May in Virginia

    Blessing of the Bikes, Burkes GardenAnnual Kids Day, Falls MillsStars & Strips Forever, BedfordWannaGoFast 1/2 Mile Shootout, Hot SpringsWildflower Weekend, Shenandoah National ParkOccaneechi Pow-Wow, Chase CityVintage Virginia Wine & Food Fest, CentrevilleRacing at Langley Speedway, HamptonMonsters on the Beach, Virginia Beach

    Those April showers pay 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

    Burkes Garden - May 3 - Annual Blessings of the Bikes - Hundreds of motorcycle riders gather each year in beautiful Burke's Garden at the Burke's Garden Community Center to hold the annual blessings of the bikes event. To add even more enjoyment to the occasion a meal is served at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m. several local pastors bless each bike and rider individually with prayer for a safe riding season.

    Ewing - May8-10 - Raid at Martin's Station - Don't miss the 15th anniversary of this epic event. Slip into the shadows of Virginia's 1776 wilderness for a special commemoration of the Raid at Martin's Station. Activities include: tours of Cherokee warrior and colonial militia camps; tales about fort life; 18th century merchants and colonial traders; an announcement about the Virginia Project; and a special Sons of the American Revolution presentation featuring national speakers and a wreath-laying. Don't miss a new, first-person account by Mad Anne Bailey about women warriors as well as a seminar on colonial life by renowned lecturers Wallace Gusler and Eve Otmar.

    Falls Mills - May 16 - Falls Mills Fishing Club Annual Kids Day Event - Whether you are fly fishing or bait casting your chances of getting a bite here are good. Grab your fishing gear and bring your family, friends and the kids. Head on out to Falls Mills Dam for a day filled with lots of fun and enjoyment.

    Big Stone Gap - May 23 - Gathering in the Gap Music Festival - Celebrate Southwest Virginia's rich tradition of old-time, bluegrass, blues and Americana music. Enjoy performances by regionally and nationally renowned musicians. Also enjoy instrument competitions, songwriting workshops and jam sessions. Crafters and vendors will be on-hand, and there will be an area just for the kids.

    Breaks - May 23-25 - Jubilee in the Breaks - Featuring some of the finest in southern and bluegrass gospel music. Admission is free, love offerings are taken daily. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy.The park offers motels, cabins, campgrounds, scenic overlooks, pools, picnic areas, paddleboats, convention center and museum.

    St. Paul - May 28-30 - Clinch River Days Festival - Clinch River Days Festival - midway, games, music, dancing, wine tasting, encampment/reenactment, art/gallery shows, photography, clowns, performances, races, canoe/kayak the Clinch and a whole lot more.



    Central Virginia

    Charlottesville - May1-2 - Colonial 200 Relay - Traversing through the heart of Virginia’s beautiful wine country and ending in historic Williamsburg, runners will gather in Spring to begin the overnight adventure of running segments that feature hills, forests, and rolling terrain, winding down at the finish line at Jamestown Beach Park in Williamsburg, VA.

    Forest - May 2 - Conversations with Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson - Step back in time to listen in on a conversation between Thomas Jefferson and the returning war hero Andrew Jackson.

    Doswell - May 2-3 - Spring Bloom Festival at Kings Dominion - Be there as we transform International Street into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors with thousands of blooms.

    Montpelier Station - May 2-3 - Montpelier Spring Wine Festival - Gather round friends and family for this premier spring event held annually on the grounds of Montpelier.

    Ashland - May 9 - National Train Day - Join us as we celebrate National Train Day in Ashland.

    Lynchburg - May 9 - Lynchburg Music Festival - (Pictured) One day! One stage! NINE bands!

    Lynchburg Music Festival

     Crozet - May 9-10 - Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival Spring Show - Juried artisan Exhibitors, great food, Virginia beer and wine, live music, and more!

    Richmond - May 15-17 - Dominion Riverrock - Dominion Riverrock is Richmond's premier river event featuring a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping.

