Events at Colonial Beach

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Colonial Beach Events

Second Friday Art Walk
The second Friday of every month is an art walk.
For list of venues and more information visit 
https://www.facebook.com/ColonialBeachArtistsGuild/

April 9, 2022
Annual Osprey Festival
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!

April 16, 2022
Annual Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt - 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.  

June 11-12, 2022
Annual Potomac River Festival - 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).

June 19, 2022
Father's Day Classic Car Show - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Hosted by Colonial Rod Club
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.

August 13-14, 2022
August 20-21, 2022
August 27-28, 2022
Colonial Beach Artist Guild Judged 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!

August 20-21, 2022
Annual Rod Run to the Beach - 8/20 8am-10pm, 8/21 8am-5pm
Hosted by Colonial Rod Club
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!  

August 20-21, 2022
Annual Colonial Beach Water Fest, 8/20 10-4pm, 8/21 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!  

September 3, 2022
BAMM (Beach Arts Music & Mentoring) Concert, 9/3 12pm-5pm
Live Music includes Tommy Tutone, Scenic Roots, Carlos & The Castaways, Sally & Brian
Silent Auction and Raffle
Food and Beverages for adults and kids
Come out and support Colonial Beach's yourth and public schools
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BAMMCB
 
September 3-4, 2022
Annual Arts and Crafts Festival - 9/3 10am-5pm, 9/4 10am-4pm
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.

Septmeber 10, 2022
Northern Neck Beach Music Festival - 9/10 12pm - 6pm
An afternoon of bands, dancing, food, and fun! Tickets required.
https://www.facebook.com/NNBeachMusicFestival/

October 6-9, 2022
Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest, 10/6 12-5pm, 10/7 12pm-10pm, 10/8 12pm-10pm, 10/9 12pm-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.
https://www.cbbikefest2.com/

October 15, 2022
Beach to Beer 5K and 10K
Run for Craft Beer at Colonial Beach Brewing Co. Beautiful 5K and 10K races along the Potomac. Post race Beer, Live Music, Food Trucks and Family Activities! An entire morning of fun! Great Race Swag Too!
https://www.facebook.com/events/town-hill-colonial-beach/beach-to-beer-5k-and-10k/533424001044509/

October 15, 2022
Annual Colonial Beach Plaza Bed & Breakfast Oyster Shuck - 10/16 2pm-?
Overnight reservations required.
The Oyster Shuck at the Colonial Beach Plaza Bed and Breakfast is an annual event to celebrate the tasty oysters from local Maryland and Virginia waterways.  The event features dozens of craft beers and local wines, unique appetizers, and unlimited raw and steamed oysters, all shucked during the event by a local waterman.  In addition to the Oyster Shuck, guests experience a full weekend at the Plaza B&B which includes a full fresh breakfast every morning with protein, vegetables, and fruits from local farms, with a side of mimosas.

October 22, 2022
Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Golf Cart Parade - 10/12 11am-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. 

November 12-13, 2022
Annual Fall Rockfish Tournament
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).

November 26, 2022
Colonial Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade - 11/26 at dusk
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.

December 3, 2022
Santa's Wonderland & Winter Festival Parade, 12/3 11am-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

December 31, 2022
Colonial Beach Plaza Bed & Breakfast Lighted Lantern Send Off
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a stay at the Plaza that includes lantern lightings on the Potomac and Champaign at midnight.
Overnight reservations required.