Apple festivals Virginia Apple Festivals in 2021

Update for 2021 and Coronavirus:

It looks like most festivals are returning for 2021, with the possible exception of some in lockdown-states like California, Michigan, New York. Even so, many festivals will not finalize or announce their plans until the last minute, so when we have not seen an update, we've left last year's data below and suggest you see the festivals website or call the festival as the date gets close to see if they will hold it this year.

Looking for a apple festival in Virginia in 2021? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in Virginia we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

I update this list every year, but still click on the links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!

2021 Apple Festivals in Virginia - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!


Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November.  Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held.  Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).

There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.

Community Apple Festivals

  • Apple-Butter-Making Festival, Flippen-Seaman Orchard, Nelson, VA. Phone: 804-277-5824. Event dates: In October, call or see their website for this year's dates.
  • Apple Dumpling Festival - October 18, 2008 from 10 AM until 4 PM
    Stuart, VA.
  • Boones Mill Apple Festival, Boones Mill, VA. Phone: 540-334-5975.  Event dates: In September, call for this year's dates.
  • Carter Mountain Apple Festival, Charlottesville, VA. Phone: 804-977-1833.  Event dates: In October, call for this year's dates.
  • Chilhowie Community Apple Festival, Chilhowie, VA. Phone: 540-646-8213. Event dates: In September, call for this year's dates.
  • Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival - 2 weekends in October, 10:00AM-4:30PM Daily, Rain or Shine.
    Graves' Mountain Lodge Inc., Route 670, Syria, Virginia 22743. Phone: 540-923-4231.  Fax 540-923-4312. Over 65 Arts & Craft vendors, as well as Graves Mountain Food, Hay Mountain.  Free Admission / Free Parking. Come and see nature's way of blanketing the mountains with stunning color during the month of October. Enjoy fun filled days complete with good food and entertainment including bluegrass music, cloggers, arts and crafts, hayrides and horseback rides. Experience the days of yesteryear watching apple butter and Brunswick stew being cooked in kettles over and open fire. Our orchards are open for apple picking or you may select your own from the apple bins at the picnic pavilion. Visit the farm and the animals.
  • Leed's Annual Apple Fest -
    Markham, VA. Sponsored by Stribling Orchard, providing the site of the Annual Leeds Apple Fest. Hot dogs and ice cream, see apple butter being made in a huge copper kettle, live music, face painting, pony rides, wagon rides, craft shopping, and civil war living history displays.

  • Winchester Rotary Apple Harvest Festival / Winchester Apple-Harvest Festival,
    Winchester City Park, Winchester, VA. Phone: 540-662-3996. Event dates: In September, call for this year's dates.

Farm Apple Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • We will be adding these as we find them;  Please write me, if you know of any to add!

Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam, Jelly, Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More

Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple directions:

Recipes and Canning directions


For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!

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