Seasonal Fun - Spring Festivals

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April 29, Saturday
BAND ON THE RUN 5K RACE
CHS Band and X-Country.
Calling all students, staff, families and community members to support and participate in the inaugural Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk. Beginning and ending at the CHS Curtis E. Elder track, the Band on the Run 5K will take runners and walkers of all ages on a 3.1-mile course through the Foxbrook and Greenbrier residential neighborhoods. Proceeds from this family-friendly event will benefit the CHS Band and X-Country programs, which have partnered to launch the 5K and hope to make it a popular spring tradition. Charlottesville High School.  8am.  $20-$25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ben Ford.  Email: bford@rivarch.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
RIVERFEST
Riverfest Waynesboro.
Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer's market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts, stream electro-fishing and the Great South River Duck Race! Rain or shine. No pets allowed. Constitution Park, Main St. downtown Waynesboro at the South River.  Directions: Exit 99 off Interstate 64. Take US 250W to Main St., Waynesboro.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
April 29, Saturday
SPRING RACES AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit International Neighbors Charlottesville. Popular with college students and other revelers last year's race drew over 25,000 guests. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open, 1:30 first race, 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
April 30, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
A fun, family-friendly event including kids' dashes, cross-country races for kindergarteners through adults, and fun and games for everyone. Held at Panorama Farms, which is home to UVA's Cross Country Course. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  1-3:30pm.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
May 6, Saturday
27TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
On your mark, get set ... go! Enjoy a morning of great family exercise and fun-filled races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a community-wide school relay; and even a scramble for the littlest ones! Each runner receives a Dash T-shirt. Monticello High School.  7:45-10am.  $15.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 6, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL MSC TRUCK TOUCH
Montessori School of Charlottesville/ CharlottesvilleFamily.
This event provides children with the unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types-public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and more-all in one place. Those young and those young at heart will have a chance to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. There will also be food trucks and other kid-friendly activities. Proceeds benefit the Montessori School of Charlottesville Scholarship Fund. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  Email: trucktouchcville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY 2017
Batesville Community Service Club (Ruritans).
42nd annual celebration featuring a 10K race, the biggest little parade, a village fair, the Albemarle Morris Men, games and fun. Food provided by The Batesville Market, which will celebrate its grand reopening as well. Central Virginia Blues Society provides the music. See website for schedule of events. Batesville.  8am race, 11am parade, 12pm fair.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: organizer.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
CHOO CHOO SOUL
Busch Gardens.
All Aboard! Genevieve Goings and Constantine "DC" Abramsonm stars of CHOO CHOO SOUL perform. These ten-year Disney Channel veterans and Parents Choice award-winning duo will deliver a soulful spin for both children and parents to enjoy. Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
May 6, Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY OLD FARM DAY
Fluvanna County.
Displays of historic farm equipment, demonstrations by heritage craftsmen, crafts, hayrides, contests and music, plus great food and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Fluvanna Historical Society and a fund to create a permanent Farm Heritage Museum. Pleasant Grove Park.  Directions: 1731 Thomas Jefferson Hwy, Palmyra.  9am-4pm.  $5, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@oldfarmday.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-9405. 
 
May 6, 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 live music, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more. Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 5-6, Friday-Saturday
SPRING PLANTFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden's plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers with alll proceeds benefitting the Garden's educational mission. Rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm Friday, 9am-3pm Saturday.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 6-7, Saturday & Sunday
27TH ANNUAL MONTPELIER WINE FESTIVAL
Montpelier.
The best wineries in Central Virginia come to one place for family fun and tastings. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the festival has arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and children's entertainment, kite flying, and carriage rides all day. Co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  11am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, 12-20 $5, under 12 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
May 7, Sunday
VIRGINIA FOLKLIFE APPRENTICESHIP SHOWCASE
James Monroe's Highland/ VA Folklife Program.
Join Virginia's folk masters and their apprentices for a celebration of traditional music, food and crafts at James Monroe's Highland. James Monroe's Highland.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
May 13, Saturday
THE KIDZ BOP KIDS
Busch Gardens.
Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
May 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Dozens of juried fine art and craft exhibitors show and sell their work at this fun family-friendly event. Live music, great food and activities for the kids including bouncy castles, face painting, t-shirt upcycle art project, petting zoo and more. Claudius Crozet Park.  Directions: Route 250 West to Crozet and follow signs.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $7 adults, kids 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: festival@crozetfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
May 20, Saturday
28TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
Enjoy a Strawberry Breakfast, as well as strawberry cakes, pies, slushies, and desserts in the heart of historic Stanardsville. Lunch will be served as well. Enjoy strawberries while listening to great gospel music, having your face painted, browsing craft booths, or watching local cloggers and square dancers. For the car enthusiast there is an antique car show. Sign up to participate in the 5k run/ walk. Proceeds benefit Stanardsville United Methodist Church and local missions. Downtown Stanardsville.  Directions: Court Square.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Contact: Carol Haas.  Email: goodallmtnconsultants@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-6158. 
 
