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Seasonal Fun and Activities

fall festivals

Apple Gala & Cider Festival @ Great Country Farms. Every weekend in Sept. We will celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of this season’s apple wine and hard cider tastings. Also, watch apple butter being made, wagon rides, cider pressing demos/tastings, pick your apples, kids craft station, rope swings, pedal carts, corn maze and more! 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA.

Port Royal's Charter Day: Fall Pirate Festival. Sept. 16, 10 am - 7 pm. Port Royal's colonial and civil war history as well as their maritime history will be featured. Port Royal was a major port during colonial times.  Our pirate "Pneuman's" story will be told by our very own Town Crier during the Festival. Live music. Jaxx Parrow the Blue-Eyed Pirate will be returning this year for as a featured personality. Joining him will be Blackbeard's Crew (Pirates from Hampton, VA). Costume Contests for children, adults and pets, with proceeds from the pet costume contest to benefit the Caroline County Animal Shelter. Family and children's activities will include Moon Bounce and old fashioned games. Pirate and period dress is encouraged! Come join the fun at this very popular festival!  Where: The Town Green (419 King Street, Port Royal, VA 22535). Free admission/parking. Food, drinks and shopping will be readily available through a variety of vendors. Check out their FACEBOOK page for up to date info!

Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour. Oct. 7 - 8:  10 am - 4 pm.  Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and taste of Culpeper County on farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills. This free event provides a wonderful educational experience and includes a variety of hands on activities and demonstrations. There will be 18 farms and related businesses on this year's tour. The tour, a self-guided driving experience, can be started at the Welcome Center located at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises on Route 29. For more info, check out their Facebook page:

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest. Sept. 30, 12  - 10 pm.  Live music, traditional German fare, Bavarian dancers, local and German beer! Families are welcome to enjoy the celebrations. Kids can visit Kinderplatz, a kids' area with giant inflatables, face painting, balloon animals and more! The festival has a $3 cover charge, with proceeds benefitting the Main Street Program in Fredericksburg. Where:  917 Caroline St, F'burg, 22401. 

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour.Oct. 6 - 8, 6 - 9 pm. Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 17 Virginia wineries! George Washington's Mt. Vernon, 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA  22121. 

Annual Harvest Festival in Bowling Green.Oct. 21, 9am - 4pm. Live music, children’s activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, and clown entertainment. Other activities include the car show and antique tractor show, antique alley, as well as food and craft vendors. 

Annual Harvest Celebration @ Ingleside Vineyards.Oct 14, 11 am - 4 pm.  Come help us celebrate our 37th harvest! Take a tour of Ingleside's vineyards and winery, sit in the courtyard and relax (or dance) while listening to live music and sipping wine. Hayrides and more for the kids! Includes tour, tasting, Ingleside wine glass, live music. Food available for sale or bring a picnic. 5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443. 

Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival.Oct. 21 (10 am - 6 pm) &  22 (11 am - 4 pm).  At this home show and hand-made only arts & crafts festival, you will find premier creations from top-notch artisans that have traveled from all over the country to sell their wares. Also, seminars and DIY Workshops. Where:  F'burg Expo Center. 

Fall Harvest Family Days @ Mt. Vernon. Oct. 21 - 22, 9am - 5pm. The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demos, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria.

Hazelwild Fall Festival. October 21st 1 - 5pm. Ages: 2-10 years. $14 per child (adults free). 1 pumpkin per child while supplies last, barrel train - obstacle course - haunted house - hayride - concessions - face painting - rock wall - moon bounce - pony rides - bake sale

Fredericksburg Fall Family Festival with Spotswood Baptist and Thunder 104.5.  Oct. 29:  3 pm - 6 pm.  From hay rides to inflatables, carnival games to a petting zoo, the Fredericksburg Fall Family Festival offers fun for the entire family. Best of all, all of the activities are FREE! Inside the Towne Centre, children are invited to play a variety of carnival-style games to win candy. Plus, families can enter to win fabulous prizes!  At the Spotsy Towne Centre.   

Belvedere Plantation Fall Festival Finale.  Nov. 3 (5 - 10 pm), Nov. 4 (10 am - 5 pm).  It's your last chance to visit Belvedere Plantation before we close for the winter! And we have a great line-up of entertainment and activities — don’t miss our new Pumpkin Smash competition! Reduced Farm Admission! Included in Farm Admission are the Corn Maze, Fun Barn, Zipline, Ye Olde Barnyard, Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Jumping Pillow, Hayride, and Pedal Tractors.

