October 1 – 31, 2019 – Virginia Wine Month – Statewide
October is Virginia Wine Month. Pick a vineyard or a weekend. Plot out the perfect itinerary or follow wherever the road takes you to explore the shifting landscape and extraordinary wines of Virginia.
October 4 – 5, 2019 – 37th Annual West Point Crab Carnival – West Point
The West Point, Virginia Crab Carnival is sponsored by the West Point Chamber of Commerce. Crab Carnival holds a special place in the hearts of all Tidewater community members as a joyous celebration of the Town of West Point's history and a great fall festival.
October 5, 2019 – Yorktown Wine Festival – Yorktown
Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or an aspiring novice—you don’t want to miss our grand tasting. Not only will you sample some of Virginia’s finest vino, but we’ll take your palate on a trip around the world! We’ll feature live music, great food from local restaurants, and the work of talented artisans. Also this year: a Craft Beer Garden. Limited samplings of local craft brews or purchase a glass of your favorite.
October 5, 2019 – Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape – Powhatan
25+ Virginia Wineries, live music, 100 vendors and food trucks…Powhatan knows how to uncork and unwind. Party in the streets with 8,000 of our closest friends while tasting the best Virginia has to offer. Help us celebrate the 17th Festival of the Grape with reds, whites, roses, and a few sparkling surprises.
October 10 – 13, 2019 – Suffolk Peanut Fest – Suffolk
This year marks the 42nd Anniversary of Suffolk, Virginia's premier festival. This family-friendly event honors the city's agriculture heritage and devotion to peanuts, our favorite legumes. Known for its fun family activities, Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, motorcycle rally, shrimp feast, fireworks and much more. Combine all of these great activities with local and national entertainment and you have a weekend full of good times!
October 11 – 13, 2019 – Hands & Harvest Festival – Highland County
Celebrate the beauty of fall in the cozy mountains of Western Virginia at Highland County’s annual Hands & Harvest Festival. Held on the second full weekend in October, this event offers three days of activities, entertainment, farm tours, and fall fun.
October 12, 2019 – 47th Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
The Chincoteague Oyster Festival is held to promote the seafood industry and mark the arrival of the oyster season. Come and enjoy oysters—raw, steamed, fritters, and single fried; clam fritters, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, salad bar, hot dogs, hushpuppies, and Boardwalk fries.
October 12, 2019 – Chesapeake Wine Festival – Chesapeake
Pick a theme and dress up or come as you are to the 10th Annual Chesapeake Wine Festival at Chesapeake City Park. Listen to live music, eat great food, shop, attend seminars, drink some excellent wines, and most importantly, help local charities.
October 12, 2019 – The Taste of Brunswick Festival – Lawrenceville
For the past twenty years, the Taste of Brunswick Festival has been growing and progressing, drawing about 10,000 attendees annually from across the state.
October 12, 2019 – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – Leesburg
LEESBURG’s Favorite Smoked Meat Onslaught is back – with TEETH! Come and see what over 225,000 people nationwide have enjoyed! This is our 4th Annual PORK-OUT in Leesburg, VA. COME AND JOIN US! For a down-home, Southern-fried, good time... to support your inner Redneck!
October 14 – 20, 2019 – Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week - Culpeper
If you've been waiting for a special occasion to explore the robust and diverse mix of downtown Culpeper restaurants, you now have one: Culpeper Renaissance's Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week. Enjoy a three-course menu for only $30 per person.
October 18 – 20, 2019 – 39th Annual Poquoson Seafood Festival – Poquoson
Enjoy the Bounty of the Bay and visit the 2019 Poquoson Seafood Festival. The City of Poquoson's annual salute to the working watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and life along the bay in a coastal City.
October 18 – 25, 2019 – 3rd Chesapeake Restaurant Week
Chesapeake Restaurant Week is an opportunity for locals and visitors to celebrate Chesapeake's flourishing culinary scene. Eat your way through Chesapeake and experience a multi-course meal that will leave you feeling satisfied, all for a prix fixe price. Participating restaurants are serving up a variety of offerings from $10 to $50; all sure to tempt your appetite!
October 19, 2019 – Breaux Vineyards Harvest Celebration – Purcellville
Come and celebrate the end of a bountiful harvest season with us! We will have King Street Oyster Bar here for this fun-filled two-day event to bring you oysters in 6 different varieties. From salty to sweet, robust to delicate, you will want to try them all! Oysters will be sold raw, topped, and grilled. Lobster rolls, crab cakes, and spiced shrimp will be available for purchase. Everyone knows that oysters pair perfectly with wine! Wine tastings will be available all day. We will also have 3 Fires Oven with their delicious wood-fired pizzas. There will be live music on both days as well as craft vendors selling their wares on site!
