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:
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival - Millbrae, CA - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
Celebrate the last blast of summer with sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun in the Bay Area.
Schuylkill Wine Festival - Hegins, PA - Sep 4 to Sep 4, 2016
Local winery tasting, live entertainment, table decorating contest and more. Tickets are $12 (advanced) and $15 (gate). Admission includes wine tasting bracelet, glass, chance to win a wine basket
Spanish Wine Festival - St. Augustine, FL - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2016
River Breeze Wine Tasting - Jeffersonville, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2016
A wine tasting at Riverstage benefitting Jeffersonville City Pride.
Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival - McHenry, MD - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Festival of the Vine - Geneva, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Sample wine and food as you enjoy live music and family fun.
Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival - , PA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
10th anniversary at Fort Hunter Park. Weekend passes are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.
Windy City Wine Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Sample from more than 300 wines as you enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars at Buckingham Fountain.
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival - Paw Paw, MI - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Wine tours, wine tasting, 4 stages of musical entertainment, grape stomp, carnival rides, car show, sports activities, arts & crafts show and more.
Saratoga Wine & Food Festival - Saratoga Springs, NY - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest - Rhinebeck, NY - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Held at Dutchess County Fairgrounds this event features plenty of food vendors, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and did I mention craft beers.
Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival - Dripping Springs, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
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.
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival - Gettysburg, PA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Live music, art, food and wines from 25 different PA wineries. Located at the Gateway Gettysburg Complex.
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival - Mountain View, CA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
You will love the live music, kids park, salsa dance class, pigskin party lounge, drinks, and food.
Glorious Grape Day - Romulus, NY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Capitola Art & Wine Festival - Capitola, CA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Lots of fine artists and Mountain wineries plus local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, and live music.
Houston Wine Fest - Houston, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
An annual event in downtown Houston for wine enthusiasts.
Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival - San Jose, CA - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2016
The signature fundraising event of the Almaden Valley Women’s Club has been a tradition since 1976.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - Orlando, FL - Sep 14 to Nov 14, 2016
Enjoy demonstrations and tastings of food and beverages from top chefs as Disney World celebrates global cuisine.
Lodi Grape Festival - Lodi, CA - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival - Boston, MA - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
Chef’s Gala, Wine and Craft Beer Paired Dinners, Brunch Bar, tasting event and Food Fight chef competition.
Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival - Las Vegas, NV - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
Join over 150,000 spectators for this exciting air race event with lots of racing classes, large displays of military and civilian aircraft, civil flight demonstrations and lots of fun for the whole family.
Colorado Mountain Winefest - Palisade, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
The Saturday portion, Festival in the Park, is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations & seminars.
GrapeFest - Grapevine, TX - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp - Alexandria, MN - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Three day event. 300 teams stomp 10,000 pounds of grapes. 12 bands on 4 stages, headlined by the DWEEBS on Friday evening. Wine tasting, man cave, logging camp show and vendors with food, art and more.
Crocker Park Wine Festival - Westlake, OH - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Features musical entertainment and over 150 wines at a benefit for health related charities in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere.
Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival - Mount Snow, VT - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Great wine, food and fall foliage at this event the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named one of its Top 10 fall events.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest - Algoma, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
2,000 visitors enjoy the grape stomp and award winning wines at Von Stiehl Winery. Features heritage foods, fine art, live music, and more. Held annually at 115 Navarino Street, Algoma, Wisconsin.
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival - Lafayette, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Held the 3rd weekend in September, it is perhaps the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County. Typically attended by over 80,000. 2016 will be the 21st year.
Uncorked Wine and Music Festival - Lake City, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
A wine tasting event with live music and food.
Maryland Wine Festival - Salisbury, MD - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Features wine samplings, guided tours of the Museum’s Farmhouse, and continuous live entertainment.
Shine to Wine Festival - North Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
12th annual event. Wine/beer/spirit tastings, live entertainment, art and food. General admission is free. Tasting ticket is $15 in advance or $20. It is held annually on the third Saturday in September.
