November festivals

The leaves may be changing, but the festivals keep on coming.

Brunswick Stew Festival

Stew aces, nay, stew masters across the region bring their kettles and recipes to Richmond for the annual event. Eat some choice stew, drink some brews, and let the kids have some fun the children’s area and petting zoo.

  • Saturday, November 1st • 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • 17th Street Farmers Market
  • FREE

Quidditch Festival

Come out and watch teams from seven states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and others) bring their broomsticks and game faces to town for the USQ Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships and vie for a chance to compete in the USQ’s World Cup.

The Quidditch Fest for Kids runs on Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

  • Saturday, November 1st – Sunday, November 2nd
  • Dorey Park • 2999 Darbytown Road • Henrico
  • FREE

16th Annual Fur Ball

Help thousands of homeless animals across the city get life saving rehabilitation…and look good while doing it. This single black tie event raises 98 percent (!) of the Richmond SPCA’s annual funds. The event’s currently at capacity, so get on the waiting list to capitalize on cancellations.

  • Saturday, November 1st
  • Jefferson Hotel • 101 W. Franklin Street
  • Varies

The Heart of Virginia Wine Trail

Tour Virginia’s best wineries (Cooper, Grayhaven, James River Cellars, Lake Anna, Mattaponi, and Weston Farms) and sample their grapey goods. Get your passport tickets to tour the six wineries1 along with a souvenir wine glass.

  • Saturday, November 1st – Sunday, November 2nd
  • James River Cellars
  • $20

Fall Harvest Festival

Games, food, Moonwalk, live music, and an inflatable obstacle course make this a great way to welcome autumn. Help others by donating your needed plasma in the Bloodmobile.

  • Saturday, November 1st • 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Bethlehem Baptist Church • 9600 Midlothian Turnpike
  • FREE

RAIN Community Fall Festival

Join the Richmond Autism Integration Network (RAIN) along with retired circus animals, bounce houses, food trucks, cake walk, and more. Proceeds go to RAIN’s after school program and summer camp for kids on the Autism Spectrum.

  • Saturday, November 1st • 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Bon Air Baptist at the Village • 7250 Patterson Avenue
  • FREE


As the Queen song goes, Autumn Bottom Brews you make the rocking world go ’round.2 Head to Shockoe to enjoy 15 of Virginia’s coolest craft breweries, local restaurants, and live music in the crisp autumn air.

  • Sunday, November 2nd • 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • 17th Street Farmers Market
  • FREE

UkeFest VA 2014

The ukulele is one of the most popular instruments nowadays. Head out to Glen Allen and watch some of the best bands and musicians shred some sick uke, as well as take part in workshops geared to novices and experts alike.

  • Friday, November 7th – Saturday, November 8th
  • Cultural Arts Center • 2880 Mountain Road • Glen Allen
  • $15


Have you heard of a holiday called Christmas? It’s one of the lesser-known ones out there (retailers could do a lot more to promote it, if you ask me). Jump into the Christmas spirit by attending a craft show voted ninth best in the country (!) and second best in Virginia. Original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be available.

  • Friday, November 7th – Sunday, November 9th
  • Richmond Raceway Complex • 600 E. Laburnum Avenue
  • $8 (adults)

Carytown Food & Wine Festival

The annual event pairs Carytown restaurants with some of the best Virginia wineries. It’s simple: restaurants dish out signature food items and you wash them down with Grade-A wine. A ticket includes unlimited wine tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Expect activities for the kids too.

  • Sunday, November 9th • 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • 3126 W. Cary Street
  • $15 (advance); $20 (door)


November is Native American month. Pow-Wow, an American Indian owned company, puts on this event so the public can interact with Native American dancers, singers, drummers, artists, and craftspersons.

Get your tastebuds involved by trying Buffalo stew, Navajo tacos, Indian Corn Soup and more .

  • Friday, November 14th – Sunday, November 16th
  • Richmond Raceway Complex • 600 E. Laburnum Avenue
  • $10 (adults); $6 (children)


Dip into cider’s renaissance by tasting variations from Virginia cideries and attending workshops on apples and cider-making. Each ticket includes 10 cider tastings. Local restaurants will offer food at an additional cost.

  • Saturday, November 15th • 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • 17th Street Farmers Market
  • $20 (includes 10 cider tastings)


The annual public exhibition of light-based art and performances is hands down one of the coolest evenings all year. This year’s event will stretch across Monroe Park and light up walls, sidewalks, trees, benches, buildings, and more.

  • Friday, November 21st • Dusk (Lantern Parade begins at 7:30 PM)
  • Monroe Park
  • FREE

Photo by Meg Stewart

  1. Want to spread out our visits? You can complete the wine trail anytime during normal hours of operation throughout the year. 
  2. Or something like that. 
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