The RISE Foundation has opened a one of a kind library for the state of Virginia: The All Black Library. The library has purchased and shelved over 1,500 books since opening in August of 2020.

This library highlights the stories, history, family, encouragement, faith, love, and relationships of Black people told by Black people from all over the world. They have both fiction and non-fiction books, for kids, teens, and adults!

Due to Covid-19, the library is open by appointment only. Call (540) 221-6964 and leave a message if you would like to tour the library and/or RISE facility.

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is a must-see for those who enjoy a taste of artistry in a broad range of forms. Browse the gift shop for works by local and regional artists including jewelry, prints, cards, pottery, glass, and more. SVAC offers classes, workshops, and shows, including the Fall Foliage Art Show every October.

Waynesboro’s largest live music venue hosting popular national and local acts in Virginia Metalcrafters refurbished factory.

Displaying over 40 tons of sculpture and artwork of the late Walter Russell, the museum invites the public for tours, classes, monthly speakers, and other special events. The gallery features all of the art that was on display at Swannanoa Palace during Walter and Lao Russell’s residency. More details, along with hours of operation, can be found on the website.

One of Waynesboro’s hidden gems, the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing sets the standard for artistic blacksmithing education. You can forge your own knife, build a hatchet or learn hobby welding in their two day classes. Conveniently located right downtown in the South River Mill Complex, the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing is the perfect way to make your own souvenir from Waynesboro!

The historic Wayne Theatre in downtown Waynesboro first opened as a vaudeville house in 1926, and most recently was renovated and reopened to the public in 2016. The Wayne Theatre hosts over 300 events each year, including live musical groups, Broadway plays, arts education for children, classic films, and lectures on science and history topics.

Check their online calendar often so you never miss a show!