Family Friendly Festivals in September

FallfestivalWe love a good festival, but which ones will keep kids entertained as well?  We’ve got a list of 5 great family-friendly (read:kids area) festivals this month.
Field Day of the Past
September 19,20,21
Historical displays and demonstrations, re-enactments, tractor and truck pulls, small engine displays, arts and crafts, flea market, antique and modern construction equipment demonstrations, a log cabin with a heritage craft area, and historic buildings. Volunteers demonstrate the daily routines of the life of a family surviving in rural Vriginia which include wheat and peanut threshing, meat smoking, sorgum molasses making, washing clothes, canning, saw milling, and more.  Kids under 12 free.

The Broad Street Mile
September 20
Part street festival part race, VCU is taking over Broad Street (you, know, even more than usual).
The free festival will feature live music, food trucks, local vendors, kids activities and a new RVA Sports Zone featuring the Richmond Flying Squirrels and other local professional sports teams.

St. Benedict Oktoberfest
Friday, September 19, 4pm-11pm
Saturday, September 20, 11am-11pm
Sunday, September 21, 12p-6p
Break out your favorite lederhosen and head over to the St. Benedict Oktoberfest for all things German.Beer and brats for the grown ups and a special Kinder Meal, for the kids (which includes a Kinderdog, drink, and apple sauce, all served in an Alpine Hat)!  Kids area will have a moonbounce as well as other kid focused activities.
All proceeds from Oktoberfest are used to support Catholic education at the Catholic Schools historically associated with Saint Benedict Parish. Admission is Free.

Diggity Fest
Sunday, September 21st from noon til 5:00
Westchester Commons
Bring the entire family, blankets and lawn chairs and get ready for the most DIGGITY DAY of the year.
diggityFEST is Central Virginia’s first and ONLY all kids music festival.  In addition to a featured performance by the Diggity Dudes, a Richmond-based, nationally touring “kids band”, the festival also will include other national family music favorites and loads to do.  All proceeds from diggityFEST go to support Connor’s Heroes, which supports families of children cancer patients and survivors.

RVA MakerFest
September 27, 2014 10AM to 5PM
Science Museum of Virginia
Admission is FREE
Read all about this awesome family friendly festival  and an interview with the Richmondmoms who to it started here.

September 27, 10am – 5pm
Chester Village Green
The KidZone at Chesterfest includes a petting zoo, face painting, carnival games, inflatables, activities and an art station as well as a “kids pit stop” where nursing mamas can take a load off to feed their babies, booboos can get treated and diapers can be fresh again.

Happy Camper Fest
September 28, 12 – 5:30pm
Hardywood Brewery
celebrating all things happy in Richmond at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, with the space of Hardywood’s grounds to spread out and dance around. Happy Camper Fest is outside with local food trucks, artists, vendors, and great music.  Family friendly businesses will be participating.  Pets are welcome too!

10th Annual Italian Street Festival
17th Street Farmers’ Market
Sept 27, 2014 11am – 8pm
Sept 28, 2014 11am – 6pm

Richmond’s 17th Street Market will be magically transformed into an authentic Italian village for this year’s 10th Annual Italian Festival. Get ready for the sights, sounds and aromas of the Italian countryside – and a chance to experience what Italian’s call “la dolce vita”, the sweet life.
A children’s area will have live entertainment including a clown, face painting and magic as well as activities and a bouncy house.
$5 donation, kids under 6 free





Sarah Cole

Sarah is a full time working mom of three boys, Max, Hudson and Marlowe. In addition to working and parenting, Sarah has also been seen as an actress on the Richmond stage (and screen). She blogs lovingly but sporadically at

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