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Upcoming Events & Festivals

Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers is pleased to promote food and beverage events around the Commonwealth. 

However, given the current COVID-19 situation, we can't be sure which events are happening. Please check individual websites below.

If you'd like to submit an event for listing, please click here. Your submission will be reviewed and listed if approved. Generally, events will appear on our calendar three months prior to the event starting date.

Thanks for supporting food and drink events and festivals around Virginia!

Apple Butter Celebration - Luray

Come to Skyland as the staff sets up the copper kettles and stokes up the fire for a day of apple boiling. Watch the process, give the kettle a stir, try a delicious sample, and take home some fresh-from-the-kettle jars of apple butter! Our chefs will be creating a great menu of items such as Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with Apple Spiced BBQ Sauce, Hot Dog with Apple Relish, Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers, Smoked Pepper Chili & Cornbread, Cole Slaw, Baked Apples, Baked Beans, Apple Cobbler à la Mode, Apple Turnovers, Apple Strudel, Funnel Cakes, and Hot and Cold Apple Cider. Wine tasting, hard cider by the glass, pony rides, children’s crafts, and live entertainment are also featured throughout the day!
Website: https://www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events/festivals/apple-butter-celebration

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery - Afton

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery! German food specials every day, live music, special activities, games, and prizes!
Website: https://bluemountainbrewery.com/

Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival - Chincoteague

This event is held to promote the seafood industry and mark the arrival of the oyster season. Come and enjoy oysters—raw, steamed, fritters, and single fried; clam fritters, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, salad bar, hot dogs, hush puppies, Boardwalk fries and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer available for purchase. Live entertainment, Extravaganza Raffle, and "Best Space" contest for everyone’s enjoyment. There will also be a variety of souvenirs available for purchase. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day. Order e-tickets online at www.chincoteaguechamber.com. Gates open at 10 am for admission and set-up. Appetizers served at 11 am and full menu available at 12:00 noon. Festival ends at 4:00 pm.
Website: https://www.chincoteaguechamber.com/

Suffolk Peanut Festival - Suffolk

2020 marks the 43rd Anniversary of Suffolk, Virginia’s premier festival. This popular annual event honors the city’s agriculture heritage and devotion to peanuts, our favorite legumes. Known for its fun family activities, Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, motorcycle rally, fireworks and much more. Combine all of these great activities with local and national entertainment and you have a weekend full of good times!
Website: http://www.suffolkpeanutfest.com/

Chesapeake Restaurant Week - Chesapeake

Chesapeake Restaurant Week is an opportunity for locals and visitors to celebrate Chesapeake's flourishing culinary scene. Eat your way through Chesapeake and experience a multi-course meal that will leave you feeling satisfied, all for a prix fixe price. Participating restaurants are serving up a variety of offerings from $10 to $50; all sure to tempt your appetite!
Website: https://www.visitchesapeake.com/restaurants/restaurant-week/

Abingdon Seafood Festival - Bena

Our Seafood Festivals are held twice yearly and are located on our Festival Grounds behind our club building at 8784 Guinea Road, Bena, Virginia. The Festival Gate opens at 2:00 pm, but NO food or beverages will be served until 3:00 pm. Enjoy all the food and beverages that you would like, including: Oysters– fried and on half-shell; clam fritters and clam chowder; fried scallops; fried fish; steamed shrimp; steamed crabs; hush-puppies; BBQ with coleslaw; French fries; cake; ice cream; cheese and wine; soft drinks, water, coffee, beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
Website: http://www.abingdonruritanclub.com/seafood-festival/

Urbanna Oyster Festival - Urbanna

Come by BOAT or come by LAND! The charming Town of Urbanna closes it's streets for this big celebration of everything OYSTER! Foodie heaven: over 50 food vendors and every kind of OYSTER!! Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, Oysters in a Pot Pie and festival food fare like BBQ, Crab Bisque. Arts and Crafts, Antique Auto Show, Children's Activities and live bands are spread throughout the town. The town marina offers historical boats and exhibits on the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay, watermen and the oyster industry. 7:00 pm on Friday is the Fireman Parade and 2:00 pm on Saturday is the Oyster Festival Parade, home town fun with the shiners, marching bands, beauty queens and floats. Don't miss the Oyster Shucking Contest Saturday behind the Firehouse on Saturday at 11:00 am. Individual areas for Virginia Wine Tasting and Craft Brew Tastings for 21+ years for $10 each. Try the new VIP Oyster Lovers Experience $100 ticket with exclusive seating at 3 hospitality tents, beer-wine-oyster shooter tastings, half dozen oyster, commemorative poster and more!
Website: http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/

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