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. Plan now to #CrushFridayVA and cash in your vacation days. Don't let your PTO go to waste.
The Bull & Oyster Festival is back! April 6 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.
Washington and Lee University has several arts events to choose from this month:
- April 1: Wind Ensemble Concert "Within Our Reach"
- April 2: University Singers "Scotland Tour Kick-Off Concert"
- April 4: Bluegrass Ensemble Concert
- April 22: Art Exhibit by Adriana Corral "Unearthed: Desenterrado"
April 28 through May 4 is Guy Carawan's Bluegrass Jam at Glen Maury Park. It's a week-long informal jam session, and the campground will be open for those who want the immersive experience.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Travelers of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail will find their way to Great Valley Farm Brewery in Natural Bridge and Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen. Mark your calendar for an upcoming brewery event:
- Every Wednesday: Growler Grab Day
- Every Thursday: Growler Fill Specials
- April 6: Live Music with Pickxen at GVFB
Head to Virginia Horse Center with the family to check out the No Bull Barrel Racing April 5-7. Watch riders compete inside Anderson Coliseum, zig-zagging through the course of barrels to see who can do it in the fastest time.
Try the Kids Fishing Day at Natural Bridge State Park on April 6. From 9 a.m. to noon kids aged 12 and younger can fish Cedar Creek for free. The creel limit is six fish that they're welcome to catch and keep. Adults should plan to pay the $8 regular state park admission.
Also at Natural Bridge State Park is a week full of Spring Break activities. Between April 13 and 28 there are specialty Ranger programs highlighting the inhabitants of the park, its history, and more.
Who's ready for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Glen Maury Park!? It's happening April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. In addition to the egg hunt, there there will be face painting, cornhole and other games, hot dogs and drinks for the kids, and more.
FRESH AIR ACTIVITIES
- April 13: 2nd Annual Run of the Mill 5K
- April 20: Bluebird Box Building at Natural Bridge State Park
- April 27: Historic Garden Day in Natural Bridge
MORE TO EXPLORE
Don't miss the Downtown Lexington Spring Sidewalk Sale April 26 through 28! Our retailers unveil their best spring deals and you win!