Our Signature Events

Fun at the Beach

Event Applications

To participate in the events as vendors, or parade participants fill out the application on our website and return them to us.
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2nd Friday Monthly Artwalk (March-December 2nd Friday of each month 6-9pm)

The Art Walks begin in March and are held the 2nd Friday of each month in historic downtown Colonial Beach. Stroll around to socialize among your friends, neighbors, visitors, and featured artisans as you visit local businesses who showcase rotating art exhibits. While admiring their work you may just find a unique eye-catching piece to purchase for yourself or a gift for someone special.

See map for participating locations.  New artists’ on display every month.

MAP KEY TO VENUES
1. Colonial Buzz Espresso Bar: 234 Colonial Ave
2. Studios of Steve Griffin and Dell Ford: 29 A & B Colonial Ave
3. CB Brewery: 215 Washington Ave
4. Colonial Beach Town Center: 22 Washington Ave
5. Monroe Bay Winery: 10 Washington Ave
6. Museum of Colonial Beach: 128 Hawthorne St
7. Holistic Haven: 116 Hawthorne St
8. Hawthorne Mercantile: 116 Hawthorne St
9. CB Playhouse: 108 Hawthorne St
10. Chamber of Commerce: 106 Hawthorne St
11. Coldwell Banker Elite: 233 N. Irving Ave
12. RMS Design Studios : 106 N. Irving Ave
13. Artists’ Alliance at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts: 100 Taylor St
14. Dockside Realty: 104 Taylor St
15. Potomac River Fisheries: 222 Taylor St

 

Annual Osprey Festival, April 9, 2022

Enjoy nature, exhibits, art, food, music, children’s activities, and of course the majestic ospreys who arrive in March each year!

If a veteran birdwatcher, on-site ornithologists and species experts will deepen your knowledge. Novices, those who might like to learn more about bird-watching, or anyone who supports and enjoys the birds in their own backyard can walk away from this festival with a solid foundation of bird lore and ways to both enjoy and learn more about our feathered friends in the future. The festival is also a great opportunity to introduce children (and grandchildren) to this fun and wholesome family activity. Everyone is sure to have a good time in Colonial Beach!

 

Annual Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt, April 16, 2022, 10:00-10:30AM

The Annual Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt occurs the Saturday before Easter and is our kick off for Spring! The children bring their own empty baskets and enthusiastically search for the prized eggs filled with yummy surprises.  Located on Town Hill (corners of Colonial and Washington Avenues) with the gazebo decorated in beautiful pastel colors.  Bring the entire family for a fun and “eggciting” hunt while enjoying the sights and scents of Spring blooming on the Potomac River.  

 

1st Annual Colonial Beach Boat Show - April 23rd & 24th 2022

Join us on The Hill (Corner of Washington & Colonial Avenues) to check out the Boats and vendors!  This is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to explore features and climb around on new models if you are considering upgrading your current boat or purchasing for the first time. You also won’t want to miss out on the “Boat Show Only Deals” being offered by an array of exhibitors.

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Annual Potomac River Festival, June 11-12 (6/11, 10-5pm, 6/12, 10-4pm)

A time-honored Colonial Beach tradition, the Annual Potomac River Festival includes a Grand Feature Parade, a Pet Parade, a Boat Parade, Music, Food and Craft Vendors, and MORE! Sponsored by the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Occurring the 2nd weekend in June and a fantastic time-honored Colonial Beach tradition! The Annual Potomac River Festival kicks off at 7:30pm Friday evening with a loud and proud Firemen’s Parade around the point. The festival features a Grand Parade, Pet Parade, Boat Parade, Beauty Pageant, music, food and craft vendors, and fireworks.  It is one of our largest events of the year and a fantastically fun filled weekend for the entire family!  You won’t want to miss this perfect opportunity to experience The Playground on the Potomac. This amazing event takes place on Town Hill (corner of Colonial and Washington Avenues).

