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.
Virginia's Blue Ridge is currently open in Phase Three of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Forward Virginia Recovery Plan. Visit our Phase Three Guidelines page for more information about what you can expect at local businesses in the region.
We also encourage you to join us in taking the VBR Stay Safe Pledge - a commitment between local businesses, residents, and visitors to help the region stay safe and limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store
- Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival
- 2020 Vinton Fall Festival
- Music at The Coves
- Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo
- GO Outside Festival
- 2020 Waid Park Sprint & Enduro Short Track XC
- Ghost Walk 2020
- Zoo Boo
- Open Studios Botetourt - Art in the Country
- 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 >
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 >
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 >
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo
Botetourt County - 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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
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.
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.