Fall festivals and events take place throughout the autumn season in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

There are outdoor activities and events that showcase the beautiful fall colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as farmers markets and festivals that feature the abundance of the fall harvest at local farms and orchards.

It’s a great time to get outside in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and enjoy the beautiful weather and overall excitement for this special part of the year.

To give you an idea of the many events happening in the region this month, we put together this guide and broke things out by category. Keep in mind, many events will incorporate multiple items, such as food & drink, live music, and family fun, so check all the categories to find fun things to do during your fall visit to Virginia’s Blue Ridge! 

Farm & Community Fall Festivals - Family Fun, Pumpkin Picking, Corn Mazes, Hay Rides

Jeter Farm Pumpkins

Getting lost in a corn maze, finding the perfect pumpkin, and taking hay rides are some of our favorite fall traditions in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are numerous farms in the region that celebrate the season with fall festivals, and many of the local communities and attractions also participate in the fun with family-friendly festivities and events.

  • Franklin County Agricultural Fair - Franklin County Recreation Park - September 18-21 | Event Website
  • Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store - Jeter Farm - September 21 - October 27 (Saturdays & Sundays) | Event Website
  • Layman Farms Family Fall Festival - Layman Family Farms - September 21 - November 10 (Saturdays & Sundays) | Event Website
  • Sinkland Farms Annual Pumpkin Festival - Sinkland Farms - September 27 - November 3 (Fridays - Sundays) | Event Website
  • Boones Mill Apple Festival - Main Street - Boones Mill - September 28 | Event Website
  • Johnson's Pumpkin Patch - Johnson's Orchard - October 1 - November 1 | Facebook Event
  • Craig County Fall Festival - Downtown New Castle - October 12 | Event Website
  • Smith Mountain Lake Fall Festival - Bridgewater Plaza - October 12 | Facebook Page
  • Salem Family YMCA Fall Festival - Salem Family YMCA - October 15 | Event Website
  • PumpkinFest - Salem Farmers Market - October 25 | Event Website
  • Candy Corn Express - Virginia Museum of Transportation - October 26 | Event Website
  • Ferrum College Agricultural Fall Festival - Titmus Agricultural Farm -October 26 | Facebook Event
  • Harvest Time - Booker T. Washington National Monument - November 2 | Venue Website

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Food & Drink - Oktoberfest, Wine Festivals, Beer Festivals, Food Festivals

Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili Festival

You’ll find fall flavors everywhere around the Roanoke Valley! It’s a popular time of year for grape stomping and wine festivals, as well as Oktoberfest celebrations at local breweries. You can also warm up with hearty dishes like soup and chili. Nom!

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Outdoor Adventures, Sporting Events, Fun Runs

Roanoke Spooky Sprint 5K

Get an up-close look at the scenic beauty of fall in Virginia’s Blue Ridge by taking part in many of the outdoor adventures and sporting events happening in the region. You can join fun runs and guided hikes, as well as check out multiple championships and races that offer great scenes for spectators.

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Concerts, Art Events, Arts & Craft Festivals

Roanoke Art Events

Check our the local arts scene in the region by jamming out at a concert, touring local art studios and galleries, and shopping for local goods at numerous art & craft shows that take place every fall around the Roanoke Valley. 

  • OctoberFEST - First Fridays at Five - Downtown Roanoke - October 4 | Event Website
  • Mountain Magic in Fall Bluegrass, Antiques & Crafts Festival - Downtown Buchanan - October 5 | Event Website
  • Craftsmen’s Classic Fall Art & Craft Festival - Berglund Center - October 11-13 | Event Website
  • Blue Ridge Potters Guild Annual Show & Sale - Patrick Henry High School - October 25-27 | Event Website
  • Blue Ridge Folklife Festival - Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College - October 26 | Event Website
  • Dead Reckoning Halloween - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - October 26 | Event Website
  • Open Studios Botetourt - Art in the Country - Various Studios - Botetourt County - October 26-27 | Event Website
  • Fall Dance Concert - Hollins University - November 15-16 | Event Website

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Halloween, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours, Scary Attractions

Roanoke Halloween

From getting scared out of your mind to just having a good time taking the kiddos trick-or-treating, we cover the entire spectrum of types of Halloween events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. And, of course, over-the-top costumes are always highly encouraged!

  • Terror Manor - September 26 - November 2 (Thursdays - Saturdays) | Venue Website
  • Salem Museum Ghost Walk - Salem Museum & Historical Society - October 3-5 | Venue Website
  • Kids Square Halloween Celebration - Kids Square - October 19 | Facebook Event
  • Hocus Pocus - Movie Night at Haley Toyota Field - Salem Memorial Ballpark - October 19 | Facebook Event
  • Mystery Unsolved Escape Room - Fishburn Mansion - October 24-26 | Facebook Event
  • Too Cute to Spook - Kids Square - October 25 | Event Info
  • Backwoods of Terror - Claytor Lake State Park - October 25-26 | State Park Website
  • Zoo Boo - Mill Mountain Zoo - October 26 | Venue Website
  • Halloween Party - Chaos Mountain Brewing - October 26 | Event Website
  • Sox Spooktacular - Salem Red Sox - Salem Memorial Ballpark - October 26 | Facebook Event
  • Martin’s Halloween Street Party - Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill - October 26 | Facebook Event
  • Main Street Trick-or-Treating - Downtown Salem - October 26 | Facebook Event
  • Spooktacular - Science Museum of Western Virginia - October 26 | Event Website
  • Halloween Party - Big Lick Brewing Company - October 26 | Facebook Event
  • Halloween Murder Mystery - Jump Into Mystery - Rockfish Food & Wine - October 28 | Tickets
  • Trick or Treating - Downtown Vinton - October 31 | Vinton Website
  • Hallowine Dance Party - Beliveau Estate Winery - October 31 | Facebook Event

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For a complete list of what’s going on in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, take a look at our Calendar of Events. We can also help you make some weekend plans with our page on Events this Weekend, which updates every week to showcase what’s happening for the upcoming weekend.

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Happy fall!