Cover photo: Mary Carter

Ahhhh…the first day of spring! The Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia (CBVA), is waking up from its winter slumber!

Seasonal businesses are reopening for the season. Fishing and crabbing seasons get underway.  A new festival in town. This year’s Historic Garden Week tour features a stop at a local historical site. The annual spring oyster crawl includes delicacies from a CBVA favorite.

Spring is a great time to VisitCBVA! Here’s what’s happening! (Check back often as we will update as events are announced.)

March 21: Pirate-themed High Tides on the Potomac returns for the season. The beachfront eatery on the boardwalk offers food, spirits, and pristine views of the Potomac River. Monroe Bay Campground‘s electric and water are back in operation.

Colonial Beach Virginia beach bar High Tides reopens for the season March 21

Photo: Chris Militzer, Miliman Photos


April 1: Potomac River crabbing season opens. Learn more about recreational crabbing in and around Colonial Beach by visiting the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.

Crab season starts April 1

Photo: Mary Carter


April 5-21: Colonial Beach Performing Arts Association presents Seven Keys to Baldpate by George M. Cohan.

April 6: Colonial Beach Dragway hosts the biggest car, bike, and truck show on the East Coast with live music, races, and six radio stations broadcasting live.

April 6: Dig out your neon bracelets and Members Only jackets–it’s Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar’s annual We Love the 80s Costume Party featuring The DeLoreans. Colonial Beach Plaza is offering a special “Bed & Breakfast Club” package so you can relive the 80s all weekend long.

Colonial Beach Osprey Festival April 12-14

Photo: Larry Goven


April 12-14: The Northern Neck’s newest festival, the Colonial Beach Osprey Festival celebrates the Town’s signature bird, the osprey, with bird walks and talks, art, scavenger hunts, kids activities, exhibits, presentations, workshops, native plant sale, “Grand Ole O’spry Concert” and “Cock”tail hours, Early “Bird,” “Osprey” and “Featherweight” specials at local restaurants and pubs.



Fishing on the Potomac River at dawn

Photo: Mary Carter


Easter Weekend


James Monroe Birthday Celebration and Grand Opening of the Memorial HomeApril 20: Celebrate President James Monroe’s birthday and the grand opening of his memorial childhood home at James Monroe Birthday Celebration and Grand Opening of the Memorial Home.  


Easter Egg Hunt


April 20: Spring is blooming during Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt when the Town Hill gazebo is decorated for photos with the Easter Bunny! Bring your baskets, kids, and search for the hidden candy and prize-filled eggs!






Easter, Sunday, April 21: Riverboat on the Potomac will have an Easter buffet from noon-5 pm. The buffet includes:

Riverboat on the Potomac Easter Buffet

Virginia Glazed Ham
Herb Crusted Pork
Lemon pepper baked or fried cod
Mesquite BBQ Chicken
Roast Beef in Au Jus
Parmesan Zucchini Corn
Southern Style Green Beans
Pineapple Glazed Carrots
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Praline Casserole
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Macaroni and Cheese
Old Fashioned deviled eggs
Assorted Relish Tray
Cheese Plate
Caesar salad
Veggie tray with sauce
Creamy Grape salad
Fresh Baked Dinner rolls
Assorted Home Made Desserts
Cost is Adults- 21.95  Children under 10 – 12.95


Striped bass (rockfish) tournament winners

Photo: Bobby Hooker

April 20: Striped Bass (Rockfish) season begins. Learn more about recreational fishing in and around Colonial Beach by visiting the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.

April 27: The Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament offers cash prizes, including the $5,000.00 first place prize.


Oyster Crawl hosted by Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail

Photo: Denson’s Grocery & R&B Oyster Bar


April 27-28th: The 7th Annual Spring Oyster Crawl is a weekend of wine and oyster pairings in Virginia’s Wine Country. Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail participating wineries are offering one or more delicious oyster dishes to pair with their wines. Several wineries also feature live music. Two wineries are featuring oyster dishes prepared by CBVA favorite Denson’s Grocery & R&B Oyster Bar.

May 1: The birthplace of President James Monroe and five Colonial Beach residences are decorated stops on the The Garden Club of the Northern Neck’s Historic Garden Week tour.

May 3: FORE! Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad’s Golf Tournament will be held at Hobbs Hole Golf Course in Tappahannock.

May 4: Join us for a BBQ Cookoff at the Beach, where judges will award one lucky chef “the most awesomeness BBQ.”

May 4: Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar hosts a Hula & Fire Show with D.C. Hula Girls at its Tiki Kick-Off.

Hula & Fire Show at Dockside Tiki Bar Kick-off

Photo: Lydia Ortiz



Stratford Hall hosts event featuring 5 craft breweriesMay 18: Colonial Beach Brewing is one of 5 craft brewers participating in Stratford Hall’s Beer & Blacksmithing Event, where visitors will experience the sights and sounds of the art of the forge.

May 25: Tommy Tutone is the featured performer at the BAMM (Beach Art Music and Mentoring) 2019 Benefit Concert, to enhance the learning experience of the youth of Colonial Beach. BAMM is a more specific group belonging to the Colonial Beach Community Foundation.

June 1: 8th Annual Save the Bay Day supports Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clean the Bay Day, when Virginians take to rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris.

June 7-9: Wrapping up the spring season is the Annual Potomac River Festival, now in its 68th year! The Colonial Beach tradition honors the history and bounty of the Potomac River and includes a Firemen’s Parade–reputed to be the loudest parade in Virginia–Little Miss beauty pageant, Grand Feature Parade, Pet Parade, Boat Parade, music, carnival, food, craft vendors, and fireworks!

Fire Truck Parade during Colonial Beach's Potomac River Festival

Photo: Mary Carter