Unfortunately, the time has come for you to replace those sandals and shorts with cozy boots and long pants. But just because the sun is setting earlier and the temperatures are cratering doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun! To get you into the autumn spirit, here are a handful of exciting fall events around Salem and Roanoke, VA. Plan well and you might just breeze through winter!
Layman Family Farm’s Flashlight Maze Night (Blue Ridge, VA – October 25th @ 6:00 PM)
Grab a flashlight (or charge your mobile) for a dimly lit stroll through the Layman Family Farm corn maze. Only the bravest souls make it out in one piece (not true) while the rest of the maze runners are left to be like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” (also not true). October 25th is the last evening for you to enjoy this fun maze, so don’t miss out!
Learn more about the Flashlight Maze at www.laymanfamilyfarms.com.
2017 Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (Ferrum, VA – October 28th @ 10:00 AM)
This all-day festival is just a short drive south from Roanoke and features everything from live dueling banjos to mule jumping competitions to car shows. Some favorite events on the agenda include:
- Performances by the Smoky Valley Boys, Gerald Anderson & Friends, Five Mile Mountain Band, and Jim Lloyd.
- Horse Log Skidding Contest
- Plowing Demonstrations
- Sheep Herding
- Coon Dog Races
- Rock Crushing Demos
- Antique Engine, Tractor & Auto Show
- Molasses & Apple Butter Making Class
- Slingshot Competition
- Children’s Games, Arts and Crafts, and Storytelling
Plus, a visit to the Folklife Festival means lots (and we mean lots) of delicious food, moonshine, desserts, and more food to devour.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children over the age of five. More information about this local festival can be found at http://blueridgefolklifefestival.com.
Pumpkinfest (Salem, VA – October 28th @ 11:00 AM)
Autumn wouldn’t be the same without a handpicked Jack O’ Lantern. Held at the Salem Farmer’s Market, Pumpkinfest offers a mish-mash of everything that makes fall fun. Come play some carnival games, jump inside the bouncy castle, vote on your favorite Halloween costumes, and bid on your holiday pumpkin. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Special Olympics, and there will also be a pumpkin giveaway!
Get more Pumpkinfest details and ticket costs at salemva.gov.
Jeter Farm Fall Festival (Bonsack, VA – Ends October 29th)
Keep the seasonal fun flowing! Once you’ve slept off Pumpkinfest, head east from Salem to discover Jeter Farm and its Fall Festival. Get lost in their ridiculous corn maze, take a hayride through the farm, pet cuddly farm animals, or let loose in the barnyard with the chickens. Before you head back home, be sure to become a patron of their locally praised Country Store, which is stocked with homegrown produce and handmade ice cream, apple cider, kettle corn, and roasted corn.
Find out more about this entertaining fall festival by visiting the Jeter Farm website.
The Meek’s Manor (Salem, VA – Ends November 4th)
Like something straight out of a nightmare, the Meeks family is curdling blood all Halloween, providing ultimate frights inside Salem’s newest haunted house. Do you dare go inside? General admission starts at $15 per person, but that’s a small price to pay if you’re a thrill-seeker seeking a genuine thrill.
Order your tickets in advance at www.themeeksmanor.com.
Brew-HaHa! (Roanoke, VA – November 18th @ 5:00 PM)
Sampling beer is always a fun fall activity. Pairing beer samplings with live comedy is infinitely better. Hosted at the Berglund Center and sponsored by your local radio station, iHeartRadio Roanoke-Lynchburg, this Brew-HaHa! event is a great way to relax with a group of friends or colleagues. Grab a drink, have a laugh, and enjoy the company.
More details and Brew-HaHa! ticket info can be found on this Facebook page.
61st Annual Salem Christmas Parade (Salem, VA – December 1st @ 6:30 PM)
Once Thanksgiving ends, it’s time to kick Christmas into high gear. For Salem residents, the 61st Annual Salem Christmas Parade is the first foray into the holiday season, and it should once again be a blast. Traveling the entirety of downtown Salem (Main Street) will be a host of Winter Wonderland characters and vehicles, including Saint Nick/Kris Kringle/Father Christmas/Santa. Will Rudolph be lighting the way? To find out, you’ll have to watch.
Should bad weather push into town on September 1st, the parade will be rescheduled for December 4th. Stay up to date on this Salem tradition at s-rcchamber.org.
Gingerbread Festival (Salem, VA – December 2nd @ 11:00 AM)
Bring the kids into the Salem Public Library on December 2nd to become modern-day Hansels and Gretels (minus the excessive Grimm-style terror). The Gingerbread Festival will allow kids to build their own candy houses, nibble on marshmallows, and let their creativity shine. It’s fun for all ages, and we’re fairly certain there won’t be a witch attempting to lure you into the oven.
Discover more about Salem’s Gingerbread Festival on their website.
Fall Car Deals at Berglund Mazda of Salem
Not only is autumn the ideal time to venture out with the family, but it’s also the best season to grab an amazing deal on a new Mazda! With numerous 2018 Mazda models available, such as the new CX-3 and Mazda3, our car dealership in Salem has both the selection you crave and the prices you deserve. Track our current Mazda specials to discover the best seasonal savings near Roanoke, and then schedule your test drive.
Contact Berglund Mazda or visit our Salem Mazda dealership at 834 E. Main Street today.
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