When planning your event at the Academy Center of the Arts, we encourage you to utilize the vendors below who generously support arts and culture in Downtown Lynchburg!



The Water Dog aims to bring together great craft brews and tasty artisan beer food with an awesome riverside environment and “some pretty rad people”. If you know what craft beer is, you probably like it. If you don’t, they still have a seat for you at our 2,000 sq. foot beer garden.

Their 36 draft brews are sourced to be as local as possible. Fill up one of the Water Dog growlers or grab a mix-n-match flight and start L-I-V-I-N.

We know what you’re thinking … you’re already in love – but there’s still more to love (whaaa?). Indoor and outdoor TVs for the VT vs. UVA game, a large 150” screen projector showing the Barca v. Real Madrid match.

You can even bring the kids and let them play in the splash park just outside their front door.


Combining style and substance perfectly, {RA} Bistro is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg and features seasonally inspired American cuisine. The polished casual design and sophisticated atmosphere is built around the 75 year-old rustic commercial dry cleaning building with open truss ceilings, painted brick, cityscape art, alluring front and back patios, and a Turkish tree root Martini bar.

{RA} Bistro is a showcase of American diversity and cuisine. With an eye for detail and a passion for food, we will guarantee hand-selected, quality ingredients and the absolute freshness of every item they serve.


Purple Door Catering is a boutique catering company specializing in custom menus and grazing tables.


At Repast, we believe your menu design plays an integral part in your event planning and overall success of your celebration.  We will assist you in building your own unique cuisine. Whether you are planning an informal party with your closest friends, a formal corporate gathering or a trendy wedding reception, Repast Catering's delectable foods and tantalizing drinks will give your event a special finesse.  From casual party menus to the most elegant wedding receptions of all sizes, our elaborate catering menu ideas are virtually limitless.  Our exquisite upscale menus are prepared using only the freshest ingredients and offer guests a sumptuous selection of regional and international culinary delicacies.  Repast Catering's blend of cutting edge cuisine, stylish presentation and innovative menu ideas guarantee a trend setting and fantastic experience for you and your guests.