 

Father's Day Classic Car Show - June 19, 2022 8:00am - 5:00pm

A great way to treat Dad to a fun filled Father’s Day! The Town Hill (corner of Colonial and Washington Avenues) is packed with a multitude of one-of-a-kind cars and trucks. Antique, vintage and customized vehicles are all on display awaiting the difficult decision of the judges. Prizes and trophies are awarded to the top three Rat Rods, top 30, and Chamber’s Choice.  Bands play in the background while you stroll around taking in the gleaming sights. Grab a tasty bite to eat from the food vendors and do a little shopping for Dad at the craft vendor stands.

 

Colonial Beach Artist Guild Judged Art Show, August 13-14, 20-21, 27-28.

Art Show
 

Our vibrant Art Community is abuzz every year for this exciting show. The event is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays for the month of the show. It is held each year at the Colonial Beach Town Hall (corner of Washington Avenue and Hawthorn Street). The building is magically transformed from a meeting hall to an Art Gallery where art of all kinds is displayed in the judged show.  Fine art, 2D, pottery, jewelry, fabric art and photography are among some of the featured entrants. This event is a must see for art lovers of all ages!

 
 

Annual Rod Run to the Beach, August 20 (8am-10pm) & August 21 (8am-5pm) 2022

Double your fun at the Beach! Hot rods, vendors, family fun zone, mermaids, sun and sand, all under the same sky at The Playground on the Potomac!

What is your favorite…street rods, street machines, customized classics, antiques, light trucks, rat rods?  Whatever it is, you will certainly find them at the Rod Run to the Beach.  Come join us for this two-day car show held the third weekend in August.  With music in the background and an array of food and merchandise vendors, you can spend the day admiring these spectacular beauties.  Awards will be presented to the top 30, Best in Show, Top Three Rat Rods, Founders Choice, and more. Weather permitting, you can also sit under the stars and watch a car inspired movie on the big screen. The Town Hill (Colonial and Washington Avenues) will be jam-packed with magnificent one-of-a-kind beauties at this long-standing event. If you are a “gearhead, this is the place to be!

The Water Fest is a fun, family-oriented, two-day event held on the Colonial Beach Boardwalk.  The Water Fest features a bounce house, water slide, walking parade on the Boardwalk, family fun zone, food and merchandise vendors, and a storyteller.  If you are lucky, you might even spot a real-live mermaid!  Before they return to school, bring the kids and/or grandkids to the Beach for an exhilarating good time the third weekend of August!  

Annual Colonial Beach Water Fest, August 20 (10-4pm) & August 21 (10am-3pm)

Family Fun Zone

Water Fest Mermaids

Double your fun at the Beach! Hot rods, vendors, family fun zone, mermaids, sun and sand, all under the same sky at The Playground on the Potomac!

What is your favorite…street rods, street machines, customized classics, antiques, light trucks, rat rods?  Whatever it is, you will certainly find them at the Rod Run to the Beach.  Come join us for this two-day car show held the third weekend in August.  With music in the background and an array of food and merchandise vendors, you can spend the day admiring these spectacular beauties.  Awards will be presented to the top 30, Best in Show, Top Three Rat Rods, Founders Choice, and more. Weather permitting, you can also sit under the stars and watch a car inspired movie on the big screen. The Town Hill (Colonial and Washington Avenues) will be jam-packed with magnificent one-of-a-kind beauties at this long-standing event. If you are a “gearhead, this is the place to be!

The Water Fest is a fun, family-oriented, two-day event held on the Colonial Beach Boardwalk.  The Water Fest features a bounce house, water slide, walking parade on the Boardwalk, family fun zone, food and merchandise vendors, and a storyteller.  If you are lucky, you might even spot a real-live mermaid!  Before they return to school, bring the kids and/or grandkids to the Beach for an exhilarating good time the third weekend of August!  

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BAMM (Beach Arts Music & Mentoring) Concert (TBD)

 

 

 

Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, September 3 (10-5) & September 4 (10-4)

Arts and Crafts Show on the Boardwalk

Photo Credit: Katrina Price

Up to 100 vendors line both sides of the boardwalk for this Colonial Beach tradition. Every type and style of Arts and Crafts is represented at this two-day event along the shores of the Potomac River!  If you’re shopping for yourself or a special someone, this is where you can find stunning hand-crafted home decor, jewelry, wood crafts and many other unique creations. This event is a regional favorite held the first weekend in September every year for over 50 years.

