Dog Friendly Fall Festivals & Events

Month Date(s) Name of event Address Time Tickets Activities Dog Rules Other
September 2 Harvest Wine & Oyster Festival James River Cellars 12:00 – 5:00 $20 – $30 Food Trucks, Wine, Oysters, Live music Dog Friendly! For more info, visit jamesrivercellars.com
September 7, 14, 21, 28 Fridays on the Patio James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, VA 6:30 – 930 $8 Wine tastings, local bands, food trucks. A fun Dog friendly event! For more info, visit: http://www.jamesrivercellars.com/event-calendar-1/2018/8/10/fridays-on-the-patio
September 8 The Richmond Bluegrass Festival Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408-2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220 2:00 – 10:00 No charge Mobile gourmet food vendors and unique beers on draft, live music. Well behaved dogs welcome on their leashes. Per mgmt: “If you are concerned for the comfort and safety of your pet in potentially extreme weather conditions or large crowds, we recommend that you leave your pet to enjoy the comforts of home.” More details forthcoming. Visit Hardywood’s webpage for more information:     www.hardywood.com
September 8 Down on the Farm Crab Feast Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland 2:30 – 7:00 $35 Crabs, live music, adult beverages “Not only are they [dogs] allowed, but they are welcomed! Please, keep them on a leash and clean up after them.” For more info, visit: https://www.hanovervegetablefarm.com/
September 8, 9 West End Arts Fest at West Broad Village 3950 Wild Goose Ln, Glen Allen, VA 23060 10:00 – 5:00 No charge Art Show Well behaved pets welcome. For more information, visit: http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/2nd-annual-west-end-art-festival-west-broad-village
September 9, 16, 23, 30 Sundays in the Shade James River Cellars 1:00 – 4:00 No charge Music, tastings, relaxation! Dogs allowed at outdoor tables For more information about all of James River Cellars dog friendly events, visit: http://www.jamesrivercellars.com/
September 13 Fidos After Five Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens 5:00 – 8:00 $2 for dog Music, food & drink. $2 suggested pet admission to benefit the SPCA; Leashed, rabies vac., 4 mos or older, no retractable leashes, spayed or neutered if over 1 year old, well behaved only. Clean up after pets! For more information, visit:   http://www.lewisginter.org/visit/events/fidos-after-5/
September 15 Glen Allen Day Meadow Farm Museum – Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen 9:30 – 3:00 No charge Parade, arts, crafts, vendors, food, entertainment, activities Pets are always welcome in this beautiful park! Holiday Barn is a sponsor!
September 15 Pickled and Fermented Fetival Center of the Universe Brewing Company, 11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland, VA 23005 2:00 – 7:00 $5 pickle pass! Music, pickle tastings, beer, and lots of pickle shenanagans! Pet Friendly For more info, visit: https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/PickledandFermentedFestival/
September 20 Third Thursday Marketplace Downtown Hopewell 5:30 – 8:30 No charge Vendors, Food trucks, music, children’s activities, craft beer Dog Friendly! Maybe a little far, but only a 27 minute drive
September 21, 22, 23 Field Day of the Past Landmark & Historical Place Fairground, 1741 Ashland Road, Rockville VA 23146 Open Daily at 8AM $8 -$10 Too many to name! Country fair. Dogs must be leashed and be current on all vaccinations. Please be kind to other guests by cleaning up after your pet. Also, be aware that there are large crowds, loud noises, children, farm animals, and other dogs in attendance. If you don’t think your dog will be comfortable in this environment, please let them stay at home. For more information, visit: https://fielddayofthepast.net/plan-your-visit/
September 22 16th Annual Chesterfest Chester Village Green, 11801 Centre St. Chester 10:00 – 4:00 No charge Arts, crafts, vendors, food, entertainment, activities Don’t forget to enter them in the dog show! For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/chesterfest-2018/346647622520129/
