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OCT. 1-5

STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Exit 98 off Interstate 95; Weekends, $15 adults, $10 youth and senior; weekday, $12 adults and $8 seniors and youth; season pass $30 at the gate; admission is free for ages 4 and younger;

OCT. 1

ELI YOUNG BAND: Innsbrook After Hours performance with guest artist to be announced, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen; gates open 5 p.m., $15-$99; for information, for tickets

BOB TROTMAN: BUSINESS AS USUAL: Gallery talk 6:30 p.m. by North Carolina native artist at Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St.; exhibit continues through Oct. 31;

OCT. 2

AGING WITH GRACE SUPPORT GROUP: 9 a.m., 7050 Coachman Lane, Henrico; for individuals and family members dealing with issues of aging and age-related challenges; first Thursdays, sponsored by the Aging in Grace Ministry of the Virginia Council of Churches; (804) 313-6297

OCT. 3

BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR CELEBRATION LUNCHEON: Noon to 1:30 p.m., The Jefferson Hotel; Ninth annual Survivor Celebration luncheon with featured speaker Jody Kerns, a comedian and breast cancer survivor; luncheon, fellowship and celebration with other breast cancer survivors, their friends, family and supporters; $25 for breast cancer survivors and $35 for guests; Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation;

ASHLAND BERRY FARM HAUNTED EVENINGS: Four haunts: Booger Woods, Morbid Manor, Old Ridge Asylum and Sinister Sideshow; 12607 Old Ridge Road, Beaverdam,

CREEPY HOLLOW SCREAM PARK: Opening night; scary hayride, haunted forest, 14435 Stone Horse Creek Road, Glen Allen; $15 each event, $24 for both with online coupon; various days through Nov. 1, for dates and time and additional information

OCT. 4

BON AIR JUNIOR WOMEN’S CLUB FALL BRAZAAR: Fourth annual free health festival for women that features healthcare providers and cancer care agencies, support group and experts in holistic health and nutrition; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Uptown Alley, 6101 Brad McNeer Parkway, Midlothian; also features arts and crafts and other vendors and music, with performers including Nekkid Country, Matt Via, Red Reign, The Kind Eye Project, Richard Moore and No Last Names;

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place; food fare from Richmond’s faith community, with participants including Our Lady of Lourdes Filipino Festival, St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest and the Sacred Heart Hispanic Festival; full portions ($4 to $6) and sample sizes ($2) available, free event, parking available at Virginia Commonwealth University parking deck at the Altria Theatre;

FREE FLU SHOTS: 9 to 1 p.m. St. Francis Watkin’s Center, 601 Watkins Center Parkway off Midlothian Turnpike; also features family activities including free hot dogs and snacks and raffles and giveaways; also offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18;

SEARS SAFETY EVENT: Regency Square, 1420 N. Parham Road; (804) 740-7467

OCT. 7

FLU SHOT CLINIC: Garden Room, Regency Square; 1420 N. Parham Road; (804) 740-7467

OCT. 8

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Innsbrook After Hours performance with guest artist to be announced, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen; gates open 5 p.m., $20-$99; for information, for tickets

October 10th-12th

RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL: 6-10 p.m. Free event along riverfront, Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; performers include Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and the Ann Yao Trio;

OCT. 10

BLOOD LAKE HAUNTED TRAIL: Opening night, three attractions: Grimm’s Reapers, Sandman’s Nightmare and Z-Alamo; Windy Hill Sports Complex, 16500 Midlothian Turnpike; tickets $7 kids, $8 adults to $16 kids and $19 adults for all three;

OCT. 11

LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Victory Tabernacle Church of God fellowship hall, 11700 Genito Road, Midlothian; Central Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and Red Hat Friends event; breast cancer survivor models in fashions provided by Stein Mart; $35, benefits local breast cancer foundation; wear pink to the event;

OCT. 17-18

RICHMOND OKTOBERFEST: Family-friendly celebration of Bavarian culture; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day, Old Dominion Building, Richmond International Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum;

OCT. 17

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY AGE-WAVE COALITION FOCUS GROUP: 10:30 a.m. to noon, free; adult volunteers needed to participate in focus group to explore ways to better meet the needs of the countyís aging population; Debbie Leidheiser, (804) 768-7878

OCT. 18

STEP OUT: WALK TO STOP DIABETES: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center; fundraiser features 5-K walk, Wellness Village, Kid Zone, entertainment and lunch for walkers; check in at 8:30 a.m., walk begins at 9:30 a.m.;, (804) 225-8038 extension 3255 for information or to register

GRANDPARENT CONNECTION CONFERENCE: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Southminster Presbyterian Church, North Chesterfield; conference for grandparents and other kin raising a child; workshops for adults include sessions on positive discipline, legal issues, special needs child, ADD and ADHS, tech savvyness and family dynamics; activities for children durings sessions; Chesterfield Office of the Senior Advocate event;

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Noon to 4 p.m., Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain View Road, Glen Allen; traditional harvest activities at 19th century park; also features All-American Lumberjack Show, wagon ride pulled by steam-powered tractor and pumpkin patch; (804) 795-2334

OCT. 24

EERIE NIGHTS GHOST TOURS: 8 and 10 p.m., ghastly ghoul takes you on a walking tour of haunted places and spaces of Richmond; for mature audience, but families welcome, younger than 16 must be accompanied by adult; $10-$13, 17th Street Farmers Market;

OCT. 25

POWHATAN’S FESTIVAL OF THE GRAPE: Celebration of Virginia wines, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Powhatan Courthouse Square; 30 wineries, arts and crafts, entertainment and food; Hat Parade, design your own hat, at 1:15 p.m.; $25 advance, $30 advance for tasting ticket, $15 advance, $20 at gate for non-tasting ticket;

OCT. 30-NOV. 2

FIRE, FLOUR & FORK: Four-day culinary gathering in celebration of fine food in Richmond for the culinary curious; with heirloom dishes, kitchen secrets and stories that link past to present; events include 13 dinners with local and out-of-area chefs, 6 signature dinners; 48 demonstrations and talks, a “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” and “Mary Randolph’s Moveable Feast; DNA and Virginia Tourism Corporation event benefits local charities; prices vary be event;

OCT. 30

BIG BAND HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL: John Marshall Hotel, 101 N. 5thSt.; doors open 5:30 p.m., music 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $58, prizes; (804) 775-2323

OCT. 31

REGENCY MALL TRICK OR TREAT: Mallwide, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 1420 N. Parham Road; (804) 740-7467