    Bedford - May 16 - Family Fun Fest - Family Fun Fest, a family-friendly outdoor event featuring games, rides, inflatables, food and performances.

    Gordonsville - May 16 - Gordonsville, VA "Famous Fried Chicken Festival" - The Cooper family still holds the "Secret Famous" recipe for Gordonsville's famous Fried Chicken. We invite you to come to enjoy this tasty, comforting, culinary experience. The Chicken Festival will feature Cook-off contests to judge special recipes for Fried Chicken and homemade Pies. Artisans/Crafters and Specialty vendors will be available to sell their goods. Local Wineries will be on-site for tastings and purchases.

    Gum Spring - May 16 - Hammerstock - Join us for a celebration of the ancient art of blacksmithing! Blacksmith demonstrations, metal arts and mixed media art vendors, great food, great wine and live music.

    Orange - May 16-17 - Virginia Formation Skydiving Festival - Skydivers from Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC freefall skydiving and fly parachutes all day, watch for free. You can arrange your first jump Tandem skydive with us.

    Bedford - May 23 - Bower Center Crawfish Boil - Crawfish Boil 2,000 pounds of live crawfish brought from LA to be cooked on site with etouffee, chicken gumbo, red bean and rice. Beer/wine to purchase.

    Bedford - May 23 - National D-Day Memorial - Stars & Stripes Forever: Patriotic Concert - The Jefferson Choral Society performs a stirring patriotic concert that will have guests on their feet celebrating the freedoms so many have fought and died to protect.

    Forest - May 29-30 - Michael W. Twitty Foodways Event - Chef Michael W. Twitty, an expert on historical African American food and folk culture, presents a journey through colonial-era African American cooking.



    Shenandoah Valley

    Roanoke - May 2-3 - Cinderella presented by Southwest Virginia Ballet - Southwest Virginia Ballet, under the artistic direction of Pedro Szalay, presents Cinderella.

    Hot Springs - May 2-3 - WannaGOFAST 1/2 Mile Shootout - Join us for 2 FULL DAYS of, side-by-side, HALF MILE racing at this rare and exclusive location.

    Luray - May 5 & 9 - Craft Beer Tastings at Skyland Resort - Craft beer tastings held on selected dates at Skyland Resort, located at mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

    Lexington - May 6-9 - Bonnie Blue National Horse Show - United States Equestrian Federation rated horse show featuring a variety of crowd pleasing classes for Saddlebreds, Hackneys and new this year, 16 Friesian horse division classes.

    Luray - May 9-10 - Wildflower Weekend in Shenandoah National Park - Did you know there are more than 850 species of flowering plants that grow in Shenandoah National Park? Take a day or two to appreciate the tremendous diversity of wildflowers growing here in the Blue Ridge during Shenandoah's Wildflower Weekend. Special walks, talks, workshops and slide programs focus on the park's native woodland wildflowers.

    Waynesboro - May 15 - River City Radio Hour - The River City Radio Hour features the Boogie Kings. The performance also includes local musicians and comedy combined with original "radio serials" including adventure, humor and mystery.

    Clifton Forge - May 15 - The Life and Times of Carter Stanley presented by Gary Reid - Today, Ralph Stanley has attained icon status. But Reid wants to shine new light on the forgotten brother, Carter Stanley, who died in 1966. He’s created a one-man show designed to bring Carter’s story to new audiences.

    Natural Bridge - May 15 - Truck and Tractor Pull - All tractors in their respective classes pull a set weight in the sled. When a tractor gets to the end of the 100 metre track, this is known as a "full pull". When more than one tractor completes the course, more weight is added to the sledge, and those competitors that moved past 300 feet will compete in a pull-off; the winner is the one who can pull the sled the longest.

