May 2019 calendar of events in Downtown Staunton

staunton newFirst Fridays at Co-Art

May 3 | 6 to 8PM | 22 W. Beverley Street

Featured Artist: Barbara Phillips

Live Music at The Blackburn Inn Terrace

Fridays| 6 to 8:30PM | May 3 through September 28

Enjoy refreshing beverages and light dishes on the Blackburn Inn Terrace.  Bands perform from 6pm to 8:30PM. Free to guests and townspeople, no outside food or drinks. Visit to get a schedule.

Sgt. Tom Larner 10th Annual 5K and 10 K Race

Saturday May 4 | 7:30-9:30 AM | Meets at 1 Mill Street Staunton


3rd Annual Little Made; Market

Saturday, May 4 | 10am to 4pm| in front of Made: By the People, For the People | 15 E. Beverley Street
A curated indie arts & craft market featuring the creative works of over 30 local and regional makers, will take place in Historic Downtown Staunton on the block of East Beverley Street between Augusta and New Streets.

Second Annual Spring Fling

Saturday, May 4 | 7AM – 9PM | Nu-Beginning Farm (The Store) | 221 North Lewis Street

Cornhole Tournament, official opening of the Garden of Eatin’ outdoor dining area and green space, live music, vendors, wine tasting and free samples. Information: Farm

Famous Singer Estate Collection

Saturday, May, 4 | 10AM to 6PM | Crown Jewelers | 6 E. Beverley Street
Amazing one of a kind estate pieces and pieces from celebrity estates offered in a huge selection. Have a look at jewelry and trinkets formerly owned by Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Patrick Swayze, Joan Collins and many others. Prices starting at $500. ONE DAY ONLY! Don’t miss it! Information: Jewelers

Coffee with the Curator

Thursday, May 9 | 10:30am | Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum | 235 E. Beverley St.

Join our Curator Andrew Phillips monthly for coffee and stimulating discussion in our Library and Research Center. The discussion for May 9 will be The Statler Brothers. Free and open to the public.

Information: (540) 885-0897 ext. 111

Carnation Stations

Saturday, May 11 | Downtown Staunton Stores

Look for the Carnation Stations throughout Downtown and grab a flower for your Mom. Happy Mothers’ Day from the SDDA!

World Fair Trade Day

Saturday, May 11 | 10am to 8pm | Mother’s Day Weekend

Latitudes | Harmony Moon | Cranberry’s | Zewd’s

Staunton fair trade dealers will host a Downtown Scavenger Hunt that will take you through the collections of all 4 shops, offer samples of fair trade foods and beverages, discounts off select fair trade products, educational materials and drawing for prizes.

Kids Matter Day

Saturday, May 11 | 10am to 1pm | Gypsy Hill Park Gym

Kids Matter Day has provided as many as 500 kids and families in a single day with local resources. Children and parents from Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County are invited to visit safety and resource stations provided by local community organizations to receive dental imprints, first aid information and much more. FREE, for more information call committee member Staunton Parks and Recreation at 540.332.3945.

Reception for Approximate Eden, paintings by Amy Arnold and Wanton Biophilia, paintings by Jennifer Cox

Friday, May 17 | 5 to 7pm | Staunton Augusta Art Center Galleries | 20 S. New Street

Through June 29, works will be for sale. Event is free and all are welcome.

Routine gallery hours: 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm

Information: 540-885-2028,

Staunton Bike and Walk to Work Day

Friday, May 17 | 7:30 – 9:30am

Sunspots Pavilion, rain or shine

Celebrate your commute with free coffee, light breakfast, music, gear giveaways and more!

Staunton Jams

Saturday, May 18 | Music Begins at Noon | Beverley Street, near the Baja Bean Company

Celebrate in Downtown Staunton. Your favorite local bands with fun and music for everyone!  Sponsored by The Baja Bean Company. Information: 540-885-9988,

Virginia Hot Glass Festival Featuring Grant Garmezy

Saturday, May 25 from 9am to 6pm | Sunday, May 26 from 10am to 5pm

Sunspots Studios Glassblowing | 202 South Lewis St. | Staunton, Virginia | FREE

Glass artists from around the region come together at Sunspots Studios for a full weekend of non-stop hot glass demonstrations and exhibits. Watch featured artist award winning, Grant Garmezy of Richmond, VA sculpt life-like animals out of 2000-degree glass.

See and buy unique art glass collectibles and gifts from many glass artists in one location.  Visiting artists demonstrate their techniques and artistry in transforming hot molten glass into beautiful crystalline pieces, from paperweights to vases to intricate beads and jewelry.  Free. Indoors. Handicapped accessible. Nearby parking. Information:

Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill

Saturday, May 25 from 10am to 6pm | Sunday, May 26 from Noon to 5pm | Bandstand area of Gypsy Hill Park

Quality juried fine art and fine craft, children’s art activities, music, food vendors.  Event is free and all are welcome. Information: 540-885-2028,,

Coffee with the Curator

Thursday, June 13 | 10:30am | Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum | 235 E. Beverley St.

Join our Curator Andrew Phillips monthly for coffee and stimulating discussion in our Library and Research Center. The discussion for June 13 will be Selling Peace: World War/Peace Propaganda. Free and open to the public.

Information: (540) 885-0897 ext. 111


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The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.


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