September in Virginia

    Front Porch Fest, StuartFarm to Table at Pharsalia, TyroOccoquan Fall Arts and Crafts ShowWild Blue River Festival, HalifaxStratford Hall Wine & Oyster FestivalBig Stone CelticLockn' Music Festival, ArringtonHeritage Harvest Festival at MonticelloChickahominy Pow-Wow/Fall Festival, Providence Forge

    As the temps slack off ...

    the fun heats up! Check out the great music, wine, and fall festivals emerging this month.

     Blue Ridge Highlands | Northern Virginia
    Southern Virginia | Chesapeake Bay
    Heart of Appalachia | Central Virginia
    Shenandoah Valley | Coastal Virginia
    Eastern Shore



    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Abingdon - Sept. 3-19 - Barter Theatre presents "Confessions of a Liar" - Barter Theatre is a professional repertory theatre located in beautiful Abingdon, Virginia.

    Stuart - Sept. 4-6 - Front Porch Fest - Weekend Music Festival held in Patrick County featuring global, national, regional, and local musicians on three stages with fun for the whole family.

    Mouth of Wilson - Sept. 5 - Albert Hash Memorial Festival - Along with performances and instrument making displays, there will be local crafts, concessions, a farmers' market, cake walks and plenty of dancing.

    Abingdon - Sept. 14-19 - Washington County Fair - Washington County Fair with concerts, horse shows, carnival rides and more.

    Stuart - Sept. 15-19 - Patrick County Agricultural Fair - Great entertainment nightly, Miss Patrick County Fair Beauty Pageant, Sprint Car Races, Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby, agricultural exhibits and livestock and more!


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    Rocky Mount - Sept. 18-19 - Annual Fall Southwest Virginia Antique Flea Market and Swap Meet - Antique enthusiasts will rummage and revel in used treasures for a day of bargaining and discovery at the Southwest Virginia Antique Flea Market and Swap Meet.

    Bristol - Sept. 18-21 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul--a celebration of Bristol's heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music.

    Floyd - Sept. 19 - Floyd Livestock & County Fair - Floyd County Livestock Show and Fair. Enter vegetables, handicrafts, photos, and more for cash and ribbon prizes.

    Hardy - Sept. 19 - Harvest Time of 1865 at Booker T. Washington National Monument - A dynamic educational and fun family event that portrays life on a mid-19th century small slave holding tobacco plantation during the late summer “harvest time”.

    Moneta - Sept. 26-27 - Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival - 27 wineries and more than 85 vendors will be on hand with live music setting the atmosphere. Rain or shine. No pets. Free parking.



    Northern Virginia

    Leesburg - Sept. 4-6 - Epicurience Virginia - At Epicurience Virginia meet top tastemakers and master winemakers and sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country.

    Alexandria - Sept. 5 - Middle Eastern Festival - Middle Easter Food Festival featuring Sheesh Kabab, Manaeesh, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Falafel, Kibbeh, Fatyaer, Katayef, Baklava, Hookah, Raffle, Door prizes,Crafts, and more

    The Plains - Sept. 5-6 - Virginia Scottish Games and Festival - The Virginia Scottish Games celebrates the rich Scottish heritage and traditions of many of Virginia's first families. The cornerstone of the Games is the highland athletic competition. Many top-ranked professionals are scheduled to compete. The Games also includes: piping & drumming, highland dancing, fiddling, sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show, clan and society exhibits, vendors & crafters, activities for children, entertainment on the main stage, Scottish food and drink and much more.

    Bluemont - Sept. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 - Great Country Farm's Annual Cider Festival - Enjoy pick your own apples, fresh cider, hard cider tastings, cider pressing demonstrations, and the grand opening of our corn maze.

    The Plains - Sept. 12-13 - Virginia Wine Festival - Virginia Wine Festival is the oldest wine festival on the East Coast. Each year, the festival features 50 of VA's best wineries, craft exhibitors, seminars, and incredible music.

    Mount Vernon - Sept. 19-20 - Colonial Market & Fair - Enjoy live entertainment—from sword-swallowing to magic to music - and shop for traditional hand-crafted home furnishings, clothing, and gifts. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are free of charge!

    Fredericksburg - Sept. 19 - Fredericksburg Welsh Festival - Fredericksburg Welsh Festival features traditional music, dancing, arts, crafts, storytelling, language lessons and children’s activities.

    Occoquan - Sept. 26-27 - Occoquan Fall Arts and Crafts Show - For the 46th year, the historic Town of Occoquan will close its streets and host over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from across the U.S.



    Southern Virginia

    Martinsville - Sept. 12 - Bass Series Fishing Tournament - Great news for all the fisherman out there!

