Special Events, Places and Reasons to Visit Camp Cardinal Before Spring Officially Kicks Off

Looking for a reason to sneak away to Camp Cardinal before spring fully kicks off this year (2024)?

We’ve put together a list of special events, places and reasons to visit. This is a short list. There’s so much more you can do! But explore these few ideas that are within a short drive of Camp Cardinal.

Gloucester Daffodil Festival

April 6 – April 7, 2024

Join us in “The Daffodil Capital of America” for this lively celebration of spring! Held along Gloucester Main Street, this family-friendly festival offers hundreds of vendors, tasty food, shows, parades, children’s events and more.

2nd Sundays

Second Sunday of every month March – December

11 am – 5 pm

This street fair consisting of over 150 artists, musicians, food vendors and street performers is held on the second Sunday of every month in downtown Williamsburg. With face painting, arts and crafts projects, folk handcrafts, contemporary artworks, local authors, food trucks, a beer garden and live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Yorktown Market Days: Winter Markets

February 10 and 24, March 2 and 16

10 am – 2 pm

Yorktown’s award-winning Market Days are held on the beachfront Riverwalk Landing. Browse vendors and artists offering their locally grown and crafted products, ranging from artwork to baked goods to homemade candles and more.

8th Annual Chili Cook-off

February 10

4:30 pm – 7 pm

One of the biggest winter social events in Mathews, this competition held by the Mathews Rotary Club brings together over 500 people the night before the Super Bowl as various organizations compete for the title of “Best Chili” in Mathews, while also raising money for the county. In addition to the competition itself, each booth will be selling their delicious chili – just in time for the Super Bowl.

Candle Making and Wine at Under The Stars Farm

January 13, 14, 21, 27, 28

In this workshop held at Under The Stars Farm in Gloucester, you will learn the basics of candle making while you customize your own candle, including scent, vessel and dried florals. Afterward, snuggle up and enjoy a hard-earned glass of wine or hot cider.

Punchlines & Pints: Comedy Night at Precarious

Every Friday night from January 5 – December 27, 2024

9 pm – 11 pm

Celebrate the end of the week at Precarious in Williamsburg, where the beer hall is transformed into a lively comedy club. Sit back, relax and enjoy a drink as you watch nationally touring comedians and DJs perform live! (This event is 18+).

Basic Blacksmithing with The Village Blacksmith

February 10 and February 23

9:30 am – 3 pm

Aspiring smiths are invited to learn the basic techniques of blacksmithing in this intensive one-day course. In this immersive class, you will learn the essential concepts needed to create multiple items plus other additional skills through hands-on learning and creating.

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays January 26 – March 3

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with live jazz music, mouth-watering Cajun classics, thrilling roller coasters and child-friendly rides and play areas. This lively event featuring a breathtaking cirque show and other energetic entertainment promises fun for the whole family.

Yorktown Ghost Walks

Varies, evening/nighttime


Learn about the history of Yorktown and the spirits that haunt the town as actual ghost hunters guide you through the streets on a candlelight tour. Feel shivers down your spine as you are guided through various sites of known hauntings.

Colonial Williamsburg

Visitor Center is open 8:45 am – 5 pm

Immerse yourself in the history of the Revolutionary War era in this sprawling living history museum. Explore historic sites such as the Governor’s Palace and Capitol Building, shop in Merchant’s Square, learn about historic trades and skills, and talk with the figures who led the American Revolution.

Historic Jamestowne

8:45 am – 4:30 pm

Visit archeological dig sites, remains of historical buildings, and statues of important figures at Historic Jamestowne! You will be able to walk among both ruins and recreations of original buildings, as well as talk to experts of the colonial era.

American Revolution Museum

9 am – 5 pm

This museum offers an in-depth look at the American Revolution, from colonial-era turmoil to the creation of a new nation. Through exhibits, films, and outdoor living history areas, you will learn the stories of the citizens, soldiers, and leaders of the Revolutionary War.