April in Virginia

    The Virginia Hot Glass Festival. Photo by Martha SheridanHawaiian Slack Key Guitar FestivalBattle of Petersburg ReenactmentInternational Children's Festival

    Bright, happy, blooming, and inspirational.

    Which event will you LOVE this month?


      Northern Virginia | Southern Virginia | Heart of Appalachia
    Central Virginia | Shenandoah Valley | Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads
    Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore | Blue Ridge Highlands | Chesapeake Bay 


     Northern Virginia

    Manassas - April 4 - Moscow Festival Ballet presents "Swan Lake" - The Moscow Festival Ballet presents "Swan Lake." an enchanting fantasy ballet that is one of the most magical and deeply emotional works in the classical ballet canon. Truly, a must-see for lovers of great ballet in the grand Russian tradition.

    Fredericksburg - April 5-6 - Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire - Kick off the spring season with the Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Faire.

    Fairfax - April 9-13, 17-20 - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze - Don't miss the All Access Pre-Show! Starts one-hour prior to showtime available to all ticket-holders. See animals up close, visit with performers, get autographs, try on costumes, and enjoy the circus fun.

    Culpeper - April 16-20 - Horse Shows in the Sun: Commonwealth National - The Commonwealth National features hunter, jumper and equitation competitions in six all-weather rings. Each event hosts approximately 900 to 1,300 horses. Shop in the Vendor Courtyard featuring 15 to 20 shops offering horse-themed gifts, clothes, art, antiques, and jewelry.

    Vienna - April 25 - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival - Melodic island music with uncommon tunings and finger picking by Hawaii's finest players.

    Culpeper - April 26 - Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest - Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest will offer over 40 varieties of craft beer along with a selection of amazing local food and great music.

    Alexandria - April 27 - Presidential Salon with James Madison - Join President Madison as he discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1813.


     Southern Virginia

    Martinsville - April 4 - First Fridays Painting + Pinot at Piedmont Arts - Ready for a fun night out? Bring your enthusiasm, some friends and your beverage of choice for a night of painting at Piedmont Arts.

    Brodnax - April 5 - Regional Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast - The first Saturday of every month the Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport hosts a fly-in and pancake breakfast. Bring the kids and have a great time!

    Clarksville - April 12 - Clarksville Lake Country Wine Festival - Enjoy nearly 100 samples of Virginia wines--that of 15 Virginia Wineries--delicious food, live music, and select artisans.

    Spencer - April 12 - Spencer-Penn Bar-B-Que Cookoff - Spencer-Penn's 3rd Annual Pig Cookin' Contest! Award winning Barbeque and entertainment for the whole family! Cash and trophy awards for the best cooked pork.


     Heart of Appalachia

    Coeburn - April 3, 10, 17, 24 - Lays Hardware Jam Sessions - Jam sessions are held every Thursday from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Lays Hardware Center for the Arts building.

    Hiltons - April 5, 12, 19, 26 - Carter Family Fold Weekly Music - The Carter Family Fold welcomes you every Saturday night, carrying on the musical and performing traditions of the Carter family.


     Central Virginia

    Richmond - April 4-6 - The Bizarre Bazaar Spring Market - Show hours for this springtime event are 10am-7pm Thursday, Friday and 10am-5pm Sunday. This year's show will present more than 275-juried exhibitors in two buildings.

    Petersburg - April 19-20 - 233rd Anniversary of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg - The Annual Revolutionary War Reenactment of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg to be held at historic Battersea, with reenactments of the historic battle.


     Shenandoah Valley

    Harrisonburg - April 4-5 - MACROCK - MACROCK is an annual celebration of independent music for one weekend in April in downtown Harrisonburg.


    April 19-20

    Free National Park Days 


    Roanoke - April 5-6 - Coppelia presented by Southwest Virginia Ballet - Coppelia is a romantic comedic ballet based on stories by ETA Hoffman. The setting is in a European village in the late 1800's. It is a story about a beautiful young girl, Swanhilda; her fiance, Franz; the doll-maker, Dr Coppelius; and the doll, Coppelia.

    Buchanan - April 12 - An Evening of Elegance in Buchanan - "Moonlight Magic" provides guests an opportunity to mingle in the beautiful gardens at the Community House. Guests are requested to arrive in dress attire, show off your newest spring outfit while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres being prepared by the Buchanan Town Improvement Society, while a cash bar will offer wine from Virginia Mountain Vineyards, plus beer & sangria. Live music featuring the Lenny Marcus Jazz Trio will round out the evening's activities.

    Lexington - April 12 - Lexington Scots Irish Heritage Festival - Lexington's Scots Irish Heritage Festival -- Featuring highland games, live music, craft vendors, traditional foods, and more, in the historic and scenic Shenandoah Valley.

