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:
Neptune’s Fall Wine Festival - Virginia Beach, VA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
20th annual event. Oceanfront wine tasting with live entertainment and food.
River Breeze Wine Tasting - Jeffersonville, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2016
A wine tasting at Riverstage benefitting Jeffersonville City Pride.
Houston Wine Fest - Houston, TX - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
An annual event in downtown Houston for wine enthusiasts.
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.
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.
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.
Hallowine - Niagara Falls, NY - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016
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.
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.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - Orlando, FL - Aug 31 to Nov 13, 2017
Enjoy demonstrations and tastings of food and beverages from top chefs as Disney World celebrates global cuisine.
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival - Millbrae, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Celebrate the last blast of summer with sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun in the Bay Area.
Schuylkill Wine Festival - Hegins, PA - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2017
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 10, 2017
Windy City Wine Festival - Chicago, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
Sample from more than 300 wines as you enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars at Buckingham Fountain.
Festival of the Vine - Geneva, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Sample wine and food as you enjoy live music and family fun.
Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival - Paw Paw, MI - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
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 8 to Sep 9, 2017
Three days of gourmet events showcasing fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared menus, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, expansive tastings, upscale auctions and a concours d’elegance of luxury automobiles.
Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival - , PA - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
10th anniversary at Fort Hunter Park. Weekend passes are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.
Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival - Dripping Springs, TX - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
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.
Capitola Art & Wine Festival - Capitola, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Lots of fine artists and Mountain wineries plus local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, and live music.
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival - Mountain View, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
You will love the live music, kids park, salsa dance class, pigskin party lounge, drinks, and food.
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest - Rhinebeck, NY - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Held at Dutchess County Fairgrounds this event features plenty of food vendors, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and did I mention craft beers.
Glorious Grape Day - Romulus, NY - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
Varick Winery. Enjoy wine tastings and grape treats such as grape pies, frozen grape pops, grape cookies, grape cheesecake, and more.
Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival - McHenry, MD - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
Arts festival features beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, more than 200 wines from local and national wineries, live entertainment, food, wine pairing dinners and more. Benefits HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival.
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival - Gettysburg, PA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Live music, art, food and wines from 25 different PA wineries. Located at the Gateway Gettysburg Complex.
GrapeFest - Grapevine, TX - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
Annual event for nearly 30 years. 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.
Lodi Grape Festival - Lodi, CA - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
Colorado Mountain Winefest - Palisade, CO - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
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.
Crocker Park Wine Festival - Westlake, OH - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Features musical entertainment and over 150 wines at a benefit for health related charities in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere.
Snowmass Wine Festival - Snowmass Village, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp - Alexandria, MN - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
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.
Music City Food and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
A music and culinary event in downtown Nashville with Grand Tasting, Chef Showcase and other events.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest - Algoma, WI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
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.
Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival - Waco, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Taste more than 200 wines and sample food from 30+ restaurants. It is the major fundraiser of the Humane Society of Central Texas for its community services, life-saving programs and day-to-day shelter operations.
Montgomery Wine and Music Fest - Montgomery, TX - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Discover Texas wines, enjoy live music and lots more. Lots of family activities. Parking and shuttle from Montgomery Elementary on Clepper Street.
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival - Lafayette, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
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.
Village West Winefest - Kansas City, KS - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Get wine and food from 30 restaurants on the Wine Walk, 100+ craft beers in the beer garden, fireworks and after party.
Capital Region Apples & Wine Festival - Altamont, NY - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
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.
Uncorked Wine and Music Festival - Lake City, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
A wine tasting event with live music and food.
Maryland Wine Festival - Westminster, MD - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
GENERAL ADMISSION is $30 Saturday / $25 Sunday. Includes Commemorative wine festival glass with sampling of 150+ wines. VIP EXPLORER PASS is $50 Saturday / $45 Sunday Commemorative 16 oz. tasting glass with sampling, plus 40+ additional exclusive wines. DESIGNATED DRIVER & CHILDREN are $20 (age 13 to 20). Children age 12 and under free with paying adult.
Maryland Wine Festival - Salisbury, MD - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Features wine samplings, guided tours of the Museum’s Farmhouse, and continuous live entertainment.
Wine Express Into the West - Hill City, SD - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Entertainment and snacks paired with regional wines while riding the historic 1880 Train.
Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival - Lynchburg, VA - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
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 by the Lake - Spotsylvania, VA - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Second annual event promoting local businesses, restaurants and wines held at Lake Anna State Park.
Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival - Cedarburg, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
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.
Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival - San Jose, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2017
The signature fundraising event of the Almaden Valley Women’s Club has been a tradition since 1976.
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival - Newport, RI - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2017
Wine tasting, celebrity chef appearances, gala and after dark party.
Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
This event pairs top culinary talent with the rich flavors of Cincinnati and the Midwest
Wine+Food Festival - Greenwich, CT - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
A multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation foods and beverages. It will benefit multiple charitable organizations, including Greenwich Parks & Recreation Fund, James Beard Foundation and more.
Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival - Mount Snow, VT - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Great wine, food and fall foliage at this event the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named one of its Top 10 fall events.
Naples Grape Festival - Naples, NY - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
Celebrate the grape harvest with wine, food, arts, crafts, live music, talented artisans and various food and music contests.
South Jersey Wine & Food Festival - Mays Landing, NJ - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
A waterfront event featuring food and wine from local wineries. Held at Lake Lenape Park East.
St Josef Grapestomping Festival - Canby, OR - Sep 23 to #VALUE!
West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival - Morgantown, WV - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
Wine tasting and live music for admission of $20 per person per day.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 27 to Oct 1, 2017
Annual event for 25+ years. Wine seminars, cooking demos, tastings, bike ride, golf classic and more.
Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival - Charlotte, NC - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
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.
Grapes & Hops Festival - Las Vegas, NV - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
Sample fine wine and great beers plus delicious foods from Las Vegas fine restaurants. A charity event kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Gruene Music and Wine Fest - New Braunfels, TX - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
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.
Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival - Boston, MA - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
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 - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
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.
Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival - Spring, TX - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
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.
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival - La Jolla, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
A two day juried art show and fundraiser featuring the works of over 150 established artists.
New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Festival - New Buffalo, MI - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
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.
Wine Over Water - Chattanooga, TN - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Wine tasting from over 100 wineries on the Walnut Street Bridge.
Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape - Powhatan, VA - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
14th annual event.
New York City Wine & Food Festival - New York, NY - Oct 12 to Oct 15, 2017
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.
Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival - Watonga, OK - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
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 14 to Oct 14, 2017
Annual event held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village. Admission includes unlimited samples and a commemorative sampling glass.
La Vina Winery Fall Harvest Festival - Anthony, NM - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
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.
Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival - Chesapeake, VA - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
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 14 to Oct 15, 2017
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.
Virginia Wine Festival - Fairfax, VA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
40th annual event held at Bull Run Regional Park
Kohler Food & Wine Experience - Kohler, WI - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2017
16th annual four day extravaganza of food, wine, and fun. See complimentary demonstrations and tastings.
Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, CA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2017
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.
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival - Honolulu, HI - Oct 20 to Nov 5, 2017
Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, exclusive dining events featuring local foods, and unique excursions prepared by the 80+ master chefs and wine & spirits producers.
Placerville Art & Wine Festival - Placerville, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2017
Over 30 foothill wineries offer samples on Historic Main Street.
Yadkin Valley Grape Festival - Yadkinville, NC - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2017
Their 12th annual festival with live entertainment, food, fun, and of course wine events. Wine tasting tickets are $15 (advance) and $20 (door).
Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival - Nashville, TN - Oct 21 to Oct 21, 2017
Noon to 5 PM. Beer and wine aficionados will unite to enjoy sampling craft,
Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival - Norfolk, VA - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
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.
Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival - Wilmington, NC - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2017
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 2 to Nov 4, 2017
Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival - Mendocino County, CA - Nov 3 to Nov 12, 2017
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 4, 2017
Wine Down Main Street - Franklin, TN - Nov 4 to Nov 4, 2017
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 6 to Nov 12, 2017
Bethesda Dinner (outdoor, tented farm to table dinner), cooking classes, celebrity chef tour, riverboat stroll, riverboat wine and dinner cruise, candlelight tour and more.
Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival - Pepin, WI - Nov 11 to Nov 12, 2017
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.
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival - San Diego, CA - Nov 13 to Nov 19, 2017
Downtown Baraboo Winter Wine Walk - Baraboo, WI - Nov 17 to Nov 17, 2017