    Bassett - Sept. 12 - Bassett Heritage Festival - Bassett Heritage Festival is held the 2nd Saturday in September and celebrates the history of the Bassett community.

    Martinsville - Sept. 12 - Martinsville Culture Crawl - Celebrate arts and culture in Martinsville! Join the fun by visiting Martinsville's museums, art studios, shops and restaurants during the Martinsville Culture Crawl.

    Ringgold - Sept. 18-26 - Danville-Pittsylvania County Fair - The fair returns to the Danville-Pittsylvania County Fairgrounds!

    Spencer - Sept. 19 - Annual Spencer Community Fair & Craft Fair at Spencer-Penn Centre - Craft Fair at Spencer-Penn Centre is a great way to sell your crafts. Last year we had a huge crowd looking for holiday gifts, and great Brunswick Stew!

    South Hill - Sept. 19 - South Hill Wine Festival - South Hill Wine Fest Featuring wineries from all over the area. Also artists, food, music, and more.

    Halifax - Sept. 19 - Wild Blue River Festival - The Wild Blue River Festival in Halifax, VA celebrates the lake, river, and all things outdoors. Music, food, vendors, rock climbing, kids activities, and so much more.

    South Boston - Sept. 26 - South Boston Harvest Festival - South Boston Harvest Festival, fun for the entire family. An outdoor festival held in the streets of Historic Downtown South Boston, VA



    Chesapeake Bay

    Lancaster - Sept. 11 - Bay Seafood Festival - Guests enjoy oysters, soft-shelled crabs, crab cakes, scallops, steamed shrimp, fish, fried shrimp, clam chowder, pork barbecue, french-fried sweet potatoes, hush puppies ... the list goes on! Adults only.

    Mathews - Sept. 11-12 - Mathews Market Days Festival - Mathews Market Days Festival, good food, family fun, music, vendors selling crafts and wares and an old fashioned street dance Sat. night.

    Gloucester - Sept. 17-20 - Bluegrass by the Bay Festival - This is a wonderful event held on the Piankatank River, come enjoy the music with friends or make new ones and memories with us. 24/7 friendly field picking, Pot Luck, golf cart rentals or bring your own.

    Stratford - Sept. 19-20 - Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival - Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival features food, arts and crafts vendors, Virginia wines and oysters!

    Hayes - Sept. 25-26 - Guinea Jubilee - The Guinea Jubilee is a two day event that annually attracts thousands of people to celebrate and honor the way of life in the Guinea Neck.


    Heart of Appalachia

    Pennington Gap - Sept. 2-5 - Lee County Fair - Enjoy the beauty pageant, pet show, gospel and family night, horse show, tractor pull, boxing, demolition derby and karaoke.

    Castlewood - Sept. 4-12 - Russell County Fair & Horse Show - The Russell County Fair and Horse Show features an array of events, something for everyone of any age to enjoy. Events include a carnival, scholarship pageant, horse shows, bull riding, livestock events, horseless cowboy contest, car show, ranch rodeo/team penning, demolition derby, antique tractor pull, truck pull, Tough Truck tug of war, pet show, and entertainment showcasing local and nationally known entertainers including country, bluegrass and gospel music performances.

    Duffield - Sept. 6 - Papa Joe Smiddy Music Festival - Enjoy a summer's eve listening to traditional bluegrass music at the amphitheater. Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to cut a rug. The opening group will be selected from the Pickin' in the Park series. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free.

    Cedar Bluff - Sept. 18-19 - Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival - A small and charming historical town that is one of the oldest on the Clinch.   There's vendors, exhibitors, entertainment and more. You will find a little bit of something for everyone's enjoyment.

    Big Stone Gap - Sept. 25-26 - Big Stone Celtic - One of the only Pan-Celtic festivals in the US! Food, music, dance, demonstrations, and much more.

    Burke's Garden - Sept. 26 - Burke's Garden Fall Festival - Come and celebrate our agricultural heritage and high quality products such as homemade food , home-grown produce, handmade crafts and hands-on farm demonstrations in the beautiful valley of Burke's Garden.  This festival will appeal to anyone who appreciates farm living and all it has to offer.

    Duffield - Sept. 26 - Lighting of the Tunnel - Take a seven minute lantern lit chairlift ride down to the naturally made tunnel. Visit one of Scott County's oldest buildings, the Carter Cabin. Once there listen to stories about the Wilderness Trail given by the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association. Head out to the mouth of the tunnel to view the sheer limestone rock walls lit at night. Curl up next to a campfire and listen to local musicians perform a variety of music from Bluegrass to Country. Parking is $4 per vehicle and the chairlift is $3 per person. Children six and younger ride free.



