Best time to visit Virginia

Virginia

Best time of year to visit Virginia

Fantastic weather makes April through October the best time to visit Virginia. Being dry and warm, April marks the actual start of spring and rainy May—the beginning of peak season. Summer in Virginia is usually hot with possible thunderstorms. A sackful of events such as Virginia Renaissance Faire, Balloons over Rockbridge, or Virginia Highlands Festival are held during high season. November is known as the driest month but with the most significant drop in temps. Evenings are usually breezy and the nights are cold. December through February is the coldest period with fewer things to do around the state. However, Christmas lights across Virginia and the state's Christmas markets are more than attractive. The snow and bargain rates are undeniable winter companions. March can be cold with occasional snowfall, but generally everything turns green and flowers start to bloom.

7 THINGS TO DO IN VIRGINIA (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 02)

Christmas Lights across Virginia

Christmas Lights across Virginia

mid-November–early January • event

Shimmering lights on the water, in parks, and in the tunnel

Whale Watching in Virginia Beach

Whale Watching in Virginia Beach

December–March • nature

The favourite winter entertainment for nature lovers

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

late November–late December • event

Best seasonal foods, fine arts and jewellery at Virginia's holiday fairs

Devil's Bathtub

Devil's Bathtub

all year round • activity

The popular swimming hole is hidden in a scenic setting, but prepare to get wet

Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns

all year round • activity

The largest cave complex in the eastern United States

Devil's Marbleyard

Devil's Marbleyard

March–November • activity

A unique geological formation that makes a big impression

Sharp Top Mountain

Sharp Top Mountain

March–November • activity

An impressive peak in a beautiful lake area

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Balloons Over Rockbridge

Balloons Over Rockbridge

July 02–03, 2021 • event

A hot air balloon festival in a beautiful location

State Fair of Virginia

State Fair of Virginia

September 24–October 03, 2021 • event

Carnival, pig races, and other traditional entertainment

Chincoteague Pony Swim

Chincoteague Pony Swim

July 29, 2020 • event

Dozens of wild ponies cross the Assateague Channel during a traditional summer festival

Virginia Renaissance Faire

Virginia Renaissance Faire

May 09–June 07, 2020 • event

The lovely village of Staffordshire offers Renaissance-themed entertainment

Neptune Festival Grand Parade

Neptune Festival Grand Parade

September 26, 2020 • event

One of the most popular events on the East Coast

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

February 03–09, 2020 • event

A premiere annual dining event in Virginia

Cicada Mania

Cicada Mania

May–mid-June • nature

A billionth population of American cicadas come out during final weeks in their lives to rejoice in a huge mating par

Coastal Virginia Auto Show

Coastal Virginia Auto Show

November 13–15, 2020 • event

The largest car show in the Mid-Atlantic region

Bluemont Fair

Bluemont Fair

September 18–19, 2021 • event

A bucolic fair in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

FunkFest Festival

FunkFest Festival

September 25, 2021 • event

The greatest party of the year at Virginia's oceanfront

4th of July

4th of July

most 2020 events are canceled/ unconfirmed • event

Celebrate America in one of Virginia's plentiful historical sites

Suffolk Peanut Fest

Suffolk Peanut Fest

October 07–10, 2021 • event

Virginia's premier agricultural festival celebrating peanuts

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

May 23–25, 2020 • event

Thousands of flags, salutes, and tributes to the U.S. Armed Forces servicemen and women

Virginia Highlands Festival

Virginia Highlands Festival

July 24–August 02, 2020 • event

Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains and plenty of entertainment

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Bull Run Festival of Lights

November 22 2019–January 05 2020 • event

A massive light display in Centreville, not far from Washington, D.C.

Virginia Film Festival

Virginia Film Festival

October 23–27, 2019 • event

A five-day festival at the University of Virginia

NAS Oceana Air Show

NAS Oceana Air Show

September 19–20, 2020 (virtual event) • event

One of the best air shows in the United States

Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival

Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival

August 14–16, 2020 • event

A good chance to get a tattoo from a well-known artist

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

June 04–06, 2021 • event

Virginia Beach kicks off the summer season and salutes the troops

Virginia Horse Festival

Virginia Horse Festival

May 03–05, 2019 • event

Celebration of all things about horses and riding

Historic Garden Week

Historic Garden Week

April 17–24, 2021 • event

The biggest and oldest statewide garden tour

Dolphin Watching in Virginia Beach

Dolphin Watching in Virginia Beach

late May–early September • nature

A playful pair or the whole pod of dolphins—a happy encounter is guaranteed

Neptune Spring Wine + Food Festival

Neptune Spring Wine + Food Festival

May 09, 2020 • event

A kick-off party for the beach season in Virginia

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

September 12, 2020 • event

Enjoy world-famous seafood and lots of entertainment

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November  • event

Check out how scary colonial Virginian towns can become

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

November 08 2019–January 05 2020 • event

An enchanting holiday garden not far from Washington D.C.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

November 22 2019–January 06 2020 • event

A sparkling winter garden in Richmond offers plenty of fun activities

The Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival

August 15–16, 2020 • event

One of the highlights of the Virginia summer

Virginia Beach Labor Day Weekend

Virginia Beach Labor Day Weekend

September 04–07, 2020 • event

Beach getaway with lots of live music, delicious food, and entertainment

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

early October–early November • nature

Discover the brilliance of Virginia's Blue Ridge during the peak foliage display

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