Welcome to Ashland,

The Center of the Universe!

The mission of the Ashland Main Street Association is to preserve, enhance, and promote downtown Ashland through cooperative efforts among local businesses, community organizations, Randolph-Macon College & the Town.

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Happy 4th of July Weekend!  There is a lot of fun things to do in the Center of the Universe starting with Ashland First Thursday!   After seeing wonderful Art  including a en plein air demonstration at Gallery Flux – stroll on down to the Iron Horse to hear great music by the talented Felix Stevens & other folks!   On Saturday July 4th – the Hanover Arts & Activities Center is the place to be-  PARADE, PIE, PATRIOTIC PETS & MORE!   Don’t forget to stop by the Ashland Library for their annual Book Sale.   BIG NEWSSugar Fix Bakery is opening starting Saturday at 8am! We love new businesses opening up in our sweet town! Have a wonderful holiday Ashland! 

Click on the links below for more details for these TOP WEEKEND EVENTS:

July 2 Thursday  5:30-8pm Gallery Flux (307B & 302 England St)
Ashland First ThursdayAnnual Gallery Show with over 30 artists.  Linda Hollett-Bazouzi will be demonstrating painting en plein air.

July 2 Thursday  8:30pm  Iron Horse (100 S. Railroad Ave)
Great Music with Felix Stevens, Ned Henson & More 

July 3 Friday  8:30pm  Caboose Wine & Cheese  (108 S. Railroad Ave)
PASSPORT Series Continues (Portugal) and this week it’s WINE & BEER 

July 4 Saturday 8am  Sugar Fix Bakery (105 B England St)
OPENING DAY at Sugar Fix Bakery!  Come on out to support our newest business in town!  Like them on Facebook to be eligible for a FREE Tshirt!

July 4 Saturday 9am-2pm Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)
Friends of the Ashland Library Book Sale 

July 4 Saturday  LOTS OF FUN at THE CENTER of the Center of the Universe (500 S. Center St.)
COTU 4th of July Celebration  Lawn games, ice-cream, apple pie & MORE to enjoy – click HERE for more details about this Ashland Tradition.  Here’s a schedule: 

  • 9-10:30am  Drop off your Apple Pie entry at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center.
  • 10:15am Parade line up starts at  Henry Clay Elementary Parking Lot
  • 11:00am  Parade Begins and goes along Hanover Ave to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center
  • 11:45am Patriotic Pet Contest
  • 12:00pm  Hanover Concert Band performs

Do you want to see some fireworks?  click HERE for great viewing spots nearby.

Also recommended…
COTU Brewing Co. (11293 Air Park Rd) Craft Beer & great music every weekend.
Ashland (VA) Museum (105 Hanover Ave) is open Sat 10am-2pm & Sun 1-3pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave) is open late Thur (10am-9pm) Fri & Sat (10am-6pm) The plaza outside is a great place to gather.
Gallery Flux (307B & 302 England St) is open Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) and Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave) has great music every weekend
Ashland Farmers Market (121 Thompson St.) is open 9am-12pm every Sat. mornings (May-Nov)

SHOPDINESTAY & ENJOY the Center of the Universe!

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