    Central Virginia

    Wintergreen - Sept. 4-7 - Labor Day Spectacular - Labor Day at Wintergreen Resort. Enjoy a weekend of fun with an Arts Craft show, chairlift rides, live music and much more!

    Madison - Sept. 5 - Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival - There will be arts and crafts, bands, ranging from alternative rock to folk music and bluegrass. The Madison County High Marching Band will also be playing along with many individual vendors in their booths as well.

    Arrington - Sept. 10-13 - Lockn' Music Festival at Oak Ridge Farm - A four day jam/rock music festival in Nelson County at the end of the summer, with an emphasis on music, camping, outdoor activities, regional food, beverages and artisans.

    Richmond - Sept. 11-13 - Armenian Food Festival - Bring your family to share in Richmond's oldest food festival featuring authentic Armenian Food, wine, music dancing and family fun. Free admission.

    Charlottesville - Sept. 11-12 - Heritage Harvest Festival - The 9th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival, celebrates Jefferson’s legacy in a fun, affordable, family-oriented, educational event promoting gardening, sustainability, local food, and the preservation of heritage plants.

    Richmond - Sept. 12 - Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race - Witness the drama unfold Saturday, September 12th as drivers battle for the all-important win that could vault them into The Chase, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs!

    Richmond - Sept. 13 - Shockoe-on-the-Half Shell Festival - Richmond's annual celebration of one of Virginia' most iconic foods: the Chesapeake Bay oyster.

    Glen Allen - Sept. 17 - Hunter Hayes at Innsbrook After Hours - For 30 years, Innsbrook After Hours has brought the Central Virginia area great live music acts.

    Richmond - Sept. 17-27 - UCI Road World Championships - The Road World Championships (Worlds) is cycling’s pinnacle event, nine-days, featuring 12 Championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women.

    Tyro - Sept. 18 - Farm to Table Dinner at Pharsalia - Pharsalia is all about local. From the food and beverages, to the farms, breweries and wineries, we support them all. Even the chefs who will be preparing these delicious meals will be from the area. Local growers will be present to share information about their farm and farming practices. Our chefs for the evening will be: Dean Maupin of C&O Restaurant, Gail Hobbs-Page of Caromont Farm, and Claudia Gibson of Claudia Gibson Catering & Carry-out Cuisine.

    Palmyra - Sept. 26 - Fluvanna County Annual Wine Festival - The Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present its Annual Wine Festival! September 26, 2015 from 11-6 p.m. at beautiful Pleasant Grove Park in Palmyra, VA.

    Stanardsville - Sept.26-27 - Virginia Clay Festival - Annual Virginia Clay Festival in Stanardsville, VA. Sept 26th & 27th. Pottery demonstrations, childrens area, Raku firing, Irish music, artisanal food.



    Shenandoah Valley

    Winchester - Sept. 3-6 - Patsy Cline Music Festival - This multi-day event over Labor Day weekend honors and celebrates the legacy of Patsy Cline, a Winchester native.

    Staunton - Sept. 4 & 6 - The Life of King Henry the Fifth by William Shakespeare -The story of England’s hero-king and the greatest upset in European military history is Shakespeare’s finale to his great history plays. More than that, Henry V - at once touching, heroic, savage, and comic - explores the nature of greatness and its connection to theatre; and, perhaps more than any other of Shakespeare’s works, it makes the audience part of the story.

    Orkney Springs - Sept. 5 - The Oak Ridge Boys Are Returning to SVMF - The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a number one pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades.

    Grottoes - Sept. 10-12 - Grottoes Bluegrass Festival - Grand Caverns Bluegrass in the Park Festival sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Shriners. Many bluegrass bands will play this three day event.

    Harrisonburg - Sept. 11 - Eisenhower Dance - Eisenhower Dance, Detroit’s premier contemporary dance company, returns to the Forbes Center to perform an exciting collection of repertory by nationally-known guest choreographers.

    Lexington - Sept. 12 - Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival - Join us for a day of wine and craft beer tasting, food and great music!

    Edinburg - Sept. 18-20 - Ole Time Festival - This granddaddy of the County Festivals is a fun-filled family weekend and people keep coming back year after year.   In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of General Sheridan's attempted burning of the Edinburg Mill, the historic mill will be open for tours.

    Roanoke - Sept.18-20 - Roanoke Greek Festival - Roanoke Greek Festival - Come join the thousands of participants who visit this joyous cultural festival each fall.

    Luray - Sept. 19 - Apple Butter Celebration in Shenandoah National Park - Apple Butter Celebration in Shenandoah National Park. Live entertainment, food, wine tasting, pony rides, craft vendors, kid's activities. Mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive.

