10 Free Things to Do this Fall in Virginia
by Casey | Posted on September 9th, 2013
One of Virginia’s most beautiful seasons is upon us, and you must get out and enjoy the view. Take your scenic drive, but also incorporate one or two of these 10 free things to do this fall. Your weekends are going to be amazing!
1. The Callands Festival in Callands, Virginia was named a Local Legacy of American Folk Life and Culture by the Library of Congress in 2000. Join in the fun with reenactors representative of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, musicians, artisans, and guided tours of the historic buildings. Traditional foods will be available, as will beautifully handcrafted items. It’s happening the first Saturday of October!
2. The Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy marks the birthplace, early life and emancipation of educator, esteemed orator and presidential advisor, Booker T. Washington. The third Saturday in September is Harvest Time of 1864, which will portray tobacco plantation life during the harvest. Interpretive programs, craft demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides and fun for the children are all included.
3. Visit Westmoreland Berry Farm in Colonial Beach. Acres of Rappahannock River frontage are perfect for picnics and bird watching. The kids will enjoy a play area just for them, as well as the antics of the skywalking goats. Give the goats a nibble from the pulley feeder system; they love it! Westmoreland is a pick-your-own farm offering fall raspberries and pumpkins. Hitch a ride on the hay wagon to head to the fields. The only fees incurred at the farm are for pick-your-own products and cafe purchases.
4. Day at the Point is an annual fall festival held the first Saturday of October in Lynchburg at Point of Honor, an 1815 Federal style mansion. The festivities include living history, kids games and activities, craft vendors, period music, candle making, beekeeping, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, farm animals, and free tours of the home. Food will be available for purchase, including Brunswick stew, barbecue, hot dogs, and homemade baked goods.
5. It’s rare to find a free three-day music festival, but Richmond has one. Check out the Richmond Folk Festival during the second weekend of October. Seven stages will host more than 30 music and dance groups – ballet, reggae, bluegrass, Vietnamese, Scissors Dance, polka, salsa, gospel, Cajun … the list goes on. And there’s a place for kids with make-and-take crafts and special performers.
6. How about a hayride? The 60-acre Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton offers the Bluebird Country Hayride once a month at noon. Head that way on the second Saturdays of September, October and November. It’s a leisurely ride around the farm, the pond, through the woods and back again. Find a picnic area to enjoy lunch, walk the nature trail or let the kids loose at the playground. Hayride is weather dependent.
7. Burke’s Garden is often referred to as God’s Thumbprint thanks to its aerial appearance – a giant thumbprint on the landscape of southwest Virginia. Visit this beautiful mountaintop valley during the Burke’s Garden Fall Festival on the last Saturday of September. The festival is an annual event dating to 1987, and its “handmade, homegrown and hands-on” reflects farm living in the Heart of Appalachia.
8. The next opportunity for you to enjoy Virginia’s National Parks for free is the last Saturday of September. Not all of the National Parks charge a fee, but there are some very popular ones that do. Mark this date to visit Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Shenandoah National Park and five others for free!
9. Check out the two-day Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour through Virginia’s beautiful Culpeper County during the first weekend of October. Take your time touring through 18 farms and farm related businesses to get involved with some hands-on activities and demonstrations, as well as mingle with llamas, horses, cattle, and buffalo. Expect to see both traditional and unique farm experiences during this free weekend that really does have something for everyone – even wine and moonshine!
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