April in Lexington

Happy Spring! We're so excited for the warmth the new season brings, and with it, these awesome events. They're perfect reasons for a long weekend in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. Discover all the things to do here in our "Small Towns, Big Backyard."


International Dark Sky Week is April 2-8. Come celebrate with us at Natural Bridge State Park, an International Dark Sky Park. Of note are April 8, the 2024 Solar Eclipse Viewing, and April 13 for Stargazing Under a New Moon.

Lexington Mounted Unit
Lexington Mounted Unit


The Bull & Oyster Festival is back! April 13 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Virginia Horse Center, there will be fresh oysters prepared a multitude of ways, BBQ, and bluegrass, and it's all for a great cause!


First Fridays in Downtown Lexington (April 5) 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.

Feeling artsy yourself? Consider joining in the Plein Air Watercolor Painting at Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden on April 21 at 1 PM. Paint, palettes, and paper are provided. The workshop is free.

Don't forget there are spaces to get hands-on in Lexington and Buena Vista:

  • Mulberry's DIY Workshop - open design times and organized workshop events
  • Splash of Color Studio - workshops and classes for both kids and adults
  • The Quiltery - occasional quilting classes and events
  • POUR by Hatterwick - candle-making studio - COMING SOON!

At Lenfest Center for the Arts this month:


Travelers of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail will find their way to Great Valley Farm Brewery and Winery in Natural Bridge, Rockbridge Vineyard & Brewery (RVB) in Raphine, and Heliotrope Brewery and Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen (DBO) in Lexington.

For wine, add in Ecco Adesso Vineyards, Lexington Valley Vineyard, and Jump Mountain Vineyard. Don't forget the excellent cider at Halycon Days Cider Co., too!

  • Thursdays: Apertivo Sip & Savor at EA
  • Fridays: Craft Burger Night at DBO
  • Saturdays: Brunch from 10:30 AM to 2 PM at DBO
  • April 6 @ 6 PM: Tuggle n/ Scruggs at DBO
  • April 7 @ 1 PM: Uncorked with Lisa & Rob at RVB
  • April 13 @ 10 AM: Vendor BINGO at RVB


Try the Kids Fishing Day at Natural Bridge State Park on April 6. From 7 a.m. to noon kids aged 12 and younger can fish Cedar Creek for free. Adults should plan to pay the regular state park admission and are not permitted to fish. All guests must bring their own pole, bait, and gear. Creel limit is six.


Don't miss the Downtown Lexington Spring Sidewalk Sale April 26 through 28! Our retailers unveil their best spring deals and you win!

Plan ahead for more Spring Experiences and Spring Adventures in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County.

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