The Commonwealth of Virginia invites all Americans to “Come Home to Virginia” for the Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival in November 2019. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy a variety of premier events, festivals, and special programming that draw on 400 years of Virginia’s unique history and culture. This special month-long statewide festival will serve as a momentous capstone to the American Evolution, 2019 Commemoration.
American Evolution Premier Festival Events
Sampling the Centuries
PARTNER: Fire, Flour and Fork
TIMEFRAME: November 2, 2019
VENUE: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
SUMMARY: American Evolution hosts a cuisine focused event traveling through the centuries with Virginia’s own culinary experts. Guests will explore foods of the past 400 years prepared by Virginia Chefs. Highlighting the wine, beer and cider industries in Virginia and exploring the opportunities that food has provided through the years.
Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
PARTNER: Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
TIMEFRAME: November 3, 2019
VENUE: Berkeley Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia
SUMMARY: Upon safe arrival at Berkeley Hundred on December 4, 1619, a group of English settlers held a ceremony of Thanksgiving, which was to be observed annually and perpetually. The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival event showcases cultural performances and a re-enactment of the first official English Thanksgiving in North America.
Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora
PARTNER: William & Mary
TIMEFRAME: November 5-9, 2019
VENUE: Williamsburg, Hampton and Richmond, Virginia
SUMMARY: This conference will feature cutting edge scholarship, cultural events, film festivals, and excursions to local historical sites that highlight and celebrate the global dimensions of the African Diaspora and the centrality of black people worldwide to the making of the modern world. Visit aswadiaspora.org to register to attend.
Salute to the Military and Democracy
TIMEFRAME: November 9, 2019
VENUE: Virginia Beach-Sandler Center
SUMMARY: The Virginia Arts Festival will create a Joint Service Band drawing from local professional bands to include Fleet Forces Band (Navy), TRADOC Band (Army), U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band (Air Force) and elements from the Armed Forces School of Music (Army, Navy, Marine Corps). This all-star military ensemble will have conductors from each professional band conducting portions of the show.
Pocahontas Reframed: Storytellers Film Festival
PARTNER: Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival
TIMEFRAME: November 21 – 24, 2019
VENUE: Byrd Theater, Richmond, Virginia
SUMMARY: The Pocahontas Reframed: Storytellers Film Festival includes Native American-affiliated classic and recently released films that have been official selections of world-renowned festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Dedication
PARTNER: Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission
TIMEFRAME: December 2019
VENUE: Brown’s Island, Richmond, Virginia
SUMMARY: The monument will feature a 12-foot bronze statue representing newly freed slaves and will highlight notable African American Virginians through time. The statue will commemorate the African American Virginians who have fought for freedom.