Thursday, March 8, 2018

Abingdon is in bloom with spring events and activities in March and April

Abingdon is in bloom with spring events and activities in March and April

Abingdon, VA –  The town of Abingdon is in bloom this spring, with outdoor activities, arts events and shopping specials taking place March 24-April 28, 2018.  “Abingdon in Bloom” is a town-wide initiative, inspired by the new exhibit “Art in Bloom” at William King Museum of Art.  During the museum’s special exhibit, running April 14-16, over 25 expert floral designers from the region will interpret artwork from the museum’s galleries – through flowers. 
Abingdon in Bloom includes family-friendly events each weekend, March 25th  through April 28th.  Kicking off the season Sunday March 25th, the Abingdon Merchant’s Open House offers kids activities like an Easter Egg hunt, shopping specials throughout town, and a window display contest inspired by Art in Bloom. 
Other Abingdon in Bloom events include a community garden day at Fairview Historic Homestead, live scale impressionist painting on the lawn of the Martha Washington Inn and Spa, the Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire at SWVA Higher Ed Center, Earth Day, and the Opening of the Abingdon Farmers Market.
The series of events wraps up with the 2nd Annual Virginia Creeper Fest, Saturday April 28th 10:30am to 5:00pm.  This free, family-friendly festival highlights the multitude of outdoor activities available in the region. Participants can get hands on with a rock climbing wall, yoga in the park, tree identification along the trail, scheduled bike rides, geocaching, disc dog exhibitions and clinics, stand-up paddle board demos, food trucks and live music throughout the day. More information at

Art in Bloom is a special event at William King Museum of Art. Over 25 expert floral designers from the region will interpret artwork from the museum’s five galleries April 14-16. Visitors can tour the floral designs inspired by the exhibitions on display including Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the State of Virginia, Coal Country, Touching the Sacred, and Appalachian decorative arts from our the Museum’s permanent Betsy K. White Cultural Heritage Gallery. Admission is just $5 and includes access to all exhibitions on display.

Full list of Abingdon in Bloom events

Saturday March 24, 2018
Garden Kickoff Day at Fairview Historic Homestead, 11am – 2pm
Free event to learn about all things gardening. Guest speakers, info, local food, & giveaways.

Sunday March 25, 2018
Abingdon’s Merchants Open House, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Spring window decoration contest, one-day-only specials and sales, kids activities at Main Street Park, including an egg hunt, refreshments, and ribbon cutting for the new playground.

Sunday April 1, 2018
Abingdon Gardens at Fairview open up for planting
Claim a spot in Abingdon’s “Grow Your Own” Community Garden

March 24 – April 12, 2018
Live Scale Impressionist Painting with William King Museum of Art artist Ron Bayens on the lawn at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa.

Friday & Saturday, April 6-7, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire at the Southwest Virginia Higher Ed Center, 8am – 5pm
Garden Marketplace, Seminars & Workshops, Plant Advice, Door Prizes, Special Youth Classes

Saturday April 7, 2018
Opening Day of the Abingdon Farmers Market, 8am – 1pm
The region’s best farmers market, featuring farm products, crafts and gifts.

April 13 – 16, 2018
Art in Bloom at William King Museum of Art

April 21, 2018
Earth Day Celebration, 9:00am – 1:00pm
On the lawn of the Fields-Penn House, corner of Cummings Street and Main Street.

Saturday April 28, 2018
Virginia Creeper Fest, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Free family-friendly event with hands-on outdoor activities. At the trailhead of the famous Virginia Creeper Trail.


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