Next Festival – November 5, 2017

Berkeley Thanksgiving 2016-49

Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339
(Directly off scenic Rt. 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg)

House Tours 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Celebrate the re-enactment of America’s first Thanksgiving at Berkeley Plantation.  The festival begins with a parade including horse-drawn carriages, fife and drum corps, festival entertainers and participants. First person re-enactors, musicians and magicians stroll the plantation grounds.  The Chickahominy Tribal Dancers perform, as well as The Itinerant Band, playing songs and tunes heard in 17th century America. Families participate in Colonial period games, dancing, crafts, activities and a corn maze.  Vendors showcase their food, arts, crafts and jewelry.  The re-enactment of the landing, moderated by Bill Bevins, begins at 3:00 PM.  Following the re-enactment, the Chickahominy Tribal Dancers invite everyone to join them in their traditional friendship dance.  Brock’s BBQ will continue the tradition of offering Thanksgiving Dinner in a glass along with other food items. It is an exciting, educational and enjoyable day for the whole family! 

Festival Admission and Parking (Cash only for parking):

$5.00 Motorcycle, Bike
$10.00 Car, Truck, SUV
$20.00 Bus

Tours of Berkeley’s Manor House Available $12.00 per person.       Discounted rates for Seniors, Military and Children ages 6-16.

For more information call 804-829-6018 or 888-466-6018

Virginia Thanksgiving Festival Flyer 2017


American Evolution 2019

The Thanksgiving Festival is a Signature Event of Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, which recognizes the 400th Anniversary of America’s First English Thanksgiving. 


 Virginia Thanksgiving Documentary

The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival teamed up with The Community Idea Stations in Richmond to jointly produce the first documentary ever to tell the story of the first English Thanksgiving in the New World. We invite you to buy a copy of the 30-minute documentary in the Berkeley Plantation gift shop when you visit. 


6 Responses to Next Festival – November 5, 2017

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    • The facts with regard to the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival have been extensively researched. A 30 minutes video relating to the First English Speaking Thanksgiving in the New World has been produced by WCVE public television in Richmond, VA. The premiere will be October 26 at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Copies have been sent to select public TV stations in the US. Barbara Ramos, Secretary, Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.

  2. David Hunter says:

    What time can the vendors set up ?


    I’m very interested in attending the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. My WOODLEE ancestors trace back to the WOODLEY & WOODLIEF line that settled in Virginia and are generally believed to be descendants of the Captain John Woodlief, master of the “MARGARET” that landed at Berkeley Settlement on Dec. 4, 1609.

  4. Sorry to be so long responding to your request. What would be the purpose of your posting? We have just updated the site with the date of this year’s festival.

  5. Kevin R. Hall says:

    I am very proud to be one of the first families to arrive in VA in the late 1600 to early 1700 hundreds. My father’s side of the family is both Monacan and Cherokee Indian, from Amherst County VA and Ashville NC. I have recently had children with my wife, one is three and the other is one. I care very much that they learn their heritage/roots deeply immersed in the Native American history. Please keep my email address and inform me of other upcoming events.

    Thank you,
    Kevin R. Hall

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