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Dragon Festival

IMPORTANT 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.

IMPORTANT WEATHER INFORMATION
Dragon Festival takes place inside the museum and outside.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Any lingering showers on Saturday morning are forecast to end before the festival begins.  The museum has tented the vast majority of the outdoor activities to protect visitors, vendors and presenters from the elements, regardless!


Download the 2018 Dragon Festival Schedule of Events here!



Science, history and myth collide during the Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10 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 i
n full-force throughout the day!  We even have New York Times bestseller, Sharyn McCrumb, on hand for a book signing and presentations!

Experiences include...
Dragon Exhibits
Fire Performances
Blacksmith Presentations
Medieval Combat Demonstrations
Vikings
Stilt Walkers
Beer Garden (3 to 6 p.m.)
Author and speaker presentations
Ren Faire Marketplace
Henna Tattoos
Balloon Animals
Face-painting
Food Trucks
Photography
Dragon Art
Games, Crafts and Activities
Much, much more!

Admission is only...
$7/adult
$5/ages 3-18
FREE for children under 3
FREE for museum members
FREE for members of ASTC institutions
Groupons are accepted!
*$5/beer ticket*

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

Festival made possible by...
Appalachian Power
SOVAH Health
The Lester Group
Hermes Family Foundation

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!


DRAGON FESTIVAL SPECIAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

*Please note this schedule has changed as of 10/5/18

 
10:30 a.m. Fire Performer
Vikings
Dragon Dog Parade
11:30 a.m. Medieval Combat Demonstrations
Fire Breather
Blacksmith Demonstrations
12:30 p.m. Fire Performer
Vikings
Dragon Dog Parade
1:30 p.m. Medieval Combat Demonstrations
Fire Breather
Blacksmith Demonstrations
2:30 p.m. Fire Performer
Vikings
Dragon Dog Parade
3:30 p.m. Medieval Combat Demonstrations
Fire Breather
Blacksmith Demonstrations
4:00 p.m. Fire Performer
Vikings
Dragon Dog Parade
5:00 p.m. Medieval Combat Demonstrations
Fire Breather
Blacksmith Demonstrations

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