Dragon Festival

**Please note that the 2020 Dragon Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.**


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Below is the original information regarding the event.

Science, history and myth collide during the (CANCELED) Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Natural History! Explore the lore of dragons, the impact these creatures have had on societies across the globe, and the science behind the growth and dissemination of their myth! All of the sights and sounds that make the myth of dragons so alluring will be in full-force throughout the day!

Images from previous Dragon Festivals!
Fire Performer Dragon Sculpture Medieval Combat
Stilt Walkers Vikings Ren Faire Marketplace
Dragon Exhibits
Fire Performances
Blacksmith Presentations
Dragon Art
Stilt Walkers
Dragon and medieval-themed games and activities
Fantasy author and speaker presentations
Ren Faire Marketplace
Food Trucks
Beer Garden
Balloon Animals

ADMISSION (Please note that the 2020 Dragon Festival has been CANCELED.)
$10 for ages 19-59
$5 for children and youth ages 3-18
$5 for seniors 60+
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of any ASTC Passport participating museum or science center.
Groupons are accepted.
EBT card holders who present their EBT card and official photo ID can enter the festival at the following rates:  $2/adult and $1/ages 3-18.

BEER TICKETS (Please note that the 2020 Dragon Festival has been CANCELED.)
$5 per beer ticket

Special thanks to the Dragon Research Collaborative and Roanoke College for making this event possible!

Special thanks also to our Dragon Festival 2020 event sponosor:

PARKING INFORMATION (view parking map here)
Because many activities and performances during Dragon Festival will take place outside, the museum's parking lot will be closed.  Parking is free and will be located at the First Baptist Church (directly next to the museum on the right), as well as the YMCA (directly next to the museum on the left).  Additional parking will be available at the Children's Medical Center located across Starling Avenue and accessible via Stoneway Drive.  There will be signs directing traffic to the designated parking lots.  Handicapped parking will be available on-site.

Dragon Festival takes place inside the museum and outside.  The event will be held rain or shine.  The museum will tent the majority of the outdoor activities to protect visitors, vendors and presenters from the elements!

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