Rake it all in Virginia: Top Things to do in Fall

As the weather turns cooler, Greater Williamsburg bursts with autumn colors and a host of exciting events — from arts and culture to theme parks and the outdoors.

Yorktown Wine Festival
An Occasion for the Arts
Williamsburg Harvest Celebration

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Greater Williamsburg with its cooler temperatures and calendar chock full of lively events. And don’t forget the spectacular changing of the leaves, which usually reaches its peak in mid-October.

Here are some highlights of the season.

Williamsburg Fall Arts is a an explosion of arts, crafts, music, theater and culinary events in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. that begins September 2 and runs through late October. It is heaven for culture fans. 

Take a Hike

Take in the dazzling fall foliage with a hike. The Greensprings Greenway Interpretative Trail links history and nature over more than five miles (with several loop options) close to Jamestown Settlement. Explore a different landscape by hiking the dozen short trails of the coastal estuary at York River State Park.

Spend Sunset or Sunrise on the Water

Head to the James City County Marina in Jamestown for an early morning kayak paddle with the Chesapeake Experience at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2 or watch the sun fade over the water with a sunset paddle beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22. The paddle begins in Powhatan Creek, a tributary of the James River, and winds up the creek. Expect to see bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons and water marsh plants.

Scream Therapy

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream is shock therapy on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 22 to October 29. This year, brave new scare zones, terrifying shows and gruesome creatures jumping from the shadows. For the young or the faint of heart, check out the tamer entertainment at the Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

Swing Your Partner

Put on those dancing shoes the third Monday of the month through Dec. 25 for swing dances at the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown. Don't know how? It doesn't matter. You can take a lesson starting at 7:30 p.m. before the steps get a little more serious at 8 p.m.

Sample the Bounty of the Season

The Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival Celebration on Oct. 14 features produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, cut flowers, art and free entertainment at Riverwalk Landing. Don’t miss the hayrides and the hay maze, especially fun for kids.

Sample the best Virginia wines, oysters and barbecue at the annual Yorktown Wine Festival on Oct. 7.

Thanksgiving, the Colonial Way

From Nov. 23 to 25, Jamestown Settlement will feature Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia, a special event showcasing how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and sea by the British colonists and the Powhatan Indians. Meanwhile, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visitors will learn about the typical grub served to soldiers during the Revolution. Transport your palate back two centuries.

Take advantage of fabulous weather, a wealth of things to do, Fall deals and packages and plan your trip to Greater Williamsburg today. 

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