Fall is an exciting time – and not just because the kids go back to school and football season starts. Rather, for many of us, fall means the beginning of the fall festival season. Here in Richmond, that’s no small matter. The area is packed with fall festivals that mark the start of a new season, highlight local businesses and artists, and celebrate the many cultures and people that make our city so special.
If you’re looking for a chance to get out of the house, see some new sites, celebrate all the diverse offering of our area, and, of course, eat amazing regional and international food, then this is the guide for you. You’ll find everything from arts and crafts to Oktoberfest, with plenty of fun in between. Find the perfect fall festival for your family, then get out there and start enjoying the fall!
September 1-4, 9 – 10, and 16-17
Celebrate the end of summer and the coming of fall at Busch Garden’s annual Bier Fest. The event features more than 100 beers, including craft beers from around the globe. You can also sample traditional German food, listen to live music, and experience a Bavarian celebration in Busch Garden’s own replica German town.
Time: Visit the park website for daily hours and admission
Address: Busch Gardens, 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Cost: Admission to the park
Join St. James Armenian Church for the 58th annual Armenian Food Festival. Enjoy delicious traditional Armenian food, wine and beer, music, dancing, and much more at Richmond’s oldest food festival.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 11:30am – 9pm; Sunday, 12pm – 7pm
Address: St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226
Hosted at the Beaverdam Ruritan Club, the B’Dam Brew Jam features some of the finest local and regional beers, as well as ginger beer and ciders. The event promises a day of fun for the whole family with live music, local vendors, food trucks, and much, much more.
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: 18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Designated drivers enter for free. Beer tastings are $1 each and a full pour is $5.
September 15 – 17
Join the 13th annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest! This festival is one of the largest Oktoberfest events in Virginia, featuring over 50 craft and German beers. In addition to beer, traditional German cuisine, desserts and wines will be available. Enjoy German music and dance, as well as the wildly popular “steinholding” contests, a children’s area and the “Christkindlmarkt (a unique German street market).
Time: Friday, 4pm – 11pm; Saturday, 11am – 11pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Address: St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard St, Richmond, VA 23221
Hosted by Grayhaven Winery, the South African Food and Wine Festival celebrates the tastes and sounds of South Africa. Held on Grayhaven’s 50-acre farm, this festival features local, farm-raised and grass-fed meats, as well as local fruits and vegetables. The menu includes South African favorites like boerewors sausage, peri-peri chicken, fish and chips, bobotie burgers, and more. Listen to live South African music and enjoy more than 20 wines while you talk to South African wine experts. This event is fun for all ages, so bring the whole family!
Time: 11am – 6pm each day
Address: Grayhaven Winery, 4675 East Grey Fox Rd, Gum Spring, Virginia 23065
Cost: Advance purchase (until September 13), $20 general admission; $25 winetaster admission; at the gate, $30 general admission, $35 winetaster admission; children 17 and under free.
This free festival features live music, delicious food and art for everyone. See a wide range of arts and crafts in nearly every medium – all by local and regional artists. Hosted by the 43rd Street Gallery, this event is fun for the whole family.
Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: Forest Hill Avenue and 43rd Street, Richmond, VA 23225
Join Friends of the Rappahannock for their annual celebration of the river and its habitat. The 27th Annual Riverfest at Farley Vale Farm will features all-you-can-eat Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, BBQ and an open bar. There is also live music, boat rides, local beer, regional wines and great auctions. Friends of the Rappahannock is a non-profit with offices in Fredericksburg and Tappahannock.
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Address: Farley Vale Farm, 12475 Farley Vale Drive, King George, VA
Cost: $125 (Early bird tickets are available for $100 before September 1, 2017)
Hosted by the Richmond Area Bicycle Association (RABA), this fun-filled bike ride takes place at the Historic Hanover Courthouse and features an English Century Ride (102 miles), a Metric Century Ride (65.5 miles), a Half-Metric Century Ride (34 miles) and a Family Ride (11 miles). Not only will you have fun, along with a great lunch and plenty of entertainment, but you’ll be supporting RABA, the RABA Foundation, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV), and projects like “Bikes for Kids.” Visit Heart of Virginia Bike Festival on Facebook for the latest news.
Time: Saturday packet pick-up and registration: 6:30am – 10am; English Century (102 miles): 7:30 am; Metric Century (65.5 miles): 8:30 am; Half Metric Century (34 Miles): 9:30 am; Family Ride (11 Miles): 10:30 am
Address: Hanover County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069
Cost: Standard Registration (ends 9/14/17), $55; On-Site Registration, $65
Alexander Paley is a world renowned pianist who has garnered acclaim for his expansive repertoire of concerti and solo piano works, his incredible technical prowess, and his convincing personal interpretations. This year’s festival features two incredible Blüthner pianos, both in play at the Friday performance by both Mr. Paley and Pei-wen Chen. On Saturday, two separate performances will highlight Mr. Paley on piano and Daisuke Yamamoto on violin with complete Beethoven piano and violin sonatas. Finally, Sunday’s concert provides breathtaking wind, brass, and piano works that round out the festival. See a full schedule of events here.
