Summer is almost over and that means it’s about to be time for apples, hayrides and all things pumpkin spice. After a long summer of hot, humid days, there’s no better way to celebrate the cooler temperatures than a day with the family at one of these charming fall festivals in Virginia. From wine and craft beer to music and fall foliage, there’s an autumn event for every taste, budget and interest.

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Neptune's Fall Wine Festival, Virginia Beach You can sample more than 70 wines at the Neptune's Fall Wine Festival.
You can sample more than 70 wines at the Neptune's Fall Wine Festival.

Neptune's Fall Wine Festival, Virginia Beach (Nearby Hotels)

Wine enthusiasts will love this festival at Neptune’s Park that combines delicious wines with beautiful oceanfront views. Visitors receive a commemorative wine glass and can have tastings of over 70 wines throughout the event which includes more than a dozen wineries as well as several cideries. There is also a separate Rosé Roundup tasting station for lovers of this pink drink, and two food trucks that will be serving a variety of seafood, sandwiches and desserts.

Dates: September 15th-16th, 2018

Apple Butter Celebration, Shenandoah National Park (Nearby Hotels)

If one of the first things that comes to your mind when you think of fall is apple butter, then you will definitely want to check out the Apple Butter Celebration that takes place each September at Skyland in the Shenandoah National Park. In addition to watching the butter be made in copper kettles and even giving it a stir yourself, you’ll also have the opportunity to indulge in some delicious apple-themed dishes like pulled pork BBQ with apple spiced BBQ sauce, baked apples, apple cobbler and of course, hot and cold apple cider. Plus, there will be plenty of crafts, pony rides and live entertainment to enjoy as well.

Date: September 15th, 2018

Colonial Market and Fair, Mount Vernon (Nearby Hotels)

The Colonial Market and Fair held annually at George Washington’s Mount Vernon celebrates both fall and American history. Numerous costumed artisans will be on-hand to demonstrate traditional crafts like basket weaving, wood carving, ironwork, furniture making and even chocolate making using an authentic recipe from the 18th century. There’s also an exciting fire-eating act, a puppet show for the kids and free sightseeing cruises of the Potomac River.

Dates: November 10th-12th, 2018

St. Benedict Oktoberfest, Richmond (Nearby Hotels)

The St. Benedict Oktoberfest in Richmond is one of the largest Oktoberfest events in the entire state. The free fall festival includes over 50 different types of craft and German beer, authentic German food, German and Austrian wine, German music and dance, a children’s area and an authentic German market for shopping. If you’re feeling brave and extra strong, there are also several stein-holding contests that will take place throughout the weekend!

Dates: September 21st-23rd, 2018

Virginia Chili, Blues N' Brews Festival, Waynesboro Virginia Chili, Blues N' Brews Festival
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Virginia Chili, Blues N' Brews Festival

Virginia Chili, Blues N' Brews Festival, Waynesboro (Nearby Hotels)

Every year, the Virginia Chili, Blues N’ Brews Festival welcomes nearly 2,000 visitors from all over the region to enjoy some delicious chili, amazing blues artists and a variety of micro and mega brews from both local and national brands. It’s the perfect way to kick back and enjoy a laidback autumn evening, plus… if you’re a chili-maker, you have the chance to go home with a $2,000 prize and the title of best chili in Virginia!

Date: September 22nd, 2018

Genuine Bourbon, Bacon and Beach Music Fest, Smithfield Indulge in small batch and specialty bourbon in Smithfield, VA.
Indulge in small batch and specialty bourbon in Smithfield, VA.

Genuine Bourbon, Bacon and Beach Music Fest, Smithfield (Nearby Hotels)

You may be used to seeing a lot of chili cook-offs and wine festivals in the fall, but what about one that celebrates bacon and bourbon? Yes, dreams do come true. The Genuine Bacon, Bourbon and Beach Music Fest in Smithfield, VA offers tastings of small batch and specialty bourbons, craft beers, live beach music and of course…bacon. Each ticket holder gets their own ½ lb. of bacon – that’s 8 thick slices that you can either eat as is or take over to the bacon condiment tent where you can add seasonings, turn it into a wrap or even put it on top of some nachos. There’s even a bacon eating contest where you can win a year’s worth of bacon!

Date: October 6th, 2018

Festival of Leaves, Front Royal (Nearby Hotels)

Held in the quaint downtown district of Front Royal, VA, the Festival of Leaves celebrates the arrival of fall with a parade, living history interpretations, arts and crafts vendors, food and live music. While you are downtown enjoying the festival, history buffs will also want to check out the historic Belle Boyd Cottage and Balthis House, which will both be offering guided tours.

Date: October 13th, 2018

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