October is an exciting time of year in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our fall colors begin to arrive and the calendar is full of fall festivals & special events, featuring unique experiences that highlight the outdoors, arts & culture, and the local craft food & drink scene in the region.

Looking for info on this season’s fall festivals? Check out our blog post all about this year’s fall festivals & events >

You can also take a look at the list below to learn more about big events happening this month in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

1. Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store
Jeter Farm
Thru October 27 | Saturday & Sunday
Event Website >

2. Sinkland Farms Annual Pumpkin Festival
Sinkland Farms
Thru November 3 | Friday - Sunday
Event Website >

Layman Family Farms Fall Festival - Virginia's Blue Ridge

3. Layman Family Farms Fall Festival
Layman Family Farms
Thru November 10 | Saturday & Sunday
Event Website >

4. The Glass Menagerie
Mill Mountain Theatre
Thru October 6
Event Website >

5. All Because of Agatha
Attic Productions
October 3-12
Event Website >

6. Salem Museum Ghost Walk
Salem Museum
October 3-5
Event Website >

7. POP Power Factory Party: Celebrate the 60s!
Taubman Museum of Art
October 4
Event Website >

8. The Velveteen Rabbit
Jefferson Center
October 4-6
Event Website >

9. Big Lick Oktoberfest & Vinton Fall Festival
Vinton Farmers Market
October 5
Event Website >

10. Mountain Magic in Fall Bluegrass, Antiques & Crafts Festival
Town of Buchanan
October 5
Event Website >

Old Buzzard - Waid Park

11. Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Waid Park
October 5
Event Website >

12. MercyMe Concert with Crowder & Micah Tyler
Berglund Center
October 6
Event Website >

13. Blithe Spirit
Showtimers Community Theatre
October 10-20
Facebook Event >

14. Flashback Fridays: Kiss America
Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges
October 11
Facebook Event >

15. Flat Pickin’ Fridays
Daleville Town Center
October 11
Event Website >

16. Smith Mountain Lake Home Tour
Various Homes - Smith Mountain Lake
October 11-13
Event Website >

17. Craftsmen’s Classic Fall Art & Craft Festival
Berglund Center
October 11-13
Event Website >

Salem Half Marathon

18. LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K, G&H Contracting Kids Fun Run
Downtown Salem
October 12
Event Website >

19. The Dog Bowl - The Kings
Black Dog Salvage
October 12
Event Website >

20. Craig County Fall Festival
Downtown New Castle
October 12
Event Website >

21. Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo
Greenfield Education & Training Center
October 13
Event Website >

22. Scare Quest
Explore Park
October 17-18, 20, 24-26
Event Website >

23. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Sinatra and Friends: Simply Swingin’
Salem Civic Center
October 18
Event Website >

Roanoke Go Fest

24. Roanoke GO Outside Festival
River’s Edge Sports Complex
October 18-20
Event Website >

25. Virginia’s Blue Ridge Creature from Carvins Cove
Carvins Cove
October 19-20
Event Website >

26. Romeo & Juliet
Mill Mountain Theatre
October 19-26
Event Website >

27. Goodnight Moon, the Magical Musical
Hollins University Theatre
October 19-20 & 24-26
Event Website >

28. CIAA Cross Country Championship
Green Hill Park
October 24
Event Website >

29. The Rocky Horror Show
Ferrum College Theatre
October 24-26
Event Website >

30. PumpkinFest
Salem Farmers Market
October 25
Event Website >

31. Dharma Bombs & Chupacabras
5 Points Music Sanctuary
October 25
Event Website >

32. Blue Ridge Potters Guild Annual Show & Sale
Patrick Henry High School
October 25-27
Event Website >

33. Candy Corn Express
Virginia Museum of Transportation
October 26
Event Website >

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival - Ferrum College

34. Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College
October 26
Event Website >

35. Zoo Boo
Mill Mountain Zoo
October 26
Event Website >

36. Big Lick Coffee Fest
Berglund Center
October 26
Facebook Event >

37. Parkway Pig Pickin’
Parkway Brewing Company
October 26
Facebook Event >

Artist Painting

38. Open Studios Botetourt
Various Studios & Galleries - Botetourt County
October 26-27
Event Website >

39. Rowdy Dawg Mountain Bike Race
Pandapas Pond Recreation Area
October 27
Event Website >

40. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Mozart & Salieri
duPont Chapel
October 29
Event Website >


To find out more about what's going on Virginia's Blue Ridge this month, check our Calendar of Events. You can also get additional information about fun things to do in the region and unique ways to be a #Trailsetter by following us on social media and signing up to receive our monthly e-newsletter.