With September comes the beginning of the Fall event season in Virginia. Throughout the Commonwealth, harvest festivals and fall-themed events pop up on the calendar. If you’re looking for a Fall road trip, you might want to consider one of these:
* The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello – This Charlottesville event takes place on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 on the grounds of historic Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate. Sponsored by the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, this event features both free workshops and premium workshops at an additional fee on topics such as “Herbal Medicine Making,” “Three Sisters Garden Polyculture,” “Canning and Food Preservation” and “Rain Barrels.” In addition, cooking demonstrations covering cheesemaking, oysters and Chesapeake Bay crab salad will be offered. Special premium tours of various areas around Monticello will take visitors through the vegetable and flower gardens and surrounding woodlands. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the event and children 5 and under are free.
* Conservation Campouts – Offered by the National Zoo, this overnight adventure at the headquarters of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal are for adults and kids, and includes a zookeeper-led tour of an animal area, campfire activities, overnight tent accommodations and breakfast the next morning. The September 3 campout features cheetahs, while the September 10 campout focuses on leopards. The registration fee is $125 for non-Zoo members and $115 for members.
* Harvest Wine Festival – James River Cellars in Glen Allen showcases their wines, along with wines from Potomac Point, Mattaponi Winery and Cooper Vineyards. Tours of the winery will be offered, as well as live music on the patio and Wine Tasting 101 classes. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door on the day of the event, Saturday, September 3.
Enjoy the Fall festival season!