Bonez and Booz

October 29, 2022

October 29, 2022

Say "hello" to your new Halloween Weekend plans! Fire performances, magic shows, stilt walkers, carnival games, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and more await you at the Virginia Museum of Natural History's first-ever Bonez & Booz Halloween and fall festival on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 4 to 10pm! Costumes encouraged! Admission rates apply.

What to See and Do

  • Fire Performances (6 - 6:25pm & 7-7:25pm; outdoor stage)
  • Magic Shows (5:10-5:50pm & 7:45-8:05pm; outdoor stage)
  • Stilt Walking Performances (4-5:30pm & 8-9pm)
  • Carnival Games (4-8pm)
  • Costume Contests (Children @ 7:30pm, Adults @ 8:15pm)
  • Caricature Art
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Animals
  • Photo Booth
  • Live Music (8:30-10pm)
  • Food Trucks ($)
  • Beer Garden ($)
  • Flashlight tours of exhibit galleries (important info below)
  • Special displays presented by VMNH scientists

**Please note that all offerings listed and their associated times are subject to change. Offerings without times listed are scheduled to take place the entirety of the event. All costumes must be family-friendly. ($) denotes offerings that require an extra fee beyond admission.

***FLASHLIGHT TOURS: The museum's exhibit galleries will be open as normal from 4 to 6pm. From 6 to 8pm, the galleries will be closed for guided flashlight tours for children, which will be led by museum staff. At 8:15pm, the exhibit galleries will open again to all visitors for self-guided flashlight tours of the museum's exhibit galleries. Flashlight tours are subject to crowd sizes. If crowd sizes are too large, the exhibit galleries will remain lit as normal for safety reasons. A limited number of flashlights will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are allowed to use their mobile phone's flashlight capabilities.

Bonez & Booz Food Trucks

  • DaddyQ's BBQ
  • The Outdoor Host
  • D's Hot/Ice
  • Super Dogs Hot Dog Cart
  • Bahama Sno-Shack


  • $10/Ages 18-59
  • $5/Ages 3-17
  • $5/Seniors 60+
  • FREE for children under 3
  • FREE for VMNH Members
  • FREE for members of ASTC Passport participating institutions
  • FREE for EBT card holders who present their EBT card and official photo ID
  • Groupons accepted

**Admission is available at the gate. This is primarily an outdoor event. Parking will be available off-site. A parking map will be provided in the coming weeks. Please note that the museum will be CLOSED this day during its normal Saturday operating hours (10am to 4pm) due to this event.


Parking for this event will be available off-site and free of charge. Parking will be available at the neighboring First Baptist Church (to the right of the museum) and the YMCA of Martinsville (to the left of the museum). Additional parking will be available at the Professional Arts Center located across the street from the museum and accessible by Stoneway Drive. Limited street parking will be available on Oakdale Street behind the museum. Parking will be marked by "FESTIVAL PARKING" signs.

Parking MapMap attribution: OpenStreetMap

This event is made possible by:

Bassett Furniture Industries  SOVAH Health  Patterson Charitable Foundation

map of Virginia and surrounding areas

Please Visit Us Soon


Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday - Monday: Closed


$10 for ages 18-59
$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of ASTC participating institutions

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