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Virginia Arts Festival – Performance Update Information

Purchase with Confidence

The safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is the primary concern of the Virginia Arts Festival, which is why you can have confidence when planning to attend future Festival events. Virginia Arts Festival is proceeding with confirming new events for the 2021 season, in addition to the exciting events already on sale. We have a proven track record of hosting events under strict safety protocols, in consultation with health officials. We continue to monitor government recommendations regarding travel and gathering restrictions, and we will continue to follow all of the CDC and Virginia Department of Health safety measures.

We understand that you must have confidence when deciding to purchase tickets to Virginia Arts Festival performances. The Festival is committed to flexibility for ticket-holders. If an event is canceled or postponed, we offer flexible exchanges to another event, exchanges for a gift certificate for future performance, the opportunity to support the Festival through a donation of the value of your tickets, or a full refund. As always, if you have questions when making a ticket purchase, you can call our helpful Ticket Office staff at (757) 282-2822. We look forward to seeing you at a performance soon.


As Virginia Arts Festival’s top priority is the health and safety of all patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff, we have safely welcomed thousands of patrons to a number of in-person and digital events throughout the past year. However, in conformance with Governor Ralph Northam’s statewide restrictions on gatherings, and due to the continued threat of COVID-19, Virginia Arts Festival continues to make adjustments to some scheduled events. 

Shawn Colvin Rescheduled

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the performance of the Shawn Colvin - Steady On Acoustic Tour, scheduled for May 6, 2020 and April 29, 2021, has been rescheduled to April 21, 2022.

The Kingdom Choir Concert Rescheduled

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the performance of the The Kingdom Choir, scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021, has been rescheduled to Monday, May 2, 2022.

Virginia International Tattoo


The Virginia International Tattoo scheduled for April 2021 is being rescheduled for June 2021. The Tattoo will honor the Greatest Generation in an emotional and unifying celebration of our World War II Veterans. 

Please check back by mid-February - early March for more details on the 2021 Tattoo and other Virginia Arts Festival events. 



Beethoven Celebration
The Virginia Arts Festival’s and Virginia Symphony Orchestra's top priority are the health and safety of all our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff. In alignment with statewide restrictions on public gatherings and the continued threat COVID-19, the Beethoven Celebration events, scheduled for January 8-10, 2021, will be postponed to June 2021. “This decision was not made lightly, but the safety of our patrons, artists, and staff remains paramount,” says Robert W. Cross, Perry Artistic Director, Virginia Arts Festival. “While we are all looking forward to the Beethoven Celebration with live music from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra musicians conducted by JoAnn Falletta and Olga Kern on piano, we must make the difficult decision in the best interest of all. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” says Karen Philion, President and CEO, Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 

The Virginia Arts Festival is providing the utmost flexibility for our patrons in light of these circumstances.  Our Box Office agents will be ready to accommodate individual patrons’ needs.  Due to anticipated volume, we ask for your patience as we address each case.  

We encourage you to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram, where we'll be sharing uplifting and encouraging content, by some of our favorite Virginia Arts Festival artists. 

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Until further notice, the Robin Hixon Theater, Clay and Jay Barr Education Center and VAF offices will be closed to visitors, however, administrative staff will be on hand to continue basic business operations. The Virginia Arts Festival programming staff is exploring options for rescheduling artists and productions for a future date where possible. The Virginia Arts Festival is closely monitoring the situation and will be revising this message as necessary. To stay informed on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov for the latest updates.

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 Festival, please contact the VAF box office at 757-282-2822, or email