Take in the Local Arts Scene

April 04, 2022
Trip Ideas

Waynesboro and the surrounding area boast a vibrant artistic and cultural scene, with everything from live theater performances, to galleries filled with beautiful works, to street art, and more. 

Start your day perusing the amazing murals that dot Waynesboro’s cityscape on the Waynesboro Street Arts Trail. If you enjoy scavenger hunts, download the free Traipse app to discover more than meets the eye!

The Wayne Theatre has a long, rich history of drawing the arts to the Valley since opening in 1926 as a vaudeville house. In recent years, the Wayne has brought more than 300 high-quality performances and events to the community annually. Known best, perhaps, for its musical theatre productions, the Wayne also hosts other forms of performing art, a classic cinema series, science and history lectures, and curated art shows in its exhibit hall.

Since 1986, the Shenandoah Valley Art Center has been providing exhibit and studio space to local artists. Each year, the SVAC hosts four to six community exhibits, nine members’ exhibits, and ten main exhibits, including the coveted 40UNDER40 show. Aside from the two galleries, visitors can view artists at work in their studios upstairs and shop for handcrafted trinkets in the gift shop.

The P. Buckley Moss Gallery celebrates the work of Waynesboro artist P. Buckley Moss, known for her “Valley style” watercolors. Moss’s work is largely inspired by the Shenandoah Valley’s people and scenery, especially the traditions of the Amish and Mennonites.

If all of this browsing has your creative juices flowing, schedule a private class for you and some friends at Make Waynesboro Clay Studio to learn the art of throwing clay and take home a special piece that you created!

Clear your mind with a stroll through Waynesboro’s Serenity Garden, found at Ridgeview Park. The garden is filled with relics and plaques honoring loved ones battling cancer. It is a serene place to go for a walk and reflect on life, while seeing beautiful flowers and plants. There is even a walkway that leads down to the South River if you’d like to sit on a bench and enjoy the burble of the river flowing by. 

Finish off your day of discovery with a delicious dinner from Plaza Antigua. Taste fresh and bold Mexican flavors in their spacious restaurant or enjoy outdoor dining on one of their patios. 


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