Most of these festivals are annual events designed with family fun in mind. Some events are one or two day events while others run throughout the entire fall season, so keep in mind any specific dates if you're looking for a particular activity. Here are some good picks of family fun festivals for fall:
(This post has been updated and 2015 information I posted recently can be found here)
Corn Maze at The Plains
|People navigate Corn Maze at The Plains (2012|
Town Celebration Days
|Families choose their pumpkins at Ticonderoga Farms|
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest
Leesburg Animal Park's Pumpkin Village Fall Fest
Out in western Fairfax County, one of the season's biggest events takes place. Every year Cox Farms throws a fall bash that starts in mid to end of September and generally runs through the beginning of November. Each year offers some pretty cool stuff for the kids and promises to be full of family fun. To see hours, admission prices and all else that's at Cox this fall, including its popular "Fields of Fear" please visit their website and check out 'Fall festival'.
In 2014, I visited Gunston Hall again and picked up a calendar while I was there. On Sat., Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gunston Hall celebrates Halloween. Story tellers, pumpkin and face painting and treats are all part of the fun. There is also burying ground tours by lantern. If you are in the area, might be fun to pair a morning/early afternoon at Mount Vernon with an afternoon/evening at George Mason's home since the two are pretty close in proximity. (Note: In 2016 this event was not on Gunston Hall's calendar, so be sure to check to see if it is scheduled or not).
Great Country Farms
Burke Nursery's Garden Centre's Fall Festival
There are a ton of other Fall activities going on in the Northern Virginia region, these are just a few of my top picks. Every year I try and explore something different and I'm sure there is still lots to see.
Additional fall fun: Haunted Halloween Events Happening in Northern Virginia