What do Centerfest, Railroad Days and the Amherst County Apple Harvest Festival have in common? All three of these festivals and many more throughout the state feature handcrafted products made in the United States.
You will also find lots of fall and Halloween handcrafted items that the kids will love including yard display items made from wood and indoor ceramic items.
Arts and craft shows are great places to take kids Christmas shopping for grandparents, parents and other relatives. You will also find handcrafted table decor to make your family Thanksgiving special.
Fall festivals have a long tradition and many of the craft shows held in Virginia have been held for over 25 years. Many feature local crafters and artisans.
At a recent event held at From Shabby To Chic in Forest, several local crafters had displays. Angel Petals offered hair accessories, tutus and tutu dresses. Posies by Cait offered hair accessories, hats, earrings and more. Precious Creations and S.L. Jewelry offered handcrafted jewelry.
Some arts and craft shows only feature crafted items and others are part of a fall festival with food vendors, kids’ rides and activities, music and more.
All of these events offer a family-friendly atmosphere and most are free to attend, making them very popular among local families.
Here are some of the upcoming arts and craft shows you might want to add to your calendar. Most are within an hour of Lynchburg but some of the longest running craft shows are further away.
You can find information about most of these and many more arts and craft shows and fall festivals at the Virginia tourist website.
This weekend, many will travel to Bedford for the 31st Annual Centerfest, held on Main Street in Bedford on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event features arts and crafts, information displays, food vendors, street performers, music and more.
Two arts and crafts shows that involve a road trip this weekend are PulaskiFest, held at Jackson Park in Pulaski on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 31st Annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend at Virginia Beach.
This year’s Neptune Festival closes out with Boardwalk Weekend, ranked among the top 10 festivals in the Southeast. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The first weekend in October, there are many choices including the Clifford Ruritan Annual Sorghum Festival, held on Rt. 151 in Clifford, north of Amherst on Oct. 6 and 7.
This longstanding event features arts and crafts, apple butter and sorghum molasses making, the Virginia State Jousting Tournament, Civil War reenactors, kids’ bounce houses, food vendors and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The 36th Annual Apple Days Craft Show will be held in Waynesboro on Oct. 6-7. On Oct. 6, you can also choose from the 33rd Annual Dayton Autumn Celebration near Harrisonburg in downtown Dayton from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 34th Annual Gordonsville Street Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Harvest Days Festival in downtown Clarksville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Also on October 6, the Fall Festival and Fundraiser will be held in New London at the former Mead’s Tavern, 594 Alum Springs Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event features arts and crafts and much more and it’s close to home.
Later in October, the 25th Annual Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival will be held at Roanoke Civic Center on Oct. 13-15. This event is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 shows in the nation.
Also on Oct. 13, you can attend Railroad Days in Appomattox, the 14th Annual Fall Craft Bazaar at Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, and the Vinton Fall Festival in downtown Vinton. The Railroad Festival continues on Sunday, Oct. 14.
On Oct. 20-21, a local favorite show will take place at Amherst County High School. The Amherst County Apple Harvest Festival features many local artisans and crafters as well as great food vendors.
Many local crafters and artisans will also exhibit at the 42nd Annual Bedford Woman’s Club Arts Crafts and More Extravaganza on Nov. 3 at Bedford Elementary School.
Kids can learn a lot about how people can make things instead of buying them from attending arts and crafts shows. Ask any of the artisans about their wares and they will be glad to share their story. You may come away with a budding young artist or crafter.