Summer is winding to a close here in Virginia. The back to school—and even Halloween—displays are showing up in stores across the Commonwealth. But that doesn’t mean the summer fun is over yet. In fact, August is jam packed with exciting events for the whole family. Our guide to August festivals in Virginia will help you make the most out of the rest of your summer.
Richmond Jazz Festival
When: Thursday, August 10 – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Where: Maymont Park, Richmond, Virginia 23220
Website: Richmond Jazz Festival
The eighth annual Richmond Jazz Festival once again brings a slate of national and international talent to the Richmond area. Scheduled artists include Common with the Richmond Symphony, Pat Metheny, Erykah Badu, Peabo Bryson, Jazmine Sullivan, and many more.
Preview events will take place Thursday and Friday nights at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Hardywood Food Truck Court, and the Hippodrome Theater. The main festival will take place at Maymont all day Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets for all events can be purchased in advance at the festival website. Day passes will be available at the gate Saturday and Sunday. Please note that weekend passes are only available for advance sale, and you will not be able to purchase them at the gate
Outside food and beverages are permitted; however, glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs, as seating is not provided. Pets other than registered service animals are not allowed.
When: Friday, August 11 – Saturday, August 12, 2017
Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Henrico, Virginia 23228
Website: Filipino Festival
Experience the food and culture of the Philippines at the 12th annual Filipino Festival in Richmond. A full slate of entertainment, featuring Filipino music and dancing, is scheduled for both days of the festival. Authentic Filipino cuisine will be offered, and a variety of exciting vendors will be in attendance.
The festival will be open 5 PM to 10 PM on Friday and 10 AM to 10 PM on Saturday. Admission is free.
Carytown Watermelon Festival
When: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Where: Carytown, Richmond, Virginia 23221
Website: Watermelon Festival
This year marks the 34th annual Watermelon Festival, a traditional staple of summer in Richmond. Once again, the Carytown district will be blocked off as a huge array of vendors and entertainment flood the area. There is fun for the whole family, and everyone is sure to find something they enjoy.
The festival will take place from 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday, August 13. The crowds will be very large, and generally only street parking is available, so plan to arrive early to snag a good spot. If you come later in the day, be prepared for a bit of a walk to the festival area. Admission is free.
Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival
When: Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Where: The Flying Circus Aerodrome, Bealeton, Virginia 22712
Website: Hot Air Balloon Festival
Known for their summer air shows, the Flying Circus kicks things up a notch in August with their annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. Weather permitting, the balloons will fly when the air is calmest, usually early morning and early evening. The normal air show will also take place at 2 PM each day.
Admission to the festival is $15 per day for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12. Festival grounds are open 6 AM to 6 PM. Balloon rides can be arranged with individual balloonists.
Night Sky Festival
When: Friday, August 18 – Monday, August 21
Where: Shenandoah National Park (various locations)
Website: Shenandoah National Park Night Sky Festival
The second annual Night Sky Festival will celebrate the beauty of the night sky and the wonder of astronomy with a full weekend of events throughout Shenandoah National Park. The festival will feature Ranger Programs, presentations from astronomers, guided stargazing, and more. The event will conclude with a viewing of the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017.
Attendees will need to pay the normal park entrance fees, but there is no additional charge for any of the festival programs. A jacket and flashlight are suggested for nighttime programming. Outdoor activities may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call the park to check if you are unsure.
Honey Bee Festival
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, Virginia 23518
Website: Honey Bee Festival
The Beekeepers of Southeast Virginia will host the annual Honey Bee Festival in Norfolk. It will be a day full of bee-related education, food, vendors, and more. Children are encouraged to come in bee costumes to join in the festivities.
The festival will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM. It is included in general garden admission.
Norfolk Latino Music Festival
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: Town Point Park, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Website: Latino Music Festival
The 17th annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival will feature music from local, regional, and national artists so you can dance the night away. There will also be plenty of food and drink available from vendors to complete the cultural experience.
The festival runs from 5 PM to 10 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.
Virginia Craft Brewers Fest
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: IX Art Park, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Website: Virginia Craft Brewers Fest
Craft beer has blossomed in Virginia in recent years, and the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest is a great way to experience it all. Over 100 brewers from all around Virginia will be represented at the Charlottesville festival. The festival is family friendly, and there will also be plenty of food, vendors, and entertainment for all.
Join the brewers from 2 PM to 8 PM (VIP entry starting at 1 PM). Tasting tickets start at $50; designated driver tickets start at $25. Tickets can be purchased at the festival website or at the gate.
Belle Grove Wine Festival
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, Virginia 22645
Website: Belle Grove Wine Festival
Sample an array of Virginia wines and ciders at beautiful Belle Grove Plantation. In addition to tastings, the festival will feature live music, chef demonstrations, food, and local artisan vendors.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the festival website. Tasting tickets are $20 and general admission/designated driver tickets are $10. The festival will run from 11 AM to 6 PM. The event will take place rain or shine.
What are your exciting August plans? Don’t forget to share with friends and family!