May 20, Saturday
CROZET CAR SHOW
Claudius Crozet Park.
The Crozet Car Show is a community event to bring together car enthusiasts while helping to support local charities. All of the proceeds will go to Claudius Crozet Park. Claudius Crozet Park.  9am-1pm.  Email: crozetcarshow@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 20, Saturday
GORDONSVILLE FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
The 5th anniversary of the famous fried chicken festival. Join in the fried chicken contest or the fruit, cream or custard pie contests for a chance to win a cash prize. The event also features a wine garden and numerous craft and artisan vendors. Gordonsville Fire Company Fair Grounds.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: dsolomon@gordonsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-1735. 
 
May 20-21, Saturday-Sunday
25TH ANNUAL MONACAN INDIAN NATION POWWOW
Monacan Indian Nation.
Drum contests, special performances by Native American singers and dancers. Enjoy Native American crafts and food. Fun for the entire family. Rt. 130, 6 Miles West of Rt. 29, Elon.  10am-9pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.  $8 adults, $6 seniors & kids 5-12, free kids under 5.  Contact: Chief Dean Branham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-0389. 
 
May 21, Sunday
4TH ANNUAL FAMILY BIKE FEST
Blue Wheel Bicycles.
Bike handling skill courses for riders of all ages. Bring the family to enjoy Strider Course, a Bike Decoration Station, and Bike Handling Skill Courses for riders of all ages. Charlottesville Safe Routes to School coordinator, City Police and CAT will be on-site as well as Blue Wheel Bicycle employees. Books on Bikes will be hosting a kids reading circle. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Bring your bike and helmet.  Contact: Scott Paisley.  Email: scott@bluewheel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1870. 
 
May 21, Sunday
8TH ANNUAL DOGWOOD DUATHLON
SOCA.
Kids ages 7-16 are invited to this run-bike-run duathlon. Enjoy a morning of fun athletic activity. All participants will receive a t-shirt and all finishers will receive a medal. Lots of great prize drawings, and food and drinks for the participants. Proceeds go toward three different nonprofits. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Forest Lakes South 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.  8am check-in, 8:30am pre-race meeting, 9am race start .  Recommended for ages 7 to 16.  Contact: Kim Starr.  Email: info@dogwoodduathlon.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 21, Sunday
BANDFAIR XV
North Branch School.
Music, lip sync battle, children's activities, silent auction, food and Cardinal Point wine to benefit North Branch students and teachers. Cardinal Point Winery, Afton.  1-6pm.  Email: info@north-branch-school.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
April 1-May 27, Saturdays
THE THOMAS JEFFERSON CENTER FOR HISTORIC PLANTS
Monticello.
Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory. Then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff on hand to answer questions. Monticello Tufton Farm.  Directions: 1293 Tufton Farm.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
May 27-28, Saturday-Sunday
51ST ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK
Staunton Augusta Art Center.
A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children's art activity area. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  10am-5pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-2028. 
 
May 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Dozens of visiting glass artists bring their work and skills to demonstrate in the hot shop. Two floors of glass art and jewelry and two days of non-stop demos--work created before your eyes. Wine tastings from Barren Ridge Vineyards and lots of glass jewelry. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
May 26-29, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES & BREWS
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including microbrew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and the 2nd Annual Tread and Trail Series part 1 featuring Cliffhanger Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
April 22-October 30, Saturday & Sundays
HATTON FERRY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. Weather permitting. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  9am-pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $5 per person, $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 

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