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Fun Fall Activities in Northern Virginia

September 2, 2021
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Fall is in the air and we are ready to enjoy this beautiful crisp weather! Last year not much was open due to the pandemic and you can bet we are eager to grab a pumpkin spice latte and enjoy all the hayrides, corn mazes, and haunted houses we can! Here are a few of our favorite fall festivals and fall activities in the Northern Virginia area.

Cox Farms

If you only go to one fall festival this year, Cox Farms is a good one to pick. They have activities available for all ages. Enjoy their hayride, giant dino slide, Foamhenge (yes a life-size recreation of Stonehenge made out of foam), and other enchanting walking paths. When you leave be sure to get some of their homemade apple cider and apple cider donuts. Then prepare for a fun night at their Field of Fear.

Location: Centreville, Virginia

When: Mid September-Early November

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour

Is there anything more beautiful in fall than watching the sunset over the Potomac River? Enjoy a relaxing evening as you and your sweetheart taste amazing Virginian-made wine on the lovely grounds of Mount Vernon. The Mount Vernon house will be closed during this time, but that gives you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the grounds.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia

When: October 8-10

Reston Multicultural Festival

Experience Reston at its finest with its annual Multicultural Festival. Everyone is encouraged to dress in attire from their cultural roots. Enjoy music, food, and more from cultures all over the world. Celebrate the diversity that lives in Reston.

Location: Reston

When: September 25

Skyline Drive

We love seeing all the colors when nature changes during fall. The trees in Virginia look beautiful and fall is a great time to enjoy them. If you love driving or hiking to see some beautiful fall foliage, Skyline Drive is a great place to visit. Stargaze at night, hike part of the Appalachian trail, stay in one of their cozy cabins, or bring your own tent. And in the area, there are also museums, wineries, horseback riding, farmers markets, and more. Something each family member will enjoy.

Location: Luray, Virginia

When: All season

Great Country Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Another fun festival for the whole family. Wander through their corn maze and feed their dinosaur P-rex some delicious pumpkins. Be part of their annual pig derby as you enjoy some amazing homemade cider donuts. And when your Halloween festivities are all done, bring your jackolanterns and old pumpkins to their pumpkin chunking. Where you can smash your pumpkins in on the Silo Drop, Zip Wire Sploosh, or 40 Foot Drop Zone.

Location: Bluemount, Virginia

When: October 1-31 | Pumpkin Chunkin: November 1, 2, 6, & 7

Middleburg Haunted History Tour

For those feeling a little more adventurous, you won’t want to miss this haunted attraction. Walk around historic Middleburg and learn all about its haunted history. While a chilling experience, it is also friendly enough the kids will love it too.

Location: Middleburg, Virginia

When: All Season on Fridays & Saturdays

Marker Miller Orchards

It’s fall so that means it’s time for some fresh apples. Enjoy the beautiful mountain background as you and your family pick some fresh apples you can take home and turn them into a pie. Let the kids run around on the castle and pirate ship playground. And then take a wagon ride or a cow class. And don’t forget to try some of their delicious baked goods.

Location: Winchester, Virginia

When: Open All Season | Apple Harvest Festival: October 9-10 | Pumpkin Festival: October 23

Pumpkin Village Fall Fest at Leesburg Animal Park

Enjoy the fall season in the best way possible: with some fuzzy animal friends. See camels, sloths, and zebras as you and the kids play in a corn bin, bounce on a giant pumpkin pillow, and slip down a large hill slide.

Location: Leesburg

When: September 18-November 2

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This post was written by Suzette Conrad

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