Guide to Fall Festivals in Richmond and Beyond

Fall Festivals Guide 2018Labor Day is done and kids have officially headed back to school, so that can only mean one thing…fall is almost here! For many of us, fall is a time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and, of course, football. But in the Greater Richmond area, fall is also all about festivals.

From local harvest festivals to celebrations of history and culture, you’ll have no shortage of amazing family-friendly events to choose from. To help you plan your fall festival schedule, we’ve collected a series of awesome events both here in Richmond and in the surrounding areas. So whether you’re looking for carnivals for the kids or laid-back events with plenty of options for adults, we truly have something for everyone.

Take a look at our list below, then if you know of a great fall festival that we might have overlooked, be sure to let us know! Drop us a line anytime at

In the meantime, happy fall, y’all!

September Fall Festivals

60th Armenian Food Festival

September 7-9, 2018

The St. James Armenian Church presents their 60th Armenian Food Festival with an amazing array of traditional Armenian food, wine and beer, music, dancing, and much more. As Richmond’s oldest food festival, this family-friendly event guarantees fun for the whole family!

Time: Friday, 11:30am – 9pm; Saturday, 11:30am – 9pm; Sunday, 12pm – 7pm
Address: St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226


21st Annual Alexander Paley Music Festival

September 7 & 8, 2018

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 will celebrate Russian piano music with two incredible Blüthner pianos. On Saturday, there will be two performances, one each in the afternoon and evening. Individual movements will be on the printed program given out at the performances.

See a full schedule of events here.

Time: Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7:30pm
Address: St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Parkway Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: Free


Mathews Market Days Festival 

September 7 & 8, 2018

Get ready for Mathews Market Days! This annual event in Mathews historic Court Green is held every Friday and Saturday after Labor Day and features two fun-filled days of arts and crafts, a car show, a pet parade, fresh produce, live musical entertainment, food, and much more.

Time: 9am – 5pm both days
Address: 50 Brickbat Road, Mathews, VA 23109
Cost: Free


39th Annual Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Shrimp Fest 

September 8, 2018

For family fun and all the shrimp you can eat, head out to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg’s annual Shrimp Fest! In addition to shrimp, enjoy hot dogs, hush puppies, baked beans, and cole slaw, beer, and wine. Plus, there will be live music, Uncle Dave’s Kettle Corn, face painting, corn hole games, and more. 100% of net proceeds benefit local youth organizations. VIP tables and tents available.

Time: 4pm – 7pm
Address: Advance tickets – $35; Tickets at the door – $40
Cost: Free


B’Dam Brew Jam Craft Beer Festival

September 8, 2018

Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean you can’t chill out with good friends, family – and a cold brew. 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. Bring the whole family for a day of fun with live music, local vendors, food trucks, and much, much more.

Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: 18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015
Cost: $10 admission. Children 12 and under are free. Beer tastings are $1 each and a full pour is $5.


Down on the Farm Crab Fest

September 8, 2018

Head to Hanover Vegetable Farms for a day filled with crab pickin’, live music, and fun. There will be all you can eat crabs served from 2:30pm – 5:30 pm, and once the crab pickin’ is done the live music starts! Don’t love crabs? Don’t worry. There will also be BBQ, hot dogs, local corn on the cob, and more.

Time: 2:30pm – 7pm
Address: 13580 Ashland Rd., Ashland VA. 23005
Cost: $35; children 5 and under are free. Tickets are advance sale only, no tickets will be sold at the gate. Private Tent Packages are available for $225 and include four admission tickets and seating for up to 8 people. Click here to learn more.


Spirits Festival at Belle Grove

September 8, 2018

Spend a day at the birthplace of James Madison on the banks of the Rappahannock River and celebrate Virginia with some of the area’s favorite wineries and distilleries, live music, food trucks, artisans, crafters, and vendors. Explore the grounds, taste delicious wines, eat incredible food, and have fun with your family all day long. Lawn chairs are welcome, but no outside food or pets, please!

Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: 9221 Belle Grove Dr, King George, VA 22485
Cost: $25 advance and $30 at the door for guests 21 and over. Admission includes festival entrance, a souvenir wine or whiskey glass, and wine and spirit tastings. Designated drivers and those under 21 are $10 at the door or online. Children 12 and under are free.  Belle Grove House Tours are $10.


