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Neighborhood Expert: Fall festivals in Northern Virginia

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA and D.C. with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or

Can you smell the cider donuts and hot chocolate?

Maybe that’s me dreaming of New England Falls where I grew up, but there are tons of Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia if you’re looking to fill that fall fun void! Make sure you check the dates and times carefully as some are one weekend only while others run through October.

Cox Farms — Centreville, VA
September 16-17, September 23-November 7

Live music, cow milking, farm chores, hayride, tunnels, slides, swings, corn maze, goats, cider, donuts and their market! This is my favorite event all year and I actually hold my client appreciation event here in the fall. You really can’t beat a day in cooler weather walking around their farm!

Fun Tunnel at Cox Farms (Photo via Cox Farms Facebook)

Falls Church Festival — Falls Church, VA
September 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fall Festival includes their “Taste of Falls Church” plus a beer garden, live music, children’s entertainment, local crafters, and organizations.

Mosaic Fall Festival — Fairfax, VA
September 23-24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Performances by the Vienna Singing Princesses, Tea with Mrs. B, School of Rock, Tiny Dances, Patrick Alban and Noche Latino, plus others! Lots of vendors, kid activities, and more.

Great County Farms — Bluemont, VA
October 1-31

Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival featuring pick your own pumpkins (also apples), wagon rides, pig races, Dino shows, Marshmallow roasting, cider pressing, live music, 5-acre play area, donuts and their market. Adult pro tip: Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewing are across the street and the views can NOT be beat.

Oktoberfest — Vienna, VA
Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Held on Historic Church Street by the red caboose, the event features live music, games, kids activities, German auto show, lots of food and drinks. I’ll be at the beer garden checking IDs at Noon. If you come by — please say hi!

City of Fairfax Fall Festival — Fairfax, VA
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The event includes over 400 vendors, children’s activities, 3 stages of music and entertainment, and carnival rides. There’s a beer garden and an “after fest” concert at 530pm.

Halloween on the Green — Vienna, VA
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A free event with family fun on the town green, which features crafts, games, storytelling, moon bounces, treats and a decorate your own pumpkin activity.

Reston Farm Fall Fest — Reston, VA
September 23 through October 29 (weekends only) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Moon bounces, games, train ride, petting zoo, face painting, balloons and food.

Town of Vienna Halloween Parade — Vienna, VA
October 25, 7 p.m.

A fabulous tradition that runs along Maple Avenue from Branch to Center Street. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and I’ll post my annual tips for attending in October.

Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival — Germantown, MD
September 23-October 29, hours vary based on day

Admission includes hayrides, jump pad, corn maze, giant slides and more. There’s also food available like cider, donuts, kettle corn and more. You can pick your own pumpkins, do a pumpkin cannon, face painting and pony rides. They suggest making a reservation as they sell out.

Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park — Leesburg, VA
Open everyday now through November 5

Festival activities include wagon rides, giant slides, zip line, moon bounce, corn bin, hay maze, pony rides, animals, moon bounce pillow and more.

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