graphicFrom the stage to the gallery, from outdoor concerts to theaters, Bedford and surrounding areas offer an exciting range of outstanding cultural events. Rediscover the traditions of bluegrass, blues and country music, attend festivals with an international flair, explore the artists of the 18th and 19th centuries, or take in opera, ballet or plays that draw crowds from the entire area. Bedford, just one-half hour from Roanoke and Lynchburg, opens the doors to cultural opportunities. Check out our calendar for a listing and dates of all regional events.

The Little Town Players (LTP), founded in 1976, is one of Virginia’s longest continuously operating community theaters. Still true to its initial mission, the group brings fine quality entertainment to the area while providing a creative recreational activity for members of the community. In 27 years, over 1,000 people have performed on the LTP stage, with countless others performing behind the scenes.

Historic Centertown Bedford
As a hub for shopping, dining, government and culture, Centertown is truly the center of life in the greater Bedford community.

Bedford Historic District
Centertown Bedford boasts a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial architecture ranging from the Greek Revival style of the early 19th century to the Memphis style of the mid- 20th century.

Walking Tour brochures are available at the Welcome Center or by calling (540) 586-2148.

A Shopper’s Paradise
From fine antiques to books, from jewelry to furniture, and from clothing to art, Centertown Bedford boasts a variety of goods to entice locals and visitors alike. In fact, savvy shoppers are discovering that doing business in Centertown’s relaxed, intimate and friendly environment offers distinct advantages not found in mega-malls.graphic

With half a dozen restaurants and several bed & breakfasts within Centertown, visitors find Bedford a wonderful place to spend a weekend or mid-week. Hungry travelers will find an array of menu choices including gourmet coffees and pastries, unique sandwiches, great steaks, and international cuisine.

A Great Place to Do Business
With its high traffic volume, excellent infrastructure (including high-speed Internet access) and friendly business environment, Centertown Bedford is an ideal place in which to locate a business. Selected in 1985 as one of Virginia’s First Main Street communities, Bedford offers a laundry list of incentives and services for businesses that choose to be a part of the Centertown District. Bedford Main Street, Inc. is a volunteer-driven, staff-supported non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the economic vitality of Centertown Bedford.

For more information on Centertown Bedford, contact Bedford Main Street, Inc. at (540) 586-2148 or


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