Dragon Festival

Science, history and myth collide during the Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.! 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!

Experiences include...
Dragon Exhibits
Fire Performances
Blacksmith Presentations
Medieval Combat Demonstrations
Stilt Walkers
Beer Garden
Author and speaker presentations
Ren Faire Marketplace
Henna Tattoos
Balloon Animals
Food Trucks
Dragon Art
Games, Crafts and Activities
Much, much more!

Admission is only...
$10 for all all ages over 3
FREE for children under 3
FREE for museum members
FREE for members of ASTC institutions
Groupons are accepted!
*$5 per beer ticket*

Dragon Festival takes place at...
Virginia Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112

Festival made possible by...
Martinsville-Henry County Tourism and the 
Charity League of Martinsville-Henry County

Click here to learn more about the link between the myth of dragons and science!

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

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 has tented the vast majority of the outdoor activities to protect visitors, vendors and presenters from the elements!


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