Looking for the perfect family activity during October and November? Let's talk about our favorite fall festivals in Virginia Beach. Find out here which festivals are worth a visit and which family activities you can do there.
Fall Festivals are any kind of festivities taking place in autumn. Depending on the country or area, these can be very different. We love fall festivals in Virginia Beach! Here they are the perfect combination of outdoor activities. Do you want to know more? So let's get started with our favorites.
When October hits, most of us are ready for fall weather. We want the leaves to start changing and to wear sweaters. We want to drink pumpkin and apple-flavored beverages. Also, we want to turn OFF the air conditioner and open up the house windows for fresh autumn air. We want to not sweat the moment we walk out of our front door. Instead, we want to wear black jeans & sneakers. We don't want to sweat Saturdays on the soccer field or baseball field sidelines.
However, weekends are the perfect time to explore fall festivals with your family. You might already have your favorite place to pick the perfect pumpkin at Chesapeake and Pungo farms, but there are a lot of other fun things to do that might not be on your radar.
Local tip for fall festivals - Call before you head out to pick pumpkins to make sure the farm is open. Most of this depends on the weather!
Love the outdoors, the woods, and all things First Landing State Park? So head to the Picnic Shelter on Saturday, October 19 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. for First Landing Fall Festival. Enjoy the natural surrounds of the park, while enjoyinghayrides, decorating pumpkins, fall-related crafts, roasting s'mores, and other special fall exhibits. Walk through the woods, and collect the colorful leaves as well as discarded acorns off ground. Challenge your family also to find the prettiest leaves, or the largest pinecone as you go along. Pull out your Search & Find Adventure card to make it more of a challenge! This is a true hot spot for fall festivals.
If you haven't trekked out to the pumpkin patch yet this year, you still have plenty of time. Virginia Beach sits in the perfect location, surrounded by farms in Chesapeake, Pungo, and beyond. You can lug the heavy cart over those pumpkin vines as your child wanders further and further into the patch, searching for just the right pumpkin. But these farms are more than just pumpkins!
Cullipher Farm has over 9 acres of pumpkins for you to choose from! With a wide selection of different varieties, you'll be sure to find what you need here. Cullipher's Play Area is the perfect place area for fall festivals with a hay mountain, slides, pedal carts, and a lot more - it will certainly keep your kids and their friends entertained for quite some time. Not only do they have a sunflower maze for the little guys they also have a medium level maze of cotton. Plus, there's a much more difficult and longer corn maze for those who are up for the challenge. Their play area and mazes cost money and are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. As you drive back home, be sure to pop by their Farm Stand to pick up fresh local produce, and perhaps have an ice cream cone for a treat.
There are many other great Farms and fun things to do at fall festivals in Chesapeake if you want to make a day out of it! Backbay's Farmhouse Brewing Company has just opened up, with plenty of family-friendly activities on it's grounds to keep everyone busy while you can enjoy a beer.
The Hunt Club Farm's Fall Harvest Festival should be on your list of places fall festivals. Every weekend in October, the Hunt Club is open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. They hold the title for Virginia Beach's largest pumpkin patch and have an array of other fun activities to do with your family. The petting farm has every farm animal and beyond you can imagine. They have hayrides, pony rides, and all-new carnival rides. My boys love the tractors you can pretend to drive. This is a one-stop-shop for all your fall needs. Not only do they have pumpkins, but they have all sorts of festival decor.
Bergey's Breadbasket in Chesapeake, VA is another great place to visit for fall festivals where you can befriend farm animals after you've snagged fresh eggs, a snack, or the perfect pumpkin. Bergey's also has a fantastic corn maze for your family to weave their way through, working together to come out the other end. Don't forget to try their homemade ice cream--especially during these extra-warm fall days!
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and social distancing, many fall food and wine festivals have been postponed until 2021. So if you've looked forward to things like the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival, you'll need to wait until October 9, 2021. With twenty premier Virginia Wineries, live entertainment, food vendors, and much more, you can spend all day basking in the sunlight and enjoying the festivities.
The same goes for the Annual Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival along the Norfolk waterfront. This very popular Fall festival that will have over 200 of Virginia's finest wine varieties from over 30 Virginia wineries won't be happening until next year, either.
But beer lovers can still enjoy a cold drink! Head to the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival in Virginia Beach under a huge tent right on the beach. More than 80 vendors and more than 50 craft brews from over 25 breweries, plus live entertainment.
October might mean pumpkins to most, but it also means special fall festivals: Stockley Gardens will be hosting their annual Fall Arts Festival. The 2020 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival. The festival is virtual this year, due to concerns of COVID-19, but if you still want to purchase some art, you can do so online throughout the weekend of October 17-18. For over 30 years, Hope House has been the vision behind this famous festival and wonderful community tradition. Get excited for 2021 when once again music, food, art, and laughter will drift out of the gardens in Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood. The festival attendees will browse through an impressive curated line up of jewelry, pottery, painting, and other works of art by over 130 artists. P.S. Dogs are welcome!
Don't fret - your furry friends are definitely invited to participate in more fall fun! you can also bring your pup to the Hunt Club to participate in picking that perfect pumpkin.
Did we leave one of your favorite fall festivals off of our list? Pop over to "Pumpkin Patches and More" to find a farm closer to your home. And be sure to share your favorite photos with loved ones on FamilyApp!