Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
November 5 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm$20.00
On the first Sunday in November step back in history as the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival commemorates America’s First
Thanksgiving with a historic celebration reminiscent of Colonial Virginia. This annual tradition dates back to December 4, 1619 when
Captain John Woodlief and his crew of thirty-five men landed on the shores of the James River at what was to become Berkeley
Plantation. Upon landing, in accordance with orders from London, the Englishmen proclaimed: “We ordain that the day of our ship’s
arrival, at the place assigned for plantation, in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to
Almighty God.” Thus began the American tradition of Thanksgiving!
Festival activities for the entire family include colonial period re-enactors, encampment, parade, and musicians. Families participate
in games, dancing, and demonstrations, while vendors showcase handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, and concessions. Demonstrations,
vendors, and activities begin at 11:00 a.m., the re-enactment of the landing begins at 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley Plantation is located off Scenic Route 5 in Charles City, Virginia between Richmond and Williamsburg.
Festival Admission Buses – $30.00 Cars – $20.00 Bikes – $5.00