1. Black Dog Music & BBQ Festival, Sept. 13
It’s an official Kansas City BBQ Association sanctioned competition. The festival features musical entertainment by Roots Music Superstars Mountain Heart. Opening the show is Grammy nominated TheGreencards. Spend a smoky day with guest pit masters offering barbeque for sale, their sauce competitions, live music, wine tastings, craft-beer, arts vendors and more!
2. Belle Grove Wine Festival, Sept. 13
Sample fine wines from regional vineyards and watch local chefs as they demonstrate their culinary and wine-pairing skills. House tours, food, music, craft vendors and much much more are available during the event which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3. South African Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 13 – 14
Join Grayhaven Winery and friends for a celebration of the wine, food, music and culture of South Africa. Taste over 20 wines from celebrated regions as well as Grayhaven’s own award-winning Virginia wines. A host of South African wine experts, including South African winemaker Francois Bezuidenhout of MAN Vintners, will be on site to answer questions.
This unique festival also provides the rare opportunity to taste traditional South African dishes. South African musicians and dancers will perform throughout the weekend.
4. Virginia Wine Festival, Sept. 13 – 14
Virginia Wine Festival is the oldest wine festival on the East Coast. Each year, the festival features 50 of VA’s best wineries, craft exhibitors, seminars, and incredible music.
5. Annual Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival, Sept. 20
The Avoca Museum in Altavista hosts 7 area wineries under century old oak trees. The family friendly festival includes a free adult supervised children’s area with crafts, activities and a bouncy house sponsored by the Altavista Arts Council. You can relax in the shade listening to The Steve Freeman Band or Deanie Blues Band. Wander the beautifully landscaped gardens, getting an early start on Christmas with local vendors. Food available will include grilled chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, and a bake sale with your favorite goodies.
6. Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival, Sept. 20
The 5th Annual Lynchburg Beer and Wine Festival. Drawing in over 8,000 guests to the Hill City for this one day event, this festival has grown by leaps and bounds since its conception in 2010. Over 16 area wineries are on hand with samples of their finest Virginia wines. Breweries from the state and beyond will have craft ales and lagers on tap with 96 different varieties for you to sample and buy.
7. Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival, Sept. 20 – 21
Drink in some history and enjoy fall at Stratford Hall! This popular event features wine tasting from Virginia wineries, Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater oysters and over 31 other specialty foods, arts and crafts vendors, children’s arcade, and much more.
8. Taste of Freedom Wine Festival, Sept. 20
The Taste of Freedom Wine Festival is held in conjunction with Montpelier’s Constitution Day celebration. You can create memories that will last a lifetime for your family and friends by celebrating the birthday of the U.S. Constitution with wine, cider and beer tastings, picnics on the grounds, mansion tours, visits with “James” and “Dolley,” special games and activities for children, live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display over the mansion lawn.
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