Rockweave Festival promises a full weekend of music, art, and community, but don’t miss your chance to experience more of the lovely town that inspired the festival!
LaGrange is full of great dining options, craft brews, and unique experiences. Here are the top ten things to do while you’re in LaGrange for Rockweave.
In the heart of historic downtown LaGrange sits Lafayette Square, named for American Revolutionary War hero Marquis de LaFayette. The beautiful, circular fountain is a favorite place amongst locals to sit and relax, walk around, take photographs, and enjoy the scenery and gorgeous LaGrange downtown. The statue of Lafayette is an exact copy of the original, which stands in France. The square is within walking distance of the festival grounds and makes for a quick, beauty and history-filled walk from Rockweave. Don’t miss your opportunity to take a photo at this iconic LaGrange landmark!
One of LaGrange’s favorite hangouts, Wild Leap Brew Co.’s tap room is located on the Rockweave festival grounds in a beautifully renovated 1940s Westbrook Service and Tire Co building. Wild Leap features a tasting room and an outdoor space that’s part of Rockweave. Wild Leap is known for approachable, easy-drinking beers which have quickly spread in distribution due to their popularity. The space is family friendly, with activities and games to entertain your family while you enjoy a flight of Wild Brew’s incredible craft brews. And just recently, Wild Leap launched its own craft vodka, so if beer isn’t your jam, you can try a tasty vodka cocktail or a frozen vodka slushy!
Downtown LaGrange is home to an impressive variety of restaurants and shops. You’ll find every kind of dining experience downtown, including C’Sons Steakhouse, Charlie Joseph’s (the best hotdog in the world), Gus’s Grill with a Chicago-based menu and Greek flair, Venucci’s Italian, Yama’s sushi, Mare Sol’s Mediterranean-American cuisine, and many more!
Downtown LaGrange is an antique-shopper’s mecca and has several fantastic gift shops, perfect for snagging a souvenir. Take some time between shows to walk this sweet downtown and take advantage of all it has to offer!
You may know that Rockweave is named for one of LaGrange’s historic textile mills, which are an integral part of LaGrange’s long and interesting history. There’s no better place to learn and see more LaGrange history than the Legacy Museum, located downtown within walking distance from festival grounds. You can spend as much or as little time as you’d like at the museum, seeing everything from ancient artifacts to quirky historical pieces like the oldest bale of cotton in the country!
In partnership with Rockweave Festival, work from local LaGrange artist Annie Greene is on display now through October 19. The exhibition, WHAT COLOR IS WATER? Growing Up Black in a Segregated South portrays Ms. Greene’s experiences of racial segregation through 31 colorful works of art made from yarn. Take time to enjoy these intricate yarn paintings at LaGrange Art Museum, located just steps from the festival grounds in downtown LaGrange. Entry to the museum is always free but donations are accepted.”
This beautiful estate was completed in 1916 and features a 13,000 square-foot home which was designed to flow gracefully into its gardens. The gardens include a series of dwarf boxwood parterres which have adorned the terraces on the hill for more than 175 years. It is considered one of the best preserved 19th century gardens in the country and you won’t want to miss your chance to see it! Guests are invited to visit, enjoy the grounds, and learn about the family legacy of stewardship by the fourth generation of the Fuller E. Callaway family. Take the chance to enjoy these tranquil gardens and marvel at the beautiful architecture of Hills and Dales Estate!
Walking LaGrange’s sidewalks is an engaging way to grasp the spirit of this charming town – from its 1828 founding to today’s eclectic blend of old and new. See some of the most historically rich parts of LaGrange, including some of the county’s oldest homes and churches (complete with beautiful architecture), the Confederate monument, the Courthouse and War Memorial, and Lafayette Square. Follow along on our web page or download the app to accompany your walking tour!
The Biblical History Center is a must-see for any ancient history enthusiast! The center allows an encounter with the ancient world through authentic archeological artifacts and replicas as well as ancient meal presentations. These artifacts are displayed in LaGrange with special permission from the Israel Antiquities Authority and there are very few places in the world where similar artifacts can be viewed. One of the most popular exhibits features amphorae and storage jars recovered from various shipwrecks which were preserved undersea for centuries before being excavated! The Biblical History Center is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see artifacts you won’t find anywhere else. The exhibits delight children and adults alike and will be a great place to spend an hour or two.
Take a trip to LaGrange’s historic Hillside neighborhood for a delicious fusion of Asian and Southern cuisine and the most extraordinary beers you’ve ever tasted. Beacon’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy Georgia’s beautiful fall weather while you indulge in a unique dining and brew experience. Beacon’s experimental beers draw from Belgian and Bavarian styles, creating surprisingly distinctive beers you’ll remember for years to come.
If you and your group need a break from festival craziness and want to stretch your legs, take a walk on The Thread. The Thread is LaGrange’s favorite place to walk, run, and bike. Over five miles of trails wind around Granger park, through beautiful LaGrange College Campus, and past historic LaGrange homes.