Fun festivals and events, along with the stunning colors of the mountains, make fall a great season for living in apartments in Roanoke, VA and for being surrounded by Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
It’s a special time of year in the region, with popular annual festivals, farmers markets full of bountiful local harvest, and cooler temperatures that are perfect for enjoying the rich variety of outdoor activities, including hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails.
Here are a few events around the Blue Ridge Mountains.
College football is one of the favorite fall traditions in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Whether you’re watching the Virginia Tech Hokies in action at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, or making your way to Ferrum College to see the Panthers, a Blue Ridge Gameday is always a fun experience.
The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum has been praised by the New York Times for being “thoroughly authentic.” It’s an event that brings together musicians, moonshiners, farmers, craftspeople and others who share in the folklife traditions and ways of life that have helped shape the culture of the region for years. The festival takes place on the fourth Saturday of October.
Open Studios - Botetourt is a self-guided tour of artist studios in Botetourt County in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. It’s a great way to get to know the work and stories of local artists in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, who showcase their art, including things that are both in progress and completed. Many studios provide the opportunity to purchase work, and it’s not uncommon to find an impromptu demonstration.
Many local farmers markets in Virginia’s Blue Ridge also become the sites of fall festivals. It’s a perfect way for everyone to get to experience the local culture, and there are often special activities and events planned that highlight the season.
Bridgewater Marina is the place to be for the Smith Mountain Lake Chili & Craft Festival! Find your favorite batch of chili from a selection of local vendors who are competing for the prize of the festival’s best chili, and pick up some crafts that could serve as gifts for the upcoming holiday season.
This list of featured events is only a sampling of what happens during the fall in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.