Arts, Culture & Cuisine 

With some of the nation’s best produce and agricultural products, chefs, brewers, vintners and home cooks are all inspired. And our tastes for the better things in life also extend to the fine arts and music.

Performing Arts

From Bach to bluegrass, ballet to funk, local artists to international performers, Rockingham County and the Harrisonburg Metro Area have both the fine arts and an energetic nightlife. The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University hosts a full calendar of performances for arts lovers of all types. Recent and upcoming performances include The Barber of Seville, Moscow Festival Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars and more. And every year in June, classical music aficionados gather for the Bach Festival at Eastern Mennonite University.

Wine, Beer & Cider

Rockingham County is a true connoisseurs’ destination for wine and craft brews. CrossKeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford and Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater both offer tours and tastings to introduce the wines of the Shenandoah Valley. And our Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is a remarkably charming self-guided tour of practically everything the region serves in a wine glass.  Don’t miss Old Hill Hard Cider in Timberville or one of our many craft breweries the area has to offer.
The area is full of great events from ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival, The Mountain Jamboree, Rocktown Beer & Music Festival to the nationally known Red Wing Roots Music festival.  Aside from the obvious imbibing, the events also include live music, activities and some of the Valley’s best culinary offerings.
That’s just the start. For more information on the many events happening year round in Rockingham County, visit our tourism site.


Not only will you find imaginative creations using only local ingredients in fine dining settings, you’ll also enjoy a wide variety of tastes at our many food trucks. We truly have options to suit every palate. The Harrisonburg Metro Area is home to a number of global cuisines like Taste of Thai, Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza, Taste of India and Xenia Kebab Grille. Or try local favorites Clementine Cafe, Food.Bar.Food and Local Chop & Grill House.
For more detail on our variety of dining options, visit our tourism site.

Meet Our Staff

Casey Armstrong
Assistant County Administrator & Director of Economic Development
Rhonda Cooper
Community Development Director
Phillip Rhodes
Director of Public Works
Bradford Dyjak
Director of Planning
Kirby Dean
Parks and Recreation Director
Joshua Gooden
Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator
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