Fall events in Virginia are especially enjoyable, thanks to cooler temps, fewer crowds, and beautiful fall foliage which can range from vibrant reds to glowing oranges and golden yellows.
I've put together a list of some of the top area events you won't want to miss, plus contact information you'll need to take advantage of these festivities. And look below for a link to Fall things to do like Halloween events and our favorite pumpkin patches!
American Music Festival
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
This annual Virginia Beach event is a great combination of free and paid musical acts, including local musicians and pop acts from yesteryear.
Performances are free, except for the headliner acts on the 5th Street Main Stage, the 17th Street park, the 24th Street stage, and the 31st Street Park. You'll need tickets for these, and they run from $15-$25 in advance, and $20-$30 on the day of the show (the Sunday acts are the most expensive ones). Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
Buy a Passport Pin for $35 and get admission to all three shows. For more details, go to www.beachstreetus.com.
17th Street Park
Three-days of fall events celebrating all things Italian, including pizza, pasta, Italian wine and beer, grape stomping, entertainment, and family-friendly activities (like grape stomping!). Go to www.beachstreetusa.com or call (800) 822-3224 for details.
Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show
Oceana Naval Air Station
See jets--including the US Navy Blue Angels, FA-18c Hornets, Hawkeyes, and more--perform thrilling acrobatic air stunts, plus get a look around this amazing air station. And yes, it's free! Go to http://www.oceanaairshow.com/schedule for the schedule.
Virginia Beach Neptune Festival
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
This is the grand-daddy of Virginia Beach events at the boardwalk, with bands, crafts, food, entertainment and more...but the highlight is the famous sand castle building competition. In fact, Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach, SC continue to fiercely duke it out in nabbing this top world record.
The best thing about this festival? It's mostly free! For details, click here.
Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival
Virginia Beach Boardwalk @30th Street
From 1 pm to 6 pm each day, sample over 80 craft beers from over 50 local breweries, as well as live entertainment under a giant tent. Tickets include sampling, a commemorative cup, and entertainment. For details, go to http://www.beachstreetusa.com/
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens
Select days, September 11 - Nov. 1
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Come fall, experience spine-tingling chills at the park's annual Howl-O-Scream event, themed dining halls and spirit bars, including "Blood Banquet," "Demon Drinks," "Buccaneer Galley," "Fright Feast,"and "Pirate Baarrgh."
Haunted houses include the pirate-themed "Cut Throat Cove," which joins haunted houses "Bitten," "Catacombs," "Root of all Evil," "13," and "Dead Line." Click here for more on Howl-O-Scream and how to get tickets for $14 off or more...
Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
Sept. 25 - Oct. 31
Paramounts Kings Dominion, Doswell near Richmond
If you prefer Paramounts Kings Dominion, check out their "Halloween Haunt," which offers "scare zones" including Carn Evil, the Ruins, the Harvest, Central Stalkway, and Feary Tales. They also nine horrifying mazes, and six frightening shows, including Disturbia, Elvira's Superstition, and Fangs. Click here for more on Halloween Haunt...
Holiday Lights at the Beach
End of November - January 1
Ever wanted to cruise the Virginia Beach oceanfront boardwalk in your car? Now's your chance! Plus, you'll be dazzled by jumping fish, surfing Santas, and playful mermaids...all in lights! It's a do-not-miss tradition among Virginia Beach events. Click here for details.
Norfolk Botanical Garden "Garden of Lights"
End of November - December 31
Nightly - 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Our family had a great time visiting this winter wonderland of lights last year! Located next to Norfolk International Airport, it's a much quieter and less crowded alternative to the Holiday Parade of Lights on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. And it's one of the cheaper fall events, at just $10 per car.
(Tip: have dinner at nearby Baker's Crust (yum!) then top off your evening cruising the holiday lights!)
Not sure what to do this fall? My Fall Fun page is full of itineraries for fall-themed fun, like corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and best places to see fall foliage, as well as National Park fee-free days.Virginia Beach Family Fun › Annual Events › Fall Events
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