While Valdosta, Georgia, may not get the same attention as cities like Atlanta and Savannah, it has numerous cultural experiences that make it impressive for a city of just over 56,000 people. From food tours to theater to music, Valdosta has a vibrant scene that’s sure to make you feel cultured. The next time you’re in the mood for some brain food, check out these experiences throughout the City.
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Founded in 1989, Theatre Guild Valdosta is an all-volunteer community theater group that’s been one of the driving forces of the city’s cultural scene. After several years of using random facilities around town, the group purchased the former Depression-era Dosta Playhouse building and rehabbed it into one of the most iconic buildings in Valdosta.
Theatre Guild Valdosta puts on six plays each year, ranging from classic to modern. If you feel you have what it takes, you can even audition for a part in one of its productions. It may not be Broadway, but with affordable tickets and some of the best talent in the region, you’ll hardly notice.
Miss Kate’s Tours
Enjoy the culinary masterpieces around Valdosta, receive a history lesson, and get some exercise in one go with a food tour from Miss Kate’s Tours. Both the Daytime Dining Tour and the Samples and Sips Tour allow you to experience the cooking of the Deep South while discovering the impact that historical events have had on food. Tours range from $40-$50, and if you want to visit some of the city’s best restaurants for more delicious fare, you’ll find plenty of hotels in downtown Valdosta to put you in the perfect location.
If the weather’s uncooperative, Miss Kate’s also offers a Southern cooking class. This class enables you to create a three-course meal inspired by novels and Southern culinary techniques. No prior literature or culinary experience is required.
Valdosta Symphony Orchestra
You don’t have to love classical music to appreciate the musicianship of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. A 2014 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance for Community Orchestras, the Valdosta Symphony is one of the finest musical groups in the state. Its talent has attracted guest soloists from around the country, performing everything from Wagner and Beethoven to modern compositions and film scores. Tickets start at $28 per performance or $135 for the season.
Downtown Music Scene
While many small downtown areas throughout the country have experienced a decline, Valdosta’s is in the midst of a boom. Bars, restaurants, and music venues line the streets, offering visitors a chance to see some of the area’s brightest musical stars. The Salty Snapper has musical acts almost every night of the week ranging from jazz to singer-songwriters.
If you just want to grab a few drinks and here some music, make sure to visit Ashley Street Station. This dive bar/music venue is widely considered the best place to hear music in Valdosta, and its somewhat dingy interior summons visions of classic venues such as the CBGB.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the cultural activities in Valdosta, and although they’re among the best, you’re sure to find the perfect experience that suits your tastes.