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 ...
Roar into the New Year with Monster Trucks January 7. These big beasts will take to Anderson Coliseum at the Virginia Horse Center for an afternoon of power and thrills.
The Agility Dog Show will take to the ring inside Anderson Coliseum January 13-15. The Winter Saddlebred Tournament is also January 14.
If you love stunts, don't miss the BMX Bike Races at Anderson Coliseum January 27-29. 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 17-18.
An annual event the whole community awaits is The Lone Star Rodeo, and it comes to town February 24-25 this year. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.
January 21 welcomes Collective Euphonia: It's Complicated ... Songs and Scenes on Relationships at Lenfest Center for the Arts. Tickets are required.
Matt Haimovitz takes the stage in the Wilson Concert Hall at Lenfest with his cello to present "A Moveable Feast" on February 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are required.
February is not just for Valentine's Day. It's also the opening of the "Mother Clay: The Pottery of Three Pueblo Women" exhibit at Reeves Museum of Ceramics from February 1-April 29. Attend the artists for a panel discussion and reception on February 1, and join curator Tony Chavarria for exhibit tours on February 2.
Also on February 2, listen to retired professor of Native American art, Dr. Joel Bernstein, as he shares insights from over 50 years of work and friendship with members of Native American communities.
The Adrienne Callander exhibit at Staniar Gallery, entitled "Fieldwork," includes artifacts of Ozark Mountain Bluefaced Leicester sheep and their guardian dog. The exhibit opens February 13 and concludes March 17. Enjoy Callander's talk and reception March 1 at 5:30 p.m.
First Friday Art Walk in downtown Lexington is Friday, March 3. Peruse our galleries to celebrate local artisans and enjoy the tunes of area musicians. It's also a great time to eat downtown. Don't miss out on our excellent restaurants! First Friday starts at 5 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.
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.
Pianists 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 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Kerrs Creek Community Market and Glasgow Farmers Market are closed for the season.
Caverns at Natural Bridge is open weekends (Friday through Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 13.
Natural Bridge State Park is open 9 a.m. until dusk through March 12.
Watson Galleries are closed for an exhibit installation but will reopen February 1.
VMI Cadet Tours resume January 15.
Closed for the season:
- Dinosaur Kingdom II (Memorial Day)
- Halcyon Days Cider Co. (reopens in February)
- Haunting Tales: Lexington's Ghost Tour (Memorial Day)
- Hull's Drive-In (mid-March)
- Lavender Fields at Tantivy Farms (early May)
- Lexington Carriage Company (April 1)
- Miller's House Museum
- Natural Bridge Zoo (mid-March)
- Virginia Safari Park (mid-March)
- Stonewall Jackson House (March)
- Wade's Mill (early April)
The Walkabout Outfitter Get Outside Challenge starts January 30 and concludes March 31. Participants are asked to commit to going outside for at least 20 minutes of activity each day. To learn more and sign up for the challenge, join the Facebook Group: Walkabout Get Outside.
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.