Be the first to experience some of Virginia’s brand-new offerings in 2024, from upscale boutique hotels to restaurants helmed by noteworthy Chefs.
Note: Openings, events, and other information in this article may be changed; Please check with the individual location or business for more details.
BIG EVENT ANNIVERSARIES IN VIRGINIA FOR 2024
250th Anniversary of America—Historic Sites Throughout Virginia
The Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission (VA250) commemorates the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, the Revolutionary War, and the independence of the United States in the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of the former colonies and future states, where much of this history took place. The celebrations run through 2024 and the 250th anniversary of American Independence in 2026.
The Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail—Southwest Virginia
The Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2024 with special concerts, programs, and square dances across Southwest Virginia throughout the year. The Crooked Road is also joining in the celebration of the Carter Family Fold’s 50th Anniversary.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival—Winchester
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival celebrates its 100th anniversary April 26th–May 5th, 2024 with the theme “Locally Grown, Globally Shared”, referencing the farms and orchards that helped create the Shenandoah Valley. Activities this year include an Apple Growers Luncheon, farm tours, and a 100th birthday party complete with apple pie.
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival—Virginia Beach
2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. Celebrate the 50th Annual Boardwalk Weekend on September 27-29th with concerts scattered along 30+ blocks of the boardwalk, an arts and craft show with 200+ vendors, magnificent sand sculptures created by world-renowned international sculptors, an 8k race, a grand parade, and more.
Carter Family Fold—Hiltons
The Carter Family Fold is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. Celebrations kick off in March with special monthly concerts, leading up to a special “Appalachia Rising” concert on April 28, 2024, and a big 50th Anniversary musical event on August 3, 2024.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden—Richmond
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden kicks off its 40th anniversary in 2024 with a year-long celebration featuring exquisite horticultural displays, art exhibits, community events, live music, and more, including: Contemporary American multi-disciplinary artist Kyle Epps as an artist-in-residence from April-September 2024. Epps’ work will explore the landscape and history of the Garden through a variety of mediums. Guests will be able to view the artwork in the Garden’s Community Art Gallery and Epps will also lead workshops.
NEW HOTELS, RESORTS, & INNS IN VIRGINIA FOR 2024
The Holbrook Hotel—Danville
The Holbrook Hotel opened in November 2023 in a former doctor’s office on Danville’s Main and Holbrook streets. The property offers 45 luxury suites with kitchenettes and a mid-century aesthetic.
Nestled in the center of Historic Old Towne Petersburg, the reimagined Hotel Petersburg will open its doors in Summer 2024. A century in the making, the upscale boutique hotel will include 68 luxury rooms with a restaurant, rooftop bar, and an outdoor courtyard.
Shenandoah Mansions will be the first boutique hotel in Richmond’s Fan neighborhood, with a slated opening in Fall 2024. The 73-room hotel, the latest from New York City-based hotelier Ash, will feature a retail space and the third location of Ash–Bar, an all-day dining concept and European cafe.
The Little Mod Hotel—Charlottesville
The Little Mod Hotel in Charlottesville opened in October 2023 steps away from the University of Virginia grounds. A mid-century modern building dating back to the 1960s, this hotel includes 20 brightly decorated rooms and apartment-style suites with vintage touches. The Mod Pod, an onsite converted airstream, serves up all-day breakfast, tasty tacos, and delicious savory waffle cones.
Slated to open in the heart of Old Town Alexandria in May 2024, Hotel Heron is Aparium Hotel Group’s flagship adaptive-reuse development, located steps from the bustling King Street mile. Originally occupied from 1926 to 1971 by the George Mason Hotel, the new space includes 134 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of hotel amenities, including a hearth-inspired restaurant offering Mid-Atlantic cuisine, a cozy cocktail bar, and a seasonal rooftop bar, as well as meeting space and ground floor retail.
South Roanoke Boutique Hotel—Roanoke
The 21-room South Roanoke Boutique Hotel is a new boutique hotel opening in the Historic District of Roanoke in 2024.
