May in Lexington

May is a beautiful month in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. The flowers are blooming, the trees are green, and the air is warm. Spend a weekend exploring our beautiful outdoors, sipping our craft beverages, and eating the best our local farmers have to offer our downtown restaurants.


Athletes of multiple abilities converge on Lexington for the annual Road & River Relay across Rockbridge County and down the Maury River. Watch these competitors pull out their best for their team. It all starts at Rockbridge Regional Library at 10 a.m. May 7.

One of the most beloved shows offered at the Virginia Horse Center is Bonnie Blue National, and it's happening May 11-14. Morgans join Saddlebreds, Roadsters, Friesians, and Hackneys this year!

Also at the Virginia Horse Center:

  • May 18-22: Keswick Horse Show AA
  • May 20-22: Mid-Atlantic Dressage Festival & Lexington CDI2 Presetned by Takt Saddlery
  • May 26: Virginia International Horse Trials

Take your kids to Natural Bridge State Park on May 21, National Kids to Parks Day. They'll love the Children's Discovery Area, as well as the awesome wonder that is the Natural Bridge.


The First Friday Art Walk occurs every first Friday of the month. Stroll downtown Lexington to take in the sites, hear the sounds, and smell the wonderful dinner aromas wafting on the evening air. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m.

Still Standing - Brownsburg's Slave Houses is a unique opportunity through Brownsburg Museum to see five privately owned former slave houses. Don't miss this opportunity May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free tour.

Hull's Drive-In is a family favorite destination each weekend during the warm spring and summer months.

The Color of Freedom: Honoring America's Servicewomen is on exhibit at VMI's Preston Library through May 17 during normal operating hours.

Boxerwood's Music in the Garden Concert Series is a laid back evening in the field with great sounds by regional musicians.

Live Music in the Meadow at Ecco Adesso Vineyards kicks off in grand style with McHale & Justina on May 14 at 3 p.m. Then mark your calendar to catch Jason Burke on May 28, also at 3 p.m.

If you're looking for some suspense, romance, familial intricacies, and more, catch "The Moors" at Lenfest Center for the Arts on May 17, 18, or 19. Tickets are required.

Friday's in the Park is Glen Maury Park's live concert series. Bring a chair and a friend or two for Party Crashers on May 27 at 6:30 p.m.


What kid doesn't look to the skies at night in wonder? Treat them to a designated Dark Sky Park and an evening stroll to see all of the amazing beauty of the night sky. That's what the Self-Guided Dark Sky Nights at Natural Bridge State Park are for. May 10 is the next dark sky night and you're welcome to enjoy your time at your own pace. The best views are from the Skyline Trail to Jefferson Point. Depart by 11 p.m., please. Star charts are available at the informational kioks at the Skyline Trail or at the Visitor Center. This is offered every Tuesday through October 25, 2022.


Cheers to mom! Treat her to a Mother's Day Mimosa Flight at Ecco Adesso Vineyards May 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or May 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If your mom is a plant lover, take her to Hopkins Green in downtown Lexington for the annual Plant Sale by the Rockbridge County Council of Garden Clubs. She's sure to find something beautiful for her yard or garden. Shop 9 a.m. until noon.

Take mom out to eat!

Moms also love the narrated Lexington Carriage Company tours through historic downtown Lexington. Let someone else do the driving on this scenic roll through town. (reservations)


The annual Memorial Day Ceremony and wreath laying typically occurs at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day (May 30) at Veterans Memorial on Main Street in Lexington.

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