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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Small Business Saturday, Cinderella and then we have LIGHT UP THE TRACKS and Deck The Halls to get us into the Holiday Spirit!  Make Ashland Your Home for the Holidays and enjoy these wonderful events sponsored by giving organizations in our town!  Enjoy everyone!  




Nov 28 Sat  Small Business Saturday
Shop Local! Make Small Business Saturday a fun way to shop downtown with your family & friends.   Enjoy our restaurants and support our local merchants!

Nov 28 Sat  Cinderella comes to the COTU!  Storytime  2:30pm & Movie: Cinderella 3pm (2015 Release Film) Sponsored by Sugar Fix Bakery
Ashland Theater (205 England St) *Pictures and Autographs with Cinderella at Sugar Fix Bakery (105 England St) Noon-2pm

Nov 28 Sat 2pm  PaintNite – Paint with your family and friends!
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Nov 30 Mon 6-7:30pm  Star Wars Event – Get your picture taken on a Speeder Car!  Help us celebrate the next Star Wars Movie!!!
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) Event sponsored by Tiny Tim’s Toys & Ashland Coffee & Tea

Nov 30 Mon 6pm  ONLY Rehearsal for Light Up The Tracks SINGERS (This will be a mini-Grand Illumination in front of the Henry Clay Inn)
Ashland Christian Church (South James Street across from Henry Clay Elementary School)


Weekend of Dec 3 – Dec 6th – A LOT GOING ON!  

Dec 3 Thurs 5:30-8pm FIRST THURSDAY at Gallery Flux 
Gallery Flux  (307B England St) Opening Miniature Art Show
 www.GalleryFlux.com  ***Note:  The winning ‘Ashland’ ornament created by Alvaro and Caroline Coronado for the Governor’s Tree will be on display at the Governor’s mansion from 6-7:30pm on Dec 3, Thursday.  This reception is open to the public.  An adaptation of this ornament is available for purchase and will be on display at Gallery Flux.     

Dec 3 Thurs 8-11pm FIRST THURSDAY  Tunes at The Iron Horse Restaurant- 
Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave) Great music by Felix and the Station Masters!

Dec 3 Thurs 5-7pm  John Working of Railside Law Group  Grand Opening Celebration
Railside Law Group Office (104 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 4 Fri 8-11am Breakfast with Santa
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 4-10  R-MC presents A Christmas Carol
Cobb Theatre  $ Ticket Required – call 804-788-1212

Dec 5 Sat 2:30pm Movie: Happy Feet  Sponsored by Kiddie Kingdom!  SANTA COMING TOO! 
Ashland Theater (205 England St)

Dec 5 Sat 5:30pm  LIGHT UP THE TRACKS then visit the Center for Hot Cider and Cookies!  
Ashland Visitors Center; Henry Clay Inn & Corner of England & Railroad Ave (100 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 6 Sun 8am-7pm  Santa Train Round Trip to Williamsburg
Ashland Visitors Center & The Henry Clay Inn (112 N. Railroad Ave)

Dec 6 Sun 11:30am-4:30pm  Deck The Halls! Benefit for Hanover Safe Place
Make Holiday Decorations at Pine Grove Farm

Dec 6 Sun  Christmas Walking Tour in Downtown Ashland
Tour historic Ashland home and learn from Ashland Museum history experts about our downtown district.


Also recommended…

The Caboose  (108 S. Railroad Ave)  Wine Tastings every Friday 5-8 pm!   Open  M-Th:  7am-7pm, Fri 7am-10pm Sat 8:30am-10pm
COTU Brewing Co. (11293 Air Park Rd) Craft Beer & great music every weekend.
Ashland (VA) Museum (105 Hanover Ave) Open Sat 10am-2pm & Sun 1-3pm
Ashland Library (201 S. Railroad Ave)  Open late Mon-Thur (10am-9pm) Fri & Sat (10am-6pm) The plaza outside is a great place to gather.
Gallery Flux (307B & 302 England St) Open Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm
Hickory Creek Antiques (427 England St) Open 7 Days a Week!  Mon-Wed & Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-7pm and Sun 12-6pm.  Homemade refreshments on the weekends!
Ashland Coffee & Tea (100 N. Railroad Ave) has music and various entertainment 5 nights a week.  Click here for their monthly calendar.
Iron Horse Restaurant (100 S. Railroad Ave) has great music every weekend and fantastic food including Sunday brunch & new supper menu.
Ashland Theater (205 England St)  shows most weekends – operating in Pop Up Mode to serve the community!
Sweet Frog Center of the Universe (210 England St) offers Corn Hole on the Patio! Open seven days a week.  Noon – 9pm  Fri & Sat Noon – 10pm.
Jake’s Place (511 Thompson St ) Heated outdoor patio includes music entertainment every Friday and Saturday.  Southern Comfortable Food is fantastic!
England Street Tavern (407 England St) Dancing, corn hole, pool & great food and music too.  Thirsty Thursday deals every week!
Ashland Farmers Market (121 Thompson St.) Open 9am-12pm every Sat. mornings (May-Nov)

SHOPDINESTAY   Experience Ashland VA – Center of the Universe!

TOP WEEKEND EVENTS is updated each Tuesday and GET CENTERED, our town newsletter is published the first Thursday of each month.  

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