If a fall weekend filled with festivals and fun is your idea of a good weekend, Central Virginia is the place to be this weekend. 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 Sept. 27-28 includes the area’s biggest running event, several festivals, pumpkin patch and corn maze fun and more. Here are some ways for your family to make memories this weekend.
Thousands of runners will fill the streets of Lynchburg on Saturday, Sept. 27 for the 41st annual Virginia 10 Miler. Lynchburg’s premier running event begins at E.C. Glass High School, located at 2111 Memorial Avenue, at 8 a.m. In addition to the 10 Miler, there’s a 4 mile run and a 4 mile walk. Race day registration is from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Local runners and elite runners from around the world will be on hand for this event. The festival atmosphere includes music and informational booths on the grounds of E.C. Glass.
For a day of free fall family fun, head to Bedford for Centerfest, a street festival featuring children’s activities, arts and crafts, festival foods, live music and more. Main Street will be closed down as thousands of families enjoy the day. Centerfest begins at 10 a.m. and continues all day, with activities and music until 8 p.m.
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.
Drumheller’s Orchard, located at 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane in Lovingston, is holding a fall festival from 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. The festival feature hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, games for the kids, arts and crafts, music and more. There are also many varieties of apples available for purchase. Drumhellers 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 Harvest Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. Bring the kids out to enjoy live music, farm animals and pony rides. There are lots of apples available to purchase too. 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.
Enjoy free admission for two on Saturday, Sept. 27 for Museum Day Live at these area museums: Maier Museum of Art, Anne Spencer House and Garden, Old City Cemetery Museums and Arboretum, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, George C. Marshall Museum in Lexington and Patrick Henry’s Red Hill in Brookneal. See the website for other participating museums and to print your free ticket.
Additional family activities to enjoy this weekend include a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a visit to one of the city’s parks or trails, an outdoor adventure on the Appalachian Trail or a day around town enjoying the fall weather.
Fall fun is straight ahead this weekend in Lynchburg and across Central Virginia. Bring your camera and take fall family photos as you enjoy a beautiful fall weekend making memories together.