Seasonal Fun - Fall Festivals

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September 5, Saturday
ORANGE STREET FESTIVAL
Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
The event will feature over 180 vendors, children's activities, live music and a beer garden in Taylor Park. The last live music performance will take place from 6 to 8 pm in Taylor Park following the closing of the festival. We are inviting everyone to enjoy this "Dancing 'Til Dusk" event following the festival. Main Street in Orange.  10am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
September 5, Saturday
TASTE OF THE MOUNTAINS STREET FESTIVAL
Madison Chamber of Commerce.
Come out for the 23rd annual festival with live entertainment, shopping, food vendors, pony rides, antique cars and a re-enactment of Civil War camp life. Main Street Madison.  Directions: Madison is located just 28 miles north of Charlottesville on Route 29.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4455. 
 
September 12, Saturday
PAC'N THE STREETS FESTIVAL
Staunton Performing Arts Center.
This nostalgic, family-friendly street fair includes food vendors, artisan booths, strolling street performers and children's activities. Staunton Performing Arts Center area.  Directions: East Beverly Street between Market and Augusta.  10am-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-3211. 
 
September 12, Saturday
QUACKIN' DOWN THE JAMES DUCK DERBY
Scottsville Lions Club.
Part of Scottsville Community Day activities. Buy a duck for $5 and watch it race down the James River. Prizes for first and second place. Proceeds go to Lions Club eyeglasses and hearing aid distribution. Ducks will de dropped in the river at approx. 2:30pm. Public boat landing, downtown Scottsville.  10am-3pm.  Contact: Buddy Brochu.  For more info call: 831-2318. 
 
September 11-13, Friday- Sunday
SOMERSET STEAM & GAS PASTURE PARTY
Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Association.
Come bring the family to the 39th Annual Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party featuring antique tractors, a tractor pull, flea markets, cloggers, arts & crafts, live bands and delicious food! Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset.  $7/day or $10 for a 3-day pass.  Email: info@somersetsteamandgas.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-3429. 
 
September 19, Saturday
FALL FRUIT FESTIVAL
Edible Landscaping.
Tours, music, food, lectures, door prizes, plants sale and more! Leashed pets are welcome. Edible Landscaping, Afton.  Directions: 361 Spirit Ridge Lane, Afton.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@ediblelandscaping.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-9134. 
 
September 26, Saturday
18TH 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 26, Saturday
19TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL
Enjoy music and entertainment from local artists, cooking demonstrations and information sessions, and of course, some of the region's best vegetarian and vegan food from local food trucks and restaurants. 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 26 & 27, 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.  $Free admission; some activities have a fee.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
October 3, Saturday
FAMILY FUN DAY AT DUCARD VINEYARDS
DuCard Vineyards.
Games and special events for the kids! Live music and local food available for purchase too. No cover charge. DuCard Vineyards.  12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 3, Saturday
GO GREEN FEST
Dixon Disposal and Snow's Garden Center.
Doggies and kitties from the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA will be on hand for cuddling and petting and adopting. Free food and drinks, games, bounce house and giveaways to all of the attendees. Snow's Garden Center.  10am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 3, 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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 3 & 4, 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. Visit the website for information on admission costs. 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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-3027. 
 
October 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
This celebration of rural life includes kids' and adults' workshops, hands-on demonstrations, animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, fiber and craft vendors, a fleece sale, food and music. Only 26 miles from Charlottesville! 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 25-October 4
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, Caroline County.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Vary.  $Ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
October 3 & 17, 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 Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5824. 
 
September 26-27 & October 17-18
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.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: webcontact@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 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-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
August-October
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples mid-August through late October among scenic views, or get them freshly picked in the Apple Barn all the way through November. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
September 12-October 31
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: 3205 Hartland Lane, Markham.  10-6pm Saturday, 12-6 Sunday.  $10; free for 3 & under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-533-6901. 
 
August 29-November 1
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more! Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  3-7pm Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.  $8 weekdays, $10 weekends, children 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
August-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Choose from 15 kinds of apples in a scenic location. See website for harvest schedule. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 
September 12-November 8
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 25-acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. Liberty Mills Farm, 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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