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September Events

Franklin Cruise-In

Come out each Wednesday from May to October where you will meet car enthusiasts in a family-friendly environment. Open to all makes, models, and years of cars, trucks, and bikes

Time: Every Wednesday 4pm – 7pm

Location: Main Street | Downtown Franklin.

Fall Mum Sale

Friends of the Waverly Library are presenting this fall Mum sale. Order now through September 13th. Pick up will be at the Waverly Library Farmers Market on September 19th from 5-7pm. To place your order, call 804-731-0742.

Capron Fire & Rescue Catfish Dinner

The department is having a drive-thru Catfish Plate fundraiser catered by Captain Bob’s. Plates include fried catfish, BBQ, baked beans, cheesy potatoes and hushpuppies for $12. Tickets available at https://capronfire.com/ or from any department member.

Date: September 8, 2023

Time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Location: Capron Firehouse

Taste of Suffolk

The 17th Annual Taste of Suffolk! Main Street will be lined with Suffolk’s independent restaurants presenting their signature menu items. Sample an assortment of flavors while enjoying all-day entertainment! The main event runs from 11am to 5pm and the After Party will continue until 8 p.m. in the Courthouse Fountain Park Beer Garden! More details available here: https://www.tasteofsuffolkva.com/

Date: September 9, 2023

Time: 11am – 5pm

Location: N. Main Street | Downtown Suffolk

Down on the Farm Car Show

Open to cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.  Preregistration is $20 and on-site $25. Bring the family to enjoy music, 50/50 and other raffles, door prizes, kids activities, great food, and more. All proceeds benefit the Conway Volunteer Fire Department

Date: September 9, 2023

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: 211 Frank Harris Road | Pendleton, NC 27862

Wakefield VFD Boston Butt Sale

The Wakefield Vol Fire Department will be cooking and selling Pork Boston Butts for $25 each. Only 50 butts available, so place your pre-order today by contacting any Wakefield VFD member. They also have 5lb containers of chopped barbecue from last year’s fundraiser available for $5 per container.

Date: September 9, 2023

Time: 3pm

Location: Wakefield Fire Department | 155 Fleetwood Ave. | Wakefield, VA

Courtland Community Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive for the Courtland community in memory of James Harvey Lee, V.

Date: September 15, 2023

Time: Noon – 6pm

Location: Courtland Baptist Church

Chicken & BBQ Fundraiser

Corinth Friends Meeting is sponsoring a Captain Bob’s dinner. Plates will consist of chicken, BBQ, green beans, mac n’ cheese, hushpuppies & a drink for $15. Pickup will be in the Ace Hardware parking lot in Franklin. For tickets call 757.377. 6543 or 757.556.6200.

Date: September 15, 2023

Time: 4pm – 7pm

Location: 1100 Armory Drive | Franklin, VA

Isle of Wight County Fair

Make your plans now to enjoy the annual Isle of Wight County Fair. Four days of family fun and live entertainment. For more information and the full schedule of events, visit https://www.thefairiscoming.com/

Date: September 14-17, 2023


Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday: 10am – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: Joel C. Bradshaw Fairgrounds |  21311 Courthouse Hwy | Windsor, VA 23487

Nottoway Indian Powwow

Date: September 16-17, 2023

Time: 10am

Location: Surry Parks & Recreation Center |  205 Enos Farm Drive | Surry, VA 23883

Third Thursdays Concert

Nothing beats live music on a a fall evening! Join your friends at Barrett’s Landing Park for the final Franklin’s Third Thursday Concert Series. Held every third Thursday from June through September at Franklin’s Historic Downtown Waterfront park. Free Admission. Food & Beverages. Beer Truck. Live music from Cat 5 Band!

Date: September 21, 2023

Time: 6:30pm – 10pm

Location: Barrett’s Landing Park | Downtown Franklin.

Virginia Peanut Festival

The 61st annual Virginia Peanut Festival is taking place this Thursday through Sunday in Emporia at Veterans Memorial Park. This annual event celebrating Virginia Peanuts and Southside hospitality features carnival rides and games, great food, live music, exhibits, fireworks, arts and crafts and much more. For the complete schedule, visit https://virginiapeanutfestival.com/

Date: September 21-24, 2023

Time: Varies

Location: Veterans Memorial Park | 201 S. Main Street | Emporia,VA

ForKids Field Day

Ready, set, join us for the 4th annual Field Day ForKids. All proceeds benefit ForKids and our mission to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in Western Tidewater and across Hampton Roads.Field Day brings together adult friends of ForKids to have a great time and raise critical funds that support ForKids’ work of creating pathways out of poverty for families and children in our community. Support ForKids through sponsoring our event or registering for one – or more – activities!  Click here to learn more and support this fan favorite.