Time: Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 3pm and 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm
Address: St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway Richmond, VA 23225
Serving as anything but your average art festival, The RVA Street Art Festival chooses a new location each year and invites local and national street artists to recreate the space with color and creativity. This year’s festival takes place at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Watch as artists turn Richmond’s iconic baseball stadium into a canvas of mixed-media art – including painted murals, projection lighting, landscape art, stairwell art, drone art, and other forms yet to be identified. The festival also includes live music, food, beer, and family-friendly creative activities throughout the weekend.
Time: Friday, 4pm – 9pm; Saturday, 11am – 10pm; Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Address: The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230
Celebrate Oktoberfest right at Capital Ale House Music Hall. Enjoy live music, delicious beer and plenty of traditional German cuisine including giant Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, knackwurst, currywurst, sauerbraten and Jaegerschnitzel. Families are welcome, though a parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 21. VIP Seating is available for $75/person and includes a Capital Ale House one-liter stein, one large appetizer (for the table) featuring Bavarian sausages and cheeses, four beer tokens good for two steins or one bottle of wine per person, vouchers for traditional German fare, a private server for the table, and tax and gratuity.
Address: Capital Ale House Music Hall, 623 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Cost: $75/person or $750 for groups. Learn more or purchase tickets here.
September 29 – October 8
While not technically called a “festival,” the State Fair of Virginia brings together all of the elements of a truly great celebration – including food, games, rides, shows (live rodeos acrobatics, and more), and events of all kinds. Visit livestock, see arts and crafts vendors from around the state, and have an all-around good time with the family.
Time: Fridays and Saturdays, 10am – 10pm; Sundays, 10am – 9pm; Monday through Thursday, 10am – 9pm
Address: The Meadows Event Park, 13191 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, VA 23047
Advance Tickets at Walgreens August 30 – before September 29:
Adult (ages 13-59): $12; Child (ages 5-12), $8; Senior (ages 60+): $8; Advance Unlimited Ride Wristband: $20
At the gate or at Walgreens after September 29:
Adult (ages 13-59): $15; Child (ages 5-12): $11; Senior (ages 60+): $11; Military (must show valid military ID; does not include others in party): $11; Unlimited Ride Wristband: $25
Click here for more ticket information and specials.
September 30 – October 1
This two-day festival has become one of Gallmeyer Farm’s most anticipated events. Fall Fest 2017 takes place at the Pumpkin Patch with free visits to the jump house, a free hayride shuttle, live music, craft vendors, hay and pony rides, activities for all ages, and food vendors. No pets are allowed, but coolers, chairs and picnics are welcome!
Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Lane, Richmond, VA 23231
Head to historic downtown Petersburg on September 30th for a day of live music, food, and tastings of some of the region’s finest wine and craft beer. The festival features wine and beer vendors from around Virginia, as well as more than 75 arts and crafts vendors offering handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, pottery, ceramics, clothing, paintings and more.
Time: 11am – 5pm
Address: Historic Old Towne Farmer’s Market, 9 East Old Street, Petersburg, VA 23804
Cost: In advance online, $20 for tasting tickets and $10 for non-tasting tickets; At the door, $25 for tasting tickets and $10 for non-tasting; Children 12 and under, free.
October Fall Festivals
Get the fall season started with Party on the Avenues. This fun-filled festival celebrates shopping, food, beer, wine and all the charm Libbie, Grove and Patterson Avenues have to offer. Bring the whole family for food, music, live entertainment, and more. The event is FREE and open to all ages.
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: Libbie Avenue (from Patterson to Guthrie)
The Richmond Peace Festival began as a response to the international heartache that occurred after September 11, 2001. Today, the festival provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults of the greater Richmond area to gather in celebration of peace and diversity. The festival uses live music, dance performances, vendors, arts and crafts, games, and entertainment to teach about the many forms that peace takes; to learn about other cultures, religions and races; to have fun; and to create a safe environment for everyone. There will be food, activities and fun for all!
Time: 11am – 6pm
Address: St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, Henrico, VA 23227
Join the 2nd Street Festival for its 29th year. Once known as the “Harlem of the South,” Jackson Ward offers rich cultural significance. This festival celebrates the culture and history of Jackson Ward with four stages of live music, a marketplace and a Kidz Zone programmed by the Children’s Museum of Richmond and Artists Row.
Time: Check here for updates
Address: 200 S. 3rd Street, Richmond, VA
Join the Hanover Ruritan Club for a day of live bluegrass music and fun! Tickets are on sale now. To purchase, click here.
