Complement apple and pumpkin picking with these day and weekend trips throughout Virginia.
Suffolk Peanut Festival (October 6-9, 2016)
This festival celebrates the city’s dedication to the peanut crop with concerts, competitions, tractor and truck pulls and fireworks.
October is Virginia Wine Month!
There are many family-friendly wineries located off I-66. Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia, has open fields to frolic through, or picnic in a rustic farm setting at Aspen Dale Winery in Delaplane, Virginia. Looking to stay local? Have lunch at Potomac Point Winery in Stafford or spend the day on the water enjoying vino at Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania.
Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival (October 8, 2016)
November is Virginia Oyster Month. Indulge in fresh oysters (Did you know there are seven variations based on their location?) while enjoying them in the half-shell, stew or in a po’boy. Then take an excursion to see the famed wild ponies of the island.
King George Fall Festival (October 8-9, 2016)
A parade, craft show, games and food highlight this fall festival located at King George High School. A pageant to nominate the festival queen will be held on Sunday, October 9.
Richmond Folk Festival (October 7-9, 2016)
This free event showcases more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages. In addition, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, and regional and ethnic foods will be offered.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm Fall Market Fair (October 15-16, 2016)
This event in McLean, Virginia, rings in fall with savory treats such as meat pies and hearty breads. Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen and militia will be on hand to demonstrate their talents of the past. Peruse stalls of craft vendors just in time for holiday shopping.
Bowling Green Harvest Festival (October 15, 2016)
Stroll down Main Street and browse offerings from vendors and craftsmen. Family-friendly events include pumpkin painting, magicians, kiddie rides, costume contests and a petting zoo. New this year—check out the haunted house!
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days (October 22-23, 2016)
Celebrate autumn with wagon rides, wheat treading, 18th century dancing, straw bale maze, blacksmith demonstrations and apple-roasting.
Halloween Haunt/Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion (Various dates in October)
The bone-chilling Halloween Haunt features six scare zones, nine mazes and six live shows. Guests can enjoy over 20 thrill rides amidst the fog and darkness of the park.
A more family-friendly Great Pumpkin Fest features a petting zoo and a pumpkin-painting patch.
Great American Indian Exposition (November 11-13, 2016)
Located at Richmond International Raceway, this event allows the opportunity for the public to engage with American Indian dancers, singers, artists and craftsmen. Foodies will appreciate offerings such as buffalo stew, Navajo tacos and Indian corn soup.