October is basically the mother-lode of fall festivals -- fall festivals, pumpkin patches, Oktoberfest, the Richmond Folk Festival and Fire, Flour & Fork make this month a festival favorite.

The only problem is cramming them all in. Good luck and good times, Richmond!

Fire, Flour & Fork

Wednesday, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 

Four-day “gathering for the food curious” with special dinners, education events, a tasting tent and more. (Various locations; fireflourandfork.com)

First Annual Richmond Voodoo Festival

Thursday, October 29

Featuring hardcore legends Murphy’s Law from NYC, the evening will deliver local, rock n’roll acts The HellHounds and Octane Saints, as well as The Cryptkeeper Five from New Jersey. The event is being hosted by Lucky 13 Tattoo at The Broadberry with the Red Vein Army haunting company who will will transform the venue into an altar of Voodoo superstition. Costumed actors will mingle through the crowd and there will be a haunted attraction in the adjacent parking lot. Cajun BBQ catering on the patio and a costume contest with $250 cash prize. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $7 advance, $10 door, $20 door, food, and drink ticket. https://www.facebook.com/events/1491085151190141/

Previous festivals:

State Fair of Virginia


Friday, Sept. 25-Sunday, Oct. 4

Meadow Event Park, Caroline County. 994-2800, statefairva.org

RVA Field of Dreams Fest - moved to Altria Theater due to weather

Friday, Oct. 2

Live music, local cuisine and craft beer. Benefits Richmond's inner-city youth baseball facilities. http://www.rvafieldofdreamsfest.com/



BBQ, beer and bands at Libby Hill. Vendors include Alamo BBQ, Buz & Ned's Barbecue, Halligan's Bar and Grill, Inner City Blues Home of Carolina BBQ, & Jadean’s Smokin Six BBQ. Presented by Style Weekly and the Church Hill Association. Noon to 7 p.m. Free admission, pay as you go. http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/HogtoberContentPage/Page

Off the Rails Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, Oct. 3

Craft beer, live music, tastings and samplings at Hanover Arts and Activities Center. http://hanoverarts.org/events/

RVA Makerfest

Saturday, Oct. 3

Festival of local innovators and hobbyists. (Science Museum of Virginia; rvamakerfest.com)

2nd Street Festival


Food, music and African-American heritage fest. (Second Street from Broad Street to Jackson Street in Jackson Ward; 788-6466)

Touch a Truck


Take the kids to touch a bazillion big trucks. Junior League of Richmond Event at the Richmond Raceway Complex; 250-5450.

Magnificent Midlothian Food Festival

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Fun food festival in Midlothian serves up tasty food, beer and wine. Music from En'Novation. 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $35. www.huguenottrailrotary.org

Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival

Rain date Saturday, Oct. 10 & Sunday, Oct. 11

Free fall festival at Gallmeyer Farms with a haybale maze, kids play zone, live music, craft vendors, activities, food vendors and free hayrides. (804) 365-8222, http://gallmeyerfarms.com

Richmond Folk Festival

Friday, Oct. 9-Sunday, Oct. 11

Three days of music, performing arts and food. (Riverfront from Second to Seventh streets, including Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar; 788-6466; richmondfolkfestival.com)

Lake Anna Grapes & Grains Festival

Saturday, Oct. 10 

Virginia beer and wine. (Christopher Run Campground Event Park; lakeannagrapesandgrainsfestival.com)


Saturday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 11

Rose Garden in full bloom with live music and ballet. (Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; 262-9887)


Richmond Oktoberfest

Friday, Oct. 16-Saturday, Oct. 17

German music, food, dancing and beverages. (Richmond Raceway Complex Old Dominion Building; 342-0310; richmondoktoberfestinc.com)

Hanover Vegetable Farm Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 17

Hit up the pumpkin patch at the Hanover Vegetable Farm and enjoy a fall festival atmosphere. They'll have a live band, BBQ, wine tastings from James River Cellars Winery, plus funnel cakes and fried oreos for sales. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. http://www.hanovervegetablefarm.com

Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 17

19th-century activities. (Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park; 501-7275)

Korean Food Festival

Saturday, Oct. 17.

Korean Food Festival at Lord Jesus Korean Church, 10201 Robious Road. $10 Ticket/person will include selected combo menu with a drink. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (804) 560-7500.


Saturday, Oct. 17

Oysters! Beer! Bands! Yum. Noon to 6 p.m. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 3602 Hawthorne Avenue. $2 suggested donation to attend. http://www.oystoberfest.com/

VCU Broad Street Mile

Saturday, Oct. 17

The VCU Broad Street Mile combines a street festival with a 5K Run and series of one-mile fun runs on Broad Street. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Hermitage Road. http://www.vcubroadstreetmile.com/info/

Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival

Saturday, Oct. 17

Food, music and cultural celebration. (Prince George Regional Heritage Center; Prince George; 863-0212)

Virginia Hops & Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 17

20 craft breweries, food and music at the Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park. $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Gates open at noon. http://vahopsfest.com/

Happy Camper Fest

Sunday, Oct. 18

Dog friendly day with music, beer, kid fun, and much more, to benefit the Richmond Animal League. Held at Center of the Universe Brewing. Noon to 5:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/852619608154441/

Kickin’ Chicken Wingfest

Sunday, Oct. 18

Chicken wings, tasting contests and beer. (17th Street Farmers' Market; 646-8311)

Party on the Avenues

Rain date: Oct. 18

Family fun, music and beer. (Libbie Avenue from Patterson to Guthrie avenues; 307-6533; partyontheavenues.com)

Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games

Saturday, Oct. 24-Sunday, Oct. 25

“Heavy guys lifting stuff,” Scottish games and music. (Richmond Raceway Complex; 356-1093; vacelticfestival.com)

Festival of the Grape

Saturday, Oct. 24

Virginia wine festival with food, music, and arts and crafts. (Powhatan's Historic Courthouse Square; powhatanwinefestival.com)

Festival of India

Saturday, Oct. 24-Sunday, Oct. 25

Culture and foods of India. (Greater Richmond Convention Center; 346-9955; thefestivalofindia.org)

Great Pumpkin Palooza

Saturday, Oct. 24

Family-friendly fall festival with a pumpkin trebuchet. (Innsbrook's North Shore Commons lawn; 864-3756)


Saturday, Oct. 24

Grab your pooch, your costume, and your good time shoes as we welcome in the fall season and Halloween in style with the second annual GROWL-O-WEEN. Dog tricks, dog costume contests and more at at the Center of the Universe Bier Garden to raise money for The Friends of Hanover Dog Parks and the Hanover Humane Society. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/511555199011258/

Oktoberfest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Saturday, Oct. 24

New event at Lewis Ginter. The Garden's fabulous caterer Meriwether Godsey is hosting an Oktoberfest with live music, games and prizes, all included in Garden admission. Local food will be available for purchase as well as beer from Center of the Universe Brewery. www.lewisginter.org

Powhatan Festival of the Grape

Saturday, Oct. 24

30 wineries, 100 quality arts and craft vendors, as well as a variety of live entertainment and foods. Adults $25 in advance, gate price $30. Youth 13-20 are $15 in advance, $20 at gate. 12 and under free. http://www.powhatanwinefestival.com/

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Oct. 24

Pumpkin-themed food, craft beer, music and harvest festival. (Boulevard from Leigh to Broad streets; scottsadditionpumpkinfestival.com)


(804) 649-6151

Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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