    Buchanan Garden, Art & Antique Festival

    Buchanan - May 16 - Buchanan Garden, Art & Antique Festival - (Pictured) Set against the backdrop of the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House and the James River, Buchanan invites you to celebrate the arrival of spring. Join us for a day highlighting local gardening, arts and antiques. Enjoy live music being performed from Center Stage, discover the tastes of the region as you sample wines from local wineries and beer from local breweries.

    Roanoke - May 16 - Breakfast with the Animals - Come for a light breakfast buffet, the chance to meet one of the zoo’s education outreach animals, a special chat with zookeepers, craft project and activity sheet.

    Harrisonburg - May 18 - Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes - Bring your children for a wonderful time of arts and crafts and to also hear stories about fairies.

    Roanoke - May 22-24 - Roanoke Festival in the Park - Over 40 different Music and Entertainment acts, lots of children’s activities, arts & crafts, and some of Roanoke’s Best Food Trucks. AEP 5K & 10K Run/Walk/Wheelchair Race.

    Salem - May 30-31 - Blue Ridge Music Festival in Salem - The 3rd Annual Blue Ridge Music Festival, Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31, will feature Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Charlie Daniels Band, Colt Ford.


     Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

    Hampton - Saturday Nights - Racing at Langley Speedway - Satisfy your need for speed at this historic NASCAR home track. The only weekly racing series in Hampton Roads. Late model, Grand Stocks, Modifieds, Legends, Super Trucks, U-Cars, Super Street, Pro Wing Champ, Karts, Enduros, and Pro 6 racing.

    Hampton - May 1-3 - The Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar & Spring Festival - Enjoy items by over 300 quality crafters, vendors, artists, and local businesses.

    Newport News - May 2-3 - Annual Civil War Re-enactment at Endview Plantation - Civil War Reenactment of The Siege of Yorktown - Experience the sights and sounds of the Civil War as hundreds of re-enactors converge on Endview to re-enact battles fought during the Peninsula Campaign. Enjoy talks, demonstrations, battles and camp life. Soldiers will be facing each other in fortifications throughout the day. Guided camp tours will leave periodically from the historic house at Endview Plantation.


    Virginia Beach - May 8-10 - Kalbones Off Road Monsters on the Beach - This wildly-popular event brings thrills and chills to the Virginia Beach oceanfront as Monster Trucks battle for ultimate sand domination! This family-targeted event is loud, fast, and exciting.

    Portsmouth - May 9-10 - Annual Gosport Arts Festival - The Gosport Arts Festival has forty-plus year tradition in Hampton Roads. Annually held in Portsmouth’s beautiful Olde Towne.

    Jamestown Day

    Williamsburg - May 9 - Jamestown Day - (Pictured) Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement will mark the 408th anniversary of the founding of America's first permanent English settlement.

    Williamsburg - May 11-17 - LPGA Kingsmill Championship - Join the excitement at the LPGA Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort in historic Williamsburg, VA.

    Suffolk - May 16 - The LAVA Music Festival - It's the first annual Lava Music Festival! This is a family-friendly music festival welcoming music lovers of all ages.

    Norfolk - May 16-17 - Virginia Beer Festival - This spring, the two-day festival returns for your tasting pleasure, with over 100 of the finest beers from local, regional, and international breweries!

    Virginia Beach - May 16-17 - Pirate Party on the Beach - Two days of activities designed to bring out the "pirate" in everyone! Costume contests, games, a treasure hunt, pirate reenactors, and movie on the beach.

    Yorktown - May 23-24 - Civil War Weekend in Yorktown - Tactical demonstrations, encampments, and a Confederate field hospital interpret the role Yorktown played during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.



    Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore

    Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

    Wallops - May 1 - Wallops 70th Anniversary Lecture Series: Explore the Future - To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Wallops Flight Facility the Visitor Center will host a lecture series.

    Chincoteague Island - May 2 - Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival - (Pictured) Chincoteague Island has hosted a spring seafood festival for over 46 years. All-you-can-eat, fresh, local seafood in abundance. Live music, hospitality booths and an all-around good time.

