Fall festivals are a perfect family activity during October and November. Here are some of our favorites in Virginia Beach.
Fall Festival Weather
When October hits, most of us are ready for fall weather. We want the leaves to start changing. We want to wear sweaters. We want to drink pumpkin and apple flavored beverages. 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. We want to wear black jeans & sneakers. We don’t want to sweat Saturdays on the soccer field or baseball field sidelines.
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!
Explore the First Landing Fall Festival
Love the outdoors, the woods, and all things First Landing State Park? Head to the Picnic Shelter on Saturday, October 20 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. for First Landing Fall Festival. Enjoy the natural surrounds of the park, while enjoying hay rides, decorating pumpkins, fall-related crafts, roasting s’mores, and other special fall exhibits. Walk through the woods, and collect the colorful leaves and discarded acorns off ground. Challenge your family 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!
Explore the Cullipher Farms Pumpkin Patch
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 with 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 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.
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Explore Brookdale Farm
Brookdale Farm in Chesapeake, VA is open for pumpkin picking on weekends: October 13-14, and October 20-21 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hop on a horse-drawn hayride in the morning, and stock up on all things pumpkin.
There are many other great Farms and fun things to do 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.
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Explore Hunt Club Farm’s Fall Festival
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 10:00 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.
Explore Bergey’s Breadbasket
Bergey’s Breadbasket in Chesapeake, VA is another great place to visit 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!
Explore Fall Festivals for Food and Drinks
It doesn’t get much better than enjoying a crisp glass of wine or beer in the month of October. With three different fall festivals to choose from, you can’t go wrong with your choice or location of the events. Starting Saturday, October 13th, head to the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival, located a the Chesapeake City Park. 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 following weekend, Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21st, you’ll have two great festivals to choose from. First up is the Annual Fall Town Point Virginia Wine Festival along the Norfolk waterfront, a very popular Fall festival that will have over 200 of Virginia’s finest wine varieties from over 30 Virginia wineries.
If you’re a beer lover, then you’ll want to go to the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival in Virginia Beach under a huge tent right on the beach. More than 80 vendors and more 50 craft brews from over 25 breweries, plus live entertainment.
Explore Stockley Gardens Arts Festival
October might mean pumpkins to most, but it also means that Stockley Gardens will be hosting their annual Fall Arts Festival. The 2018 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival falls upon Saturday, October 20th (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) & Sunday, October 21st (noon – 5:00 p.m.) this year. For over 30 years, Hope House has been the vision behind this famous festival and wonderful community tradition. Music, food, art, and laughter drifts out of the gardens in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood. The festival attendees 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!
Explore Fall Festivals and More
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.