October is here and we’re starting to feel its effects already with these cool mornings we’ve been having. The end to the heat of the days are nearing and we’re so ready for all things fall. Richmond celebrates the season in many festive ways and there’s always guaranteed to be something to do to enjoy it. October is really when things get started around here, so we’re sharing some of our favorite must-do activities that we look forward to when October rolls around.
Visit the State Fair of Virginia: When the State Fair is in town, you know fall is here. It’s the ultimate harvest festival with barn animals, candy apples, carnival rides, and pumpkin contests. It’s the perfect place to ring in the season. Head out to The Meadow Event Park in Doswell now through Oct. 7 to experience it all for yourself. To avoid the crowds we recommend going on a weekday. Oh, and P.S. a funnel cake is an absolute must!
Go pumpkin picking: Maybe the most quintessential of fall activities is plucking the perfect pumpkin from a patch and taking it home for adorn your porch or carve it into a festive jack-o-lantern with the kids. Living in RVA we’re lucky because we have so many gorgeous farms to visit where we can get the full pumpkin patch experience–the hayride to the field, scouring the patch for the perfect pumpkin and picking it from the actual vine, the hot apple cider, a corn maze, and pumpkin treats. It’s a tradition the entire family enjoys.
Tailgate at a football game: Virginia Tech, UVA, JMU, or whatever team you sport colors for this time of year, fall means football for a lot of us. Getting out to a game, tailgating with friends, and cheering on your team in person is a football fan’s perfect Saturday. You bring the cornhole and we’ll bring the eats!
Visit an apple orchard: There’s not many views more gorgeous in the fall than from Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville. Head on up to see them and pick apples fresh from their orchard, visit their country store, eat a few apple cider donuts (they’re famous for them), and grab a bold rock cider to enjoy the scenery. Then take your apples home and bake a homemade apple pie!
Wine tasting: We love this year round, but there’s something about the fall that makes Virginia’s wineries magical. It must be the changing leaves among the wipe open spaces of the vineyards and the all around beauty and crisp air of the harvest season that makes the wine just taste better (if that’s even possible). Virginia wines are celebrated nationwide, and our 200 wineries can be found all over the state, so take full advantage.
Enjoy a scenic drive through Shenandoah Valley: The fall foliage will start to show its stunning array of color here in a few weeks and Virginia has some spectacular spots to get the best views of the maroons, reds, oranges, and yellows. Not much beats the Shenandoah Valley for seeing autumn beauty around here and Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway which actually connects Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are the highways you want to go.
Those are just a few of our bucket list items for the season in Central Virginia. What are your fall family traditions or to-dos you want to check off the list this time of year?