September 22 History Hounds, BY The Valentine in partnership with the Richmond SPCA Meet at the northwest corner of Brook Road and Westwood Avenue 10 :00 – 12:00 $5 – children, $14 – Adults Walking tour exploring Ginter Park Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. https://thevalentine.org/event/history-hounds-explore-ginter-park/
September 29 Richmond Dog Festival 17th Street Farmers Market, 100 N. 17th Street, Richmond 11:00 – 4:00 No charge Vendors, food, music It’s all about the dogs! :) Sponsored by Holiday Barn and Fetch a Cure! For more information, visit: https://enrichmond.org/events/richmond-dog-festival/
September 29 Pumpkin Picking at Hanover Plant and Vegetable Farm 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland Pumpkin picking begins Sept 29; Open Daily 8 – 6 $5 non pumpkin visit, free parking Details coming soon! “Not only are they [dogs] allowed, but they are welcomed! Please, keep them on a leash and clean up after them.” For more info, visit: https://www.hanovervegetablefarm.com/
September 29 Goochland Rotary Oktoberfest 68 Broad Street, Manakin 12:00 – 6:00 $25 Craft Beer and Wine Festival Leashed dogs allowed For more info, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goochland-rotary-oktoberfest-tickets-46781246969
October 6 Trails & Ales Manchester at 10th and Semmes, Richmond 4:00PM $30 – $55 to run race Food Trucks, music, beer. Dogs can come to the festival but are not allowed on the trails. For more info, visit https://www.sportsbackers.org/events/trails-and-ales/
October 6 Oystoberfest St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ginter Park Noon – 6PM Suggested $2 donatiib Oyster, brats, beer, bands, kids zone Leashed, friendly pets are welcome For more info, visit: https://oystoberfest.com/
October 6 Craft Beverage Fetival James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, VA 12:00 – 5:00 $25 – $30 Live music, food trucks, tastings. A fun Dog friendly event! For more info, visit: http://www.jamesrivercellars.com/event-calendar-1/2018/10/6/discover-virginia-craft-beverage-festival
October 6, 7 Green Top Outdoor Expo Greentop, 10150 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland VA Sat 8-7, Sun 8-6 No Charge Showcasing the greatest outdoor products! Live music, tons of exhibitors, special guests! Holiday Barn Pet Resorts will be there with water and treats for your dog! For more information, visit: https://www.greentophuntfish.com/green-top-outdoor-expo
October 7, 21 Sundays in the Shade James River Cellars 1:00 – 4:00 No charge Music, tastings, relaxation! Dogs allowed at outdoor tables For more information about all of James River Cellars dog friendly events, visit: http://www.jamesrivercellars.com/
October 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 Cross Creek Garden Center Fall Family Festival 501 Courthouse Road 11:00 – 4:00 $3 fun pass plus pumpkin cost Pumpkin picking, decorating, haunting hayride, face painting, etc. Leashed dogs allowed For more information, visit: https://www.crosscreeknursery.com/fall-festival.html
October 13, 14 Gourds, Goblets & Ghouls Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Road, Ashland 11:00 – 6:00 Unknown at this time Live music, wineries, beer garden, vendors, hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn maze and lots of fun activities “Not only are they [dogs] allowed, but they are welcomed! Please, keep them on a leash and clean up after them.” For more info, visit: https://www.hanovervegetablefarm.com/
October 18 Third Thursday Marketplace Downtown Hopewell 5:30 – 8:30 No charge Vendors, Food trucks, music, children’s activities, craft beer Dog Friendly! Maybe a little far, but only a 27 minute drive
October 20 Harvest Festival Meadow Farm Museum – Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen 12:00 – 4:00 No charge Traditional harvest time activities, demonstrations, etc.. Dogs are always allowed in this beautiful Henrico County park! For more info, visit: https://henrico.us/calendar/harvest-festival-4/
