Festivities for the Virginia 10 Miler kicked off on Friday with a family festival and the Amazing Mile Children's Run, a series of running events held in downtown Lynchburg for children up to age 13.
Thousands of participants will take off from E.C. Glass High School at 8 a.m. on Saturday to run in the 10 mile run, the 4 mile run and the 4 mile walk.
The course runs down Langhorne Road, onto Rivermont Terrace, then to Rivermont Avenue. The 4 mile events end at Randolph College.
The 10 Miler runners will continue on Rivermont Avenue, turning through Riverside Park and return the same route, climbing Farm Basket hill to the finish line.
There will be thousands of people attending the Virginia 10 Miler. Even if you're not a runner, the 10 Miler is the place to be on Saturday morning.
Main Street in Bedford will be packed with people on Saturday for the 32nd Annual Centerfest, a free family-friendly festival which features arts and crafts, children's rides and games, live music, festival foods and more.
It's fall festival time in Central Virginia. Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are up and running across the area too. Visit Drumheller's Orchard in Lovingston this weekend for their Apple Festival.
The whole family will have fun at the Apple Festival with bounce houses, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple sling shot, arts and crafts, live music and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Smith's Pumpkin Patch on Fort Avenue in Lynchburg is open daily. Kids will have fun as they paint a pumpkin, play on the ark and jump in the bounce houses. Weekend hours are 9-9 on Saturday and 12-8 on Sunday.
Yoder's Farm Corn Maze is open for the season. Located at 1134 Browns Mill Road in Rustburg, Yoder's is open from 2-7 on Thursdays, 10-10 on Fridays and Saturdays and closed on Sunday.
Two family favorites are open for the season in the Roanoke area. Jeter Farm, located just off Route 460 in Roanoke, will hold Fall Festivals each weekend from 3-6 on Fridays, 9-6 on Saturdays and 12-6 on Sundays.
Layman Family Farms is located just off Route 460 in Blue Ridge. September Fall Festival hours are 10-8 on Saturdays and 11-6 on Sundays.
Layman Family Farms will add Friday and late night hours during October. Hours for the corn maze and farm will be Fridays from 3-7, Saturdays from 10-7 and Sundays from 11-6. Enjoy the Haunted Harvest from 7-11 on Friday and Saturday nights.
Smithsonian's Museum Day Live! takes place at more than 1,500 museums across the country on Saturday. Visit the website to order and download your free ticket to admit two people to a participating museum.
Two fun events will draw a lot of Central Virginia couples and families. The 25th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held in Moneta from 11-6 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free. Adults can buy tickets in advance or at the gate.
Masquerade at the Manor will be held from 6-10 on Saturday night at Wingate Manor, located at 116 Winridge Drive in Madison Heights. Don your favorite mask or costume and enjoy the fun with music, dancing and Southern food. The event benefit Kaydon Barger, who has battled meningitis and other health issues since he was born last October.
Pick up fresh fruits and veggies at Lynchburg Community Market from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Forest Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
The weather's great for visiting one of Lynchburg's parks or trails. Grab your bikes and go for a ride or take a walk and enjoy the fresh air.
After your morning festival fun, pack a picnic and head to the park, take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway or visit the Peaks of Otter to enjoy the early fall weather. Have a great weekend in Central Virginia.