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.

10 THINGS TO DO IN VIRGINIA (MAY 25 - JUNE 03)

Virginia Renaissance Faire

Virginia Renaissance Faire

May 9–June 6, 2021 (weekends only) • event

The lovely village of Staffordshire offers Renaissance-themed entertainment

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

The Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 2–October 31, 2021 • event

One of the highlights of the Virginia summer

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

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

unconfirmedMay 29–31, 2021 • 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

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

30 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Balloons Over Rockbridge

Balloons Over Rockbridge

out of rangeJuly 2–3, 2021 • event

A hot air balloon festival in a beautiful location

FunkFest Festival

FunkFest Festival

out of rangeSeptember 26–27, 2020 (virtual) • event

The greatest party of the year at Virginia's oceanfront

State Fair of Virginia

State Fair of Virginia

out of rangeSeptember 24–October 3, 2021 • event

Carnival, pig races, and other traditional entertainment

Chincoteague Pony Swim

Chincoteague Pony Swim

out of rangeJuly 28, 2021  • event

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

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

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

NAS Oceana Air Show

NAS Oceana Air Show

out of rangeSeptember 18–19, 2021 • event

One of the best air shows in the United States

Coastal Virginia Auto Show

Coastal Virginia Auto Show

out of rangeNovember 12–14, 2021 • event

The largest car show in the Mid-Atlantic region

Neptune Festival Grand Parade

Neptune Festival Grand Parade

unconfirmedlate September 2021 • event

One of the most popular events on the East Coast

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

out of rangeJanuary 31–February 6, 2021 • 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

Bluemont Fair

Bluemont Fair

out of rangeSeptember 18–19, 2021 • event

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

Historic Garden Week

Historic Garden Week

out of rangeApril 17–24, 2021 • event

The biggest and oldest statewide garden tour

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangelate November–mid-December • event

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangeearly December–March • activity

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

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

out of rangeJune 4–6, 2021 • event

Virginia Beach kicks off the summer season and salutes the troops

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangemost 2020 events are canceled/ unconfirmed • event

Celebrate America in one of Virginia's plentiful historical sites

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Bull Run Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 6, 2020–January 10, 2021 • event

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

Suffolk Peanut Fest

Suffolk Peanut Fest

out of rangeOctober 7–10, 2021 • event

Virginia's premier agricultural festival celebrating peanuts

Virginia Highlands Festival

Virginia Highlands Festival

unconfirmedlate July–early August 2021 • event

Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains and plenty of entertainment

Virginia Horse Festival

Virginia Horse Festival

overMay 3–5, 2019 • event

Celebration of all things about horses and riding

Virginia Film Festival

Virginia Film Festival

out of rangeOctober 21–25, 2020 (virtual event) • event

A five-day festival at the University of Virginia

Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival

Virginia Beach Tattoo Festival

unconfirmedmid-August 2021 • event

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

Neptune Spring Wine + Food Festival

Neptune Spring Wine + Food Festival

unconfirmedMay 2022 • event

A kick-off party for the beach season in Virginia

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

out of rangeSeptember 12, 2020 • event

Enjoy world-famous seafood and lots of entertainment

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

out of rangeNovember 11, 2020–January 3, 2021 • 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

out of rangeNovember 23, 2020–January 10, 2021 • event

A sparkling winter garden in Richmond offers plenty of fun activities

Virginia Beach Labor Day Weekend

Virginia Beach Labor Day Weekend

out of rangeSeptember 3–6, 2021 • event

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

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate September–early November  • event

Check out how scary colonial Virginian towns can become

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

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