 

Northern Neck Beach Music Festival (TBD)

Photo Credit: Eric Nelson

Beach Music is a style of music that incorporates rhythm and blues (R&B), pop, soul, and maybe even a little bit of rock and disco. Originating in the Carolinas, it is also known as Carolina Beach Music, Shag Music, or Beach & Shag. It is mostly associated with the official dance of North Carolina and South Carolina, the Carolina Shag, a style of swing dance. This genre of music and dance originated around 1946, experienced a transition in the 60s and 70s, and experienced a resurgence in the 1980s. Today, new, original beach music is still produced and enjoyed, particularly in the coastal regions of Southeastern U.S.

The Embers return for the Annual Northern Neck Beach Music Festival. Details coming soon!

 

 

Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest, October 6 (12-5pm) October 7 (12-10pm) October 8 (12-10pm) October 9 (12-3pm)

Located on Town Hill (corner of Colonial and Washington Avenues) and the Boardwalk, this four-day, blow-out motorcycle enthusiast event is filled with a variety of bike inspired vendors, rockin’ bands, bike show, bike run, bike contest, and more. The streets of downtown Colonial Beach are lined with bikes of every make and model and black leather is the popular fashion statement. Rockin’ music and lip-smackin’ good food is on “The Hill” as well as our biker friendly businesses and non-profit organizations. This is the perfect opportunity to have an absolute blast while making new friends with the same interests and hanging out with the old ones.  Be sure to get your concert tickets and make your reservations early because our accommodations and restaurants fill up quickly.

BikeFest Website

Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Golf Cart Parade, October 22, (11-4pm)

This fun-filled, family event takes place on Town Hill (Corner of Colonial and Washington Avenues). It features food and craft vendors, family fun zone, a fire pit, music, and more. The day is capped off with a spectacular Halloween inspired decorated golf cart parade!  Be sure to watch the carts drive “the Point” the Saturday before Halloween. 

Annual Fall Rockfish Tournament, November 12 & 13, 2022

This annual event is a classic Colonial Beach. It all begins Friday night with Captains’ dinner where tournament rules are reviewed. Saturday and Sunday are for ROCK FISHING!  Cash prizes are awarded with a $5,000.00 first place prize. Youth Division (?) Ladies Division (?) and Special Angler Division are awarded trophies. Come test your fishing skills…win money…and take dinner home on this second week in November. The tournament is located at the Colonial Beach Yacht Center (1787 Castlewood Drive).

Colonial Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade, November 26 (dusk) 2022

Lighted Holiday Boat Parade

Grab a spot on the beach, a bench on the boardwalk, sit in your golf cart or car to watch as our fabulous Colonial Beach boating community shares their holiday spirit with all of us! Boats of all shapes and sizes decked out for the holiday season, blowing their horns sail up and down the Potomac River from Monroe Bay to Riverboat and return.

Lighted Boat Parade

Photo Credit: Susan Pietras-Smith

 

Santa's Wonderland & Winter Festival Parade, December 3, 11-3pm

Start the holiday season with us the first Saturday of December on Town Hill (corner of Colonial and Washington Avenues).  Town Hill is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas trees, elves, snowmen and everything Christmas!  Santa arrives to lead the parade and is followed by decorated cars, golf carts, floats, and more. You and the kids will have a holly, jolly good time decorating cookies, making holiday arts and crafts, sitting by the fire pit, listening to Christmas music, shopping and eating at vendors, writing letters to Santa and more!  You can even have your picture taken with Santa!  Everyone…kids and kids at heart… delight in this festive beginning of the holiday season

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Come have Fun!

The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsors and co-sponsors a number of events throughout the year. We are proud of our town and want to invite others to discover the hidden gem that is Colonial Beach. Our events are a way to bring the community and visitors together to enjoy family-friendly, small town experiences.

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Colonial Beach
Chamber of Commerce

Address

106 Hawthorn St.
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

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