Colorful leaves, gorgeous gourds, rainbows of mums and even new murals have arrived in RVA. Fall in the Richmond region is a whole #nofilter. And is full of some amazing events! Slightly different from last year? Yes. Creative and cool? Also YES. Some taking place safely in person, some taking place virtually, some taking place in person AND virtually. Hybrid is here and we’re here for it. Hybrid events? Hybrid pumpkins? Bring it. Find your guide to autumn events and fall family fun below.
FIRE FLOUR & FORK
OCTOBER 15, 22, 29 and nov, 7 2020
Fire, Flour and Fork is back for its seventh year. Fire, Flour & Fork, named one of the top 3 food festivals in the nation by USAToday, has always been a gathering for the food curious. This year, participate in live and/or virtual events telling stories that speak to our past, present and future. Fire, Flour & Fork is four days of putting Richmond on a plate...and in a glass. This year’s program includes a total of six sessions -- three virtual evening classes on Thursdays in October and one half day of talks on Saturday, Nov. 7. Many events pair local chefs and producers with out of town experts for a potluck of events in and around downtown Richmond. Virtual chef demos at Food U at Virginia Museum of History & Culture on Nov. 7 will keep us well-nourished in body and mind. In-town ticket holders will be able to purchase additional food and wine from local retailers to supplement their FFF experience. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 8, 2020
Brighten your autumn nights on a wondrous light-filled journey through Maymont, in a NEW LOCATION this year showcasing the historic architecture and gardens around Maymont Mansion. The scenery will shine with dramatic light displays for an enchanting experience to delight guests of all ages. Marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of the Italian Garden and other landscapes, admire colorful sparkles and shimmers in the splashing fountain, and stroll among historic estate buildings and the nationally treasured arboretum that stand aglow. Information and tickets here.
LEWIS GINTER OKTOBERFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
OCTOBER 24, 2020
Celebrate fall, nature’s grand finale, with OktoberFest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with live music by Jackass Flats. Bratwurst, Schnitzelwich, Apple Strudel and other traditional OktoberFest faire available for purchase.
Sites around Richmond
NOVEMBER 12-16, 2020
InLight Richmond is a FREE, public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces. 1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight Richmond takes place November 12-16, 2020 at sites across Richmond, allowing for socially-distanced and virtual viewing. Inspired by the ongoing community dialogues surrounding the unjust and inequitable treatment of Black lives and by Richmond’s coming together in support aid during these crises, this year is focused on Safety and Accountability. Click here for more information.
CRAFT + DESIGN
NOVEMBER 20-29, 2020
Craft + Design is the signature event of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, a community arts center in the heart of Richmond’s historic Fan District. Craft + Design is a museum-quality show that has garnered a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary craft. The show, which always takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, will be virtual this year, followed by an in-person event in June 2021. True to Craft + Design’s history, Craft + Design Online will kick off the holiday shopping season and support contemporary craft artists from all over the country. Shop the work of over 120 artists from 25 states, including 40 artists who are brand-new to Craft + Design! Details here.
DIA de los MUERTOS: DAY OF THE DEAD WITH THE RICHMOND SYMPHONY AND LATIN BALLET
In Person and Virtual
OCTOBER 31, 2020
The Richmond Symphony will celebrate the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) by performing works honoring the tradition, in collaboration with a performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia. The concert will be presented in both English and Spanish. This is a family-friendly event! Join the Symphony and Latin Ballet for a safe, socially-distanced in-person concert OR watch from home via our online livestream option. Online digital festivities included! Details and tickets here.
PUMPKIN PATCHES AND FALL FAMILY FUN
Ashland Berry Farm
12607 Old Ridge Rd. Beaverdam, VA – tel: (804) 227-3601
Open weekdays through October, 12-6 pm; weekends 10 am-6 pm. Closed Oct. 19 & 26.
*Kids activities such as the Donut Shop, Fort Pumpkin and 3-D Boo House are open on weekends only. In the fall, Ashland Berry Farm comes alive with over 30 acres of pumpkins and fun fall family activities. Up for a scare? Terror on The Farm will have you spooked.
CHESTERFIELD BERRY FARM
26002 Pear Orchard Rd, Moseley, Virginia – (804) 739-2404
Open Thursdays and Fridays, 11 am-7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 am-5 pm
Chesterfield Berry Farm grows different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, Cinderella pumpkins, mini pumpkins, flat stacking pumpkins, & white pumpkins! Take hayrides to the pumpkin patch and get lost in the 8 acre corn maze! The whole family can enjoy game activities & all day fun on Saturdays & Sundays. Socially-distanced of course!
4506 Millers Lane, Richmond 23231 – (804) 795-9979
Open daily 8 am until dark now until Oct. 31
Pick your own pumpkins or grab pre-picked pumpkins and gourds. Enjoy hay rides and a picnic and play area. Hay bales, mums and corn shocks as well as seasonal fall veggies are available at The Veggie Stand at The Pumpkin Patch.
HANOVER VEGETABLE FARM
13580 Ashland Rd., Ashland, Virginia – (804) 752-2334 –
The pumpkin patch is open 10 am-6 pm with hay rides to the field are included.
LLOYD FAMILY FARM
12204 Pinhook Rd. Rockville, Virginia 23146
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-5pm
Find your perfect pumpkin in the 50 acre pumpkin patch. Enjoy a 10 acre corn maze, straw castle, pinball field, and farm animal meet and greet.