COVID-19 update: Chippokes is open for day-use activities. All events through the end of April are either cancelled or postponted till a later date.
Please take a moment to read this important park update. Last Update: March 30, 2020 3:45 p.m.

Special Events

There are lots of fun events our Park hosts throughout the year. Here are a few we have this year.

Jones-Stewart Mansion - Core Season. The Jones Stewart Mansion is open for tours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, April 3rd - November 2nd, 1 pm to 5 pm, with last tour beginning at 4:15pm.

Cost is the $7 vehicle park entrance fee.

Also, be sure to visit our Friends of Chippokes Gift Shop open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, April 3rd - November 2nd, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Brick Kitchen Demonstrations. Stop by the Brick Kitchen in the Historic Area of Chippokes Plantation State Park the third weekend of each month January through October to view hearth cooking demonstrations and maybe even sample a dish or two. Note that in November the hearth cooking dates are the weekend after Thanksgiving, November 28th & 29th ; in December hearth cooking coincides with our Holiday Open House weekend, December 12th & 13th.

(Hearth cooking will also be a part of our special events throughout the year.)

Cost is the $7 vehicle park entrance fee.

Wedding Festival in the Park. Chippokes and The Main Event by Emily will be presenting the fourth annual Wedding Festival on the mansion grounds on Sunday, April 5th, 2020, from 2 pm to 6 pm. Park and pay the festival fee at the Jones-Stewart Mansion parking lot. There will be local caterers, DJs, bakeries, musicians, stylists, photographers, florists, and more. Come enjoy games, music, and wedding-themed activities, along with prizes, give-aways, and food. Contact Emily at 757-357-2814 for more information.

Festival Fee:  $5.00 per person

Friends of Chippokes Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 12th, 2020, 2pm to 4 pm. Rain or shine. Meet at the Jones-Stewart Mansion Parking Lot. Children aged 10 and under. Bring your own basket. Along with the hunt, there will be an appearance of the Easter Bunny; also children's activities and light refreshments.

Cost is the $7 vehicle park entrance fee.

Historic Garden Week - Saturday, April 18th to Saturday, April 25th, 2020. Come enjoy the spring blossoms at Chippokes gardens and take a guided tour of the Jones-Stewart Mansion (open 1 pm to 5 pm every day during Garden Week). Be sure and visit the Friends of Chippokes Gift Shop for a unique selection of spring-themed items.


Cost is the $7 vehicle park entrance fee.

Come join us for a Roaring 20s Garden Party at the historic Jones-Stewart Mansion Gardens and Grounds on Saturday, April 18th, from 4 to 8 pm. Dance with friends and partners to live jazz by Jay Brown's Grace Street Seven, strut your stuff in a 1920s fashion show and delight in local wineries while you sample our 1920s-themed hors d-oeuvres.

Cost is $25 per couple or $15 per individual.
Call 757-294-3625 for tickets.

Join the Friends of Chippokes for a Garden Tea on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 between 1 pm and 3 pm on the grounds of the Jones-Stewart Mansion. There will be an assortment of teas, plus both sweet and savory treats. Included in the park fee.

Cost is the $7 vehicle park entrance fee.

Steam & Gas Engine Show. Start your summer off with a visit to the 30th Annual Steam and Gas Engine Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th & 31st, from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be "hit-n-miss" engines, antique tractors and classic cars on display. Activities include tram rides, tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations and kids' activities, including a children's tractor pull competition and a straw fort. Food and craft vendors will be on hand. Don't miss this great family event!

To display your car or tractor or to take part in the tractor pull, contact the park beforehand at 757-294-3625.

Cost: $7 vehicle park entrance fee. $15 tractor pull hook-up fee.

Prelude to Yorktown - June 13th & 14th

More information to be posted at a later date

Cost is the $7 vehicle park entrance fee.

Chippokes Harvest Festival. Celebrate the harvest at one of the oldest continually-farmed plantations in the nation on Saturday, October 17th, 2020, from 10 am to 5 pm. Chippokes' sixth Annual Harvest Festival features music and family activities such as building a scarecrow, painting a pumpkin, creating a corn cob doll, playing corn hole, and going on a hay ride. Shop the craft and food vendors for a wide variety of selections. See antique harvest equipment in operation and watch costumed interpreters cook on the hearth in the 1850s Brick Kitchen. Tours of the antebellum Jones-Stewart Mansion and the Farm and Forestry Museum included. Rain or shine.

Cost is the $7 vehicle park entrance fee.

Holiday Open House. Experience the festivities of the season in a special way with our fourth annual Holiday Open House event on Saturday and Sunday, December 12th & 13th, 2020. This will be a two-day event this year.

More information to be posted at a later date.

Admission is free with your $7 park entrance fee.

For a current list of Chippokes State Park Events, please visit the Virginia State Parks Web Site All Events Subject to Change. Please check with the Park Office: (757) 294-3728.