Festival Hours- 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Every year on the first Sunday of November, Berkeley Plantation hosts the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. This annual tradition dates back to 1619 when Captain John Woodlief and his crew of thirty-five men landed on the shores of the James River.
Join us for a day immersed in the history of early Colonial America as we celebrate the First English Thanksgiving in the New World. Experience the re-enactment of this historic event moderated by Bill Bevins. Fun activities for the entire family include a re-enactment of the First English Thanksgiving, Chickahominy Tribal Dancers, parade with horse drawn carriages, fife and drum, festival participants and entertainers, musicians and magicians, colonial period games, dancing and choral groups, arts & crafts, jewelry and food vendors, corn maze, storytelling, cornhusk doll making, candle dipping, and a silent auction.
Catering is provided by Brock’s Barbeque serving the famous Thanksgiving Dinner in a glass along with smoked turkey legs, brunswick stew, BBQ, and Virginia Ham biscuits. Concession stands with hot dogs, kettle korn and funnel cakes are also available throughout the day.
The public is invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Pre-registration for the event is not required.
Festival Admission and Parking (Cash only for parking): $5.00 motorcycle/bike $10.00 car/van $20.00 bus
Tours of Berkeley’s Manor House Available $12.50 per person. Discounted rates for Seniors, Military and Children ages 6-16.
The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival is a proud partner of American Evolution, as the Commonwealth of Virginia commemorates the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today.
Virginia Thanksgiving Festival has teamed up with Feed More, which collects, prepares, and distributes food to our Central Virginia neighbors in need. Bring back the spirit of Thanksgiving and help Feed More by bringing non-perishable items to this year’s event.