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
Join the staff and other history lovers in the celebration of Stonewall Jackson's birthday in January. Tour Jackson's only home and learn about his life as a family man.
The Stonewall Country Hunter-Jumper Show is a winter must-see horse show held January 15-19 and January 31-February 2.
Star City Canine Agility will take to the ring inside Anderson Coliseum February 13-16.
The Lone Star Rodeo bucks and broncs into town February 21-22 for the indoor winter Bulls, Barrels & Broncs series. Grab a seat and watch the cowboys hold on tight!
The Winter Speaker Series is your opportunity to hear from those in the know about topics relevant to Natural Bridge State Park, the area, region, and beyond. Topics include Quail, Black Bears, Native Americans, and more.
Cool on Campus: Plays and Exhibitions
The American Shakespeare Center presents John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" on stage at the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts January 25.
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.
Great Valley Farm Brewery is our newest craft brewery and open Wednesday through Sunday. Pop in for growler fill specials on Wednesdays and live music most every Friday. There's most often food on-site for purchase during those live music Fridays as well.
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
The Lexington Farmers Market goes indoors for the winter. Find our best local wares inside Lexington Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Rockbridge Farmers Market and Glasgow Farmers Market are closed for the season.
The Stonewall Jackson House is closed in January and February.
Natural Bridge State Park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 2 through February 28.
Caverns at Natural Bridge is open weekends (Friday through Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 9.
Closed until spring:
- Brownsburg Museum
- Dinosaur Kingdom II
- Halcyon Days Cider Co. (February 14)
- Haunting Tales: Lexington's Ghost Tour
- Hull's Drive-In
- Lavender Fields at Tantivy Farms
- Lexington Carriage Company
- Miller's House Museum (April 4)
- Natural Bridge Zoo (March 23)
- Virginia Safari Park (March)
- Wade's Mill (March; wheel runs Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon and Sundays 3 to 5 p.m. for those just looking at the water wheel)