As summer begins to wave her final farewell, it's time to start planning for fall, sending your kids back to school, preparing for the holidays and enjoying the impending change in temperature. It's time to get back outside and celebrate a new season in Coastal Virginia, and the best way to do that is to explore the many outdoor festivals going on all over town.
If you like live music, southern food, kid-friendly fun, spectacular water views, regional wine and local arts and crafts, you're in good luck this fall. There seems to be a festival perfectly suited for just about everyone in your life, with opportunities to meet new friends and support local farmers, artists, musicians and more.
Here's a Fall Festivals Guide to help you navigate the many activities and events taking place in your city. From Norfolk to Williamsburg, there are a host of wonderful festivals to experience in Coastal Virginia this fall. Enjoy!
8th Annual Opera in the Park
Saturday, September 10th, grab your friends, family, blankets and beach chairs and head to Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk for a free concert performed by the Virginia Opera. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful, night sky and the glistening Elizabeth River, you'll be swept away by this musical, magical event.
4th Annual Ribtoberfest & Southern Foodways
Saturday, September 24th, gather up your comfort food-loving friends and family and plan to spend the day at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk enjoying southern style food, regional craft brews and live music performed by some of your favorite local and regional acts. This event is ticketed, so get yours soon and save yourself a spot!
Virginia Children's Festival
Saturday, October 1st, spend the day celebrating your children, their favorite characters, activities and entertainment at Town Point Park. Featuring dance performances, a pirate's den school, an imagination station, live musical performances and so much more, your kids will go home tired and happy after exploring everything this event has to offer.
29th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
In its 29th year, expect more fantastic Virginia wine, live musical performances, non-stop people watching and spectacular views of the Elizabeth River. Perfect for friends, colleagues and adult family members, you'll enjoy sampling wine from across the state and checking out a who's who of Norfolk, VA while you're at it.
5th Annual ShinDIG at Historic Jamestowne
On September 8th, head to Historic Jamestown at 6 pm for delicious BBQ, bluegrass music an sweeping views of the James River at the 5th Annual ShinDIG to benefit the Jamestowne Rediscovery Project. Nibble on delicious BBQ from Carrot Tree Kitchens, and purchase adult beverages from the cash bar while you kick back and enjoy your favorite local bluegrass musicians.
From September 24-October 30, plan to gather up the family and visit Pumpkinville in Toano, part of the Greater Williamsburg area. Run by a local family farm, you can pick your own pumpkin or choose from already picked pumpkins to take home and decorate for Halloween. There will also be a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations available for purchase.
43rd Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife
Head to Newport News Park on October 1st and 2nd for southeast Virginia's biggest traditional craft show, featuring over 200 vendors, folk entertainment, children's activities, local, food vendors and more. There will also be an on-site Farmer's Market and exciting surprises for the entire family.
City Center Oyster Roast
Friday, October 21st, City Center at Oyster Point will host an oyster roast featuring local oysters and Chesapeake Bay seafood favorites, as well as live music, cornhole and kid-friendly activities. Come out at 6 pm for free admission, free parking and delicious seafood and entertainment for the entire family.