Seasonal Fun - Spring Festivals

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April 10-27
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CARNIVAL
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come enjoy fun-filled amusement rides at the Dogwood Festival Carnival. McIntire Park.  Directions: Free parking at Charlottesville High School.  5:30-10:30pm weekdays, 1-11pm on Saturday, and 1-8:30pm on Sunday.  $Armbands and individual tickets.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 24, Thursday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL CHICKEN BBQ
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Enjoy some tasty chicken barbecue or hot dogs for sale at the park. Includes baked beans, bread, coleslaw, chips & Pepsi products. Free parking at Charlottesville High School. McIntire Park.  5:30pm until all gone.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 24, Thursday
POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY
JMRL Libraries.
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day. JMRL Library Branches.  All day.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 24, Thursday
POETRY ON THE STEPS!
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Refreshments will be served. Sign-up to read begins at 7 pm and will be ongoing throughout the evening. Rain site: Children's Room. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 26, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL KIWANIS DOGWOOD PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
"Pancakes on Parade Day" Proceeds of this fun family-friendly event benefit Children, Youth & Family Services, Inc. (CYFS). CYFS has served the Charlottesville area for over 90 years. Our programs are all about getting kids ready--ready to learn, ready for relationships, and ultimately ready for life. First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, Charlottesville VA 22902.  Directions: two blocks north of the parade route on East High Street.  7:30-11am.  $5 donation, kids under six free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2094. 
 
April 26, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 26-May 3
HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
Garden Club of Virginia.
This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. More details on the website. Email: historicgardenweek@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-644-7776. 
 
April 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Glass artists from around the region gather for the area's only annual art festival devoted to hot glass artistry. Demonstrations of glass blowing, flame working, and other glass art making are ongoing throughout the weekend. Each artist will be exhibiting and selling their work, including hand-blown glass, paperweights, marbles, beads, and art glass jewelry. Handicapped accessible. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.  $Free.  Contact: Caroline Sheridan.  Email: caroline@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
April 30, Wednesday
PEEPS PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Peeps builders and fans alike will have a gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, hand out awards for the dioramas, enjoy snacks, make a marshmallow shooter and just hang out with other peeps. Gordon Avenue Library.  4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
May 2, Friday
SPRING HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Visit our wonderful exhibits and historical interpreters and enjoy great hands-on learning and interactive education. Visitors can expect to see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons, and more. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  $7/adults, $5/ages 6-17, free for children 5 & under; $2 off tickets bought before April 30.  Contact: Sarah Puckett.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
May 3, Saturday
HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers something for everyone - bands performing, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more! Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville, VA 23901.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
MONTPELIER WINE FESTIVAL
Montpelier.
The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; children's entertainment and rides; and wine tastings all day. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Ages 12 to 20: $5. Under 12: free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 3, Saturday
QUE PASA FESTIVAL
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Get ready for one of Virginia's largest celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, and the largest Latin food & culture festival in Central Virginia. Hundreds of food festival vendors, live musicians and dancers, artisans, and corporate supporters come out to this event promoting education and global awareness of the Hispanic heritage that contributes to Virginia's fascinating diversity. Canal Walk, Richmond.  11am-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 378-4099. 
 
May 4, Sunday
DOGWOOD DUATHLON
U14 SOCA Elite Teams.
The primary objective for this race is for it to be an introduction to friendly competition with an emphasis on enjoyment of exercise, good sportsmanship and personal fitness. It is the mission of the race committee to provide a safe, healthy environment for this event. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: 29 North, turn into Forest Lakes South Parking After dropping off, park only at Hollymead & Sutherland schools  NO PARKING IN NEIGHBORHOODS. On the morning of the duathlon, volunteers will direct you to parking.  9am.  $25 before 4/13, $30 after 4/13.  Recommended for ages 7 to 16.  Contact: Kim Starr.  Email: info@dogwoodduathlon.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 4, Sunday
SPRING FAIR!
Free Union Country School.
Start spring right with pony rides, live music, big slide, food, games and lots of fun activities for the whole family! Rain date May 11. Free Union Country School.  Directions: West on Barracks Rd, right on Free Union Rd to #4220. Follow the signs.  11am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-1700. 
 
May 10, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Celebrate the diversity in our community with music and dance, cooking demonstrations, cultural exhibits, crafts and vendors. Receive a passport and "travel the world in Lee Park" by collecting stamps at exhibits. Organized by Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center. Lee Park.  Directions: Lee Park is located between 1st and 2nd streets and between Market and Jefferson streets.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Zakira Beasley.  Email: zakira@festivalofcultures.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2817. 
 
May 10 & 11, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Live music, entertainment, food and artists and craftspeople showcasing their work for sale. From pottery to puppets! Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 west to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5pm.  $6 adults, free for children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: CrozetArts@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2211. 
 
May 10, Saturday
DISCOVER VIRGINIA TOWN & TASTING FESTIVAL
Historic Downtown Stanardsville.
Listen to great music, enjoy a variety of food and sip tasty Virginia wine. Children's activities throughout the day as well as a beautiful family-friendly setting. We hope to make this a memorable year so come out, spend the day and enjoy the beautiful scenery with your entire family. 11am-5pm.  $free. $15 wine tasting in advance, $20 wine tasting at the gate.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitorcenter@gatewaytocharlottesville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-6663. 
 
May 10, Saturday
EAGLES FOR EDUCATION 5K
Ruckersville Elementary School.
Assist Ruckersville Elementary School (RES) in creating a new student computer lab. A family-friendly run with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit the website for details on the race. All proceeds will go towards the RES computer lab. Stick around for the Skydiving Exhibition Jump around 10am. Free Kids Fun Run that starts at 10:30am. Register by April 10th and receive a free t-shirt. Dover-Foxcroft Farm.  Directions: 5690 Spring Hill Road, Ruckersville.  7-11am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melanie Shattan.  Email: mshattan@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 465-9524. 
 
May 10-June 8, Saturdays & Sundays only
VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Virginia Renassiance Faire.
Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children's area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. Lake Anna Winery.  Directions: 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  10am-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays.  $9 for ages 6 and up; 5 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-508-5036. 
 
May 16-18, Friday-Sunday
20TH ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation, Elon.
See dancers, drummers and craftspeople as they celebrate and share their heritage. Also on hand will be painters, carvers, basketmakers and great food. America's Best Value Inn, Madison Heights.  Directions: Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29 in Elon, VA.  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.  $7 adults; $5 seniors and children under 12; children 5 and under free.  Contact: Tribal Office.  Email: MNation538@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-0389. 
 
May 17, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY AND 10K RACE
Batesville.
39th Annual Batesville Day will have events for the entire family, sponsored and presented by members of the greater Batesville community. Register to participate in the parade and activities in the field. Batesville Day Field.  7am registration, 8am race, 11am parade, 12-2pm fair.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7321. 
 
May 17, Saturday
FIELD DAY AT ASH-LAWN HIGHLAND
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Families and kids of all ages are invited to join us at the Hilltop Pavilion for relay races, games and activities, face painting and balloon making, food truck eats, treats, wine tastings, farm tours, a bounce house, and live bluegrass and country music by local favorite Rockfish Gap. As part of the American Heritage race series, the event will feature the 2nd Annual James Monroe 5k at the historic estate, including a cross-country race and team challenge at 4pm and children's 800-meter dash at 5pm. To register for the race, visit jamesmonroe5k.com. Ash Lawn-Highland.  Directions: located off I-64, exit 121, 2 ½ miles past Jefferson's Monticello at 2050 James Monroe Parkway.  2-7pm.  $10; $5 kids 12 and under; families $25 max.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 

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