Stone’s Throwdown in RVA

September 8, 2018

Stone Brewing Co. is hosting their second annual music and craft beer festival and, just like last year, it promises a good time for all! Held on Brown’s Island, this festival features independent craft beer alongside a full day of music. This year’s acts include Drive-By Truckers, No BS! Brass Band, Antibalas, FUTUREBIRDS, Spooky Cool, and Kenneka Cook. All proceeds benefit the following: James River Association, Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, and Venture Richmond.

Time: 1pm – 10pm
Address: 500 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Cost:  $20 General Admission; Kids under 12 years of age are free.


43rd Street Festival of the Arts

September 15, 2018

The 43rd Street Festival of the Arts is a Richmond tradition with live music, delicious food, and art for all. Dozens of local and regional artists come together to showcase arts and crafts in nearly every medium. Plus, a full music line-up promises a day filled with foot-tapping fun. Hosted by the 43rd Street Gallery, this family-friendly festival has something for everyone.

Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: Forest Hill Avenue and 43rd Street, Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: Free


Breakthrough Beer and Wine Fest 

September 15, 2018

Head to Pamplin Historical Park for a festival of beer and wine with live music, food, and local craft vendors – all set in the picturesque setting of the Park’s Freedom Garden. Each ticket includes five beer tastings and five wine tastings, along with a collectible beer cup and special event wine glass to take home. Additional tastings can be purchased for $5. Chairs and blankets are welcome but, no coolers or tents are allowed.

Time: 11am – 5pm
Address: Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Rd., PetersburgVA 23803
Cost: Tasting Tickets – $25 in advance or $30 at the gate (purchase advance tickets online or at The Bucket Trade in Old Towne Petersburg or at the park’s admission office); Non-Tasting Tickets – Regular Park Admission Price


Heart of Virginia Bike Festival

September 15, 2018

Head to the Historic Hanover Courthouse for the Richmond Area Bicycle Association’s (RABA) annual Heart of Virginia Ride! This fully supported event follows the paths of Patrick Henry and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary route and showcases some of Virginia’s most beautiful historic countryside. There will be rest stops, SAG support and four routes beginning with a Family Friendly ride (11 Miles), a Half Metric Century (34 Miles), a Metric Century (65.5 Miles), and challenging English Century (102 Miles). Food and fun will follow the ride! Proceeds benefit 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:  Century Ride (102 miles): 7:30 am; Metric Century (65.5 miles): 8:30 am; Half Metric Century (34 miles): 9:30 am; Family Ride (10 miles): 10:30 am
Address: Hanover County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069
Cost: Standard Registration (ends 9/13/18), $60; On-Site Registration, $70


Pickled and Fermented Festival

September 15, 2018

Brought to you by The Artisan Pickles Club, the Pickled and Fermented Festival celebrates all things…you guessed it…pickeled and fermented! This annual festival features pickled fruit, pickled veggies, hot sauce, kimchi, BEER, Kombucha, and more. Bring your friends and family to Center of the Universe Brewing Company for pickle tastings, pickle-themed craft vendors, live music, a pickle-themed beer, a “Little Gherkins” area for the kids, and so much more!

Time: 2pm – 7pm
Address: Center of the Universe Brewery, 11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland, VA 23005
Cost: $10 for a pick pass that includes sampling and live demonstration. Children/youth 18 and under are free. Get more ticket info here.


Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival

September 15 & 16, 2018

For great wines, delicious local seafood, and fine crafts and artisans, don’t miss the Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival! There will be wines from Virginia wineries and oysters from Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater oyster growers, as well as FREE admission to the Great House, Treakle’s train barrel rides, and Westmoreland County Miniature Farm Animals. Enjoy car shows on both Saturday (Mustang Car Clubs) and Sunday (Memory Lane Car Club) and live music from local bands and solo musicians. This year’s festival will also feature Virginia breweries and tastings offered of a variety of Castle Brands liquors.

Time: 10am – 6pm both days
Address: Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, StratfordVirginia 22558
Cost: Adult Tasting Ticket – $30; Adult Non-Tasting Ticket – $15; Kids Ticket (ages 6-12) – $5; Kids 5 and under are free. Online ticket sales end at 5 pm on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate.


FOR Annual Riverfest

September 16, 2018

The Friends of the Rappahannock are back for another Annual Riverfest! Described as a “good party for a great cause,” this festival features Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, catfish, BBQ, and an open bar. Plus, join in for boat rides, bands, and a live auction and raffle of local arts, vacations, and experiences. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Rappahannock, a non-profit with offices in Fredericksburg and Tappahannock.

