Highland County Maple Festival
3/20/2021 - 3/21/2021
March 13 – 14 & 20 – 21, 2021
In past years, applications for the Highland County Maple Festival have been made available in July. Unfortunately, due to the changing landscape, it is too early to be able to provide an application that we can honestly say will still be relevant in March of 2021. The Highland County Chamber of Commerce will continue to monitor federal, state and local guidelines and work with stakeholders to determine the appropriate and safe steps forward. While living through a pandemic of this scale and disruption has been difficult, we are committed to continuing the tradition of the Highland County Maple Festival that supports so many.
Take a step back in time to Highland County, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot.” Travel scenic back roads and majestic mountain byways to the annual Highland County Maple Festival. Since 1958, visitors have been drawn to Highland County to tour real maple sugar camps for a cultural and culinary adventure! In 1999, The Library of Congress designated The Highland County Maple Festival a “Local Legacy.” In 2014, the Governor of Virginia signed a bill into law designating the festival as the “official maple festival of Virginia.” Each year, tens of thousands of visitors are drawn to this unspoiled, rural region of Virginia to celebrate the “opening” of the trees and observe the process of maple syrup-making. Sugar camp tours provide a unique and educational experience that portrays a rapidly vanishing way of American life. In 2020, there will be a new sugar camp open, bringing the total to 9 open sugar camps with unique techniques and stories for you to explore. In addition to pancake dinners, doughnuts and entertainment, over 100 high-quality juried vendors take part in the festival each year. We’re glad to have you share the experience!
Hours: Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for the majority of the festival, including the Arts & Crafts/Food Vendors. Get an early start, beginning at 7:00 am for all-you-can eat pancake and buckwheat meals at certain areas on Saturdays and Sundays, or stay later on Saturdays for a 7:00 pm show!