Time: Check website for the latest information
Address: 8145 Walnut Grove Road, Mechanicsville VA 23111
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the gate
Featuring BBQ, bands and beer, this free event is held in historic Libby Hill Park. Enjoy a stunning view, along with all of the pulled pork and smoked brisket you can eat and family-fun activities for everyone. Lawn chairs and and blankets are encouraged. This event benefits The Church Hill Association.
Time: 12pm – 7pm
Address: Libby Hill Park (in Church Hill), 2801 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23223
Head out for a Powhatan tradition. Now in its 15th year, the Festival of the Grape offers wines from nearly 20 wineries, along with a village of arts and crafts vendors, live music and brews. Bring the whole family and enjoy the beginning of fall.
Time: 11am – 6pm
Address: 3887 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139
Cost: Adults (21 and over), $25; Youth (13-20), $15; Children 12 and under, free
Join your friends at Powhatan State Park for their fourth annual Fall Festival. This year, the event will feature a special guest appearance from AWARE Wildlife Rehabilitation group. They will be brining owls, reptiles and more. Festival activities include pumpkin decorating, campfire cooking, wagon rides, a field maze, face painting and games. You can even have your photo taken with Ranger Parker Redfox! An evening campfire will round out the celebration at 5pm. Refreshments and snacks will be available for sale throughout the event.
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Address: Powhatan State Park, 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139
Cost: Free admission, but parking fees apply ($5, up to 8 passengers). Activities have varying costs.
RVA MakerFest returns to the Science Museum of Virginia on Saturday, October 7th. This free, family-friendly event features interactive demonstrations in science, art, technology, engineering, sustainability, food, music, crafts, and fashion. Attendees will be able to interact with over 100 makers from the Greater Richmond area to experience S.T.E.A.M. education and entrepreneurism in action. Local food and craft beer will also be available and Museum exhibits will be open to the public.
Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
The Richmond Folk Festival celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food. And this year’s Richmond Folk Festival promises to be nothing short of the best one yet. As one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events, the festival has been voted as the “best musical festival in Richmond” several years running. The 2017 Festival will bring a new and similarly amazing list of performers, artists and exhibitors.
Time: Friday: 6pm – 10pm; Saturday, 12pm – 10pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Address: Browns Island, South 7th Street, Richmond, VA 23219
For Virginians, the Festival of India has become an eagerly anticipated annual event. People from all over Virginia flock to the Greater Richmond Convention Center for two, fun-filled days of traditional Indian music, dance, food, and culture. The festival offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and explore India’s diverse culture and traditions, including authentic regional food, arts, crafts, and entertainment.
Time: 11 am – 8 pm both days
Address: Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North Third Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Boney is back for another fun time down on the farm this fall! With live music, wineries, beer garden, 40+ vendors, hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn maze and lots of fun activities for the whole family! This is also opening weekend for our RedVein Haunted House so double up on the fun with a good scare in the evening. For the adults, everyone over 21 will receive a free goblet. Free wine tastings provided by the wineries!
Time: 11 am – 6 pm both days (Festival only)
Address: Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland, VA 23005
Cost: 3 and younger are FREE, Pumpkin Ticket:$13 ($15 at gate), Non-Pumpkin Ticket:$8 ($10 at gate), Haunt and Festival Ticket (Saturday only): $25
The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival is a heart-warming 5K run followed by a family festival that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome in Greater Richmond and Central Virginia. Hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond, the event raises awareness and funds for the organization, with 100% of the registration fees and donations benefitting families in Greater Richmond service area. The run begins at 8:30am and is followed by the free family festival, which includes live music, tons of family entertainment, a fashion show and open mic (call Nancy Nietman at (804) 447-4713 if your child/adult with Down syndrome would like to attend the September 11 fashion show audition or perform at the open mic), sponsor and exhibitor displays, and much more. Plus, international model and Downs Syndrome spokesperson, Madeline Stuart, will be making an appearance for the 5K and fashion show and will be hosting a meet and greet during the event.
Time: 5k race registration, 7:30am; 5k race, 8:30am; Festival, 9am – 1pm
Address: The ACCA Shrine Center, 1712 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
Cost: Free admission to the festival. To participate in the 5k, register here. Races fees are as follows: Children 2 and under, $5.00; Children 3-12 years, $15.00; Adults 13 and over, $20.00, Virtual participants, $40; All persons with Down syndrome, free.
After you attend the South African Food and Wine Festival at Grayhaven Winery in September, you’ll be looking for a reason to come back – and the Owen’s Creek Oyster Festival is the perfect excuse. You’ll see why Virginia is known as the “Oyster Capital of the East Coast” with oysters of every kind from raw to grilled to fried, or even on a Po’ Boy or in a classic oyster stew. Enjoy a day of great food, live music and delicious wine – all from right here in Virginia.
