RVA! We all know nothing says 'Richmond Fall festivals' like changing leaves, crisp air and some of the area's best food and beer.
September 22 is the official start of Fall and we have you covered on every fall festival in the area so don't miss a beat with our 12 About Town Richmond Fall Festivals Guide!
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Capital Ale House Oktoberfest
September 21-22, 2018
Celebrate Oktoberfest downtown for two nights at Capital Ale House’s downtown Music Hall. Get ready for live, high energy polka music and entertainment from The Hirschjäger Dancers both nights. This year they are returning with more beer, brats, music and lederhosen! Make sure to come hungry!
St. Benedict Oktoberfest
September 21-23, 2018
Enjoy German music, dancing, food, and of course beer at this free three-day festival at St. Benedict Catholic Church . Over 50 beers will be on tap and this is a rain or shine event. All proceeds from Oktoberfest are used to support Benedictine College Prepatory and Saint Gertrude High School.
South African Food & Wine Festival
Celebrate wine, food, music and culture of South Africa at Grayhaven Winery. Taste over 20 wines from the celebrated regions with a host of South African wine experts, winemakers and winery owners will be on site to talk about their wines. This unique, family-friendly festival also provides the rare opportunity to taste traditional South African dishes.
September 22 – October 28, 2018
This annual event at Kings Dominion is sure to scare! From the thrilling rides to the frightful attractions, you’re in for some extreme screams. Over 400 monsters will descend upon the park each night of Haunt as you venture through haunted mazes, terrifying scare zones or sit in the fright zone at a thrilling show.
Tattoo Arts Festival
As one of the oldest tattoo conventions in the world, expect tattoo competitions, live music, performances, live DJs, kids competitions, live painting, an art charity auction, after parties and much more! Doubletree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian host this year’s festival.
September 29-30, 2018 | Festival of India
Enjoy two fun-filled days of food, culture, music, dance, and tradition that is India. The festival is a small slice of India right at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The Festival offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and explore India’s diverse culture and traditions, including authentic regional food, arts, crafts, and entertainment.
Richmond Dog Festival
September 29, 2018
This inaugural festival invites you and your furry friend out for a day of live music, vendors and plenty of other furry friends to hang out with at and near the 17th Street Farmers Market. This fundraiser is presented by and benefits the Enrichmond Foundation.
Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival
September 29-30, 2018
This free two-day festival at Gallmeyer Farms Pumpkin Patch offers live music, food, craft vendors, hay rides, pony rides and fun for all ages! Pick your own pumpkin and other fresh fall veggies for purchase. Coolers, chairs and picnics are welcomed but no pets allowed.
Blue Grass And Blue Crab Festival
September 30, 2018
Get ready for a family friendly evening with live music, all you can eat steamed spiced crabs, all you can drink beer and wine (21 and over), shrimp, oysters (while they last), BBQ, kid-friendly food, entertainment for the kids and more! It all goes down at Tredegar Iron Works.
Powhatan's Festival Of The Grape
October 6, 2018
This event offers wine tastings (included with admission), wine by the glass and bottle purchases from 30 incredible Virginia wineries. Each year expect some of Virginia’s best wineries, quality arts and craft vendors, as well as a variety of live entertainment and delicious, regional favorite foods.
October 6, 2018
Each year at the Science Museum of Virginia RVA MAkerfest celebrates and showcases local makers’ & entrepreneurs’ creativity, ingenuity and innovation in RVA. You can expect educational and hands-on activities with local makers and connection with the maker community.
Trails & Ales
October 6, 2018
Changing leaves, crisp breezes, views of the river…nothing says fall like trail running in RVA! Add some local craft beer in the mix and you’ve got Trails & Ales. Two distance options are available, an 8-miler and a 5k. Expect music for runner and of course beer.
October 6, 2018
Join the fun in Church Hill with BBQ, bands, brews and A VIEW! This is a free, family-friendly event that benefits the Church Hill Association of RVA. No pets are allowed but plenty of fun for kids and adults. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
October 6, 2018
Central Virginia’s biggest Oyster Festival . Of course RAW Oysters are the main event but there will be plenty of beer, brats, wine, live music all day and a KidsZone. This free Fall festival is in the heart of Historic Ginter Park in Richmond’s North Side. ($2 suggested donation)
2nd Street Festival
October 6-7, 2018
The festival will “celebrate the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.” The event is free for the public and will include four stages of live musical entertainment, a Kidz Zone, food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.
