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Virginia Catholic Day at Busch Gardens

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The Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Evangelization invites families, youth ministries, and young adult groups from around the Diocese to Busch Gardens for a day of fun and fellowship. The day includes admission to the park, Sunday Vigil Mass, and dinner as a Diocese.


What is the schedule of the day (Saturday, October 5, 2024)?

10:00 am          Busch Gardens opens, pick-up tickets near the front entrance

12:00 pm          Ticket pickup ends

3:30 pm            Celebration of Sunday Vigil Mass at Abbey Stone Theatre at Busch Gardens

5:30 pm            Diocesan all-you-can eat dinner buffet at the Black Forest Pavilion opens

6:30 pm            Diocesan dinner buffet closes

11:00 pm          Busch Gardens closes.

Note: At 6 pm the park begins their Howl-O-Scream event, parental discretion is advised.


Who should attend the Virginia Catholic Day?

This event is open to all youth, families, and young adults from around the Diocese.  You can register as either a group, a family or an individual.


What are some of the logistics for me to be aware of?

All ticket purchases will be made online through our online registration system.

All tickets will be picked up onsite on Saturday, October 5, 2024, at Busch Gardens front entrance near kiosks.

All individuals who purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner will have a wrist band. The wrist band will get individuals into the all-you-can eat dinner.

Howl-O-Scream begins around 6:00 pm and may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.

The all-you-can eat buffet dinner will have vegetarian and gluten free options available for people who request those in the online registration system.

What are the costs?

There are three options available to all individuals this year to choose from which include:

All-inclusive ($79 per individual):Includes admission to the park (including Howl-O-Scream), Sunday Vigil Mass, and All-You-Can Eat Dinner Buffet

Single-Day Admission Ticket ($53 per individual): Includes admission to the park (including Howl-O-Scream) and Sunday Vigil Mass

All-You Can Eat Dinner Buffet ONLY ($26 per individual): Includes Sunday Vigil Mass, and All-You-Can Eat Dinner Buffet. This option does not include admission to the park. Attendees must provide their own ticket/pass to the park to take advantage of this option.

Additional Details

Event Host - Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office for Evangelization

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