The Virginia Film Festival features over 100 films and nearly as many guests each year, showcasing the best of contemporary and classic films alike while shining a spotlight on a wide variety of cultural issues and themes.
Virginia’s rich history, culture and spectacular scenery, from beautiful beaches to mountains, make it a perfect holiday playground. Don’t miss its award-winning wines.
From soaring mountains to scenic Atlantic Coast beaches, the Commonwealth of Virginia is diverse enough to feed every passion. You'll discover outdoor adventures, historic sites, compelling museums, unique restaurants and 22 winding wine trails to explore.
Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, celebrates the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! Enjoy autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th -century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only.
Hosted at George Washington's Mount Vernon, festival goers will enjoy live blues music and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 17 Virginia wineries. Experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home including a visit to the basement where Washington stored his wine.
Hosted at George Washington's Mount Vernon, this market and fair features fifty colonial-attired artisans demonstrating 18th-century crafts and selling traditional, lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows. There will also be hearty specialty food for sale, costumed interpreters demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process, and free 40-minute sightseeing cruises on the Potomac River, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company (while supplies last).
Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, salutes America's first commander-in-chief during its annual Independence Day event. Enjoy a dazzling daytime fireworks display over the Potomac River, special military re-enactments throughout the day, free birthday cake for all (while supplies last) and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.”
The city of Hampton celebrates its maritime heritage and relationship with the notorious menace, Blackbeard—aka Edward Teach. 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.
This annual harvest festival celebrates the revolutionary gardener, Thomas Jefferson, at his scenic mountain home, Monticello. Enjoy more than 100 educational programs, hands-on workshops, garden tours, heirloom fruit and vegetable tastings, lessons on seed saving and gardening, a local food marketplace, children's activities and more.
In April 2015, after a period of sea trials and training, the recreation of Lafayette's frigate Hermione will set sail for the USA. The journey will start from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where Lafayette boarded on March 10, 1780. The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days in total, before making landfall at Yorktown, Virginia. As the Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard, it will be accompanied by a range of pier side activities.
Founded in 1853, The Upperville Colt & Horse Show is the oldest horse show in the United States. Over 2,000 horse and rider combinations from young children on ponies to leading Olympic and World Cup riders and horses compete at the magnificent and prestigious Grafton and Salem Farms. The show features pony rides, exhibits, children's games, a variety of food, a Basset Hound demonstration, terrier races, and the Pedigree Country Fair.
The second full weekend in October, a Rebec Vineyards in Amherst County hosts the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival which embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts and garlic! There are five stages with music and entertainment, including Garlic Cooking, Garlic King, Queen and Jr. Queen Contests.