    Front Royal - Sept. 26 - Brew & Blues Festival - Join us in downtown Front Royal for a day of fun, live entertainment and of course, beer tasting from approximately 30+ varieties.

    New Market - Sept. 26-27 - Heritage Days Fall Festival - Come enjoy New Market's annual Heritage Days Fall Festival located in the Shenandoah Valley. This event features local food, crafts, music and more! Come shop local!



    Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

    Hampton - Saturdays - Racing at Langley Speedway - Nearly every Saturday, satisfy your need for speed at this historic NASCAR home track. The only weekly racing series in Hampton Roads. Late model, Grand Stocks, Modifieds, Legends, Super Trucks, U-Cars, Super Street, Pro Wing Champ, Karts, Enduros, and Pro 6 racing.

    Virginia Beach - Sept. 4-6 - American Music Festival Presented by Chevrolet - The sounds of rock, jazz, country, blues, R&;B and more flood the oceanfront for three sun-filled days over Labor Day Weekend at the American Music Festival.

    Newport News - Sept. 8-11, 14-18, 21-25 - Meaningful Watershed Experience programs at the Virginia Living Museum - Meaningful Watershed Experience programs at the Virginia Living Museum - two labs for grades 6-12, taught by professional educators.

    Williamsburg - Sept. 12 - A Chef's Demonstration: Sweet Potato Essentials - Join us in the Taste Studio as our chefs demonstrate techniques to bring out the best in their featured ingredients.

    Virginia Beach - Sept. 12-13 - Neptune's Fall Wine Festival - Neptune's Fall Wine Festival - Join your friends by the oceanfront for an afternoon hosted by Virginia's leading vineyards.

    Williamsburg - Sept. 17-19, 24-26 - City of Angels - "City of Angels" is the rarest of musical comedies; one that is not only loaded with music and written in the contemporary jazz idiom filled with sidesplitting comedy.

    Windsor - Sept.17-20 - Isle of Wight County Fair - Fairgoers will experience national entertainers on the main stage and plenty of regional and local acts as well.

    Virginia Beach - Sept. 18-19 - Mediterranean Weekend - Festa Italiana - A little bit of Italy is coming to the Town Center for two days of pasta, pizza, Italian wine, beer, and entertainment, together with family-friendly activities like grape-stomping!

    Surry - Sept. 19-20 - Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Pow Wow - Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc. 9th Annual Pow Wow to be held September 19-20, 2014 at Surry Parks & Recreation Center; Surry, VA.

    Newport News - Sept. 19-20 - Virginia Brazilian Festival - The 2nd annual Virginia Brazilian Festival will celebrate the heritage of Brazilian food, music and culture! Happy people, authentic foods, sights, sounds, costumes and more.

    Williamsburg - Sept. 25-27 - Howl-O-Scream - Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 25 and continues to terrify weekends through Nov. 1.

    Virginia Beach - Sept. 25-27 - Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend - A boisterous and beloved send-off to summer, the Neptune Festival offers everything from a wine tasting and world-class sandcastle competition to numerous athletic competitions, an open-air art show along the Boardwalk, an air show and the famous Neptune Parade.

    Norfolk - Sept. 26 - "Largest Drum Circle in the World" Global Event for World Peace and One Love Festival - Largest Drum Circle in the World is a Global event for Peace joining the One Love Festival at Virginia Wesleyan College. Drum Circle from 1-5pm Concert 6-9pm

    Providence Forge - Sept. 26-27 - Chickahominy Pow-Wow/Fall Festival - Featuring Native American dancers, drummers, singers & crafters, traditional crafts and skills demonstrators, flute music, historical information displays and food. The longest running traditional Pow-Wow in Virginia, the Chickahominy gathered in 1951 at Samaria Indian School. The Pow-Wow later moved to the current tribal grounds. The Chickahominy people were among those which witnessed the coming of the colonists in 1607.

    Yorktown - Sept. 27 - Yorktown Art Stroll - Riverwalk merchants and the Historic Freight Shed will be filled with paintings and hand crafted artwork by some of the region’s most talented artists. Free.



    Eastern Shore

    Chincoteague - Sept. 5-6 - Annual Chincoteague Decoy Carvers' & Artists' Assoc. Decoy Show - A showcase for some of the finest waterfowl carvings and wildlife art from the area. Meet the carvers and artists. Most exhibits are for sale.

    Chincoteague Island - Sept. 26 - Chili Chowder Cookoff - The Annual Chili Chowder Cook Off provides great food and entertainment down by the water of Chincoteague Bay.


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