May in Virginia

    Virginia Regional Festival of Flight

    Those April showers sure paid off!

    Find something fun to do this month.


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




    Heart of Appalachia

    Ewing - May 9-10 - Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering - The 8th annual Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering offers delightful jam sessions, workshops, pot-luck meals, and a performance in the campground amphitheater.

    Ewing - May 9-11 - Raid at Martin's Station - Slip into the shadows of Virginia's 1776 frontier. A special program, which includes the drawing of the winning ticket for the Martin's Station Rifle Project, is yours to enjoy.

    Breaks - May 24-26 - Jubilee in the Breaks - We feature some of the finest in southern and bluegrass gospel music. Admission is free, love offerings are taken daily. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy.



    Central Virginia

    Montpelier Station - May 3-4 - Montpelier Wine Festival - The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family.

    Arrington - May 3 - Nelson Downriver Canoe and Kayak Race - Nelson Downriver Canoe and Kayak Race. The 8 mile race on the lower Tye River is suitable for experienced canoe and kayak paddlers.

    Petersburg - May 3 - Rugged Maniac - Rugged Maniac strikes the perfect balance between fun and physicality with our day-long party and award-winning course.

    Richmond - May 10 - Cap2Cap Bike Event - Quarter-, Half-, and Full-Century rides, plus a 15-Mile Fun Ride, through picturesque Central Virginia countryside -- all to benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.

    Nellysford - May 12-19 - Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Wild Wolf Brewing Company - American Craft Beer Week - Food & Beer Pairings, brewing classesk, beer tastings, beer taste challenge, and beer dinner.

    Richmond - May 16-18 - Dominion Riverrock - Dominion Riverrock is Richmond's premier river event.

    Gordonsville - May 17 - Gordonsville, VA "Famous Fried Chicken Festival" - Gordonsville is famous for its Fried Chicken, that was served to passengers of trains stopping in the Town of Gordonsville during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Chicken Festival will feature cook-off contests to judge special recipes for fried chicken, macaroni & cheese and homemade pies.



    Shenandoah Valley

    Staunton - May 1-2, 4, 7-8, 10, 16, 18, 22, 24, 28 - Othello by William Shakespeare - In this magnificently complex study of extremes, Shakespeare pairs his most loving and trusting leading man with his most conniving and ruthless villain in a dangerous dance of deceit and revenge.

    Waynesboro - May 3 - Waynesboro Riverfest - A free, family-friendly outdoor festival centering on Waynesboro's South River.

    Roanoke - May 4 - Valley Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert - Highlighting the 2014 Spring Concert for Valley Chamber Orchestra will be a concerto for marimba by Anders Koppel, played by Zubin Hathi. Other selections include cinema themes by John Williams and the whimsical Leroy Anderson composition, March for Two Left Feet.

    Roanoke - May 8 - Ronald McDonald House Annual Golf Tournament - This golf tournament helps to support families through their child's healing process. Help us to keep families together.

    Buena Vista - May 9-11 - Muster on the Maury – Living History in the Valley of Virginia - Step back into the 1860's and visit the Civil War living history encampment on the grounds of the historic Paxton House in Buena Vista, Virginia. Witness formation and weapons instruction, tactical camp drills, living history demonstrations and much more. Tentative plans include tours of the paxton House, Friday night picnic supper, Saturday night cookout, children's aqctivities and Sunday church service.

    Middletown - May 10 - Of Ale and History Microbrew and Imported Beer Tasting Festival - Fine foods, live bands and beer will be available at this festival from 11 am to 6 p.m, with beer tasting beginning at noon.

    Roanoke - May 10 - Caching in on Scenery: The Sixth Annual Amazing County Treasure Hunt - New and Experienced Geocachers Discover the Treasures at Roanoke County's Explore Park.

    Harrisonburg - May 13 - Court & Market Days - Experience a personal connection to a war that was fought in our backyard while exploring what life was like in the 1800’s.

    New Market - May16-18 - Reenactment of the Battle of New Market - Come and join us for the 150th Anniversary Battle of New Market Reenactment held on our original battlefield property. One of the oldest continual reenactments in the nation.

    Front Royal - May 17 - Virginia Wine & Craft Festival - Come and enjoy wine tastings from 20 of the best of Virginia wineries. Over 100 artisans and crafters from all over the east coast display fine handmade jewelry, candles, pottery, art, wood and iron works. If you are hungry, there will be a variety of regional foods, including the best BBQ in the Shenandoah Valley, or you may wish to step inside to one of our many restaurants located at the event site.

    Stephens City - May 22-24 - Newtown Heritage Festival - This free family-friendly festival takes place throughout Main Street, Stephens City. Craft show, parade and fireworks on Saturday, live music, children’s events, wagon rides, museum tours and more.


     Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

    Virginia Beach - May 2 - Joshua Bell and Joann Falletta at The Sandler Center - A Joshua Bell performance is "as close to perfection as anything on Earth. Bell's tone is a thing of rare beauty" (Seattle Times).

