2017 Fall Art Festival Guide – Waynesboro, VA

Waynesboro Fall Foliage Art show and festival, Sunday Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer).


This fall treat yourself to an invigorating getaway to beautiful Waynesboro, Virginia, where nature inspires artists and artists inspire community. From street art to plein air, this year’s art festivals are sure to bring color and spunk to your autumn.

Virginia Street Arts Festival
September 9, 2017

Virginia Street Arts Festival, photo credit Ed Scerbo.

The annual Virginia Street Arts Festival brings together muralists, graffiti artists, musicians, and art lovers for a day of family-friendly entertainment and art(ist) appreciation. Last year’s canvas measured 100-feet-long by 20-feet-high and transformed the side of an industrial building into a vibrant collaborative work of art. This year’s event will be held at Basic City Beer Co., providing the perfect backdrop for both the street artists and those who appreciate great microbrews. Hops Kitchen & El Habanero’s delicious fares, live music, and children’s activities throughout the day make this a community festival you don’t want to miss!

Shenandoah Valley Art Center Open Studio Tour
September 16 & 17, 2017

The art and studio of Steve Doherty. Photo credit Shenandoah Valley Art Center.

For one glorious weekend each year, the Shenandoah Valley Art Center hosts an Open Studio Tour of artists’ work spaces and galleries in Waynesboro, Staunton, Augusta County, and Nelson County.  The free, self-guided tour allows visitors inside access to a wide variety of demonstrations, studio environments, and creative processes.  Last year’s festival included 14 venues and 26 artists ranging from painters and sculptors to photographers and metal workers.

Buckley Moss Barn Show and Gallery Open House
October 13-15, 2017

Photo credit P. Buckley Moss

The Fall Barn Show and Gallery Open House is a must for fans of P. Buckley Moss’s iconic work.  The popular Barn Shows provide visitors the opportunity to meet with the artist in her home and to have their favorite pieces signed and personalized. Keep an eye out for new paintings being released at the event!

Virginia Fall Foliage Art Show
October 14 & 15, 2017

Waynesboro Fall Foliage Art show and festival, Sunday Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

Organized by the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, the annual Fall Foliage Art Show welcomes 15,000-20,000 visitors to downtown Waynesboro for the region’s largest two-day, outdoor, fine art show. The juried festival showcases over 150 artists and artisans, selected for their high quality arts and crafts including paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, prints, metalwork, glasswork, and woodwork. Rounding out the festival are gourmet food trucks, craft beer, and local musicians!

With all this fresh air & plein air, you, too, may be inspired to create a new work. Check out the adult classes and children’s classes at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, take a funshop at Make Waynesboro Clay Studio, or sign up for a workshop at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing!