Virginia Festivals – These festivals are a great sampling of a huge variety but please remember that Virginia is one of the original thirteen colonies so there is much to see historically, too.
Last Night on the Town 2019-2020: This is a 1-day business Trade Show organized by Beachevents focusing on the company’s news, products and services of Entertainment & Media industry. Virginia Beach, Dec 31.
Winter Blues Jazz Fest: Taking place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, primarily in the Merchant’s Square area of downtown Williamsburg. Venues include the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Art Gallery, and many of Williamsburg’s best local restaurants. The over-riding goal is to provide an enriching and entertaining weekend full of jazz programs with options available to suit all tastes and budgets. The Winter Blues Jazz Fest has a little something for everyone. Williamsburg, Thu, Jan 16, at 12 noon
Virginia Festival of the Book: This festival brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. It is presented through a unique partnership of contributors that includes VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Mar 18 – 22.
2020 Mid-Atlantic Music Festival: This festival is held at one of the premier resort areas on the East Coast. You can swim, sail, or browse through the many shops on the beautiful boardwalk. The blue skies and warm breezes mean it’s time to unfold those beach towels, slip on those sandals, and somersault your way into an amazing beach season filled with fantastic events, attractions, local food, and of course, three unbelievable free beaches! So pack for fun and start living the life in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach Oceanfront; April 16-19 or April 30-May 3.
2nd Annual So Fly Fest 2020: This Fest is dedicated to fly-fishing in Virginia. The festival and all related events are open to the public. In Bath County – Warm Springs, Apr 30 – May 3, 2020.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival: A series of more than forty events includes band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, two large parades, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. Winchester, Apr 24 – May 4.
Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival: This event is held to promote the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and offers fresh, local offerings and signature dishes including little neck clams, raw oysters and clams, clam fritters and strips, fried fish, steamed shrimp, clam chowder, appetizers, and a salad bar. Live entertainment, an Arts & Crafts tent, and Extravaganza Raffle for everyone’s enjoyment. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day. Toms Cove Park; Sat, May 2, 10 – 4.
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Virginia State Capital: RICHMOND
Richmond, Virginia was given its name by William Byrd II who, upon looking out at the James River from atop Church Hill, thought the region looked a bit like Richmond-upon-Thames in Surrey County, England.
Virginia Capitol Building: Inside the white, columned state capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a first-century Roman temple in France, is the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime. If you’re interested in history, this is the place for you as you’re able to see statues of many people which played a big part in America some way or the other. Also, people who love to take pictures are able to enjoy the beautiful architecture and can walk to the Library of Congress to enjoy more amazing angles to take photos of. This building, in addition to being the oldest state capitol, was the capitol of the confederacy. Eight of the US Presidents originated from Virginia and are duly recognized. This is a fantastic museum type dedication to our nation’s beginning and the Civil War. Beautiful park like setting with the oldest governor’s mansion on site.
Capitol Square Park: Capitol Square in Richmond is an oasis in the middle of Downtown Richmond. Full of history this park gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and view the historic capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson and the many monuments that surround it. The Governor of VA and family still live in the house adjacent to the Capitol.
The White House and Museum of the Confederacy: The White House and Museum of the Confederacy are located in downtown Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. Guided tours of Jefferson Davis’ executive mansion leave from the Museum lobby throughout the day and typically last around 45 minutes. Three floors of exhibits in the Museum chronicle the war years through the personal belongings of Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee as well as those of common soldiers and citizens on the home-front. The White House was interesting, but the real gem is the museum itself. We would describe the museum as a collection of artifacts rather than an educational experience as with the American Civil War museum at Tredegar Iron works. We would recommend visiting both museums for a full experience and understanding. The museum collection was well presented. The exhibit on Pickett’s Charge is especially moving. The letters home are poignant. If you’re into history, this is well worth your time!
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: VMFA Arts is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. The Wall Street Journal recently stated that VMFA is now a “two day museum.” This museum is free. Beautiful campus and great collections. The Art Deco and Art Nouveau exhibits are great, and if you like paintings of horses, this is your place. Very nice American gallery and Faberge exhibit too. Something for everyone.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum: Illustrations of the famous poem “The Raven” and numerous other artifacts surrounding the life of this great American author, the father of the psychological horror story, are housed in a series of buildings, including Richmond’s oldest. It is a small museum that will not take more than an hour to see everything but it gives a good account of Poe’s life in a rather fun and quirky way. In addition, there is a scientific section and a room full of art work related to his stories.
You can fly into Richmond or DC. and rent a car. Either way TravelKatz is ready to help make this trip a fantastic vacation for you and your family. Give us a call at 352-277-7300
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