Winter Events

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 ...

Virginia Horse Center

Roar into the New Year with Monster Trucks January 8. These big beasts will take to Anderson Coliseum for an afternoon of power and thrills.

The Agility Dog Show will take to the ring inside Anderson Coliseum January 14-16. The Winter Saddlebred Tournament is also January 14, while the Polar Bear Horse Show occurs the 15 and 16. The Horse Center is great at juggling multiple exciting events at once!

The Lexington Country Show is a winter must-see. Check it out January 20-23 and February 4-6.

If you love stunts, don't miss the BMX Bike Races January 28-30. Who knows? Maybe the next young trickster will be inspired by these talented athletes.

For more exciting dogs and their whimsies, be sure to attend the Star City Dog Show February 17-20.

An annual event the whole community awaits is The Lone Star Rodeo, and it comes to town February 25-27 this year. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

>> Virginia Horse Center Event Calendar

Natural Bridge State Park

The First Day Hike at Natural Bridge State Park is an excellent way to kick off a New Year's resolution. Join in with a hike along the trails.

Festival of Trees wraps up January 4. See these beauties (and leave a non-perishable food item or gently used book) before they're gone!

Cool on Campus: Plays and Exhibitions

January 23 welcomes Pinchus Zukerman Trio at Lenfest Center for the Arts. Tickets are required, as are masks, regardless of vaccination status.

The latest exhibition at Staniar Gallery is Donald Nield: American Surrealist. It begins January 10 with a January 18 reception and lecture. Catch it before it's gone February 9.

February is not just Valentine's Day. It's also the opening of the Leah Raintree exhibit at Staniar Gallery. Entitled "The Landscape is Not Still," the exhibit includes sculpture, drawing, and photography. Enjoy her Artists' Talk February 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Breweries, Tap Houses, and Cocktail Bars

If the weather outside is frightful, step into a winery, brewery, or downtown watering hole for winter beer releases, seasonal craft cocktails, live music, and community cheer.

Visit Rockbridge County's newest winery addition: Ecco Adesso Vineyards in Fairfield. They have live music, foodie events, and multiple accommodations overlooking the vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Lexington's newest brewery is Heliotrope Brewery on Main Street. In addition to their beers, you're going to love their farm-to-table wood-fired pizzas!

Great Valley Farm Brewery and Winery is a fun craft brewery and winery open Wednesday through Sunday. Pop in for growler fill specials on Wednesdays and live music most every Friday. There's often food on-site for purchase during those live music events as well.

Another excellent stop for both wine and beer is Rockbridge Vineyard & Brewery. Garnering many awards over the years, you will certainly find an excellent flavor or two to suit your palate. Sundays are "Uncorked" with live music.

On Wednesdays, stop by Devils Backbone Taproom and Kitchen on Route 11 during its Growler Grab Day for 64 oz. growler pours. On select Fridays, settle in for live music. Brand New: Igloos on the deck!

Igloos at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen
Igloos at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen

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.

For a wall of self-serve beer on tap, visit Salerno Wood Fired Pizza & Taphouse. You won't be disappointed in the selection or the excellent menu.

Free wine tastings continue every Friday afternoon, starting at 4:30pm, at Washington Street Purveyors.

Piano players often complement the cocktails at Haywood’s; stop in and appreciate the atmosphere.

Seasonal Updates: Farmers Markets, Museums, and Attractions

The Lexington Farmers Market remains outside for the winter. Find the best local wares from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Kerrs Creek Community Market and Glasgow Farmers Market are closed for the season.

The Stonewall Jackson House is closed through February 28.

Natural Bridge State Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February 28.

Caverns at Natural Bridge is open weekends (Friday through Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 13.

Closed for the season:

  • Dinosaur Kingdom II (Memorial Day)
  • Halcyon Days Cider Co. (reopens February 11)
  • Haunting Tales: Lexington's Ghost Tour (Memorial Day)
  • Hull's Drive-In (mid-March)
  • Lavender Fields at Tantivy Farms (early May)
  • Lexington Carriage Company
  • Miller's House Museum
  • Natural Bridge Zoo (mid-March)
  • Virginia Safari Park (mid-March)
  • Wade's Mill (early April)

Outdoor Excursions

When you can't find fun, you create your own! Explore RockbridgeOutdoors.com for fantastic hike suggestions and destinations like Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden, Cyrus McCormick Farm, Glen Maury Park, and Natural Bridge State Park.

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