Richmond Fall Festivals | 2019 Guide

RVA! We all know nothing says ‘Richmond Fall Festivals’ like changing leaves, crisp air and some of the area’s best food and beer.

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September

Armenian Food Festival

September 6 – 8, 2019

The St. James’ 61st Annual Armenian Food Festival is one of Richmond’s oldest cultural festivals. Share delicious food, wine,  beer, music and entertainment. Also take a tour of the beautiful church and learn more about the Armenian Orthodox religion.

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Richmond Tattoo, Art and Music Festival

September 13 – 15, 2019

The Richmond Tattoo, Art & Music Festival brings together some of the best tattoo artists in the world and from around the region! Expect tattoo competitions, live music, fire performances, live DJ, kids competitions, live painting, a live art charity uuction, after parties and much more.

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Richmond VegFest

September 14, 2019

The Richmond Vegetarian Festival is a fun and free annual outdoor festival that educates the public on the many healthful and humane aspects of a vegan lifestyle. Whether or not you’re vegetarian – it’s fun for everyone!  Enjoy tons of food, live music, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and more.

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43rd Street Festival of the Arts

September 14, 2019

From street art to fine art, the 28th annual 43rd Street Festival of the Arts has something for everyone. Local and regional artisans show and sell their fine work. Join in on the fun with this free neighborhood art festival with music and food. Fundraiser for CARITAS.

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Heart of Virginia Bike Festival

September 14, 2019

Come and cycle along the paths of Patrick Henry and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary route and enjoy central Virginia’s historic terrain and rolling countryside. Proceeds from the event benefit the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and the RABA Foundation’s Bikes for Kids program.

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South African Food & Wine Festival

September 14 – 15, 2019

This annual event is a celebration of the culture, food, wine, music and art of South Africa. This two day event features South African winemakers, wine tastings, live South African music, traditional foods, imported goods, arts and crafts.

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St. Benedict Oktoberfest

September 20 – 22, 2019

This annual parish-sponsored event was initiated in 2005 and has grown into a much-anticipated Richmond festival every September. This German-themed celebration allows attendees the opportunity to enjoy German music, dancing, food, and their beverage of choice. All proceeds from Oktoberfest are used to support Catholic education at the Catholic Schools historically associated with Saint Benedict Parish.

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Stones's Throw Down in RVA

September 21, 2019

Stone Brewing is celebrating their third anniversary in Richmond by taking over Brown’s Island for a day of beer and bands! Stone’s Throw Down in RVA is where craft beer and music unite. All of this year’s proceeds will benefit four local organizations.

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Richmond Dog Festival

September 21, 2019

The Richmond Dog Festival is a celebration of dogs, dog owners, and dog lovers. This event brings together a network of vendors who serve the dog community in Richmond, such as trainers, dog sitters, rescue leagues, dog treat makers, etc. There will be craft beer, live music, demonstration seminars, and food trucks!

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Festival of India

September 21 – 22, 2019

At the Festival of India, enjoy a renowned cultural program, consisting of classical and modern Indian live performances, as well as East-West fusion dance and music. Enjoy Indian cuisine and culture for this two-day festival.

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Halloween Haunt

September 21 – November 2, 2019 (Select Nights)

Terror lurks around every corner at the annual Halloween Haunt event at Kings Dominion. From the thrilling rides to the frightful attractions, you’re in for some extreme screams. Venture through haunted mazes, terrifying scare zones or sit in the fright zone at our thrilling shows. Over 400 monsters will descend upon the park each night of Haunt this fall.

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State Fair of Virginia

September 27 – October 6, 2019

Celebrate Virginia at the State Fair of Virginia for a multi-day event at Meadow Event Park. Enjoy rides, pet animals, see amazing shows, play games, see a concert or enjoy delicious food with different events happening every day, no two visits are ever the same.

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Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival

September 28 – 30, 2019

Head to the Pumpkin Patch at Gallmeyer Farms to pick your own pumpkins. While visiting the farm enjoy the free two-day festival with plenty of fresh fall vegetables, live music, craft vendors, food and kids’ activities.

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The Festival of Grapes and Hops

September 28, 2019

Petersburg’s Wine and Beer Tasting Festival. Enjoy Virginia wines and beers the way they were meant to be tasted…with friends, music and great food! Gather your friends and bring them to charming Old Towne Petersburg for a day of sipping, swirling and fun.

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Richmond Oktoberfest

October 4 – 5, 2019

Richmond Oktoberfest brings the spirit of Munich to the heart of Virginia with proceeds benefiting local college scholarships and German cultural groups.

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2nd Street Festival

October 5 – 6, 2019

Celebrate and reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African American community. The 2nd Street Festival features four stages of live entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop and walking tours given by Historic Jackson Ward Association.

