Seasonal Fun - Fall Festivals

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September 22, Friday
8TH ANNUAL TEN MILER FAMILY FESTIVAL
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
Following the Amazing Mile Children's Run, the public is invited to enjoy the family-friendly and free festival. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 23, Saturday
10TH VIRGINIA CHILI, BLUES N' BREWS FESTIVAL
Stable Craft Brewing.
Live music from DuWayne Burnside, Sun Dried Opossum and more blues bands along with two brewing stations, 12+ taps, local and regional brews, free chili tastings, and up to $2,000 of prize money to be won in the chili competition. No pets or outside coolers. Rain or shine. One Lumos Plaza, Downtown Waynesboro.  2:30-9pm.  $10 advance, $15 at the gate.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL BBQ ON THE BEND COMPETITION
James River Reeling and Rafting.
This people's choice competition features eight teams smoking up some of their best pulled pork for you to try and rate. Proceeds benefit the James River Boys & Girls Club. Competitors will be cooking off for a grand prize of $1000. Cookers will begin their smoking on Friday night and the gates will open to the public at 11am on Saturday. Raffle prizes and live music throughout the day. James River Reeling and Rafting.  11am-5pm.  Contact: Ashley Noble.  Email: canoetown@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-4386. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
6TH ANNUAL TOMTOBERFEST
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Music, beer and food. This massive fall block party is two days of free concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs and art in Charlottesville's downtown. This year enjoy a giant New Belgium craft beer garden. Emancipation Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tommy.  Email: Tommy@tomtomfest.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 336-0022. 
 
September 23, Saturday
ARTCHO
ArtCHO.
Come enjoy this annual festival with art, music, food and fun in a family-friendly environment. High-quality artwork at reasonable prices will be exhibited and local restaurants and musicians will keep you well-fed and entertained. Donations support local charities. 154 Hansen Rd.  12-6pm.  Email: eileen@artcho.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-9759. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Virginia Distillery Co.
Celebrate the arrival of fall with live music by Michael Clem and food by Moe's Original BBQ all day. Virginia Distillery Company, Lovingston.  11am-6m.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-285-2900. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
TOMTOBERFEST: MCGUFFEY BLOCK PARTY
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Two days with 11 bands, hundreds of entrepreneurs and artists in Emancipation Park. McGuffey Art Center.  5:15-10:40pm Friday, 12:30-10:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23-24, Saturday-Sunday
6TH ANNUAL FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults. Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy hayrides, play games, Paint a Pumpkin, Decorate a Donut, join in the scavenger hunt, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more. Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 24, Sunday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
CharlottesvilleFamily.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be a jack russell terrier race, bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and the children and teen activities tents, and a performance by the Charlottesville Orchestra. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
September 30, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL HARRISONBURG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg International Festival.
A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community featuring international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities. Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  Email: internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0059x5. 
 
September 30, Saturday
24TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Rockbridge Vineyard.
Wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music. Bring the kids and lawn chairs for a fun day. Rockbridge Vineyard, Rapine.  12-6pm.  $5 admission includes wine tasting, $3 non-tasters.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-377-6204. 
 
September 30, Saturday
ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGAN ROOTS FEST
Vegan Roots Fest.
Come out to this family- and dog-friendly festival will include music and entertainment from local artists and great food, beer, wine and more. Experts will be on hand to talk about nutrition, menus and shopping. Grab a beer or wine and learn about all the ways veganism is for the animals, people and the planet. Washington Park.  12-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery.
Come for beer, fun, food and German-inspired festivities. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, Lovingston.  12-7pm.  Email: info@woodridgefarmbrewery.com. For more info call: 434-422-6225. 
 
September 30, Saturday
OKTOBERFESTIE
Starr Hill Brewery.
New and rare German style beers, beer hall and festie tent, bratwurst battle with local chefs, live music with The Folly, games, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Charlottesville-Alemarle SPCA. Starr Hill Brewery.  12-7pm.  $20 advance; $25 day of event.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5671. 
 
September 30-October 1, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids Corner. Live music both days. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 7, Saturday
ANNUAL BOATS AND BUTTERFLIES FESTIVAL
LCEC.
A family day of taking Rivanna River rides on the handmade wooden boats and of learning about the greatest travellers of all: monarch butterflies. Visitors can help make the annual butterfly painting, collaged from butterflies donated by artists one-year-old and up. Lewis & Clark as Naturalists are also discussed. Darden Towe Park.  10am-4pm.  $7.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 7, Saturday
CONSERVATION DISCOVERY DAY
National Zoo.
For curious conservationists, animal lovers, budding biologists or anyone passionate about science and saving the planet. Designed for sixth-graders to undergrads, this event includes hands-on activities, research demos and mini-chats on hot topics in conservation. Career panel discussions open doors and minds to professional possibilities in the field of conservation. Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, D.C..  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3045. 
 
October 7, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the whole family to enjoy games on the German farm, traditional food, live dancing and live music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden in the Cochran Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  12-7pm, gates open at 9am.  $12 adults, ages 6-12 $7, 6 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 7, Saturday
OWENS CREEK OYSTER FESTIVAL AT GRAYHAVEN
Grayhaven Winery.
Find the vest of Virginia's culinary specialty right in the heart of central Virginia at this fun day of music, wine and oysters. Gray haven Winery, Gum Spring.  11am-6pm.  $10 general admission, 17 and under free.  Email: max@grayhavenwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-556-3917. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
20TH ANNUAL CULPEPER HARVEST DAYS FARM TOUR
Culpeper Office of Economic Development.
Fifteen area farms participate in this fun annual event. Pony rides, meeting the farm animals, hay rides, live music, horse shows, border collie demonstrations, farm and distillery tours, pumpkin patches and much more. Each farm will offer its own entertainment and events. Tour begins at Welcome Center at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: lloy@culpepercounty.gov. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-727-3410. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday-Sunday
30TH ANNUAL FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
The Fall Fiber Festival features animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, live music, and much more. Rain or shine. Montpelier.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $5 adults, 16 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fallfiberfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 5-8, Thursday-Sunday
8TH ANNUAL FESTY EXPERIENCE
The Festy Experience.
The Festy Experience is four days of concerts, camping, local craft food and beer and a series of outdoor activities. Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington.  2-11:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Delia Stephenson.  Email: delia@theartistfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 220-4000. 
 
October 7-8, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and craft beer by the glass, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets. Free parking. No pets permitted. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $6 adults, $5 seniors, free for 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-8284. 
 
September 29-October 8
STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA
State Fair of Virginia.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. The Meadow Event Park, Doswell.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Vary.  $Ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
October 14, Saturday
MASSANUTTEN FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort.
Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, scenic chairlift rides, kids' activities, beer & wine garden and more. Massanutten Resort.  11:30am-5:30pm.  $5 advance, $10 at the gate, under 7 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@massresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-9441. 
 
October 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
27TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards.
Wine tasting, gourmet foods, artwork, crafts, lots of live music and children's activities including bounce house and inflatables, Sunshine the Clown, pony rides and a Junior Garlic Queen Contest. Rebec Vineyards, Amherst.  10am-5pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: winery@rebecwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-5168. 
 
October 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
45TH ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE ART SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Art Center.
Each October the streets of downtown Waynesboro are transformed into an impressive showcase of 150 fine artists featuring paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery, sculpture and more. Enjoy live music, craft beer and gourmet fare from the food trucks. Downtown Waynesboro.  $Free admission and parking.  Email: svartcenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7662. 
 
October 15, Saturday
OYSTER FEST AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards & Chatham Vineyards.
Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of Early Mountain wines, various chowders, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and, of course, plenty of oysters. Chef Ryan Collins will partner with the team at Rappahanock Oyster Co. to prepare a delicious menu. Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  12-5pm.  Email: cheers@earlymountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
October 13-15, Friday-Sunday
THE RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL
Richmond Folk Festival.
Over 30 performing groups on seven live stages with continuous music and dance performance along with a demonstration area, children's activities and a folk arts marketplace. Regional and ethnic foods and much more. Downtown Richmond Riverfront.  $Free admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-788-6466. 
 
October 21, Saturday
21ST ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL
Wade's Mill.
Enjoy a crisp Autumn day at the oldest commercially operating water powered grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Local artisans and crafts include wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery and basket weaving. Take a tour of the historic mill and listen to live music while you enjoy food from Puffs BBQ and wine from Rockbridge Vineyards. Wade's Mill, Raphine.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: info@wadesmill.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-348-1400. 
 
October 7 & 21, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a cider pressing demo, live music, food, crafters, visiting the corn maze, picking your own pumpkin while children play games and visit with Mingo the Clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 21, Saturday
CHILI & BREWFEST
Orange Chamber of Commerce.
Chili and craft beer tastings, area food and craft vendors, children's activities and live music. Orange County Fair Grounds, Orange.  Directions: Old Gordonsville Road.  1-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: finance@orangevachamber.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
October 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids' Corner! Live music both days! Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, Saturdays & Sundays
GRAVES MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Enjoy the days of yesteryear watching apple butter being cooked in kettles over an open fire at one of the area's largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair with over 70 arts and crafts vendors. A hay maze and a few farm animals complete the fun. Rain or shine. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
Saturdays in October
HENLEYFEST
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Enjoy hay rides, cider making, live music, food trucks, apple cider donuts, baked goods, the miniature pony and her carriage and apple picking each Saturday in October. A costume contest will occur on the final Saturday. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
August 26-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 9-November 11
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 25 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze from 6-10pm starting September 23. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 maze admission ages 5-12, $14 ages 13 and up; weekday admissions lower.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
Mid-August-Early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 

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