April in Virginia

  • Tom Tom Founders FestivalCirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk. Photo: Jerry MetellusShenandoah JamboreeNASCAR at Richmond International RacewayCulpeper Remembrance DaysClarksville Lake Country Wine FestivalMoonlight Bootlegger 5KJames RiverFestTitantic Tea at Belle Grove Plantation

    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

    Vienna - April 3 - Tom Paxton - Timeless folk icon whose "stirring songs of social protest and gentle songs of love, [are] each woven together with his personal gift for language." -Judy Collins

    Fredericksburg - April 4, 11, 18, 25 - Treasure Island - The Musical - Told in classic British “panto” style, this hilarious musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel is loaded with sword fights, talking parrots, and tons of audience participation.

    Alexandria - April 12 - Mad Science! - Hands-on science experiments, crazy concotions and the historic science behind them are demonstrated in these tours.

    Fairfax - April 12 - Todd Ellison - "Classic Broadway" - This virtuoso pianist and consummate entertainer brings the best of Broadway to our stage in a delightful concert performance. Few are as well suited to stage this tribute to the Broadway musical as Todd Ellison, who is one of the most sought-after music directors and conductors working on Broadway today.

    Culpeper - April 17-19 - Culpeper Remembrance Days - Revolutionary and Civil War living history, tours, lectures, concerts, aviation history,and more celebrating Culpeper’s rich and varied history.

    Fairfax - April 18 - Russian National Ballet Theatre - "Cinderella" - Don’t miss one of the most enchanting and delightful storybook ballets: Cinderella. With Russia’s finest dancers, Prokofiev’s exuberant music, sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, and comical stepsisters, this performance is a treat for audiences of all ages.

    Vienna - April 22 - Lee Ann Womack - Grammy-winning country star behind the hits “I Hope You Dance,” “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” and “Last Call.”

    Fredericksburg - April 25 - James Monroe's Birthday Celebration - Celebrate James Monroe's birthday with cake, punch and live music at the James Monroe Museum in historic downtown Fredericksburg, VA.


     Southern Virginia

    Danville - April 4-18 - Civil War Sesquicentennial: The Last Capital of the Confederacy - In April 2015, Danville, Virginia will recognize its role in the Civil War as the Last Capital of the Confederacy.

    Spencer - April 10-11 - Spencer-Penn Bar-B-Que Cookoff - Spencer-Penn's 4th Annual Pig Cookin' Contest! Award winning Barbeque and entertainment for the whole family! Cash and trophy awards for the best cooked pork.

    Clarksville - April 11 - Clarksville Lake Country Wine Festival - Enjoy nearly 100 samples of Virginia wines--that of 15 Virginia Wineries--delicious food, live music, and select artisans.

    Halifax - April 11 - Halicraft Art Festival - Our historic Main Street will be transformed with artist tents, crafters, food and wine vendors, and more. Stroll the lawn of our 176 year old historic courthouse while viewing fine arts including paintings and ceramics. Walk our landscaped sidewalks to visit craft vendors and sample delicious cuisine. Visit the wine garden for a wine tasting, or to relax with a glass or two from your favorite local vineyard. Bring the entire family as children will have the opportunity to participate in creating their own works of art.

    Martinsville - April 17 - Stephane Wrembel & His Band plus Dave Eggar & Deoro - oin us for an incredible co-bill featuring two of the world’s best at what they do! Wrembel, a gypsy jazz guitarist, has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Dave Eggar has performed worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist. A virtuoso of many styles, Dave has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres including The Who, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Dave Sanborn, Ray Lamontagne, Roberta Flack and many, many more.

    Brodnax - April 25 - Viper Half Marathon - The first half marathon on the Tobacco Heritage Trail will start in Brodnax and end in a celebration in the Lawrenceville.


     Heart of Appalachia

    Cedar Bluff - April 9-19 - Southwest Virginia Community College Festival of the Arts: International Folk and Classical Arts: Inspiration and Reinvention. - Various events from April 9 - April 19 2015 presented by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, with some performances by students from the theatre and music departments at Southwest Virginia Community College along with community singers in the Festival Chorus.

    Bluefield - April 11 - Celebration of Appalachia - A day of music with fiddlers and bluegrass singing, storytelling, artisan exhibits, craft sales, book signings, and other family fun designed to recognize and celebrate the rich history, culture, people, and traditions of Appalachia. Funnel cakes and other baked and deep-fried goods are a few of the traditional favorites that will be available.

    Pocahontas - April 25 - Pocahontas Coal Heritage Festival - The festivities begin with a pancake breakfast, followed by the annual Indian Run. Then celebrate the season opening of the Pocahontas Exhibition Mines, and conclude the day with a Candlelight Memorial Service for the 114 miners who lost their lives in an explosion at the mines on March 14, 1884.


     Central Virginia

    Charlottesville - April 2 - VA versus The World Wine Workshop - Join us for a blind Virginia Versus The World™ taste-off, as we put Virginia wines head to head with other wines from around the world.

    Syria - April 4 - Graves Mountain Heritage Day - Heritage Day is a fun-filled outdoor event fit for the whole family! Activities and exhibits for all ages.

    Richmond - April4-5 - Virginia Daffodil Society Show at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Hundreds of delightful prize-worthy daffodils and expert growers.

    Appomattox - April 8 - In Search of the Battle of Appomattox Station - Join Chris Calkins as he describes his efforts to locate and document the site of the Appomattox Station battlefield.