Montgomery Wine and Music Fest - Montgomery, TX - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Discover Texas wines, enjoy live music and lots more. Lots of family activities. Parking and shuttle from Montgomery Elementary on Clepper Street.
Capital Region Apples & Wine Festival - Altamont, NY - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Held at Altamont Fairgrounds this festival has a competitive arts and craft show, food court, car show, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, haunted house, face painting, clowns, pony rides and fun for adults and kids.
Music City Food and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
A music and culinary event in downtown Nashville with Grand Tasting, Chef Showcase and other events.
Wine Express Into the West - Hill City, SD - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Village West Winefest - Kansas City, KS - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Get wine and food from 30 restaurants on the Wine Walk, 100+ craft beers in the beer garden, fireworks and after party.
Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival - Lynchburg, VA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
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.
Neptune’s Fall Wine Festival - Virginia Beach, VA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
20th annual event. Oceanfront wine tasting with live entertainment and food.
Virginia Wine Festival - Fairfax, VA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
40th annual event held at Bull Run Regional Park
Wine by the Lake - Spotsylvania, VA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Second annual event promoting local businesses, restaurants and wines held at Lake Anna State Park.
Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival - Cedarburg, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Arts & crafts, homegrown produce and artisan food, plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery, Scarecrow Contest, Giant Pumpkin weigh-off. Live music with Top Forty, Folk and Rock & Roll bands. Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta. Kids’ corner with pumpkin painting, magician and clown. Free admission. Events are held throughout the historic downtown area.
West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival - Morgantown, WV - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Wine tasting and live music for admission of $20 per person per day.
Snowmass Wine Festival - Snowmass Village, CO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2016
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 21 to Sep 25, 2016
26th annual event. Wine seminars, cooking demos, tastings, bike ride, golf classic and more.
Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
This event pairs top culinary talent with the rich flavors of Cincinnati and the Midwest
Wine+Food Festival - Greenwich, CT - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival - Newport, RI - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Wine tasting, celebrity chef appearances, gala and after dark party.
Naples Grape Festival - Naples, NY - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
Celebrate the grape harvest with wine, food, arts, crafts, live music, talented artisans and various food and music contests.
St Josef Grapestomping Festival - Canby, OR - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
South Jersey Wine & Food Festival - Mays Landing, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
A waterfront event featuring food and wine from local wineries. Held at Lake Lenape Park East.
Gruene Music and Wine Fest - New Braunfels, TX - Sep 29 to Oct 9, 2016
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.
Wine to Water - Anchorage, AK - Sep 29 to Sep 29, 2016
A benefit and silent auction to raise money for clean water, agriculture and health projects in South Sudan.
Wine Over Water - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Wine tasting from over 100 wineries on the Walnut Street Bridge.
Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival - Charlotte, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Casual wine tasting event with hundreds of wines available for tasting from 20+ wineries. Festival food, live music, arts & crafts, and free kids area. Souvenir tasting glass with admission. Kids and parking are free. Held annually at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.
Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival - Spring, TX - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
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.
Grapes & Hops Festival - Las Vegas, NV - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Sample fine wine and great beers plus delicious foods from Las Vegas fine restaurants. A charity event kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Oakhurst Chocolate and Wine Festival - Oakhurst, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Featuring chocolate wine, beer, arts & crafts, live entertainment, Cars in the Park, and more.
New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Festival - New Buffalo, MI - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
One day festival with live music, the best wines, craft beers, hayrides, kid’s art, craft vendors, and lots of food choices. In celebration of the harvest in Southwest Michigan, this one day event boasts over 30 of the best wines from several local vineyards along with four craft beers, and hard ciders all under one roof! Come rain or shine, the event is tented so you can come out and stay all day! $5 donation suggested per adult at the gate, kids under 12 are free! Event will feature live music, tastings and wine/beer by the glass available from eight local wineries and two craft breweries, kids activities, horse drawn hay rides driven throughout New Buffalo, craft vendors offering handcrafted goods, food products, and produce for you to purchase throughout the event.
