Kick off summer with live outdoor concerts of every music genre, incredible foodie festivals that showcase the best of Virginia’s culinary scene, and commemorative events that mark some of the most important moments in American (and even worldwide) history. June brings all of this and more in Virginia, so mark your calendars and make this a memorable summer in the Commonwealth!
Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music—Syria
Virginia’s music festival season is finally here! Attend the Graves’ Mountain Festival of Music in Syria to hear bluegrass and country music from over 15 bands, including Ralph Stanley II & Clinch Mountain Boys, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, The Lonesome River Band, Mo Pitney, and Sideline. During the festival, enjoy home-cooked food from Graves’ Mountain Lodge and the beautiful backdrop of the storied Blue Ridge, and if staying multiple days, book a room at the lodge or bring your camping gear for a memorable stay in Virginia’s Great Outdoors. When you’re not catching live musical performances, you can explore the surrounding countryside with horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and fishing, and be sure to stop by the Syria Mercantile to shop in an historic general store.
Blackbeard Pirate Festival—Hampton
When: June 1-2, 2019
The 20th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival brings the feared pirate to life in Hampton, commemorating the city’s maritime heritage and its relationship with the world’s most infamous pirate, “Blackbeard” Edward Teach. This two-day immersive festival includes tons of children’s activities, living history reenactments, live entertainment, sea battles, fireworks, and a pirate encampment where you can come face to face with ocean-faring folk wearing their finest sea attire, and you might even get the chance to meet the king of the pirates, Blackbeard himself. Get Tickets
Calling all foodies! Make your way to Broad Appétit in Richmond this June, an outdoor food event along Broad Street that features over 70 local restaurants and continuous live music performances. For only $3 per plate (+$2 for added dessert pairing), you can sample signature dishes from the top Richmond chefs in every category, from trendy award-winners to southern fried favorites. In addition to these restaurant sites, you’ll find local Virginia produce, meats, cheeses, and artisan baked goods available for purchase. Pair your plates with some of Virginia’s finest craft brews and wines for a full day of deliciousness.
Appalachia Rising at the Carter Family Fold—Hiltons
Virginia’s music roots go deep, and the Carter Family Fold pays tribute to one of the most influential families in American mountain music. On June 2, the museum and music center will honor their legacy during Appalachia Rising, with live performances from Marty Stuart, Wayne Henderson & The Virginia Luthiers, and Folk Soul Revival. Don’t miss your chance to see these legends perform classic Carter Family songs live at this once-in-a-lifetime music event!
Virginia Pride Festival Season Continues—Pride Events in Winchester, Reston, Hampton Roads, Hampton, and Virginia Beach
Pride season in Virginia continues throughout June with pride events in Winchester, Reston, Hampton Roads, Hampton, and Virginia Beach. LGBT visitors and their supporters come together to enjoy full days of fun at these festivals, sharing great food, craft drinks, live music, and much more. Virginia is for ALL Lovers at these inclusive LGBT events!
75th D-Day event at the D-Day Memorial—Bedford
On June 6, 1944, the small town of Bedford, Virginia lost 20 of the 32 young men sent to liberate Europe in the invasion of Normandy during World War II. This devastating blow would leave the community reeling for decades to come, but their grief and pride for these young men led to Bedford being awarded the National D-Day Memorial site in 2001. Since its dedication, the touching World War II monument has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to the picturesque mountain site, and on June 4-9, the memorial will host a special event to recognize the 75th anniversary of D Day. Titled “The Final Salute”, the event will bring together World War II vets and the general public for what could be the last time, as the average age of surviving service members from the war is 96 years old. Attend this historic event to remember their extraordinary sacrifice of these veterans, both for their country and for the entire world.
Annual Norfolk Harborfest—Norfolk
Held on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, the Annual Norfolk Harborfest is a free three-day festival that celebrates Virginia’s maritime history with the Parade of Sail, a waterfront parade filled with tall ships, classic wooden boats, military vessels, sleek power cruisers, along with special performances from regional and national entertainers, and hands-on activities for the entire family. Don’t miss Saturday’s Build-A-Boat challenge, where teams will construct boats from scratch using an array of materials and innovative engineering techniques, with their final results tested the following day during a thrilling race across the harbor waters. Stick around after the sun goes down on Saturday for the Harborfest Fireworks Display, the largest pyrotechnics show on the East Coast.
Mountains of Music Homecoming—Various Locations on the Crooked Road
The 5th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming is nine days of nonstop music held in 40 different communities along The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia. This historic festival includes 18 live concerts and 89 cultural events that highlight all aspects of Southwest Virginia, from the history, arts, and music of the region to the breathtaking outdoor scenery and the famed Appalachia cuisine. In addition to the concerts and cultural events, the Mountains of Music Homecoming includes four music festivals, notably Galax’s Houstonfest, an annual event featuring over 34 bluegrass and oldtime mountain music bands like Wayne Henderson & The Virginia Luthiers Band, Shenandoah, and Dori Freeman. Get Tickets
Virginia is for Lovers Celebrates 50 Years of Love—Various Virginia Wineries, Breweries, Restaurants, and Other Local Businesses
One of the most famous tourism slogans in the world, Virginia is for Lovers turns 50 this year, and we are celebrating with countless special events around the Commonwealth! Visit many of breweries to sample limited-edition lagers made in honor of the state, or grab a special 50 Years of Love Passport at participating wineries to get discounts and commemorative glasses. Various restaurants will be offering special meal pricing and menus, and there are even sponsored giveaway contests to win free overnight stays and getaway packages to some of Virginia’s premiere establishments. Find dates and details at the Virginia is for Lovers 50 Years of Love page and make plans to join us in the celebration!
Hampton Jazz Festival—Hampton
Since 1970, the city of Hampton and Hampton University have partnered to bring the Hampton Jazz Festival to the Hampton Coliseum. The annual festival attracts the nation’s top blues, soul, pop, and jazz performers, giving tens of thousands of loyal fans the rare chance to see them all in one place. This year, the list of performers includes Maxwell, KEM, Anthony Hamilton, Babyface, and Maze with guest star Frankie Beverly. Get Tickets