Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County is a shopping, dining, and arts haven in winter. Storefronts are festive with seasonal wares and decor while restaurants whip up hearty specialties. Porters, stouts, and toddies keep winter jolly in cocktail bars and tap rooms, and our neighborhood campuses of W&L, VMI, and SVU invite visitors inside for plays, speakers, art shows, and history exhibits. Don't miss a beat!
To Look Forward to
Join the staff and other history lovers in the celebration of Stonewall Jackson's birthday on Sunday, January 21. Tour Jackson's only home and learn about his life as a family man.
Virginia Horse Center
An AKC dog agility event will be held at the Virginia Horse Center January 12-14 and February 15-18.
The Mountain State Rodeo bucks and broncs into town February 23-24 for the indoor winter Bulls, Barrels & Broncs series. Grab a seat and watch the cowboys hold on tight!
Natural Bridge State Park
The Winter Speaker Series is your opportunity to hear from those in the know about topics relevant to Natural Bridge State Park, the area, region, and beyond. Topics include Black Bears, Native Americans, and conservation. The series begins January 9 and concludes in late March.
Interested in the Legends of Natural Bridge? Join a park ranger for a narrated hike on January 13 or January 20.
Cool on Campus: Plays and Exhibitions
A new exhibit opening January 25 at the George C. Marshall Museum - Hope for Those Who Need It - explores post-World War II Europe and the affects of the Marshall Plan. Included are lithographs of the 25 finalists in the "Intra-European Cooperation for a Better Standard of Living" poster contest.
Visiting W&L? Swing by the Staniar Gallery in Washington Hall from January 8 to February 7 for The Book of Everyday Instruction by Chloe Bass. The exhibit focuses on such central questions as "how do we know when we're really together?" or "how do we tell a story based on the proximity of two bodies in space?"
BODYTRAFFIC Contemporary Dance Company takes the stage in Keller Theatre at the Lenfest Center for the Arts on January 11. This group is internationally recognized as bridging both new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts with works by today’s most distinctive choreographic voices such as Kyle Abraham, Hofesh Shechter, Barak Marshall, Richard Siegal, and Victor Quijada.
On January 19, Garth Newel Piano Quartet plays Wilson Concert Hall. Repertoire for this concert consists of Louise Hérritte-Viardot’s Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 9 Im Sommer, Mark Carlson’s Piano Quartet, and the Quartet No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 45 by Gabriel Fauré.
Breweries, Tap Houses, and Cocktail Bars
If the weather outside is frightful, step into a brewery or downtown watering hole for winter beer releases, seasonal craft cocktails, live music, and community cheer.
Great Valley Farm Brewery is our newest craft brewery and open Wednesday through Sunday. Pop in for growler fill specials on Wednesdays and live music most every Friday. There's most often food on-site for purchase during those live music Fridays as well.
On Wednesdays, stop by the taproom at Devils Backbone Brewing on Route 11 during its Growler Grab for 64 oz. growler pours. On select Fridays, settle in for live music. Brewery tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
Brew Ridge Taps in Lexington hosts its own trivia night on Tuesdays. On Nelson Street, this tap room sells a wide selection of Virginia and U.S. craft brews. Stay fueled with the Parkway Special, a waffle topped with pimiento cheese, tomatoes and bacon. It’s one of several wafflewiches on the menu.
Check out the monthly mixology class as Rocca Bar Ristorante on January 31. This month's theme is RUM!
Free wine tastings continue every Friday afternoon, starting at 4:30pm, at Washington Street Purveyors.
Piano players complement the cocktails Wednesday through Sunday at Haywood’s.
Seasonal Updates: Farmers Markets, Museums, and Attractions
The Lexington Farmers Market goes indoors for the winter. Find our best local wares inside Lexington Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Rockbridge Farmers Market and Glasgow Farmers Market are closed for the season.
Friday night old-time jams and dancing remain in effect regardless of the season at Clark's Ole Time Music Center in Raphine. Come on out and tap your toes!
Local zoos are closed until spring. Carriage rides and ghost tours will resume in warmer months.