Another fall weekend packed with fall festivals and fun family activities is just ahead. Plan your weekends in Lynchburg and Central Virginia with help from Lynchburg Macaroni Kid, a weekly newsletter and calendar of family-friendly area events.
Family fun for the weekend of Oct. 3-5 includes First Friday in Lynchburg, Day at the Point, the Ducky Dash and Derby, several festivals, pumpkin patch and corn maze fun and more. Here are some ways for your family to make memories this weekend.
Head to downtown Lynchburg on Friday, Oct. 3 for First Fridays from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy free admission at Lynchburg Museum, check out the artists and displays at Riverview Art Spaces and ride the Art Trolley. Come to First Friday on 5th at WordWorks, located at 801 5th Street and celebrate the release of the book, “Dear Mr. Jefferson…”
The fun begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Concord Rescue Squad, located at 12605 Richmond Highway in Concord. Enjoy live music, children’s activities and games, a rummage sale, live music and food including breakfast and Brunswick Stew at the Annual Fund Drive.
The Fall Bazaar at Northminster Presbyterian Church offers something for every member of the family from 8-3 on Saturday, Oct. 4. Located at 106 Clearview Road, off Route 29 in Madison Heights, the bazaar offers live music, bounce houses, a silent auction, food and craft vendors.
The 17th Annual Day at the Point will be held at Point of Honor, located at 112 Cabell Street, on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10-4. Enjoy live period music, living history demonstrations, food, children’s activities and see a full-size batteau.
The Ducky Dash and Derby is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Junior League of Lynchburg’s community projects. Kids up to age 13 will enjoy fun runs, carnival games, and the Ducky Derby, with 2,500 rubber ducks racing down Ivy Creek. The event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The Bedford Hills Carnival will be held at Bedford Hills Elementary School, 4330 Morningside Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10-2:30. The carnival features multiple bounce houses, face painting, carnival foods, games, a haunted house and silent auction.
Take a road trip to Silver Creek and Seamans’ Orchards, located at 5529 Crabtree Falls Highway in Tyro, for the Apple Butter Makin’ Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10-4:30. There will be a corn maze, pumpkin patch, children’s activities, live music, food vendors, crafters and fresh apple butter.
The Clifford Ruritan Sorghum Festival will be held at Clifford Ruritan Club, located off Route 151 north of Amherst at 755 Fletchers Level Road in Clifford. Festival hours at 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5. Activities include jousting, living history demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, arts and crafts vendors, Brunswick Stew, sorghum syrup and food vendors.
Head to downtown Altavista all month long for the Scarecrow Stroll. Local merchants and residents have placed scarecrows outside their businesses and homes. Vote for your favorite scarecrow and enjoy a stroll filled with fall fun.
Area pumpkin patches and corn mazes offer family fun for a reasonable price. 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 10-8 and Sundays from 11-6, with extended hours starting 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.
Silver Creek and Seaman’s Orchard, located at 5529 Crabtree Falls Highway in Tyro, is holding an Apple Butter Makin’ Festival om Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a..m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to fresh apple butter, there will be children’s activities, food and craft vendors, live music, pumpkins for sale and a corn maze. The apple shed is open daily and the pumpkin patch opens this weekend for the month of October. Pick-your-own apples are available from 9-4 on Saturdays 11-4 on Sundays.
Drumheller’s Orchard, located at 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane in Lovingston, is a great fall day trip destination. There are many varieties of apples available for purchase. Drumheller’s is open Monday through Saturday from 9-5 and 12-5 on Sundays.
Saunders Brothers Orchard and Farm Market, located at 2717 Tye Brook Highway in Piney River, is holding Autumn Apple Day on Saturday, Oct. 4. Bring the kids out, enjoy live music, apples and a beautiful Central Virginia Saturday. Saunders Brothers is open Monday through Saturday from 9-5.
Morris Orchard, located at 226 Tobacco Row Lane in Monroe, has been a local favorite for many years. Morris Orchard offers pick-your-own apples, cider, pumpkins and gourds. Enjoy apple cider samples and apple cider donuts on Saturdays. The orchard also has hay creations for kids to climb. Morris is open Monday-Saturday from 9-5 and Sundays from 1-5.
Fall weekends are for making family memories. Choose your favorite events or take a walk on the trail, spend a day at the park, hit the Blue Ridge Parkway or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day outdoors in Central Virginia this weekend.