Now that we’ve officially opened our arms to the fall season, our sights have shifted from flip-flops and jet skis to fluffy scarves and warm apple cider. Autumn-themed festivals have begun popping up across the community just as the colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains meld into a gorgeous array of golds and coppers. Here’s your guide to upcoming fall festivals in and around the Smith Mountain Lake area so you can start celebrating all things autumn:
Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour
Friday, October 6-Sunday, October 8
This three-day event gives ticketholders the chance to tour Smith Mountain Lake homes known for their unique architecture, landscaping, and interior decor. Tickets are available at
Bridgewater Fall Festival
Saturday, October 14, 11am
Shop and dine at your favorite Smith Mountain Lake gift shops and restaurants during this free family-friendly event. Attractions include local craft vendors, face painting, a petting zoo, and free pony rides. Accessible by vehicle or boat.
Annual Artisan Studio and Harvest Tour
Saturday, October 14, 10am
A free event comprised of 13 different sites throughout the county where guests can meet artisans, tour their studios, and shop from handmade gifts ranging from artwork to fine jewelry.
SML Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race
Saturday, October 14, 10:30am
Celebrating its 5th year, the SML Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race welcomes live entertainment from authentic Bavarian-style musicians, food, children’s activities, and special Oktoberfest beer from Sunken City Brewery. Located at Westlake Towne Center. Visit www.SMLOktoberfest.com for admission pricing and information.
Annual Franklin County Lord’s Acre Sale
Saturday, October 21, 8am
Located at Franklin County High School, the 53rd annual Lord’s Acre Sale is a fundraiser hosted by area churches selling handmade crafts, art, furniture, and baked goods.
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
Saturday, October 28, 10am
Experience live music, exhibitions, and delicious food inspired by Franklin County’s heritage. Located at Ferrum College. Visit www.BlueRidgeFolklifeFestival.org for directions, schedule of events, and ticket information.