The arrival of fall means all kinds of fun activities in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

Not only is it one of the most beautiful times of year to visit because of the region's stunning fall colors, it's also an exciting season full of special festivals and celebrations.

Pumpkins patches, hay rides, corn mazes, trick-or-treating, ghost tours, Oktoberfests and more!

Don't miss your chance to have an amazing fall getaway in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Here are some upcoming events to help plan your trip around.

Fall Festival & Country Store

Jeter Farm
September 26 - November 1 | Friday: 3-6pm, Saturday: 9am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Visit the farm animals, get lost in the corn maze, take a hay ride, and pick the perfect pumpkin for making your pie! Learn more >

Peak Foliage Open House

Peaks of Otter Winery and Orchards
October 2 - November 9 | 12pm-5pm
Sample apples and fresh cider along with Fruit of the Farm wines. You can also visit the many farm animals on the property. Learn more >

Elijah's Woods Haunted Trails

Red Truck Event Center
October 2-31 | Fridays & Saturdays - 8pm-11pm
This heart-pounding walk through the eerie, dark woods at Red Truck Event Center will be a terrifying outdoor experience you'll never forget. Learn more >

7th Annual Farm Day

Homestead Creamery
October 3 | 10am-4pm
Enjoy horse and wagon rides in a day full of fun activities at Homestead Creamery. Don't forget to taste some of the creamery's amazing ice cream! Learn more >

Bridgewater Plaza Fall Festival

Bridgewater Plaza - Smith Mountain Lake
October 3 | 10am-5pm
Bring the boat to this fall festival at Smith Mountain Lake, which will feature live entertainment, craft vendors, and more. Learn more >

Caverns Lantern Tours

Natural Bridge Park
October 3-31 | Saturdays & Sundays
Make your reservation now to take this family-friendly ghost tour of the Caverns! Keep your lantern close as you hear the history of past explorers. Learn more >

Jack Brown's Oktoberfest

Jack Brown's
October 9-10 | 11am-2am
Put on your favorite German costume and head to one of Downtown Roanoke's most popular bars for some delicious German beer, cuisine, and good times. Learn more >

33rd Annual Craig County Fall Festival

Downtown New Castle
October 10 | 9am-5pm
Celebrate all things fall in the charming town of New Castle, which will feature crafts, artists, live music, horse rides, guided tours, and more. Learn more >

Big Lick Oktoberfest

Downtown Roanoke
October 10 | 12pm-6pm
A celebration of German-style beer, bratwursts, music and culture in Downtown Roanoke! Learn more >

Vinton Fall Festival & 5K Run

Downtown Vinton
October 10 | 8am-4pm
Over 100 food and craft vendors will be in attendance, along with a variety of children's activities, including a petting zoo! Learn more >

GO Outside Festival

River's Edge Sports Complex
October 16-18 | Friday: 5-10pm, Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm
This festival for outdoor enthusiasts is a fantastic opportunity to check out outdoor gear, new activities, and meet other people who are passionate about outdoor adventures. Learn more >

Ghosts & More Tour of Rocky Mount

Town of Rocky Mount
October 17 & 24 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ride a vintage bus around town as you hear from characters who tell true stories of ghostly sightings and activity. Learn more >

Roanoke Zombie 5K

Green Hill Park
October 17 | 10am
Run for your life through Green Hill Park while being chased by zombies! Learn more >


Attic Productions
October 22-31 | Friday-Sunday
See the Attic Productions presentation of Frankenstein - adapted for the stage by Mark Scharf. Learn more >


Green Ridge Recreation Center
October 23 | 5:30pm-8:30pm
Spend the night having a Spook-tacular time with games, crafts, food and more! Learn more >

Fall Festival

Botetourt Farmers Market
October 24 | 8pm-12pm
Enjoy live music, concessions, and all the great products from local vendors at the Botetourt Farmers Market. Learn more >

Anthem Into the Darkness Night Trail Run

Explore Park
October 24 | 7pm
Wind through the trails of Explore Park on this fun, exciting night run. The trail will include some unique surprises, but nothing scary as this is a family-friendly event. Learn more >


Roanoke Ballet Theatre - Jefferson Center
October 24 | 7pm-9pm
The Roanoke Ballet Theatre proudly presents the story of Count Dracula and his brides in this Halloween favorite based on Bram Stoker's novel. Learn more >


Salem Farmers Market
October 31 | 10am-2pm
Take part in trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving and other family-fun activities! Learn more >

Zoo Boo

Mill Mountain Zoo
October 31 | 11am-4pm
Bring the kids to the zoo for some howling Halloween fun, which will include trick-or-treating, costume contests, and getting to visit all your favorite furry friends! Learn more >

A Halloween of Chaos

Chaos Mountain Brewing
October 31 | 1-9pm
Join the Halloween party at Chaos Mountain Brewing for great live music, food from Fork in the Road Food Truck, and the brewery's fall pumpkin ale "The Legless Horseman" on tap! Learn more >

Rocktober Harvest Festival

Natural Bridge Park
October 31
This exciting festival at Virginia's Natural Bridge Park will include face painting, cooking demos for apple butter and pumpkin bread, gourd painting, costume contests, dancing and much more! Learn more >

Thriller Night - A Halloween Tribute to Michael Jackson

Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill
October 31 | 10pm
Spend the night partying with your friends at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill with a Halloween bash that includes a tribute to Michael Jackson. Learn more >

Want to learn more about what's happening in Virginia's Blue Ridge? Visit our calendar for a complete list of upcoming events.