Date: September 21, 2023

Time: TBA

Location: Cedar Point Country Club | 8056 Clubhouse Drive,  Suffolk, VA .

Parents Night Out

Isle of Wight Parks and Rec invite you to join them for Parents’ Night Out.  The cost is $25 per child. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Limited spots are available, so register your child today! For information on this event and others held at the Windsor Town Center, Please contact Erica at (757) 242-8513 or [email protected].

Date: September 22, 2023

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Location: Windsor Town Center

Turkey Shoot

The Windsor Athletic Association is hosting it’s first ever Turkey Shoot fundraiser on two consecutive Friday nights. Concessions will be open. Raffles & Prizes. Proceeds from the event will be used to add lighting to the new softball field.

Date: September 22 & 292, 2023

Time:  6pm

Location: 10333 Five Forks Road | Windsor, VA

Charity Car Show

Suffolk Rods & Muscle Cars Club presents the 10th annual charity car show benefiting the Lions Charity Foundation. Registration will take place from 8am – 11am. Awards at 2pm. Also a DJ, 50/50 raffle, food vendors, and awards.  Open to all makes and models. Registration is $20 per vehicle (cash only). For more info, call 757-620-9726 or on Facebook: suffolkrodsandmusclecarsclub

Date: September 23, 2023

Time: 8am – 2pm

Location: Nansemond-Suffolk Academy | 3373 Pruden Blvd. Suffolk, VA 23434

Franklin/Southampton Relay for Life

Get ready to Relay and raise money for the fight against cancer at the Franklin/Southampton Relay for Life. Honor or remember a friend or loved one by purchasing a luminaria. To purchase, see any Relay for Life team member or contact Debbie Stephens 757.350.9267 or Angela Denson 757.562.2295.

Date: September 23, 2023

Time: 4pm – 9:30pm

Location: Barrett’s Landing Park Park | Franklin, VA

Peanut Harvest Festival

A fun, family event with food & beverages, vendors and live music from Bustin’ Loose.  Free Admission.  Hosted by Town of Wakefield and the Sussex VA Chamber of Commerce.

Date: September 23, 2023

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Location: The Virginia Diner | Wakefield, VA

Suffolk Peanut Fest Queen’s Banquet

Celebrate Suffolk’s shinning young stars and support local charities. There will be a silent auction, dinner, and fashion show followed by the crowing of the 2023 Suffolk Peanut Fest Queen. Advance tickets only. $35 per person. Tickets available at the Suffolk Visitors Center and Cecelia’s Boutique & Gifts

Date: September 28, 2023

Time: 6pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront | Suffolk, VA

Food Truck Rodeo

Barrett’s Landing Park is the place to be for amazing food trucks lined up, plus live music from The Entertainers band. Beer and wine provided by the Franklin Experience.

Date: September 29, 2023

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Location: Barrett’s Landing Park | Downtown Franklin, VA

Franklin Fall Festival

Enjoy the kick-off weekend to fall at the Franklin Fall Festival. Music – Vendors – Food – Family Fun on Main Street in downtown!


Date: September 30, 2023

Time: 9am -3pm

Location: Main Street | Downtown Franklin, VA

Free Flu Shot Clinic

Get the Flu shot, not the Flu! BonSecours Franklin will once again be offering a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic.

Date: September 30, 2023

Time: 8am – Noon

Location: 100 Fairview Drive | Franklin, VA

Pig Picking

Ivor Baptist Church invites you to enjoy fellowship and slow cooked whole hog at this FREE event.

Date: September 30, 2023

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Location:8506 Bell Ave | Ivor, VA

October Events

Franklin Blood Drive

Donate during this American Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the City of Franklin. Being held in the conference room at the Franklin Business Center. All eligible donors from October 1st – 20th will receive a $20 Amazon gift card by mail.

Date: October 3, 2023

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Franklin Business Center | 601 N. Mechanic Street | Franklin, VA

Sheriff Candidate Forum

Come hear Josh Wyche and Tommy Potter address issues concerning your community and why they want to serve as Sheriff for Franklin-Southampton County during this special candidates forum.

Date: October 6, 2023

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Sedley Firehouse

Suffolk Ruritan Shrimp Feast

The Suffolk Ruritan Club present’s their annual Shrimp Feast featuring live music by Island Boy and all you can eat shrimp, barbecue, cole-slaw, ice tea and adult beverages. No tickets sold at the gate. Advance only tickets are $40 each. Tickets available at Line-X Suffolk, Ricky & Roy’s Catering, Mike Duman Auto Sales, Suffolk BBQ, Citizens Bank Windsor, Ricky’s Custom Carts, Major Signs, Suffolk Visitors Center, Carts Unlimited, Grafik Trenz or by phone at 757-620-8625.

