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22nd Annual James River Striped Bass Tournament

11/12/2022
All Day

The James River Striped Bass Tournament helps further the Virginia Living Museum’s mission in conservation while bettering the environmental education of local children and their families. Every year our loyal sponsors step-up in our community to help ensure the James River Striped Bass Tournament remains the best tournament on the James River!

Begins as early as 6am and lasts all day.

James River Bass Tournament Info


Oyster Roast Festival

11/12/2022
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

3-6 pm—Main Line (Museum closes at 2:00 pm in preparation for the event)

Enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh local Virginia Oysters, fried seafood, chowder, and dessert! Local craft brews and bar, live local entertainment, and DJ. Live animal encounters and conservation education, commemorative glass, and prize opportunities in our beautiful conservation gardens.

More info and tickets


Stargazing November 2022

11/12/2022
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Laser Nights

Looking for some Saturday night fun? Start with a planetarium program. Then experience a sensory extravaganza as laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears every second Saturday of the month. The museum has an incredible laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. It’s the most amazing light show you’ve ever seen! Plus, there’s music to suit every taste. Different bands are featured every month.

Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show.

 


November 12: Stargazing Night

We’ll be welcoming CNU’s Dr. Ryan Fisher and his students as they teach us all about gravitational waves with an interactive cool science show. This program is free for all audiences and starts at 6:30pm.

Please note: these programs will be occurring after the annual Oyster Roast (3-6pm) and do not require purchase of Oyster Roast tickets.

Virginia Skies

Time: 6pm

A live guided tour of the current evening sky with a staff astronomer.

Recommended for all ages.

Virginia Skies tickets

Laser Retro

Time: 7pm

LaseRetroLogo02Recommended: ages 6 and above

Totally awesome! Let our lasers take you back to the days of leg warmers, big hair and excellent music! Fun for the whole family, you’ll rock on to music from great ’80s bands like New Order, The Cure and way more. Astonishing laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music: the ‘80s! Like, don’t miss it.

This program is family-friendly: Inappropriate song lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.

Show Playlist

  • Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider
  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  • One Thing Leads to Another by The Fixx
  • Message in a Bottle by The Police
  • Blue Monday by New Order
  • Rio by Duran Duran
  • Life in a Northern Town by The Dream Academy


  • Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics
  • Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  • She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby
  • Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) by Icicle Works
  • New Sensation by INXS
  • Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Laser Retro tickets

Laser Metallica

Time: 8:30pm

laser_metallica_posterRecommended: ages 15 and above

Metal meets lasers! And it is intense! The theater shakes with awesome hits like Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, Sad But True and so much more. You’ve never done metal ’til you’ve done it with lasers! Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.

Many of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Metallica program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Ain’t My *****
  • One
  • Fuel
  • Nothing Else Matters


  • Master of Puppets
  • Unforgiven II
  • Sad But True
  • Enter Sandman

Laser Metallica tickets

The Wall

Time: 10pm

thewallRecommended: ages 15 and above

The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey.

Please note that we do not recommend this program for children under the age of 15.

Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable.

Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • In the Flesh
  • The Thin Ice
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
  • Mother
  • Goodbye Blue Sky


  • Empty Spaces
  • Young Lust
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)
  • Hey You
  • Comfortably Numb
  • Stop
  • The Trial

The Wall tickets