The weather has turned cooler, the leaves are starting to change, and pumpkins are visible on people’s front porches. It is finally fall, and there is so much to do! Fortunately, our guide will help you find the best autumn activities in the Richmond area.
Pumpkin Patch– Take your family to pick their own pumpkins! At Gallmeyer Farms in Henrico, there are pick your own pumpkins, gourds, mums, vegetables, and more for sale. There are also food trucks, a corn maze, and photo ops. If you’re in the Midlothian area, Chesterfield Berry Farm offers a hay ride, 8 acre maze, and even paintball in addition to pumpkin picking. And in the Hanover area, don’t forget about Hanover Vegetable Farm! Don’t forget to carve your pumpkins when you get them home.
Apple Picking– Fall would not be complete without a trip to Carter Mountain orchard in Charlottesville. The beautiful views (and the apple cider donuts) are certainly worth the drive. Make sure to reserve your space online in order to follow social distancing restrictions.
Haunted Houses– If you’re looking for something spooky, there are several haunted houses and mazes open this year. While the haunted attractions at King’s Dominion and Busch Gardens will be closed, you can check out Ashland Berry Farm or Red Vein in the Ashland area, and Scream Forest in Henrico. These events do require some walking, climbing, and bending, so dress appropriately and bundle up if it’s a chilly night!
DonutFest– Come satisfy your sweet tooth at Main Line Brewery’s DonutFest on October 17th at 1 PM. Tickets start at $10 and include donut and beer samples.
Petersburg Walking Tour– Looking for a free event? Enjoy the fall colors and historic architecture of Petersburg. There will be a walking tour of Grove Avenue on October 17th at 10 AM. Meet at the Peter Jones Trading Station- no reservation required. On October 24th, the tour will take place in the Poplar Lawn Historic District. Meet at 15 S Adams St at 10 AM.
Richmond Folk Festival– The beloved Richmond Folk Festival has gone virtual this year. On the weekend of October 11th, visit their Facebook page or Youtube account to watch live music performances.
Haunted History– For something a little less scary than a haunted house, take the Shockhoe Ghost Tour! Learn about local legends and the history of Shockhoe. Visit www.hauntsofrichmond.com to learn more and book your tour.
Trunk or Treat– Halloween isn’t cancelled! Looking for a safer way to trick or treat? Chapel RVA is hosting trunk or treat on October 30th from 6-9 PM at their Midlothian campus. Bring your little ones and get ready for some candy!