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 12th Annual Bull & Oyster Festival is back! April 7 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! A $45 ticket is tax deductible with 100% of proceeds going to the Rockbridge Area Health Center.
Your best chance (and often, only chance) to see the most artists at work in their studios is during the Annual Lexington Rockbridge Studio Tour. Occurring April 21 and 22, 11 studios will be open for tours and will feature guest artists as well. The tour is self-guided, so take your time and enjoy!
"Panels in Process" is an exhibit showcasing the creative ways of Tillie Walden, illustrator and cartoonist. From conception through finished product, you'll get a better understanding of her work flow.
"With Their Hands" is a brand new exhibit coinciding with the season opening of Brownsburg Museum on April 17. See art and artifacts from the 1750s through 1900s, many displayed for the first time ever.
First Fridays in Downtown Lexington (April 6) 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 2: Wind Ensemble Concert
- April 5: Jazz Ensemble Concert
- April 6: Bluegrass Ensemble Concert
- April 23: L.A. Theatre Works: "The Mountaintop"
- April 25: Artist's Lecture and Reception: Tillie Walden
- April 26: Che Malambo Performance
April 29 through May 5 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
- Every Thursday: Growler Fill Specials
- April 4: Yoga with Center of Gravity Yoga & Pilates
- April 6: Pints with a Purpose
- April 7: Live Music by Alex Shreve
- April 14: Live Music by The Ruckus
- April 28: Live Music by Bruce Allen
How does Murder Mystery Dinner Theater sound? Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center is hosting an intriguing night of "who dunnit?" April 7 at 7 p.m. Be there to solve the mystery (and eat well, too).
If not a mystery dinner, maybe a wine dinner? Natural Bridge is also hosting a J. Lohr Wine Dinner on April 12. Reservations are required and overnight packages are available.
April 7 looks like a great day to be out and about with the kiddos.
April 28 is the Boxerwood Fairy Forest Festival, which is always a great time for little ones. Don your favorite fairy wings and join in the merriment.
FRESH AIR ACTIVITIES
- April 8, 22 and 29: Goat Yoga at Autumn Ridge
- April 21: Hot Pursuit 5K and Concert Celebration
- April 28: Appalachian Spring Ride
- April 28: Chessie Trail Wildflower Walk
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Don't miss the Downtown Lexington Spring Sidewalk Sale April 20 and 21! Our retailers unveil their best spring deals and you win!