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 22 - 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 14, 9 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 & Preview of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown at Yorktown: October 14 and 15. The 236th 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.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse thrives with audience participation, comedy, mystery and good food which give this a memorable experience. Use your “clue dossier,” which contains riddles and puzzles to decipher, and bribe money to entice the “suspects” to give you better clues. Question each of the suspects between scenes while dining on a four-course dinner.

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