Time: 4pm – 8pm
Address: 125 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA


Field Day of the Past

September 21-23, 2018

What started as a steam and gas engine show in Goochland County in 1992, has now become one of the area’s most popular annual festivals. Field Day of the Past is a three-day festival that offers a celebration of local history with truck and tractor pulls, small engine displays, historic exhibits and re-enactments, living history exhibits, arts and crafts, carnival rides, heritage crafts, animal displays, equestrian shows, and much, much more. Bring the whole family and enjoy a taste of the past. This is a pet-friendly event!

Time: Gates open at 8am daily. Click here for a full schedule of events.
Address: 1741 Ashland Rd., Rockville, VA 23146
Cost: $10 on Friday; $15 on Saturday; $10 on Sunday; $8 for Senior Citizens 62 and older; 12 and younger are free


St. Benedict Oktoberfest

September 21-23, 2018

The countdown for Oktoberfest has begun! St. Benedict’s annual festival is one of the largest Oktoberfest events in Virginia with more than 50 craft and German beer, traditional German cuisine, desserts, and wines. Enjoy German music and dance, as well as the wildly popular “steinholding” contests, a children’s area, the “Christkindlmarkt” German street market, and activities for ALL ages!

Time: Friday, 4pm – 11pm; Saturday, 11am – 11pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Address: St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard St, Richmond, VA 23221
Cost: Free


South African Food & Wine Festival

September 22 & 23, 2018

Head Grayhaven Winery for a taste of South Africa with the South African Food and Wine Festival. Celebrate the tastes and sounds of South Africa with traditional favorites like boerewors sausage, peri-peri chicken, fish and chips, bobotie burgers, and more. Listen to live South African music and taste award-winning wines while talking to South African wine experts from some of the world’s top vineyards. There will be fun and activities for every age, so bring the whole family for a day of fun on the farm!

Time: 11am – 6pm each day
Address: Grayhaven Winery, 4675 East Grey Fox Rd, Gum Spring, Virginia 23065
Cost: Advance purchase (until September 20), $20 general admission and $25 winetaster admission; At the gate, $30 general admission and $35 winetaster admission; children 17 and under free.


The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion

Select Fridays and every Saturday and Sunday, September 22 – October 28, 2018

This much-anticipated annual event is one of the area’s favorite fall festivals. Every weekend from September 22 until October 28 families can participate in a collection of scare-free Halloween activities designed just for kids. Your favorite PEANUTS characters will host special events like treat bags, pumpkin decorating and so much more. The festival is included with park admission.

Time: Click here for park hours.
Address: 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047
Cost: Click here for admission prices.


State Fair of Virginia

September 28 – October 7, 2018

The State Fair may not be considered a festival in the technical sense, but it combines all the elements of a truly great celebration – including food, games, rides, shows, 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 to 10pm; Sundays – 10am to 9pm;
Monday through Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Address: The Meadows Event Park, 13191 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, VA 23047
Cost: Advance Online Adult Admission, $13; Advance Online Child Admission, $10; Advance Online Senior Admission, $10; Advance Online Unlimited Ride Voucher, $20, Advance Online Season Pass, $40. Get more ticket info here.


Hanover Autumnfest

September 29, 2108  

Bring the family to historic Hanover Tavern for a celebration of all things fall. There will be tons of activities for the kids including a hay slide, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, a Colonial magic show, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and more. Plus, you can take self-guided audio tours of the Tavern, tour the Stone Jail and courthouse, and enjoy great food, craft beer, local wine, live music, fall foliage, and family fun. Don’t miss it!

Time: 10am – 3pm
Address: 1511 – 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd, Hanover, VA 23069
Cost: Free admission


Petersburg Festival of Grapes and Hops

September 29, 2018

The Festival of Grapes and Hops brings Old Towne Petersburg alive with a fun-filled day of live music, food, and tastings of some of the region’s finest wine and craft beer. There will be wine and beer vendors from around Virginia, as well as dozens of 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  23805
Cost: Advance online tickets, $20 for tasting tickets and $10 for non-tasting tickets 


Gallmeyer Farms’ Fall Fest at the Pumpkin Patch

September 29 & 30, 2018

It’s that time of year again – time for the Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival at the Pumpkin Patch! This much-anticipated event includes live music, free activities for kids, free parking, admission, hayrides, a haybale maze and arts and crafts from all over the great state of Virginia. No pets are allowed, but coolers, chairs, and picnics are welcome!

