Festivals

rainbow-antiqueA rainbow at the Heritage & Antique Machinery Festival seems to have found its pot of gold.The Heritage & Antique Machiney Festival, held each May, is a celebration of the region's antiques, arts & crafts, and food. It features many exhibits including threshing wheat, working sawmill, honey & bee, quilting, wood carving, and chair bottom demo. 

Noland Village Country Fair Day is another spring celebration, welcoming visitors to tour the preserved and restored Noland Village, enjoy food cooked on site, homemade desserts, and live music throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy the antique tractor and machinery displays, classic and antique vehicles of all types, children's area, arts and crafts, the antique tractor parade, and many more.

The Halifax County Fair is an annual tradition that began 104 years ago on lower Main Street in South Boston VA and has grown to be a cornerstone fall event that continues to unite us as a community through agriculture, rides, food and music. The Fair is also a great opportunity to see a variety of livestock and farm animals up close.

South Boston's Harvest Festival, started in 1981, has become a favorite with kids and parents alike. Enjoy the attractions, live entertainment, activities, and food that are fun for all ages. Main Street in South Boston is blocked off for the entire day, and vendors line the street on both sides. Live music is scattered throughout, and in the evening the headline band performs at the gazebo in Constitution Square.

For a big summer party, the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival cannot be missed. In 1981 the festival began as a way to showcase the succulent goodness of cantaloupes grown locally in beautiful Halifax County, but over the years it's expanded to become one of the premier events in Virginia. As one of the region's top social affairs, the often sold-out festival draws crowds seeking good food, music, and fun.

artist rendering of Noland Village at ProvidenceArtist rendering of Noland Village at Providence

Lopefest, as locals call it, began at John Wade's Farm in Turbeville, moved to the Halifax County Fairgrounds later to accommodate the growing crowds, and in 2003 relocated to Berry Hill Resort. Berry Hill provides a beautiful backdrop for the live entertainment, and plenty of room for festival attendees to spread out if they wish, or mingle with the crowds.

The Town of Halifax has launched a couple of new festivals: Halicraft Art Festival and the Wild Blue River Festival. During Halicraft, the historic Main Street is transformed with artist tents, crafters, and food and wine vendors; the festival also includes arts & craft activities for children. The Wild Blue River Festival celebrates the Banister River and Lake, and all things outdoors; the festival features canoe and kayak paddling, children's activities, music, food, and vendors. Download a flyer of 2015 Town of Halifax events.

The annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival at Patrick Henry's Red Hill combines a LOVE of history with a LOVE of music, barbecue and Virginia craft beer, bringing together the lifestyle of yesteryear with modern leisurely activities. You'll fall in love with Southern Virginia and all of the history, culture, food, beer and music it has to offer!

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Paddling on Banister Lake during the Wild Blue River FestivalPaddling on Banister Lake during the Wild Blue River Festival

Virginia Cantaloupe FestivalVirginia Cantaloupe Festival at Berry Hill Resort

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