Virginia Festival of the Book
When: Late March
A week of mostly free literary events open to the public to honor book culture and promote reading and literacy.
Historic Garden Week
Where: Orange County
The Garden Club of Virginia presents historic garden tours all over the state, and Orange County properties are annual participants. Tours present a rich mosaic of some of the country’s finest properties at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color.
The Montpelier Wine Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts, specialty food vendors, live music, "cooking with wine" classes, children's entertainment and rides, and Virginia wine tastings all day.
Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Where: Nearby in Syria, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When: Late May/Early June
Bringing the very best of bluegrass talent to Central Virginia.
Where: Northwest of Culpeper, VA at Castleton Farms.
When: Throughout July
An amazing festival of the arts in a picturesque rural setting, the Castleton Festival is the signature event of The Chateauville Foundation. Enjoy a month-long line-up of opera, symphonic concerts, dance and puppetry! Pre- and post-show concert talks, recitals, informal chamber music concerts and cabaret are also available.
Where: Orange County, not far from our bed and breakfast in Orange
Orange celebrates its role in American history, its agricultural heritage, and the traditional values that created and help sustain a way of life. The Orange County Fair is an old fashioned county fair in the truest sense; no midway carnival, no high pressure selling activities, but plenty of activities, contests, and entertainment aimed at creating a fun atmosphere for everyone! Check out their website for more information about some of the nationally-recognized entertainment that the fair brings to Orange County!
Where: Historic Downtown Orange, one block away from our inn
A food festival in partnership with edible Blue Ridge magazine, that celebrates food from earth to table. Food vendors, chef demonstrations, topical speakers and seriously good music all revolving around the regional food theme.
Where: Somerset, VA, only about 3-4 miles from our inn
This is one of our favorite annual events -- it's always great fun and extremely interesting! The Pasture Party displays exhibits of fully-operational antique steam boilers and engines, gas engines, tractors, agricultural equipment, and industrial equipment. A fantastic way to experience how work was done in a bygone era. Includes numerous demonstrations of threshing, baling, sawing and any other displays or demonstrations that are in keeping with the theme of the event. Gorgeous antique and classic cars are also on display, and there's plenty of food, antiques, and local crafts for sale!
Orange Street Festival
Where: Main Street in Orange, VA, right in front of our bed and breakfast!
When: The Saturday after Labor Day.
Hundreds of food, arts and crafts vendors display their wares to over 15,000 people.
Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheepdog Trials
Where: Near Montpelier, about 2 miles away from the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast
When: First weekend in October.
From animal to fiber to finished craft, this show tells the whole story. Keep busy with exhibitors, guest speakers, workshops and crafts for sale. Sheepdog trials are a must see as well!
Started in 1924 by Marion DuPont Scott, the hurdle course features the only live brush jumps in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This equestrian event is a long-standing Virginia tradition, boasting some of the oldest continually-used steeplechase hedge rows in the country. Attendees from all over the country stay at our Virginia bed and Breakfast to see this exciting event, where elaborate tents, tailgating, and traditional hats are the order of the day!
Where: Main Street, Orange, Virginia
When: The first full weekend in December.
Enjoy an extensive small town parade featuring antique cars, local bands, volunteer organizations, and Santa in his sleigh!