Colonial Beach off season is still a great place! While the summer fun usually winds down after the big Labor Day weekend in early September, there's still lots more in store to the end of the year and beyond!
Later in September you'll find events like the Jeep Rivah Jam at Dockside.
Mallet wielders can try their hand at the annual Croquet Tournament.
The Columbus Day weekend in October brings Bikefest, the nearly week-long celebration for motorcycle enthusiasts from places far and wide. This event began in 2014. In 2018 it took place a week later than usual and in 2023 it took place at the end of September.
There are also various Oktoberfest parties and a Fall Festival on Town Hill. You'll find tons of Halloween events and activities like the annual Golf Cart Parade and special spooky events at Stratford Hall Plantation.
Mid-November is the big annual weekend-long Rockfish Tournament. (did not take place in 2019)
Also in November:
Some events at Colonial Beach Dragway to wrap up their racing season
Veterans Day Memorial Service at "The Cannon" at 11:00 a.m. on 11/11
Fall Barrel Tasting at Ingleside Winery
Craft Shows and Holiday Bazaars at the high school, churches, fire house and rescue squad buildings
Lighted Boat Parade used to take place during the Winter Festival the first Saturday in December, but beginning in 2022 it is set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Early December has the popular Santa's Wonderland and Winter Festival, an event which features the Christmas Parade and festivities on Town Hill for young and old. The Lighted Jeep Parade takes place in the evening and is also a clothing and toy drive!
Acts like the Colonial Beach Connexion Choir and others perform wonderful holiday concerts.
High Tides restaurant usually closes for the season at the end of this month and reopens in early March.
New Year's Eve parties and Dinner Buffets at many venues around town.
January. This is the month when we usually get some snow, so there's a lot of snowman-building and sledding.
The Polar Plunge on the first Saturday in January at Dockside raises funds for Colonial Beach Public Schools field trips. Dockside has hosted this event since 2015. Prior to that it took place at The Riverboat.
Birthday celebration for General Robert E. Lee at his birthplace, Stratford Hall Plantation on or around the 19th. There is usually free admission, cake and people dressed in period costume.
Don't let me catch you
"There's nothing to do in Colonial Beach off season."
Year-Round events include:
Various workshops, retreats, seminars and classes
Live bands on Saturday nights at Dockside
Second Friday ArtWalk (except February)
Sunday Breakfast and Brunches at Lenny's, Bobby K's, Riverboat, Dockside and more.
Comedy Nights at The Riverboat
Events at the Library include computer classes, mobile maker lab, paws for reading, storytime and many more events like Tea Time, Movie Night and Reading Guild meetings.
Trivia Contests at Ice House, Colonial Beach Brewing and others.
Estate Auctions by Gitie's at the former Willey's restaurant on most Friday evenings
Ford Museum open by appointment only