Enjoy the new Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2021 special events that offer socially distanced fun and entertainment all year long. Busch Gardens will be the place for all things fun, new, and safe in 2021.
Busch Gardens® Williamsburg shared some exciting news that will give guests more opportunities to safely visit the Williamsburg theme park in 2021. For the first time ever, Busch Gardens will open in January, February, and early March for three ALL-NEW limited capacity outdoor special events!
These events include Winter Weekends, Mardi Gras & St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the highly anticipated opening of the NEW Pantheon®, the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster, and a packed 2021 event line-up. Busch Gardens will be the place for all things fun, new, and safe in 2021.
Safety Statement from Busch Gardens Williamsburg
In compliance with Virginia’s phase 3 safety guidelines for reopening businesses, Busch Gardens operates with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face-covering requirements, and temperature screenings.
Special event capacity will be extremely limited to create ample space for guests to enjoy their experience while maintaining physical distancing in a safe environment. See the bottom of this post for more information about their Saftey Statement.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Special Events
Stop in at one of my favorites places on earth, Busch Gardens Williamsburg. They are now offering 2 new special events that I know you won’t want to miss! See below for the most up to date details on all the fun events happening in Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2021.
2021 Food and Wine Festival (April 2 – May 23rd)
Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming 2021 Food and Wine Festival at Busch Gardens! Check back for the latest information to help you plan the best foodie trip ever.
UPDATE: I’ve got the full scoop on this year’s 2021 Food and Wine Festival. Read my Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food and Wine Festival 2021 Guide for my favorite food and drink picks, plus helpful tips to make planning a visit to Busch Gardens a breeze.
Water Country USA Opening May 22 (Upcoming)
Warm temperatures and summer fun are quickly approaching with the opening of Water Country USA®. On May 22, the Williamsburg park will reopen with a splash, allowing guests to safely enjoy cool beach vibes, resort-style amenities, and thrilling water slides and attractions.
In addition to the park’s already strict health and safety measures, which include increased cleaning and sanitation and temperature checks, reservations are required, and capacity will be significantly limited to create more open space for guests to maintain physical distancing.
Face coverings will be required for guests 2 and older in certain designated areas of the park, including the park entrance and exit, retail, food and beverage areas, and other designated park sections. Face coverings will not be required in the water, such as the lazy river, the wave pool, all water slides, and all other water attractions in the park.
From the Cutback Water Coaster™, the only RocketBLAST® coaster on the East Coast and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster with its heart-stopping turns, lightning-fast drops, and thrilling speeds to the quiet luxury of a reserved lounger or cabana, Water Country USA® is a can’t-miss waterpark experience for fun-seekers of all ages.
Past 2021 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Events
Busch Gardens Winter Weekends (Jan 15 – 24)
Busch Gardens Winter Weekends will offer guests a brand new, limited capacity special event featuring dazzling lights, thrilling rides, and inspiring wildlife experiences.
Park-goers can celebrate the New Year in a winter wonderland of fun by strolling through villages filled with beautiful lights at night. Braving the thrills of thirteen rides including three roller coasters and Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™.
Encountering unique animals not normally featured at the park, participating in special kid activities, and viewing a spectacular fireworks finale on Saturday evenings. Winter Weekends will be offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Jan. 15 – 24, with day and evening sessions available.
Reservations are required and admission is included for Membership, Annual Pass, and Fun Card holders. For a complete list of featured animals, rides, and activities, consumers can visit Busch Gardens Winter Weekends on their website.
Busch Gardens Mardi Gras (Jan 29 – Feb 28)
Mardi Gras will have guests indulging in the New Orleans spirit as Busch Gardens lets the good times roll with this ALL-NEW limited capacity special event.
Visitors will be transported to where the “Big Easy” meets big thrills as they explore eight decorated villages filled with mouthwatering Cajun food, cocktails, and immersive live entertainment and music. Thirteen roller coasters and attractions, including Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™, will also be available for guests to enjoy.
Mardi Gras will be offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Jan. 29 – Feb. 28. Reservations are required and will be available soon, and admission is included for Membership, Annual Pass, and Fun Card holders. Grab your tickets and reservations on their Mardi Gras event page.
Winter Weekends Highlights (Jan 15 – 24)
FAN FAVORITE! Stunning Lights at Night – guests can indulge in all things that sparkle with lights adorning eight charming villages. This is the perfect setting to soak in the crisp winter air and all the amazing attractions and entertainment throughout the park’s spacious grounds.
NEW! Fireworks at Night – Saturday night skies ignite with a stunning firework display to cap off evening festivities.
NEW! Animal Experiences – Guests will be able to experience up-close encounters with physical distancing measures in place to learn about amazing animals like a capuchin monkey, baby kangaroo, gray fox, lemur, serval, crested porcupine, alligator, and much more. With dozens of different species, guests can connect with their wild side in a whole new way.
NEW! Musical Entertainment – Guests will be serenaded by contemporary and interactive musical performances from an a cappella group and Killarney trio.
NEW! Culinary and Beverages – guests can embark on a flavor-filled journey to enjoy animal-inspired sweet treats like zebra chocolate drizzled kettle corn, fun cocktails like a Moscow Mule and Salty Dog, a wide variety of specialty brews like Snakebite Stout, and delicious entrée favorites from Das Festhaus.
NEW! For the Kids – a park-wide fur and feathers scavenger hunt will inspire kids to learn about animals and the impact they have on the environment. Kids can also play in Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and learn how to build a birdhouse. (Nominal fee)
Busch Gardens Mardi Gras Highlights (Jan 29 – Feb 28)
NEW! Entertainment – Mardi Gras entertainment is always colorful and dazzling, and the park will capture that carnival atmosphere with street entertainment including a New Orleans Jazz Band, interactive drum band, stilt walkers, comedic jugglers, and more.
NEW! Culinary and Beverages – a traditional carnival celebration is not complete without good eats and libations. Guests can start the party with classic NOLA fare, like Cajun sausage and grits and Gumbo, then unwind with a Hurricane cocktail or specialty beer from one of the park’s winter kegs.
And no Mardi Gras party would be complete without a taste of popular sweet treats like hot and fresh beignets or the park’s unique take on the traditional king cake.
NEW! Kid Activities – a park-wide masquerade scavenger hunt, activities where kids can decorate their own masks to take home, and more surprises just for the little ones.
Busch Gardens Commitment To Safety
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards.
These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit Busch Gardens Safety Page.