Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses in Virginia

Seasonal fun and festivals await this fall in Williamsburg.

An Occasion for the Arts
Busch Gardens

September and October in Williamsburg host arts, food, wine and spirits events. Include these as part of your fall vacation.

Williamsburg Fall Arts:

From visual arts, including An Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg Gallery Crawl and the Yorktown Arts Stroll, to concerts by the Williamsburg Symphonia and Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Williamsburg Fall Arts is a monthlong celebration offering more than 130 events.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 14 - October 29, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream challenges brave guests to discover new bone-chilling scare zones, terrifying shows and gruesome creatures lurking around the park. Younger guests can experience tamer Halloween happenings at the Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival Celebration

Saturday, October 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, specialty cut flowers, quality art and entertainment are all available at this free event at Riverwalk Landing. Children will delight in hayrides, a pumpkin patch, hay maze and other activities.

Yorktown Day:

October 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums performances, and special programs at Yorktown Battlefield commemorate the anniversary of America’s momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.

Yorktown Victory Celebration

At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown at Yorktown: October 19 and 20. The 237th anniversary of America's momentous 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown will be celebrated with hands-on military experiences, artillery firings, and a preview of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown with the debut of the new introductory film and exhibition galleries.

Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Ghost Walk:

Learn of the ghosts that still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. This family-friendly program is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. Enjoy spirited and interactive 21st-century folklore of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Did you know there are Pirates Among Us? Blackbeard is dead, and many of his crew have been tried and hanged in Williamsburg. On this walking tour, you will meet ghosts and ghouls of his crew and hear their true pirate tales. Beware!

Hauntings of Williamsburg are revealed when darkness falls. Journey by candlelight through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, listening to eerie tales of Williamsburg’s only witch trial.

Williamsburg Tasting Trail:

Indulge your curiosity by trying something new, relax with friends with a refreshing glass full of your favorite beverage or pick up a bottle (or two) to bring homw.  As always, please drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

Plan your trip here to find lodging to suit all needs, choose from a wide variety of culinary experiences and see what is happening during your visit.

See All Trip Ideas

Show on Press Room: