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 the weekend with us when you plan to #CrushFridayVA and cash in your vacation days.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
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 4.
If you've ever wanted to backpack, Walkabout Outfitter has an introduction for you! Join them at the store May 7 and 8 at 6 p.m. for a Beginner Backpacker Series. Learn the ins and outs of packing, the types of clothing and footwear are choice for hikers and backpackers, and Leave No Trace principles, among other topics. Must be able to attend both classes to enroll.
One of the most beloved shows offered at the Virginia Horse Center is Bonnie Blue National, and it's happening May 9-11. Morgans join Saddlebreds, Roadsters, Friesians, and Hackneys this year!
Also at the Virginia Horse Center:
- May 17-19: Lexington Spring Dressage
- May 17-19: Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club
- May 22-26: Virginia International CCI1*/CIC2* Horse Trials
May 11 is the Woods Creek Trail Run 4 Kids, a fundraising event that will help local children cover medical expenses. The run starts and ends at Jordan's Point Park, covering the entire Woods Creek Trail twice.
Take your kids to Natural Bridge State Park on May 18, National Kids to Parks Day. Ranger walks and explorations are available to help you get on your way. Also check out these ideas from National Park Trust.
ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & HISTORY
First Fridays in Downtown Lexington (May 3) 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.
May 5 brings the Marlbrook Chamber Players to Lexington to perform at Lenfest Center for the Arts. No tickets are required; the performance begins at 3 p.m.
Boxerwood's Music in the Garden Concert Series is a laid back evening in the field with great sounds by regional musicians.
- Big Silo, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.
- Datz/Newhall/Sheter, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The annual Lexington Rockbridge Studio Tour is May 11-12 and features 22 artists and seven studios. The tour is self-guided and self-paced.
Friday's in the Park is Glen Maury Park's live concert series. Bring a chair and a friend or two for Uptown Band on May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
May 24 also offers a concert by I'm With Her at Lime Kiln Theater. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Looking for family fun with a dash of history and a pinch of art? Don't miss Family Day with W&L Museums on May 18. Take time to peruse and get hands-on with history at Lee Chapel, then head to the art museums of Washington and Lee University for more hands-on fun. It's a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that includes snacks, prizes, and scavenger hunts, too.
Celebrate mom, grandma, or even your wife with a special Mother's Day Brunch at Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center on May 12! Reservations required.
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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.
Field of Memories is a display of American flags at Hampton Inn Col Alto. It's a scene that will stop you in your tracks. Don't miss it.
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony and wreath laying is scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 27 at Veterans Memorial on Main Street in Lexington.