Whether you’re visiting Virginia for the first time or are looking for fun things to do in your home state, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for things to do in Virginia this March!
Floyd Mardi Gras Costume Ball — Floyd
The 10th annual Floyd Mardi Gras Costume Ball combines the soul of New Orleans music, food, and décor into an evening of unforgettable fun. Get tickets to the ball and dress up in your most creative Mardi Gras-themed costume, where you’ll dance the night away to musical acts from six live performers. Benefitting Floyd’s Blue Mountain School, the fundraiser includes an exclusive Cajun dinner ending with a Mardi Gras tradition, the legendary King Cake.
Snow Moon Festival — McGaheysville
Massanutten Resort, one of Virginia’s biggest ski resorts, hosts the second annual Snow Moon Fest on the first weekend in March. Celebrating all things winter, the festival includes a chilly Polar Plunge and a torchlight slope parade that ends with a spectacular fireworks show above the mountains. Catch live music from Chase Payne, recently named Male Rising Star of the Year at the Josie Music Awards, at the festival’s Lodge Party.
Bryce Winter Fest — Bayse
Held at Bryce Resort in the Shenandoah Valley, the family-friendly Bryce Winter Fest starts with a pancake breakfast, followed (after time to digest, of course) by a polar plunge, a costume parade, pond skimming (think a mix between snowboarding and wakeboarding), and live music to finish the day. And the slopes are open all day long, so you can fill any down time with skiing, snowboarding, or tubing.
Early Mountain Oyster Festival — Madison
What better way to spend an afternoon in Virginia than sipping wine and eating oysters? You’ll have plenty of both at the Early Mountain Oyster Festival, an annual family-friendly event at Early Mountain Vineyards. And don’t worry if you’re not all about Virginia oysters; the festival will also feature other fresh foods from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, including crab cakes and clam chowder to pair with the large selection of wines served at the festival. Another highlight of the event is live music performances, with Nashville artists the Jacob Paul Allen Band playing on Saturday night and local favorite Paulo Franco playing on Sunday.
The Highland Maple Festival — Monterey
Celebrate Highland County’s tradition of crafting maple syrup at The 61st Annual Highland Maple Festival. Over 50,000 visitors attend this annual event, which has been designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the rural American way of life. Sign up for one of the Sugar Camp tours, which explain the long history and the detailed process of making maple syrup in Highland County. Afterwards, make your way over to one of the maple syrup demonstrations for a firsthand look at the process. The festival features all sorts of maple-inspired foods, from buckwheat and pancake breakfasts smothered in the syrup to homemade maple donuts, as well as live music, locally made goods, and arts and craft tutorials.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations — All Over Virginia
When: Sunday, March 17, 2019 (Although event dates vary)
You don’t have to be Irish to love a good Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, and Virginia is packed with holiday events to mark the occasion, including Saint Patrick’s Day festivals, parades, and pub crawls. For a family-friendly event on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, head to Chincoteague Island’s Search for Shamrocks, a free two-day scavenger hunt around the coastal community that includes additional games, Saint Patrick’s Day-themed food and drinks, and special prizes. Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Mountain Brewery hosts a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration complete with live Irish music, food, and of course, lots of fantastic Virginia beer.
Annual Virginia Festival of the Book — Charlottesville
When: Wednesday-Sunday, March 20-24, 2019
The 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book celebrates the written word in many forms, ranging from children’s books to nonfiction works geared towards adults. There are over 200 programs happening during the five-day festival, and almost all are free to attend and open to the public.
STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway — Ridgeway
NASCAR drivers from the Monster Energy Cup Series come together in Southern Virginia for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, competing for the racetrack’s well-known Grandfather Clock trophy. Arrive early with plenty of food and drinks for NASCAR’s famed tailgating, a tradition that often lasts longer than the race itself. The drivers hit the track at 2pm, completing 500 laps in the hopes of emerging as the leader in this racing classic.
French Film Festival — Richmond
Held at theaters around Richmond like the historic Byrd Theatre in Carytown and auditoriums on the Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond campuses, the 27th annual French Film Festival celebrates feature length movies, short films, and behind-the-scenes discussions with French film directors and authors.
Theme Parks Reopen for Daily Spring Hours — Williamsburg & Doswell
Virginia’s two most popular theme parks, Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion, open for their daily spring hours at the end of March: Busch Gardens on March 29th and Kings Dominion on March 30. At Kings Dominion, you can spend the day riding 60+ rides and attractions, including 12 high-speed roller coasters. Their newest coaster, Twisted Timbers, is a hybrid ride that fuses modern steel tracks with classic wooden supports, resulting in a thrilling journey complete with high-speed barrel rolls and breathtaking plunges. Busch Gardens’ European-themed park has over a dozen rides scattered in the different “countries”. Their latest ride, Finnegan’s Flyer, is situated in the Ireland section of the park. This ultimate swing tops speeds of 45 miles per hour, taking riders 80 feet off the ground for panoramic (albeit slightly blurry at that speed) views of the park.
What are your big plans for March in Virginia? Share some must-do events, festivals, and destinations with us in the comments below!