Pawpaw Festival

About The Event

Pawpaw Festival

Location of Powhatan State Park in Virginia

Where

Powhatan State Park, 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139.
Multiple Locations

When

Sept. 21, 2024. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

We are hosting Central Virginia’s most exciting new event, the 2nd Annual Pawpaw Festival. The festival will feature an array of local vendors with bites, brews, crafts, and critters. Throughout the day you can explore acoustic music performances, ranger-led programs, and animal encounters. Special event parking/admission is $20 per vehicle. 

So what is a pawpaw? This custardy tropical-tasting fruit is our nation’s largest native fruit. In Virginia, pawpaw trees grow in the Piedmont’s forested bottomlands and floodplains, which is why you’ll find them at Powhatan State Park! Pawpaw fruits are enjoyed by many species of wildlife and was a staple in the diets of wooly mammoths and giant sloths. Humans love pawpaws too – they have been cultivated by indigenous peoples and were popular among colonists.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, email amelia.hulth@dcr.virginia.gov. Vendors featuring pawpaw and Virginia themes will be considered firstly. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Powhatan.