    Chincoteague Island - May 9 - Annual International Migratory Bird Celebration - International Migratory Bird Celebration ushers in spring on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Fun crafts for kids of all ages.



    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Abingdon - Sunday Afternoons - Music on the Lawn-from Abingdon Music Experience - Free concerts in downtown Abingdon! Join us for Music on the Lawn every Sunday from 1-3 pm at the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa.

    Galax - May 1-2 - HoustonFest - There definitely will be no shortage of incredible bluegrass and oldtime mountain music at Felts Park in Galax first weekend in May.

    Wirtz - May 1-3 - Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament - The Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament is a three-day event for anglers of all ages.

    Blacksburg - May 2 - 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.

    BrewRidge Music Festival

    Pembroke - May 8 & 9 - Dinner & A Show at Mountain Lake Lodge - Enjoy a four-course dinner in our Harvest Restaurant followed by a performance at 8pm. Packages to include overnight accommodations are available!

    Rocky Mount - May 8 - Annual Strawberry Festival in Downtown Rocky Mount - Bring your family to the Annual Strawberry Festival at the Farmers' Market in downtown Rocky Mount. Enjoy strawberries, ice cream, music, activities, and more.

    Narrows - May 16 - Narrows Kids Fishing Day - Kids Fishing Day at the Narrows Town Park. Free t-shirts, fun activities, and lots of prizes. Family fun for kids ages 3-15.

    Ferrum - May 21-24 - Annual Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival - Dulcimer players of all skill levels come together for four days of learning, performing, and participating in an array of workshops and activities.

    Pembroke - May 30 - BrewRidge Music Festival - (Pictured) Come join us for authentic Appalachian LIVE Music and LOCAL Brews! Great food, music, and fun all day.



    Northern Virginia

    Mount Vernon - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays - Sheep-Shearing - During the month of May, Mount Vernon's sheep receive a haircut at the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sheep-Shearing is included in regular Estate admission.


    Alexandria - Saturday Mornings - Attics and Alleys Tour - Explore spaces normally not open to the public at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum on this 3-hour walking tour.

    Chantilly - May 2, 8, 16, 23 & 30 - Smithsonian TechQuest Game: Eye in the Sky - Smithsonian Tech Quest is a new, alternative reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, in which children embark on a Cold War era mission of immense importance.

    The Plains - May 2 - Virginia Gold Cup - Run in Fauquier County since 1922 and attended by over 50,000 spectators, this race is one of the largest and most popular sporting events in the greater Washington metropolitan area. Race day features six hurdle and timber horses races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tent, tailgate and hat contests, and vendor booths for shopping.

    Ruther Glen - May 2 - Ladysmith Day - Ladysmith Day is a celebration of western Caroline County held each May. Live bands all day; activities for all ages- food, crafts, games and more!

    Mount Vernon - May 15-17 - Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour - Sample wines from Virginia wineries, enjoy live music on the east lawn, and meet "George and Martha Washington" on the Mansion's piazza.

    Fredericksburg - May 16, 23 & 30 - Jack and the Giant - the Musical - The classic English folk tale takes on new charm in this rollicking musical version.

    Strawberry Jubilee

    Reston - May 16-17 - Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival - 200+ artists from around the nation exhibit their paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry, and fine craft in outdoor booths, plus live performances and children’s art activities.

    Vienna - May 22-23 - A Prairie Home Companion - Wolf Trap: A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor And Special Guests: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan in association with Minnesota Public Radio & WAMU 88.5 FM

    Bluemont - May 23-24, 30-31 - Strawberry Jubilee - (Pictured) The largest strawberry festival in Loudoun County features live music, farm contests, great food, and family fun on the farm. Check our website for u-pick availability.

