Seasonal Fun - Fall Festivals

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September 21, Sunday
MIDTOWN STREET FAIR
Live local music, midtown restaurant cook-off, a "tiny zoo," arts & crafts, community organizations and more. West Main Street.  1-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-6666. 
 
September 27, Saturday
18TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL
This festival is one of the oldest and most well established of its kind and attracts up to 6,000 attendees each year. Lee Park .  Directions: 201 East Market Street, near Central Library.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 27, Saturday
FALL FUN FESTIVAL
Restoration Church.
Free hot air balloon rides, weather permitting, from 5-7pm. Bounce house, games, crafts for kids, popcorn, sno-cones and cotton candy--all free. Directions: Dickerson Lane (about 5 minutes north of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport and 2 minutes south of the Greene County line, just off of U.S. Route 29).  4-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Marc Rickabaugh.  Email: marc@restorationcville.org.. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-9077. 
 
September 27, Saturday
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 and the World Bazaar featuring traditional folk art. Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-433-6228. 
 
September 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE HARVEST AND APPLE BUTTER MAKING FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
Take the family on a hayride and enjoy a wide selection of apples and cider, country music, moonbounce, sand art, pumpkin patch, corn maze, crafts and food. Kids will love trying their luck with the old-fashioned apple slingshot! Drumheller's Orchard.  Directions: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: webcontact@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
September 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities! Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy wagon rides, play games, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins and more! Chiles Peach Orchard.  9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
September 28, Sunday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
Foxfield.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be Bounce-N-Play, pony rides and the Kid to Kid Children's Tent for the kids. This year's beneficiary will be the American Red Cross. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
September 28, Sunday
JAMES RIVER ARTISAN FESTIVAL
James River Arts Council.
Over 40 artisans featuring pottery, glassblowing, basketmaking, blacksmith, painting, photography, sculpture, wood work, fiber arts, jewelry, soapmaking. BBQ, Donuts, Coffee. Scottsville Farmer's Market Pavilion.  Directions: Take route 20 south from Charlottesville for approx 20 miles to Scottsville. Pavilion on right just before James River Bridge.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  Contact: John Bittner.  Email: woodthrush@centurylink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-7709. 
 
September 26-28, Friday-Sunday
MISTY MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Misty Mountain Music Festival.
The 4th Annual Misty Mountain Music Festival showcases original Virginia-based bands alongside local businesses and artisans. This family-friendly camping event offers something for all ages as you sit back and relax to the areas best folk, bluegrass, country and rock! Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  $donations.  Email: john@mistymountainmusicfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
September 28, Sunday
WVPT FESTIVAL OF FAMILY FUN
WVPT.
This fun family event will feature games, activities, entertainment, healthy snacks, storytelling and free new and used books for each child. Plus, say hello to Cubby the WVPT Bear and his PBS Kids friends! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. John Paul Jones Arena.  12-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-437-2462. 
 
October 4, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the whole family to enjoy games on the museum's German farm, traditional food and music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden in the Cochran Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: Take I-64 West toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 4, Saturday
OLD FARM DAY AT PLEASANT GROVE
Fluvanna Historical Society.
Celebrate the region's farming heritage with antique farm equipment, antique cars, arts & crafts, children's activities, demonstrations & exhibits, contests, entertainment and food. Pleasant Grove.  Directions: Rt. 54, Palmyra, VA.  9am-4pm.  $5/adults & teens, free for children 12 & under with paying adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: oldfarmday@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-9405. 
 
October 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
AUTUMN CONSERVATION FESTIVAL
National Zoo.
Chat with world-famous scientists one-on-one and learn about their research and enjoy live music, kid's activities and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Smithsonian's endangered animals. National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal.  Directions: I-81 North to I-66 East. Take the Front Royal/US-522 exit, exit 6. Turn right at the end of the ramp and follow US-522 South/Remount Road through Front Royal and for about two miles south of town. Turn left into the CRC .  10am-3pm.  $30 car pass (allows admission for up to 6 people, additional guests $5/each).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3027. 
 
