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EXPERIENCE THE REALM’S MUST-DO EVENTS

Tue

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Deltaville Christmas Lights

December 1 at 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Deltaville Christmas Lights

Thu

03

Lancaster By The Bay Chamber Presents “Reverse” Christmas Parade

December 3 at 8:00 am - December 11 at 5:00 pm

Lancaster County

Fri

04

Specials Wine Tasting

December 4 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Specials Wine Seller

Fri

04

Wine Down Friday at Good Luck Cellars

December 4 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Good Luck Cellars

Fri

04

Storytime with Santa

December 4 at 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Kilmarnock Town Centre Park

Thu

10

Holiday Gift Shop & Greens Sale with Museum Open House

December 10 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lancaster Virginia Historical Society

Thu

10

Walk in the Park

December 10 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kilmarnock Town Centre Park

Thu

10

Mercy Creek at Kilmarnock Brewhuas

December 10 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Kilmarnock Brewhaus

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Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Holiday Open Houses

December 12 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Signature Events

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Mar
Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show
March 21 - 22, 2020
Now in its 41st year! One of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in the South for March, this show brings exhibitors featuring original paintings, carvings, sculptures, decoys and more. The Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is an unique art festival showcasing wildfowl art. Original paintings, prints, carvings of life-size and miniature birds of all kinds, decoys for display or hunting, antique decoys, exquisite bronze sculptures, photography, taxidermy, and handcrafted jewelry are all available to purchase or enjoy viewing. All proceeds support the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. Website: rrws.org
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May
Deltaville Seafood Festival
May 7 - May 8, 2021
Celebrate life by the river! Crab races, oyster shucking demos, a boat show, baseball and more! With an amazing collection of pop-up seafood restaurants, festival food and a diverse group of arts and crafts vendors, live bands, red-white-and-brew tent, this event will kick-off your summer fun! You Tube Video: 2018 deltaville seafood festival Website: deltavilleseafoodfestival.com
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May
Urbanna Cup
May 30, 2020
Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing, they're fun, they're fast and intoxicating to watch and each boat is named after a cocktail drink! Watch from the pier at the Urbanna Town Marina while choosing who you think will win! Festivities include good eats, beer and wine, and an awards ceremony.  Website: urbannacup.com YouTube Video: Urbanna Cup   
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May
Arts in the Middle
May 30 - May 31, 2020
Two days of cultural entertainment on the stately grounds of the 17th century Hewick Plantation. Artisans display their works of fine art for sale while visitors enjoy musicians and fresh local cuisine paired with craft brews, Virginia wines and champagne. Website: artsinthemiddle.com   YouTube Video:  Arts in the Middle
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Aug
Irvington Crab Festival
August 8, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATES:
Current circumstances aren’t stopping the Ninth Annual Irvington Crab Festival. The Steamboat Era Museum’s biggest and most popular fundraiser is adapting to restrictions with “Grab-a Crab!”
Get your tickets in advance for just $35 and drive through Chesapeake Bank’s Irvington branch, August 8, from 4 til 7.
You’ll “Grab-a-Crab” when you pop your trunk and volunteers deliver, for each ticket purchased, a bag of a dozen fresh steamed crabs plus a “grab bag” with a 2020 collector beer cup, crab mallet, roll of paper towels, and other goodies. Then enjoy a crab feast with family and friends in your safe environment!
Mark your calendar for this fun event, August 8, 4 til 7pm. Purchase your tickets online below or by check, mailed to the museum at PO Box 132 Irvington, Virginia.
Tickets are limited and will not be sold the day of the event. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are not refundable. Website: steamboateramuseum.org  YouTube video: Irvington Crab Festival
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Oct
Raise the Roof Craft Beer Fest
Oct 17, 2020
“Raise the Roof” at Historic Christ Church & Museum's 6th-Annual Craft Beer Fest. Enjoy 12 Craft Beers, delicious BBQ (or vegetarian fare), homemade ice cream, & live music by Good Shot Judy.  Ticket includes a souvenir glass & five craft beer tasting tickets, one serving of BBQ (or veggie fare) with fixings from Willaby’s, homemade ice cream & awesome music all at one of Virginia’s most historic sites.  Make a family weekend around this event. Photo credit: Bruce Nelson Photography  More information and how to purchase tickets . . . . Unfortunately a COVID-19 cancellation for 2020. Website: christchurch1735.org
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Oct
Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival
October 16, 2021
This lovely Maritime Park, is just minutes away from the Chesapeake Bay. 60+ vendors selling unique art creations, a variety of seafood, live music and a car show. Peruse the museum's maritime exhibits, walk the nature trails donned with beautiful sculptures, tour antique boats displayed on the water, take a creek cruise, and enjoy the children's garden complete with a model trains. More information click: Deltaville Maritime Museum.
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Nov
Urbanna Oyster Festival
November 5-6, 2021
Come by BOAT or come by LAND because we have got everything oyster and more! The charming Town of Urbanna closes it's streets for this big celebration of oysters and the heritage that surrounds it for two full days with over 60,000 visitors. Over 50 food vendors with of course, OYSTERS!! Raw, Steamed, Roasted, Rockefeller, Fried, Stewed, Frittered, but also lots of festival food fare like chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, fried Oreos, crab bisque, crab cakes, funnel cakes, grilled and smoked meats, BBQ and clams. The Urbanna Oyster Festival includes parades, an oyster shucking contest, arts and crafts, wine & beer tastings, and so much more! Website: urbannaoysterfestival.com YouTube Video: Urbanna Oyster Festival 
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Nov
Taste By The Bay-Wine, Arts & Ale
November 20, 2021
Unfortunately a COVID-19 cancellation for 2020.  Sample Virginia wines, Virginia craft brews, and tastings from local restaurants. Enjoy live music, tour maritime attractions, and just in time for the holiday shopping season - a variety of artisan vendors. All on the award winning grounds of the Tides Inn. Website: tastebythebay.com         YouTube Video: Taste by the Bay
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Apr
Shuckapalooza
Returning Spring 2021!
Shuckapalooza returns in 2021! Rock this oyster party! The Shuckapalooza ticket is your backstage pass to the hottest new oyster scene. Check out private oyster farms, harvest methods, ecology with a real life waterman, samplings of oysters, plus wine and beer pairings. Take a one day tour of unique, bucket-list worthy, authentic experiences-each at its own location.  For more info on how to "Shucka" like a pro, check out our blog post. More information at www.shuckapalooza.com.        

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