Seasonal Fun - Spring Festivals

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April 20, Friday
DOGWOOD BENEFIT BREAKFAST
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come for a silent auction followed by a breakfast buffet. This year's proceeds support Help Save the Next Girl. Doubletree Hotel on 29N.  7am silent auction, 8-10am buffet.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
 
March 24-April 21
69TH ANNUAL DOGWOOD FESTIVAL
City of Charlottesville.
The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks, nighttime movies in the park, a dance and more. Throughout Charlottesville.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
 
April 21, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL RVA EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Feed RVA.
Bigger than ever with new activities and old favorites. Enjoy live music, vendors, food and drink, demos and plenty of educational information and activities. Manchester.  12-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-225-9843. 
 
April 21, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more. Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-7728. 
 
April 21, Saturday
DEVILS BACKBONE SEAFOOD & BREWS FESTIVAL
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Come out for live music from Chamomile & Whiskey, Lord Nelson and Dharma Bombs, as well as a pop-up beer festival featuring beer from six craft breweries. Enjoy fresh oysters from Mobjack Bay, Virginia, steamed blue crab, crab cakes, fish & chips and plenty of options for land lovers. Supporting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Devils Backbone Brewery Basecamp, Roseland.  11:30am-5:30pm.  $15 advance, $20 at the game, 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
April 21, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. The theme of the parade is "Candy Land" and candy will fly along the parade route for the first time in decades. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 21, Saturday
FEE FREE DAY AT SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy the Park without having to pay an entrance fee in observance of National Park Week. Shenandoah National Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 21, Saturday
HOOVER RIDGE WOOL & WINE FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.
The festival will be in conjunction with the annual sheepdog trials featuring dogs and their handlers from all over the country and Canada. Enjoy local wine tastings and wool vendors. The event will be held rain or shine. Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.  10am-4pm.  Email: events.mcparksrec@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER PARK DAY
Shenandoah National Park Service.
A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS and get kids of all ages connected to their national park. Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted. Shenandoah National Park.  Directions: Byrd Visitor Center, Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 21, Saturday
THE WINEORANER WINE & PET FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards.
The Wineoraner is a Wine & Pet Festival on the grounds of picturesque Rebec Vineyards. Wine-lovers and dog-lovers alike are welcomed for wine tastings and food partaking. Wag your tail at the bandstand or shop with local artisans. Proceeds from doggie tickets will benefit the Lynchburg Humane Society. Rebec Vineyards, Amherst.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $15-20 humans, $3 dogs.  Email: wineoraner@rebecwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-535-1865. 
 
April 22, Sunday
17TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE EARTH WEEK ECOFAIR
Charlottesville Earth Week.
Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment, and more. IX Art Park.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 22, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND 2018 OPENING CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
Come out and enjoy the Dogwood Festival Spring Concert. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 5-22
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CARNIVAL
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come enjoy fun-filled amusement rides at the Dogwood Festival Carnival. McIntire Park.  Directions: Free parking at Charlottesville High School.  5:30-10:30pm weekdays, 1-11pm Saturday, 1-8:30pm Sunday.  $20 Armbands, $1 individual tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
 
April 17-22
FRIENDS OF THE STAUNTON LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE
Friends of the Staunton Library.
Browse the selection of 5,000+ books, with paperbacks priced at only 25-50 cents and hard covers only $1. Saturday and Sunday are bag days. Fill a bag for $3 on Saturday or $1 on Sunday. After 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday, books are free to students, teachers and nonprofits. 1 Churchville Ave., Staunton.  6-8:30pm Tues, 9am-8:30pm Wed-Thurs, 9am-4:30pm Fri-Sat, 1-4:30pm Sun.  Email: cacoop@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3902. 
 
April 20-22, Friday-Sunday
P. BUCKLEY MOSS BARN SHOW
P. Buckley Moss Museum.
Pat will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. You are invited to bring purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for her to sign and personalize. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro gallery during these three days can be personalized. The Barn.  Directions: 18 Providence Lane, Waynesboro.  11am-5pm Friday & Saturday at The Barn, 11am-3pm Sunday at the Waynesboro Gallery.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-6473. 
 
