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Get Your Crab On at the Annual West Point Crab Carnival

West Point Crab Carnival 2019 Graphic
May 1, 2019

Sponsored by the West Point Chamber of Commerce, the annual Crab Carnival holds a special place in the hearts of the Tidewater community members as a joyous celebration of the Town of West Point’s history.

Held each year in the fall on the first weekend of October, the carnival is a celebration of local culture and history. The event attracts thousands to the streets of West Point for food, games, vendors, contests, music, and fun.

Fridays at the carnival features the Tour de Crab (the annual children’s bike race), live music and entertainment sponsored by the West Point Ruritan Club. Fireworks close out the night. Saturday includes numerous live acts, vendors and a parade.


621 Main St, West Point, VA 23181

Easily found on West Point’s Main Street, the carnival takes over several blocks and side streets throughout the town. You really can’t miss it, but more exact details can be found on the Crab Carnival’s official website.


Since its inception in 1982, the Crab Carnival has been held on the first weekend of October.


The Crab Carnival is one of West Point’s most important local traditions. For years, it has been a way for locals to show off town pride and for outsiders to get a little taste of West Point.