The second weekend in October will be a busy one for Central Virginia families. Halloween planning is in full swing and there are tons of area fall festivals and activities.
Visit Lynchburg Macaroni Kid to find fun activities and events that the entire family can enjoy. You may have to dodge the raindrops at outdoor events, so take an umbrella when you head out this weekend.
The inaugural Virginia Children’s Book Festival began Friday at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. and continues on Saturday. The event features workshops, panels and visits by children’s authors. Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is free and a great way for parents and kids to learn more about books for all ages and meet children’s book authors.
Come to downtown Appomattox for the Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival on Oct. 11-12. There’s something for everyone including train exhibits, parades, contests, arts & crafts, food vendors and rides for the kids. Festival hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday.
The Friends of New London are holding Fall Fun Day at New London on Saturday from 10-3. The free event is held in the New London Village at the former Mead’s Tavern, located at 594 Alum Springs Road in Lynchburg. You’ll enjoy arts and crafts, an antique car show, historic presentations, music and more. This is a fundraising event so please give a donation.
Yoders’ Farm, located at 1134 Browns Mill Road in Rustburg, is the place to be on Saturday for Yoders’ Fall Family Farm Day. Admission is free, but there is a fee for some activities. Enjoy the corn maze, hayrides, kiddie train rides, corn pitt, farm animals and more. Special activities will be held until 2 p.m. with the regular corn maze until 10 p.m.
Head indoors at Amazement Square, located at 27 Ninth Street in downtown Lynchburg, for the phenomenal Fall Festival from 10-2 on Saturday. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, a giant leaf pile and a candy apple bar. There will be entertainment and activities featured on each floor of the museum and in the education warehouse. There’s a small cost in addition to the regular admission fee.
The Walk to End Alzheimers is a fundraiser for Alzheimers research. Walkers will meet at the flagpole on Tradewynd Drive in Wyndhurst. Opening ceremony is at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin promptly at the end of the ceremony. Those who haven’t registered can register on the morning of the event, starting at 8 a.m.
The Freedom 4/24 Run For Their Lives 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run will be held at Shellenberger Field on the campus of Lynchburg College. Freedom 4/24 events are held across the country to raise awareness and funds to benefit women and children in sexual slavery. Kids 1k Fun Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. 5k run will be held at 9 a.m.
If you’re looking for Christmas decor or gifts, you’ll find many unique items at craft shows. One of the area’s largest is going on this weekend at the Berglund Center, formerly known as Roanoke Civic Center. The 27th Annual Craftsmen’s Classic started Friday and continues through the weekend. Saturday hours are 10-6 and Sunday hours are 11-5. Admission is free with a canned or nonperishable food item.
Closer to home, enjoy the Fall Bazaar at Timberlake United Methodist Church, 21649 Timberlake Road, the the Fall Festival at Mead Memorial United Methodist Church, 13317 Wards Road, or the Fall Festival at First Baptist Church, 139 Francis Avenue in Monroe on Saturday. The events at Timberlake United Methodist and Mead Memorial take place on Saturday morning while the Fall Festival in Monroe will be held Saturday from 3-6 p.m.
The 40th Lynchburg Classic Marching Band Competition features bands from around the state in competition as well as exhibition performances by E.C. Glass and Heritage High School bands. The music starts at 2 p.m. at Lynchburg City Stadium and continues until late Saturday night.
For free old-fashioned fun, come to Buena Vista for Mountain Day from 10-4 on Saturday. The annual event, held on Magnolia Street between 20th and 22nd streets, features the traditional “lost arts,” with live skill demonstrations and displays, arts and crafts, live music, entertainment, antique farm machinery, children’s activities, food and fun.
The 24th Annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival is one of the area’s favorite “date day” events. There will be festival foods, garlic everything available for purchase, arts and crafts, entertainment, live music and wine from several Virginia vineyards. There’s also a petting zoo and bounce houses for the kids. The event will take place from 10-5 Saturday and Sunday at Rebec Vineyards, 2229 N. Amherst Hwy, Amherst.
Enjoy spooky fun in Lynchburg at Scaremare. The area’s favorite house, which opened for the season on Oct. 9, is open Thursday through Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m. through Oct. 25. Purchase tickets at the gate and have a frightfully good time.
For spooky indoor fun, visit one of the seasonal Halloween stores in Lynchburg. Halloween City, located in the Candlers Station Shopping Center, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Spirit Halloween, located across from the movie theater at River Ridge Mall, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays with extended hours on weekends.
You’ll also find Halloween decorations, costumes and party goods at Party City, located in the Candlers Station Shopping Center. Visit Party City Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If the rain kicks in this weekend, enjoy indoor fun with the kids at Bounce About in the River Ridge Mall, Kids Cove in Thomas Road Baptist Church, FunQuest on Graves Mill Road, Amazement Square or enjoy a movie day together.
If there’s a wedding in your future, make plans to attend Lynchburg Bridal Expo on Sunday from 12-4 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This event features many of the area’s best wedding vendors. This is a great opportunity for Mothers of the Bride and Brides-to-Be to test samples and see what various vendors offer. Registered brides are admitted for free.
In addition to scheduled festivals, pumpkin patches and corn mazes offer fall family fun for the entire family. Whether you want to stay in Lynchburg or take a road trip, here are some options.
Smith’s Pumpkin Patch, located at 6204 Fort Avenue, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adults and kids 1 year old and younger are admitted free. Kids can enjoy all-day fun and season passes are also available. The play area at Smith’s includes the castle bounce house, the chaos obstacle course, the jungle bounce, Noah’s Ark, teepee, Titanic Slide, the giant tunnel maze, cornhole and a humongous corn box. Kids can also paint their own pumpkin.
Ravenelle Corn Maze at Russell Farms is open Saturdays from 10-6 and Sundays from 1-6. Ravenelle is located in the 4300 block of Thomas Jefferson Road in Forest. In addition to the corn maze, Russell Farms offers a pumpkin patch and bounce houses.
Layman Family Farm Maze and Pumpkin Patch, located at 1815 Mountain View Church Road in Blue Ridge, is open Saturdays from 10-7:30 and Sundays from 11-6. Older kids will enjoy the Haunted Harvest from 8-11 on Friday and Saturday nights in October. In addition to the corn maze, enjoy the hay ride, corn crib, tunnel slide, corn snake, mini maze, animal alley and pumpkin patch. Admission is free for kids under age 2,
Jeter Farm, located at 181 Blue Ridge Boulevard in Roanoke, is open for the season on Fridays from 3-6, Saturdays from 9-6 and Sundays from 12-6. Jeter Farm offers a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride, pony rides and more.
White Fall Farm, located at 6001 Riceville Road in Gretna, is open Saturdays from 9-7 and Sundays from 3-7. The farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins, pumpkin painting, mazes, hayrides, castle, bonfires, farm animals, the Pumpkin Hunt and more. Pack a picnic lunch or visit the concession stand. Only cash and checks are accepted, so plan ahead.
There are many more events listed in this week’s Lynchburg Macaroni Kid newsletter. October is a busy month, so be sure to make time for family fun and memory-making together.