If you’re already looking ahead to pumpkin-flavored drinks, fiery-hued foliage, and the cooler temperatures that fall brings, you’ll want to start planning your travel itineraries for these September events and festivals happening around Virginia. With epic Southwest Virginia music festivals, coastal concerts, and lakefront wine celebrations, September in Virginia has something for everyone!
Apple Butter Celebration in Shenandoah National Park—Luray
Picking apples is a classic Virginia fall tradition, but take it one step further this August with the Apple Butter Celebration in Shenandoah National Park. Held at Skyland, the event allows you to learn all there is to know about apple butter, from the boiling of freshly picked apples in copper kettles over a crackling fire to utilizing the tasty spread in tried-and-true recipes. The resort chefs will create a full apple-inspired menu for you to sample during the day, from pulled pork sandwiches with apple spiced barbecue sauce to apple cobblers, turnovers, and strudels. Live entertainment, children’s crafts, and pony rides round out this autumn festival in Shenandoah National Park.
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream & Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt—Williamsburg & Doswell
Virginia’s two most well-known theme parks embrace the terrors of Halloween beginning at sundown during select weekends in September and October. Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream features haunted houses and mazes, themed regions of the park that are staffed with costumed workers ready to scare, and Halloween-inspired food and drinks served throughout the park.
At Kings Dominion, Halloween Haunt is a family-friendly affair during the day, but transforms into a frightening landscape in the evenings, complete with haunted mazes, scare zones, and terrifying live shows. The park is filled with over 400 monsters and ghouls at night, petrifying visitors around every corner.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion—Bristol
A three-day festival along Downtown Bristol’s State Street, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion commemorates the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions, some of the most noteworthy and influential musical recordings ever created. Catch over 100 bands play on 19 stages during the festival, filling the streets of Bristol with Americana, country, bluegrass, rock, blues, and several other genres that trace their roots to the Bristol Sessions. Visit the website for the complete lineup and to purchase tickets; children 12 and under get in free.
Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend—Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk comes alive with music, artisan vendors, and food trucks during the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, an annual event that takes place along the 32 blocks of the city’s paved oceanfront pathway. More than 35 local, regional, and national bands take the stage over this three-day festival, which combines the best of coastal living with nonstop live music performances.
Hoopla at Devils Backbone Brewing Company—Roseland
Craft Beer Month may have come and gone, but you can still celebrate your love of Virginia brews during Hoopla at Devils Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows. Tucked in a scenic valley in Nelson County, the brewery is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, an awe-inspiring backdrop for a long weekend of live music, award-winning craft beers, outdoor activities, and fantastic food. Stay overnight at Wintergreen Resort, book a relaxing stay at a local bed and breakfast, or camp on-site during the festival to get the full outdoor experience. Get Tickets
State Fair of Virginia—Doswell
The State Fair of Virginia is held at the Meadow Event Park about 30 minutes north of Richmond. An annual tradition since 1854, the fair includes animal and agricultural exhibits, live music and shows, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions, thrilling rides, and all sorts of food and drink. This family-friendly event is a memorable experience for people of all ages! Get Tickets
Join the LGBTQ+ communities in Richmond for VA PrideFest, the Commonwealth’s official Pride celebration. A free event on Brown’s Island that welcomes people of all ages, this annual day of festivities features food and drinks from local restaurants, outdoor activities, and lots of live entertainment, all in support of Virginia’s LGBTQ+ community.
Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival—Moneta
Enjoy delicious glasses of vino along the shores of one of Virginia’s most pristine lakes at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, an annual festival that features over 25 Virginia wineries. Sample some wines (and even a few Virginia beers and spirits!) with food from local restaurants, then peruse the vendor booths to check out handmade arts and crafts from dozens of regional artisans. The festival runs from 11am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, with live music performances happening throughout both days. Get Tickets
50 Years of Love Celebrations Continue—Various Virginia Locations
When: Throughout 2019
Virginia’s Summer of Love has officially ended, but the 50 Years of Love Celebrations continue through fall and winter of 2019, with special deals and discounts happening all over the Commonwealth. Richmond’s Basket & Bike is offering their signature ride at Upper Shirley Vineyards and their Discover Downtown Richmond Tour for just $50 per person (a discount of $75 off regular price!) from August 1 through September 20, 2019 using promo code 50love. Book Now
More Things to Do Around Virginia in September:
- Shenandoah Valley Music Festival—Orkney Springs
When: September 1, 2019
- Front Porch Fest—Stuart
When: September 1, 2019
- American Music Festival—Virginia Beach
When: September 1-2, 2019
When: September 7, 2019
- Richmond Dog Festival—Richmond
When: September 21, 2019
- Burkes Garden Fall Festival—Tazewell
When: September 28, 2019