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Rate Ranges:  Free,  $ = less than $10,  $$ = $10 to $25,  $$$ = greater than $25
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Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore | Heart of Appalachia
Northern Virginia | Richmond, Southern, Central & Shenandoah Valley
Roanoke, Highlands & Mountains | Williamsburg & Chesapeake Bay

Festivals and Events. For exact festival dates, contact the local visitors bureaus here

Map Call Festival/Event City Founded Rate Range Festival Month
Winter Wildlife / Whale Watching Boat Trips Virginia Beach $$$ Jan-Mar  
Shamrock Sportsfest Virginia Beach 1972 $$$ Mar  
Easter Decoy Show & Art Festival Chincoteague Island 1979 $ Apr  
Norfolk NATO Festival Norfolk 1953 Free-$$$ Apr  
Virginia International Tattoo Norfolk 1997 $$-$$$ Apr  
Virginia Arts Festival Norfolk 1997 $$-$$$ Apr-May  
Chesapeake Jubilee Chesapeake 1983 $-$$ May  
Chincoteague Seafood Festival Chincoteague Island 1969 $$$ May  
Hampton Blackbeard Festival Hampton 1999 Free-$$$ May  
 
Umoja Festival Portsmouth 1991 Free May  
Blackbeard Festival Hampton 2000 Free May-Jun  
American Indian Festival Chesapeake 1996 Free Jun  
Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival Norfolk 1989 $ Jun  
 
Cock Island Race Portsmouth 1988 Free Jun  
Hampton Jazz Festival Hampton 1968 $$$ Jun  
Harborfeast Seafood Sampler Norfolk 2001 $$$ Jun  
Norfolk Harborfest Norfolk 1977 Free Jun  
North American Sand Soccer Championships Virginia Beach 1994 Free Jun  
Pomoco Family Movie Series Hampton 1988 Free Jun-Jul  
Storytelling in the Park Hampton 2000 Free Jun-Jul  
Pony Swim & Auction Chincoteague Island 1925 Free Jul  
East Coast Surfing Championships Virginia Beach 1961 $$$ Aug  
Hampton Cup Regatta Hampton 1926 Free Aug  
Seawall Art Show Portsmouth 1971 Free Aug  
Verizon Wireless American Music Festival Virginia Beach 1994 Aug  
Isle of Wight County Fair Isle of Wight County 1994 $$$ Sep  
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Virginia Beach 1974 Free Sep  
 
Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival Chesapeake 2011 $$$ Oct  
Oyster Festival Chincoteague Island 1972 $$$ Oct  
Suffolk Peanut Festival Suffolk 1978 Free Oct  
Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade Norfolk 1985 Free Nov-Dec  
100 Miles of Lights Norfolk Varies Nov-Jan  
Hampton Holly Days Parade Hampton 1990 Free Dec  
Holiday Parade at the Beach Virginia Beach Free Dec  
Santa's Attic Hampton Free Dec  
Virginia Wine Expo Richmond 2008 $$$ Feb  
Virginia Festival of the Book Charlottesville 1995 Free Mar  
Commemoration of Thomas Jefferson Birthday Charlottesville 1743 Free Apr  
Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Charlottesville 2012 $$$ Apr  
The Bizarre Bazaars Spring Market Richmond 1992 $ Apr  
Historic Garden Week in Virginia Richmond 1929 $$-$$$ Apr-May  
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Winchester 1928 Varies Apr-May  
Ash Lawn-Highland Wine Festival Charlottesville 1995 $$ May  
Festival in the Park Danville 1974 Free May  
Fieldale Heritage Festival Fieldale 2006 Free May  
Montpelier Wine Festival Montpelier Station $$$ May  
ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival McGaheysville 2001 $$$ May  
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Orkney Springs 1963 $$ May-Aug  
Lewis and Clark Festival Charlottesville 1990 Free Jun  
Richmond Jazz Festival Richmond 2010 $$$ Aug  
Smith River Fest Martinsville 2008 Free Aug  
Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival Charlottesville 1996 Free Sep  
Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Richmond $$$ Sep  
Old 97 Rail Days Danville 1903 $ Sep  
State Fair of Virginia Doswell 1854 $$ Sep-Oct  
2nd Street Festival Richmond 2007 Free Oct  
Pick Your Own Apples Roseland 1752 Free-$$ Oct  
Richmond Folk Festival Richmond 2005 Free Oct  
River District Festival Danville 2011 Free Oct  
Montpelier Hunt Races Montpelier Station 1938 $$$ Nov  
Virginia Film Festival Charlottesville 1988 $-$$$ Nov  
Dominion GardenFest of Lights Richmond 2000 $$ Nov-Jan  
Victorian Holidays Richmond $-$$$ Nov-Jan  
Ash Lawn Opera Charlottesville 1978 $$$ Dec  
Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection Richmond 1975 $ Dec  
Southwest Virginia Boat Show Roanoke 1984 Free-$ Feb  
Highland Maple Festival Monterey 1958 Free-$ Mar  
Whitetop Mountain Maple Festival Whitetop Free-$ Mar  
Blue Ridge Kite Festival Salem 1999 Free Apr  
Roanoke Festival in the Park Roanoke 1969 Free-$$ May  
Virginia Wine & Craft Festival Front Royal 1986 $$$ May  
Floyd Fest Floyd 2002 $$ Jul  
Horse & Hound Wine Festival Bedford 2005 $$ Jul  
Salem Fair & Exposition Salem 1988 $$-$$$ Jul  
Sedalia Blues Festival Big Island 1997 $ Jul  
Virginia Lake Festival Clarksville 1978 Free Jul  
 
