January Events & Activities

Happy New Year! Make plans to travel this year and fall in love with Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County, Virginia. In short order, you'll be smitten with our incredible views, the charm of our quaint towns, and our quintessential southern hospitality.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Beat the winter doldrums by getting out and about to experience fine arts, music, and great entertainment.

Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen and Brew Ridge Taps both welcome local and regional musicians to set the mood and create an awesome ambiance a few times a month.

  • January 10: The Porch Dogs
  • January 11: Kyle Forrey & Corey Hunley
  • January 17: Jeremiah Holland
  • January 18: Mercy Deer & Tyler Supko
  • January 24: Llama & The Hound
  • January 31: Craig Hanson

A new exhibition will be unveiled January 9 at Washington and Lee University's Lenfest Center for the Arts. Christa Bowden and Emily and Ernesto Gomez present "Cumberland Island: Land, Water, Wind and Light," an exhibition of the documentation "of the unique biome of Cumberland Island, a barrier island about the size of Manhattan, located off the coast of Georgia." This exhibit is on display through February 7. Catch the artists' lecture January 28 at 5:30 p.m.

January 16 promises to be an electric time of song and dance with Step Afrika! at Lenfest Center for the Arts. Step Afrika! was "the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping and introduces audiences to Zulu and South African gumboot dance. It now ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States."

Kenn Hopkins Jr. in The Grapes of Wrath. Photo by Lauren Parker.
Kenn Hopkins Jr. in The Grapes of Wrath. Photo by Lauren Parker.

The American Shakespeare Center is bringing their touring troupe to Lenfest Center for the Arts January 25 to present "The Grapes of Wrath," a drama based on John Steinbeck's 1939 classic novel of the same title.

Chanticleer, the renown male a cappella group, takes the stage at Lenfest Center for the Arts on January 31 to present their latest concert, Trade Winds.

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LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

A Morning with Margot Shaw is your chance to sit in on a presentation by Margot Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief of Flower magazine. Enjoy coffee, tea, mimosas, and delicious snacks. Tickets required.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 20, and there are events to remember Dr. King's legacy at Washington & Lee University School of Law both January 19 and 20.

DINNER & DRINKS

January 23 is a special event for those who love Downton Abbey. Join in a special meal - A Downton Abbey Dinner - of cuisine that would have been standards during the period PBS's acclaimed Downton Abbey is portrayed. The dinner includes discussion and history of the dishes by Sarah Nicholson of TV's "The Story of Cooking." $150 per person; limited seating.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS & SPORTS

January 10-12 is the DOTC and SCCTC Canine Agility show at Virginia Horse Center. Dogs of all breeds will maneuver a course, making it a great family-friendly event.

Don't miss Stonewall Country Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center January 15-19 and January 31-February 2. It's a favorite family-friendly hunter-jumper show for all ages.


Wear RED for the Red-Out game January 18! The VMI Keydets welcome The Citadel to Lexington for a hardwood clash like no other. Fittingly, it's a Military Appreciation game so add a pop of blue or white to your red to show your patriotism. All tickets are 50% off for this rivalry match-up.

January 24 through 26 is the USA BMX Blue Ridge Nationals at the Virginia Horse Center. The event is free to watch and you can expect to see BMX competitors of all ages.

Natural Bridge State Park is a crown jewel of Rockbridge County (not to mention its name inspiration). Visit the park this month to take part in the following:

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