A Holiday Weekend for Two in Staunton


Sneak away before Christmas to enjoy a holiday weekend for two. Packed with arts and entertainment, December 16-18 is an ideal time to visit Staunton. Pack for two nights on the town but don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes for last minute downtown shopping. 

Staunton Holiday Weekend

Check into our historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel and take advantage of the Shakespeare Package which includes breakfast, parking, and tickets for two. Add a night to round out the weekend. You’ll need it!

Friday, December 16

Heifetz Holiday Homecoming is a “dose of holiday cheer” that includes alumni of the Heifetz International Music Institute. A wide range of holiday carols, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker for string quartet. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mary Baldwin University’s Frances Auditorium. TICKETS

Saturday, December 17

Andrew Goldwasser as Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Michael Bailey
Andrew Goldwasser as Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Michael Bailey

Put those comfortable shoes to work and explore downtown Staunton for Stop Staunton First Saturday. We’ve even provided something of a shopping list for you, affectionately called our Favorite Things. You’ll love our restaurants and cafes for impromptu stops for coffee and treats along the way. When you need a break and want to sight-see, pick up the Trolley along the green route for just $.25.

The tickets from your Shakespeare Package come into play today. There are two shows to choose from and hopefully you can agree on one. If not, rock-paper-scissors is always a fun way to make a decision.  “A Christmas Carol” is offered at 2 and 7:30 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” begins at 5 p.m. Be sure to peruse the gift shop at the American Shakespeare Center before or after the show to pick up a souvenir of your visit.

Before you turn in for the night, stroll through downtown to admire our decorated shop windows!

Sunday, December 18

Yelp users love The By and By for breakfast and they’re open at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Grab a bite before you hit the road. Heather R., a Yelp user, wrote, “Quaint and simple place. It fits the charm of the town. I had a simple bagel sandwich. Service was quick and friendly and the breakfast sandwich was hot and fresh.”

Looking for More to Do?

Heifetz: A Daily Celebration of Music in Staunton

Heifetz International Music Institute
Heifetz International Music Institute

Summer in Staunton is exciting for many reasons, but one is the music of Heifetz Institute’s Summer Festival. Daily celebrations of noon performances and evening concerts make Staunton a vibrant cultural destination. Plan a date night around something beautiful or enjoy happy hour entertainment before a great dinner nearby. CALENDAR


Heifetz Hootenanny is a Saturday night open air concert filled with lively, down-home sounds. Expect to hear roots, Celtic, jazz, folk, and probably a few other genres at this fun jam session. Local musicians join the Heifetz students in this event. General admission is only $10 or $15 for two!

HeifetzPEG, a class of young, exceptionally gifted string musicians between the ages of 8 and 13 will present their own “graduation recital” on July 28th and 29th at 2 p.m. It’s an exciting celebration all its own for these young musicians.

Mondays on Market, a fun lunchtime concert series, takes place at two iconic spots located just a block away from each other on Market street. Alternating between the historic Temple House of Israel and Blackfriars Playhouse, this concert series is free and features performances and informal conversations with the Heifetz students. 

Salute all the fun with a taste of a special collaboration craft beer! Heifetz International Music, Shenandoah Hops, and Three Notch’d Brewery came together to produce Heifetz-Weizen. You can find it at Shenandoah Hops while you’re in town.



The Heifetz Institute’s Summer Program is an intensive, honorable opportunity for outstanding string musicians between the ages of 13 and 25 to receive instruction from the world’s best music faculty and performers. Two hours of one-on-on instruction is provided to each student each week, as well as multiple performance opportunities and various training and coaching sessions.


Staunton’s Got Talent!

Musical Protégés Perform in Staunton for Heifetz International Music Institute

Heifetz Institute
The Heifetz Institute is dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world.

For six weeks each summer, the Heifetz International Music Institute brings together 75 advanced string players and a faculty of world-renowned artists for a summer of performance and study – right here in Staunton, Virginia!

Concerts are happening now through August 10, 2013 at Mary Baldwin College’s Francis Auditorium.

So, what’s all the buzz about?

The Heifetz International Music Institute is an intensive, six-week summer program for the world’s most brilliant young artists of violin, viola, and cello. Auditions are held each January at some of the nation’s top conservatories. Students come to study at the institute from all over the world.

Multiple concerts every week

  • The Celebrity Series, in which faculty and students come together to perform, takes place on Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30. This year’s performances will include such artists as Elmar Oliveira, Amit Peled, Joan Kwuon, members of the Emerson String Quartet, and many more. Tickets for the Celebrity Series are available by calling the Institute office at 410-480-8007.
  • The Stars of Tomorrow Series, featuring the Institute’s brilliant young artists, takes place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM and Saturday afternoons at 1:30 PM at Mary Baldwin College Francis Auditorium. The Stars of Tomorrow performances are free to the public.

Ready to see the stars in action?

Visit the Heifetz website for updated concert and performance details. Don’t delay – this is a limited season.  For visitors to the area, information about where to shop, dine, and stay is available at VisitStaunton.com.

 And, wait…there’s more!

Once the Heifetz program concludes, classical music fans can still look forward to more world-class talent in downtown Staunton!  The Staunton Music Festival, one of the most innovative chamber music festivals on the East Coast, runs for nine days in August. Staunton Music Festival offers performances from acclaimed European artists, many of them performing on a rare collection of early keyboard instruments. Tickets are on sale now by calling (800) 838-3006.