April and May will be buzzing with activity in downtown Staunton as merchants, community groups and residents gather to celebrate spring and the unique local culture Staunton has to offer. In addition to the 13th Annual Virginia Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots Studios April 25 and 26, several other annual traditions are perfect for catching the local flavor of a place consistently named to “Top Small Towns in America” lists by magazines such as the Smithsonian, Travel and Leisure and Southern Living.
The Depot Grille presents the 3rd Annual Bridge Day Staunton on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11am-4pm at the Staunton Station. Bridge Day Staunton is a celebration of local music, arts, history, food, artisans, shopping and community action. A wide variety of free family-friendly activities will be on tap near the Historic Sears Hill Bridge at the Staunton Train Station and fan out into Downtown’s many independent businesses. Proceeds will benefit the Staunton Music Guild. Music lineup will be: 11am, Chris Campbell, (children’s music), noon, The Washboard Wonders,1pm, The Last Minute Band and 2pm, The No Lonesome.
New Staunton memorabilia such as collector pins, mugs, historic photos and more will be featured at the event. In addition to Bridge Day lunch specials at the Depot Grille, food vendors on site will include: Bakers Dozen Donuts, Lucas Roasting Company, The Store, MJ’s Kettle Corn, Paris Cake Company and The American Café. Visit www.bridgedaystaunton.org for an updated list of participating businesses and community groups at the Station and around downtown Staunton.
The LTD 7 Spring Outdoor Market will be held April 25 from 10am-4pm featuring local vintage, artisan and repurposed items from local vendors.
Staunton is also well known for its entrepreneurial community, and April 24-26 will be hosting the first Innovate LIVE!, a crowd-sourced, energy-packed, festive convergence of Local Innovators, Visionaries, and Entrepreneurs. Visit www.innovatelive.org for a full schedule of events and more information.
Just a few of the May events include the Center Stage Concert Series featuring Susan Egan ('Belle' of Broadway) and Staunton Downtown Development Association’s Spring Fling Spree on May 1, Mother’s Day at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum on May 10(free admission for Moms!) and Staunton Jams, a local music street party situated along Staunton’s historic main street May 16. Visit www.visitstaunton.com or www.virginiavalley.com to find more great activities busting out this spring!