Make the Most of Fall in the Shenandoah Valley!
It’s the spectacular time of year where the leaves change to vibrant colors, pumpkin and apple are the flavors of the season, and the weather is perfect for weekend outings. To make the most of fall in the Shenandoah Valley, check out some of the family-friendly events happening around Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro!
Glass Pumpkin Making
When: Starting Thursday, October 31st (1pm – 4pm) & additional dates/times in November
Where: Sunspots Studios Glassblowing, 202 S Lewis St, Staunton, VA 24401
Cost: $50 – $55
Participants age 7 and up can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience creating an original glass pumpkin keepsake. Participants will be guided through the glassblowing process to create a colorful pumpkin or a glow in the dark pumpkin. Ornaments can be picked up or shipped the next day. Space is filling up quickly, so reservations are recommended. For more information and a complete list of dates, visit: http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BlowYourOwnGlassPumpkin
Farming in the Valley
When: Sunday, November 3rd, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane, Waynesboro, VA 22980
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 5 to 12, kids under 5 are free
Farming in the Valley is an educational experience wrapped in a whole lot of fun for all ages! This event aims to highlight the agricultural roots of the Shenandoah Valley. Kids and adults alike will enjoy experiencing the petting zoo, pumpkin painting, corn maze, pony rides, a pedal pull, and more! Enjoy local food and shopping for local products against the unique backdrop of Creative Works Farm that features a 1950’s town. For more information, visit www.farminginthevalley.com.
Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair
When: Saturday, November 9th (9am – 4pm) & Sunday, November 10th (10am – 4pm)
Where: Augusta Expo Event Center
Cost: $1 for adults, kids 12 and under are free
Come see the best gifts, products, and crafts that the Shenandoah Valley has to offer at the 40th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair. This annual event attracts browsers and shoppers from far and wide who are looking for special finds from over one-hundred vendors. You’ll find original and hand-crafted wares and meet the artisans that make them!
National Parks Veterans Day Celebration
When: Monday, November 11th, All-day
Where: All National Parks
In celebration of Veterans Day, all National Parks will offer free admission to visitors. Explore the natural beauty of these treasured American landmarks, discover cultural insights, and visit historical sites. Perfect for leaf peepers, a leisurely drive, or an epic adventure, you’re sure to find something for everyone your local National Park. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.
Leaf Peeping in the Shenandoah Valley
When/Where: Click here for weekly fall foliage reports from the Virginia Department of Forestry
Cost: May vary depending on location
The brilliant orange, gold, and red leaves of fall attract worldwide visitors to the Shenandoah Valley. Often listed in the top ten lists of best places to view fall foliage, it’s hard to beat the scenic beauty of our region. This year has been particularly challenging for pinning down the best fall foliage viewing times. The color change has occurred later in the season, which means you still have time to soak in the natural beauty! For the most up-to-date reports and viewing recommendations, click here to see the Virginia Department of Forestry’s fall foliage report.
From glass pumpkin making to world-class leaf peeping, the Shenandoah Valley is a festive place to celebrate fall. For full schedules of events, check out the following websites for local events.
Staunton – https://visitstaunton.com/see-do/events/
Waynesboro – https://www.visitwaynesboro.net/events