Autumn Wine Festival
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the Maryland Autumn Wine Festival at historic Pemberton Park. Sample numerous Maryland wines while enjoying live entertainment and food from local vendors. You'll also get a 6-ounce souvenir wine glass, and a tour of the Pemberton Plantation.
The festival runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets can be purchased online and are $20 for one day and $35 for both days. Youth and designated-driver tickets are $5. Tickets bought at the gate are cash-only. Call 410-548-4914 or go to autumnwinefestival.org.
'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'
Billed as a "combination political cartoon, rock concert and extended 'Saturday Night Live Sketch,' " this winner of the 2010 Outer Critcs Circle Award for outstanding new off-broadway musical transforms the seventh president into a rock star. The Maryland Ensemble Theatre's production is a mix of theatricality, comedy and emo rock.
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" runs Thursdays through Saturdays beginning this Thursday and ending Nov. 11. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $21.50 for students/seniors. Thursday tickets are $16.50, and $10 on the opening night. Not recommended for anyone under 15. Call 301-694-4744 or go to marylandensemble.org.
Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Get your kilts and bagpipes ready for the Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Located at the Richmond Raceway Complex, this two-day event offers live music and dance performances, a gathering of clans, a rugby game, and more than 30 food and clothes vendors.
The festival is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for one day or $25 for both days. Dogs are allowed with proper paperwork and a $5 fee. For more information, call 804-356-1093 or go to vacelticfestival.com.
Celebrate Halloween with the family on the beach this year at O.C. Toberfest. Navigate the giant beach maze, design a pumpkin racecar for The Great Pumpkin Race, and bring your pet in its best costume for the Howl-O-Ween pet parade.
The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, and Oct. 27-28. Maze hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pet parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, . and the pumpkin race is 2 p.m. Oct. 27. All events are free and located at North Division Street. Go to specialeventpro.com.
Field of Screams
If you're up for a thrilling attraction this month, look no further than Field of Screams. With a haunted hayride, two haunted houses and other entertainment across 33 acres, it's one of the biggest Halloween attractions in the region.
Open every Friday through Sunday in October, and the first weekend in November. Park hours are 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Sundays, and 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Ticket prices range from $13 to $28. Call 717-285-7748 or go to fieldofscreams.com.