November in Virginia

  • November is Virginia Oyster Month!November 11 is Free National Parks Day!Virginia Cider Week is November 14-24!


    November is Virginia Oyster Month!

      Celebrate with a special pairing or by attending a festival. With seven distinct oyster regions, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the diverse tastes that await.

    Ten Events You Can't Miss:

    Williamsburg - Nov. 11-15 - Williamsburg Harvest Celebration - Williamsburg Harvest Celebration invites you to EAT+DRINK+LEARN in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, November 11-15 with 40 culinary inspired events highlighting Virginia's Finest.

    Machipongo - Nov. 14 - Merroir & Terroir - Oyster Extravaganza - Seven oyster varietals will be sampled with Chatham's Chardonnays followed by a traditional Eastern Shore oyster roast and clam steam.

    Blacksburg - Nov. 13 - Munich Symphony Orchestra w/ The Romeros - Joining forces with renowned guitarist Pepe Romero and the timeless Romero Quartet, the Munich Symphony Orchestra returns to the United States.

    Moneta - Nov. 7 - Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival - Held at Bridgewater Plaza, it'll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake. Savor the essence of fall with 'chili...just the way you like it' at the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival.

    Brookneal - Nov. 7 - Bluegrass, Barbecue, and Brew Festival - Fifth Annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival at Red Hill embracing the flavors and sounds of southern Virginia at the home of Virginia's passionate patriot and fiery fiddler!

    Mount Vernon - Nov. 14 - Horses & Hounds - Hear the echo of hunting horns and the thunder of horses' hooves as Mount Vernon pays tribute to the greatest horseman of his age, George Washington!

    Urbanna - Nov 6-7 - Urbanna Oyster Festival - The fun includes a shucking contest, Oyster Festival Parade, lots of entertainment, arts and crafts, waterfront educational activities, antique cars on display, and so much more. It's the festival to challenge all festivals!

    Dungannon - Nov. 21 - Dungannon Christmas Parade and Holiday Fest - Enjoy the holiday season during this much-anticipated seasonal parade. The parade will be followed by pictures with Santa at the Dungannon School. This event offers a unique shopping experience with the craftmen area stocked with a variety of holiday gift items that has become a destination for many shoppers in the region.

    Charlottesville - Nov. 5-8 - Virginia Film Festival - Premiering PBS' Mercy Street alongside 100 more. Special guests include Meg Ryan, Oliver Stone, Leonard Maltin, and Larry Kramer. 

    Quicksburg - Nov. 14 - Shenandoah Uncorked Wine Festival - Shenandoah Uncorked Wine Festival at Shenandoah Cavern's Yellow Barn is a family friendly Fall festival showcasing Virginia wine, food and crafts.


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



    Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

    Charles City - Nov. 1 - Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation - Join us for a day dedicated to history, food and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, crafts and jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a re-enactment of the Landing of Capt Woodlief & his men.



    November 11
    Free National Parks Day

    Bypass the fee and enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and historic sites. Remember that not all National Parks are fee-based, so enjoy MORE of them for affordable fun!


    Virginia Beach - Nov. 3 & 5 - Menopause the Musical: The Survivor Tour - Sandler Center presents Menopause the Musical, a hilarious parody set to tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. It's the hilarious celebration of women and the change!

    Williamsburg - Nov. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 - Amadeus - Join us as we delve into the raucous, chaotic life of musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    Newport News - Nov. 6 - Battle of the Beers - The Mariners' Museum - Battle of the Beers at The Mariners' Museum is a beer-tasting event like no other - pitting five traditional British beers against five American craft beers.

    Hampton - Nov. 7 - Hampton Roads Soul Music Festival - 95.7 R&B presents the Hampton Roads Soul Music Festival featuring Anthony Hamilton, Brian McKnight, Lalah Hathaway and Tank. *Artists scheduled to appear are subject to change.

    Suffolk - Nov. 7-14 - Suffolk Restaurant Week: A Culinary Encore - Suffolk's popular culinary tradition features the best restaurants citywide offering fixed price, three-course meals.

    Annual Cheroenhaka Nottoway Indian Inter Tribal Fall Festival Corn Harvest Powwow

    Courtland - Nov. 13-15 - Annual Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Inter-Tribal Fall Festival Corn Harvest Powwow and School Day - Experience our Native Foods (Indian Fry Bread and Tacos), Shop with Native American Arts & Craft Vendors and Face Painting. Hear the history of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe by Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown.

    Newport News - Nov. 13-14 - Titanic Overnight - “Set-Sail” for an overnight adventure of Titanic proportions! Pack your pajamas, your sleeping bag, and a 1912 sense of adventure and head over to The Mariners’ Museum for a Titanic Overnight. Designed for children ages 7 – 12 and their favorite adults, families and scout groups will experience the Titanic through passenger stories, activities and crafts.

