Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2023

The Fun Never Stops at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg

Updated by Chris Murphy. Images from Busch Gardens

Take your family to a place where fun comes naturally, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. Everyone will enjoy the park’s thrilling rides, stunning shows and animal encounters. The world’s most beautiful theme park has something for everyone as you venture across Europe.

Soar like an eagle and howl on great coasters like Apollo’s Chariot® and Griffon®. Discover shared family fun while playing with your little ones at the Sesame Street® Forest of Fun. Experience a breathtaking, virtual reality ride as you fight in the Battle for Eire®.

New at the park in 2023
The whole family is sure to enjoy the first all-indoor straddle coaster, Darkoaster®, Cheers to Free Beers is back all summer long, and the Burgermeister’s Hideaway: a secret hideaway bar. Advance reservations are required for this hidden gem.

Fun is always in season at Busch Gardens with thrilling roller coasters, world-class dining and shopping options, kid-friendly attractions and exciting events.

Busch Gardens rides

Mardi Gras
Let the good times roll at Busch Gardens® Mardi Gras, every weekend from January 27-February 26. Celebrate with jazzy live music, classic Cajun flavors, and returning favorites like Carnaval Imaginique, an electrifying cirque show in the Globe Theatre.

St. Patrick’s Day
The festivity continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 3-26 with the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Irish spirit, luck and celebration fill Killarney village.

Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends
Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends are hosting a party just for kids on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from March 31-April 23. Guests can join Elmo, Super Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita and other friends for kid-friendly activities.

Food & Wine Festival
For a special culinary experience, the Food & Wine Festival runs weekends, April 27-June 11, offering specialty food items, wines and craft beers from around the world. Unleash your inner foodie at 15 uniquely themed kiosks nestled throughout the park.

Summer Nights
Experience cool days and sizzling nights at Busch Gardens® Summer Nights from June 16-Aug. 13! Popular TV entertainment every week, one-of-a-kind culinary experiences and fireworks every night are just some of the reasons to visit during summer.

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Bier Fest
Drink a toast to the end of summer during Busch Gardens® Bier Fest, weekends Aug. 18-Sept. 4. Indulge in local brews, authentic German food and live music during this Bavarian celebration. 

Click here to read more about Bier Fest.

Fear abounds in this Virginia theme park’s collection of seven themed haunted houses, terror-tories (scare zones) and darkly entertaining live shows, tucked between seven chilling world-class roller coasters. Select nights from Sept. 8-Oct. 31.

Click here to read more about Howl-O-Scream.

The Count’s Spooktacular
For not-too-spooky daytime fun just for kids, visit The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular, a Sesame Street® Halloween event on weekends from Sept. 23-Oct. 29. Busch Gardens’ smallest guests are invited to dress up and join in a costume parade and safe trick-or-treating, among other family-friendly activities.

Click here to read more about The Count’s Spooktacular.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Christmas Town
Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town Return during the holidays to see the park covered in over eight million twinkling lights, one of the largest light displays in North America.

Click here to read more about Busch Gardens Christmas Town.

Water Country USA
Make a splash into summer fun at Water Country USA, Virginia’s largest family water park. Water Country, located just three miles away from Busch Gardens, officially opens for the 2023 season on May 13th.

Water Country is a flashback to the surfin’ safari days of the ‘50s and ‘60s with splish-splashin’ slides, a way-out wave pool and hours of fun in the summer sun. More than 30 water rides and attractions, all sorts of live entertainment and hoppin’ restaurants, make a trip to Water Country USA a day that’s ready to rock your socks off.