Downtown Staunton plans special Fridays nights

Heading to Downtown Staunton after 5 on Friday evenings this summer and fall has its rewards, as 33 stores, salons, theaters and restaurants are keeping their doors open until 9 p.m. and offering special bonuses for their customers.

Shoppers who spend $25 Fridays after 5 p.m. at participating stores will receive a $5 bonus. The $5 certificate can be redeemed at any downtown retailer through Oct. 1. Certificates are not valid at restaurants, and some restrictions apply. More information about “Spend $25 · Fridays after 5 · Get $5” is available at participating stores and at

Friday evening shoppers and diners will also find live music, art, theater, dance, and interactive demonstrations of skill scattered throughout the downtown district each week until October. The free entertainment program is part of Staunton Downtown Development Association’s 2010 Extended Hours Program, a promotion that encourages later evening shopping and dining through incentives.

“Friday Nights Downtown” will run from 6-9 p.m. each Friday through Oct. 1 and feature a wide variety of acoustic musicians, casts of musicals and plays, artists, living chess matches for charity, improvisational and dance troupes and jugglers. Entertainment is free and family-friendly.

Interested performers should contact or call 540.332.3867.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at

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