Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Wine Festivals

As we are enjoying fall, wineries in the Northern Hemisphere are hard at work harvesting their grapes from the vines. So you’ll find that September and October make a great time to stop at a vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting.

Another way to sample the wine from their vineyards is at a fall wine festival. Local wineries will offer samples of their wines for guests to try. Wine festivals are popular because they are an easy way to try a large number of different grapes, vintages, and wineries. At the end of the event, buy a couple bottles of your favorite wines and enjoy them later at home or at a byob. There’s also usually food and entertainment at the festival to make sure that everyone has a good time.

Everyone from the beginning wine enthusiast to the certified wine snob should be able to enjoy these fall 2015 wine festivals:

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September Wine Festivals:

Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival – Paw Paw, MI – September 11-13, 2015
Wine tours, wine tasting, 4 stages of musical entertainment, grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, sports activities, arts & crafts show and more.

Neptune’s Fall Wine Festival – Virginia Beach, VA – September 12-13, 2015.  19th annual event. Oceanfront wine tasting with live entertainment and food. Tickets before Sept. 11 may be purchased for $30 (Saturday) or $25 (Sunday).

Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival – Dripping Springs, TX – September 12, 2015.  Enjoy live music on stage with top talent including the Billy Garza Band.  View chef and drink demonstrations, grape stomping, a cigar booth, and a host of wineries, breweries, and family activities.

Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival – Sept 12, 2015
Wine tasting, gourmet food and live entertainment (music, ballet and shows) at the Red Rock Casino and Resort.

Virginia Wine Festival – The Plains, VA – September 12-13, 2015
39th annual event held at Great Meadows.

Wicked Wine and Brew – Litchfield, NH – September 12, 2015

Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival – Mount Snow, VT – September 18-20, 2015 

GrapeFest – Grapevine, TX – September 17-20, 2015
28th annual event. The Grapevine Wine Festival includes a People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic with 100+ wine samples from 40+ Texas wineries so that guests can choose their favorite. The GrapeStomp competition is very popular.

Salado’s Chocolate & Wine Weekend – Salado, TX – September 18-20, 2015

Montgomery Wine and Music Fest – Montgomery, TX – September 19, 2015.  Discover Texas wines, enjoy live music by Sam Riggs, Jesse Raub, Jonathan Mitchell Band, William Clark Green, Phillip Griffin, Josh Fuller and lots more.  Lots of family activities.  Parking and shuttle from Montgomery Elementary on Clepper Str

Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival – Lynchburg, VA – September 19, 2015
Voted one of the Best Festivals in 2013 & 2014 by Lynchburg Living Magazine. Over 5,000 guests attend the event at Lynchburg City Stadium. 16 wine vendors provide samples and there are nearly 100 craft ales and lagers on tap. Tickets go on sale July 1.

Taste of Freedom Wine Festival – Montpelier, VA – September 19, 2015
Enjoy Constitution Day at James Madison’s Montpelier. Take the 11 mile round-trip Liberty Ride. Breweries and wineries, arts & crafts, food vendors, live music, children’s entertainment and more.

Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival – Stratford, VA – September 19-20, 2015.  Sample Chesapeake Bay seafood recipes, have a beer, view craftsmen and ride the Bay Transit Trolleys.  Experience colonial chocolate making, kids rides, and much more.

Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival – Bryan, TX – September 26-27, 2015.  Downtown Bryan hosts this annual festival featuring a steak cookoff, craft beer, artist showcases, vendors, food, and Texas wineries.

 

Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival – Mount Snow, VT – September 19-21, 2014
Virginia Wine Festival – The Plains, VA – September 13-14, 2014
WINE, Wings & Wheels Fall Wine Festival – Orange, VA – September 20, 2014
Niagara Wine Festival – Ontario, Canada – September 14-29, 2013
GrapeFest – Grapevine, TX – September 11-14, 2014
Paw PawLynchburg Beer & Wine Festival – Lynchburg, VA – September 19, 2015
Voted one of the Best Festivals in 2013 & 2014 by Lynchburg Living Magazine. Over 5,000 guests attend the event at Lynchburg City Stadium. 16 wine vendors provide samples and there are nearly 100 craft ales and lagers on tap. Tickets go on sale July 1. Wine and Harvest Festival
– Paw Paw, MI – September 5-7, 2014
Wicked Wine and Brew – Litchfield, NH – September 12, 2015
Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival – 11011 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. – September 5-6, 2014.
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest – High Falls, NY – September 6-7, 2014
Greenwich Food & Wine Festival – Greenwich, CT – September 26-27, 2014
Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival – Reston, VA – September 6-7, 2014
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival – Gettysburg, PA – September 6-7, 2014
Lake Augusta Wine and Brew Festival – Lake Augusta, PA – September 20, 2014
Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival – Dripping Springs, TX – September 13, 2014
Festival of the Vine – Geneva, IL, September 5-7, 2014
Jazz It Up Wine Festival – Allaire State Park, NJ – Aug 30-31, 2014
Jersey Fresh Wine Festival – Springfield, NJ – September 6-7, 2014
Waterfront Wine & Food Festival – Mays Landing, NJ – September 27-28, 2014
Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp – Alexandria, MN – September 12-14, 2014
Bergen County Wine Festival – Ridgefield Park, NJ – September 21-22, 2013
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – Honolulu, HI – August 29 – September 7, 2014
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – Newport, RI – September 19-21, 2014
Wet Whistle Wine Fest – Algoma, WI – September 12-13, 2014
Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival – Cedarburg, WI – September 20-21, 2014
Lake Pepin Food, Wine & Cider Festival – Lake Pepin, MN – September 21, 2013
Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival – Lynchburg, VA – September 20, 2014
Colorado Mountain Winefest – Grand Junction, CO – Sept 18-21, 2014
Wine Over Water – Chattanooga, TN – September 27, 2014
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival – Moneta, VA – September 28-29, 2013
Lake Anna Wine Festival – September 21, 2013
Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival – Deep Creek, MD – September 5-7, 2014
Houston Wine Fest – Houston, TX – September 28-29, 2013
Maryland Wine Festival – Westminster, MD – September 20-21, 2014
Schuylkill Wine Festival – Hegins, PA – August 31, 2014
Capitola Art & Wine Festival – Capitola, CA – September 13-14, 2014
Neptune’s Fall Wine Festival – Virginia Beach, VA – September 6-7, 2014
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival – Mountain View, CA – September 6-7, 2014
Crocker Park Wine Festival – Westlake, OH – September 12-13, 2014
Snowmass Wine Festival – Snowmass, CO – September 12-13, 2014
Capital Region Apples & Wine Festival – Altamont, NY – September 13-14, 2014
Harvest Wine Festival – Las Cruces, NM – Labor Day Weekend 2013
Eagle Food and Wine Festival – Eagle, ID – September 13, 2014
Amaden Valley Art & Wine Festival – San Jose, CA – September 14, 2014
Friendship Wine & Food Festival – Jefferson County, OH – September 5-6, 2014
New Mexico Wine Festival – Bernalillo, NM – August 30 – September 1, 2014
Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival – Tampa Bay, FL – September 12-13, 2014
Sunnyslope Food & Wine Festival – Caldwell, ID – September 20-22, 2013
Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival – Washington, NJ – September 28-29, 2013
Montgomery Wine and Music Fest – Montgomery, TX – September 20, 2014
Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival – Bryan, TX – September 27-28, 2014
Texas Mead Fest – La Grange, TX – September 28, 2013
Salado’s Chocolate & Wine Weekend – Salado, TX – September 19-21, 2014
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival – Santa Fe, NM – September 24-28, 2014
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival – Lafayette, CA – September 20-21, 2014
Windy City Wine Festival – Chicago, IL – September 5-6, 2014
Summit Wine & Food Festival – Summit, NJ – September 19-21, 2014
Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival – Boston, MA – September 11-14, 2014
Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival – Stratford, VA – September 20-21, 2014
Lorimar Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival – Temecula, CA – September 21, 2013
Taste of Freedom Wine Festival – Montpelier, VA – September 20, 2014

October Wine Festivals:

Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival – Fredericksburg, VA – October 3-4, 2015
Ten wineries offer samples and the opportunity to purchase more than 100 varieties of wine from Virgnia Beer garden hosted by the All-American Girls. Food vendors, live music, arts & crafts and more.

Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival – Old Town Spring, TX – October 3-4, 2015.  Come out to Old Town Spring and enjoy great Texas wine and original art.  Lots of artists and 150 quaint shops.  Located at 427 Gentry Street. 

Gruene Music and Wine Fest – New Braunfels, TX – October 8-11, 2015.  Four days with four distinct and different type festivals in one.  Sunday includes a “Texas Style Musicfest”.  Located at Gruene Hall and The Grapevine Grounds. largest agricultural festival. 

Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival – Chesapeake, VA – October 10, 2015.  Back for another year is this wine tasting event from over twenty premier Virginia Wineries.  All activities are at the Chesapeake City Park.

Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival – Amherst, VA – October 10-11, 2015.  “Always a Stinkin’ Good Time”.  This popular event is held at Rebec Vineyards, 2229 N Amherst Hwy, Amherst.  It features live music, arts, crafts, tastings, and over 150 arts and craft vendors.  This is Virginia’s

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival – Norfolk, VA – October 17-18, 2015.  Stop by Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk.  Find a full group of wineries, culinary experiences, and a full schedule of live music and events.

Wine & Unwind Wine Festival – Salem, VA – October 18, 2015.  Sample wines, taste food, dance to good music and enjoy the arts and crafts.  Held annually at the Salem Civic Center.

Taste Texas – Fredericksburg, Texas – October 24, 2015.  Held in historic downtown Fredericksburg in the 100 block of West Main Street.  It features Texas food, beer, wine, music, food court, and also has a Patron Party.

Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival – Waco, TX – Oct 31, 2015

 

November 2015:

Michigan Food, Beer, and Wine Fest – Flint, MI – Nov 7, 2015

 

Taste of the Central Coast – Goleta, CA – October 27, 2013
Big Beers & Barley Wines – Dayton, OH – October 11, 2014
New York City Wine & Food Festival – New York, NY – October 16-19, 2014
Maryland Wine Festival – Salisbury, Maryland – October 18-19, 2014
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – Orlando, FL – September 19 – November 11, 2014
Kohler Food & Wine Experience – Kohler, WI – October 23-26, 2014
Harvest Wine Weekend – Paso Robles, CA – October 17-19, 2014
Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest – Fredericksburg, Texas – October 25, 2014
Salinas Valley Wine and Food Festival – Salinas, CA – October 11, 2014
Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival – Fredericksburg, VA – October 4-5, 2014
Louisa Wine Festival – Mineral, VA – October 12, 2013
Yadkin Valley Grape Festival – Yadkinville, NC – October 19, 2013
Waterfront Wine & Food Festival – Mays Landing, NJ – October 20, 2013
TASTE Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits – Philadelphia, PA – October 18-20, 2013
Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival – Charlotte, NC – October 4, 2014
Franklin Wine Festival – Franklin, TN – October 17, 2014
Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival – Watonga, OK – October 10-11, 2014
Taste of Carmel – Carmel, CA – October 2-5, 2014

Wine & Art Weekend – Millville, NJ – October 18-19, 2014.  The weekend will be filled with juried artists, craftsmen, wine by the sip, glass or bottle, live entertainment, 3K & 5K Walk & Run Between the Vines, grape stomping and wine glass painting and so much more.

Placerville Art & Wine Festival – Placerville, CA – October 19, 2013
Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival – Old Town Spring, TX – October 11-12, 2014
Rotary Harvest & Wine Festival – Tunkhannock, PA – October 12, 2013
Hallowine – Upstate NY – October 17-19, 2014
Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival – Chesapeake, VA – October 12, 2013
Black Dog Wine and Beach Music Festival – Floyd – October 11, 2014
Delaware Wine & Beer Festival – Felton, DE – October 11, 2014
Delaware Wine & Beer Festival – Dover, Delaware – October 11, 2014
Oakhurst Chocolate and Wine Festival – Oakhurst, CA – October 11-12, 2014
Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape – Powhatan, VA – October 25, 2014
Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival – Amherst, VA – October 11-12, 2014
Yorktown Wine Festival – Yorktown, VA – October 5, 2013
Wine & Unwind Wine Festival – Salem, VA – October 19, 2014
Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival – Norfolk, VA – October 18-19, 2014
Carytown Food & Wine Festival – Richmond, VA – October 5, 2014
Vendemmia Harvest of the Grape Wine Festival – Wilmington, DE – October 12, 2014
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival – La Jolla, CA – October 11-12, 2014
Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition – Riverbank, CA – October 11-12, 2014
Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival – Waco, TX – Oct 25, 2014
Gruene Music and Wine Fest – New Braunfels, TX – October 9-12, 2014
Waterfront Fine Arts & Wine Festival – Scottsdale, AZ – October 25-27, 2013
Lake Carolina Wine and Food Festival – Lake Carolina, SC – October 19, 2013
La Vina Winery Fall Harvest Festival – La Union, NM – October 4-5, 2014
Auburn Wine and Food Festival – Auburn, CA – October 13, 2013

Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival – Lake Pepin, MN – Nov 8-9, 2014

Santa Barbara Vino d’Elegance Festival – Santa Barbara, CA
Last Year’s Date: October 27-28, 2012

Havana Wine Festival – Havana, IL
Last Year’s Date: October 13, 2012

Long Branch Wine & Music Festival
Millwood, VA
Last Year: October 19-20, 2012

Agora Greek Food & Wine Festival – Cherry Hill, NJ
Last Year’s Dates: October 4-7, 2012

Sanborn Winetique Festival – Sanborn, NY
Last Year’s Date: October 14, 2012

Knoebels Three Ponds Fall Harvest Wine Festival – Elysburg, PA
Last Year’s Date: October 20, 2012

Mt. Nittany Winery Harvest Festival – Centre Hall, PA
Last Year’s Date: October 20, 2012

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival – Norfolk, VA
Last Year’s Dates: October 20-21, 2012

Greenwich Food & Wine Festival – Greenwich, CT
Last Year’s Date: October 4-6, 2012

Lodi’s Treasure Island WineFest – San Francisco, CA
Last Year’s Date: October 6, 2012

Lake Norman Wine & Food Festival – Cornelius, NC
Last Year’s Date: October 20, 2012

Zest in the West – Houston, TX
Last Year’s Date: October 18-19, 2012

Miami Wine Fair

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