    Yorktown - Nov. 14 - Yorktown Market Days Harvest Celebration - As part of the Williamsburg Harvest Celebration, the market will operate with extended hours. Riverwalk Landing. Free.

    Surry - Nov. 15 - Rebels & Gentry Harvest Celebration at Bacon's Castle - Embark on a culinary experience like no other! Celebrate the 350th Anniversary with guest Chefs from all over VA and tours of Edward’s plant.

    Suffolk - Nov. 20 - Downtown Suffolk Grand Illumination - This Suffolk tradition serves as a hometown kick-off to the holiday season. Featuring the lighting of the Christmas Tree, horse & carriage rides, holiday movies, arts and crafts for kids, hot cocoa and apple cider and Christmas carols.

    Williamsburg - Nov. 21-22 - Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts and Crafts Show and Sale - Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Fabulous jams and handmade jewelry are only a portion of the wonderful items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

    Virginia Beach - Nov. 21-22 - Hunt Club's Renaissance & Fantasy Faire - Hunt Club Farm's Renaissance & Fantasy Faire Equestrian events, world renowned Jousters. Different shows daily. Falconry, jousting, horses,demonstrations, Music,food and beverage, bonfires, games, sword fights, and much more!

    Newport News - Nov. 22 - The Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas Night Out - Their annual Christmas show includes Oaks’ hits as well as true holiday songs people expect to hear. It has become a holiday tradition with fans and their families.

    Yorktown - Nov. 26-28 - "Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia" at the Yorktown Victory Center - "Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia" at the Yorktown Victory Center explores 18th-century culinary traditions.

    Portsmouth - Nov. 27-28, 30 - Winter Wonderland in Olde Towne Portsmouth - Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents which includes scenes from the famed Coleman Collection.



    Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore

    Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast

    Saxis - Nov. 7 - Saxis Island Oyster Roast - Enjoy steamed oysters, single fried oysters, clam chowder, oysters on the half shell and fried clam strips at this oyster roast in Saxis.

    Wachapreague - Nov. 7 - Island House Oyster Roast - Come support our Annual Island House Oyster Roast benefiting The Navy Seal Foundation!

    Melfa - Nov. 14 - Oysters a la Carte - Blue Crab Bay Co. is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fun day of tasting on its covered patio.

    Machipongo - Nov. 21 - Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast - The annual Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast helps to preserve the very waters that provide the oysters that are the center piece of this feast.

    Wallops - Nov. 21 - Space Station Saturdays - During this program we will explore what is happening onboard the ISS and how the astronauts are handling life in space.

    Chincoteague Island - Nov. 26-29 - Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend - Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend focuses on the fall migration of waterfowl with arts, crafts and workshops for all ages. Special drives in the Wildlife Refuge available.

    Cape Charles - Nov. 28 - Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast - Oysters are the star of this show and will be served both roasted and on the half shell.



    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Abingdon - Nov. 6-8 - William King Museum of Art presents Mistletoe Market - William King Museum of Art presents the Mistletoe Market, Southwest Virginia's premier holiday shopping festival. Live music, arts, crafts and food. Family friendly!

    Emory - Nov. 19-21 - The Grapes Of Wrath - The Grapes Of Wrath: The story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to California.

    Pembroke - Nov. 26 - Grand Thanksgiving Buffet at Mountain Lake - Join us for a special Thanksgiving Buffet in Harvest Restaurant to celebrate the Holiday! 540-626-7121 for reservations.



    Virginia Mountains

    Salem - Nov. 5 - Travis Tritt in Concert - Two time Grammy award winner and Blue Ridge Music Festival alumni returns to Salem to put on a Southern-rock influenced show that all will remember.

    Bedford - Nov. 11 - National D-Day Memorial - Veterans Day Observance - National D-Day Memorial - Veterans Day Observance. Veterans bricks will also be dedicated.

    Rocky Mount - Nov. 13 - After Jack at the Harvester - 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year, the trio couples a modern sensibility with distinctly old-time energy to blend bluegrass, gospel and folk

    Roanoke - Nov. 20 - Jason Isbell in Roanoke - Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell has announced tour dates in support of his July 17 release of Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album.

    Roanoke - Nov. 21 - Star City Half Marathon - Now an annual autumn running tradition in this southwestern Virginia city, Roanoke's Star City Half Marathon & 10K takes runners on a course that incorporates a mix of both hills and flat stretches along an out-and-back course that unfolds throughout the city, from the start and finish area at the Roanoke City Parks & Recreation facility on Reserve Avenue.

    Rocky Mount - Nov. 21-22 - Crooked Road 24 Hour Ultra - Runners of all skill levels are invited to participate in this 24 hour running/walking event. The course consists of a simple 0.950423 mile loop with one small hill.

    Buchanan - Nov. 27-28 - Buchanan Christmas Open House - Discover southern hospitality at its' best as downtown shops welcome you by name.



    Northern Virginia

    Alexandria - Nov. 5-8 - Alexandria Film Festival - Premiering PBS' Mercy Street and dozens more films.

    Manassas - Nov. 6 - Fall Gallery Walk - The merchants of Old Town Manassas play host to various artists with refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist in person.

    Triangle - Nov. 6 - Marine Corps History Day - Find out more about that old military relic you've had for years and always wondered about. Marine Corps curators, historians and archivists will be on hand to help with artifact and history questions. Bring your military items to learn more about them and how to care for them.



    November 14-24
    Cider Week

    Celebrate and enjoy Virginia's best handcrafted hard cider.


    Washington - Nov. 7-8 - Artists of Rappahannock Annual Tour - The RAAC annual 2 day studio and gallery tour features 8 galleries and 21 working studios scattered throughout Rappahannock county.

    Vienna - Nov. 8 - MOUNTAIN HEART - Grammy- and CMA-nominated musicians from this acoustic bluegrass ensemble “inject enthusiasm and energy” (Country Weekly) into their live performances, fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music is played.

    Doswell - Nov. 13-14 - Virginia Christmas Market - Don't Miss Virginia Christmas Market in the Exhibition Center at Meadow Event Park.

    Alexandria - Nov. 14 - Treaty of Ghent Ball - Step back 200 years for a banquet with the Madisons and dancing, commemorating the end of the War of 1812.

    Herndon - Nov. 21 - Herndon Centennial Gobbler Scramble - The annual "Gobbler Scrambler" golf tournament has become one of the Herndon Centennial Golf Course's most popular events.

    Fairfax - Nov. 28 - Chanticleer presents "A Chanticleer Christmas" - Here at the Center, we don’t ring in the holiday season – we sing it in – with a heartfelt concert featuring twelve of the most masterful male voices on the planet. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by New Yorker, Chanticleer is known as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless vocal blend from countertenor to bass, and is celebrated for its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to new music.



    Southern Virginia

    Martinsville - Nov. 4 - Mandolin Orange at the Rives Theatre - The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of ‘This Side of Jordan.’ NPR called the album “effortless and beautiful,” naming it one of the year’s best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it “magnificent,” and American Songwriter said it was “honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.”

    Danville - Nov. 7 - AAF Tank Museum Radio Control Tank Battles - See radio control tankers battle for control of a Belguim town. Realistic sound - hear the engines of these small monsters rev-up for battle action. Battles, campaigns are fought and won. Tankers from all over the US come to this 6,000 sq ft battlefield to see who becomes the victor.

    South Hill - Nov. 18 - Shriner's Seafood Festival - Tickets are $25 and include fried and steamed shrimp, fried fish, baked beans, cole slaw, hushpuppies, iced tea and complimentary beverages.

    South Hill - Nov. 21 - Jason Petty's Honky-Tonk Holidays - Acclaimed Country Singer, Jason Petty, will perform a one-night-only holiday special at the Colonial Center.



    Chesapeake Bay

    Irvington - Nov. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 - Virginia Oyster Country- Oyster Academy - Virginia Oyster Academy offers a Bay to Table experience! Spend the day learning all about oysters. Lectures, Boat Tour, Hands-On Demonstrations, Culinary Secrets, and Wine and Oyster Tastings.

    Gloucester - Nov. 7 - TOGA Virginia Half-Shell Oyster Tasting - Six different middle peninsula oyster growers will be featured for a total of 24 oysters per ticket holder.

    King George - Nov. 7 - Caledon Art and Wine Festival - Enjoy a fall day at the park and see area artisans' finest offerings. Get a jump on holiday shopping. Taste wine from local wineries. A commemorative wine glass is included with the price of tasting. Great food will also be for sale.

    King George - Nov. 14 - Downton Abbey Casino Night at Belle Grove Plantation - Come join us for an evening at the manor house. Dress in your best "Downton Abbey" or "1920s" style for an evening of food, music and fun. Roll the dice with your first free $100 fun money at our craps table and black jack table. Or take a spin on our roulette wheel to see if you will be leaving as the Lord of the manor or will be consigned to the downstairs staff.

    Reedville - Nov. 14 - Reedville Fishermen's Museum Oyster Roast - Don't miss the 26th annual oyster roast at Reedville Fishermen's Museum!

