25+ Apple Festivals, Orchards, and Cideries to Visit This Fall

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Sep 9, 2016 | Updated: Sep 10, 2019

Comments: 20 Comments

graves mountain apples

What perfectly pairs with the crisp air of fall in Virginia? Biting into a delicious, juicy apple. There are fall festivals, numerous cideries, and over two dozen orchards throughout Virginia, all serving Virginia-grown fruit or products made from the apples. Infuse some fall flavor into your calendar with a visit to a few of these apple-centric destinations.



Graves’ Mountain Apple Harvest Festival—Syria

Dates: First Three Weekends in OctoberGraves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival

One of the longest-running apple festivals in Virginia is the Graves’ Mountain Apple Harvest Festival, now in its 49th year. The area is surrounded by rolling mountains, and during the fall, the hills are blanketed in gorgeous fall colors. You can pick your own apples at the festival or purchase them pre-picked. In addition to fresh apples, you can get every kind of apple dish imaginable at the festival, such as apple butter made right in front of you. Take an educational tour of the farm property, get through the hay maze, jump on a hay ride, or climb the festival’s famous “hay mountain” with the kids. Leashed pets are welcome to attend this annual festival.


Apple Harvest & Apple Butter Festival at Drumheller’s Orchard—Lovingston

Dates: September 28-29, October 19-20, 2019

At the Apple Butter Festival at Drumheller’s Orchard, you’ll sample apple butters, ciders, and many more apple dishes and drinks made from the fruit grown at the orchard, as well as other Virginia favorites like country ham and locally made barbecue. Pets are welcome, and the kids will love the exciting activities available to them, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, bounce castle, hayrides, and non-stop live entertainment.


Apple Butter Celebration in Shenandoah National Park—Luray

Dates: September 14, 2019

Held at Skyland, the Apple Butter Celebration in Shenandoah National Park invites visitors to learn about the countless dishes that can be created from apples. Whether you enjoy basic apple recipes like apple pie or more unusual items like an apple salsa, you’ll find it all at this festival. All day long, stop by the copper kettles to see how the apples are boiled down to make apple butter, then take a fresh jar home with you. There are also pony rides and crafts for the kids, wine tastings, and plenty of live entertainment at the Apple Butter Celebration.


Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival—Clearbrook

Dates: September 21-22, 2019

Winchester Rotary Apple Harvest Festival

Every visitor receives a free apple when they come to the Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival, ensuring no one misses out on the crisp treats. Want more apple? Register for the Apple Pie Eating Contest, the baking contest, or learn how apple butter is made at the festival. Shop crafts made by local artisans and discover the many different varietals of Virginia apples at the “Apple Theme Arena”. Pets are welcome to the festival, and kids have plenty of entertainment, including face painting and an inflatable bouncy castle. Adults can purchase hard ciders, craft beers, and Virginia wines to pair with the seasonal foods available at the festival.


Apple Day: A Celebration of “Applachian” Heritage, Arts, and Crafts Festival—Millboro

Dates: Exact Date TBA, October 2019

The Apple Day Festival in Millboro offers endless entertainment, from the live bluegrass music to the hayrides that the whole family will enjoy. Taste fresh apple butter straight from the kettle made by local cooks, and if that just whets your appetite, there is a whole range of apple dishes for you to try at the festival. While the festival honors all things apple, it also pays tribute to Appalachian culture with activities like clogging and traditional Appalachian craft demonstrations. Buy locally made quilts, birdhouses, jewelry, ceramics, candles, wood work, and much more from local vendors at the Apple Day Festival.


Apple Harvest Festival at Marker-Miller Orchard—Winchester

Dates: October 12-13, 2019

marker miller orchard

With over 20 apple varietals available, the Apple Harvest Festival held at the Marker-Miller Orchard has plenty to offer apple enthusiasts. You can pick your own apples in the orchards, buy hand-selected fruit, and purchase virtually every apple product at the festival. Find homemade classic treats like fresh apple cobbler or unusual items like apple cider slushees. Take the kids for a ride on the “Cow Train” or explore the orchard’s playground complete with a Kiddieland Zone. Wagon rides and live music happen continuously during this two-day festival.