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Oystoberfest

October 5, 2019

Richmond Virginia’s famous oyster roast, held in historic Ginter Park at St. Thomas’ Church with an awesome lineup of musical acts, activities for kids, beverages, eats, plenty of parking and of course OYSTERS!

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Powhatan's Festival Of The Grape

October 5, 2019

Taste the best of Virginia wines, enjoy savoring scrumptious food and listen to the best in live entertainment at Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape located in the courthouse square. Each year, 30 wineries, 100 quality arts and craft vendors, as well as a variety of live entertainment and delicious, regional favorite foods are featured.

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Trails & Ales

October 5, 2019

Nothing says fall like trail running in RVA! Add some local craft beer in the mix and you’ve got Trails & Ales. Whether you run our not, enjoy the foliage filled running scenery and beer drinking. There will be music for runners and friends and two distance options (7-miler and a 5k).

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Blue Grass And Blue Crab Festival

October 6, 2019

Join in for a family friendly evening with live music, delicious food and tons of fun for all ages! Bring your appetite for 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!

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Richmond Folk Festival

October 11 – 13, 2019

The Richmond Folk Festival 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!

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Richmond ZineFest

October 11 – 12, 2019

Richmond Zine Fest is an annual event in Richmond, VA, where zine-makers, indie publishers, and distros gather to buy, sell, trade, and socialize.

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Richmond Mac & Cheese Festival

The Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival brings top chefs, food trucks and food vendors serving up mac and cheese! This is more than just a food festival.  Expect an amazing selection of craft beers, wine, ciders, over 30 Kinds of Mac and Cheese to sample from top chefs and food vendors. Vote for Richmond’s Best Mac and Cheese!

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Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival

October 12, 2019

The Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival presented by Wegmans features plates from area restaurants, live music, drinks, and more for everyone!

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Cambodian Food Festival

October 12 – 13, 2019

Celebrate the unifying power of food and its ability to bridge political, religious, cultural and social differences. Enjoy the food, music and culture of Cambodia at this two-day food festival in Henrico.

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Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival

October 19, 2019

The Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival is your ultimate FREE Fall Family Festival! The festival takes place in Scott’s Addition, on Arthur Ashe Boulevard and features something for everyone. From live music by local bands to delicious fall treats and the best craft beer from local breweries. Plus, the very popular costume contests for kids, adults and our four-legged friends.

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Hanover Autumnfest

October 19, 2019

Ignite your senses at Hanover AutumnFest – your destination for great food, craft beer, local wine, live music, fall foliage, and family fun!

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Innsbrook Pumpkin Palooza

October 26, 2019

The festival will include a variety of attractions including face painting, a rock wall, battle of the bands, pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, a costume contest, and more. Entry to the festival is free. Games and attractions are “pay as you go.” Food and beer will also be available for purchase.

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Zombie Walk

October 26, 2019

The 15th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk benefiting the American Cancer Society. Dress up in your best zombie costume and walk through Carytown for this highly anticipated event. Prizes awarded for most disgusting, best couple/group theme, best pop culture theme, best zombie kid and 2019 Zombie of the Year (Best Overall).

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Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games

October 26 – 27, 2019

Great two-day festival featuring Highland Games, piping, dancing, athletics, harp, fiddle, Gaelic singing and more!

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Garden Glow at Maymont

October 26 – November 10, 2019

During the peak of fall colors in the Japanese Garden, nature lovers of all ages can admire colorful sparkles and shimmers within the cascading waterfall, stroll among towering trees that stand aglow, and marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of winding waterways, rolling hills, bridges and lanterns. Enjoy this nightly.

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Harvest Stew & Stout Festival

October 27, 2019

Celebrate all things stew and stout for the Harvest Stew & Stout Festival featuring vegetarian, Brunswick and gumbo stews. Harvest Stew & Stout supports the Enrichmond Foundation’s mission of serving Richmond’s people, parks and public spaces. Good food, good beer, good company and a great cause!

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Halloween on Hanover

October 31, 2019

Dubbed one of the best places to trick or treat, Hanover Ave is where kids and adults travel from across the city to get candy and treats from this neighborhood. Hanover Avenue resident estimate about 5,000 pieces of candy each year!

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Fire, Flour & Fork Festival

October 31-November 3, 2019

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.

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Ashland Train Day

November 2, 2019

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.

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Richmond Cider Celebration
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Richmond Cider Celebration

November 9, 2019

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.

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Craft + Design

November 22 – 24, 2019

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.

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Pocahontas Reframed: Native American Storytellers Film Festival

November 21-24, 2019

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.

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See you in the Spring for the next festival season!

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