You’ll find tons of fun at Virginia State Parks this spring and summer with festivals, concerts and more.
Wilderness Road State Park will host the annual reenactment of the Raid at Martin’s Station, May 10-12. It’s your chance to see the frontier of 1776, complete with Cherokee warriors and colonial militia.
Love a beautiful classic car? Head to Douthat State Park in Millboro on May 18-19 for the Douthat Lake Run Car Show, complete with live music.
Gathering in the Gap is an annual event held at Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap. Gathering is a celebration of Southwest Virginia’s music heritage – bluegrass, old-time, blues and Americana. Don’t miss it! May 25.
The tastiest event at any Virginia State Park is the Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane. It’s held May 25-26 and includes great entertainment, fun for kids and of course, strawberry deliciousness.
Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry hosts the annual Steam and Gas Engine Show on June 1. This 23rd annual showing will feature tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations, and a variety of “hit-and-miss” engines, and antique tractors and cars.
Later at Chippokes, catch the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival. It will be held July 20-21 and celebrates the region’s treasured resources on one of America’s oldest continually farmed plantations.
Try your hand a fairy stone hunting during the Family Summer Fun Day at Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart on June 22. Free hot dogs and sodas while supplies last, and a DJ from WZBB99.9 will keep the day rocking with a live broadcast.
Take a break from your Saturday yard work and find an art or music festival to LOVE in Virginia.
This Weekend - The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire takes over the Expo & Conference Center Saturday and Sunday to bring you any and every thing that can be classified as art or craft: jewelry, photography, foods and sauces, candles, wood turnings, paintings, scarves … The admission is $6/adult, $4/senior and kids 12 and under are free.
This Weekend – The 6th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival hit the streets of Norfolk as of yesterday and offers great music opportunities through Saturday night. From 4 p.m. to midnight music lovers can hit up a variety of venues to enjoy the performances for free. The fun kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 7 p.m. with the Emerging Artist Contest at Attucks Theatre ($10).
Spring is officially here with the trees budding and flowers blooming. Festivals are one thing we LOVE about Spring in Virginia.
Daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom and Gloucester has them by the thousands for their 27th annual Daffodil Festival, April 6 and 7. Take a tour of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs in between the parade, entertainment and vendors. It’s the perfect event to draw you out of the house and into the Spring season. There are plenty of activities for the kids – pony rides, clowns, face painting and games. The fun is from 9 to 5 Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday.
Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips – the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country!
Tulip lovers will want to head to Haymarket anytime between April 10 and 28 for the Festival of Tulips: Holland in Haymarket at Burnside Farms. Walk through the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country – 90,000 blooms from 50 varieties at only $1 per stem. It’s a beautiful opportunity for kids’ portraits, so bring your camera. $3 per person to enter the tulip field. NOTE: Due to the cold weather the opening date was pushed back from April 5 to April 10. Weekday visits are suggested.
Spring is also the time Virginia wineries pop their corks and take the fun outside of the tasting room.
The day is quite an extravaganza. The 2012 inaugural Wine & Brew Fest sold out and this one appears to be on its way. Tickets are $35 in advance for tasters with both wine and beer available for purchase by the glass, and Virginia wine available by the bottle. Designated drivers are $15, but tickets are available at the gate only. Ages 21 and older. Get your tickets now.
Ready to fly a kite? March 30 through May 5 is “National Kite Month,” and several fields of green are awaiting your lift-off.
The annual Kite Flying Festival in Stephens City is April 6. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kite because free kites will be given away while supplies last. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. Expect to see members of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club discussing the science of kite flying and demonstrating some awesome kite tricks.
The Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Flying Festival is held in Nellysford, just 30 miles west of Charlottesville, on April 14. This fifth annual event includes instructions, demonstrations by the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, a Duck Race, games, and a free kite to the first 150 children. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from the vendors on site. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Virginia is well known for its peanuts and ham, but what about tomatoes, strawberries and even oysters? Come taste the great Virginia flavors you’ve been missing out on.
Highland Maple Festival
The food festivals of 2013 kick off in Highland County (Virginia’s “Little Switzerland”) with the Maple Festival. Take a tour and see the trees tapped with buckets collecting the sweet goodness. Pancake breakfasts and much more make this a memorable trip and it all happens March 9, 10, 16 and 17.
Virginia’s oyster industry is experiencing a re-birth. On the Eastern Shore in Machipongo, the Barrier Islands Center is hosting an oyster roast on February 23. It’s fresh-from-the-sea goodness with live music, wine and beer. Later, travel to the little town of Urbanna the first weekend in November and you’ll be treated to oyster shucking contests and this succulent of the sea itself, cooked (or uncooked) anyway you like it.
Tour the town by your taste buds when Blacksburg rolls out its annual Fork and Cork festival April 27. More than 20 wineries and delicious foods from local restaurants will make this a one-day smorgasbord.
Sweet strawberries are the highlight of the Delaplane Strawberry FestivalMay 25-26. It’s a day of fun for the entire family with kids’ games, hay rides, fantastic food and delicious strawberries.
Hanover tomatoes ripen with the warm Virginia summer sun, and on July 13, you’re invited to enjoy the season’s yield and watch cooks compete with their tomato recipes. 35 years and still going strong.
August is peach season in Virginia and the Peach Festival at Marker Miller Orchard in Winchester promises the cream of the crop. Live music, a cow train for the kids and plenty of peaches in pie, ice cream or cobbler form await you on August 10.
You can’t be in two places at once, so October 10-12 will be a hard time for those who love Brunswick stew and shrimp. Go with the one you love the most – Suffolk on October 10 for shrimp or Alberta on October 12 for stew. Either choice is a win.
Dig into our calendar to find more food festivals to fill up on.