October 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday
FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
This celebration of rural life includes kids' and adults' workshops, shearing demonstrations, border collies herding sheep, craft vendors, food and music. Montpelier.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $5 adults, children under 16 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: fallfiberfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 26-October 5
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, Caroline County.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  see website for event times.  $Ticket prices vary; check website.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
October 11, Saturday
8TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL AND CHOCOLATE CHASE 5-K RUN/WALK
First United Methodist Church.
Enjoy a day of chocolate indulgence, great music, and family fun. Chocolate Chase 5K Run/Walk, Kids for Kids half-mile race, chocolate vendors, musical entertainment, children's activities, silent auction, and games for all ages. Proceeds benefit local, national and international charities. Lee Park, Downtown Charlottesville.  8:15am-2pm.  $20 for Chocolate Chase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jeanne Stanborough.  Email: naturelover10@comcast.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 11, Saturday
MASSANUTTEN FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort.
Enjoy over 50 arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, chairlift rides, kids' activities, wine tasting and more! Massanutten Resort.  Directions: 1822 Resort Drive, McGayesville.  11am-5pm.  Email: marketing@massresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-207-MASS. 
 
October 12, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL DISCOVEROO
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Family friendly arts and music festival featuring booths, live music, bubbles, hula hoops, cornhole and more. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  1-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
October 11 & 12, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
A popular and fun family outing of live music, entertainment, wine tasting, 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, free for under 12.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 11-12, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards.
Wine tasting, gourmet foods, artwork, crafts and live music, a petting zoo and inflatable bounce for the kids. Rebec Vineyards, Amherst.  Directions: 2229 North Amherst Highway, off Route 29 between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, 5 miles north of Amherst.  10am-5pm.  $15-$30, children 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: winery@rebecwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 946-5168. 
 
October 4 & 18, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way! Enjoy live bluegrass music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze and visit with the clown. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
October 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE HARVEST AND APPLE BUTTER MAKING FESTIVAL
Drumheller's Orchard.
Take the family on a hayride and enjoy a wide selection of apples and cider, country music, moonbounce, sand art, pumpkin patch, corn maze, crafts and food. Kids will love trying their luck with the old-fashioned apple slingshot! Drumheller's Orchard.  Directions: 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, Lovingston.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 4 & 5, 11 & 12, & 18 & 19, 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 our area's largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair. Hay mazes and even a few farm animals complete the fun. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
October 19, Sunday
MONTANOVA STABLES FOUNDATION FALL FESTIVAL
Montanova Stables Foundation.
Family fun at the horse farm. Music, kids' games, craft vendors, and horse demonstrations. Snacks will be available for purchase, outside food welcome. Pony rides and face painting will be available for an extra fee. A tack and horse ware consignment tent will offer gently used items. All proceeds go to benefit the Foundation's youth programming. 5170 Stony Point Pass, Keswick .  12-5pm.  $5 per person, $15 families.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sally McDowell.  Email: Sally.montanovastables@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2905. 
 
October 19, Sunday
MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI FALL FEST
Mountaintop Montessori.
Seasonal activities, games & crafts. Enjoy the mountain views and local food. Mountaintop Montessori.  Directions: 440 Pinnacle Place.  1-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886 . 
 
October 4-26, Saturdays & Sundays
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own fun with food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! With extended hours on Saturdays, 8AM - 7PM (for the first 3 Saturdays in October). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 6-October 26
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS AT HARTLAND
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, root for your favorite pig in the pig races, take a hayride, ride down the 60-foot tall slide and more! Caramel apples for an extra fee. Hartland Farm & Orchard.  Directions: 3064 Hartland Lane, Markham.  $10; free for 3 & under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-533-6901. 
 
September 13-November 2
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. Liberty Mills Farm.  Directions: 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset.  $10 for ages 5 & up, free for 4 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 

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