Getaway Shenandoah North—Bayse
Getaway Shenandoah North in Basye opened in late 2023 with 42 cabins on 47 private acres. Nestled along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the secluded Outpost in Basye is surrounded by old-growth forests, scenic nature trails, and the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia — all just two hours from Washington, DC.
NEW RESTAURANTS & BREWERIES IN 2024
Richmond Region Mimosa Trail—Restaurants Throughout the Richmond Area
The Richmond Region Mimosa Trail is the newest addition to Richmond’s food and drink scene. The self-guided tour has options for over 40 restaurants in the region that all feature delicious mimosas and brunch options.
Selvedge Brewing, which has lived inside The Wool Factory since it opened in 2020, is moving to a new location in Charlottesville’s Bellair neighborhood. Selvedge will open in its new home in January 2024.
Harry’s at the Hofheimer—Richmond
Harry’s at Hofheimer is a modern speakeasy-inspired restaurant focused on craft cocktails and innovative new American cuisine. Harry’s opened in October 2023 inside the iconic Hofheimer Building in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood. The art deco-themed bar has a twist of modern style while paying homage to the character of its historic home. Custom-commissioned portraits of famous people named Harry, created by local artist Todd Hale, adorn the entire 2,000-square-foot restaurant.
Fiddlin’ Pig Pub—Smithfield
The Fiddlin’ Pig Pub is coming to Smithfield in Spring 2024. The building, located at 100 Main Street, will be transformed into an authentic British Pub, complete with savory meat pies, fish and chips, bangers and mash, scotch eggs, and real cask ale, brewed by Virginia Beer and hand-pumped through a beer engine.
Six & Sky Rooftop Grille—Roanoke
Six & Sky Rooftop Grille, Roanoke’s first panoramic rooftop restaurant, is set to open in the heart of Downtown Roanoke in January 2024. The restaurant is located on top of Center in the Square, which is home to five museums and a 6,000-gallon aquarium. Six & Sky will serve seafood, steaks, and spirits with a scenic view of the Roanoke Valley.
Lark Brewing Co.—Aldie
Farm brewery Lark Brewing Co. will open in Aldie in 2024. The brewery will feature a 6,800-square-foot timber frame facility housing the brewing area, a tasting room with a food menu, and a gift shop.
Fanboy, a cocktail bar and vinyl listening room with a full kitchen, opened in November 2023 on Richmond’s Broad Street next door to parent restaurant Sabai. Fanboy also features a funky wine selection and an extensive non-alcoholic drink list.
And Dim Sum—Richmond
And Dim Sum, a modern Chinese cocktail house, opened in November 2023 in the former Max’s on Broad space in Richmond’s Arts District.
The 1710 Tavern in Tappahannock opened in September 2023 after undergoing an extensive renovation of the 1710 building, which still includes many original features, including glass windows, large wood-burning fireplaces, local Heart Pine flooring, exposed beams, and exquisite woodwork. The restaurant serves classic dishes in a rustic tavern setting.
Squabble State Farms—Bristol
Squabble State Farms is coming to Washington County in the spring of 2024. Three miles from the new Bristol Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the vision is a 68-acre agritourism destination featuring an apple orchard, hard cidery, distillery, nature trails, music venue, and scenic views for miles.
Rappahannock Oyster Company—Dulles
Rappahannock Oyster Co. plans to roll out its fifth oyster bar in the international terminal of Dulles International Airport in April 2024. The modern-meets-casual seafood eatery will feature 90 seats and a wraparound bar.
Sincero, a new Mexican-American restaurant, opened in November 2023 in Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood. Sincero started as a pop-up at local breweries before having a food stall at Hatch Local Food Hall in Manchester.
Drift Restaurant & Bar and Muse Pizzeria & Arcade—Colonial Beach
Drift Restaurant and Bar and Muse Pizzeria and Arcade are coming to historic Colonial Beach in early 2024. Drift will offer an elevated seafood experience, and Muse will be a nod to the arcades that once lined the Colonial Beach boardwalk. Both will have outdoor seating along the waterfront. The restaurants are adjacent to the town pier and Hawthorn Street on the Potomac River.
