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Preserving the Past for Future Prosperity

April 9, 2022, Colonial Beach, Virginia, is the location for the town’s Fourth Annual Osprey Festival of the Potomac/Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the largest breeding ground for Ospreys in the world. This annual festival celebrates our quaint small town’s signature bird, the Osprey, along with birdwatching and the area’s abundant natural resources.


The weekend kicks off “Earth Day Month” on Friday, April 8 with a downtown art walk featuring wildlife featuring wildlife subjects and live music. Saturday, April 9, is a full nest of expert presentations, live demonstrations, guided bird walks, golf cart and trolley nest tours, vendors and exhibitors on Town Hill (adjacent to the beach at the corner of Colonial and Washington Avenues).


At 1pm on Saturday, there is a live Zoom presentation by world renowned osprey expert, Dr. Alan Poole for ticket holders. On Sunday, April 10, visitors can rent individual golf carts, kayaks and canoes or visit some of the premiere bird watching sites in the area or astonishing historic sites, most of which you may have never known about . A “Find the Bird Scavenger Hunt” at local shops, galleries, and other venues will also be kicked off festival day and continue through Memorial Day with entries becoming part of a raffle for great prizes (jewelry, an overnight stay at a local motel, and much more).


The day will be capped off with a “Grand Ole O’spry Concert” at the Colonial Beach Brewery. Guests can also hike, bike or travel by car to take a closer look at the local osprey platforms during the annual mating/nesting season. Those who stay over can also visit some of the premiere birdwatching locations at nearby state parks and historic sites. Tickets will be available online starting February 15. Tickets before the day of the festival are $10 per person and $15 per family (kids with an adult get in free).


Tickets on festival day will be $15 and $20 at the gate (kids with an adult still get in free). The entire weekend is a celebration of bird watching and outdoor activities. Make arrangements early to stay in one of the charming hotels or cottages available in this hidden traveler’s treasure. Several marinas play host to visitors traveling by boat. Camping accommodations are also available.


The festival, hosted by Downtown Colonial Beach, supports revitalization of the charming historic downtown and commercial core of this Potomac River beachfront community.  Download Festival Schedule, HERE.

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Historic buildings awaiting restoration in Colonial Beach: The Westmoreland Bank Building and

Doc's Motor Court.