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  • What is the Virginia Black Bear Festival?
    The Virginia Black Bear Festival is an annual event celebrating the beauty of Shenandoah National Park, Virginia's Foothills, and the Stanardsville community. It offers a range of family-friendly activities, entertainment, and opportunities to connect with nature.
  • Is the festival suitable for all ages?
    Absolutely! The Virginia Black Bear Festival is designed for individuals of all ages, including families with children, long-time residents, and newcomers.
  • What types of activities can I expect at the festival?
    The festival offers a diverse range of activities, including guided hikes, storytelling sessions, nature walks, archery, drum circles, beekeeping demonstrations, face painting, birdwatching, educational talks and more. Activities may vary from year to year, so check our event schedule for the latest updates.
  • Do I need tickets to attend the festival?
    No! The festival is completely free.
  • Where do I park?
    There is plenty of free parking available for the event. Option 1: Nathaniel Greene Primary School located off of Spotswood Trail. 64 Monroe Dr Parking Option 2: PVCC parking lot location off of spotswood Trail. 222 Main St, Stanardsville, VA 22973
  • Will I see a real bear at the festival?
    There will not be real bears at the festival. However, there will be plenty of bear-themed activities, food, music, and more!
  • Can I bring my dog to the festival?
    You may bring your dog, but it must be well socialized, on a leash and controlled at all times. BYOPB: Bring your own poop bag! Please clean up after your pooch immediately. Dogs are NOT allow near wildlife animals at the festival.
  • May I bring alcohol to the festival?
    Participants are NOT permitted to bring alcohol to the festival.
  • May I bring food/drinks to the festival
    Please support our restaurants and food trucks and leave your food/drinks at home. Afteralll, the VBBF is free to attend!
  • Can I bring lawn chairs or a blanket?
    Absolutely! There are many fun shows scheduled on the stage, so make yourself comfortable!
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