First Friday in Old Town Winchester: On the First Friday of every month, Old Town Winchester plays host to artists with special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many of our shops stay open late. It is a great time to stroll our historic streets and a great place to meet new and favorite friends. Every month is something a little different. First Fridays is sponsored by the Old Town Winchester Business Association, Shenandoah Arts Council, Virginia Commission of the Arts and the Old Town Development Board. Check out the First Fridays in Old Town Winchester Facebook Page.
Return of the Downtown Trees – Art Exhibit & Sale: First Friday will be very special in June! The artisans who received the downtown trees that were removed in January 2013 due to the renovations will return with the artwork and furniture created from these trees. Purchase a part of the OLD Old Town! Furniture and original pieces of art will be on display on Friday, June 6th from noon till dusk! These pieces of art will also be set up as part of the Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 7th. Read more.
2nd Annual Hop Blossom: Whether you love craft beer or are new to cool brews, the second annual Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival will not disappoint. On Saturday, June 7, from 12PM – 6PM, Old Town Winchester will be filled with craft brewers from all over the country sampling out the best in American craft beer.The event will include 40 breweries (many from VA, WV and MD!) providing a variety of styles for attendees. Enjoy live entertainment from the gypsy bluegrass of Tabasco Bustelo to the folk-driven tunes of Chatham Street. Read more.
Gathering of the Civil War Eagles: The Gathering of the Civil War Egales is an interactive “first-person” educational seminar hosted by 50 members of “Lee’s Lieutenants” and the ”Federal Generals Corps.” This is a phenomenon far beyond any other Civil War educational opportunity. The thoughts, emotions and experiences of battle-hardened Generals, who felt the brunt of the war, will be shared with spectators. Held on June 7th and 8th in the original 1840’s Winchester Virginia Courthouse in beautifully restored downtown Winchester, you will be transported back in time. Read more.
Live Music Schedule:
-Friday, June 6th
- DJ Freedom Ortiz @ Brewbaker’s Restaurant – 9pm to 1:30am
- Crosswinds @ Piccadilly’s Pubilc House – 9pm to 1:30am
- Mixtape Confessions: The Diary of a Teenage Optimist @ Bright Box Theatre – 8pm
- Elisium featuring SOLUS @ Sweet Caroline’s – 9pm
-Saturday, June 7th
- DJ Calibur @ Sweet Caroline’s – 8pm
- Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes @ Brewbaker’s Restaurant – 9pm to 1:30am
- Souled Out @ Piccadilly’sPublic House – 9pm to 1:30am