Top Fall Events & Activities in the Shenandoah Valley

Fall is one of the most spectacular times to visit the Shenandoah Valley region! The leaves are changing into a wonderful world of color, the air is transitioning into crisper temperatures, and the community is ready to welcome new and returning guests to the area, including our Virginia Inn. While autumn already offers many fun and unique things to do in Shenandoah Valley, we want to take the time and highlight our favorite fall events and activities for guests to enjoy during their 2019 seasonal Virginia getaway!

Couple looking at art during Art at the Mill event in VA

Art at the Mill

September 28 – October 13
After settling into your cozy room and indulging in a farm-fresh breakfast, head to one of the most anticipated art events of the year, Art at the Mill! This renowned gallery hosted at the Burwell-Morgan Mill, features roughly 300 artists and about 1000 pieces of artwork, offering something unique for every individual. Visitors will “ooo” and “aah” at this diverse collection which includes a number of oil paintings, mixed-media, traditional paintings, sculptures, fine woodworking, and pottery. Should you purchase any pieces to take home with you, you’ll also be giving back with a percentage of the proceeds go towards the Clarke County Historical Association, which aids the operation for both the antique mill, museum, and archives.

girls and one guy sitting in the sun at the Festival of Leaves in VA

Festival of Leaves

October 12; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Grab your sweaters and scarves and head to the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves. This awesome event transforms historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia into an autumn wonderland. Head down to on Chester and Main Street and immerse yourself in arts and crafts, musical entertainment, museums, historic home tours, re-enactments, living history demonstrations, and even apple butter making! This event is great for all age groups and is one of the best ways to celebrate the fall season. This event is great for all age groups and is one of the best ways to celebrate the fall season!

Horse Racers at the annual VA Gold Cup Event

Virginia Gold Cup

October 26; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
While the autumn season in the Shenandoah Valley is known for its gorgeous golden landscape, the leaves aren’t the only thing offering up gold! The International Virginia Gold Cup is an annual steeplechasing horse race classic that draws in over 50,000 people from around the state. Once the gates open, guests can participate in a number of festive activities, including a tailgating contest, hat contest, and much more. Don’t forget to pick up a gourmet picnic basket dress in your best Kentucky Derby attire to make your experience complete!

Friends watching a film at theatre during Middleburg Film Festival

Middleburg Film Festival

October 17-20
Enter into a little popup Hollywood at the Middleburg Film Festival! This four-day film spectacular offers a carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films in a theatre setting. Each film is followed by a Q&A with famous filmmakers, actors and other special guests. Outside of viewing the year’s most acclaimed films, attendees can participate in “fireside chats” with filmmakers and actors, wine and conversation at local vineyards, farm-to-table dinners, concerts, and parties! Don’t miss out on this star-studded event during your fall getaway to Virginia.

Yellow room w/fireplace at Virginia Inn

Book your stay at L’Auberge Provencale soon so you have first-pick of the room of your fall dreams! We have plenty of delightful accommodations to take advantage of during your stay, including fireplaces, cozy beds, and a variety of special packages and add-ons to make your fall Virginia getaway one to remember for a lifetime.

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