Like nearly everything else about 2020, the calendar of events and fall festivals in Virginia’s Blue Ridge will look a bit different this year.
While some annual events have cancelled or postponed, others have modified their format to still be able to offer a fun, safe, socially-distanced experience. For a few events, you can take advantage of virtual options to participate in your own way.
We also have some exciting new events that are starting this year and can serve as a fun way to get out and be a #Trailsetter in the region!
NOTE: Event times and details are subject to change. We recommend checking event websites and social media accounts for the most-up-to-date info.
- Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store
- Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival
- The Scarecrow Trail
- 2020 Vinton Fall Festival
- Buchanan Fall Market Day
- Autumn Fest
- Oktoberfest Block Party
- October 10 in Craig County
- Music at The Coves
- GO Outside Festival
- 2020 Waid Park Sprint & Enduro Short Track XC
- Ghost Walk 2020
- Explore Park Adventure Day
- Beliveau Harvest Party
- Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo
- Soxtoberfest & Hocus Pocus Movie Night
- Scream - Special Screening
- Zoo Boo
- Sox Spooktacular
- Candy Corn Celebration
- Fall Foliage Festival
- Open Studios Botetourt - Art in the Country
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Free Streaming
- Drive Thru Trunk or Treat
- Hocus Pocus Movie Night
- Terror on Texas Street
- Harvester Outdoors - Halloween Picnic
- Big Lick Halloween Party
- Big Lick Halloween Party on the Plaza
- Halloween - Special Screening
- 19th Annual Harvest Soup & Wine Festival
- Go Cross Race
- Virtual Events
- Additional Resources
Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store
Jeter Farm - September 26 - November 1 | Saturdays & Sundays
The Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store will be open to the public every Saturday & Sunday from September 26 through November 1. There will be plenty of space for social distancing and fun fall activities such as navigating the corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hay rides.
Jeter Farm Fall Festival Website >
Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival
Sinkland Farms - September 26 - November 1 | Thursday - Sunday
There are health and safety precautions in place to provide a fun experience at this year’s Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival. It’s a great autumn celebration for the entire family and is now in its 29th year. The festival will be open Thursday through Sunday for six weekends this season.
Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival Website >
The Scarecrow Trail
Town of Rocky Mount - October 1 - November 9
Get in the spirit of fall with a walk through the Town of Rocky Mount to experience The Scarecrow Trail. Numerous local businesses, families, and organizations take part in this fun scarecrow decorating contest, which offers some great laughs and photo opportunities.
View the Scarecrow Trail Map >
2020 Vinton Fall Festival
Downtown Vinton - October 3
More than 100 vendors will be participating in this year’s Fall Festival in the Town of Vinton! Feast on classic fall flavors, pick up hand-made art & craft products, and get a few pics of the kids at the petting zoo.
Vinton Fall Festival Facebook Event >
Buchanan Fall Market Day
Town of Buchanan - October 3
Discover the charm and history of Main Street in the Town of Buchanan in Virginia's Blue Ridge. The Fall Market Day will feature planters that attract beautiful monarch butterflies, food from local restaurants and vendors, and live music.
Town of Buchanan Website >
Camp Eagle - October 3 & 10
This Autumn Festival at Camp Eagle in Botetourt County will be held Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, October 10! Activities will include a petting zoo, hay ride, pumpkins, arts & craft vendors, entertainment, and more!
Autumn Fest Event Details >
Oktoberfest Block Party
Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery - October 10
Three Notch'd will be setting up an Oktoberfest Block Party on Wall Street in Downtown Roanoke for a delicious day of food, craft beer, and live music. There will be socially distanced viewing boxes for groups of up to 6 people, so you can enjoy the party safely.
Oktoberfest Block Party Facebook Event >
October 10 in Craig County
Craig County - October 10
Take a scenic drive to New Castle for a socially-distanced, fun-filled fall day in Craig County! The day will include a craft fair, yard sales, food from local restaurants and food trucks for a relaxing picnic, and a demolition derby at the county fairgrounds.
Craig County Website >
Downshift Bikes & Beer - October 10
Downshift is organizing an 8 mile bicycle tour through Roanoke that will be followed by a BBQ cookout at the new Golden Cactus Brewing Company where you'll get to celebrate Oktoberfest. The Artoberfest ride will be led by Josh Nolan, a local artist who will point out unique murals, sculptures, and art pieces along the way.
Artoberfest! Event Details >
Music at The Coves
The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake - October 10-11
If you’ve been missing the live music experience at Franklin County’s Harvester Performance Center, check out their outdoor concert series, Music at The Coves, which takes place at Smith Mountain Lake. There will be two shows in October - a reunion concert for Lonesome River Band and Junior Sisk with Ramblers Choice on October 10, and Kemistry Band & Lovely Valley Men’s Chorus on October 11.
