Central and Western Virginia

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  • 1. American Shakespeare Center

    Theater

    Experience Shakespeare's plays the way the Elizabethans did at the American Shakespeare Center, the world's only re-creation of the bard's indoor...

    Experience Shakespeare's plays the way the Elizabethans did at the American Shakespeare Center, the world's only re-creation of the bard's indoor playhouse, which has gained acclaim for its attention to detail. Unlike the open-air Globe Theatre styled around a courtyard, this theater was, in its time, an innovative indoor winter venue. As in 17th-century London, most seating consists of benches (modern seat backs and cushions are available), and some stools are right on stage.

    10 S. Market St., Staunton, Virginia, 24401, United States
    540-885–5588
  • 2. Barter Theatre

    Theater

    From February through the Christmas season, audiences flock to the prestigious Barter Theatre, America's longest-running professional repertory...

    From February through the Christmas season, audiences flock to the prestigious Barter Theatre, America's longest-running professional repertory theater. Founded during the Depression by local actor Robert Porterfield, the theater got its name in the obvious way: early patrons who could not afford the 40 tickets could pay in produce. Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty, and Gregory Peck are among the many stars who began their careers at the Barter, which today presents classics, dramas, comedies, musicals, and new and Appalachian works. Although times have changed since Noël Coward was given a Virginia ham for his contributions, patrons can still barter for their seat a few times a year. But don't just show up at the box office with a bag of arugula—all trades must be approved by advance notice.

    127 W. Main St., Abingdon, Virginia, 24210, United States
    276-628–3991
  • 3. Garth Newel Music Center

    Music

    Garth Newel Music Center has weekend chamber-music performances in summer, and hosts more than 50 concerts a year. You can make reservations...

    Garth Newel Music Center has weekend chamber-music performances in summer, and hosts more than 50 concerts a year. You can make reservations and plan to picnic on the grounds, or consider staying over at The Homestead just down the road.

    Rte. 220, Warm Springs, Virginia, 24445, United States
    540-839–5018
  • 4. Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

    Festivals

    The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival brings classical, jazz, and folk music to the Allegheny Mountains on weekends from May to September. The...

    The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival brings classical, jazz, and folk music to the Allegheny Mountains on weekends from May to September. The events are held at the Orkney Springs Hotel, an early-19th-century spa that's now an Episcopal retreat. Arts and crafts displays and an ice-cream social precede each concert. Concertgoers can sit on the lawn or in one of two pavilions for around $25–$45; call ahead to reserve tickets.

    102 N. Main St., New Market, Virginia, 22664, United States
    540-459–3396
  • 5. Virginia Festival of the Book

    Festivals

    In March, Virginia Festival of the Book draws authors that have included Garrison Keillor and Michael Ondaatje. Thousands attend the festival...

    In March, Virginia Festival of the Book draws authors that have included Garrison Keillor and Michael Ondaatje. Thousands attend the festival, which is open to the public and promotes literacy while celebrating the book.

    Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
    434-924–6890
  • 6. Virginia Film Festival

    Festivals

    Every autumn, Charlottesville hosts the Virginia Film Festival, with screenings of important new movies, panel discussions, and appearances...

    Every autumn, Charlottesville hosts the Virginia Film Festival, with screenings of important new movies, panel discussions, and appearances by stars of the cinema. The movies are shown at four sites around the university and downtown.

    Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
    434-982–5277
  • 7. The Wayside Theatre

    Theater

    is the second-oldest regional theater company in Virginia and the intimate venue has been beautifully restored. Grab a bit to eat at the adjoining...

    is the second-oldest regional theater company in Virginia and the intimate venue has been beautifully restored. Grab a bit to eat at the adjoining Curtain Call Café, open before and after performances and during intermission. Check the Web site for the seasons schedule.

    7853 Main St., Middletown, Virginia, 22645, USA
    540-869–1776

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