Hello, and welcome to LynchburgDoes.com. We are a small, locally based, independent online publication committed to serving the greater Lynchburg community in a very specific way. It’s all fairly straightforward: We believe that there are lots of things to do in Lynchburg, more than most people probably realize. There are new restaurants opening in the downtown area. There are new businesses setting up shop in formerly empty commercial spaces around the city. There are arts and cultural organizations that continue to do their best to bring music, theater, dance, and even opera to various stages. There are food trucks. Lots of food trucks. And, there are a couple of colleges that regularly open up their campuses to the general public for all kinds of events during the academic year.
We also believe that there are people in Lynchburg who would like to go out and experience what the city has to offer, whether that’s a craft beer tasting at a pizza joint, a local artist playing country, rock, or blues at a downtown bar, or an outdoor film screening in the park. In fact, we’re convinced that there is a critical mass of curious, motivated people in the greater Lynchburg area who would like to know more about what’s going on, and who would be inclined to partake in the city’s cultural offerings.
What seems to be lacking is a central source for reliable information about all of the things that Lynchburg does. So, we’ve decided to create such a source – an easy-to- access hub for thoughtful, entertaining, and perhaps even inspiring events listings that are as detailed, accurate, and up-to-date as possible. We want this to be fun for us, and fun for you. And we could use your help. Come to the site. Read about what’s going on. Sign up to be part of LynchburgDoes.com. Send us comments and suggestions. And, by all means, go out and enjoy yourself.
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Happy Valentine’s Day week, Lynchburg. We’ve done our best here at LynchburgDoes.com to find various places to go and things to do on or about Valentine’s Day. That includes happenings throughout the weekend and across the greater Lynchburg area, as well as plenty of places to dine on the evening of Valentine's Day proper. If you know of something that isn’t included on the list below, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, by all means, have a great weekend, a reasonably good Valentine’s Day, and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. . .
The Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.) at Randolph College kicks off Valentine’s weekend with “Love at the Maier: Sharing Our Passions,” an annual celebration of romance, art, and, this year, passion. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10, there will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and plenty of socializing in the presence of great art. Call (434) 947-8136.. Map
The Pizazz Band boast not one, not two, but three z’s in their name. Impressive. They’re playing a Valentine’s Ball at Phase 2 (4009 Murray Pl.) on Saturday, February 11. It’s a dinner dance that gets underway at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, or $10 for general admission that does not include the dinner part of the deal; call (434) 846-3206.
The Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.) is getting into the Valentine’s Day mood with a My Bloody Villaintine’s Bash on Saturday, February 11. It’ll feature music of the harder, metallic variety by Last Night’s Villain starting around 9:30 p.m. It’s 21-plus, admission is $7; call (434) 384-3004.
Endstation Theatre Company just celebrated its 10th anniversary season with productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Now they’re having a little Valentine’s Day fun with Sonnets & Chocolates, a fundraiser featuring a full dinner by Avenue Foods, music by Firecracker Jam, and, of course, sonnets and chocolates. There’s also a live auction. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the Academy Center for the Arts, 519 Commerce St. Tickets are $100; call (434) 826-0391, or click here.
The folks at the Gr8 Pl8 Café & Lounge (1415 Kemper St.) inside the Kemper Street Flea Market are celebrating Valentine’s Day early, on Saturday February 11, with a “My Funny Valentine” comedy showcase that also includes a dinner, some jazz music, and complementary roses. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15; call (434) 851-9980.
“Love at the Maier: Sharing Our Passions,” the annual Valentine’s themed event at Randolph College’s Maier Museum (1 Quinlan St.), moves into phase 2 with a Sunday afternoon family event from 2-4 p.m. that features members of a local lace-making guild guiding kids through the process of making lace. Call (434) 947-8136.
The local mindfulness emporium Yoga Goodness gets into the swing of Valentine’s Day with a Couples Candlelight Yoga session on Sunday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. It includes a yoga class by candlelight, some Thai massage, and chocolates and mimosas afterwards. Tickets are $30 per couple; call (434) 847-7277.
They’re calling it an Anti-Valentine’s Day Show, but there’s something kinda romantic about it anyway. Rivermont Pizza (2496 Rivermont Ave.) presents a free show featuring the bands Someone Just Like You and SIN. Great beer on tap, wood-fired pizza, and rock and roll. It starts at 10 p.m., and it’s 21-plus; call (434) 846-2877.
The Water Dog (1016 Jefferson St.) has fresh-shucked oysters and lots of great beer on tap, including Foothills Brewing Company’s Sexual Chocolate. They’re hosting a Valentine’s Day Singles Shindig for those who may or may not have dates. There’s no real start time, so you can show up for dinner, or just for drinks; call (434) 333-4681.
On most days, Magnolia Foods is an easy place to grab a sandwich, great food to go, and a bottle of nice wine. Tonight, for Valentine’s Day, they’re getting a little fancier, with a special 4-course wine dinner that starts at 7 p.m. Reservations are $60 per couple, and required; call (434) 528-5442.
The folks at Bootleggers (50 13th St.) are getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit in their own particular way, with two new menu items: The Angry Chihuahua, which is a BLT hot dog with avocado aioli, and a Pittsburger burger with vinegar slaw, cheese, house-made 1000 Island, topped with house-cut fries and tomato. Call (434) 333-4273 for more info.
This is Oyster Fest month at Main Street Eatery (907 Main St.), and they’ve parlayed that into a festive St. Valentine’s menu, featuring fried Virginia Oysters, lobster bisque, and a surf & turf entrée; call (434) 847-2526 for reservations and info.
Fifth & Federal Station (801 Fifth St.) has a special prix fixe Valentine’s Dinner menu in the works, featuring one large app, two entrees, and True Love Maple Bourbon Bacon Cheesecake for dessert. It’s $55 per couple; call (434) 386-8113 for reservations and more info.
Waterstone Pizza (1309 Jefferson St.) has introduced a new and rather colorful Valentine martini made with Godiva white chocolate and raspberry liquor for the occasion; call (434) 455-1515 for more info.
RA Bistro (1344 Main. St.) is planning a four-course Valentine’s Day menu, including a Bistro Surf and Turf option with sirloin and stuffed lobster tail; call (434) 845-1601 for info and reservations.
Jimmy’s on the James (610 Commerce St.) is planning a Valentine’s Celebration Dinner; call (434) 845-1116
The Corner on Rivermont (2496 Rivermont Ave.) is putting together a bunch of Valentine’s Day specials, including a prix fixe menu for two that’s $55, or $75 with a bottle of wine. Call (434) 219-6035 for info and reservations.
Kegney Brothers' weekly Karaoke night will have a Valentine's Day theme this particular Tuesday night. It starts at 10 p.m. at Kegneys (1118 Main St.); call (434) 616-6691.
Tonight's open mic at the Stoney Badger Tavern (3009 Old Forest Rd.) will be hosted, per usual, by Steal the Prize's Ben Delaurentis, and he's encouraging performers to emphasize material that is in keeping with Valentine's Day. It's free and it gets under way at 10 p.m.; call (434) 384-3004.