Harvester Outdoors Concerts >
GO Outside Festival
Various Locations - October 16-18
While we’re certainly bummed that we won’t get to have a traditional GO Fest weekend in Virginia’s Blue Ridge this year, the event organizers are working hard to create a series of smaller, socially distanced events that will showcase the spirit of the GO Outside Festival and our amazing outdoor culture in the region. Go Fest will be headlined by a two-night concert by Andy Frasco and The U.N., where people will be able to attend in party pods and proceeds will benefit Project Outside.
GO Outside Festival Website >
2020 Waid Park Sprint & Enduro Short Track XC
Waid Park - October 17
If you’re into mountain biking and you haven’t been out to Franklin County to ride the trails at Waid Park, you’re really missing out! Franklin County Parks & Recreation has done a fantastic job expanding the park’s trail network and it’s become one of the best spots to ride in the region. Check them out at the 2020 Waid Park Sprint & Enduro Short Track XC Races on October 17. Following the race, spend some time checking out the fun things to do in the nearby Town of Rocky Mount.
Race Registration >
Ghost Walk 2020
Sherwood Memorial Park - October 17
The Salem Museum will celebrate the 300th birthday of Revolutionary War hero Andrew Lewis with a special ghost walk and birthday bash! Characters from Salem's past will bring history back to life with stories about the city, including information focusing on the role Brigadier General Andrew Lewis played in our nation's history.
Ghost Walk & Birthday Bash Tickets >
Explore Park Adventure Day
Explore Park - October 17
Take the family to Roanoke County's Explore Park for an awesome day of adventures! The schedule includes a free scavenger hunt, kids activities hosted by the Kids Square Mobile Museum, and live music. You can also check out the aerial adventure course at Treetop Quest and grab a drink at the Twin Creeks Brewpub.
Adventure Day Details >
Beliveau Harvest Party
Beliveau Farm Winery - October 17
Celebrate the fall harvest with a visit to the beautiful Beliveau Farm Winery in Blacksburg! The Harvest Party will include delicious fall foods, wine & soup pairings, peanut butter and jam tastings, and mulled wine. There will also be fun activities like pumpkin carving, live music, and tours of the winery with demonstrations on the wine making process.
Harvest Party Facebook Event >
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo
Botetourt County - October 18 (rescheduled from October 11)
See the fall colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a bicycle ride through Botetourt County in the VBR Gran Fondo. The race will start & end in Historic Fincastle and there are 33, 45, and 75-mile ride options. Plus, you won’t want to miss the post-ride gathering at the new 1772 Rooftop on Main - a beautiful new rooftop bar.
Gran Fondo Website >
Soxtoberfest & Hocus Pocus Movie Night
Salem Memorial Ballpark - October 23
Have a family-friendly movie night at Salem Memorial Ballpark with a showing of Hocus Pocus, a Halloween classic! The movie night will take place in conjunction with the inaugural Soxtoberfest - presented in partnership with Big Lick Brewing Company, which will feature German and Oktoberfest inspired food & beer. Guests are invited to sit in the stands or the outfield and the Red Sox Grill will be open for food and beverage purchases.
Hocus Pocus Movie Night Facebook Event > | Soxtoberfest Facebook Event >
Scream - Special Screening
Grandin Theatre - October 23
Scary movies just hit different around Halloween. The Grandin Theatre will host a special screening of Scream on its big screen, taking us all back to 1996 and wondering, "What's your favorite scary movie?"
Scream Tickets >
Mill Mountain Zoo - October 24
Zoo Boo at the Mill Mountain Zoo is a “spooktacular” way to celebrate Halloween in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! In addition to seeing all the awesome animals at the zoo, there will also be trick-or-treating, costume contests, art activities, and a fun day of educational entertainment for the kids.
Mill Mountain Zoo Events >
Salem Memorial Ballpark - October 24
The Salem Red Sox will host its annual Sox Spooktacular event at the Salem Memorial Ballpark on Saturday, October 24! There will be a costume contest, scavenger hunt, and safe trick-or-treating, as well as live music by local band True Cadence.
Sox Spooktacular Facebook Event >
Candy Corn Celebration
Virginia Museum of Transportation - October 24
The Candy Corn Celebration will be a kid-friendly event in the rail yard at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Downtown Roanoke. The kids will be able to enjoy trick-or-treating, participate in the costume contest, and tour all the amazing things at the museum.
Candy Corn Celebration Event Info >
Fall Foliage Festival
Blue Ridge Vineyard - October 24
Enjoy the beautiful views of the fall colors and scenic Blue Ridge Mountains while sampling locally-grown and produced wine at Blue Ridge Vineyard in Botetourt County. The Fall Foliage Festival is free but they will be accepting donations on behalf of Angels of Assisi, a local organization that specializes in animal welfare, shelter, and adoption services.
