Kick Off Fall With an Apple Festival

by Stefanie Hatcher | Posted: Sep 18, 2014 | Updated: Jan 26, 2016

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It’s prime time apple season, so check out a festival and pick up some juicy goodness!



Third Weekend of September
Enjoy an autumn weekend in the park and watch apple butter making and apple pie judging. Live entertainment both days. See the over 40 varieties of apples on display in the apple theme booth where you get a free apple! The festival will have all of the apple related foods, hard cider, exhibits and crafts you come to expect from the largest apple festival held in the Shenandoah Valley. Children enjoy the KIDS ZONE area with face painting, scarecrow stuffing & inflatables. Give the apple pie eating contest a go!



Apple Butter Celebration at Shenandoah National Park

Third Saturday in September
Freshly made apple butter, apple crafts, apple food …. apples are just everywhere! Celebrate at Skyland as the staff sets up the copper kettles and stokes up the fire for a day of apple boiling. Watch the process, give the kettle a stir and try a delicious sample. Then take home some fresh-from-the-kettle jars of apple butter. Enjoy some quality time with the family and make sure to try out some apple-smoked BBQ, grilled chicken with an apple salsa, Granny Smith Apple cole slaw, apple cobbler, apple cider and more! The Apple Butter Celebration is a great way to kick off the fall season.


APPLE HARVEST AND APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL – Drumheller’s Orchard, Lovingston

Last Weekend of September
Third Weekend of October
Drumheller’s Orchard prides itself on non-pasteurized apple cider, while also featuring traditional apple recipes and cookbooks to great them when you go home! Bring the family to the festival and enjoy hayrides throughout the orchard, corn mazes an apple slingshot, music, and more!


APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION – Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville

Carter Mountain Apples

Daily September 1 through November 30
It’s their biggest celebration of the year! The Apple Harvest Celebration at Carter Mountain Orchard is widely known for their apple picking selections. Take in the crisp, fall air and enjoy music, hayrides, wine tastings, and of course, apples! Local apple butter, apple pie, cider, donuts… all things apple!



Graves Mountain Lodge

First Three Weekends of October
Come and see nature’s way of blanketing the mountains with beautiful fall colors at the 44th Annual Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival. Enjoy fun-filled days complete with Graves famous food, live Bluegrass Music & Cloggers, arts & crafts, hay maze & Hay Mountain, hayrides, horseback rides, Pick-your-own apples and tour the family’s working educational farm, visit the animals and more. Experience farm days of yesteryear, watch kettles of apple butter cook over an open fire.


APPLE BUTTER MAKIN’ FESTIVALS – Silver Creek and Seaman’s Orchard, Tyro

First and Third Weekends of October
For more than 30 years, Silver Creek and Seaman’s Orchard has had their Apple Butter Makin’ Festival. You will find both the Flippin and the Seaman family members working throughout the day, making their apple butter the old-fashioned way in large copper kettles. Products for sale include apples, apple butter, jams, jellies, cider, cookbooks, gifts and more. Pick your own apples, children’s games, food and crafters, and of course, live music.


APPLE DAY – Pharsalia, Tyro

Second Sunday of October
Enjoy mulled cider, food, apple butter making and music to go along at the second annual Apple Day in Pharsalia. Spend the day out in the country with talks and demonstrations about different apple recipes and more!


APPLE DAY – Douthat State Park, Millboro

Second Sunday of October
Douthat State Park‘s Apple Day and the Arts & Crafts Fair are combined this year. Enjoy crisp mountain air and beautiful fall foliage. Celebrate the fruits of fall. Enjoy games, hay rides, bluegrass music and great food, and observe apple butter making, pelt displays, campfire cooking, clogging, and traditional Appalachian artisan and craft demonstrations. The Art and Craft fair features artisans and crafters from throughout the region. See quilts, birdhouses, ceramics, candles, wood crafts, jewelry, photography, baskets and more.

For more apple festivals and picking goodness, check out the apple picking page!



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are there any apple or fall events taking place on Oct. 13, Columbus Day?


This sounds like a lot of fun!