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! 


NOTE: All info is subject to change. Please check event websites and social media pages for the most updated information.


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

Jeter Farm Fall Festival - Botetourt County

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.

  • Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival - Sinkland Farms - September 24 - October 31 (Thursday - Sunday) | Event Website
  • Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store (pictured above) - Jeter Farm - September 25 - October 31 (Saturday & Sunday) | Event Website
  • 2021 Vinton Fall Festival & Bluegrass Festival - Downtown Vinton & Vinton Farmers Market - October 2 | Event Details
  • Craig County Fall Festival - Downtown New Castle - October 9 | Event Details
  • Melrose Fall Festival - Melrose Branch Library (Roanoke) - October 16 | Facebook Event
  • Blue Ridge Folklife Festival - Ferrum College - October 23 | Event Website
  • Barktoberfest - Elmwood Park - October 23 | Facebook Event
  • Eureka Fall Festival - Eureka Park - October 29 | Event Details

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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!

  • Martin’s Funktoberfest Street Party - Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill - September 25 | Facebook Event
  • Big Purple Foot Competition - Blue Ridge Vineyard - October 3 | Event Details
  • Botetourt Honey Festival - Daleville Town Center - October 9 | Facebook Event
  • Harvest Party Bonfire - Beliveau Farm - October 15 | Facebook Event
  • Fall Harvest Dinner with Mr. Jefferson - Poplar Fest - October 23 | Event Website
  • Harvest Fest - Botetourt Farmers Market at Daleville Town Center - October 30 | Facebook Event
  • 20th Annual Harvest Soup & Wine Festival - AmRhein’s Wine Cellars - November 6-7 | Event Website
  • Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival (pictured above) - Bridgewater Plaza - November 6 | Event Website
  • Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival - Poplar Forest - November 13 | Event Website

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Outdoor Adventures, Sporting Events, Fun Runs

Roanoke GO Outside Festival

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.

  • Harvest Tour Bicycle Ride - Stoney Brook Vineyards - September 26 | Event Website
  • Virginia’s Blue Ridge Enduro Series - WooHoo at Waid Sprint Enduro - Waid Park - October 2 | Event Website
  • Salem Half Marathon, 8K & Kids Fun Run - Salem Farmers Market - October 9 | Event Website
  • Kids Fishing Derby - Waid Park - October 9 | Facebook Event
  • Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo - Botetourt County - October 10 | Event Website
  • Anthem GO Outside Festival (pictured above) - Downtown Roanoke - October 15-17 | Event Website
  • Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Opening Night - Berglund Center - October 15 | Game Tickets
  • Strongman Corporation National Championships - Salem Civic Center - October 15-16 | Event Details
  • Virginia’s Blue Ridge Enduro Series Creature from Carvins Cove & XXC/XC - Carvins Cove - October 16-17 | Event Website
  • Adventure Saturday - Explore Park - October 16 | Event Website
  • Bank of Fincastle Fall 5k/10k Run - Town of Fincastle - October 16 | Event Website
  • 15th Annual Into the Darkness Night Trail Run - Explore Park - October 23 | Event Website
  • Spooky Sprint 5K - Wasena Park - October 30 | Event Website
  • Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick DASH - 5K Virtual Run/Walk - Virtual Event - November 1-30 | Event Website
  • 5th Annual Sherwood Memorial Park’s Run for Donuts 5K and Fun Run - Sherwood Memorial Park - November 6 | Event Website
  • Star City Half Marathon & 10K - River’s Edge Park - November 20 | Event Website
  • Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick DASH - Downtown Roanoke - November 25 | Event Website

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Concerts, Performances, Art Events, Arts & Craft Festivals

Roanoke Art Events

Check out 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. 

