Fall 2016 Events from Halloween and Beyond
The air is finally crisp after a scorching hot summer in Richmond. Fall activities are in full swing, from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Read our Virginia Fall Event Guide to find some fun things to do before it gets too cold. From spooky hayrides at the Ashland Berry Farm to apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard, there are plenty of options for adults, kids, and everyone in between!
Halloween Haunt & Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion
Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion has plenty of entertainment including nine mazes, six scare zones, six live shows and 20 thrill rides. The whole park will be dark and spooky. Halloween Haunt runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 30th. This event is probably too scary for young kids, but luckily Kings Dominion is also hosting a Great Pumpkin Fest for all ages. The Great Pumpkin Fest, happening every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 until October 30th, has fun events for kids including a petting zoo and pumpkin painting patch.
For more information, visit: www.kingsdominion.com/haunt and https://www.kingsdominion.com/things-to-do/the-great-pumpkin-fest
Although Oktoberfest is traditionally in September, Richmond hosts their annual Oktoberfest at the Richmond International Raceway on October 21st-22nd! The festival has plenty of bratwurst, potato pancakes, pork roast, and of course, beer.
For more information: http://www.richmondoktoberfestinc.com/ricoktober.shtml
Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival
On the same weekend as Richmond Oktoberfest, Scott’s Addition, an up-and-coming neighborhood in the city is hosting the annual pumpkin festival. There will be live music pumpkin incorporated into a variety of sweet and savory foods. Pumpkin pizza, pumpkin crepes…you name it! This free event is Saturday, October 22nd from 12-6pm.
Visit their site: http://www.scottsadditionpumpkinfestival.com/index.html
Ashland Berry Farm
The Ashland Berry Farm is hosting Haunted Evening events up until Halloween. There are four different scary events, including “The Realm of Tortured Souls” and “Frightmare Hall”. The activities run from Thursday through Sunday, with the last event on Halloween night. Prepare to be spooked!
Urbanna Oyster Festival
This year marks the 60th anniversary of “The Official Oyster Festival of the Commonwealth”, held in the charming town of Urbanna, VA. This event is on November 3rd through 4th and is similar to the Pumpkin Festival, only with oysters. There will be over 50 food vendors and every type of oyster imaginable—raw, steamed, roasted, Rockefeller, fried…the list goes on.
Learn more: http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/
Williamsburg Harvest Celebration
On November 4th-13th, the Williamsburg Harvest Celebration is hosting 40 different culinary events that represent Virginia’s history. There will be native Virginia chefs, farmers, artisans, and even culinary historians. Proceeds from the event will benefit Meals on Wheels, Southern Foodways Alliance, FISH and the VA Fresh Food Fund.
For more information: http://williamsburgharvestcelebration.com/