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival - La Jolla, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
A two day juried art show and fundraiser featuring the works of over 150 established artists.
Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival - Chesapeake, VA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
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 - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
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 largest agricultural festival.
New York City Wine & Food Festival - New York, NY - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
A four day event featuring world renowned chefs, wines, and spirits producers. Lots of tasting, autograph signings, workshops and more enjoyed by over 55,000 attendees.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival - Honolulu, HI - Oct 14 to Oct 30, 2016
Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, exclusive dining events featuring local foods, and unique excursions prepared by the 80+ master chefs and wine & spirits producers.
Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants and breathtaking views all without tension or pretension while you enjoy some of the more than 140 weekend activities.
Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival - Watonga, OK - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Wine tasting, parade, Great Rat Race (10K, 5K and fun run), Race the Rail (bicyclists), cheese food contest and cheese demonstrations. 2 day pass for ages 13+ is $5.
Delaware Wine and Beer Festival - Harrington, DE - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
7th annual event held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village. Admission includes unlimited samples and a commemorative sampling glass.
Maryland Wine Festival - Westminster, MD - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Noon to 5 PM. Beer and wine aficionados will unite to enjoy sampling craft,
Yadkin Valley Grape Festival - Yadkinville, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Their 12th annual festival with live entertainment, food, fun, and of course wine events. Wine tasting tickets are $15 (advance) and $20 (door).
Placerville Art & Wine Festival - Placerville, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Over 30 foothill wineries offer samples on Historic Main Street.
La Vina Winery Fall Harvest Festival - Anthony, NM - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Taste and purchase more than 20 wines from noon to 7 PM. Adult admission is $20 which includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines. $10 admission for ages 12-20 years old.
Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival - Norfolk, VA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
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.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience - Kohler, WI - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2016
16th annual four day extravaganza of food, wine, and fun. See complimentary demonstrations and tastings.
Hallowine - Niagara Falls, NY - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016
Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape - Powhatan, VA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
14th annual event.
Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival - Waco, TX - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival - Wilmington, NC - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Sample from the 100 craft breweries and wineries in one place. Held for over 15 years in Wrightsville Beach.
Big Sur Food & Wine Festival - Big Sur, CA - Nov 3 to Nov 5, 2016
Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival - Mendocino County, CA - Nov 4 to Nov 13, 2016
Events take place throughout Mendocino County, which is home to more than 3,000 mushroom varieties.
Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival - Boca Raton, FL - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2016
Wine Down Main Street - Franklin, TN - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
150+ wines available for tasting inside stores on Main Street. Food samples from 20+ local restaurants. Live music. General admission and VIP tickets are sold to the event.
Savannah Food and Wine Fest - Savannah, GA - Nov 7 to Nov 13, 2016
Bethesda Dinner (outdoor, tented farm to table dinner), cooking classes, celebrity chef tour, riverboat stroll, riverboat wine and dinner cruise, candlelight tour and more.
Northwest Food & Wine Festival - Portland, OR - Nov 12 to Nov 12, 2016
Enjoy over 600 wines and 50 restaurants a this half day wine and food celebration at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lloyd Center. Showcases include Pate’ in Portland, Lamb Focus Feature, The Sausage Slam, A Fungus Affair, and Oyster Enthusiasts. General admission tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $95.
Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival - Pepin, WI - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2016
Enjoy holiday foods and wines as you travel the Great River Road Wine Trail. Your tickets gets you free wine and food tasting at each of the 11 wineries along the route.
Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival - Delray Beach, FL - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2016
It offers visitors the opportunity to stroll the palm tree lined streets of Delray while enjoying a great glass of wine or a plate of delectable seafood.
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival - San Diego, CA - Nov 13 to Nov 19, 2016
Downtown Baraboo Winter Wine Walk - Baraboo, WI - Nov 18 to Nov 18, 2016