Virginians love fall. That much is evident from the extraordinarily diverse array of festivals and celebrations held each year. Ring in the new season in style by attending any of the following 10 best fall festivals in the Old Dominion.
Every year, the Berkley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia, celebrates the fall season by re-enacting the first Thanksgiving. In addition, the festival features a horse-drawn carriage parade, musicians, magicians, dancers, crafts, activities, and a corn maze. Get into the Thanksgiving spirit the old-fashioned way.
The Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, and the people of Staunton celebrate the coming of fall with the annual Fall Foliage Bike Festival. The festival attracts bicyclists from all over the mid-Atlantic, including families.
The Craig County Fall Festival in New Castle, Virginia, is an old-fashioned jubilee, celebrating everything fall. Enjoy an extravagant antique car show, live music, raffles, and delicious food. Historians will particularly enjoy the demonstrations and exhibits showcasing the history of Craig County at the Old Brick Hotel museum.
The Newport News Fall Festival of Folk Life is famous for its local indie music, acoustic bluegrass, multicultural folk dance performances, ciders, craft beers, craft demonstrations, and farm-to-table food. The long-running celebration attracts over 35,000 people and boasts more than 150 exhibitors each year.
The Crab Carnival is the perfect family event. The free carnival includes a Firefighter’s Parade, children’s bike race, live music, fireworks, food, arts and crafts vendors, and, of course, the carnival, among other events.
Take a trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia, for the annual International Festival, celebrating Harrisonburg’s diversity and hospitality. This family-friendly event features food, crafts, and activities, including traditional performances that highlight the different cultures on display, performed by people of that culture.
Doswell, Virginia, hosts the annual State Fair of Virginia each fall. Features attractions include the Famous Rosaire's Pig Race, Heritage Village Music Series, a rodeo, an FMX bike show, the Virginia Logger's Association demonstrations, and more. Indulge in incredible state fair food while you peruse all that Virginia has to offer.
One of the newer festivals on the list, the Annual Fredericksburg Pet Show is an event perfect for the entire family. It “brings together pet owners, lovers and enthusiasts with vendors that represent all aspects of the pet world.” Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, K-9 demonstrations, reading to therapy dogs, and more.
Each fall, artists from around the state apply to participate in the 43rd Street Festival of the Arts in Virginia's capitol, Richmond. With limited spots, only the best artists are offered spots to sell their wares. Purchase from many of the best artists in the state and enjoy a live music line-up, too.
Much of rural Virginia is devoted to wineries, and every fall, Alexandria, Virginia, celebrates that fact with the Virginia Wine Festival. Enjoy the Virginia Oyster Pavilion, tons of food trucks, and over 200 different varieties of Virginia wine.