April 17-22
QUEEN CITY PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
Beverley Street Studio School Gallery.
Artists will paint Staunton's historic streets and rolling Augusta County landscapes during this five-day festival, which will also feature evening lectures, artist demonstrations, the Paint Staunton Day event for local artists of all ages and skill levels, and a high-quality show of artwork created by twenty-nine professional plein air painters from the Mid-Atlantic region. Beverley Street Studio Gallery, Staunton.  5-8pm Saturday, 10am-12pm Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8636. 
 
April 21 & 22, Saturday & Saturday
SOUTH RIVER FLY FISHING EXPO
South River Fly Fishing Expo.
Learn more about the great sport of fly fishing from local, regional and nationally known ambassadors of the sport and enjoy great fly fishing for trophy trout on the South River. The South River Fly Fishing Expo is the only on stream fly fishing show in the region. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  9am-5pm.  $10 advance, $12 at the gate, under 15 free.  Email: director@vaflyfishingfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-1915. 
 
April 28, Saturday
RAMPS AND RAILS
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Enjoy local arts, crafts, and live music at this unique festival and take a popular 1-hour train ride. Trains depart Elkins. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.  11am, 1pm & 3pm.  $15, under 3 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-686-7245. 
 
April 28, Saturday
RIVERFEST
Riverfest Waynesboro.
Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer's market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts, stream electro-fishing and the Great South River Duck Race. Rain or shine. No pets allowed. Constitution Park, Main St. downtown Waynesboro at the South River.  Directions: Exit 99 off Interstate 64. Take US 250W to Main St., Waynesboro.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
April 28, Saturday
SPRING RACES AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit CHiP, Children's Health Improvement Program. Popular with college students and other revelers last year's race drew over 25,000 guests. Rain or shine. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open, 1pm first race, 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9501. 
 
May 5, Saturday
22ND FLUVANNA COUNTY OLD FARM DAY
Fluvanna County.
Displays of historic farm equipment, demonstrations by heritage craftsmen, crafts, hayrides, contests and music, plus great food and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Fluvanna Historical Society and a fund to create a permanent Farm Heritage Museum. Pleasant Grove Park.  Directions: 1731 Thomas Jefferson Hwy, Palmyra.  9am-4pm.  $5, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@oldfarmday.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-589-9405. 
 