October 20 Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival Boulevard on Leigh Street 12:00 – 6:00 No charge Fun food and drink! “We love pets and you should bring them. Please make sure your pet is leashed and you have the appropriate ‘clean up after them’ supplies.” For more info, visit: http://www.scottsadditionpumpkinfestival.com/
October 26 Halloween Party on the Patio James River Cellars 6:00 – 10:00 $5 A Spooky good time! Wear Costumes! Dress up your dog for halloween! For more info, visit http://www.jamesrivercellars.com
October 27 Brunswick Stew & Stout Festival Shockoe Bottom, between 17th and Franklin Street 11:00 – 4:00 $1 suggested donation Good food, good beer, good company! 4-legged friends welcome as long as they are well socialized and leashed. For more info, visit: https://enrichmond.org/events/brunswick-stew-stout/
October 27 Goochland County Fair Goochland Sports Complex, 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland 12:00 – 4:00 No Admission Inflatables, live music, carnival games, petting zoo, arts & crafts, vendors, Halloween Costume contest and more! “Absolutely dog friendly!” Dogs must be kept on a leash. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2111727005767663/
October 27 Pumpkin Palooza Innsbrook 10:00 – 4:00 No charge Pony rides, petting zoos, bouncy houses, live entertainment, and more! Pet Friendly For more info, visit: https://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/InnsbrooksGreatPumpkinPalooza
October 27 History Hounds, BY The Valentine in partnership with the Richmond SPCA Meet at Floodwall Park, 101 Hull Street 10:00 – 12:00 $5 – children, $14 – Adults Walking tour exploring The History of Richmond and the James River Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others and remain leashed. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs. https://thevalentine.org/event/history-hounds-explore-history-richmond-james-river/
October 27, 28 Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games Richmond Raceway Complex 9-6 Sat, 9-5 Sun $15 – $30 Live Music all day, Dance Competitions, Harp Competitions. Rain or Shine Event. Dogs permitted with $5 donation and proof of rabies vaccination For more info, visit: http://vacelticfestival.com/
October 29 Comfort Zone Camp Fall Bash Hardywood Craft Brewery – West Creek
820 Sanctuary Trail Dr.
Richmond, VA 23238
$25 – $35 Delicious food, locally crafted beer, and much more! Well behaved dogs welcome on their leashes. Per mgmt: “If you are concerned for the comfort and safety of your pet in potentially extreme weather conditions or large crowds, we recommend that you leave your pet to enjoy the comforts of home.” For more info, visit: https://my.comfortzonecamp.org/civicrm/event/info?id=1025&reset=1
October TBD Growl-o-ween Center of the Universe Brewing Company, 11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland, VA 23005 TBD Details to come! Always dog friendly! For more info when available, visit: https://cotubrewing.com/
November 3 Ashland Train Day Downtown Ashland, 112 N. Railroad Avenue, Ashland 10:00 – 5:00 No charge Outdoor vendors, trains, food, music. Dogs are not allowed inside businesses. For more information, visit: http://ashlandtrainday.com/
November 10 Richmond Cider Celebration 17th Street Farmers Market, 100 N. 17th Street, Richmond 11:00 – 4:00 $1 suggested donation Live music, cider 4-legged friends welcome as long as they are well socialized and leashed. For more info, visit: https://enrichmond.org/events/richmond-cider-celebration/
November 17 Annual Shockoe on the Half Shell Shockoe Bottom, 100 N 17th Street, Richmond 11:00 – 4:00 $1 Entry Donation Oysters every which way, music, & fun! four-legged friends are welcome – must be socialized, leashed, and please keep in mind the hot summer temperatures For more information, visit: https://enrichmond.org/events/shockoe-half-shell/
December 6 Gardenfest for Fidos Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens 5:00 – 10:00 $8 – $13 Plus $2 pet admission Beautiful holiday lights! $2 Pet Admission; Please review details for dogs at web address in next column. Also takes place Jan. 3, 2019!   http://www.lewisginter.org/event/gardenfest-for-fidos/