Time: 10am – 5pm both days
Address: The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Lane, Richmond, VA 23231
Cost: Free


Festival of India

September 29 & 30, 2018

The Festival of India is an eagerly anticipated annual event for many here in Richmond – and beyond. Every year, thousands of people from all over the state 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 authentic regional food, arts, crafts, and entertainment. The theme of this year’s festival is “Festivals of India”. Come explore the different dances that make these festivals so special. Plus, there will be yoga demonstrations and lectures from experienced teachers.

Time: 11am – 9pm both days
Address: Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North Third Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Cost: Free


Party on the Avenues

September 30, 2018

For a festival that offers fun for the whole family, head to Party on the Avenues. This annual festival celebrates the Westhampton neighborhood with food, craft beverages, local vendors, and fun, family-friendly entertainment all day long. Last year’s event brought nearly 10,000 visitors to Libbie Avenue and this year’s event promises to be just as amazing! Party on the Avenues is FREE and open to the public.

Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: Libbie Avenue (from Patterson to Guthrie), Richmond, VA
Cost: Free


October Fall Festivals

36th Annual Crab Carnival 

October 5 & 6, 2018

As one of Tidewater’s favorite festivals, the Crab Carnival celebrates the Town of West Point’s history with fun for the whole family. Find crabs of all kinds, including Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs, Dungeness Crabs, Soft-Shell Crabs, and Fiddler Crabs. Plus, enjoy live music on multiple stages, parades, the Tour De Crab kids’ bike race, and activities for all ages. In addition to crabs, there will be hamburgers, seafood, festival fare, beer, and soda, as well as local craft vendors offering handmade items for sale. The event takes place along the Pamunkey River and wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show from Zambelli Fireworks.

Time: See a schedule of events here.
Address: Get directions to West Point here.
Cost: Free admission with food and drinks available for purchase.


5th Annual Powhatan State Park Fall Festival

October 6, 2018

Get in the spirit of fall with the 5th annual Powhatan State Park Fall Festival. AWARE Wildlife Rehabilitation group will be bringing animals including owls, reptiles, and more. Plus, there will be family-friendly activities for everyone. Decorate pumpkins, take wagon rides, find your way through a field maze, get your face painted, and play games all day long. You can even have your picture taken with Ranger Parker Redfox! The event wraps up with an evening campfire at 5pm.

Time: 2pm – 6pm
Address: Powhatan State Park, 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139 (meet at the playground area)
Cost: Festival admission is free, but parking fees apply ($5, up to 8 passengers) and some activities have costs.


12th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival

October 6, 2018

The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival features a 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, 100% of the registration fees and donations benefitting families in Greater Richmond service area. A morning run is followed by the free family festival, with live music, tons of family entertainment, and fun for all ages and abilities – including a fashion show and open mic event! Top prizes for fundraising include: top fundraiser will enjoy a limousine ride to and from the Step UP event; top five fundraisers receive stage recognition at the event and a commemorative plaque; top five largest teams receive stage recognition at the event and a commemorative plaque.

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. For the 5k, ages 3 and up – $10 (includes t-shirt until 9/21); price increases to $15 on 9/22 and $20 on day of event.  Ages 2 and under – $5 (includes t-shirt until 9/21); Individuals with Down syndrome same as pricing above.  Virtual Participant – $40.  Click here to register.


Jazz and Jambalaya

October 6, 2018

If you love seafood – and jazz – then you’ll love Grayhaven Winery’s Jazz and Jambalaya Festival. Enjoy a Southern seafood feast that features Jambalaya, Shrimp & Grits, oysters, crab cakes and more…and, of course, live music all set to the gorgeous backdrop that can only be found at Grayhaven.

Time: 2pm – 8pm
Address: Grayhaven Winery, 4675 East Grey Fox Circle, Gum Spring, VA 23065
Cost: Click here for updates to pricing and ticket availability.



October 6, 2018

Oysters, Brats, Beers, and Bands – this is the winning recipe that has made Oystoberfest one of the Richmond area’s favorite annual festivals. Bring the whole family for a day of delicious food (featuring an oyster roast, of course!), live music, and family-friendly activities for all ages. Oystoberfest is held in historic Ginter Park at St. Thomas’ Church.

Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost: Free (but with a suggested donation of $2)


Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape

October 6, 2018

Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape is celebrating their Sweet 16 – and they’re celebrating with a bang! Festival of the Grape features more than two dozen Virginia wineries, live music, 100 vendors, food trucks, and more. Bring the whole family and ring in the fall in style.

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


RVA MakerFest

October 6, 2018

RVA MakerFest returns to the Science Museum of Virginia on Saturday, October 6th, 2018, featuring interactive demonstrations in science, art, technology, engineering, sustainability, food, music, crafts, and fashion. This family-friendly event offers the chance to interact with over 100 makers from the Greater Richmond area, showcasing 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
Cost: Free


Jackson Ward 2nd Street Festival

October 6 & 7, 2018

Over the years, the Jackson Ward 2nd Street Festival has become one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. Every year, nearly 40,000 people visit historic Jackson Ward to celebrate this historic Richmond gem that was once known as “the Harlem of the South.” Hosted by Venture Richmond Events LLC, the 2nd Street Festival features four stages of live music, a Kidz Zone, local food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club. This year’s event promises to be one of the best yet, so gather your friends and family and celebrate all that Jackson Ward has to offer.

Time: Follow 2nd Street Festival on Facebook for updates on time
Address: 200 S. 3rd Street, Richmond, VA
Cost: Free


Hogtober Festival

October 7, 2018

Head to Church Hill’s historic Libby Hill Park for BBQ, bands, and beer, not to mention one of the best views in town. This free festival features pulled pork and smoked brisket, as well as family-friendly activities for everyone. Bring the whole family – along with some lawn chairs and blankets – and enjoy the fun. Hogtoberfest benefits the Church Hill Association of RVA and is sponsored by Ardent Craft Ales, Bold Rock, Taste the Local, Artisan Hill Properties, and Style Weekly.

Time: 12pm – 8pm
Address: Libby Hill Park, 2801 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23223
Cost: Free


Richmond Folk Festival

October 12-14, 2018

As one of Richmond’s largest and most anticipated events, The Richmond Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness, and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling, and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has been voted “best musical festival in Richmond” for several years running and in 2018, there will be seven stages hosting dozens of artists representing a diverse array of musical traditions, styles, and genres. Best of all? This festival is free and fun for the whole family.

Time: Friday: 6pm – 10pm; Saturday, 12pm – 10pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Address: The festival will take place along downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront, from 2nd to 7th streets and from Byrd Street to the river including Brown’s Island, the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, portions of Federal Reserve parking lots, and Tredegar Street. Free shuttles are available from City Stadium (3201 Maplewood Ave, Richmond, VA 23221).
Cost: Free


Louisa County Fall Harvest Festival

October 13, 2018

This festival has become a local tradition over the last 15 years. The whole family will have fun with music, craft and food vendors, hayrides, bounceables, a pumpkin patch, children’s activities, pony rides (first ride is free and then a fee of $5 for second rides), FREE face painting, cornhole tournament on-site, live heritage themed demonstrations, and much more! Plus, get fresh produce from the Mineral Farmers Market while you’re there. Admission and activities (except pony rides) are free!

Time:  10am – 3pm
Address: Walton Park in Mineral, 628 Louisa Avenue, Mineral, VA 23117
Cost: Free


Taste of Brunswick Festival and Cook-Off

October 13, 2018

If you’re a native Virginian, then you know we take our Brunswick Stew seriously. So what better place to celebrate this fall tradition than at the Taste of Brunswick Festival? Every year more than 10,000 attendees take part in this family-friendly event featuring train rides, a petting zoo, Civil War re-enactments, stagecoach rides, a car show, local vendors, and, of course, the World Championship Brunswick Stew Cook-off.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Address: Southside Virginia Community College, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821
Cost: Free admission and parking


Gourds, Goblets and Ghouls Festival

October 13 & 14, 2018

Join Boney for another Gourds, Goblets, and Ghouls Festival this year at Hanover Vegetable Farm. This beloved festival includes live music, wineries, a beer garden, vendors, hay rides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and tons of fun for the whole family. After the festival, if you have the courage, stick around for the RedVein Haunted House!

Time: 11am – 6pm both days
Address: Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland, VA 23005
Cost: Tickets will be available soon. Click here for updates on pricing and to purchase tickets online as they become available.


