When Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid, we were all a little jealous. It's everyone's dream to channel their inner mermaid (or merman) and this mermaid festival near North Carolina lets you do just that. For three days, people from all over the country flock to Virginia for a celebration of everything aquatic.  

Pack your bags and plan to hit the road for a couple of hours to Manassas, Virginia. That's where MerMagic is being hosted, and you'll be rubbing shoulders (or better year, touching fins) with ladies and gents who definitely lived underwater in another life. 

Whether you want to dress to the nines during a fantasy shoot with a professional photographer, dive with a pod of fellow merfolk, or even design your perfect tail, you can have a jam-packed day of activities.

On top of all the workshops and programming, you'll have the opportunity to stock up on goodies from vendors that'll make sure you have all your mer-accessories. 

The highlight of the three-day celebration might be the Mermaid Gala on Saturday night. It's a 21 and up party with an open bar where you'll be dressed in your under-the-seas best. 

This celebration is being described as the largest mermaid convention in the country, so you know tickets are going fast. Apparently, there are only 140 tickets left, so it's crucial that you get yours today. 

For more road trips out of Charlotte or Raleigh, plan a stay at Ocracoke Island or at this real-life castle


Price: $100

When: Feb. 21-23

Address: 9100 Freedom Center Blvd., Old Town Manassas, VA

Why You Need To Go: Everyone will be channeling their inner mermaid queen or king for 3 days of under the sea fun. 


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