Why You Need to Attend the Bay Seafood Festival This Year

Any opportunity to indulge in the delicious seafood of the Chesapeake Bay is an opportunity worth taking. This year’s highly anticipated Bay Seafood Festival is the place to be for anyone who enjoys excellent food, live music, and supporting a good cause. Make sure you don’t miss out on all of the excitement this October! Read on to find out why you shouldn’t overlook this popular annual event. For information on even more must-see festivals in the Northern Neck, make sure you explore our free Vacation Guide! There’s always something fun happening around Irvington, VA!

The Top Reasons to Check out This Year’s Bay Seafood Festival

Treat Yourself to All-You-Can-Eat Seafood

The main attraction at the Bay Seafood Festival is, of course, the seafood! If you’ve ever sat down at a restaurant and wished you could order every mouthwatering item from the seafood section, you’re sure to enjoy this event. Indulge in everything from Rappahannock oysters to steamed shrimp, soft-shell crab, clam chowder, and a variety of fresh fish. Mix it up by adding some pork barbecue and hushpuppies to your plate as well. Beer, wine, and liquor are also available for purchase separately. Just make sure you bring your appetite and save some room for ice cream for dessert!

Enjoy an Evening of Live Music and Dancing

Part of what makes this one of the best seafood festivals in Virginia is the live music. Each year, talented musicians take the stage for music that gets people moving. Once you let your food digest, feel free to get up and dance! (If you need a break, take a walk over to see what’s available at the raffle and silent auctions.)

Support a Good Cause

What’s better than enjoying a fun-filled evening with delicious food and great music? Well, at the Bay Seafood Festival, you’re supporting a fantastic cause! It’s the KIWS Rotary Club’s primary fundraising event with 2,000 attendees each year. Proceeds go toward local charities and organizations like the Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America. Since the first celebration in 1990, they have donated well over a quarter of a million dollars to charities! Come out this year and keep the momentum going!

Festival Information and Local Tips

Are you up for an incredible celebration this year? You can check out the Bay Seafood Festival in mid-October at Camp Kekoka in Kilmarnock, VA. Tickets go on sale in May and sell out quickly, so make sure you get your hands on them early. There’s no fee for parking, and you’re welcome to take advantage of a free water taxi service to arrive by water!

Relax at the Luxurious Hope and Glory Inn Nearby

Cottage 5 at Hope and Glory Inn

As if you needed another reason to attend the Festival this year, there’s one more. The Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard is just ten minutes away! Not only is our charming bed and breakfast nearby, but it’s also home to some of the most luxurious accommodations in the Northern Neck!

Our historic building was once a schoolhouse, but now, you can find several uniquely designed rooms and cottages in one of the most romantic places in the country. Consider Cottage 5 for a peaceful escape in Irvington, VA. This two-story space offers privacy and comfort for a five-star experience. Relax in the living room, get some fresh air in the garden patio, and enjoy a good night’s rest in your king-size bed. Discover the epitome of luxury at Hope and Glory Inn this season! Check our availability and book your getaway today!

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