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Dragon Festival

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science, history and myth collide during the Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018. 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!

Admission is only $7/adult, $5/ages 3-18.  FREE for children under 3 museum members and members of ASTC Passport participating institutions receive free admission.

Want to be a vendor at this year's festival?  Download our vendor application form here!


  • Blacksmith
  • Dragon Hunters by Vikings of the Valley: Live-action history and education
  • Fire-breather
  • Dragon Art, Figurines and Sculptures
  • Dragon Parade
  • Dragon Films
  • Plant and Animal Fossils: How science helped forge myth
  • Craft Corner
  • Snakes and Dragons: Live snakes used to demonstrate the physical characteristics of the mythical dragon
  • Face Painting, Balloon Animals and Henna
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art
  • Telling Stories: Dragon story books read aloud
  • Story Creation: Story stones and stuffed animals

Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact the museum at information@vmnh.virginia.gov or call 276-634-4141.

Thank you to Roanoke College, the Dragon Research Collaborative, and all of our event sponsors for making Dragon Festival possible!


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