For a complete listing of Fall festivals in Virginia (there are many!!), visit this link.
Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, November 7
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $9 during the week; $15 weekends and Columbus Day
15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia (703) 830-4121
If you have active children (or you are a kid yourself), you must not miss a fall day at Cox Farms. I am sad that my son now says he is too old for it; I still love it. The most fun hayrides EVER, including aliens and fun “getting stuck” in the mud. There are also hay bales to climb on, frisky goats to feed, and musical performers (often bluegrass and kid folk rock, e.g. Raffi songs). Don’t forget sunscreen. Watch a cow getting milked! Hot dogs and hamburgers are for sale, as well as pies, preserves, apple cider, mums, and pumpkins. Admission includes a free, small pumpkin.
Saturday, October 9
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kidwell Farmyard at Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA
Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples and meet the farm animals. Paint a small pumpkin, play farm games and see traditional farm demonstrations.
Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10 AND Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free, parking is also free
205 Graves’ Mountain Lane, Route 670, Syria, VA
This is a beautiful time of year to visit this mountain resort in the country: there is a farm to explore, bluegrass music, cloggers, and more. Enjoy an open-air lunch of brunswick stew, cornbread, and apple cider, or select hamburgers or hotdogs. They cook apple butter over an open fire. A full, country lunch is also available in the Lodge (reservations recommended). The best cooking ever! For an additional fee, pick apples or ride horses.
Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 (visit the website for a 50% off coupon)
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Do not miss this fun event, which is great for kids. There are colonial style crafts demonstrations (lathe turning, a black smith), chicken roasted on the spit, and all kinds of delicious (and affordable) food, like sausages and pear cider. Stroll around the farm and visit with the Colonial family — authentic in feeling and presentation. Handcrafted items and plants are usually for sale (beautiful soaps; herbs). The food is delicious and affordable. Come for pear cider, sausages, cheese, and roast chicken on the spit. The gift shop, The Gate House, also has a lot of nice things for sale.
Saturday, October 23 – Sunday, October 24
9:oo a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults; $7 children 6-11
The four-acre George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site celebrates the harvest season with FREE horse-drawn wagon rides, a straw bale maze, an opportunity to meet “General Washington,” and the chance to learn how to dance 18th-century-style! Plus outdoor cooking demonstrations and concessions (note: the food court is not very good and it’s expensive for what you get. Either eat in Old Town or have lunch in the Mount Vernon on-site restaurant for about the same price as the food court. The restaurant won’t win any awards — desserts are pre-fab — but it’s convenient and much better than the food court).
Cruises are half-price, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company.