Caledon Art & Wine Festival.  Nov. 4 (10 am - 4 pm) & Nov. 5 (11 am - 4 pm).  Enjoy a fall day at the park and see what the area's finest artisans have to offer. Get a jump on holiday shopping. Taste wine from local wineries. A commemorative wine glass is included with the price of tasting. Great food will also be for sale. The picnic shelter, gift shop and visitor center will be open, and hay wagon rides will be available for the kids.  Where:  Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd, King George.  540-663-3861

Happy Birthday Johnny AppleseedSept. 16, 17.  Meet and explore the world of Johnny Appleseed! Visit our pioneer campsite, where costumed interpreters will demonstrate the life and times of Johnny Appleseed, and what life was like back in the “olden” days. Where: Carter Mountain Orchard. 

Heiwa Matsuri Fall Festival.  Sept. 16.  1 - 7 pm.  Heiwa Matsuri is a traditional Japanese holiday to celebrate seasonal harvest and local community.  Free Aikido and yoga classes, watch Aikido and archery demonstrations. Buy a ticket to enjoy going through an interactive Peace experience game coupled with dinner. Where: Aikido, 6155 Hickory Ridge Rd, Spotsy.  540-582-9600.

F'burg Fall Fairy Festival.  Sept. 23.  12 - 5 pm.  We are calling all fairies, elves, wizards, trolls, hobbits, and gnomes to celebrate the coming of fall! All mystical creatures shall gather together for one last festival to celebrate the end of the summer and ready for the returning winter world. Our festival will include arts and crafts, games, vendors, and Celtic music. There will be a fairy house and fairy garden contest. There will be fairies and other nature spirit environments to explore as well as games to play. Where:  Old Mill Park. 

Potomac Point Winery Annual Fall Festival.  Sept. 30.  11 am - 5 pm.  Full of family fun including fall games (for adults & kids), shopping vendors, festive foods, grape stomping, guest wineries and live music! Feel free to order lunch from our Le Grand Cru bistro or purchase foods from local food trucks & different vendors.  Where: Potomac Point Winery, Stafford. 

Stafford Family Fall Festival.  Oct. 14.  11 am - 4 pm.  Artisans, hay rides, inflatables, festival food, children's activities and our annual pumpkin derby & special musical entertainment. Where: Pratt Park. Cost:  $10/vehicle or $4/person at gate. 

Oktoberfest @ Botanical GardensOct. 28.  11 am - 4 pm.  Celebrate fall, nature’s grand finale, with OktoberFest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — a day filled with live music, games and prizes, all included in Garden admission. 


pumpkin patches

Belvedere Plantation.  Sept. 30 - Oct 29; Saturdays 10am-10pm & Sundays 10am-6pm.  Friday evenings 5-10pm (Pumpkin Patch lighted for night picking!) Weekday Hours:  Oct 3 -27, Tue-Fri  10 am - 2 pm (not all attractions are open). This working farm celebrates the fall harvest time with pumpkin picking, bonfires, evening hayrides, and a cornfield maze! Other attractions include pedal tractors, pig races, a pumpkin mountain slide, barnyard animals, and the fun barn with giant rope swings. Food and other specialty items sold on the premises.  1401 Belvedere Plantation, F'burg, 22408. 

Braehead Farm.  Open daily, 9 am - 6 pm.  Pick a pumpkin in our fields in front of the market, head to the playgrounds in the barn lot, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflower maze, hayrides through our friendly decorated maze, meet and greet with the Great Pumpkin. 1130 Tyler St, F'burg, 22401. 

Clark's Farm.  Open 7 days/week from 10am – 6pm starting Sept. 24 - Nov 5.  Activities include: farm animals, a hay mountain, large maze, face painting, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, great cutouts for photos, a moon-bounce, and pony rides on weekends. Food, hot apple cider, and specialty craft items sold on premises. Price of admission includes a pumpkin!  $8/Weekdays and $10/Weekends.  712 Courthouse Rd, Stafford, 22554.

The Corn Maze.  Sept.. 23 - Nov 5. Times vary.   Five acre corn maze, barnyard animals, hayrides, pumpkins, picnic area, moon light maze and more.  4501 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, 20198.

Cows N Corn.  Open weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) to the public beginning Sept 16 - Oct 29.  Weekdays by reservation only for school tours and groups.  Corn maze, tour the farm via hayride, learn how to make butter, visit with the animals, pumpkin picking.  Special Friday Night Hayride events starting Sept 16.  5255 Catlett Rd., Midland, 22728.  540-439-4806.

