The Local Arrangements Committee encourages conference attendees to take in all that Harrisonburg and the surrounding area has to offer. Here are are few ideas for exploring on your own before during and after the conference.

The Rocktown Beer & Music Festival will take place on the last day of MARAC – Saturday, April 18, 2020 beginning at 3:00PM. Stay in town after the conference concludes to enjoy craft beer and the musical stylings of local and national touring bands.

Agora Downtown Market
A community of small businesses under one roof. A unique shopping destination located in downtown Harrisonburg.

ArtWorks Gallery
James Madison University’s student-run gallery within the School of Art, Design and Art History, exhibiting work by undergraduate and graduate students.

Explore More Discovery Museum
Experience the Explore More Discovery Museum and the exhibits of Harrisonburg’s community-inspired museum designed to engage young minds through interactive, multi-sensory learning experiences that promote greater understanding of themselves and their world.

150 Franklin Street Gallery
Established in 1995, the 150 Franklin Street Gallery is the first multicultural fine arts gallery in Harrisonburg.

The Heritage Museum: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society
One of the finest regional historical societies and museums in Virginia, The Heritage Museum features “Invincible Spirit,” a 5,000 square-foot exhibit portraying the unique history of the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
Home to James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe featuring the JMU Opera Theater will be playing during the conference.

Massanutten Resort
Springtime activities offered at this four-season resort, located just 25 minutes from the conference hotel, include golfing, mountain biking, and an indoor waterpark.

Shenandoah National Park
The Swift Run Gap entrance to Shenandoah National Park is only 35 minutes from Hotel Madison. SNP boasts 200,000 acres of protected lands for hiking and recreation.

There are five vineyards within ten miles of Harrisonburg. Indulge your palate by trying out all that the area has to offer in the way of local wines.

Marceline Vineyards: 5887 Cross Keys Rd., Mt. Crawford, VA
CrossKeys Vineyards: 6011 E. Timber Ridge Rd., Mt. Crawford, VA
White Oak Lavender & The Purple WOLF Vineyard: 2644 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, VA
Bluestone Vineyard: 4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, VA
Brix & Columns Vineyards: 1501 Dave Berry Road, McGaheysville, VA