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Best time to visit Virginia

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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.

13 THINGS TO DO IN VIRGINIA (MAY 24 - JUNE 02)

Virginia Renaissance Faire

Virginia Renaissance Faire

unconfirmedearly May–early June 2023 • event

The lovely village of Staffordshire offers Renaissance-themed entertainment

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

May 26–28, 2023 • event

Virginia Beach kicks off the summer season and salutes the troops

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

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

April–September • nature

Attracted by fruits and nectar, these birds are often spotted in the gardens

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

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

mid-April–October • nature

Ruby-throated and rufous hummingbirds can often be spotted in Virginia

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

unconfirmedlate May 2023 • event

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

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

Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns

all year round • activity

The largest cave complex in the eastern United States

Flying Circus Airshow

Flying Circus Airshow

May–October (every Sunday) • event

The longest continuously running airshow in Virginia

Sharp Top Mountain

Sharp Top Mountain

March–November • activity

An impressive peak in a beautiful lake area

ValleyFest

ValleyFest

unconfirmedlate May 2023 • event

The ultimate Shenandoah Valley's beer & wine event

Devil's Marbleyard

Devil's Marbleyard

March–November • activity

A unique geological formation that makes a big impression

43 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

FunkFest Festival

FunkFest Festival

out of rangeAugust 26–27, 2022 • event

The greatest party of the year at Virginia's oceanfront

State Fair of Virginia

State Fair of Virginia

out of rangeSeptember 23–October 2, 2022 • event

Carnival, pig races, and other traditional entertainment

Balloons Over Rockbridge

Balloons Over Rockbridge

out of rangeJuly 2–3, 2022 • event

A hot air balloon festival in a beautiful location

NAS Oceana Air Show

NAS Oceana Air Show

out of rangeSeptember 17–18, 2022 • event

One of the best air shows in the United States

Virginia Fall Foliage

Virginia Fall Foliage

out of rangeearly October–early November • nature

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

The Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival

out of rangeAugust 20–21, 2022 • event

One of the highlights of the Virginia summer

Coastal Virginia Auto Show

Coastal Virginia Auto Show

out of rangeNovember 18–20, 2022 • event

The largest car show in the Mid-Atlantic region

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

out of rangeJune 11, 2022 • event

Enjoy world-famous seafood and lots of entertainment

Chincoteague Pony Swim

Chincoteague Pony Swim

out of rangeJuly 27, 2022 • event

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

Christmas Lights across Virginia

Christmas Lights across Virginia

out of rangeearly November–early January • event

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

Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival

Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival

unconfirmedAugust 2023 • event

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

Shenandoah National Park Fall Foliage

Shenandoah National Park Fall Foliage

out of rangeOctober • nature

Discover prime fall landscapes in Virginia on Shenandoah's scenic drives and hikes

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Celebrate America in one of Virginia's plentiful historical sites

Virginia Highlands Festival

Virginia Highlands Festival

out of rangeJuly 22–31, 2022 • event

Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains and plenty of entertainment

Virginia Wine Festival

Virginia Wine Festival

out of rangeOctober 1–2, 2022 • event

The oldest wine festival on the East Coast

Virginia Beach Labor Day Weekend

Virginia Beach Labor Day Weekend

out of rangeSeptember 1–5, 2022 • event

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

Neptune Festival Grand Parade

Neptune Festival Grand Parade

out of rangeOctober 1, 2022 • event

One of the most popular events on the East Coast

4th of July Events & Fireworks in Virginia Beach

4th of July Events & Fireworks in Virginia Beach

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Check out free family-friendly celebrations on the beach and inland of the Resort City, as well as out of it

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

out of rangeJanuary 16–22, 2023 • event

A premiere annual dining event in Virginia

Whale Watching in Virginia Beach

Whale Watching in Virginia Beach

out of rangeDecember–March • nature

The favorite winter entertainment for nature lovers

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangelate March–early April • nature

Enjoy Virginia's breathtaking landscapes painted with cheerful pink and white blooms

Neptune Spring Wine + Food Festival

Neptune Spring Wine + Food Festival

unconfirmedmid-May 2023 • event

A kick-off party for the beach season in Virginia

Bluemont Fair

Bluemont Fair

out of rangeSeptember 17–18, 2022 • event

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

Suffolk Peanut Fest

Suffolk Peanut Fest

out of rangeOctober 6–9, 2022 • event

Virginia's premier agricultural festival celebrating peanuts

Water Lantern Festival

Water Lantern Festival

out of rangeAugust 6, 2022 • event

Make a wish, write it on a lantern, and release it onto the water

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangelate November–mid-December • event

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

New Year's Eve in Virginia

New Year's Eve in Virginia

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

From Alexandria to the Atlantic coast, there are plenty of celebrations to ring in the New Year

Richmond Oktoberfest

Richmond Oktoberfest

out of rangeOctober 8, 2022 • event

This brew fest in Virginia has a little something in store for you

Historic Garden Week

Historic Garden Week

out of rangeApril 15–22, 2023 • event

The biggest and oldest statewide garden tour

VFW Hillsville Flea Market

VFW Hillsville Flea Market

out of rangeSeptember 2–5, 2022 • event

This flea market has cool stuff for any taste: from vinyl records to furniture

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter

out of rangeNovember 21, 2022–January 8, 2023 • event

A sparkling winter garden in Richmond offers plenty of fun activities

Christmas Classic in Richmond, VA

Christmas Classic in Richmond, VA

out of rangeNovember 4–November 6 • event

Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art and Craft Festival is a three-day extravaganza offering lots of crafts and Christmas gifts

Virginia Film Festival

Virginia Film Festival

out of rangeNovember 2–6, 2022 • event

A five-day festival at the University of Virginia

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Bull Run Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 11, 2022–January 8, 2023 • event

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangelate November–March  • activity

Get ready for an unforgettable winter season at marvelous Virginia's ski resorts

Vinton Christmas Parade

Vinton Christmas Parade

unconfirmedDecember 2 • event

Don't miss a chance to visit Vintage Vinton Drive-Through Christmas Parade

Fireworks in Fredericksburg VA

Fireworks in Fredericksburg VA

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

The city on the Rappahannock River offers a myriad of ways to show your patriotism

Virginia Horse Festival

Virginia Horse Festival

overMay 3–5, 2019 • event

Celebration of all things about horses and riding

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

out of rangeNovember 11, 2022–January 8, 2023 • event

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

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangeearly September–early November 2022 • event

Check out how scary colonial Virginian towns can become

Abingdon Christmas Parade

Abingdon Christmas Parade

out of rangeDecember 3 • event

Rejoice in Kiwanis Christmas Parade in Abingdon

Northern Virginia Christmas Market

Northern Virginia Christmas Market

out of rangeNovember 11–13, 2022 • event

Check out the grand opening festival of the merry season in Northern Virginia

Manassas Christmas Parade (Merry Old Town)

Manassas Christmas Parade (Merry Old Town)

out of rangeDecember 2–4, 2022 • event

Holiday festivities at the historic Civil War site

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