The Best Guide to the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show

If you like artwork and nature, then you’re going to love the annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show! Talented artists from several states gather in White Stone, Virginia, every March to showcase their wildfowl-inspired creations. As you stroll through the venue, a variety of paintings, photographs, and carvings are sure to catch your eye. Feel free to purchase your favorites or simply marvel at the displays. Either way, this classic celebration is an incredible opportunity to enjoy a piece of Northern Neck culture. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show

When Is the Event?

The Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show takes place in mid-March for a full weekend of fun. All of the exhibitors showcase their work on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. However, you’re welcome to purchase special tickets in advance so that you can attend the Preview Night Gala on Friday before the main event. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the artwork and even purchase items ahead of time! Tickets for the Preview Night Gala include a special door prize, an autographed show print by the Artist of the Year, refreshments, and admission to the show all weekend. It’s a fantastic deal!

Where Does It Take Place?

You might be surprised to learn that a popular art show such as this takes place at a local fire department. Well, prepare to be surprised, because it’s true! The White Stone Volunteer Fire Department hosts the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show each year at 578 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone, VA. It’s at the southern end of Virginia’s Northern Neck and provides plenty of space for the exhibits. Best of all, the venue is only a short, five-minute drive away from the Hope and Glory Inn!

What Will You See?

When the event officially begins, you’re invited to browse the exhibitor booths and see numerous examples of wildfowl art. These include original paintings, bronze sculptures, hand-carved decoys, and photographs of several different bird species. Some of the best artists and artisans along the East Coast travel to White Stone for this event, so you can expect to see remarkable creations. Don’t forget to check out the annual carving contest across the street that’s hosted by the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild!

Plus, the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is more than an opportunity to showcase arts and crafts. It’s also an excellent source of funds for an important community organization. All of the proceeds go toward operating costs for the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department! So, in addition to having a fun time and taking home unique souvenirs, you’re supporting the community!

What Is the Best Lodging in the Area?

The bed inside Cottage 2 at the Hope and Glory Inn

If you’re interested in attending the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show, look no further than the Hope and Glory Inn! We’re only five minutes from the venue and offer much more than a luxurious place to stay. A weekend at our Irvington inn is an experience in itself! You can walk to The Dog and Oyster Vineyard to try medal-winning wines and fresh Rappahannock oysters, make reservations for gourmet meals in our top-rated restaurant, enjoy seasonal boat cruises, and so much more.

A stay in Cottage 2 will provide you with the restful night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of before beginning your Northern Neck adventures. This private cottage features a charming front porch, spacious living room, and queen-size bed with premium linens. Of course, you can always expect the finest amenities during your stay as well.

Book your stay today and find out why we’re the preferred choice for romance and relaxation in the Northern Neck!