May 5, Saturday
28TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Enjoy a morning of great family exercise and fun-filled races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a community-wide school relay; and even a scramble for the littlest ones! Each runner receives a Dash T-shirt. Monticello High School.  7:45-10am.  $15.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
May 5, Saturday
40TH ANNUAL HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers live music, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more. Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 5, Saturday
43RD ANNUAL BATESVILLE DAY 2018: RACE, PARADE & FAIR
Batesville Community Club (Ruritans).
Come out for the famous 10K race, the biggest little parade around featuring the Henley Middle School Marching Band, the Albemarle Morris Men, the Crozet Lions Club Broom Brigade, kids and bikes and pets, as well as a village fair with a cake walk, games and free books for the kids plus food by the Batesville Market, a raffle of an '87 Dodge Ram Pickup and two hours of rompin stompin blues provided by the Central Virginia Blues Society. Batesville,Batesville.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: coordinator.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL MSC TRUCK TOUCH
Montessori School of Charlottesville.
This event provides children with the unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types-public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and more-all in one place. Touch, climb on, and ask questions about favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. There will also be food trucks and other kid-friendly activities. Proceeds benefit the Montessori School of Charlottesville Scholarship Fund. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $5, $20 per family.  Email: trucktouchcville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Saturday
BAND ON THE RUN 5K RACE
CHS Band and X-Country.
Calling all students, staff, families and community members to support and participate in the Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk. Beginning and ending at the CHS Curtis E. Elder track, the Band on the Run 5K will take runners and walkers of all ages on a 3.1-mile course. Proceeds from this family-friendly event will benefit the CHS Band and Cross-Country programs. Charlottesville High School.  8-11am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ben Ford.  Email: bford@rivarch.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 4-5, Friday-Saturday
SPRING PLANTFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden's plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Plus, enjoy live music, a festive atmosphere and a chance to get all your gardening questions answered. All proceeds benefit the Garden's educational mission. Rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm Friday, 9am-3pm Saturday.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 5-6, Saturday & Sunday
28TH ANNUAL ORANGE UNCORKED WINE FESTIVAL AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
The best wineries in Central Virginia come to one place for family fun and tastings. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the festival has arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and children's entertainment, kite flying, and carriage rides all day. Co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine. James Madison's Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, 12-20 $5, under 12 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 6, Sunday
VIRGINIA FOLKLIFE APPRENTICESHIP SHOWCASE
James Monroe's Highland/ VA Folklife Program.
Join Virginia's folk masters and their apprentices for a celebration of traditional music, food and crafts at James Monroe's Highland. James Monroe's Highland.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
May 12, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL FRONT PORCH SPRING BLOCK PARTY AND MUSIC SALE
The Front Porch.
Third Street will be closed off for this family-friendly event, with food, live music from The Pollocks and a raffle for great prizes, including instruments and free music classes. Proceeds benefit the school's scholarship program. The Front Porch.  Directions: 221 East Water St..  12-6pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Contact: Emily Morrison.  Email: emily@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-242-7012. 
 
May 7-12, Monday-Saturday
7TH ANNUAL TASTE OF MONTICELLO WINE TRAIL FESTIVAL
Monticello Wine Trail.
Enjoy various events, including the Monticello Cup Awards, winemaker dinners and a wine tasting event at the Sprint Pavilion. Various locations.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 12 & 13, Saturday & Sunday
38TH ANNUAL CROZET SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Over 100 juried fine art and craft exhibitors show and sell their work at this fun family-friendly event. Live music, great food and activities for the kids including bouncy castles, face painting, t-shirt upcycle art project and more. Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 West to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5pm.  $7 adults, kids 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: festival@crozetfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-8284. 
 
May 19, Saturday
GORDONSVILLE FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
Join in the fried chicken contest or the fruit, cream or custard pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize. The event also features a wine garden and numerous craft and artisan vendors. Gordonsville Fire Company Fair Grounds.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: dsolomon@gordonsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-1735. 
 
May 19, Saturday
THE SPRING KIDS FESTIVAL
Spring Kids Festival.
Celebrate spring and bring the kids out to this fun fest. Historic Orange Train Station.  10am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 19 & 20, Saturday & Sunday
26TH ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN NATION POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation.
Special performances by Native American singers and dancers from across North America. Enjoy Native American crafts and food. Fun for the entire family. Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29, Elon.  10am-9pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.  $10 adults, $5 seniors & kids 5-12, free kids under 5.  Contact: Chief Dean Branham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-0389. 
 
May 20, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bring your family to enjoy: Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Blue Wheel Bicycles will provide free helmet and bike safety checks for all participants. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Bring your bike and helmet.  Contact: Scott Paisley.  Email: scott@bluewheel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1870. 
 
May 20, Sunday
BANDFAIR XVI
North Branch School.
This fundraiser features music, lip sync, children's activities, great food, silent auction, wine raffle and Cardinal Point wine. Proceeds benefit North Branch students and teachers. Cardinal Point Winery, Afton.  1-6pm.  $12.  Email: info@north-branch-school.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
May 18-20, Friday-Sunday
DOMINION RIVERROCK OUTDOR SPORTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Dominion Power.
Enjoy the nation's largest outdoor sports and music festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown's Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond's urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding and dog jumping. Brown's Island, Richmond.  Email: info@sportsbackers.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-285-9495. 
 
May 12-June 10, Saturdays & Sundays
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 

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