Aaron H. Johnston -- April 25th, 2011
The First Annual Rocktown Beer & Music Festival took place Saturday afternoon at the Turner Pavilion and Park in downtown Harrisonburg. The festival — sponsored by Harrisonburg’s Downtown Dining Alliance, with proceeds benefiting Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance — showcased the growing popularity of craft beers with over 30 breweries from around the country including Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Co. and Brooklyn Brewery, to name a few, along with several local favorites Cally’s, Devil’s Backbone, Blue Mountain and Starr Hill.
3,000 festival goers sampled beer and saw musical performances by Snarky Puppy, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Hackensaw Boys, and Yarn. Nearly 150 volunteers, many from local downtown restaurants, pitched in to help run the event.
Photos and text by Aaron H. Johnston