The school year has started and there’s a cool breeze rushing through Williamsburg. That’s right, the fall season is upon us! We look forward to this time every year, as the weather is ideal for fun outdoor events. We’ve compiled 9 must-see fall activities, so whether you’re a local or in need of a Williamsburg getaway, you have the perfect excuse to stay at your favorite bed and breakfast…
SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS: Autumn at its finest!
-Need that pumpkin fix for it to really feel like fall? Pumpkinville in nearby Toano, VA has got you covered. It’s open throughout all of October and, in addition to lots of free family-friendly activities like a hayride and cornfield maze, it’s the best spot to pick the perfect pumpkin!
-Start the season off with a local arts festival. An Occasion for the Arts on October 5th and 6th will take over Colonial Williamsburg (it’ll be right outside our front door!) with demonstrations and galleries of glass, ceramic, paint, metal, wood and so much more, plus dozens of local music artists and the Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.
-Any Tribe pride out there? This year’s William and Mary Homecoming is October 17-20 and makes for a beautiful reunion, complete with the annual parade, tailgate, and (of course) football against JMU!
-The mild fall weather is great for outdoor exercise. Consider signing up for the Governor’s Land 5k Run/Walk on October 26, right up the street from us. Get your steps in while taking in the beautiful Williamsburg scenery.
HISTORIC HAUNTS Spooky events all October long!
-As the Halloween season approaches, consider the Colonial Ghosts Tour. It’s been named one of the Top 10 Ghost Tours in the US, with good reason! They really know their Williamsburg history, which we love. Or, come to experience Haunted Williamsburg and gain access to real historic buildings.
-If you’re one of those people who really love the scary side, Busch Gardens’ ever-popular Howl-O-Scream event promises even more sights and frights this year. With a new show and two new haunted houses, plus the thrills of roller coasters, you’ll be screaming one way or another!
The Haunting On DOG Street Trick or Treating on October 25-26 is our ultimate local Halloween event. Perfect for little ones, you can find the Haunting Horsemen or Blackbeard, parties, and an auction. It’s the essence of the holiday done the Williamsburg way.
-Also on October 25-26 is Fright Nights at Jamestown Settlement, so why not make a weekend of it? This is an all-encompassing Halloween event held on both land and sea, complete with ghost stories, family activities and trick-or-treating. Stroll through smoke and lanterns in the historical camp and board the three enormous ships in the harbor!
We hope you’ll stop by our favorite historic town this season to enjoy one (or all!) of these unique events. Stay with us in the heart of Williamsburg and learn why we love to call it home!
What’s your favorite fall memory in Williamsburg? Leave us a comment and let us know!