    Beaverdam - April 11 - Beaverdam Wine Festival - Beaverdam Wine Festival features four wineries ,live music, food vendors, craft vendors.

    Forest - April 11 - Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting at Poplar Forest - Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Festival - Sample craft beers from near and far, enjoy local music, regional fare and shop for work by local crafts vendors and artisans.

    Charlottesville - April 13-19 - The Tom Tom Founders Festival is your chance to experience a wide range of music, art, performances and innovation in downtown Charlottesville.

    Etlan - April 18 - Spring Oyster Festival with music by Hook & Bullet - Premium steamed and raw oysters and delicious crabcakes provided by the Rappahannock River Oyster Company available for sale.

    Petersburg - April 18 - The Smokin' Barbecue Festival - Petersburg VA Barbecue Festival in Historic Old Town

    Richmond - April24-25 - Spring NASCAR Weekend at Richmond International Raceway - The Friday night ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race pits young up-and-comers, as well as wily veterans and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars, all battling it out. Saturday night, experience the thrill of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing when defending race winner Joey Logano will battle Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and all of the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series around the 3/4-mile track for the checkered flag in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400.


     Shenandoah Valley

    Quicksburg - April 4 - Shenandoah Jamboree - Shenandoah Jamboree returns to the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns for its 3rd season. Join us for a night of great entertainment close to home!

    Waynesboro - April 11-12 - 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, wine tasting, craft beer and live music.

    New Castle - April 18 - Preppers Festival - Prepper's Festival 2015 -- to explore preparedness and homesteading, meet local artists, and be part of a Top Chef style Prepper's Cook-Off!

    Vinton - April 22-26 - Vinton Dogwood Festival - The 60th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival runs from April 22-26, and offers fun for all. Events include local entertainment, craft show, distance run, children’s area, and many vendors.

    Roanoke - April 24 - Moonlight Bootlegger 5k - 5K nighttime trail race featuring moonshine and live bluegrass at the finish line.

    Harrisonburg - April 25 - Rocktown Beer & Music Festival - The Rocktown Beer & Music Festival features a great selection of craft beer and a stellar music lineup.

    Staunton - April 25-26 - The Virginia Hot Glass Festival - The Virginia Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, VA, offers live glass blowing demonstrations and exhibits by hot glass artists from the region. Watch art happen.


     Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

    Norfolk - April 10 - Ballet Hispanico 2015 - Ballet Hispanico dancing works by choreographers from Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Columbia.

    Newport News - April 18-19, 25-26 - Spring Native Plant Sale at the Virginia Living Museum - Spring Native Plant Sale at the Virginia Living Museum offers a wide variety of plants that help wildlife and show well in the garden.

    Williamsburg - April 18 - Williamsburg Music & Wine Festival - Williamsburg Music & Wine Festival will be featuring 10 Virginia Wineries,live music,delicious food and various vendors.

    Yorktown - April 18 - Sister Cities French Market - Join Sister Cities Yorktown for the 4th Annual Authentic French Market and experience all things French with all of your favorite French products.

    Norfolk - April 23-26 - Virginia International Tattoo - Virginia International Tattoo A Centuries-Old Scottish Tradition with a 21st Century American Soul!

    Yorktown - April 25-26 - 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.

    Williamsburg - April 26 - James RiverFest - Celebration of the James River and environmental stewardship with art/craft vendors, water activities, children's activities, food vendors, live music and environmental booths. FREE Admission at Eco Discovery Park.


     Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore

    Chincoteague Island - April 3-4 - Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival - The traditional Decoy and Art Festival held on Easter weekend of each year marks the arrival of spring and is "homecoming time" for many folks.


     Blue Ridge Highlands

    Ferrum - April 11 - Put Cuffs on Cancer "Chalk It Up" 5K - Put the Cuffs on Cancer 5K will be on April 11, 2015 at Ferrum College. This year's theme, "Chalk It Up," will have participants covered in colored powders.

    Abingdon - April 12, 19, 26 - Music on the Lawn-from Abingdon Music Experience - classical and jazz music on the lawn at The Martha.

    Blacksburg - April 17 - Australian Chamber Orchestra - Renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra embodies the vibrant, adventurous, youthful, and inquiring spirit of Australia.

    Bristol - April 18 - Xfinity Series 300 & PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway - If you have yet to experience this spectacular Saturday showdown, it’s time to purchase your tickets and feel the intensity of racing inside the world’s Last Great Coliseum.

    Bristol - April 19 - Food City 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Bristol Motor Speedway - Bumpers rub and tempers flare inside the Last Great Colosseum as NASCAR’s elite fire their engines for April's battle royale, the Food City 500.

    Blacksburg - April 24-25 - Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk - “Pedal Punk” is an experience that will charm you with its story and thrill you with its daring; a rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels.

    Narrows - April 25 - Spring Up Wolf Creek Bike Ride - Road bike ride. A fun, family friendly ride along Wolf Creek enjoying spring foliage. Proceeds support sight conservation.


     Chesapeake Bay

    Lancaster - April 11 - 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.

    King George - April 11 - Titanic Tea at Belle Grove Plantation - Belle Grove Plantation remembers the Titanic and passengers with our Titanic Tea. In attendance during our tea will be some of the 1st Class Ladies from RMS Titanic.

    Warsaw - April 26 - Spring Oyster Crawl - Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail - Celebrate Spring with wine & oyster pairings at the participating wineries of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail on Virginia's Northern Neck.

Last Updated: 4/10/2015 1:38 PM
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