Come September, the often-unbearable humid temperature of the region will start to fade, and local residents will make their way into the great outdoors. One reason to step outside and embrace the breeze? Fall festivals!
While many seasonal affairs have already been canceled to combat the spread of the coronavirus, there are a select few fall-themed celebrations that remain on the calendar, including the annual Virginia Lake Festival in Clarksville, Virginia. The 43rd annual LakeFest, located less than a four-hour drive from Northern Virginia, was originally scheduled for the month of July, but has since been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 18.
The free event, featuring hot air balloon rides, live music, food sampling, a juried arts and crafts show and so much more, takes place on a large field and its adjacent streets, making it easy to social distance. Plus, the two-day festival is great for kiddos and adults alike, as offerings include everything from fireworks over the lake to children’s-focused performances.
LakeFest typically attracts nearly 20,000 visitors, and was recently named “One of the Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society. As of press time, Clarksville’s Chamber of Commerce has not made any changes to LakeFest as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. // 105 Second St., Clarksville, Virginia
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