Date: October 6, 2023

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Location: Suffolk Executive Airport | 1200 Gene Bolton Dr | Suffolk, VA 23434

Suffolk Peanut Festival

 Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, ​a demolition derby, peanut cup race, motorcycle rally, fireworks and much more. Combine all of these great activities with local and national entertainment and you have a weekend full of good times! The 45th Annual Suffolk Peanut Fest is scheduled for October 5-8, 2023.

​General admission is $10 per person; ​Children 10 & under are free. Parking is free.  For more information visit http://www.suffolkpeanutfest.com/ or contact Suffolk Festivals at 757.539.6751.

Date: October 5-8, 2023

Location: Suffolk Executive Airport | 1200 Gene Bolton Dr | Suffolk, VA 23434

Gatesville Fire Dept. Pork Chop Dinner

 Support the Gatesville VFD and enjoy a delicious Pork Chop Dinner catered by Captain Bob’s. Plates will include fried pork chops, sliced potatoes, snap beans & hushpuppies for $10.

Date: October 6, 2023

Time: Lunch 11am – 2pm | Dinner 4pm – 7pm

Location: Gatesville Fire Station


Come enjoy an evening of food, fun, and fellowship at this BINGO night at Sharon UMC

Date: October 6, 2023

Time: 7pm

Location: 18133 Commans Well Road | Yale, VA

Ivor Vol Fire Dept Dinner

Support the Ivor VFD and enjoy a delicious dinner catered by Captain Bob’s. Plates will include fried chicken, barbecue, green beans, potatoes & hushpuppies for $12. Drive thru pick up. Tickets available at Ivor Furniture, The Hair Station, or any Ivor Volunteer Fire Dept member.

Date: October 6, 2023

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Location: Ivor Fire Station

Gates Library Yard Sale

The library will be selling books, CD’s, DVD’s. You may also rent a booth space for $25.

Date: October 7, 2023

Time: 9:30am -3pm


Trooper Hill Toy Ride

This is the 17th annual Robert A. Hill Sr. Toy Ride to benefit COPS for KIDS. All proceeds will go to purchase new toys for needy children in our area. Ride starts at High Street UMC in Courtland with a midpoint stop at Meats of VA in Surry and ends at Fred’s Restaurant in Franklin. Door prizes, 50/50 raffle and lunch will be provided for all participants.

For more info and to register, call 757.899.0721 or email [email protected]

Date: October 14, 2023

Time: 9:30am (registration)

Location: High Street UMC |  31164 Camp Parkway, Courtland, VA  23837

Pork Loin Fundraiser

Enjoy a tasty dinner and help the Simmons family with medical bills that accumulated from the loss of their twins Andy & Evie. Tickets are being pre-sold by members of the Rich Square Fire & Rescue Department for $25.

Date: October 13, 2023

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Location: Rich Square Firehouse | Rich Square, NC

Wakefield Community Day

Enjoy this family fun event at the Wakefield Foundation featuring a parade, food, train rides, petting zoo, craft booths, delicious food, music, and a gallery exhibit.

Date: October 14, 2023

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: 100 Wilson Ave. | Wakefield, Va

Isle of Wight Trick or Trot

Trick or Trot and Halloween Hullaballoo will be fun for everyone!  Trick or Trot is a 1-mile fun walk, run, or roll. Registration is required and cost $10. All Trick or Trot participants will receive a t-shirt and participation award. The first walk, run or roll starts at 4 p.m.

Halloween Hullaballoo is free and open to the public. It consists of free Halloween themed games, activities, trick or treating, vendors, and a costume contest! Enjoy this event if you’re not participating in the Trick or Trot or after you finish your mile.

For more information, please contact Jaimie Belch at 757-365-1663 or [email protected] OR Jenilee Hallman at 757-357-5959 or [email protected]

Date: October 14, 2023

Time: 4pm – 8pm

Location: Isle of Wight County Fairgrounds

Ahoskie Fall Fling Festival

The Town of Ahoskie and The Gathering Place are presenting this family fun fall event. Enjoy kids activities, fine arts show, 5K Run, food trucks, bounce house, comedy show, car show, vendors and more!

Date: October 14, 2023

Time: 8:30am- until

Location: Main Street | Ahoskie, NC

Waverly Oktoberfest

The Town of Waverly presents Oktoberfest at the Carpenter Museum. Children’s activities from 3pm -5pm include pumpkin picking, arts & crafts, bouncy house, hayrides and more. Live music from Smoke and Wine + food/beverages for purchase from 5pm – 9pm.

Date: October 14, 2023

Time: 3pm – 9pm

Location: Miles B Carpenter Museum | Waverly, VA

Como VFD Plate Fundraiser

Please support the Como Volunteer Fire Department’s Captain Bob’s Catfish Plate Fundraiser. Each plate will include fried catfish fillet, cole-slaw, hushpuppies, cheesy potatoes. Donation amount $11. No advance tickets being sold. First come first serve at the event.

