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2023 Virginia - October 2023
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

(see also: 2022  -  2021  -  2019  -  2018  -  2017  -   2015)


September 22-October 1, 2023
State Fair of Virginia
Doswell, Virginia

September 29-Oct 1, 2023
49th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, Boardwalk Weekend
Virginia Beach, Virginia

September 29-Oct 8, 2023
International Sandsculpting Championship - Virginia Beach, Virginia


October 1-31, 2023  Virginia Wine Month - Statewide, Virginia
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 5-8, 2023  45th Annual Suffolk Peanut Festival
Suffolk, Virginia
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 6-7, 2023  41st Annual West Point Crab Carnival
West Point, Virginia
Something for everyone including parades, entertainment, fireworks, arts & crafts and children's activities. (also: )  Attendance: 10,000.

October 6-8, 2023  Hands and Harvest Festival
Highland County, Virginia
A Weekend 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 7, 2023  20th Annual 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 7, 2023  45th Annual Boones Mill Apple Festival
Boones Mill, Virginia
There will be plenty of food, crafts, entertainment, games and fun for children of all ages.

October 7, 2023  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 14, 2023  13th Annual Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival
Chesapeake, Virginia
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 14, 2023  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 20-22, 2023  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.

2022 Virginia - October 2022
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

October 1-2, 2022  46th Annual Virginia Wine Festival
Ashburn, 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 8, 2022  Whiskey Wine & Fire - Centreville, Virginia
This exclusive foodie celebration will feature: Whiskey Bars, Elegant Wines & Cocktails, Great Music, Tented Food Stations, Food Trucks, & Restaurants and Intimate Firepits throughout. Relax Around the Fire Gardens and enjoy an inspired take on fire-kissed BBQ, specialty grilling, and drink pairings. Enjoy the firebreathers and artists set the night ablaze. Please dress appropriately, the event is outdoors.

October 10-16, 2022  Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week
Culpeper, Virginia
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 15, 2022  Apple Dumpling Festival - Stuart, Virginia
Enjoy the cooler temperatures with an apple dumpling. Stroll Downtown Stuart and check out local artisans and crafters.

October 15, 2022  Festival of Grapes and Hops - Petersburg, Virginia
'Sip in Lincoln Footsteps' at our Annual Grapes and Hops festival featuring tastings of new and classic vintages of Virginia’s finest winemaking and craft breweries. It is a wonderful opportunity to leisurely examine the artisans and crafters on display while walking in history in beautiful Old Towne Petersburg.

October 15-16, 2022  Festival of India - Richmond, Virginia
An eagerly anticipated annual event, since it began in 1981. A unique opportunity to celebrate and explore India's diverse culture and traditions, including authentic regional food, arts, crafts, and entertainment.

October 15, 2022  32nd Bowling Green Harvest Festival
Bowling Green, Virginia
We hold the Harvest Festival rain or shine.  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 15-16, 2022  Root to Table’s Bountiful Virginia Harvest Feast
Purcellville, Virginia
Join fellow foodies for an exclusive culinary experience this Fall inspired by a leader of the Root to Table Culinary Series!  Root to Table and Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin invite you to dine in the vines of Breaux Vineyards this Fall!

October 15-16, 2022  34th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Norfolk, Virginia
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 22, 2022  Blacksburg Brew Do - Blacksburg, Virginia
We Do Brew. Do You? The Blacksburg Partnership will hold the annual award-winning Blacksburg Brew Do, a craft beer festival at the First & Main Shopping District. A plethora of craft beer will be available from at least 40 local, Mid-Atlantic, and national craft- and micro-breweries. Attendees will savor culinary delights from local restaurants and enjoy home brewing demonstrations, live music, tailgating fun, and the culmination of the 5th annual Brew Do Homebrew Competition.

October 22-23, 2022  Fall Harvest Festival - Mount Vernon, Virginia
Celebrate the crisp autumn season with 18th-century activities and demonstrations at the Farm at Mount Vernon.

October 24-27, 2022  IBWA Annual Business Conferences & Trade Show
Alexandria, Virginia
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA).

2021 Virginia - October 2021
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

October 9, 2021  48th Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
Chincoteague, Virginia
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.

October 25-27, 2021  30th Annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord
Arlington, Virginia
This long-standing commitment between senior state and provincial agriculture officials of Canada, Mexico and the United States is the primary opportunity for state agriculture departments to iron out the details on agricultural trade with our largest trading partners.

2019 Virginia - October 2019
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

October 12, 2019 - Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - Leesburg, Virginia
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

October 13, 2019 - Whitetop Mountain Molasses Festival
Whitetop, Virginia
Molasses and applebutter making, a family event featuring Old Time and Bluegrass Music, arts/crafts and BBQ Chicken.

October 14-18, 2019 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 19-20, 2019  Craft Beer Festival - Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival, will be held In a huge tent on the beach at 30th Street, our location is conveniently near parking at the municipal garage across the street.  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 27, 2019  Harvest Stew & Stout Festival - Henrico, Virginia
For 2019, we are opening up Harvest Stew & Stout to all types of stews! Vegetarian, Brunswick, Gumbo – we want them all! We are excited to announce the official location of this year’s festival is Dorey Park, 2999 Darby Town Road, Henrico, VA, at Shelters 1 & 2.  The Harvest Stew & Stout Festival supports the Enrichmond Foundation’s mission of serving Richmond’s people, parks and public spaces.  Entry Fee: $1 suggested entry donation to Enrichmond keeps the stew coming! Enrichmond is a 501(c)(3) public charity.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs – we’ll have live music and tents to kick back under. Your four-legged friends are welcome – they must be socialized and leashed. This is a rain or shine event!

2018 Virginia - October 2018
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

October 4-28, 2018 - THE GLOW: A Jack O' Lantern Experience
Reston, Virginia
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 13-14, 2018 - 28th Annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival!
Amherst, Virginia
Held at Rebec Vineyards, this festival embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts, and GARLIC!

October 20, 2018 - 28th Annual Bay Seafood Festival
Kilmarnock, Virginia
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.


2017 Virginia - October 2017
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

October 21, 2017  Greenvale School Chili Cook-off - Roanoke, Virginia
Unfortunately, we will not be hosting a Chili Cookoff in 2017. Questions, please contact our Business Office at (540) 342-4716. (Greenvale School).

October 21-22, 2017  NOVA Brewfest - Centreville, Virginia
The annual Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest (NOVA) Fall Brewfest is a "World Beer Celebration" with live outdoors music, crafters, food and of course, lots of great craft brews to sample! It's the biggest and best beer and music festival in Northern Virginia!


2015 Virginia - October 2015
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

October 3, 2015  War of the Wings - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Annual War of the Wings promotes the best wing restaurants throughout Hampton Roads. BOB FM, 96X, US 106, WNIS, and WTAR will have listeners lining up to sample wings and vote for their favorites. Live music, adult beverages, prizes, giveaways, children's activities, and, of course, discovering the best wings in town are all part of the day's activities.

October 17-18 & 24-25, 2015  Tysons Fall Harvest - Tysons, Virginia
Stroll through the arts and crafts booths and taste some of the fun flavors of Fall.  The kids will enjoy all the fun activities and rides.  The adults will enjoy the Wine and Beer tastings.  Everyone will enjoy the demonstrations by the Master Pumpkin Carvers while they prepare for the evenings Great Pumpkin Gathering. It is all here for the reaping……bring your family and friends and carve out some special memories.



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