Richards Apple Harvest Festival—Middletown

Dates: October 19, 2019

Richard's Fruit Market

The Richards Apple Harvest Festival has all your apple favorites made from several Virginia varietals, as well as classic fall foods like Brunswick stew to eat while you walk through the fruit market. Virginia wines are also available for visitors to taste and purchase. The children will love touring the grounds on the farm’s wagon, taking a spin on the “cow train” rides, and petting the local farm animals at this annual apple festival in Middletown.


Mount Jackson Apple Harvest Festival—Mount Jackson

Dates: October 26, 2019

In addition to apple dishes and goods, the Mount Jackson Apple Harvest Festival features two stages for live music, local food trucks serving up delicious dishes, and a beer garden that offers a wide selection of Virginia craft beers. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, making this a great apple festival for the entire family to attend this fall.



Showalter's Orchard and Greenhouse and Old Hill Cidery

The dates for picking apples at these orchards varies, so make sure to contact them individually to get information on the picking schedules and seasonal availability.


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Hard ciders have slowly been on the rise in Virginia, utilizing the prevalent fall fruit to craft enjoyable adult beverages. Visit a few cideries around the state to taste test the results.


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Celebrate the arrival of fall with a trip to some of these apple-themed festivals, orchards, and cideries. What is your favorite destination to sample Virginia abundant apple products?


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Avatar Maggie Chapin says:

Westmoreland Berry Farm and Orchard is closing this weekend for the season.

Avatar Sarah F says:

Thanks for this article and collecting events and dates. Looking forward to my first festival.

** Can I make a suggestion? If the events could also be presented on a map this would be quite helpful to those of us still familiarizing ourselves with VA geography. Largely what will dictate where I go is how far it is from where I live.

Avatar Pat C says:

Any Apple Festivals in Southern Virginia?

Avatar Patricia Keppel says:

No apple-centric festivals that I know of in the region, but there is the South Boston Harvest Festival and the South Hill Harvest Festival.

Avatar Laurie Malone says:

Headed to Albemarle CiderWorks tomorrow to pick up my case, eat lunch and hopefully hear some music!

Avatar Terry says:

Thank you for the information. Richards Apple Harvest Festival did not serve “classic fall foods like Brunswick Stew” unless your idea of classic fall foods is hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled pizza. I showed the farmer this article and he had no idea why Brunswick Stew was even mentioned as they have never served it. We did enjoy our visit as well as the live music, grilled pizza and apple pie, but the farm is small and the parking lot accommodates maybe 20 cars.

Avatar Terry says:

p.s. The farmer, his family and his staff were all very friendly and helpful.

Avatar Todd Rath says:

Somehow Blue Toad Hard Cider was left off this site. Great Harvest Fest planned October 15th from Noon till 6pm.

Avatar Clayton says:

This is a good list, but there are many apple festivals especially in the U.S. that were left off the list.

Avatar Donna Lemon says:

Carter’s Mountain has the BEST apple cider donuts and they’re hot when you get them. Large selection of apples as well.

Avatar Jessica says:

Politics aside, BOLD ROCK has AMAZING cider & views! They are dog, kid & picnic friendly. My favorite place to go!!!!

Avatar Dorie says:

They all sound great, avoid bold rock though. They support domestic violence and re-victimaze victims. They are not a family friendly brand.

Avatar Jayne says:

What is your proof for that ugly accusation? FTR, the owner of Graves Mountain is a Trump supporter, documented in the Washington Post. So I won’t support that business. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-village-named-syria-in-the-heart-of-virginia-explains-why-many-will-vote-trump/2016/05/22/f00e76b0-1dcf-11e6-9c81-4be1c14fb8c8_story.html

Avatar Nat says:

Thanks for the info. Looking forward to going there!

Avatar Robert says:

Support all Trump voters.

Avatar Tommy78 says:

Who cares who they are supporting for president. What does that have to do with the quaility of their product? In reality you should probably be boycotting a majority of big business then. I’ll be headed to graves this fall 🙂

Graves Mountain Lodge, Inc. respects the right of anyone to have their own political views without criticism. We wish other folks would do the same. Our Festival is non-political and is designed for family fun and entertainment.

Avatar Brian says:

Apples, guys.
Toss both sides of politics to the wind and enjoy the festivities.

Avatar Mathew Du says:

Oh yeah! It’s that apple time again! Love it! It’s just a gift that keeps on giving (every year)