The Top Events & Festivals Happening Around Virginia in November

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Oct 7, 2019 | Updated: Nov 15, 2019

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Ready to start making weekend travel plans for November? Virginia always has lots of things to do, but fall is a special time in the Commonwealth, marking the beginning of the harvest and holiday seasons. This November, celebrate Virginia’s rich culinary heritage with Customs, Cultures, & Cuisines events, where you’ll learn all about the foods of Virginia, from their historic origins to how they are used by the finest chefs in the state. 

In addition to harvest celebrations, Virginia has much more for you to discover, including notable film festivals and exciting autumn events at some of the most well-known historic properties. Mark your calendars with these Virginia festivals and events happening throughout November to get the most out of your fall!


Taste By the Bay—Irvington

When: November 23, 2019The Tides Inn oysters

Now in its 7th year, the annual Taste by the Bay: Wine, Foods, Arts, & Ales celebrates Virginia’s best culinary and artisan traditions. Sample Virginia wines, craft beers, and some of the best coastal food from nearby restaurants at the Taste by the Bay event, which is held at the luxurious Tides Inn and will feature live music, maritime attractions, and handmade gifts made by local artists. Make it a weekend getaway when you book a room at the Tides Inn and enjoy a relaxing stay along the Chesapeake Bay.


Virginia Film Festival—Charlottesville

When: October 31 – November 3, 2019 Paramount Center for The Arts

For over 30 years, The Virginia Film Festival, held at the University of Virginia, has been captivating audiences with the magic of movies, inspiring attendees with new features and documentaries, fresh takes on timeless classics, and live interviews with Virginia’s filmmakers. This cinematic event brings honorary guests from all over the world, including acclaimed directors, actors, and cultural experts, all coming together for discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage with the audience. Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Sigourney Weaver, Meg Ryan, Oliver Stone, and Ashley Judd are just a few of the celebrated movie stars to attend previous years of the Virginia Film Festival; this year’s lineup includes Ethan Hawke, Ann Dowd, and award-winning filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. 


Night of Fire & Ice—Winchester

When: November 30, 2019Root to Table Food Event series

The final event for the 2019 Taste of the Blue Ridge Root to Table Culinary Series, A Night of Fire & Ice is helmed by Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin of Purcellville’s Magnolia’s at the Mill restaurant and is inspired by the art of Virginia Barbacoa. This is no backyard bbq, but a can’t-miss culinary celebration featuring live ice carving, an open fire pit roasting the barbacoa, and even a craft beer from Adroit Theory Brewing and a limited edition whiskey from Catoctin Creek Distillery, both made especially for the event. There are over 20 chefs participating in A Night of Fire & Ice, with four food stations open for tastings at the beginning of the event, followed by main courses of Lamb Porchetta, Stuffed Pork, and Pit Beef, finally concluding with the largest dessert station ever presented in the Shenandoah Valley. 


Cox Farms Fall Festival—Centreville

When: Through November 5, 2019Cox Farms annual fall festival celebrates the season with autumn activities and foods like apples, pumpkins, a corn maze, cider and hayrides.

Northern Virginia’s largest and most famous Fall Festival, Cox Farms Fall Festival offers everything you could possibly want in an autumnal event, including classic activities like farm hayrides, pumpkin patches, a cornfield adventure, apples, fresh cider, fall foods, and a farm animal petting zoo. The festival also features five giant slides, rope swings, a kid zone, tractor museum, and of course, FOAMHENGE, a life-size replica of the megalithic English ruins. Fun for visitors of all ages, Cox Farms Fall Festival gives everyone a free small pumpkin from the patch to take home with paid admission. 


Virginia Thanksgiving Festival—Charles City

When: November 3, 2019Berkeley Plantation on the James River is historic for many reasons, the most notable being the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States.

The first English-speaking Thanksgiving in the New World occurred on the grounds of where the Berkeley Plantation now stands in coastal Virginia. Four hundred years later, you can celebrate on the same spot during the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. Spend the day eating all your favorite traditional Thanksgiving foods, learning about the history of the holiday, touring the 1726 manor house, and perusing arts and crafts from local vendors. The event also features tribal dancers, re-enactments of the landing of the early colonial settlers on the banks of the James River, and choral music performances. 


Fire, Flour, & Fork—Richmond

When: October 31 – November 3, 2019 Fire, Flour & Fork is a four-day culinary event, organized by Real Richmond Food Tours, celebrating the best the Richmond region has to offer: its complex history, its rich artistic community and its established and rising culinary stars.

Many of the celebrations in November revolve around food, but if you have to only choose one, don’t miss Fire, Flour, & Fork, a four-day culinary event in the capital city organized by Real Richmond Food Tours. This annual eating extravaganza celebrates the best of Virginia’s food scene, with cooking demonstrations from award-winning chefs, dining events held at critically-acclaimed restaurants, foodie tours in Richmond’s unique neighborhoods, and talks on the Commonwealth’s culinary history. Each day features a carefully curated selection of brunches and dinners that allow you to meet the chefs face-to-face and learn about their culinary inspiration firsthand.


Pocahontas Reframed Storyteller’s Film Festival—Richmond

When: November 21 – 24, 2019 Byrd Theatre

Stemming from a desire for indigenous languages, cultures, and societies to continue and thrive, the Pocahontas Reframed: Storytellers Film Festival brings together artists, filmmakers, and actors that want to share, teach, and explain their heritage through creative outlets. Come see Native American-affiliated classics along with recently released films that have been honored at internationally-renowned cinema events like Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Held at the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood, this year’s festival is a signature event of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, which pays tribute to Virginia’s remarkable history. 


Urbanna Oyster Festival—Urbanna 

When: November 1 – 2, 2019Urbanna Oyster Festival

A free festival currently in its 62nd year, the Urbanna Oyster Festival is held in the charming town of Urbanna, located on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Celebrating all things oyster, the festival will have over 50 vendors serving oysters in every way imaginable, from steamed or stewed to Rockefeller or fried (and of course paired with Virginia wines and craft brews, available for purchase.) After eating your fill of delicious Virginia oysters, check out the antique auto show, the arts and crafts vendors, and several live bands playing throughout the festival. Attend on Saturday to see the Oyster Festival Parade, complete with marching bands, floats, and much more. 


Montpelier Hunt Races—Montpelier Station

When: November 2, 2019 Montpelier was the lifelong home of James Madison, president of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and architect of the Bill of Rights.

The 84th Montpelier Hunt Races are held on the historic and scenic grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier. Seven steeplechase horse races are scheduled throughout the day, including six fence jumping races and the premiere race, a race over Montpelier’s signature natural brush fences. Between races, peruse wares from local vendors and shop for the upcoming holiday season and enjoy the tradition of tailgating with friends and family. 

Mount Vernon will also host their Horse & Hounds event on November 2nd, a simulated fox hunt demonstration on the grounds of George Washington’s historic estate. 



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