Aslin Beer Company—Virginia Beach
Aslin Beer Company’s new Virginia Beach brewery, located at 823 Virginia Beach Boulevard, is expected to open in March 2024.
Hermitage Hill Cider—Waynesboro
Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro will launch an on-site cidery, Hermitage Hill Cider, in February 2024. Stable Craft’s new Heritage Hill Cider will appeal to an audience that enjoys ciders from sweet to dry, offer a gluten-free option, and bring beer and cider fans together. Stable Craft will also be offering an exclusive Vow Renewal with Elvis Impersonator package add-on to its private heated igloo rentals starting February 2024.
Delta Blues will be expanding its footprint with the opening of a new location in Abingdon in 2024. The locally owned and operated, Memphis-inspired BBQ restaurant and catering company’s original establishment is on State Street in Bristol.
WHAT TO DO IN VIRGINIA IN 2024
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino—Bristol
With a projected opening in Summer 2024, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol will feature a 300-room hotel, five restaurants, four bars and lounges, new entertainment options, wedding and convention facilities, top-notch retailers, and an indoor and outdoor concert venue that will further solidify Bristol as the true “Birthplace of Country Music.” The casino will feature 1,500 slots, 55 tables, and a sportsbook.
Caesars Virginia, a premier destination resort casino, is coming to Danville in 2024. The property will include a 500-room hotel and a world-class casino gaming floor with over 1,300 slots, 85 live table games, 24 electronic table games, a poker room, and a Caesars Sportsbook. In addition, the resort will feature a full-service spa, pool, high-quality bars and restaurants, a 2,500-seat state-of-the-art live entertainment theater, and 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
Quirk Charlottesville’s Spring Culinary Celebration of Women
Quirk Hotel Charlottesville will host Root to Table’s Spring Culinary Celebration of Women, March 10-11, 2024 in recognition of Women’s History Month. The kickoff to Root to Table’s 2024 season begins with a salute to all the talented women in the culinary and agriculture industries. On Sunday, guests are taken on a culinary journey where they will meet chefs, winemakers, farmers, and more. Monday’s programming includes an educational summit and brunch.
Virginia Black Bear Festival—Stanardsville
Greene County will host its inaugural Virginia Black Bear Festival on June 1, 2024. This free family-friendly event will celebrate all things related to black bears and outdoor activities. Come out to enjoy live music, local food, crafts, a scavenger hunt, Smokey the Bear, storytelling, and more in downtown Stanardsville.
Disc Golf World Championships—Lynchburg
The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Professional Disc Golf World Championships are coming to Lynchburg on August 21-25, 2024. This will be the first-ever PDGA World Championship held in Virginia.
Glass Hollow, projected to open in Nelson County in September 2024, will be a unique destination where visitors can watch the magic of glass blowing and peruse a gallery featuring celebrated local and national artists along the 151 Wine Trail. The venue is located on a beautiful eight-acre property with mountain and river views.
Virginia Living Museum’s Wild Care Center—Newport News
After recently breaking ground on a $4.3 million expansion of its 23-acre campus, the Virginia Living Museum is constructing a 5,000-square-foot Wild Care Center along the museum’s outdoor boardwalk trail. The Care Center will create a literal window into the world of veterinary and preventative animal care, nutrition, and the connection between humans and the environment and is expected to open in the summer of 2024.
Busch Garden’s Williamsburg Loch Ness Monster Restoration—Williamsburg
Loch Ness Monster, the iconic, registered landmark interlocking loop rollercoaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, celebrates 46 years as Busch Gardens’ most iconic attraction with a full restoration in 2024, including all-new thematic and experiential elements. The anticipated opening for the revamped Loch Ness Monster is in spring 2024.
This is just a small sample of the new restaurants, shops, breweries, hotels, and other big attractions coming to Virginia in 2024! Stay tuned as we share more exciting news for the Commonwealth this year.