Pumpkin, beer, music, BBQ and lots more October festivals fill the streets of Richmond all month long.

Friday, Oct. 20-Saturday, Oct. 21

Traditional German music, food, drink and dancing at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Friday 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 

Saturday, Oct. 21

Traditional oyster roast, along with beer, brats and live bands. St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Ave. Noon-6 p.m. $2 suggested donation.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Pumpkin-themed food, craft beer, music and a costume contest. Boulevard from Leigh Street to Broad Street. Noon-6 p.m. Free entry, pay as you go.

Saturday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 29

Scottish games, music, clans and "large guys throwing stuff." Richmond Raceway. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-$30.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Family-friendly fall festival with a pumpkin trebuchet, music, food and more. Innsbrook North Shore Commons Lawn. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Legend Brewing Company presents Manchester's first annual Harvest Festival, a family-friendly event featuring live music, pumpkin carving, face painting and more. Organizers will be roasting a pig and pouring Legend beer, Cafe Zata will be serving hot apple cider, hot chocolate and homemade doughnuts. There will be a stage in the Legend parking lot with live music from Chamomile and Whiskey and Paulo Emilio Franco Londoño, plus a performance from Dogtown Dance Theatre. There will also be pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids, plus a costume contest for adults as well. Free entry, pay as you go. Noon-9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Live music, local food and beer, games and prizes. (Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Garden admission $8-$13.

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Friday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 7

Center of the Universe Brewing Company is transforming the taproom into a traditional German festhalle for two days of Oktoberfest style beer, German dancing and food. Friday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday noon-10 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8

New event at State Fair! Celebration of Virginia’s craft beers and ingredients used to make them with unlimited tastings from more than 30 brewers, meet and greet with brewers and owners, music, food and more, 2-7 p.m. at the State Fair of Virginia, Doswell. $15 in addition to fair admission.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Dig into food from more than 20 restaurants such as Fat Dragon, Maple & Pine, Toast, local craft beer, Virginia wine and family activities. En’ Novation and Illbillys Band will perform, as well as the Richmond Symphony with the Taters under the Big Tent. Noon-6 p.m. Westchester Commons, 201 Perimeter Drive, Midlothian. $25 includes 5 food/beverage tickets, children 12 and under free, all proceeds benefit local charities.

Saturday, Oct. 7

BBQ, beer and music festival in Church Hill. Featuring BBQ from Alamo BBQ, Buz and Ned’s, Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O and many more. Beer from Ardent Craft Ales and music from Colin & Caroline and Diamond Heist. Noon-7 p.m. Libby Hill Park. Free entry, pay as you go.

Saturday, Oct. 7 & Sunday, Oct. 8

Celebrate Jackson Ward with music, food and family activities. Music from Visions Band, The Art of Noise, Debo Dabney, VCU Black Awakening Choir, Lucy Kilpatrick, Ordinary People Band and SPARC on multiple stages. Dig into food from Mama J’s, Africanne on Main, and Croaker’s Spot, just to name a few. Plus food vendors, a marketplace, a kids’ zone and lots more festivities. Noon-7 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, on Second Street, between Broad and Jackson streets.

Saturday, Oct. 7

25 wineries, Virginia beers, arts and crafts vendors and live music, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Historic Courthouse Square, 3887 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan. $15-$30; adult ticket includes wine glass with tastings.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Hands-on demos from more than 100 of the region’s most innovative makers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Free.

Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 15

Three day free music festival on Richmond's riverfront featuring bluegrass, folk and world music. A few stand-outs this year include bluegrass star sou blues Eddie Cotton Jr., and intriguing like musical styles Afro-Venezuelan parranda and Japanese taiko drumming. Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday noon-9:30 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m. $10 donation suggested.

Saturday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 15

Celebrate the culture and food of India. Both days 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Greater Richmond Convention Center. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Fall festival featuring chicken wings and beer. With music from Roxbury and a chicken-wing-eating contest too. Noon-5 p.m. $1 suggested donation. 1615 East Broad St.

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