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October Festivals and Special Events

South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia


Enjoy October, the peak month of the fall season in the Southeast U.S., with a day-trip or getaway to enjoy one of these fun fall festivals. This page highlights events in South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Go to page 1 for festivals and events in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.

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Also see: More Fall Events and Holidays Throughout the Year.

October Themed Events:

  • Oktoberfest Celebrations
    Many Oktoberfest events and festivals take place during the month of September. Find out where to raise your stein for a great time in the Southeast.

  • State and County Fairs
    The State Fair of Virginia extends from the end of September into early October, followed by the Georgia National Fair, the South Carolina State Fair and the North Carolina State Fair. Also, there are hundreds of county fairs and country fairs taking place throughout the region.

  • October Apple Festivals
    Enjoy the peak of the fall season during October with a getaway or day-trip of apple picking and apple festivals.

  • Halloween Events and Haunted Houses
    Enjoy spooky and not-so-spooky Halloween fun at a Halloween festival or a scary haunted house.

More October Festivals and Events

South Carolina Festivals and Events

  • Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens
    Various Dates from October 3 through October 27, 2013 - Charleston, South Carolina
    Explore some of Charleston's oldest and most notable examples of architecture in an array of styles during this annual event, presented by the Preservation Society of Charleston. Related Information: Explore Charleston's Unique Architecture | Top Ten Things to See and Do in Charleston | Charleston Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Beaufort Shrimp Festival
    October 4 - 5, 2013 - Beaufort, South Carolina

    A celebration of the shrimping industry held in historic downtown Beaufort, featuring plenty of local shrimp dishes or buy fresh shrimp to take home, plus entertainment, contests and more. Related Information: Beaufort Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens
    October 25 - 27, 2013 - Beaufort, South Carolina

    A selection of private homes and gardens, representing three centuries of architecture welcomes visitors during this popular annual three-day festival featuring self-paced tours. Related Information: Beaufort Hotels - Compare Rates

Tennessee Festivals and Events

  • National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration - Dollywood
    October 2 - November 2, 2013 - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
    Enjoy free concerts (included with admission price), arts and crafts artisans and special regional food during this popular annual Southern gospel festival. Related Information: Pigeon Forge Hotels - Compare Rates | Gatlinburg Hotels - Compare Rates

  • National Storytelling Festival
    October 4 - 6, 2013 - Jonesborough, Tennessee

    The world's premier storytelling festival, featuring tales of all kinds told beneath big festival tents and nighttime stars. Related Information: Jonesborough Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Museum of Appalachia Tennessee Fall Homecoming
    October 11 - 13, 2013 - Norris, Tennessee

    One of the nation's largest and most authentic old-time mountain, craft, and music festivals. Related Information: Norris Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue
    October 26, 2013 - Lynchburg, Tennessee

    One of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world, featuring teams from across the United States and around the world competing in the categories of Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Beef Brisket and Chicken.Related Information: Lynchburg Area Hotels - Compare Rates

Virginia Festivals and Events

  • Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour
    October 4 - 6, 2013 - Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia

    A celebration of the history of wine in Virginia at George Washingotn's historic estate overlooking the Potomac River. Related Information: Getting to Mount Vernon | Photos of Mount Vernon | Alexandria Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife
    October 5 - 6, 2013 - Newport News, Virginia

    Traditional crafts, trade demonstrations, traditional folk entertainment on four stages and food vendors. Related Information: Newport News Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Peanut Fest
    October 10 - 13 2013 - Suffolk, Virginia

    Family activities, including amusement rides, contests, a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, fireworks, entertainment and more. Related Information: Suffolk Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival
    October 11 - 13, 2013 - Cape Charles, Virginia

    This annual festival offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the unique Eastern Shore area during the spectacular fall migration of millions of birds. Related Information: Cape Charles Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Richmond Folk Festival
    October 11 - 13, 2013 - Richmond, Virginia

    Celebrates the richness and variety of American culture with music, dance, crafts, storytelling and food along downtown Richmond's riverfront. Related Information: Richmond Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Fredericksburg Fall Home and Craft Festival
    October 12 - 13, 2013 - Fredericksburg, Virginia

    The Fredericksburg Fall Home Show and Fredericksburg Fall Arts and Craft Festival have been combined into one event, featuring hand-made arts and crafts, home décor, specialty foods, clothing and accessories, plus more. Related Information: Fredericksburg Hotels - Compare Rates

  • International Gold Cup
    October 19, 2013 - Great Meadow near The Plains, Virginia

    The 76th running of the International Gold Cup Races offers a full day of entertainment, including nationally sanctioned races, terrier races and more. Tickets are required. Related Information: The Plains Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival
    October 19 - 20, 2013 - Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Enjoy craft beer sampling at the 24th Street Park on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, featuring craft beers from over 50 breweries, plus live music in the park. Related Information: Visiting Virginia Beach | Explore the Virginia Beach Boardwalk | More Fantastic Virginia Beach Cuisine | Virginia Beach Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon
    October 26 - 27, 2013 - Mount Vernon, Virginia

    Family friendly activities, including wagon rides, wheat treading, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and dancing, plus half-price Potomac River sightseeing cruises. Related Information: Getting to Mount Vernon | Photos of Mount Vernon | Alexandria Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Marine Corps Marathon
    October 27, 2013 - Arlington, Virginia

    A weekend of fun surrounds this annual race, now in its 38th year, which begins in Arlington, Virginia, crosses into Washington, D.C. and finishes in Arlington at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial. Related Information: See Previous Marine Corps Marathon Photos | Arlington Hotels - Compare Rates

West Virginia Festivals and Events

  • New River Gorge Bridge Day
    October 19, 2013 - Fayetteville, West Virginia

    The largest extreme sports event in the world, always held on the third Saturday in October, featuring hundreds of BASE jumpers, frequently with well over 100,000 spectators. Related Information: Fayetteville Area Hotels - Compare Rates

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