Spring has arrived in Virginia, bringing blossoming flowers, fresh local fare, and lots of exciting events to keep you busy! Welcome spring in Virginia this April with a few of these festivals and seasonal celebrations.
The Daffodil Festival—Gloucester
Since 1987, the Annual Daffodil Festival has drawn thousands of visitors to the charming small town of Gloucester, just one hour east of Richmond The event begins with a parade through the streets, followed by live performances from storytellers, magicians, and local bands. The family-friendly festival has carnival games, pony rides, face painting, and much more for the kids. You can also bring your four-legged friends along for the “Fabulous Mutt Show”, which includes a pet/person lookalike contest, a “Daffo-dog” costume contest, and a pet tricks performance contest. Peruse handmade crafts and daffodil-inspired goods from Virginia artisans, then indulge in some fresh seafood, barbecue, and beverages in the festival food court.
Shuckapalooza—Virginia’s River Realm
Virginia’s River Realm hosts the first annual Shuckapalooza, a full day of immersive oyster experiences at seven amazing locations. This self-paced tour features behind-the-scenes looks at oyster-centric venues along the shores of the picturesque Rappahannock River. Visit private oyster farms to learn about harvesting methods, the oyster ecosystem, and the history of oysters in Virginia. Sample oysters served every way imaginable, including raw, grilled, baked, and fried at some of the region’s best restaurants, where you’ll also get instructions from master chefs on how to prepare them at home. Learn about ongoing conservation efforts and the eco-friendly effects of oysters on the Chesapeake Bay from local watermen. Shuckapalooza combines all these incredible experiences into a once-in-a-lifetime Virginia oyster event.
Tom Tom Festival—Charlottesville
When: April 8-14, 2019
A weeklong event in Charlottesville, the Tom Tom Festival turns the city into a collaborative and creative space for the world’s leading innovators, artists, and visionaries. The festival schedule is jam-packed with over 60 bands, 300 speakers, and 400 community organizations coming together in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall throughout the week. During the days, attend lectures and workshops about a wide scope of topics, including entrepreneurship, science, and technology, then head to mixers at local restaurants and bars during the evening to mingle and unwind.
Southern Gap UTV Takeover—Grundy
The Southern Gap UTV Takeover is a three-day, family-friendly event that brings together ATV and UTV enthusiasts. Bring your own ATV or UTV or rent vehicles through Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure to take on the famed Spearhead Trails, a rugged mountain trail system that winds through hundreds of miles in Southwest Virginia. During the event, riders can participate in group rides, night rides, mud bogs, and all sorts of activities that the whole family will love, from tire toss competitions to an Easter Egg Mud Run. Camp on the event grounds during the takeover or rent one of their rustic cabins for a memorable mountain experience.
Toyota Owners Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race—Richmond
Attend Central Virginia’s biggest spring racing event, the Toyota Owners Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race, held at the newly renovated Richmond Raceway. Upgrade your tickets for infield access to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the driver’s cars; we recommend the Virginia is for Racing Lovers Ticket Package, which includes a limited edition Virginia is for Racing Lovers hat and access to the DC Solar FanGrounds. Arrive early to the raceway to attend the Craft Beer Festival, which will feature over 25 Virginia craft breweries serving four ounce pours of some of their best brews.
Virginia Pride Festival Season Begins—Various Virginia Cities
Pride season in Virginia kicks off with the Hill City Pride Festival in Lynchburg on April 13 and the Roanoke Pride Festival, a two-day event on April 13-14. Celebrate and support local diversity with LGBT and Allied Virginians. Enjoy the best in local food, drink and live entertainment, and much more, at these exciting pride events happening throughout Virginia in 2019!
The Festival of Spring at Burnside Farms—Nokesville
Each year, Burnside Farms brings Holland to Northern Virginia during the Festival of Spring, one of the largest pick-your-own flower events in North America. Lasting throughout the peak tulip season, the festival allows visitors to walk through nearly eight acres of colorful tulip fields, picking their favorites at only $1 per stem. In addition to vivid floral arrangements, the flowers create a stunning background for informal spring photos with your family, and after you finish picking and posing, you can spread a blanket near the flower fields for an idyllic picnic lunch.
NASA Rocket Launch—Wallops Island
Watch Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft launch on the Antares rocket from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The spacecraft is on a resupply mission, carrying necessary equipment and gear to the International Space Station. Be sure to arrive at the launch at least 3 hours prior to the event.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival—Winchester
Spread over two weeks in April and May, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has been a spring celebration in Winchester for the past 92 years. The long-standing festival features a two-day Wine Fest, multiple concerts and live performances, a grand parade through Downtown Winchester, arts & crafts vendors, an impressive fireworks display, and over 30 additional events for the entire family.
Virginia International Tattoo—Norfolk
The largest event of the annual Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia International Tattoo pays tribute to the United States Military. This year’s theme is “Courage & Commitment: A Salute to Women in the Military”, and the celebration features inspirational military music, show-stopping drill team maneuvers, colorful dance performances, and much more.
Virginia’s Historic Garden Week—Locations Throughout Virginia
In its 86th year, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week allows visitors to get a peek at more than 250 of the most gorgeous gardens, homes, and historic landmarks throughout the state. The eight-day event showcases spring blooms during their peak season, as well as over 2,300 flower arrangements created by local chapters of the Garden Club of Virginia.
Something in the Water Festival—Virginia Beach
The first ever Something in the Water Festival, a passion project for internationally-renowned musical artist Pharrell Williams, is a three-day music festival and cultural experience held in the coastal city of Virginia Beach. Some of the biggest names in music are joining Pharrell on stage over the April weekend, including Dave Matthews Band, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Ferg, Janelle Monae, Maggie Rogers, Missy Elliot, Pusha T, Diplo, Travis Scott, Usher, and many, many more. With tickets starting at just $150 for the entire weekend, the festival is a budget-friendly way to see several Grammy-winning artists all in one place.
More Notable Events Happening Around Virginia This April:
- 8th Annual Spencer Penn Center Pig Cookin’ Contest—Martinsville, April 13, 2019
- Moonshine Express—Rocky Mount, April 14, 2019
- Opening of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium—New Kent, April 23, 2019
- Rocktown Beer & Music Festival—Harrisonburg, April 20, 2019
- Rollin’ on the River Food Truck Rodeo—Radford, April 27, 2019
- Pirates Invade Yorktown—Yorktown, April 27-28, 2019