5 Charlottesville Fall Festivals for Seasonally-Themed Celebrations

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There’s no better excuse to get everyone celebrating than a bountiful harvest season! Here in Charlottesville, there are plenty of ways to embrace the fall spirit with a seasonally-themed celebration. Check out these awesome Charlottesville Fall Festivals to make the most of all autumn offers!

5 Charlottesville Fall Festivals Your Whole Family Will Love Attending

Fall Fest Weekend — Bellair Farm

Bellair Farm is a beautiful farm that grows some of the area’s freshest produce. Their Barn Store is typically open with local, seasonal produce, meat, and other grocery items, but in the fall, they open the farm to celebrate the season! 

This year, October 21st – 22nd, 2023, join them for a weekend of family-friendly activities. Enjoy meeting some of their beloved farm animals, take advantage of their photo booths, and take a scenic hayride around the farm. They’ll also feature local food and craft vendors, and grown-ups can enjoy local food, wine, and cider tastings!

Blue Ridge Mountain Maze

Blue Ridge Mountain Maze offers a casual and family-friendly autumn experience with plenty of outdoor activities! On Saturday, October 28, 2023, enjoy pumpkin carving, hay rides, and face painting. There are also activities like photo booths, a sorghum labyrinth (their version of a corn maze), farm animals, and walking trails. 

Time your visit right to take advantage of pony rides and movie nights, too! Come hungry to take advantage of their hot cider, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts to get into the season’s spirit.

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Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival is a bi-annual juried event where artists can submit their work for adjudication. Art enthusiasts can visit the festival to take in the work of over 120 fine artists and artisans whose work is on display. 

Wander around as you enjoy local food, Virginia wine and beer, live music from local musicians, and more! Kids will love the children’s activities available, and you’ll love spending the day supporting local vendors, artists, and community members.

Drumheller’s Orchard

Drumheller’s Orchard has two yearly apple festivals: one on the last weekend in September and the third weekend in October. It’s a true celebration of all things apple! Enjoy fresh apples, apple butter, unpasteurized apple cider, and plenty of other treats. 

Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, try your hand at an apple slingshot, and let the kids explore the kid’s zone! Come hungry to enjoy their fresh barbecue, funnel cakes, apple dumplings, and Brunswick stew. You’re in for a real treat! 

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HarvestFest Fall Festival at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Charlottesville

HarvestFest Dia de los Muertos is an engaging cultural twist on a fall festival. Honor loved ones who have passed with this special holiday celebration. Enjoy performances by the Latin Ballet of Virginia, the Kandencia Orchestra (which uses Bomba, Plena, and Salsa vibes to get you dancing!), and more. 

There will be pumpkin painting, face painting, bilingual story time, and the chance to make “papel picado” or paper flower banners. You’ll love celebrating with live music, traditional Mexican food, adult beverages, and family-friendly activities to get everyone celebrating!

Charlottesville Fall Festivals

Check out the websites for these Charlottesville Fall Festivals to see what is needed regarding tickets and reservations! They are popular for good reason, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Have fun!! 

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