Be The Family That Plays Together

Fridays Downtown

Posted: June 13, 2013

People gather on lawn chairs and blankets to watch the Gary Smallwood Band perform during Harrisonburg’s Friday on the Square summer music festival Aug. 3 last year. (Photo by Justin Falls / DN-R File)
School is out, and fun is in. Harrisonburg is bustling with family events to keep the kids out and about this summer.

Oldie, But Goodie
The 23rd season of Harrisonburg’s Fridays on the Square summer music festival kicked off June 7 with Larry Keel and Natural Bridge performing.

The festival — presented by nonprofit Citizens for Downtown — was created to “bring focus and support to the revitalization of downtown Harrisonburg,” explained Kathleen Kraft, director and organizer of Fridays on the Square.

This summer, the festival is returning to its roots as solely a music series, holding free concerts every other Friday through Aug. 16.

“There’s space to dance and run around, and we get a lot of that with families that brings kids,” Kraft said of the family friendly event.

Picnics are welcome, and even encouraged, for the evening of music and dancing.

For more information and the complete concert schedule, visit

A Year Of Fridays
First Fridays Downtown are still rolling, with more than 30 participants in the heart of Harrisonburg. And this year, it’s all year ’round.

Every first Friday, participating downtown businesses open from 5-8 p.m. and display exhibitions from local artists.

According to Lindsay Denny, marketing manager for the Arts Council of the Valley, First Fridays is about “tying community with arts” and is as much for the artists as the attendees.

“Its gives people another reason to get out downtown and see some art ... and an opportunity for artists …  to show their work,” she said.

Whether it’s dinner and art at the Artful Dodger or participating in a drum circle with local musicians, kids are welcome.

For more information, visit

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