October 7, 2018
The Rose Garden is at the end of the growing season and the Garden celebrates with live entertainment from the Latin Ballet of Virginia in the Cochrane Rose Garden. Walk through winding paths of 1,800 roses for a sensual feast of color, fragrance and beauty.
Richmond Folk Festival
October 12-14, 2018
This is a free, three-day festival that is the largest festival in the region. It includes the Virginia Folklife Area, regional music, dance, food and crafts. More than 40 artists with roots from around the globe will perform on Brown’s Island across eight different stages!
October 12-13, 2018
Get ready zine-makers! Richmond Public Library hosts this annual event that brings together local and national zine-makers to sell and trade their zines and network with other people in the zine community. It’s open for all ages with tablers selling zines as well as other DIY items, informative and fun workshops.
October 19-20, 2018
This Annual Richmond Oktoberfest is the largest German/American Oktoberfest festival in the state of Virginia, playing host to nearly 5,000 people over the two day indoor event. This event is a sample of German Bavarian culture at its best. It’s for the whole family to enjoy. Children 15 and under are free.
Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival
October 20, 2018
The ultimate free Fall festival right in the heart of Scott’s Addition! Enjoy live music from local bands, fall treats, local craft beer and the very popular costume contests for kids, adults and our four-legged friends. Don’t forget to come dressed up in your favorite Fall attire!
Brunswick Stew & Stout Festival
October 27, 2018
Come out to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market for great food, beer and company all to support a great cause! November is right around the corner and a bowl of Bruswick stew and a hearty beer is just what’s needed. There is a $1 suggested entry fee that supports the Enrichmond Foundation’s mission of serving Richmond’s people, parks and public spaces
October 27, 2018
This is exactly what it sounds like! Dress up as a zombie and join others in Carytown. Each year more and more participants get together to shop drink and hang out in the Carytown shopping district. If you happen to be in Carytown this day you’re in for an interesting day.
Halloween on Hanover
October 31, 2018
The 2100 block of Hanover Avenue turns into Halloween central in Richmond! Hundreds of kids and families come to Hanover Avenue to experience trick or treating like nowhere else. The entire street is blocked off providing a safe and fun Halloween night experience.
Fire, Flour & Fork Festival
November 1-4, 2018
This four day festival brings together foodies and the “food curious” with 40 food-and-drink related events. Most events pair local chefs with out of town experts for a potluck of events in and around downtown Richmond. Get those belly’s ready for a dining weekend like no other.
Ashland Train Day
November 3, 2018
A free family event honoring the railroad history and heritage of Ashland. Expect family fun, entertainment, food, drinks and lots and lots of model trains. There will be a train moon bounce and of course real trains right out front all day. Please come dressed in your bib overalls, bandana and engineer hat.
Richmond Cider Celebration
November 10, 2018
Celebrate the start of Cider Week at the 17th Street Farmers Market for a day of cider from all across Virginia. Plenty of cider, vendors, food and music to enjoy. Pets are welcome.
Craft + Design
November 16-18, 2018
Experience 150+ artists at this one of a kind contemporary craft show showcasing the best in ceramics, metal, glass, wood, fiber and recycled materials. Shop and browse for the weekend at Main Street Station with plenty of beer, wine and food to choose from.
Pocahontas Reframed: Native American Storytellers Film Festival
November 16-18, 2018
Celebrate Virginia’s roots, the tribal culture of today, and the community’s contribution to the cinematic arts at The Byrd Theatre. The festival will feature films by and about American Indians, with community & industry leader discussions.
Shockoe On The Half Shell
November 17, 2018
This event was rescheduled from over the summer so get out to Shockoe Bottom for oysters, beer, live music and activities for everyone to enjoy. Some of the area’s most popular restaurants and oyster shuckers will serve up every kind of oyster – smoked, grilled, roasted, fried, and on the half shell.
See you in the Spring for the next festival season!