As the days turn a little cooler, the festival scene in Virginia’s Blue Ridge heats up. The flavors of the region take center stage at food and drink festivals while artisans show off their fall and holiday gifts, tempting us to think ahead.
But whoa. One day at a time, one festival at a time!
These days are to be savored. Welcome to September’s festival fun!
Here are 10 festivals happening this month to help you plan your getaway to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains!
1. Olde Salem Days | Salem - September 10
Coming in at about 400 arts and crafts vendors strong, Olde Salem Days is a long-running community event that spans Main Street Salem and overflows into places like the farmers market, where you’ll find food and beverages all day long. [Click to learn more.]
2. Pride in the Park 27 | Roanoke - September 10 & 11
For more than 25 years, Pride in the Park has been a diverse and celebratory community event with live music, a parade, and more. Expect vendors, special guests, and a big Saturday night dance party. [Click to learn more.]
3. Franklin County Agricultural Fair | Franklin County - September 14-17
Who doesn’t love the fair?! It’s the place to be if you want to introduce your children to aspects of farm life like animals and equipment. Love an elephant ear or funnel cake? Oh yes, you need to be here. See all kinds of competitions, including tractor pulls, a ladies frying pan toss, and the handsome man beard and mustache contest. Musical guests take the stage to keep things lively, and midway rides ensure the fun doesn’t stop. [Click to learn more.]
4. Roanoke Greek Festival | Roanoke - September 16-18
We can almost smell it. The Roanoke Greek Festival features excellent traditional dishes along with entertainment and vendors. Find imported olive oil, as well as olive products like soaps and wooden treasures from the Islands of Crete and Paros. Handblown glass and Grecian jewelry will be available for purchase as well. Unapologetically, it’s the spanakopita and souvlaki that really draw us in. [Click to learn more.]
5. Henry Street Festival | Roanoke - September 17
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture hosts the annual Henry Street Festival to showcase a diverse range of entertainment, art, culture, and cuisine in Downtown Roanoke. Expect great food, lively musical acts, and even educational forums. [Click to learn more.]
6. Boones Mill Apple Festival | Boones Mill - September 17
For nearly 40 years, the Boones Mill Apple Festival has delighted families with old time and bluegrass music, arts and crafts vendors, the annual benefit pageant, delicious food, contests, activities, and of course, apples fixed up any way you like them. [Click to learn more.]
7. Taste of Roanoke Festival | Roanoke - September 17
Some of Roanoke’s best chefs slice and dice up their best creations and YOU benefit! It’s the Taste of Roanoke Festival at the new Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges. Come hungry! [Click to learn more.]
8. Grape Stomping Festival | Blacksburg - September 18
Beliveau Estate Winery is the place to get your feet purple and your day full of happiness and sunshine. Bring the kids to get in on the grape stomping action, too! Entertainment, food, and wine make this a great day in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. [Click to learn more.]
9. Downtown Harvest Festival | Roanoke - September 24
The Historic City Market in Downtown Roanoke will be decked out in fall fashion with hay bales, pumpkins, gourds, and more to set the stage for this annual event. Farmers and artisans will be on hand with their latest products, and the kids will love seeing the tractors. [Click to learn more.]
10. Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival | Moneta - September 24 & 25
The Crazy Horse Marina is where you’ll find the annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival and its 29 wineries. Spring for the VIP ticket and enjoy everything from exclusive catering to recliners! If VIP isn’t good enough, private chalets are available as well. Eighty-five juried artisans will be on site for your festival perusing, and bands will keep the party hoppin’. Plan to carpool as parking is limited. [Click to learn more.]
See what else is happening in Virginia's Blue Ridge by taking a look at our Calendar of Events and check out October while you're at it. You can also learn more about the region by subscribing to our E-Newsletter. Happy fall festival season!