2014 Year in Review: Top 10 Virginia Festivals

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Dec 29, 2014

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Festivals are always popular and well attended, and as part of our regular review, we looked at our analytics to see which were the most viewed on Virginia.org. Did you attend any of these? If so, leave a review, and be sure to include details on which festival food you’d recommend!

 

Graves' Mountain Apple Harvest Festival1. GRAVES’ MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL | SYRIA, VA

Weekends in October: Come and see nature’s way of blanketing the mountains with beautiful fall colors at the 45th Annual Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival. Enjoy fun-filled days complete with Graves famous food, live bluegrass music and cloggers, arts and crafts, hay maze and hay mountain, hayrides, horseback rides, and more. Read More

 

Urbanna Oyster Festival2. URBANNA OYSTER FESTIVAL | URBANNA, VA

First Weekend in November: The historic harbor front Town of Urbanna closes the road to let the Oyster Festival fill the streets with excitement! We’ve got Oyster, Oyster, Oysters and whole lot more! One-of-a-kind artisan craft vendors, renowned artists, fantastic oyster exhibits illustrating our colorful waterfront history, fireman’s parade, oyster festival parade, waterfront activities, live music and other performances over the full two days of the event … Read More

 

Cox Farms3. COX FARMS FALL FESTIVAL | CENTREVILLE, VA

Fall Weekends: Five giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. Read More

 

Celebration in Lights4. CELEBRATION IN LIGHTS | NEWPORT NEWS, VA

Thanksgiving through January 1: Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens on Thanksgiving night. Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. Read More

 

Drumhellers_Orchard_image5. APPLE HARVEST & APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER’S ORCHARD | LOVINGSTON, VA

Select Fall Weekends: Featuring apples, apple butter, cider,honey, country hams, pumpkins and baskets.Food available for purchase, apple sling shot, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, hayrides and corn maze (weather permitting). Read More

 

American Music Festival6. AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY CHEVROLET (FORMERLY THE VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL) | VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

Labor Day Weekend: The largest outdoor musical event on the East coast, the American Music Festival brings together local, regional and national acts to play on a gigantic 60-foot wide and 60-foot tall stage on the beach at 5th Street as well as stages in all parks along the beautiful oceanfront. Read More

 

Blackbeard Pirate Festival7. BLACKBEARD PIRATE FESTIVAL | HAMPTON, VA

Memorial Day Weekend: Living history and family fun go hand-in-hand as Hampton reenacts and celebrates the demise of Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Immerse yourself in the early 1700s in Hampton with live entertainment, pirate encampment, children’s activities, sea battles, fireworks, and more. Read More

 

Highland Maple Festival

8. THE HIGHLAND MAPLE FESTIVAL | MONTEREY, VA

Select March Weekends: The Highland Maple Festival celebrates the Highland County tradition of maple syrup-making. Designated a “Local Legacy” by The Library of Congress. Sugar camp tours provide a unique and educational glimpse of a rapidly vanishing way of rural American life. Read More

 

Virginia Lake Festival9. VIRGINIA LAKE FESTIVAL | CLARKSVILLE, VA

Third Weekend in July: Children will enjoy tethered hot air balloon rides as the event kicks off Thursday night. Sand sculptors begin their artistry on Friday morning and a live band and a sampling of food vendors round out the day. Saturday morning starts at dawn as balloonists skim the lake and 200+ vendors line the street, including a juried arts & crafts show and a wide choice of delicious foods. Read More

 

Boardwalk Art Show10. BOARDWALK ART SHOW & FESTIVAL | VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

Father’s Day Weekend: The Boardwalk Art Show and Festival is one of the oldest and best outdoor fine art shows on the Eastern Seaboard. This four-day festival features fine art, great shopping, and live entertainment for the entire family. Read More

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Barbara Pace says:

Historic Garden Week April 21-30, 2016

MG says:

Should Add the Richmond Folk Festival

Lots of ideas for next year, but really surprised that the Virginia Wine and Garlic Fest in Amherst wasn’t in the top 10. What a great festival!