Next Festival – November 3, 2019

Celebrating our 400th anniversary 1619-2019

11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

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

Nowhere can you find a more exciting, more educational or more enjoyable experience to add to your holiday traditions than a beautiful fall day at Berkeley Plantation.

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 Tim Timberlake. 

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.

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.

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




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 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. 


4 Responses to Next Festival – November 3, 2019

  1. Carol W Mathews says:

    I would like to see a schedule of the musicians, dancers, reenactors, etc. to see what, when and how my family could get the most participation and enjoyment out of our visit to Berkeley Plantation for the festivities. Is there a schedule posted online?
    Thank you so much for hosting such a nice annual affair!
    A DAR friend of Berkeley Plantation and the Jimmerson family,
    Carol W Mathews

  2. Richard T Chance says:

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