Richmond Oktoberfest

October 19 & 20, 2018

Every year thousands gather to celebrate the vibrant food, drinks, and culture of Germany at Richmond Oktoberfest. And as it heads into its 50th year, Richmond Oktoberfest is just getting better with age! This family-friendly festival has become a Richmond classic and is easily one of the most authentic German-American celebrations in the state, featuring authentic German foods, traditional music, dancing, folk-life, and souvenirs.

Time: Friday, 6pm – 12am; Saturday, 3pm – 12am
Address: Old Dominion Building, Richmond International Raceway, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost: $15 at the door; $12 for advance purchase; $12 for Seniors 65 and over; $12 for active Military, National Guard, and Reservists. Children 15 and under are free.


Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival

October 20, 2018

Bring the whole family out for fall fun at the Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival on the Boulevard. This family-friendly festival features live music, festive beverages, delicious seasonally-inspired food, a kids’ area and more. Plus, be sure to start planning your costumes now for the Costume Contest! There will be three categories this year, including adults, kids, and pets.

Time: 12pm – 6pm
Address: Intersection of North Boulevard and West Leigh Street, Richmond, VA
Cost: Free


Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival

October 20, 2018

The Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the many Czech and Slovak families who settled in the region following the Civil War and continue to be an important part of today’s community. Come out for a day of traditional food, dancing, music, arts and crafts and much more. Hosted by the Prince George Regional Heritage Center, this is a family friendly event and offers activities for all ages, including genealogical exhibits and farm exhibits.

Time: 11am – 4pm
Address: 6406 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
Cost: Free


3rd Annual Pecan Festival

October 27, 2018

Now in its third year, the Pecan Festival at Richard Bland College of William and Mary features live music, food, crafts, brews, wine, and more. Richard Bland College is home to the oldest and largest pecan groves in Virginia with nearly 1,000 pecan trees. Each year the pecans are harvested and proceeds used to advance student success and maintain the groves. Bring the whole family out for a day of fun in the Grove that includes craft activities, face painting, games, live animals, and free activities for all. This year’s festival also includes hayrides and a pumpkin patch!

Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: 11301 Johnson Rd, Prince George, VA 23805
Cost: FREE


Oktoberfest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

October 27, 2018

Celebrate the beauty of fall at Lewis Ginter with a special day of family fun. There will be games, including lawn game like cornhole, ladder golf, and life-size Jenga, as well as local food and beer from Center of the Universe Brewing. Bring canned goods to donate in support of the food bank at FeedMore, where over 3,200 meals are served daily to Richmond’s senior citizens and children in need.

Time: 11am – 4pm
Address: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
Cost: Regular garden admission


Richmond Brunswick Stew and Stout Festival

October 27, 2018

This one-of-a-kind Richmond festival features stews made on site by some of the area’s greatest Stew Masters. Starting at midnight the night before the festival, Stew Masters gather and start preparation so that the stews you taste on Saturday are not only the best but the freshest. Stews are available for purchase as tastings or by the quart, so sample your favorites then take some home to enjoy all fall! Bring chairs to enjoy live music, great food, and family fun all day long. All proceeds benefit the Enrichmond Foundation.

Time: 11am – 4pm
Address: 17th and Franklin St in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA
Cost: Suggest $1 donation for entrance; food and beverages are available for purchase


Goblins and Gourds Harvest Celebration

October 28, 2018

Lewis Ginter’s Goblins and Gourds Harvest Celebration returns for another year featuring music, storytelling, pumpkin-painting, and “green” fun in the Children’s Garden. In addition to performances by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, kids can choose from more than 500 pumpkins and paint one to take home. There will also be demonstrations in gourd carving, pumpkin carving, vermiculture, blacksmithing and more! The festival is included with a regular garden admission.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Address: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
Cost: Regular garden admission


Central VA Celtic Festival & Highland Games

October 28-29, 2018

The Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games is one of the most authentic celebrations of Celtic and Highland culture you’ll find. Every year, this fun-filled festival showcases traditional highland dancing, hurling, rugby, harp and fiddle competitions, and SO much more. Held at the Richmond International Raceway, there will be activities for all ages, including a special “wee ones area.” Plus, in the Vendor Village, you’ll find jewelry, traditional Celtic food, pottery, and, of course, kilts.