Microfestivus - Craft Beer Festival Roanoke 1998 $$$ Aug  
Lynchburg Art Festival Lynchburg 1973 Free Sep  
Smith Mountain Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show Huddleston 1991 $ Sep  
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival Moneta 1989 $$ Sep  
Wilderness Trail Festival Christiansburg 1974 Free Sep  
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Ferrum 1973 $$ Oct  
Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show Waynesboro 1972 Free Oct  
Whitetop Mountain Sorghum Molasses Festival Whitetop 1960s $ Oct  
Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Boat Parade Huddleston 1998 Free-$$$ Nov  
YMCA Craft Fair Blacksburg 1970 $ Nov  
Dickens of a Christmas Roanoke 1983 Free Dec  
Old Fiddlers' Convention Galax 1935 Aug  
Virginia Highlands Festival Abingdon 1948 Free-$$ Aug  
 
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol 2001 $$$ Sep  
Crooked Road Music Fest Abingdon 2012 $$ Oct  
 
Chocolate Lovers Festival Fairfax 1992 Free-$ Feb  
Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival Leesburg 1991 $ Apr  
 
Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour Mount Vernon $$$ May  
Virginia Gold Cup The Plains 1922 $$$ May  
Celebrate Fairfax! Fairfax 1982 $$ Jun  
Heritage Railway Festival Manassas 1995 Free Jun  
Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival Manassas 2005 $$ Jun  
Occoquan Spring Arts & Crafts Show Occoquan 1988 Free Jun  
Vintage Virginia Wine Festival Centreville 1981 $$$ Jun  
Celebrate America 4th of July Festival Manassas Free Jul  
Independence Day Celebration Parade & Evening Show Fairfax 1966 Free Jul  
Virginia Scottish Games The Plains 1974 $$ Aug-Sep  
Colonial Market & Fair Mount Vernon $$ Sep  
Fall Festival & Taste of Falls Church Falls Church 1975 Free Sep  
King Street Art Festival Alexandria 2003 Free Sep  
Virginia Wine Festival The Plains 1976 Free-$$$ Sep  
Fall Festival Fairfax 1977 Free Oct  
Fall Jubilee Manassas 1983 Free Oct  
International Gold Cup The Plains 1937 $$$ Oct  
Fairfax Holiday Craft Show Fairfax 1987 $ Nov  
 
Mount Vernon by Christmas Candlelight Alexandria $$ Nov-Dec  
Bull Run Festival of Lights Centreville 2001 $$ Nov-Jan  
Civil War by Candle Light at Sully Historic Site Chantilly 1794 $$ Dec  
Festival of Lights & Carols Fairfax 2005 Free Dec  
Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Manassas 1946 Free Dec  
 
Jamestown Day at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne Williamsburg 1607 $$ May  
Kilmarnock Wine Festival Kilmarnock 2009 $$ Jun  
Summer Celebration Wine Festival Newport News 2002 $$ Jun  
Harvest Faire Newport News 1994 $$ Oct  
Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife Newport News 1974 Free Oct  
Yorktown Victory Celebration Yorktown 1781 $ Oct  
Taste by the Bay Irvington 2013 $$$ Nov  
Celebration in Lights Newport News 1993 $$ Nov-Jan  
Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination Williamsburg 1943 $-$$$ Dec