Virginia celebrates its more than 250 wineries and vineyards throughout the month of October with wine specials and events at wineries, restaurants and retailers across the state.
Virginia’s rich history, culture and spectacular scenery, from beautiful beaches to mountains, make it a perfect holiday playground. Don’t miss its award-winning wines.
From soaring mountains to scenic Atlantic Coast beaches, the Commonwealth of Virginia is diverse enough to feed every passion. You'll discover outdoor adventures, historic sites, compelling museums, unique restaurants and 22 winding wine trails to explore.
The Virginia Film Festival features over 100 films and nearly as many guests each year, showcasing the best of contemporary and classic films alike while shining a spotlight on a wide variety of cultural issues and themes.
Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, celebrates the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! Enjoy autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th -century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only.
Hosted at George Washington's Mount Vernon, festival goers will enjoy live blues music and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 17 Virginia wineries. Experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home including a visit to the basement where Washington stored his wine.
Hosted at George Washington's Mount Vernon, this market and fair features fifty colonial-attired artisans demonstrating 18th-century crafts and selling traditional, lively Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows. There will also be hearty specialty food for sale, costumed interpreters demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process, and free 40-minute sightseeing cruises on the Potomac River, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company (while supplies last).
This annual harvest festival celebrates the revolutionary gardener, Thomas Jefferson, at his scenic mountain home, Monticello. Enjoy more than 100 educational programs, hands-on workshops, garden tours, heirloom fruit and vegetable tastings, lessons on seed saving and gardening, a local food marketplace, children's activities and more.
The second full weekend in October, a Rebec Vineyards in Amherst County hosts the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival which embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts and garlic! There are five stages with music and entertainment, including Garlic Cooking, Garlic King, Queen and Jr. Queen Contests.
Every October, the City of Suffolk celebrates its peanut history with a four-day family-oriented Suffolk Peanut Festival. The popular event offers a wide range of activities including fireworks, a shrimp feast, demolition derby, peanut butter sculpture contest and carnival rides.
Enjoy an autumn weekend celebrating the apple harvest in the Shenandoah Valley. Watch apple butter making, apple pie judging and many more apple flavoured foods, exhibits and crafts. The festival features live entertainment, a kids zone and over 100 artisans displaying and selling their crafts.