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