Time: 11am – 6pm
Address: Grayhaven Winery, 4675 East Grey Fox Circle, Gum Spring, VA 23065
Cost: General admission, $10; Admission and Wine Tasting, $15; Kids 17 and under, free. Get tickets here.
October 20 – 21
Now in it’s 49th year, Richmond Oktoberfest easily qualifies as a Richmond classic. This family-friendly festival is one of the most authentic German-American celebrations in the state, featuring traditional German foods (think German sausages; pork loin and roast chicken; sweet, spicy red cabbage and sauerkraut; potato pancakes; pretzels and more!), traditional music, dancing, folk-life and souvenirs aplenty.
Time: Friday, 6pm – 11pm; Saturday, 3pm – 11pm
Address: Old Dominion Building, Richmond International Raceway, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost: At the door, $15; Advance purchase, $12; All military personnel, (including active duty, National Guard and Reserves), $12; Seniors (65+), $12; Children 15 and under, free if accompanied by an adult. Food tickets are sold separately. Click here to learn more.
Don’t miss your chance to for family fun, along with some of the best oysters around. Oystoberfest is Richmond’s favorite annual oyster roast, held in historic Ginter Park at St. Thomas’ Church. Head out for a day of oysters, beer, brats, live bands and activities for the whole family.
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Historic Ginter Park, 3602 Hawthorne Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost: Free (but with a suggested donation of $2)
Tap into the science behind beer brewing with this fantastically fun craft beer festival. The festival features some of Virginia’s finest craft beers and ciders along with a closer look at what goes into brewing them, including interactive demonstrations hosted by professional brewers. You’ll also enjoy food trucks, local vendors, and live music.
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Address: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Tickets are $10 and include a signature pint glass while supplies last.
The Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival on the Boulevard is the ultimate fall festival with live music, festive beverages, delicious season-inspired food, a kids’ area and more. There will be costumes, family fun and activities all day long, so mark your calendars now!
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: Intersection of North Boulevard and West Leigh Street, Richmond, VA
Head to the Prince George Regional Heritage Center to celebrate the many traditions, foods, songs and dance of Virginia’s Czech-Slovak communities. The event will include food, music, dancing, games and fun for all ages – rain or shine.
Time: 11am – 4pm
Address: Prince George Regional Heritage Center, 6406 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
With fun for the whole family, Lewis Ginter’s Goblins and Gourds harvest celebration features live music, storytelling, pumpkin-painting and good “green” fun in the Children’s Garden. The festival is included with a regular garden admission.
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Address: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
Cost: Regular garden admission
The Craftsman Classic Art and Craft Festival has been named “Best Arts & Crafts Show” in Virginia time and again. This three-day event features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation, with many live demonstrations throughout the show. With arts and crafts displayed throughout three large exhibition halls, you’ll find something for every style, taste and budget. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist “200 Best” awards.
Time: Friday,10am – 9pm; Saturday, 10am – 6pm; Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Address: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost: Adult, $8; Child (6-12), $1; Children under 6, free. Admission is good for all three days with a Free Return Pass.
There is something about being outdoors in the nice cool weather and enjoying great music and food! The Pecan Festival is back for its second year and it will be featuring two music stages along with local businesses providing food, crafts, brews, and wine! The festival starts on Saturday with The Remnants and then Richmond’s own Trongone Band will take the stage to close out the day. Sunday’s music continues with Susan Greenbaum and Sweet Justice will close the day out. Zack Artis will close out the Activity Stage both days. Nikki Dee Ray will be on hand on Saturday along with her dog, Louis, to host the Pet Costume Contest! There will also be cooking contests, kid’s zone, pumpkin patch, hayride, and a haunted house!
Time: Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Address: Richard Bland College of William & Mary, 11301 Johnson Rd, Prince George, VA 23805
If you enjoy Celtic food, music, and good old fashioned athletics, then the Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games is where you want to be. This annual event is held at the Richmond International Raceway and offers a day of fun and activities for all ages, including a special “wee ones area.” The festival celebrates all things Celtic, including highland dancing, hurling, rugby, harp and fiddle competitions, and much, much more. Plus, in the Vendor Village, you’ll find jewelry, traditional Celtic food, pottery, and, of course, the always popular kilts. For an additional fee, participate in whiskey tastings, including instruction and interactive sessions on the proper way to nose and taste single malt Scotch whisky. You won’t find another festival quite like it, so don’t miss out!
Time: Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday 9am – 5pm
Address: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost: Advance Single-Day Tickets, $15; Advance Weekend Tickets, $25; Single-Day tickets at the gate, $20; Weekend Tickets at the gate, $30; Kids 12 and under, free.