    Topping - Nov. 14 - From the Rappahannock, For the Rappahannock: Oysters for Life - Fresh Virginia oysters will highlight a conservation celebration to introduce foodies and environmentally-concerned folks to a unique program called Oysters For Life.

    Irvington - Nov. 21 - Taste by the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale - Featuring local winery, brewery and restaurant samplings, live music and artisans. Hosted at the Tides Inn in Irvington, VA. Taste what the Chesapeake Bay region has to offer!

    Stratford - Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Dinner at Stratford Hall - Have your Thanksgiving Dinner at Stratford Hall. Enjoy a delicious dinner without cooking! Seatings from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations requested.



    Heart of Appalachia

    Bluefield - Nov. 7-8 - Sanders House Holiday Bazaar - Our goal is to have a variety of products showcasing local and regional talents for holiday shoppers. All proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar will be used to support The Sanders House Charitable Trust to help in preserving this historical treasure.

    Tazewell - Nov. 7 - ATV Rodeo & Expo - You won't want to miss the first annual ATV Rodeo and Expo held at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds. Registration starts at 9am and the events start at Noon, rain or shine! Entry Fee $15 per ATV.

    Castlewood - Nov. 14 - Old Timey Gospel Jam - Please come hear songs like Amazing Grace, The Old Rugged Cross, Just a Rose, Great Speckled Bird, Gone Home, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, and more of your favorites!

    Richlands - Nov. 28 - Town of Richlands Christmas Parade - You won't want to miss this annual event in The Town of Richlands. Come celebrate and enjoy all the entertainment we have lined up. There is a little something for everybody to enjoy.



    Central Virginia

    Richmond - Oct. 28-Nov. 1 - Fire, Flour & Fork - A highly curated mix of dining events (including an Urban State Fair), demonstrations, talks, food producers, distillers, craft beer producers, cookbook authors and visiting chefs with Virginia ties.

    Richmond - Nov. 6-8 - Great American Indian Exposition - Great American Indian Exposition/Pow-Wow is a celebration of American Indian Culture through dance, song, food, arts and crafts.

    Ashland - Nov. 7 - Ashland Train Day - Annual railroad festival along the tracks. Lots of model trains, children's train ride, displays, music, songs, games, the Engineer Bears mascots, locomotive moon-bounce, food and vendors.

    Charlottesville - Nov. 7 - Falling Leaves and Winter Trees - Two-hour ramble through Monticello's forest during the waning days of the fall

    Montpelier Station - Nov. 7 - Montpelier Hunt Races - Experience the thrill of steeplechase horse racing at the 81st running of the Montpelier Hunt Races on the historic grounds of James Madison's Montpelier.

    Charlottesville - Nov. 14 - Red Crooked Sky, American Indian Music & Dance - Experience authentic traditional and contemporary American Indian dances in an awe-inspiring performance with magnificent regalia and live music.

    Chester - Nov. 14 - Hops in the Park - Together, Chesterfield Economic Development and the Henricus Foundation presents this exciting event that will showcase agri-business activities related to the manufacturing of craft beer in Virginia.

    Richmond - Nov. 14 - Richmond Cider Celebration - Richmond's annual celebration of the blossoming Virginia hard cider industry.

    Forest - Nov. 21 - Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival - A celebration of Virginia wine featuring 15 of Virginia's finest wineries, along with artisans, local food purveyors and musical entertainment and Mr. Jefferson himself!

    Wintergreen - Nov. 26-29 - Thanksgiving on the Mountain at Wintergreen Resort - The holiday season of family traditions at Wintergreen Resort begins with Thanksgiving. Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and family fun. If Mother Nature is smiling, we hope to have the Plunge and Ridgely's Fun Park open for the weekend. It's also the annual Ski Swap to benefit the Wintergreen Ski Patrol. Great deals on used equipment.



    Shenandoah Valley

    Staunton - Nov. 4, 7, 12, 15, 20, 27 & 29 - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s theatrical spell is powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. Shakespeare’s mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind’s power of imagination.

    Natural Bridge - Nov. 6-8 - Natural Beauty Canvas & Camera - A Camera and painting workshop session hosted by Dave Socky.

    Berryville - Nov. 7 - Matuto - Appalachian fiddle tunes take on a Brazilian lilt--South American percussion riffs it up with North American blues & jazz--the American South meets world music funk!

    Staunton - Nov. 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Blow Your Own Glass Ornament - Blow Your Own Ornament. Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament to display yearround. Fun for ages 5 & up.

    Lexington - Nov. 12-15 - Virginia Horse Show Association Championships - The championship show was established in 1992 as a two day show with around 100 exhibitors and has grown to a four day show that last year hosted over 500 exhibitors.

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