Top Things to Do in Virginia Beach in the Fall
Top Things to Do in Virginia Beach During Fall
With cooler weather and beautiful foliage colors emerging, a Virginia Beach Fall vacation is an amazing idea. School is back in session, so the number of people visiting decreases this time of year. You can have a wonderful time in the area, whether you are searching for adventure, fall things to do in Virginia or planning a quick getaway before winter.
Virginia Beach offers exciting fall activities for visitors of all ages, making it the perfect autumn destination for you and your family, friends, or organized group.
Fall Festivals Virginia Beach
Local festivals allow you to enjoy pleasant weather and joyful gatherings before winter settles in. Celebrate fall with these things to do in Virginia Beach from September to November:
The Neptune Festival
If you enjoy strolling along the boardwalk while visiting the beach, consider celebrating the Neptune Festival, occurring September 29 to October 1, at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. The festival hosts daily concerts featuring national, regional and local musicians along 30 blocks of the boardwalk.
You can also walk through the artisan booths at the Art & Craft Show or check out the International Sand Sculpting Championship between September 29 and October 8. Participants from around the world compete to turn sand into stunning art in three days during this creative event.
2023 NAS Oceana Air Show
Are you a fan of air shows? The Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show returns on September 16 and 17 with an exciting showcase of military and civilian aviation performances. Their 2023 “50 Years of Women in Naval Aviation” theme pays tribute to the Navy's female trailblazers throughout history. Kampgrounds of America is the closest campground to the air show, so be sure to book your campsite today!
Jeep owners can gather at the first annual Virginia Beach Jeepfest from November 10-12, 2023. Catch a beautiful sunrise with the wind in your hair on an early morning beach cruise, and test your Jeep skills on an adventurous sand obstacle course. You can also browse various Jeep displays and vendors while making friends in a community of people who share your passion.
Cornhole Festival and Tournament
You could also have fun competing in a big cornhole tournament in Virginia Beach when you stay at Virginia Beach KOA Holiday. The KOA Cornhole Festival and Tournament is a two-day event from Friday, October 13, to Saturday, October 14. The event is free and open to the public. You can compete with other cornhole players for a chance to win cash prizes of up to $7,500.
There are many things to do even if you are not competing. Indulge in delicious barbeque and other food from the local food trucks attending. Adults can have a drink or two from the full-service bar. While eating and playing, enjoy live music from The Bee Keepers and Lewis McGehee. You can also take a break from cornhole and try your hand at ax throwing.
All proceeds from the tournament and Virginia Beach fall festival will support the Khedive Chevy Shriners, a group of Nobles dedicated to supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Register your cornhole team for the tournament today. Gates will open at 5 p.m. on October 13 and 8:30 a.m. on October 14.
Halloween Activities in Virginia Beach
Halloween in Virginia Beach is on October 31 and falls on a Tuesday this year, but you can celebrate spooky festivities all month. From family-friendly Halloween weekends to haunting ghost tours, visitors of all ages can join in the fun. Consider the following Halloween events in Virginia Beach this year.
Virginia Beach Halloween - Family Friendly Activities
You can experience Halloween in Virginia Beach without leaving the campground when you stay at KOA. For two weekends in a row, Virginia Beach KOA Holiday turns into your Halloween headquarters. Your entire family can enjoy all the exciting amenities and activities by celebrating the spookiest holiday on October 20-22 and October 27-29. Halloween festivities at the campground include:
- Site decorating contest
- Hay wagon rides
- Costume contests
- Costume parties with a DJ
- Live music
- Food trucks
- Halloween crafts, games and inflatables
Wear your most creative costume and dance the night away at a costume party, gather in a friendly camping community for Trunk-or-Treat and indulge in delicious treats from local food trucks. You and your family can also work together to transform your campsite into the spookiest spectacle, engaging in a friendly competition with other campers.
Experience the No.1 Spook-Tacular Ghost Tour in Virginia Beach
Explore Virginia Beach's most haunted areas on a fascinating ghost tour. An experienced tour guide takes you on a spellbinding adventure and recounts some of the area's most curious ghost stories with true historical backgrounds. Learn the chilling history behind the boardwalk's famous King Neptune Statue, and discover what happened to a local woman accused of witchcraft in the 1700s. Whether you believe in ghosts or consider yourself a history enthusiast, this tour paints a picture of Virginia Beach's most peculiar occurrences.
