Fall festival season is in full swing across the country. Virginia.org offers information about many fall festivals across the state of Virginia.
You’ll find arts and crafts, outdoor fun, apples, historic celebrations and more in Virginia. The month of October is packed full, but there are also a few festivals planned for the last weekend in September.
The Neptune Festival will be held at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from Sept. 27-29. There’s an air show, art show, sandcastle competition, the famous Neptune Parade and more. Say hello to fall at Virginia Beach.
The small town of Bedford comes to life on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Centerfest, a free street festival featuring arts and crafts, live music, informational booths, children’s rides and games, festival foods and more.
The 40th Annual Virginia 10 Miler will bring thousands of runners from around the world to Lynchburg. The event opens on Friday, Sept. 27 with a family festival and the Amazing Mile Children’s Run. On Saturday, runners will fill the streets of Lynchburg, running from E.C. Glass High School to Riverside Park and back.
If you love apples, you’ll love Virginia’s many apple festivals. There are two fall apple festivals at Drumheller’s Orchards in Lovingston on Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Silver Creek and Seamans’ Orchards in Tyro will hold their popular Apple Butter Festivals on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. Gross’ Orchard in Bedford will host their 23rd Annual Apple Harvest Festival from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 19.
Arts and crafts are featured at many fall festivals. The Dayton Autumn Celebration will bring over 300 vendors and thousands of visitors to the small town of Dayton, just south of Harrisonburg, on Oct. 5.
The small town of Clarksville opens the door to all visitors on Oct. 5 for the Annual Harvest Days Festival. Arts and crafts, kids’ activities and more will make it a fun day for all. The fun continues late into the evening with live music and a cruise-in event.
The Craftsmen’s Fall Classic will be held at the Roanoke Civic Center from Oct. 11-13. The Roanoke Civic Center is also the site for the 25th Annual Stocked Market on Nov. 1-10. You’ll find arts, crafts and great holiday gifts at both of these popular events.
History lovers will enjoy Day at the Point on Oct. 5 at Lynchburg’s historic Point of Honor. The free event includes historic recreations, demonstrations, live music and free tours.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest celebrates 30 years on Oct. 5 with the 30th Anniversary Gala at 7 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite American icon and visit with Mr. Jefferson, who will be in the house for the celebration.
The Historic Clifford Sorghum Festival will be held Oct. 5-6 in the small town of Clifford, just north of Amherst. The event features jousting, sorghum molasses making and more.
The Virginia Beach Golden Age 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held Oct. 12 from noon to 10 p.m. at Neptune Park on 31st Street. The all day celebration features music, family activities and a fireworks show.
Enjoy arts, crafts, trains and more at the Appomattox Railroad Festival on Oct. 12-13. Some of the favorite events are the parade on Saturday and the Fireman’s Competition on Sunday.
Bring the family dogs to Dogapalooza at Lynchburg Dog Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12. The fun event features activities and competitions for dogs of all sizes and is a fundraiser for Lynchburg Humane Society.
Outdoor lovers will love the Anthem GO Outside Festival, held Oct. 18-20 at Roanoke’s Rivers Edge Sports Complex. There will be lots of vendors and fun activities and demonstrations for the entire family.
The Amherst County Apple Harvest Festival features arts and crafts, festival foods and fun for all ages at Amherst County High School on Oct. 19-20. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are from noon to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween and fall at festivals during mid-late October. Some favorites include Scaremare in Lynchburg the last three weekends in October, the James River State Park Fall Harvest Festival on Oct. 19, Hunt Club Halloween Festival from Oct. 23-31 in Virginia Beach, and Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon on Oct. 26-27.
Whatever fall activities your family enjoys, you’ll find them all at one of Virginia’s fall festivals. There’s fun for all and many of these festivals are free. Mark your calendar and join the fun.