Richmond’s array of fall festivals and crisp afternoons spent in pumpkin patches will get you excited for the seasons to change.
Fall Flair | Thurs., Sept. 1-Mon., Oct. 31 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | Enjoy harvest-themed activities and Fall PlantFest.
RVA Reggae Jerk Fest | Sat., Sept. 3 | 12 p.m. | Brown’s Island | $10+ | Dance to live reggae music, sip in the rum tent, and fill your face with food from 10 different jerk vendors.
Festival of Kites and Inflatables | Sat., Sept. 10 | 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. | Brown’s Island | Free | Food + craft vendors, kites, and inflatables will be at this family festival.
Richmond Taco Festival | Sat., Sept. 10-Sun., Sept. 11 | 2 p.m. | Drive Shack, 1647 Four Rings Dr. | $8+ | Enjoy 20+ taco vendors, margaritas, lucho libre wrestling, and a variety of games and contests.
St. Benedict Oktoberfest | Fri., Sept. 16-Sun., Sept. 18 | St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard St. | Free | Don a dirndl and join the festivities. Enjoy beer, food vendors, and live German music + dance.
Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival | Sat., Sept. 17 | 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. | Richmond Raceway Complex | $20 | Sample 30+ types of mac and cheese and vote for Richmond’s best.
State Fair of Virginia | Fri., Sept. 23-Sun., Oct. 3 | 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. | 13191 Dawn Blvd., Doswell | $10+ | Rides, food vendors, and games galore.
Leave Your Mark Mural Fest | Fri., Sept. 30-Sun., Oct. 3 | 3 p.m.- 11 p.m. | Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, 2930 West Broad St. | Free | Sip a beer as you watch talented muralists paint and leave a mark of your own.
Red Vein Haunted House | Fri., Sept. 30-Mon., Oct. 30 | Times vary | 13580 Ashland Rd | Prices not yet available | Dare to enter Virginia’s biggest haunted attraction and prepare to be scared.
Richmond Folk Festival | Fri., Oct. 7- Sun., Oct. 9 | 6 p.m. on Fri.- 6:30 p.m. on Sun. | 500 Tredegar St. | Free | 3 days of folk music, dance, and food + drink.
Garden Glow | Thurs., Oct. 13- Sun., Nov. 6 | Times vary | Maymont | $10+ | The Japanese Garden becomes a Glow Village full of food, drink and sparkling lights.
Donut Fest Richmond | Mon., Oct. 17 | 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. | Main Line Brewery, 1603 Ownby Ln. | $10-$25 | Donuts and beer will make your day extra sweet.
Pumpkin patches + berry farms
Lloyd Family Farm, 12204 Pinhook Rd., Rockville | Fri., Sept. 30-Sun., Oct. 30 | Fridays-Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $12+
Gallmeyer Farms Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Ln. | Sat., Sept. 24-Mon., Oct. 31 | 8 a.m.-dusk | Prices vary
Chesterfield Berry Farm, 26002 Pear Orchard Rd., Moseley | Sat., Sept. 17-Sun., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. | Prices vary
Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Rd. | Sun., Oct. 2-Sun., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. | $8+
Ashland Berry Farm, 12607 Old Ridge Road | Pumpkin patch dates not yet announced | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. | $5+