Sweater weather, pumpkin patches, falling leaves, oh my! Fall is finally here and you know what that means? Sweaters, everything pumpkin flavored, and so many different types of fall festivals! Pumpkin patches, apple butter, and an international festival thrown in, the Shenandoah area hosts many festivals during the fall season. I’m so excited to get to experience these awesome festivals and here is why you should be too.
1. Harrisonburg International Festival: Saturday, September 24th
Celebrating their 19th year, the Harrisonburg International Festival celebrates culture and language diversity. This is an amazing opportunity to meet and learn about the diversity that lives in our own community! The festival offers free family events and has many different opportunities to experience diversity. The entertainment acts range from a fashion show to Syrian Dance. Can’t forget one of the best parts, FOOD. There will be over 14 food vendors at the festival that allows you to taste diversity and celebrate how different cultures appreciate their food. The festival will be open from noon until six P. M. Tickets are donation based so you decide the price! Make sure to get yours at http://harrisonburg-international-festival.org/donorsnap-pages/symbolic-ticket/.
2. Fall Festival at Massanutten: October 8th
Twenty minutes away from JMU, Massanutten Resort sits in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley. Massanutten Resort is known for their tube slides in the winter and cool water park in the summer. During the fall season, Massanutten opens for their annual Fall Festival on October 8th. The festival will have food vendors that range from Big Fat Daddy’s BBQ to Crabdaddy’s Crab Cakes. JMU favorite, Kline’s Ice Cream Bar will also be part of the festivities! There will be clothes, jewelry and body products on sale from local vendors. Performances by Mike Davis, The Real Geniuses, and Rutledge. Make sure to take a ride up the chair lift for $3! Buy your tickets in advance for $5 or $10 at the door!
3.Spaghettifest 14, September 30th
A JMU favorite to celebrate Independent music, the Spaghettifest 14 will be hosted from September 30th through October 2nd in Harrisonburg. The charitable event brings together lovers of music across the Shenandoah Valley. The line-up includes Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate G-Strings, The Judy Chops, and many more. A fun extra that this festival offers is camping! Set up camp during the festivals weekend and enjoy a few nights under the stars with some great music!
Other festivals around the Shenandoah Valley to definitely check out:
September 17th: Bro’s Coffee Fest
- Coffee vendors, food trucks, and giant Jenga. What more could you ask for?
Entire month of September: Carter Mountain Apple Orchard Festival
- A little bit of a drive from Harrisonburg, the Carter Mountain Apple Orchard Festival is in Charlottesville, Va right next to Monticello. This festival offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, and amazing apple cider donuts. Definitely worth the drive.