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
- Food & Drink Events
- Outdoor Adventures & Sporting Events
- Arts & Cultural Events | Concerts
- Halloween Events
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
- 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
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!
- Grape Stomping Festival - Beliveau Farm Winery - September 22 | Facebook Event
- Oktoberfest - Chaos Mountain Brewing Co. - September 22 | Event Website
- Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival - Crazy Horse Marina - September 28-29 | Event Website
- Big Lick Oktoberfest & Vinton Fall Festival - Vinton Farmers Market - October 5 | Event Website
- Big Lick Oktoberfest featuring Vintage Pistol - Big Lick Brewing Company - October 5 | Event Website
- Blacksburg Brew Do 2019 - Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center - October 26 | Event Website
- Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival - Bridgewater Plaza - November 2 | Event Website
- Harvest Soup & Wine Festival - AmRhein’s Wine Cellars - November 9-10 | Event Website
- Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival - Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest - November 16 | Event Website
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.
- LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia’s Blue Ridge 8K, G&H Contracting Kids Fun Run - Salem Farmers Market - October 12 | Event Website
- Fall Walkabout - Hay Rock Hike - Hay Rock Hiking Trail - October 12 | Event Website
- Barktoberfest - Vinton War Memorial - October 12 | Facebook Event
- Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo - Greenfield Education & Training Center - October 13 | Event Website
- Scare Quest - Explore Park - October 17-18 | Event Website
- GO Outside Festival - River’s Edge Sports Complex - October 18-20 | Event Website
- Bank of Fincastle Fall 5K & 10K Run - Central Academy Middle School - October 19 | Event Website
- Virginia’s Blue Ridge Creature from Carvins Cove - Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - October 19-20 | Event Website
- Virginia Tech Football - Lane Stadium - Multiple Dates | Event Website
- CIAA Cross Country Championship - Green Hill Park - October 24 | Event Website
- Spooky Sprint - Wasena Park - October 26 | Event Website
- Franklin County CX - VACX - Franklin County Recreation Park - November 2 | Event Website
- Leaving Fall with Falling Leaves - Explore Park - November 2 | Event Website
- Trailblazer 5k - Beliveau Estate Winery - November 2 | Facebook Event
- CIAA Football Championship - Salem Football Stadium - November 16 | Event Website
- Walks by Water - Franklin County - Multiple Dates | Event Website
- CIAA Volleyball Championship - Salem Civic Center - November 22-24 | Event Website
- Star City Half Marathon & 10K - Downtown Roanoke - November 23 | Event Website
- Drumstick Dash 5K Walk & Run - Downtown Roanoke - November 28 | Event Website
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
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
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.