Participate in a Wicked Fall Road Race
Join an exhilarating fall-themed road race that feels like a Halloween party. The crisp fall temperatures, ocean scenery, live music and creative costumes make the area's races perfect fall activities in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach's 10K weekend takes place October 27-28, featuring Halloween course entertainment and post-race celebrations with live music and neighborhood harvest soups. You can wear your favorite costume and join other zombies, ghouls and characters in one or all of the following events:
- Old Point National Bank Wicked 10K
- Old Point National Bank Wicked 5K
- Monster Mile
- Mini Monster 1K
Howl-O-Scream® at Busch Gardens®
You can also celebrate Halloween off the campground while testing your thrill threshold by attending Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream®. The entire park turns into a Halloween lover's paradise with haunted houses, sinister shows, terror-tories™ and more. The event runs from September 8 to October 31 on select days and times.
With many scares amplified for the event, parental discretion is recommended. Many nightly activities are intended for adults as terror lurks in exhilarating scare zones around the park. Busch Gardens® is about a one-hour drive from Virginia Beach KOA Holiday, making the campground the perfect place to stay during your days and nights at the amusement park for Halloween festivities.
Virginia Beach Fall Craft Breweries, Wineries and Food Events
Fall is the perfect time for foodies to taste Virginia Beach's most refreshing coastal brews and delicious food. Attend the following events to discover your new favorite flavors.
11th Annual 757 Battle of the Beers
Returning for its 11th anniversary is the 757 Battle of the Beers, where over 40 local brewers compete to see who has the best beers while raising funds for charity. On September 23, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., you can sample over 80 beers and select your favorites.
While the battle is between beers, there are plenty of other things to enjoy. You can join the fun, whether you drink or not, by listening to live music, eating delicious treats from the many food trucks and playing games like cornhole. Purchase your tickets to stake your claim in the tastings.
Bands & BBQ
You can enjoy a relaxing weekend at the campground, listening to live music while indulging in delicious barbecue. KOA's Bands & BBQ weekend, September 23-25, features bands playing throughout the day and various food trucks serving campers unforgettable meals. While you eat and listen to music, check out the other amenities around the campground.
Local Markets, Wineries and Coastal Cuisine
Pick your own Virginia Beach fall produce at a local farm or indulge in some fresh oysters at some of the area's best restaurants. Whether you enjoy Lynnhaven Oysters at Terrapin Restaurant or Zoe's Seafood and Steak, you can taste authentic local flavors. Virginia Beach is also home to elegant wineries and wine-tasting events. Relax with friends or family, try unique flavors and find a new favorite to take home.
The Beach and the Great Outdoors
Fall is the perfect time to visit Virginia Beach. Explore this coastal city in the mild autumn weather and soak in the gorgeous scenery as the leaves change color. Stroll on the beach with your family or four-legged friends to breathe in the salty sea air, and sit in the sand to watch the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Rent a bike or pedal cart for a delightful ride around the campground, or hike a nearby trail to immerse yourself in autumn's crisp air and cozy colors.
KOA offers the perfect location for groups and retreats. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors with your friends, family, corporate organization or Girl Scout troop, KOA offers lodging, amenities and recreational activities for all ages.
Why Come to Virginia Beach KOA Holiday?
At Virginia Beach KOA Holiday, it is easy for you and your family to enjoy all the things to do in Virginia Beach in the fall. Enjoy the milder weather and the changing leaves during the fall while engaging in various fall-themed activities. KOA is close to the beach, boardwalk and other local attractions.
KOA Ways to Stay
You will find several ways to stay. Guests can camp in RVs, cabins or tents. The Pull-Thru and Back-In RV Sites on the campground are big-rig friendly, ensuring campers with rigs of all sizes can enjoy the features and amenities of each site. Many RV Sites have water and electricity or full hookups to ensure campers can stay comfortable during their visit.
The campground also has Deluxe Cabins, providing a more luxurious way to stay, or rustic Camping Cabins. Deluxe Cabins have everything you need to camp comfortably during the fall. With full baths, partial kitchens and bedrooms, you and your family will have the conveniences of home while camping. You can also have a more traditional camping experience while remaining comfortable by staying in a Camping Cabin. Each Camping Cabin has beds, electricity, A/C and heat, but no kitchen or bath.
Stay at a KOA Tent Site if you enjoy sleeping under the stars and want to experience authentic camping. The Tent Sites have sand or grass pads, providing a comfortable place to set up your tent. Some sites offer the added convenience of water and electricity, while others let you enjoy a true, traditional camping trip.
Virginia Beach Fall - Reserve Your Campsite Today
Enjoy attending fall activities around Virginia Beach with your family and friends. Virginia Beach KOA Holiday is here whenever you need a place to stay while participating in fall activities. Book your campsite to start planning your fall trip to Virginia.