Seasonal Fun - Fall Festivals

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October 21, Saturday
21ST ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL
Wade's Mill.
Enjoy a crisp Autumn day at the oldest commercially operating water powered grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Local artisans and crafts include wood turning, blacksmithing, pottery and basket weaving. Take a tour of the historic mill and listen to live music while you enjoy food from Puffs BBQ and wine from Rockbridge Vineyards. Wade's Mill, Raphine.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: info@wadesmill.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-348-1400. 
 
October 7 & 21, Saturdays
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy a cider pressing demo, live music, food, crafters, visiting the corn maze, picking your own pumpkin while children play games and visit with Mingo 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. 
 
October 21, Saturday
CHILI & BREWFEST
Orange Chamber of Commerce.
Chili and craft beer tastings, area food and craft vendors, children's activities and live music. Orange County Fair Grounds, Orange.  Directions: Old Gordonsville Road.  1-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: finance@orangevachamber.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
October 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This fall's Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, fresh baked goods, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, apple butter, fresh cider, country hams, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids' Corner! Live music both days! Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5036. 
 
October 22, Sunday
FALL FESTIVAL
Mountaintop Montessori.
Enjoy seasonal activities, games and crafts, local food and beer, a gently-used book sale, music and more. Bring a friend. Mountaintop Montessori.  1-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 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 the area's largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair with over 70 arts and crafts vendors. A hay maze and a few farm animals complete the fun. Rain or shine. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
October 22, Sunday
WINES AND VINES FESTIVAL
Kilaurwen Winery.
Enjoy Kilaurwen wine, great music and tasty food truck fare while you listen to live music by Scuffletown. Bring your chairs and blankets and join with friends and neighbors. Kilaurwen Winery, Stanardsville.  2-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-2535. 
 
October 28, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.
Enjoy Virginia's largest celebration of authentic regional traditions with musical performances and storytelling, workshops, artisans, mule jumping, folk games, heirloom fruits and vegetables, farm machinery demos, hundreds of vintage cars, the museum's operating moonshine still and more. Ferris College, Ferrum.  Directions: 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, Va., on Rt. 40.  $10 adults, $5 ages 5-15/seniors ages 60 and older.  All ages welcome.  Email: bri@ferrum.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-365-4412. 
 
October 28, Saturday
FALL HARVEST & LEAF PEEP FESTIVAL
DuCard Vineyards.
Celebrate the season with a party. Live music from Scuffletown, local BBQ and burgers for sale, vineyard tours and more. No cover. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison).  11am-6pm.  $Free.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HARVEST FESTIVAL
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come for tasty samples, cooking workshop and demonstrations and vendor sales. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion.  8am-12pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays in October
HENLEYFEST
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Enjoy hay rides, cider making, live music, food trucks, apple cider donuts, baked goods, the miniature pony and her carriage and apple picking each Saturday in October. A costume contest will occur on the final Saturday. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
October 28, Saturday
OLD TRAIL FALL FESTIVAL
Old Trail Village.
Free fun fall festival. Old Trail Village Center, Crozet.  2-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ben Wilson.  Email: ben@realpropertyinc.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4408. 
 
August 26-October 31
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.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
November 3, Friday
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
Over a hundred local, national and international artists and artist collectives display light-based art and performances across some of Richmond's most unique neighborhoods and sites, from Broad Street to historic Tredegar to the Riverfront Canal Walk. Begins with a community lantern parade. West Broad Street in the Arts and Culture District, Richmond.  6-7pm lantern making, 7pm parade.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 4, Saturday
17TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Albemarle CiderWorks, Cove Garden Ruritans & Vintage Virginia Apples.
Visit with a number of vendors from the local farmers' market, enjoy hay rides over the mountain, cider tasting, workshops with artisans that include demonstrations and tours, Apple Pie Contest and much more. Live music all day rain or shine! Rural Ridge Orchard, North Garden.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 297-2326. 
 
September 9-November 11
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 and games. Flashlight maze from 6-10pm starting September 23. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 maze admission ages 5-12, $14 ages 13 and up; weekday admissions lower.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
Mid-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 Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5516. 
 

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