and play hard with your best buds! Your best memories are not yet memories. They're yet to come.

Summer Supper at Big Spring FarmYou're cordially invited to a true farm-to-table feast at Big Spring Farm on June 23. Summer Supper is an al fresco culinary experience featuring locally-sourced ingredients and beverages. Live music adds a touch of elegance to the beautiful table and delicate lighting.

A new wine tour package has just been launched by Sugar Tree Inn! The inaugural tour includes an overnight stay with all the bells and whistles: breakfast, champagne happy hour, wine tour to Rockbridge County wineries with tastings included, picnic lunch, and more! June 8-10.

Take a Bird Walk at Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Gardens on June 2. Local birding experts will assist novice birdwatchers with identification of species and song.

For the first time, the City of Lexington is partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to offer a Clean the Bay Day event. Gather at Jordan's Point Park and Woods Creek Trail on June 2 at 9 a.m. to clean our Chesapeake Bay watershed.

At Natural Bridge State Park this month:

If you love horses, you're going to love attending the Shenandoah Classic Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center June 20-23. Beautiful Friesans, Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Roadsters put on quite a show, and children love it! A community party will be held June 20, and some spectators will receive the honor of presenting ribbons to the winning horses and riders.


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The first Friday's Alive of the summer kicks off June 1 at Davidson Park with SaraJane McDonald & Sweet Fire. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music. Pets, outside food, and drinks are prohibited. Concession proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center and Rockbridge SPCA.

Also See:

  • June 22: Red Hill Band
  • June 29: Lazy Man Dub Band

Friday's Alive in Davidson Park

First Fridays in Downtown Lexington (June 1) is a family-friendly arts event. Peruse our galleries, meet artists at opening receptions, enjoy craft cocktails at TAPS or Rocca, enjoy the piano at Haywood's, or relish a farm-to-table dinner at one of our downtown restaurants.

For more live music, head to Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista June 8 for Friday's in the Park featuring Uptown Band. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes!

Lime Kiln Theater welcomes Mandolin Orange (pictured at the top) to the stage June 9. The duo delivers a bluegrass/folk/Americana vibe all their own with their recent album Blindfaller making appearances on the Billboard Bluegrass and Rolling Stone lists. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Also See:

Turnpike Troubadours

Three days of incredible bluegrass and impressive musicianship is on display June 14-16 at Glen Maury Park. It's the 14th Annual Maury River Fiddlers' Convention, and no true fan of old time and bluegrass will want to miss it. Camping is available.

The Brownsburg Artisans Festival is held in the Village of Brownsburg June 16 and features live entertainment, great food, Ridge Valley Alpacas, fresh lavender and herbs for sale, and of course, a plethora of artisan booths to peruse and shop. Don't miss the Brownsburg Museum and the new exhibit "With Their Hands" while you're there.

Rock the Bridge! Nelson Street Bridge, that is, above AND below! Three bands, street art, festival food, and general family fun is headed your way June 23 in downtown Lexington.


HISTORY

Home Again: The Custis Family PortraitsHome Again: The Custis Family Portraits is an exhibit of 12 paintings that will be displayed at Washington & Lee University's Watson Pavilion through August 31. Several of the portraits were on loan to Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon, but they're now home for visitors to Lexington to enjoy.

In honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the George C. Marshall Museum is offering FREE ADMISSION June 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coincidentally, June 5 is also the last day to see "Hope for Those Who Need It," an exhibit USA TODAY recently called one of the "best museum exhibits in the U.S. this spring."

Don't miss the 17th Biennial Stonewall Jackson Symposium June 8-9 at Virginia Military Institute. The Symposium explores the life of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson before the Civil War.


CAR SHOWS

The Chasing SS Cars LLC car show at Glen Maury Park June 1-3 will feature vintage steel cars. It's a must-see for any car enthusiast! A swap meet, cruise-in, and judging are all part of the weekend.

The Shell Rotella SuperRigs are coming to the area June 14-16! These beautiful custom machines will be on display for a "beauty contest" at White's Travel Center in Raphine.

Shell Rotella SuperRigs

VIRGINIA WINE

Rockbridge Vineyard is hosting their second annual Library Wine Tasting June 2, in which participants will enjoy an array of 12 vintages from the cellar. Vertical flights of Meritage, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and V d'Or will be offered. Reservations are required.

Join Jump Mountain Vineyard for a Father's Day barbecue catered by Full Circle Catering. Stop by the winery between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 17.

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