2018 Virginia - October 2018
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
(see also: 2017 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2010)
September 28-October 7, 2018
State Fair of Virginia
October 1-31, 2018
Virginia Wine Month
October Wine Month is dedicated to viniferous passions, and packed with events almost every day. Discover your local crush. Breathtaking foliage. Seasonal food specialties. History and cultural riches at every turn. Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other, with more than 230 wineries surrounded by lavish scenery, breathtaking views, quaint small towns and monumental historic sites. Many restaurants are offering Virginia wines by the glass and other specials. Join almost 500 retailers in this year's celebration of October Wine Month.
October 4-7, 2018 41st Annual Suffolk Peanut Festival
This family-friendly event honors the city’s agriculture heritage and devotion to peanuts, our favorite legumes. With something for everyone, the festival is host to as many as 200,000 visitors over four days. Attendance: 200,000.
October 4-28, 2018 THE GLOW: A Jack O' Lantern Experience
Over 5,000 jack o’ lanterns will be on display in beautiful Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA. Jack monitors the trail traffic carefully so he only allows a certain amount of guests to enter at one time. There are a limited number of tickets for each slot and advanced tickets are required. Click on the calendar below to select your preferred day and time. Come GLOW with us!
October 5-6, 2018 36th Annual West Point Crab Carnival
West Point, Virginia
Something for everyone including parades, entertainment, fireworks, arts & crafts and children's activities.
October 6, 2018 Yorktown Wine Festival - Historic Yorktown, Virginia
This event, held at Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, will showcase some of Virginia's finest wineries. New this year Craft Beer Garden. Sample some local craft brews or purchase a glass of your favorite.
October 6, 2018 Powhatan's Festival of the Grape - Powhatan, Virginia
If you love tasting the best of Virginia wines, enjoy savoring food, and listening to the best in live entertainment, all in an enchanting courthouse square, then we hope you will join us for Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape. We are delighted to offer 30 Virginia Wineries, over 100 juried arts and craft vendors, as well as a variety of live entertainment and a great selection of delicious, regional favorite foods
October 6, 2018
46th Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
All you can eat from Noon to 4 p.m. OYSTERS, OYSTERS, OYSTERS... on the half shell, steamed, single fried, fritters, clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, salad bar, french fries, hush puppies, hot dogs, Coke. (also: www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/oyster-festival )
October 8-14, 2018 Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week
If you've been waiting for a special occasion to explore the robust and diverse mix of downtown Culpeper restaurants, you now have one: Culpeper Renaissance's 10th Annual Fall Restaurant Week. Started by local restaurateurs in 2009, the event encourages diners to break out of typical work-week patterns and share a meal with family and friends. With specially priced menu options -- $30 per person includes a 3-course dinner of appetizer, entrée, and dessert -- it's a great excuse to revisit old favorites or try something new.
October 12-14, 2018 Hands and Harvest Festival
Highland County, Virginia
Two full days of activity and entertainment. Come and observe for yourself the mountain forests of Virginia's Western Highlands transformed into a rich palette of russet, gold, and scarlet. Seasonal foods, including apple dumplings, barbecues, Allegheny Mountain Trout, and homemade baked goods will be available in the historic districts of Monterey and McDowell. Take time to explore the back roads by enjoying one of Highland County's Scenic Driving Tours or Barn Quilt Trails.
October 13, 2018 8th Annual Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival
Sample Virginia’s finest and International wines from a souvenir glass; make food purchases from an abundance of high quality, distinctive restaurants and caterers;enjoy exceptional works offered by invited artists and crafts persons; and revel in continuous live entertainment. The Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival is the largest fund raising activity held by the Chesapeake Rotary Club. Each year numerous charities are selected as recipients of the net proceeds of the Wine Festival.
October 13, 2018 Taste of Brunswick Festival - Alberta, Virginia
On the Cambus of Southside Virginia Community College. According to legend, Brunswick Stew was invented in Virginia in the 1830's as a concoction of squirrel, onions and stale bread. In today’s version chicken has replaced squirrel and the stew is rounded out with corn, tomatoes, butterbeans, and other vegetables. Each year in Alberta (Brunswick County, Va.) some 25-30 stewmasters vie for top honors – to the delight of thousands. Games, rides, horse show, antique tractors, live music and more. Attendance: 10,000.