October 19 – 20, 2019 – Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival – Norfolk
Experience Hampton Roads’ most anticipated Wine Festival of the fall season along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world! This year’s fall favorite will showcase more than 30 wineries with over 200 of the Commonwealth’s finest wine varieties.
Festival guests can enjoy the company of friends and family along the Elizabeth River for a weekend-long harvest of Virginia wineries in Town Point Park. Budding sommeliers and everyday enthusiasts can sample and purchase premier wine vintages and enjoy live musical performances, along with gourmet foods and specialty wares.
October 19 – 20, 2019 – 44th Annual Virginia Wine Festival – Ashburn
The Virginia Wine Festival offers a unique array of both free and ticketed tasting and learning opportunities. Taste Over 200+ Virginia wines (unlimited wine tastings are included in your event ticket), dozens of ciders and buy bottles and cases and take them home to enjoy all year.
October 19 – 20, 2019, Virginia Beach Craft Beef Festival – Virginia Beach
More than 60 craft beers from more than 30 breweries will be available for sampling at the Virginia Beach Craft Beef Festival. Tickets include unlimited sampling, a commemorative cup, and live music. Festival is held under an Octoberfest-style tent on the beach at 30th Street.
October 20, 2019 – Bay Seafood Festival – Kilmarnock
Now in its 28th year, come “Party with a Purpose”! Bay Seafood Festival is an all-you-care-to-eat festival with great dance music that raises funds for a variety of non-profits throughout the River Realm. Located on the banks of Indian Creek, just minutes from the Chesapeake Bay-you can boat in or drive in!
October 21 – 27, 2019 – Richmond Restaurant Week - Richmond
For two weeks of every year, Richmond Restaurant Week offers diners the opportunity to experience a three-course meal at the city’s best, locally owned restaurants for less than $30.
Come out and experience your favorite spot in a new way, or explore a place you’ve never been. With dozens of Richmond’s best locally-owned restaurants participating, you’ll want to make more than one reservation. Contribute to the local economy and help eliminate hunger just by enjoying a great meal.
Since 2001, Richmond Restaurant Week has been celebrating the city’s diverse food scene while helping give back to the community. The first restaurant week of its kind, Richmond Restaurant Week has had a lifelong commitment to donating a portion of every meal purchased to Feed More - a Richmond-based nonprofit that collects, prepares and distributes food to our neighbors in need.
October 26, 2019 – Blacksburg Brew Do - Blacksburg
The 11th Annual Blacksburg Brew Do will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from noon – 5pm, with Premium Admission beginning at 11am. The festival welcomes back the best in craft brewers from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, offering another outstanding selection of ales, lagers, pilsners, stouts, ciders and more. Delicious food, cooking and brewing demonstrations and live entertainment complement a great day of beer tasting. Proceeds from this event benefit The Blacksburg Partnership, a non-profit organization working to enhance the quality of life in Blacksburg.
October 27, 2019 – Harvest Stew & Stout Festival – Henrico
For 2019, we are opening up Harvest Stew & Stout to all types of stews! Vegetarian, Brunswick, Gumbo – we want them all! We are excited to announce the official location of this year’s festival is Dorey Park, 2999 Darby Town Road, Henrico, VA, at Shelters 1 & 2. The Harvest Stew & Stout Festival supports the Enrichmond Foundation’s mission of serving Richmond’s people, parks and public spaces.
October 31 – November 3, 2019 – Fire, Flour & Fork – in and around Richmond
Named one of the top 3 food festivals in the nation by USA Today in March 2019, and garnering press coverage in Bon Appetit, Fire, Flour & Fork comes back for a sixth year in Richmond, with more than 25 dinners, events, behind-the-scenes tours and talks.
November 1 – 2, 2019 – 62nd Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival - Urbanna
In 1958, a group came before Town Council and requested $150 to help with activities of Urbanna Days. The request was approved. In 1961, the name was changed to the Urbanna Oyster Festival, and the festival was designated as the “official” Oyster Festival of the Commonwealth in 1988. The festival is sponsored by the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting educational and civic events throughout the year.
November 9, 2019 – Richmond Cider Celebration – Richmond
Richmond kicks off Virginia Cider Week right! As the first event of this state-wide celebration, the Richmond Cider Celebration draws cideries and attendees from across Virginia.
Cider Celebration features Virginia cideries and their representatives, as well as local food and artisan vendors. Tastings and full pours are available. We are excited to announce the official location of this year’s event is Scott’s Addition, 1320 Summit Ave, Richmond, VA.
November 15 – 24, 2019 – Cider Week Virginia – Statewide
Celebrate Virginia cider around the state.