    Waynesboro - April 12-13 - Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival - Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival offers one stop shopping for fly fishing gear, fishing guides, men and women's casting classes, Virginia wine tasting and live music.

    Staunton - April 16-19 - Wool Days - Come see sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning. Interpreters will be shearing Cotswold and Tunis sheep at different farm locations around the Museum. See how the wool was then processed and spun. Don't forget to see the baby lambs!

    Staunton - April 20 - Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Party - This April, Shakespeare turns 450 and YOU'RE invited to his birthday party. Join us at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA for a family-friendly celebration.

    Staunton - April 26-27 - Virginia Hot Glass Festival - Flaming torches and fire-breathing dragons are part of the magic of the Virginia Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots Studios in downtown Staunton. Hot glass artists from around the region gather annually at the Festival, bringing booths full of beautiful art glass items and demonstrating their craft throughout the weekend.


     Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

    Jamestown - April 4-6 - The Marriage of Pocahontas - Commemorate the 400th anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to Englishman John Rolfe at Historic Jamestowne on April 5, 2014 at the original site of the 1614 wedding.

    New Kent - April 5 - Dogwood Classic - Enjoy an afternoon of steeplechase racing & tailgating at the Dogwood Classic where horses compete on the Secretariat Turf Course while tailgating occurs on the outer dirt track.

    Norfolk - April 10-13 - Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival - The Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival is a three-day event that promotes original, live music and the artists who write and perform their work.

    Norfolk - April 12 - Virginia Symphony POPS! presents: Pixar in Concert - For kids and adults alike, the Virginia Symphony performs memorable soundtracks from Pixar's movies live with visual clips.

    Newport News - April 17 - Distinguished Speaker Series: Doris Kearns Goodwin - After Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin once again wields her magic on another larger-than-life president and a momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, the muckraking journalists and the Progressive Era to life in this new presentation.

    Hampton - April 19 - Annual International Children's Festival - Travel around the world during the International Children's Festival. Enjoy the rich array of sights, sounds, and tastes of distant lands that will captivate the senses of children and adults alike. Experience the beauty and wonder of exotic places as over thirty-five countries and cultures showcase their unique heritages. Food and beverage available for purchase.

    Norfolk - April 24-27 - Virginia International Tattoo - Virginia International Tattoo A Centuries-Old Scottish Tradition with a 21st Century American Soul!

    Newport News - April 25 - The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Presents: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald - The orchestra recreates big-band jazz as its composers and arrangers intended it to be played, stripping away intervening changes and alterations. The SJMO has rediscovered old classics and more recently has begun premiering new works all in tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald.

    Yorktown - April 26-27 - Pirates Invade Yorktown - Pirates, representing seafaring life in the late 17th and 18th-centuries, invade Yorktown. Visit the encampment, watch the cannon firing demonstrations, and sing with pirates.

    Virginia Beach - April 30 - Ben Folds - Folds' lyrical acuity remains equally idiosyncratic, his trademark wise-crackery and wry character portrayals now edged with significantly more experience and insight. In the same spirit as the Ben Folds Five band's intimate instrumental interplay, audiences see Folds himself exploring myriad themes of letting go, and of shattering the boundaries between identity and environment.


     Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore

    Melfa - April 5 - ACES presents Pianist Thomas Pandolfi - Thomas Pandolfi's mastery of the music, playing precision and finesse of expression are simply spectacular. He returns to the Shore to again captivate the audience with his artistry.


     Blue Ridge Highlands

    Fries - April 3, 10, 17, 24 - Crooked Road Thursday Night Jam Session - Thursday evenings everyone meets for the "Jam Sessions in Fries" and a friendly 2 hour (or longer) jam of old time, bluegrass, and country music commences.

    Rocky Mount - April 6 - Moonshine Express - Moonshine Express. Tales from The Moonshine Capital of the World. Tour the county seat - Rocky Mount - by bus meeting "interesting" characters. Get tickets early!

    Abingdon - April 6, 13, 20, 27 - Music on the Lawn- Abingdon Music Experience - classical and jazz music on the lawn at The Martha.

    Floyd - April 25-27 - The Black Dog Mountain Adventure Weekend - Springtime outdoor activities include horseback riding, skeet shooting, guided hiking, fly fishing, educational exhibits, wine receptions, game dinners, and much more.


     Chesapeake Bay

    Lancaster - April 12 - Lancaster Court Day Arts, Crafts, & History Festival - Free family-friendly arts and crafts market and festival of community history and heritage in Lancaster County in the Northern Neck.

    Heathsville - April 19 - Northern Neck Wine Tasting Festival - Northern Neck Wine Tasting Festival at Historic circa 1795 Rice's Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern in Heathsville, featuring the wines of the Chesapeake Wine Trail. Coincides with monthly Farmers Market.

Last Updated: 3/13/2014 4:22 PM
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