FORT LEE, Va. (October 3, 2013) -- Fall is a great time for family outings. Cooler weather and visions of festive holiday activities in the weeks ahead provide the perfect catalyst for getting out of the house and enjoying the many recreational offerings in the Tri-Cities/Richmond area.

October also is the time when most communities and tourist sites plan a variety of special events like Oktoberfest celebrations, holiday farmers markets, and ghost and haunted history tours (check out petersburghaunts.com). The Richmond Folk Festival is set for Oct. 11-13. This free event celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food.

The festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven stages. Its centerpiece is the Virginia folklife demonstration area, which features children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.

Downtown Richmond’s riverfront area between 2nd and 7th streets is the location of the festival. For details, visit www.richmondfolkfestival.org or contact the event coordinators at (804) 788-6466.

Henricus Historical Park is offering a pair of day camps this fall. Bring the family and enjoy history, nature, arts and crafts, and archaeology digs along the James River. Registration is required one week prior to each camp. The scheduled events include the following:

Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. – Grandparent/Grandchild (ages 4-12) History Afternoon. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Dec. 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Christmas in the Colonies (ages 5-10). Make historic decorations and crafts and participate in games and activities of Colonial Virginia. The cost is $30 or $25 for Henricus Foundation Patrons.

The recreation area is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.

For details and sign-up, contact Victoria Sweeney at (804) 318-8797 or sweeneyv@chesterfield.gov.