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Release Date: October 8,2015

10 October festivals you don't want to miss | DP List

10 October festivals you don't want to miss | DP List

Mike Holtzclaw

There are those who just can't get enough of the crisp fall weather. Sweatshirt weather.

For those folks, the festivals of summer are all good and fine, but the real festival season comes when the temperature dips a bit and the calendar turns to autumn. Several outdoor events in Hampton Roads were canceled last weekend because of the rainfall, but this weekend looks nice and there are plenty of places to go.

Here's a look at some local fall festivals, this weekend and down the line.

Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk Landing in York County. Load up on fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, cut flowers, and works from local artists. Music is from Runaway String Band. There will be hayrides, pumpkins and other trappings of the season. Admission is free. Info: 757-890-3500 or

Phoebus Fall Festival. It's from 10 a.m.-4 p .m. Saturday in the lovely Phoebus section of Hampton. The event is free, but the craft beer festival is $25 for 16 tastings or $6 for a full pour. The live music includes performances by Wasted Presley, Mason Brown and others, and there will be food vendors, a dog costume parade and a pie-eating contest. More than 30 local crafters will be showing their work. Info: 757-727-8311 or

Suffolk Peanut Festival. All weekend at the Suffolk Executive Airport. Hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. All sorts of food and games and activities honoring the peanut, including the always popular peanut butter sculpting contest. Musical entertainment includes the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Outlaws and Blackhawk. Admission is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle or $25 for a full weekend pass. Info: 757-539-6751 or

Peninsula Town Center Craft Beer Festival. It's from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula Town Center. The festival will feature more than 30 beers from 15 breweries. Tasting packages range from $25-$50. Non-drinking attendees pay $5. Children 18 and under are free with a paying guest. Donate a new large bath towel (tags still on it) to Avalon Center and receive a $5 discount. Info: Call the Junior League of Hampton Roads at 757-873-0281 or go online to

In addition, here's a quick look at some upcoming festivals that you will be reading about in future Ticket sections.

Yorktown Victory Weekend. Next weekend, Oct. 17-18. This year marks the 234th anniversary of the British surrender at Yorktown, and we know how to celebrate such history here in Hampton Roads. The Yorktown Victory Center will be making history even more fun than usual, with programs and re-enactments.

Folk Festival and Maritime Heritage Weekend. Oct. 17-18 at the Watermen's Museum at Riverwalk Landing in York County. The folk festival was canceled by bad weather last month and moved back to coincide with Maritime Heritage Weekend. A wide variety of music, plus storytellers, vendors and artists.

Poquoson Seafood Festival. Oct. 16-18. The Peninsula's biggest annual seafood festival celebrates "the bounty of the bay." Live entertainment will include The Deloreons, Kasey Rae and The UnXpected, among others.

Contemporary Arts Network (CAN) Art Festival. Oct. 17 at Mill Point Park in Hampton. Sponsored by the 670 Gallery in Downtown Hampton, it will feature live murals, music and vendors.

Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival. Oct. 17-18 at Town Point Park in Norfolk. Lewis McGehee will perform. Tasting packages start at $20.

City Center Oyster Roast and Fall Festival. The oyster roast is Oct. 23 in Newport News City Center, and the Fall Festival is the next day. Both events will have activities for the whole family.