    Delaplane - May 23-24 - Delaplane Strawberry Festival - Bring the whole family and enjoy a fun and festive day in the Virginia countryside at the Delaplane Strawberry Festival. Enjoy hayrides, old fashioned field games, dancing, music, magic, storytelling, crafts, a petting farm, an antique car show, a bake sale, hikes in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail, face painting, cake-walking, a corn hole tournament, a monkey and much more.

    Arlington - May 30 - Crawfish Boil - Kick off the summer right at our annual Crawfish Boil in our back lot featuring all you can eat crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo and gator!

    Vienna - May 30 - Kool & The Gang/Chaka Khan - It’s a “Celebration”! “Get Down On It” with the pop funk party-starters whose arrangements have made them the most sampled band of all time; then dance it up with the international music icon widely-regarded as the “Queen of Funk,” as she delivers hits like “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel For You.”

    Centreville - May 30-31 - Vintage Virginia Wine and Food Festival - Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center.



    Southern Virginia

    Chase City - May 1-2 - Chase City Occaneechi Pow-Wow - Join us for the First Annual Chase City Occaneechi Gathering & Pow-Wow!

    Alton - May 2 - NASA HyperFest - HyperFest was designed to offer automotive enthusiasts the opportunity to drive their own car on a racetrack, watch from the sidelines, and everything in between.

    Barter Theatre presents The Road to Appomattox

    Brodnax - May 2 - Wings, Wheels, & Crafts - Wings Wheels & Crafts 2015, located at the Mecklenburg Brunswick Regional airport will include fly-in, car show, vendors, food, kids activities, free airplane rides for kid and fun!

    Lawrenceville - May 2 - Barter Theatre "The Road to Appomattox" - (Pictured) Barter Theatre's "The Road to Appomattox" tells the story of decisions taking place 150 years apart. Both talk of surrender, Robert E. Lee's and a modern day couple's.

    South Hill - May 2-3, 8-10 - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (C.A.T.S.) - This musical comedy is sure to keep you laughing (and spelling) from start to finish!

    Danville - May 16 - Sutherlin Art & Wine Show - Fine art and wine tasting at the Sutherlin Mansion of the Danville Museum.

    Fieldale - May 16 - Fieldale Heritage Festival - The Fieldale Heritage Festival is filled with activities, crafts, music, food and more for the whole family to enjoy.

    Martinsville - May 21-24 - 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.

    Victoria - May 30-31 - Skydive Into Springtime - Tandem Skydiving with music along with free food and drinks. Come make a skydive or watch as other people make their jump.



    Chesapeake Bay

    Deltaville Art & Seafood Festival

    Colonial Beach - May 16 - Town Trolley Tasting Tour - Expert tour guides tell the history of the area as well as other interesting tidbits. The trolley makes stops at six local eateries where you can sample fine wines and tasty hors d'oeuvres.

    Mathews - May 16 - Tour de Chesapeake Mathews Cycling Festival - Tour de Chesapeake Mathews Cycling Festival for the whole family, great food, great roads, great music. Mathews is the Pearl of the Chesapeake. Come see why.

    Urbanna - May 16-17 - Annual Urbanna Cup Regatta - Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing - Complete Family FUN! Come and watch hand made boats race a short course in Urbanna Harbor or build your own boat and become a participant!

    Deltaville - May 23 - Deltaville Art & Seafood Festival - (Pictured) Bring your family to kick-off your Memorial Day weekend with us at this beautiful rural, waterfront community!

    Heathsville - May 23 - St. Stephen's Strawberry Festival - Annual Strawberry Festival featuring over 150 quality craft artists, fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, food, large plant and bake sale, kids activities, and live music.

    Gloucester - May 23 - 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army Encampment - Experience life in America during the Revolutionary War. Authentically dressed re-enactors demonstrate the proper care and firing of black powder muskets and a cannon. The captain will recruit and drill "volunteers" from the public. Camp followers spin wool, play period games and prepare light meals. Fun for the entire family! FREE!

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