Cox FarmsSept. 16 - Oct 31, Times vary.   Hayrides, 5 giant slides, farm animals, rope swing, kid zone, pumpkins and more.  5621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, 20120.

Great Country Farms.Sept. 2 - Oct 31; 9am - 6pm.  PYO Apples through Sept 24.  Where else can you pick your pumpkins right off the vine, get lost in a corn maze, visit with the pumpkin princess, cheer for your favorite swine at the infamous Oinkintucky Derby, and watch P-Rex our pumpkin munchin’ dinosaur? Only at Great Country Farms!  Wagon rides, 5 acre play area, live music and more!  Special events on weekends!  18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA.

Leesburg Animal Park Pumpkin Village Fall Fest.  Sept. 16 - Nov 7:  9:30 am - 5 pm. Giant hill slide, wagon rides, spider web crawl, moon bounce, pirate play ship, pony rides, free apples & cider, camel rides, pedal carts and more! Ticket prices vary. Visit website for more info.  19270 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg.

Liberty Mills Farm.  Sept. 9 - Nov. 11. Times vary. Four Corn mazes, pumpkin patch (opens Sept 30), hayrides, games and more. 9166 Liberty Mills Rd., Somerset, 22972.

Miller Farms Market.  Opens  Oct 1.  Free hayrides to and from the pumpkin patch. Weekday hayrides: 4:30 pm. Weekend Hayrides: 9 am - 5 pm. All you pay for is your pumpkins! 12101 Orange Plank Rd., Locust Grove, 22508.  540-972-2680.

Mt. Olympus Berry Farm.  End of Sept. - Nov.Pumpkin patch and hayrides. 23298 Jeff Davis Hwy, Ruther Glen, 22546. 804-448-0395.

Round Hill Farm.Opens Oct 7 -  31. Weekdays: 3 - 6 pm; Weekends:  10 am - 5 pm. A tractor-drawn hayride carries your family or group to the Pumpkin Patch. Pick-your-own or select from pre-picked pumpkins at the farms open-air market. Other activities include the barnyard petting-zoo with more than 30 farm animals, two hay bale mazes, a corn maze, rope swings, pony rides, and picnic area. 6347 Everona Rd., Culpeper, 22701.

Snead's Asparagus Farm. Sept. 24 - Oct 31 (9 am - 5 pm weekdays and 9 am - 6 pm weekends). This working farm has a huge pumpkin patch for pick your own. Other activities include pedal tractors, rope swings in the barn, hayrides, farm animals, a picnic area, and more! 18294 Tidewater Tr, F'burg, 22408.  540-371-1070.

Ticonderoga Farms. Open Daily from Sept. 23 -  Nov 5:  10 am - 6pm. Admission includes: pie-size pumpkin; hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, cow train, petting zoo, moon bounce, swings, tepee hut play, antique tractors and more!  26469 Ticonderoga Rd., Chantilly, 20152.  703-327-4424.

Westmoreland Berry FarmOperating hours vary.  See website for details. Pick your pumpkins in their pumpkin patch. Other activities include a goat walk, playground, picnic area, ice cream shop and more!. Seasonal food items available in the farm storeMoonlight maze and Wagon Ride on various dates.  1235 Berry Farm Lane, Oak Grove.

 apple picking

Carter Mountain Orchard.  Open daily 9am - 6pm. Pick your own in the orchard or buy pre-picked in the store. Apple harvest weekend activities include hayrides, music, wine tastings, pumpkins and picnic area. Also available in the store: fresh baked apple pies, apple cider donuts, pumpkins and specialty crafts. Apple Harvest Festival happening every weekend in Oct, 8 am - 7 pm! 1435 Carter Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, 22901.

Grave's Mountain Lodge.  Oct 7 - 8,  Ocr 14 - 15,  Oct 21 - 22. 10 am – 4:30 pm. Pick your own in the orchards or buy pre-picked in the store. Other activities include hayrides, barnyard animals, hay mountain, hay maze and picnic areas.  205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria, 22743.

Great Country Farms. Currently Open daily.  9 am - 5 pm. Wagon rides to pick your own apple orchard.18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA.

Stribling Orchard.  Open late July - early Nov, Tues - Sun, 9am - 5pm. Tours available for youth/school groups. Pick your own apples, farm animals, picnic area and bakery with cider, pies, local honey and more. 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham, 22643.

Hartland Orchard.  Sept. 9 - Oct 29 open, Weekends, 10 am - 6 pm on Saturdays & 12 -6 pm on Sundays. PYO apples and pumpkins, corn maze. 3064 Hartland Ln, Markham, VA. 

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