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Hanover’s Perspective

Spring Happenings in Hanover County – 2024

With spring in full bloom, a visit from everyone’s favorite bunny around the corner and summer not too far away, be sure to mark your calendar with these springtime offerings in Hanover County.

Bass Pro Shops, Ashland, VA is offering a FREE 4×6 picture with the Easter bunny! Multi-photo packages start at just $15!  Reservations open March 16th to schedule your visit with the Easter bunny! Get all the details at

Meadowgate Farm is open for the season for visits that take you up close and personal with their Alpacas. Go to Meadowgate Alpacas to schedule a visit.

Pamunkey Regional Library hosts a variety of classes and events for the whole family. Visit the library’s Events page for full schedule.

Hanover Tavern’s Easter Brunch & The Bunny is Saturday, March 16, 2024, with two sittings (9:00 a.m. & 11 a.m.)  Easter Egg Hunt on the Tavern Lawn is at 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Call to make a reservation (required).  Visit the venue’s events page for more offerings.

The 2024 Down on the Farm Concert Series presented by Hart Nissan with certain proceeds benefitting the Five O’s Tiki Foundation is underway featuring country and rock performances at Hanover Vegetable Farm.

On March 16 starting at 6:30 p.m., The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education will hold its 2024 Annual Fundraiser event themed as New York New York featuring “New York” cuisine, live music, prizes, a silent auction and more.  A ticket purchased for this event helps the Center support and enrich the underserved, rural community through classes, community events, and programs.  Be sure to check out the Center’s various art classes including a Make Your Own Cake Pops Class on March 24, 2024.

Cross Creek Nursery (the West End Location is located in Ashland) hosts various seminars workshops, and events throughout the year.  On March 16, the nursery is hosting an Easter themed kids’ workshop (fees apply) and a Spring Open House.

Great American Ranch in Mechanicsville is hosting its Saint Patrick’s Day Block Party on Saturday, March 16 starting at 2:oo p.m.  Enjoy live music from Teaze from 4-7 p.m., DJs, backyard games, and food and drink specials.

Kings Dominion opens its 2024 season on March 23rd.  The park is currently open Saturdays – Sundays throughout March.  Beginning March 29 throughout April 7, 2024, the park is open every day throughout Spring Break, then resumes a Saturday/ Sunday schedule for the remainder of April and a Friday/Saturday/Sunday schedule for most of May. Starting May 24, the park begins its peak summer season with hours every day with Soak City opening to guests on May 25.  Check the park’s events page for other fun offerings included in admission.

Celebrate Easter weekend (March 30 & 31) at Kings Dominion and make sure to stop by and meet Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle on International Street

Hanover Arts & Activity Center is hosting the 45th Annual Ashland Railroad Run on Saturday, March 23, 2024.  The 5K/Fun Walk starts at 8:00 a.m., Kids one mile Fun Run at 8:15 a.m., the COTU Challenge at 8:00 a.m., and the 10K at 9:00 a.m.  Virtual Runs are also available.  Registration/Fees required.

Wings of Hope Ranch will host tours on Sunday April 7 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Meet the herd of horses and hear their stories of second chances and redemption. Visit this webpage for tour registration.

The Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week will conduct tours in Ashland-Hanover County on April 20, 2024.  The tour includes admission to sites in Ashland – Old Church.  To view the event brochure, visit  Ticket purchase required.

James River Cellars Winery is hosting its annual April Fools’ Festival on April 13, 2024 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Listen to live music, enjoy wine tastings and food trucks, shop vendors, and take home a souvenir wine glass!  Ticket purchase required.  Visit the winery’s calendar for more events.

Camp Hanover will host a Fun Day (April 21), Family Camp (May 17-19), and other events. Visit Camp Hanover Retreat and Events for more information.

My Princess Project is celebrating its first big fundraising event on April 21st from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm at the Oaklawn, in Mechanicsville, Virginia.  Come out for an afternoon of tea, savory delights, sweet treats, silent auction, raffle, and a fabulous hat contest. Monies raised help support the nonprofit so we can provide magical moments for teenagers in our community. For tickets, visit A Oaklawn Garden Tea Party.

Center of the Universe Brewing hosts music, game nights and other special events.  View the brewery’s event calendar on their Facebook page.

Castle Glen Winery hosts music, paint nights and other special events as well as posting statewide events that the winery is participating in.

The Hanover Chamber’s Airpark 5K will be held on Saturday, April 27. The race will start at 9am – with staggered start times for runners, walkers, kids, and strollers. Friends, family, and coworkers can cheer on the racers from our “Fan Zone”.  Registration is required.

The 20th Annual Ashland Train Day is April 27, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This annual street festival and railfan extravaganza celebrates Ashland’s love for trains!  The family-friendly event features more than 12 trains passing through the Town, a museum, model trains, Touch-A-Truck featuring all types of emergency and construction trucks, a fun-filled Kid Zone, kiddie train rides, scavenger hunt and more!  Admission: FREE

The Shelton House at Rural Plains reopens in May for tours every weekend through October 31 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Be sure to enjoy the Walking Trails at Rural Plains any day from dawn to dusk.

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown offers interior tours Fridays through Sundays starting in March through December each year. A guided 45-minute exterior walking tour of the history and architecture is offered, but please call 804-227-3500 to confirm availability.  Self-guided cell phone tours are always available. Pack a picnic and eat under the covered pavilion.  Also, check Scotchtown’s events page for special programs and workshops.  Fees apply.

Hanover County Parks and Recreation’s Classic Car Cruise-In is Sunday, April 21, 2024, from 4:00-7:00 pm at Hanover High School. This is a free event. Enjoy classic cars, music and food truck fare.  To view other Hanover County Parks and Recreation events, click here: Parks and Recreation Events

Hanover Vegetable Farm is hosting its The Strawberry & Wine Festival on May 11 and 12, 2024 with wine, live music, vendors, food, fun, and of course, strawberries!  Mark your calendar for this festival and these upcoming events.  Fees apply to all events.

Join the Richmond Symphony at Randolph Macon College’s Blackwell Auditorium on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. for an afternoon of Mozart and Spirituals with Associate Conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin and the Richmond Symphony.  For other events at the college, visit the college’s Arts and Events listing.

The Ashland Strawberry Faire, now in its 42nd year, is Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The Faire is a free, outdoor, family, and pet-friendly event.  All are welcome to the historic campus of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.  Enjoy fresh strawberries, vendors galore, food, beverages, pageants, music, entertainment, and activities for the kids.

For a list of more things to do in Hanover County, visit the Here in Hanover, VA app!