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Annual Events in Virginia
Old Dominion Fairs & Festivals
The Old Dominion features festivals from the western reaches of the Appalachians, to the Richmond metropolitan area, all the way to Virginia’s coast. Whether you seek a state fair, film festival, or even the famed Chincoteague Pony Swim, Virginia has an event on its calendar perfect for you.
Western Virginia & Appalachian
Virginia’s western regions feature quirky celebrations revolving ‘round culture, food, and music.
A six-day event held in Winchester, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a spring favorite for visitors and residents alike. Happening the first weekend of May, also known as Apple Blossom Weekend, the event has included carnivals, parades, dances, and local art since 1924. Don’t miss the Miss Apple Blossom Festival Pageant, the Bloomin' Wine Fest, or the Apple Pie Baking Contest, and get bloomed this year in Winchester.
Other events in western Virginia include the Harrisonburg International Festival in Harrisonburg come September, and Winterfest at the Liberty University in Lynchburg. Yet another unique Virginia celebration, the Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in Galax – 13 miles southwest of Hillsville – is the largest and oldest fiddlers' convention on the globe.
Richmond & Central Virginia
Festivals and fairs reign supreme in central Virginia and the Richmond metropolitan area.
If it’s a carnival you want, a carnival you shall receive in Virginia's mid-section. Don’t miss Celebrate Fairfax! – a June festival held at the Fairfax County Government Center. Drawing 70,000 to this Fairfax carnival, the Fairfax Fair is two days of rides, games, food, and entertainment. Come September, the State Fair of Virginia is held near Richmond at Meadow Event Park. This month-long celebration includes classic carnival features, plus agricultural and technology expositions, and the Heritage Village cultural exhibit.
More events are found in central Virginia, including the Virginia Lake Festival in Clarksville, and two film festivals. The spring’s VCU French Film Festival is held in Richmond, while Charlottesville – set between Ruckersville and Zion Crossroads – hosts the Virginia Film Festival come fall.
Virginia Beach & Norfolk
The coastal communities of Virginia know how to party. From air shows to beach parties, there’s never a dull moment on the Mother coast.
A celebration of Virginia Beach heritage, the Neptune Festival is held in late September – and features art, shopping, contests, and food. Check out the North American Sandsculpting Championship, browse through vendor booths during Boardwalk Weekend, and get a good spot for the Neptune Festival Grand Parade.
Norfolk offers many a celebration, including the Norfolk Jazz Festival, the Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, and the summer’s Harborfest at Town Point Park. Set in Newport News, Hampton Bay Days is held in September, and features live music, car shows, and fair food. Shop through arts and crafts in historic downtown Hampton, catch fireworks at the Hampton Public Piers, and look forward to plenty of kid-friendly activities.
One of the most exclusive-to-Virginia events, the Annual Pony Swim & Auction is a weeklong festival celebrating Chincoteague Island’s feral ponies swimming across the Assateague Channel. Held in July at Memorial Park in Chincoteague, the Annual Wild Pony Swim is a must-see event.
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