This year marks the 40th anniversary of the James River Association. To celebrate this anniversary we’ll be releasing Top 40 lists throughout the year celebrating some of the awesome experiences the James River watershed has to offer.

This month, we have surveyed our staff to bring you the Top 40 Festivals and Events in the James River watershed. So here they are, in no particular order, 40 places to celebrate our beautiful watershed.

  1. Mountain Magic Festival – Buchanan 
  2. Maple Festival – Monterey 
  3. Apple Day – Clifton Forge 
  4. Roanoke GoFest – Roanoke 
  5. Floyd Yoga Jam – Floyd 
  6. FloydFest – Floyd 
  7. Wine and Garlic Festival – Amherst 
  8. James River Rundown – central Virginia 
  9. James River Batteau Festival – Lynchburg 
  10. James River Splash & Dash – Lynchburg 
  11. Lynchburg Friday Cheers – Lynchburg 
  12. Lockn’ Music Festival – Arrington 
  13. The Festy Experience – Arrington 
  14. Virginia Craft Brewers Festival – Roseland 
  15. Tom Tom Founders Festival – Charlottesville 
  16. Virginia Film Festival – Charlottesville 
  17. Scottsville Second Saturday Art Walk – Scottsville 
  18. Appomattox River Compnay Big Demo Day – Farmville 
  19. Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape – Powhatan 
  20. Amelia Bluegrass Festival – Amelia 
  21. Grayhaven Winery South African Food & Wine Festival – Gum Spring 
  22. Field Day of the Past – Goochland 
  23. Banff Film Festival – Chesterfield 
  24. Pocahontas Live – Chesterfield 
  25. James River Splash & Dash – Richmond 
  26. Friday Cheers – Richmond 
  27. Richmond Folk Festival – Richmond 
  28. RVA Earth Day Festival – Richmond 
  29. James River Week – Richmond 
  30. King of the James – Richmond 
  31. Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival – Henrico 
  32. Varina Lion’s Club Canoe-a-Thon – Varina 
  33. Westover Lawn Party – Charles City
  34. Cap2Cap Ride – Richmond to Williamsburg 
  35. James RiverFest – Williamsburg 
  36. Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival – Surry 
  37. Bacon, Bourbon & Beach Fest – Smithfield 
  38. Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – Newport News
  39. RiverFest – Norfolk 
  40. Norfolk Summer Brewfest – Norfolk