Blue Ridge Vineyard Facebook Page >
Open Studios Botetourt - Art in the Country
Various Studios - October 24-25
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Open Studios, a self-guided driving tour of local artists’ studios and galleries in Botetourt County. This year’s tour will feature 13 artists at 9 different locations, as well as the beautiful views and fall colors as you drive to the different locations. There will also be options to book special private tours by appointment on October 22 & 23 for as part of the additional safety precautions being taken this year.
Open Studios Botetourt Website >
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Mill Mountain Theatre (Free Streaming) - October 26 - November 1
Mill Mountain Theatre is offering the ability to enjoy a free streaming of its 2017 production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on its MMT YouTube channel! The production will feature the classic Halloween tale of Ichabod Crane, as well as special interviews with the actors who talk about their favorite experiences and memories from the performances.
The Legend of Sleep Hollow Event Info >
Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
Salem Civic Center - October 27
The kids will love this evening of socially-distanced Halloween fun at the Salem Civic Center! There will be a drive-thru style trunk or treat in the Civic Center parking lot and you'll be able to vote the best decorated trunk at the event.
Trunk or Treat Event Info >
Hocus Pocus Movie Night
Vinton War Memorial Lawn - October 30
Find a spot on the lawn of the Vinton War Memorial for a free movie night with a showing of Hocus Pocus! There will be a costume contest before the movie, as well as pre-packaged popcorn and drinks, plus pre-packaged bags of candy for the first 100 kids!
Vinton War Memorial Website >
Terror on Texas Street
Salem Memorial Stadium - October 30
The Salem Red Sox will host the inaugural Terror on Texas Street, a 21+ event featuring a costume contest, horror movie screening on the videoboard, cornhole tournament, and food & drink specials available at the concession stand.
Terror on Texas Street Facebook Event >
Harvester Outdoors Halloween Picnic - Jerry Douglas featuring Daniel Kimbro
The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake - October 31
As part of its outdoor concert series at The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake, the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a Halloween picnic concert on October 31, featuring live music by Jerry Douglas and Daniel Kimbro. This will be a vehicle spaced concert with 40-foot pods for parking and concert viewing to allow for social distancing. There will also be special trick-or-treating activity for kids to safely enjoy.
Halloween Picnic Tickets >
Big Lick Halloween Party
Big Lick Brewing Company - October 31
Put on your best Halloween costume (which should definitely include a mask) and take part in the Halloween Party at Big Lick Brewing Company! There will be great fall beers on tap, a costume contest with prizes for the winners, live music by The Jared Stout Band, and food available to order from Tuco's, Beamer's, and Clutch Smoked Meats.
Big Lick Halloween Party Facebook Event >
Big Lick Halloween Party on the Plaza
Berglund Center - October 31
Berglund Center will host a special Halloween Party on its outdoor plaza area from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.! The party will include live music, food, beverages, outdoor heaters, and plenty of Halloween fun.
Halloween Party on the Plaza Tickets >
Halloween - Special Screening
Grandin Theatre - October 31
Put on your best Halloween costume and take part in the costume contest and then enjoy a special screening of John Carpenter's classic film, Halloween, at the historic Grandin Theatre.
Halloween Movie Tickets >
19th Annual Harvest Soup & Wine Festival
AmRhein’s Wine Cellars - November 14-15
The Harvest Soup & Wine Festival is the most popular annual event of the year at AmRhein’s Wine Cellars. You’ll get to pair 5 gourmet soups with 5 delicious AmRhein’s wines while listening to live music and relaxing on the beautiful patio at the winery. Get your tickets in advance as this festival is likely to sell out!
Harvest Soup & Wine Festival Event Info >
Go Cross Race
Fallon Park - November 14-15
This year’s Go Cross Cyclocross Race presented by Deschutes Brewery will include a modified format to allow for proper social distancing and safety precautions. However, there will still be two days of exciting racing and fun for various ages and skill levels at the Fallon Park Cyclocross Course.
Go Cross Race Website >
There are lots of ways to take part in virtual events this season, including numerous runs that can serve as motivation to stay active. The following runs will be offered as virtual events this year:
- Run for Donuts 5K and Fun Run
- Bank of Fincastle Virtual 5K Run/Walk
- LewisGale Salem Half Marathon & 8K
- Atlantic Union Drumstick DASH
- Spooky Sprint 5K
When you’re not on a walk or run, unwind with some virtual performing arts, such as streaming concerts by The Spot on Kirk, a show from Mill Mountain Theatre, or amazing outdoor films with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. You can even join a special Halloween themed virtual murder mystery with Jump Into Mystery.
Visit our Calendar of Events for a complete guide to upcoming events in the region. You can also check out our Fall section for more ideas on seasonal things to do during your next getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.