Labor Day is now in the rearview mirror, an unfortunate reality for summer enthusiasts, as the days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler. But there’s plenty to look forward to in autumn, especially if you live in Richmond. This is a portion of the country that’s home to all the things traditionally associated with fall – like beautiful foliage, fun festivals, and fabulous food.
Here are a few of the fall destinations you should be sure to add to your itinerary, because like the summer, the season will be over before you know it:
1. Richmond Folk Festival
For more than a decade now, folk music fans in Virginia’s capital have been favored with some of the best folk musicians in the world, during the annual Richmond Folk Festival. The three-day event, which this year runs from Oct. 13-15, takes place downtown at the riverfront, between 2nd and 7th Streets. Spread out over seven stages, the annual festival draws hordes of people, and this year, the lineup of performers is similarly robust, 40 in all, including The Harris Brothers, Sleepy LaBeef, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, not to mention Grammy-nominated Shemekia Copeland, and big band jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra.
2. Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival
No autumn is complete without picking some of Mother Nature’s sweet and tart flavors. The Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival is held throughout the month of October over two-day intervals, the first on Oct. 7 through Oct. 8, then again the two following weekends. This year’s version is the 45th annual gathering, held at 205 Graves Mountain Lane. In addition to picking your own apples, you can get the full-fledged farm living experience by watching how butter is made outdoors, or by taking a ride through the sprawling orchard on a horse-drawn haywagon. Festival admission is free.
3. Williamsburg Harvest Celebration
Thanksgiving is all about the three F’s: Family, football, and food. Two weeks before the national holiday is the Williamsburg Harvest Celebration, where two out of the three F’s will be well represented. Sponsored by the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County, the annual gathering that’s more than 400 years old is perhaps the best place to experience some of the best dishes Virginia restaurateurs have to offer. As its tagline suggests, the Williamsburg Harvest is where you eat, drink, and celebrate Virginia’s very finest in culinary cuisine.
No two oinks about it, with a name like “Hogtober,” you know exactly what you’ll be getting at this annual free, family-friendly affair. But besides the plenty of pork sandwiches and bacon surprises that’ll be served up at Libby Hill Park on Oct. 7, there’s also face painting for the kids, balloon art, crafts, live music, as well as the annual pigskin ring toss.
Richmond is the place to be this fall, proving to be a season that picks up right where summer left off when it comes to fun activities.