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Downtown Lynchburg Association is excited to present a new annual program of events in downtown Lynchburg! 

LYNCHBURG FOOD FEST
Taste your way through the best of Lynchburg’s local cuisine on May 20th downtown at Riverfront Park. This first-ever event will feature incredible food and drink from nearly 50 of the region’s best food trucks, restaurants, caterers, specialty food & retail vendors, and local beer, wine, & spirits. Festivities will also include a Kids Zone and live entertainment throughout the day.  
www.lyhfoodfest.com.

FIRST FRIDAYS
This cultural event happens every first Friday of the month, highlighting local artists, performers, exhibits, and more. Many art galleries remain open for extended hours and waive admission fees to encourage visitors to stop in. New exhibits and special performances also tend to launch in conjunction with First Fridays. First Fridays’ primary purpose is to highlight the organizations and spaces that are bringing local, regional, and even national art to the Lynchburg community. Downtown Lynchburg has an ever-expanding tradition of art, culture, dining, and shopping.
www.firstfridayslynchburg.org

GET DOWNTOWN 
Lynchburg’s celebrates the return of our college students in this Friday night Main Street festival. Coming up on it’s ninth year, Get downtown is Lynchburg’s largest street festival, and promises an evening of fabulous entertainment, great food, family fun, and more from our downtown merchants and other Lynchburg businesses. 
www.getdowntownlynchburgva.com

POP-UP LYNCHBURG
Look out for a new event series beginning later this year. Partnering with local downtown businesses, we will bring you some unique pop-up events in some of the most exciting downtown locations. More info coming soon!

DECK THE HILLS
A new holiday tradition is coming to downtown. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, we will be celebrating the season with special activities and events perfect for the whole family. More info coming soon!

 

PARTNER EVENTS

MOVIES IN THE PARK
We are partnering with Lynchburg Parks and Recreation to bring Movies in the Park to downtown. Bring your family, friends, a blanket or chair and join us for the second Movies in the Park Summer Season! This summer, Lynchburg residents and their families and friends can catch a three FREE flicks under the stars at Riverfront Park!
www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/movies-in-the-park

RIVERFRONT PARK CONCERT SERIES
The Riverfront Park Concert Series will feature national, regional, and local music acts and will continue the Academy’s efforts to serve our community through arts and culture by bringing world class music to our city’s beautiful downtown park. All concert events will be picnic friendly and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Food and beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) vendors will be onsite. VIP ticket options available and all concerts are rain or shine events. Learn more about the Riverfront Park Concert Series including Lynchstock, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and The Lone Bellow:
www.academycenter.org/riverfrontparkconcertseries

JAMES RIVER BATTEAU FESTIVAL – LYNCHBURG LAUNCH
The James River Batteau Festival launches from Lynchburg for the 32nd year and continue down the James River on an 8 day journey to Maidens Landing using replica late 18th & early 19th century cargo boats called James River Batteaux. Watch the launch of the replica batteaux as they begin their journey down the river, and enjoy activities highlighting the history and ecology of the James River. Join us for live traditional music, environmental educational activities, craft activities for children, a petting zoo, demonstrations, and local food trucks!
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