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Q: What is Get Downtown?
A: Get Downtown is Lynchburg's favorite street festival! But, seriously, it is the LARGEST street festival in Lynchburg and has been voted Best Event in Lynchburg Living Magazine three years straight. Held on Main Street, this free event packs in over 150 vendors, food trucks, live music, community performances, and more! There is something for everyone at Get Downtown.
Q: When is it?
A: The festival runs from 6:30-10pm, but that doesn't mean you have to go home. There are plenty of reasons to STAY downtown after the festival ends!
Q: I’ve been to this event before. What should i expect?
A: We’ve been doing this for 11 years and have learned a thing or two about what people like. That means food, music, family fun, and maybe even a cold beer. The Blue Ridge Beverage Beer Garden will return again to the Lynchburg Community Market with a great view of the stage. You can check out our full list of featured activities to learn more.
Q: How do I get there?
A: Fear not, we have you covered! You can park & ride from any one of our four shuttle locations at Randolph College, University of Lynchburg, Central Virginia Community College, and Goodwill Jobs Center Madison Heights. Shuttles run continuously from 6:00-10:30pm approximately every half hour. Learn more by visiting our SHUTTLES page.
Q: Where can I park?
A: We've got all of your parking lots marked! On-street parking is also an option. Just be sure to avoid Main and any "tow away" zones.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Sorry, friends. It's a City of Lynchburg rule that we can't allow your pooch, kitty cat, turtle, or any other animal for that matter, to any event on city streets. We don't want to be the bad guys, so please leave your pals at home.
Q: What is there for kids to do?
A: There are SO many options that we marked them all along the way. Just check out our vendor map and look for the balloons to signify a kids activity. Some “must sees” on our list include bike rides from Bikes Unlimited, soccer challenges by Soccer Shots, a make-your-own-bracelet station at Randolph College Nursery, and Bruce the Shark at SeaQuest. Plus, many vendors will bring games, prizes, stickers and more, so be sure to check them all out as you roam.
Q: Will there be food?
A: OH, WILL THERE! There will be offerings from downtown businesses on nearly every block. If you are looking for something that comes on wheels, head to the Your Community Credit Union Food Truck Zone at the City Center Deck or at either end of the festival. Find the food you want on our vendor map.
Q: Can I drink alcohol at the event?
A: In the beer garden? YES! At a restaurant located on Main Street? YES! Walking down the street? NO.
Q: What does it cost?
A: Get Downtown is absolutely FREE! You may want to bring some cash for food, drinks, and awesome Downtown Lynchburg merchandise, but that's your prerogative. Many of the vendors will also accept credit cards, if you prefer to carry plastic.
Q: WHAT IF IT RAINS?
A: Get Downtown is a “Rain or Shine” event. It takes tons of coordination between DLA Staff, the City of Lynchburg, sponsors, vendors, and entertainers, which makes it really difficult to postpone. That’s why we don’t let a little drizzle stand in our way. In the case of severe weather, we encourage everyone to take cover and will announce delays or cancellations on the DLA Facebook page.
Q: Who is responsible for this amazing event?
A: Get Downtown has been organized by Downtown Lynchburg Association for the last 11 years! DLA strives to create a strong, vibrant, and welcoming downtown with a unique and historic character. But this event would not be possible without our fantastic sponsors and partners. Be sure to stop by their booths and thank them for supporting Downtown Lynchburg!
And, if you love Get Downtown as much as we do, consider clicking the SUPPORT button at the top of this page to make a contribution.
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