Local Area Events & Opportunities

Sweet Briar is lucky to be in close proximity to several colleges and universities, as well as many historical and cultural landmarks. We hope this page will be helpful in planning a long weekend or finding something fun to do on a Friday night.


Located just 20 minutes south of Sweet Briar, Lynchburg offers a variety of options, including

Website: discoverlynchburg.org
Weekly events publication: The Burg 
Other area events and reviews: LynchVegas.com
Lynchburg Regional Airport

Upcoming Events:

  • Get!Downtown: September, downtown Lynchburg
    An outdoor festival featuring live music, dance and street performance, as well as a variety of foods and local vendors, with several local colleges participating.


Less than an hour's drive north of Sweet Briar, Charlottesville is home to a host of cultural events and historical landmarks, including

Website: charlottesville.org
Weekly events publication: The Hook

Click on a date in the calender to find out about local activities.

Click on music to learn about area performers and local entertainment. Click movies to read movie reviewsand find local show times. Click dining guide to learn more about restaurants in the area.

Local Movie Theaters



Amherst Restaurants:

Briar Patch 

883 Main Street
(434) 946-2249


El Mariachi 

184 Ambriar 
(434) 946-9004


188 Richmond Hwy
(434) 381-6030

Traveler's Inn 

202 S. Main Street
(434) 946-9792

What A Blessing Bakery & Deli

195 Ambriar Plaza

Nelson County Restaurants:

Thai Siam
4137 Tye Brook Hwy
Colleen, VA 22922
(434) 263-8577

The Lovingston Cafe
165 Front Street  
Lovingston, VA 22949
(434) 263-8000 

 Vito's Pizza

8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy.
Lovingston, VA 22949
(434) 263-8688


Madison Heights Restaurants

Original Italian Pizza

417 Main St
(434) 946-1369 

Panda House

4535 S Amherst Hw
(434) 845-8899

Koto Grill 

4758 S Amherst Hwy
(434) 455-1577 

Silver Pig Barbecue 

4835 S. Amherst Hwy.(434) 846-5676

 La Carreta 

4678 S Amherst Hwy
(434) 846-2248

and several locations in Lynchburg


These are just to name a few!


Other Virginia Destinations:

Staunton: American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse

LexingtonWashington and Lee UniversityVirginia Military Institute, Stonewall Jackson House

FarmvilleLongwood University, Hampden-Sydney College

RoanokeHollins UniversityTaubman Museum of ArtSmith Mountain Lake

RichmondVirginia Commonwealth UniversityShort Pump Town Center (H&M, Abercrombie&Fitch, The Cheesecake Factory), CarytownEdgar Allen Poe MuseumVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Kings Dominion

Virginia Beach: The beach and boardwalk, Lynnhaven MallDouble Take ConsignmentVirginia Air and Space Center

Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens

Martinsville: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on March 30 and Oct. 26, 2014