Today's post has information and photos based on my own personal experience. I did update last year's post to include 2015 information for these festivals. This is a beautiful and enjoyable time in the region. Let the fall fun begin!
Northern Virginia has a ton of fall festivals going on in the fall months of September and October. If you're in the area and looking for fall seasonal fun, many of these events may be just what you're looking for as an outing to take the family.
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:
Corn Maze in The Plains
|People navigate Corn Maze at The Plains (2012)|
This year's maze theme is "Maze Attack." I'm not quite sure what this means, but it sounds interesting to find out! This fall festival opens on Sept. 26 and runs through Nov. 9 - see official site for hours and directions.
|Families choose their pumpkins at Ticonderoga Farms|
There are also several fire pits to roast marshmallows (bring your own or purchase at the farm). This year's fall festival starts on Sept. 19 and runs through Nov. 8. See the farm's website for admission and directions.
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest
Leesburg Animal Park's Pumpkin Village Fall Fest
There's hay mazes, giant slides, a pumpkin patch, apples, cider, scarecrow making, pumpkin and face painting, tractor rides, live entertainment, a spooky pirate ship, and some other new things listed for 2014. Check out the official website for price information and other details.
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. This year's "preview" weekend for members opens on Sept. 19. Kickoff for the season starts Sept. 26.
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" (this runs through October), please visit their website and check out 'Fall festival'.
Update: We were able to make it to this one in 2014 and had a great time!
This one sounds like fun. I've toured Gunston Hall many times and in 2014, I picked up a calendar while I was there and noticed there was a Halloween event. This year's event takes place on Sat., Oct. 31 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be story tellers, pumpkin and face painting and treats. There will also be burying ground tours by lantern.
UPDATE for 2015: This is another one we were able to make it to last year and enjoyed seeing Gunston Hall all dressed up in its "spookiness". I'm not sure but I think this is a relatively new event. Last year we toured the mansion, dodged spirits roaming the family graveyard and listened to ghost stories. Face painting and doing seasonal crafts were a blast too!
I haven't been down this way since 2009, but we had a good time that year. Probably best for the little ones.
Great Country Farms
Update: I haven't been here in about 4-5 years. I recommend checking out the website to see what's happening this year. A lot may have changed, it's a big farm from what I remember.
Town Celebration Days
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.