    Norfolk - May 3-4 - Annual AT&T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival - The 7th Annual AT&T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, guests will enjoy two afternoons of sampling a wide selection of Virginia Wines in Town Point Park.

    Annual AT&T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival 

    Yorktown - May 3 - Blues, Brews, and BBQ - Join us for Yorktown's first Blues, Brews & BBQ, a festival on the river.

    Virginia Beach - May 9-10 - PANorama Caribbean Music Festival - Join world-class performers for a spectacular celebration of Caribbean music on the waterfront in beautiful Virginia Beach!

    Williamsburg - May 10 - Jamestown Day - Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 407th anniversary of the founding of America's first permanent English settlement

    Charles City - May 17-18 - Annual Civil War Reenactment at Fort Pocahontas - Activities throughout both days will include tactical infantry and artillery demonstrations, civilian camp life history including cooking and other lifestyle demonstrations, church services, guided tours and more.

    Virginia Beach - May 17 - Neptune’s Spring International Wine Tasting - Travel the world with Neptune Festival’s International Spring Wine Festival! 31st Street Park is transformed into a hub of tasting stations from around the world.

    Norfolk - May 17-18 - Virginia Beer Festival - Sample a bounty of brews from around the world, while enjoying live music and the spring air! Purchase a tasting ticket to our VIP area and have access to specialty brews, private talks with brewers, and delicious snacks. New this year, TWO DAYS!

    Williamsburg - May 24 - Bela Fleck at the Williamsburg Lodge - Premier banjo player Béla Fleck is considered one of the most innovative pickers in the world. He plays everything from traditional bluegrass to progressive jazz.

    Portsmouth - May 23-25 - Annual UMOJA Festival - An African-American cultural festival featuring food, music and unity. This year's featured headline concert on Saturday we welcome Chaka Kahan to nTelos Wireless Pavilion!

    Suffolk - May 31 - Virginia Regional Festival of Flight - Virginia Regional Festival of Flight - 100s of homebuilt and other aircraft on display. Hands-on activities for kids, free Young Eagles fights, age 8-17, on Sunday.



    Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore

    Chincoteague Island - May 3 - Chincoteague Seafood Festival - Chincoteague Island has hosted a spring seafood festival for over 40 years.  All-you-can-eat, fresh, local seafood in abundance.  Live music, hospitality booths and an all-around good time.

    Chincoteague Island - May 10 - International Migratory Bird Celebration - International Migratory Bird Celebration ushers in spring on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.  Fun crafts for kids of all ages. 

    Cape Charles - May 17 - Crabby Blues Festival - Enjoy fresh, off-the-boat crabs, live music, kids area, petting zoo, arts & crafts, food.



    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Bristol - May 2 & 16 - Border Bash Series - Border Bash is a free summer concert series is held annually on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA--The Birthplace of Country Music!

    Abingdon - May 2-4 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Garden Faire - Annual Regional Garden Faire will be one of the most inclusive garden shows in the Southeast!

    Blacksburg - May 3 - Blacksburg Fork and Cork - This adventure for the senses will feature wines from approximately 20 Virginia wineries, culinary delights from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, regional art and wine lover accessories, all enjoyed amid live music in the inviting atmosphere of Blacksburg's First & Main Shopping District.



    Northern Virginia

    Spotsylvania - May 2-4 - 150th Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse - 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Battles of Wilderness and Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, VA, near Fredericksburg.

    Virginia Gold Cup 

    The Plains - May 3 - Virginia Gold Cup - One of the nation's largest steeplechase races celebrates its 89th anniversary.

    Mount Vernon - May 9 - Farm to Table: Cocktails, Tour & Dinner - Learn about food culture at Mount Vernon on a guided tour and enjoy the rare opportunity to sip cocktails in the upper garden.

    Herndon - May 29-June 1 - Herndon Festival - One of Northern Virginia’s top FREE outdoor events which includes a carnival, entertainment, 10K/5K race, kids alley, fireworks, arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors.



    Southern Virginia

    South Hill - May 3-4, 9, 11 - Dearly Departed - This farcical play looks at the difficulties of losing someone, and all the things that can go wrong! A comedy of errors; the funniest play about death!

    Fieldale - May 17 - Fieldale Heritage Festival - The Fieldale Heritage Festival is filled with activities, crafts, music, food and more for the whole family to enjoy.

    Martinsville - May 22-25 - Rooster Walk - Music and Arts Festival - Rooster Walk 6 is a music and arts festival will include musical genres of funk, rock, bluegrass, country, blues, reggae, jazz, Americana and more.



    Chesapeake Bay

    Deltaville - May 24 - "Deltafest" Celebrating Deltaville's Working Waterfront & Seafood - Deltaville will be ringing in the summer with Deltafest, a celebration of Deltaville's working waterfront and seafood!

Last Updated: 1/28/2014 11:39 AM
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