September 10th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

Virginia Tourism has compiled suggestions of 10 free events and activities around Virginia this fall! (Next month’s Folk Festival makes the list, of course)

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March 25th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

colonial williamsburg coupon

In its “Salute to VA Residents,” Colonial Williamsburg is offering Virginians the opportunity to purchase a Single-day Ticket that grants admission for the remainder of the year.

(So $41.95 gets you an adult pass valid through December 31; youth 6-12 are $20.95; under 6 free)

Enjoy the Revolutionary City in bloom this spring and return later this year to take advantage of new art exhibitions, lectures in the Colonial Williamsburg Speaker Series, or experience our Grand Illumination celebration. With an exciting lineup of seasonal events for 2013 and exclusive discounts on carriage rides, tours, and evening experiences, you’ll have the perfect excuse to come see what’s new in America’s birthplace.

Tickets are available for purchase online here.

Offer available to all Virginia residents until May 31, 2013, including active-duty military stationed in Virginia. Proof of residency and/or eligibility required. This pass is nontransferable and expires December 31, 2013. No other offers or discounts apply.

I’m not sure if you have to visit at least once by May 31, or just purchase by May 31. Regular price of an annual pass is $63.95 for adults. If you only want to visit for one day, it might be worth waiting on another Groupon offer to show up.

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July 30th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

(This is a post by If you are seeing this message on another website, please visit for the original scoop on saving money in Richmond!)

This Friday through Sunday, August 3-5, 2012, will be a statewide sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $20 and clothing and footwear up to $100.

While the 5% off by itself isn’t much, expect to see lots of sales and promotions in conjunction with the tax holiday!

Short Pump Town Center
short pump town center

From 11am-2pm in the Main Plaza on Saturday, Short Pump Town Center will have a petting farm, Mad Science Station, face painting, and balloon creations. If you’re spending $200 or more at SPTC, stop by Guest Services with your receipts for a $10 STPC gift card.

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June 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

va veterans id card

Virginia has introduced a state-issued veterans ID card

The IDs, available through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, will help veterans obtain discounts at stores and restaurants, among other things. The plastic cards feature the veteran’s name, date of discharge and branch of service.

They are wallet-sized, never expire and cost $10. Applicants will be given a temporary ID until the actual card arrives in the mail.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Here is a list of businesses specifically partnering to offer discounts (includes Daylight Donuts, Moe’s, Saxon Shoes), though I expect that *most* places offering military discounts in the state would accept this as proof as well.

To apply:

    DMV customer service centers (download the application)
    DMV 2 Go mobile offices
    U.S. mail: P.O. Box 27412, Richmond, VA 23269-0001
    Fax: (804) 367-1112
    You must have a valid Virginia driver’s license or identification card. You will also need a copy of your DD-214.

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May 29th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

(My son & husband fishing at Echo Lake Park two (!) years ago)

June 1, 2, and 3, 2012 have been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, except in designated stocked trout waters, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating; take the family fishing and boating or learn to fish and boat! See our Where to Fish section to get started!

City of Richmond event:

Family Fishing Fair – Saturday 9am – 12pm; 2201 Shield’s Lake Drive
Free. Ages 5 and older. It’s Virginia’s annual free fishing weekend. No fishing license required. Locial fishing experts will teach basic freshwater catch-and-release fishing. Poles and tackle will be available (two per family). Be sure to bring bottled water, fishing pole and a folding chir. Call Wyatt Kingston at 804-232-1982 for more details.

Hanover Event:

hanover free fishing days

Passport to Fishing & Boating Program – Saturday 8-11am; Courthouse Park
It provides skills, techniques and information novices need to begin boating and fishing in their communities. Each of the six fun, hands-on stations focuses on a key participation aspect and includes strong conservation messages. The program is open to children of all ages. Rods and Reels will be available on a first come first serve basis. Please feel free to bring your own. Registration is FREE and encouraged.

Other times of the year:

A Virginia saltwater fishing license costs only $17.50 a year for state residents, while annual freshwater fishing and trout licenses are merely $23.00 each for state residents. Those license fees support valuable fisheries work across the Commonwealth. The VDGIF also offers short term licenses—ideal for visitors—and a variety of combination licenses to benefit anglers.

To purchase a fishing license online – and for freshwater fishing regulations and information on Virginia lakes, rivers, boating access and more, visit For size, season, and catch limits of saltwater species, please go to: Not sure how to get started in fishing? For free online fishing tips, visit the Department’s YouTube channel: and click on the “Fishing 101” series of instructional videos.

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March 24th, 2009 by Alison

40 trips

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the slogan “Virginia Is for Lovers,” the Virginia Tourism Corporation is running a sweepstakes called “40 Trips in 40 Weeks.” Each week through November, it is giving away one free themed trip to a Virginia location, including 2 nights lodging. For instance, this week’s is “Bluegrass Legends of the Crooked Road.”

Dive straight into the heart of old time, bluegrass and mountain music when you see the sites and hear the sounds of the Crooked Road, including a stop at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Rest peacefully at Davis Bourne Inn, savor the tastes of Journey’s End Restaurant, and mix in small-town shopping.

(Lodging for two (2) for two (2) nights, Sunday-Thursday, at the Davis Bourne Inn, with breakfast and afternoon tea each day; Dinner for two (2) at Journey’s End Restaurant, excluding alcoholic beverages; Crooked Road gift basket; Guided tour for two (2) at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Total Retail Value: $550.00)

One grand prize winner will also be chosen, and they get to choose between 4 grand prize trips that include a 4 night hotel stay and airfare to RIC 🙂

I see a Poe-themed Richmond trip, and one grand prize option is for Richmond history, but the rest of the prizes would take the winner on fun getaways to other corners of Virginia. Enter today! (One entry per person)

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