Time: Saturday, 9am – 6pm; Sunday 9am – 5pm
Address: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost:  Advance one-day admission: $15/day; Advance two-day admission: $25; Day-of admission: $20 for one and $30 for two days. Kids 12 and under are free. Dogs are permitted with a $5 donation, ticketed adult, and proof of rabies vaccination. Advance online tickets can be purchased at


November Fall Festivals

61st Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival 

November 2 & 3, 2018

This pay-as-you-go walking festival celebrates one of Virginia’s favorite local delicacies – the oyster. Bring the whole family to the beautiful town of Urbanna for two days filled with vendors, crafts, food, beer and wine, and fun for all ages. There will be parades, children’s activities and rides, waterfront demonstrations, history exhibits, and so much more.

Time: Friday, 10am – 7pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Address: Click here for directions to Urbanna.
Cost: Admission is free; parking is $10 on Friday and $20 on Saturday


Craftsman Classic Art and Craft Festival

November 2-4, 2018

Named one of the “Best Arts & Crafts Show” in Virginia year after year, this three-day event promises to be better than ever in 2018. Discover original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation and see live demonstrations of their work all weekend long. Get your Christmas shopping done early with arts and crafts displayed through three large exhibition halls and rest assured, you’ll find something for every taste, style, and budget!

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. Save $2 off each Adult Ticket when you buy online (print-at-home) tickets. Click here for updates on advance ticket availability.


Virginia Thanksgiving Festival 

November 4, 2018

For those of you who didn’t know, Berkeley Plantation was the site of the nation’s first official Thanksgiving celebration in 1619. Every year, Berkeley Plantation celebrates this historic event with a re-enactment and festival that includes the Chickahominy Tribal Dancers, a parade with horse drawn carriages, fife and drum performances, live musicians and magicians, colonial period games, dancing, arts and crafts, jewelry and food vendors, a corn maze, storytelling, cornhusk doll making, candle dipping, and a silent auction. Catering will be provided by Brock’s Barbeque serving their famous Thanksgiving Dinner in a glass along with smoked turkey legs, Brunswick Stew, BBQ, and Virginia Ham biscuits. Concession stands with hot dogs, kettle corn and funnel cakes are also available throughout the day. Bring chairs and blankets and come prepared for a day filled with history, food, and fun!

Time: 12pm – 4pm
Address: 12602 Harrison Landing Rd., Charles City, VA 23030
Cost: (includes admission and parking – cash only) $5 motorcycle/bike; $10 car/van
$20.00 bus; Tours of Berkeley’s Manor House – $12/person. Discounted rates for seniors, military, and children ages 6-16.


Great American Indian Exposition 

November 7-11, 2018

The Great American Indian Exposition Pow Wow and Show features the best in American Indian dancing, singing, drumming, arts, crafts, foods, and entertainment (flute music, bow and arrow shooting, and more). Meet and interact with more than 100 American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists, and craftspersons. This beautiful annual event helps to educate the public about American Indians, both past and present, through the arts. Dancers and drummers will attend from all over the US and Canada. Find one-of-a-kind turquoise jewelry, moccasins, beadwork, rugs, books, and paintings. For kids, there will be face painting and other family fun activities. To learn about special school field trip programs, click here.

Time: Special school programs on Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 2pm; Friday, 5pm – 9pm; Saturday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Address: 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Cost: Wednesday and Thursday, $12/person; Friday- Sunday, adults $12; children (3-12), $8. Group rates are available and tickets may be purchased in advance at a discount.


Inlight Richmond Festival and Lantern Parade 

November 16 & 17, 2018

Hosted and organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond celebrates light-based art and performance with sculptures, videos, and interactive projects that light up pathways, walls, and sidewalks. The event kicks off with a Community Lantern Parade featuring lanterns made by community members of all ages in a variety of places, including workshops, schools, and at home. 1708 Gallery hosts workshops prior to the event and all are welcome to join. You can also bring your own handmade lanterns from home and walk in the parade. Find instructions on how to make DIY lanterns or get more details about the event here.

Time: Friday, 7pm – 12am; Saturday, 7pm – 10pm
Address: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: Free


Shockoe on the Half Shell

November 17, 2018

Celebrate all things oyster this fall at Shockoe on the Half Shell in historic Shockoe Bottom. This will be the 11th annual Shockoe on the Half Shell event and it just gets better every year. There will be fun for the whole family with some of the area’s favorite restaurants serving up local favorites alongside oyster shuckers offering oysters every way you can imagine from smoked, to grilled, to fried, to raw! This event raises funds to benefit Enrichmond.

Time: 11am – 4pm
Address: Between 17th and Franklin Streets in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA
Cost: $1 suggested donation for entrance. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.