  • Craftsmen's Classic Art & Craft Festival - Berglund Center - October 1-3 | Event Details
  • Mountain Magic in Fall Bluegrass, Antiques & Crafts Festival - Buchanan Town Park - October 2 | Event Details
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration - Downtown Roanoke - October 2 | Event Details
  • Roanoke Comedy Fest - Various Locations - October 8-10 | Facebook Page
  • The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy - Virginia Children's Theatre at the Jefferson Center - October 8-9 | Event Details 
  • Roanoke Roots & Reggae Fest - The Humble Hustle Company - October 9 | Event Website
  • The Dog Bowl Market - Black Dog Salvage - October 17 | Facebook Event
  • Halloween Paint Party - Fishburn Mansion - October 21 | Facebook Event
  • Open Studios Botetourt - Art in the Country (pictured above) - Various Galleries & Studios - October 23-24 | Event Website
  • Harvest Blaque: Bump In The Night - The Spot on Kirk - October 29 | Event Details
  • Blue Ridge Potter’s Guild Show & Sale - North Cross School - October 30-31 | Event Website
  • Dead Reckoning Halloween: Spirit Animals - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - October 30 | Event Website
  • Roanoke Ballet Theatre’s Dracula - Jefferson Center - October 30 | Event Website
  • Rocky Mount Scarecrow Trail - Downtown Rocky Mount - Through November 9 | Facebook Event

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

Blue Ridge Nightmares - Roanoke, VA

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!

  • Blue Ridge Nightmares Haunted Attraction (pictured above) - Roanoke Industrial Center - October 1-31 (Thursday - Sunday) | Event Website
  • Ghost Walk 2021 - Salem Museum - October 1-2 | Event Website
  • Terror Manor 2021 - Downtown Roanoke - October 8-31 (Thursday - Saturday) | Event Website
  • The Gates of Hell - Haunted Trail - Rocky Mount - October 8-31 (Friday - Saturday) | Event Website
  • Halloween Murder Mystery at Well Hung - Well Hung Vineyard - October 10 | Event Website
  • Halloween Murder Mystery at Twisted Track - Twisted Track Brewpub - October 20 | Event Website
  • A Halloween VIRTUAL Murder Mystery - Jump into Mystery Virtual - October 22 | Event Website
  • Halloween Murder Mystery at Stoney Brook - Stoney Brook Vineyards - October 23 | Event Website
  • Salem Red Sox Spooktacular - Haley Toyota Field - October 23 | Facebook Event
  • Trick or Treat at Towers - Towers Shopping Center - October 24 | Facebook Event
  • Scary Movie Monday: Hocus Pocus - Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage - October 25 | Event Details
  • Hocus Pocus Movie Night - Haley Toyota Field - October 29 | Facebook Event
  • Skyyes the Limit's Halloween Extravaganza - Sweet Donkey Coffee - October 29 | Event Details
  • 21st Annual Q99 Pumpkinfest - Salem Farmers Market - October 29 | Facebook Event
  • Zoo Boo - Mill Mountain Zoo - October 30 | Zoo Events
  • Halloween Throwdown - The Spot on Kirk - October 30 | Event Website
  • Downshift 2021 Halloween Group Ride - Roanoke Mountain Adventures - October 30 | Event Details
  • Spooktacular - Science Museum of Western Virginia - October 30 | Event Details
  • Franklin County Distilleries Halloween Mash - Franklin County Distilleries - October 30 | Facebook Event
  • Martin's Halloween Street Party - Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill - October 30 | Facebook Event
  • Big Lick Brewing Company Halloween Party - Big Lick Brewing Company - October 30 | Event Details
  • Monster Mash Master Class & Halloween Bash - Mill Mountain Theatre - October 30 | Event Details
  • Candy Corn Express - Virginia Museum of Transportation - October 31 | Event Details
  • Tales from the Stripped: Halloween Burlesque Bash - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - October 31 | Event Website
  • Trunk or Treat - CommUNITY Church - October 31 | Event Details
  • Hallowine Costume Contest - Beliveau Farm Winery - October 31 | Facebook Event
  • Franklin County Distilleries Trunk-or-Treat for the Kids - Franklin County Distilleries - October 31 | Facebook Event
  • Twisted Track Brewpub Halloween Party - Twisted Track Brewpub - 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!