October 13-14, 2018 28th Annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival!
Held at Rebec Vineyards, this festival embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts, and GARLIC!
October 13-14, 2018 43rd Annual Virginia Wine Festival
The Plains, Virginia
The Virginia Wine Festival is the foundation stone of the wine festival season, and moreover of the Virginia Wine Industry itself. The Virginia Wine Festival offers a unique array of both free and ticketed tasting and learning opportunities. Visit the Seminar Tent to broaden your knowledge and understanding of wine and wine culture, or make a grand day of it with a ticket to our gourmet Wine and Food Pairing Tent. Shorten your wait and enhance your experience with a ticket into the You Be the Judge Tasting Tent.
October 14, 2018
Whitetop Mountain Sorghum Molasses Festival
Molasses and applebutter making, a family event featuring Old Time and Bluegrass Music, arts/crafts and BBQ Chicken.
October 15-19, 2018
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.
October 19-21, 2018
38th Annual Poquoson Seafood Festival - Poquoson, Virginia
The Poquoson Seafood Festival which began as a small celebration of the Poquoson Waterfront Community featured an art show at a local marina over 30 years ago. Today the festival is a large annual event in the City of Poquoson. The festival draws nearly 50,000 people over the three days it is held. The Festival is a dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Working Waterman. The Festival is enjoyed by both residents and visitors from a wide geographic area. The festival features over 150 arts and crafts vendors, nearly 25 seafood Food Vendors, and a variety of commercial vendors throughout. There is a wide variety of seafood for every palate, and entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend. Attendance: 50,000.
October 20, 2018
28th Annual Bay Seafood Festival
The KIWS Rotary Club annual fundraiser. Join Salty the Pelican for an all-you-can-eat buffet, including numerous varieties of seafood side dishes and beverages, as well as live dance music. Attendance: 2,000.
October 20, 2018 Harvest Celebration & Oyster Throw Down
Join us for an exclusive wine and oyster pairing at our Harvest Celebration and Oyster Throw Down. Enjoy 3 wines paired with 6 different oysters. Learn how to pair wine and oysters in a seated tasting experience.
October 20, 2018 - Apple Dumpling Festival - Stuart, Virginia
Enjoy the cooler temperatures with an apple dumpling. Stroll Downtown Stuart and check out local artisans and crafters.
October 20, 2018 29th Bowling Green Harvest Festival
Bowling Green, Virginia
We hold the Harvest Festival rain or shine. Last year’s attendance was estimated between 13,000 and 15,000 fun loving folks of all ages. Our goal each year is to give you a Harvest Festival that is better than the previous year. Your attendance and feedback are two of the ways we know if we met our goal. Our organizers and Town Officials are clearly visible, so let them know if we met your expectations. Attendance: 15,000.
October 20-21, 2018 - Craft Beer Festival - Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival, will be held at the 31 St Park. The new location will mean the event now has convenient parking at the 31st Street City Garage and will be “weather-proof” for the weekend! Live music sets the stage for the perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best beer brewed! Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries are available for sampling.
October 20-21, 2018 - 31st Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world! This fall festival favorite will showcase more than 30 Virginia wineries and over 200 of Virginia's finest wine varieties. Save those frequent flyer miles and enjoy a blissful afternoon of sampling a wide selection of Virginia Wines in Town Point Park as Norfolk Festevents brings the best wineries from across the Commonwealth right to Hampton Roads' premier waterfront venue! Also enjoy gourmet, made-in-Virginia food items, specialty crafts, and live musical entertainment.
October 27, 2018 Brunswick Stew & Stout Festival - Richmond, Virginia
What makes this particular Brunswick Stew Festival so special?? All of the stews you will sample on Saturday are made from scratch onsite! Stew Masters gather at midnight onsite the night before the competition to prepare stews, then serve you the freshest stews. Stew available for purchase by the sample or by the quart. Make sure you get there early before the quarts run out! Stew Crews will be competing in two categories: Best Traditional Brunswick Stew and Best Original Stew. First place prizes for both categories is $1000, and second place prizes for both categories is $500. Stews are complimented by a fine selection of stouts and a range of other beers. Live music.