Date: October 19, 2023

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Family Dollar Parking Lot | Murfreesboro, NC

Franklin Trick or Trot 5K

It’s the first annual City of Franklin Trick or Trot 5K & Pumpkin Dash in historic Downtown Franklin. Race from downtown, around the city cemetery and through residential areas. Join the fun by entering the costume contest and enjoying the music, food and post-race activities. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Franklin and Southampton County communities.

For more info and to register, please visit https://www.franklintrickortrot5k.org/

Date: October 21, 2023

Time: 7am (check-in)

Location: Downtown Franklin

VFW Post 73 Craft Show

Help support veterans and their families at this fall and Christmas Craft Show. Enjoy vendors, food and beverages, Halloween costume contest, face painting and other activities for the kids,

Date: October 21 & 22, 2023

Time: 9am-4pm Saturday | 9am-3pm Sunday

Location: 935 Armory Drive | Franklin, Va

Faith & Blue Event

The Sussex Sheriff”s Office is hosting their 2nd annual National Faith & Blue Event. The event includes a car show, children’s games, vendors and food trucks and more!

Date: October 21, 2023

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Sussex School Complex | 21302 Sussex Drive | Stony Creek, VA

Driver Car Show

The Driver Ruritan Club is sponsoring the Driver Car Show in conjunction with the Driver Days Fall Festival. No pre-registration available. Sign-Ups start at 8am. Get there early for the best parking spot. $25 entry fee includes tee shirt and decal.

Date: October 21, 2023

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: Berea Christian Church | 4109 Driver Lane | Suffolk, VA 23435

 Boykins PumpkinFest

Bring the family out to enjoy the annual Boykins PumpkinFest. The event includes vendors, games, petting zoo, hayrides, contests, music and more!

Date: October 21, 2023

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Boykins, VA

Tire Amnesty Days

Southampton County offers residents the opportunity to properly dispose of used car and truck tires free of charge. No tractor trailer, AG or commercials tires will be allowed

Date: October 25/27/29, 2023

Time: 7am – 7pm

Location: Joyners Bridge Refuse Site | 33628 Joyners Bridge Road

Downtown Franklin Trick or Treat

Bring the little ones to downtown Franklin for a fun and safe evening of Trick or Treating at participating downtown Franklin businesses. Participating businesses will be designated with orange and black balloons. Afterwards, enjoy pumpkin painting at the Farmers Market Pavilion.

Date: October 26,  2023

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Location: Downtown Franklin

 Ivor Movie Night

The Town of Ivor presents this special Halloween week showing of the movie Hocus Pocus. $5 admission at the Sanderson Sister Museum. Proceeds benefit Ivor Youth Baseball & Softball.

Date: October 27,  2023

Time: 6:30pm

Location: 8430 Bell Ave | Ivor, VA

 Sedley Haunted Hayride

The Sedley Volunteer Fire Department is once again sponsoring the thrills and chills of their Haunted Hayride through Sedley this Halloween! Come experience the terror…. if you dare!

Date: October 20/21 and 27/28,  2023

Time: 7pm – 10:30pm

Location: Sedley Firehouse | 18080 Johnsons Mill Road | Sedley, VA

November Events

IOW Chamber Annual Meeting

Celebrate Isle of Wight Chamber’s 39 years of service to the business community at their annual meeting and tailgate party. During the celebration there will be a Chili-Cookoff with awards for top chili, live entertainment, members awards and great networking. For more info, contact the Isle of Wight Chamber at 757.357.3502 or via email [email protected].

Date: November 2,  2023

Time: 3pm – 6pm

Location: Main Street Square Stage | Main Street Smithfield

C.E.& H. Ruritan Oyster Roast

The C.E. & H 19th Annual Oyster Roast. Live music from the Daniel Jordan Band. Tickets available on Eventbrite

Date: November 4,  2023

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Location:881 Eclipse Drive | Suffolk, VA

Fall Vendor Fair

This vendor fair will feature crafters, commercial vendors and food vendors.All proceeds benefit the Courtland Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Date: November 11,  2023

Time: TBA

Location: Southampton Ag & Forestry Museum | 26315 Heritage Lane | Courtland, VA

December Events

Franklin Christmas Parade

Ring in the Christmas season at the annual Franklin Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Candy Cane Lane”! If your group or organization would like to enter a float, call 757-562-2475 or email [email protected]

Date: December 1,  2023

Time: 7pm – 9m

Location: Main Street | Franklin, VA

Holiday Toy Drive

Help bring a smile to a child’s face by donating a new toy at either Suffolk Walmart location for the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office Holiday Toy Drive. For more information, call 757-514-7840.

Date: December 2,  2023

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Walmart | 1200 N. Main Street | Suffolk, VA