Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County is a shopping, dining, and arts haven in winter. Restaurants whip up hearty specialties while seasonal porters, stouts, and toddies keep winter jolly in cocktail bars and tap rooms. W&L, VMI, and SVU invite visitors inside for plays, speakers, art shows, and history exhibits. Don't miss a beat!
Mid-Winter Events to Look Forward to
Let the good times roll during Rockbridge Area Occupational Center's Mardi Gras "Taste of New Orleans" at VMI's Moody Hall on February 18th. Enter to win a round trip for two to New Orleans.
The Mountain State Rodeo bucks and broncs into the Virginia Horse Center February 24th-25th for the indoor winter Bulls, Barrels & Broncs series. Grab a seat and watch the cowboys hold on tight!
Rockbridge Ballet presents "Firebird" at Lenfest Center for the Arts February 25 and 26. Based on a famous Russian folk tale, the vibrant costumes, firery choreography, and incredible score will combine to deliver a most memorable performance.
Breweries, Tap Houses, and Cocktail Bars
If the weather outside is frightful, step into a brewery or downtown watering hole for winter beer releases, seasonal craft cocktails, live music, and community cheer.
On Wednesdays, stop by the taproom at Devils Backbone Brewing on Route 11 during its Growler Grab for 64 oz. growler pours. On select Fridays, settle in for live music. Brewery tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
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.
Free wine tastings continue every Friday afternoon, starting at 4:30pm, at Washington Street Purveyors.
Piano players complement the cocktails Wednesday through Sunday at Haywood’s.
Seasonal Updates: Farmers Markets, Museums, and Attractions
In winter the market moves from McClure’s parking lot to Lexington Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays (begins December 7). The Rockbridge Farmers Market is closed for the season.
The Virginia Military Institute Museum will be closed December 21 - January 2. The Stonewall Jackson House is closed in January and February. The museum will undergo renovations and will be closed for Lee-Jackson Day weekend and Jackson’s birthday.
On Friday nights in January, February and March, you can catch old-time jams and dancing at Clark's Ole Time Music Center in Raphine.
Local zoos are closed until spring. Carriage rides, ghost tours, and food tours will resume in warmer months. Private tours are available for Lexington Food Tours by appointment.
Blue Lab Brewing Co. is temporarily closed. We anticipate a brand new Blue Lab experience this spring!