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Miller Farms Market

Sept 29 - Oct 30. Weekdays: Market hours: 8 am - 6 pm. Pumpkin Patch Hours: 4 - 6 pm. Saturdays: 9 am - 5 pm. 

Free Parking. Free Admission. Free Hayrides. Free fresh air! Jack O' Lanterns, Heirloom pumpkins, mini pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash to choose from. Giant sand pile for the kids to play on! Breakfast on the porch on Saturdays beginning at 8:30. Lunch served starting at 11:00. All you pay for is your pumpkins!

Where: 12101 Orange Plank Rd., Locust Grove, 22508. 540-972-2680. www.millerfarmsmarket.com

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 Braehead Farm

Braehead festival

Weekends, Sept 29 - Oct 28, 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. Also new this year: Farm Tracks, a hunt in the corn maze to find out who stole the farmer’s pies and receive a special Farm Scene Investigator badge! Where: 1130 Tyler St, F'burg, 22401. www.braeheadfarm.com

fall festivals

Apple Gala & Cider Festival @ Great Country Farms. Every weekend in Sep. 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 maize and more! Where: 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA. www.greatcountryfarms.com 

Port Royal's Charter Day: Fall Pirate Festival. POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT 22 10 am - 6 pm & Sep 23 1 - 6 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. Vendors, live bands, costume contests! Family and children's activities will include Moon Bounce and old fashioned games. Pirate and period dress is encouraged! 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. Sep 15 & 16. 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 20 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: www.facebook.com/culpeperfarmtour 

2018 Wine & Oyster Festival. Sept 15, 16. CANCELED

FXBG Wine Festival. Sept 22 (11 am - 5 pm) & Sept 23 (1 - 5 pm). Enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings, live music, local artisans, specialty retailers, and unique food vendors. Where: Riverfront Park, Sophia St, F'burg. Adults 21 & Over $20 (online) / $30 (at the gate). Designated drivers & youth ages 13–20 $10. Children ages 12 & under are FREE! http://www.fredericksburgwine.com/

Courtland Park Grand Opening Fall Festival. Sept 22, 11 am - 4 pm. Help us celebrate the Grand Opening of Courtland Park! There will be plenty of good food and good times to be had at this fall festival—food, music, pumpkin patch, face painting, games and more. Where: 6311 Courtland Park Dr, F'burg, 22407. EVENT page.

Church of the Messiah Fall Bazaar. Sept 22, 10 am - 3 pm (Raindate: Sept 29). An Outdoor Open Market with 70 vendors selling gifts, crafts, jewelry, food, and more! We will also have FREE face painting, baked goods, music from NOVA band, “IR” from 11-2, and Food truck offerings from Barbecue U and Rosie’s. Raffles from Meadows Farm Golf Course, Painting With a Twist, Malawi Pizza, When Pigs Fly, Fit4Mom, Gateway Comics, and more! Free Admission! Where: 12201 Spotswood Furnace Ln, F'burg. http://www.facebook.com/events/412401675889630

State Fair of VA. Sept 28 - Oct 7. Come celebrate the best of Virginia at the State Fair of Virginia, a 10-day event at the beautiful, pastoral setting of The Meadow Event Park. Since 1854, Virginians have celebrated community, agriculture, family, food and fun at this annual tradition. Whether it's for a prize-winning fresh apple pie or giant pumpkin, a first date or first time milking a cow, find your blue ribbon moment this year. Where: The Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Blvd., Doswell. EVENT page

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest. Sep 29, 11:30 am - 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. www.capitalalehouse.com 

F'burg Fall Fairy Festival. Sep 29. 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: Fredericksburg Fair Grounds, 2400 Airport Ave. www.fredfairyfestival.com 

Potomac Point Winery Annual Fall Festival. Sep 29. 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. www.potomacpointwinery.com 

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour. Oct 5 - 7, 6 - 9 pm. Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 17 Virginia wineries! Where: George Washington's Mt. Vernon, 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121. www.mountvernon.org 

Downtown F'burg Harvest Festival. Oct 6. 9 am- 1 pm. Pick and decorate a pumpkin from our mini pumpkin patch, select beautiful fall decor for your home, and participate in fun, kid-friendly activities! Where: Hurkamp Park, F'burg.

Fall Apple Festival. Oct 6 - 8. There will be loads of family oriented fun throughout the Columbus Day Weekend including hard cider, live music Saturday and Sunday, craft vendors, face painting, apple pie eating contest, press your own cider, apple cider donuts, fresh apples and pumpkins to purchase, and more! Where: Coyote Hole Ciderworks, 225 Oak Grove Dr, Mineral, VA. www.coyotehole.com/events/fall-apple-festival 

Stafford Family Fall Festival. Oct 13. 11 am - 4 pm. Artisans, hay rides, inflatables, festival food, children's activities, car show and our annual pumpkin derby & special musical entertainment. Where: Pratt Park, 120 River Rd, F'burg. Free! Rain or Shine! www.staffordparks.com 

2018 Wine By The Lake Fall Festival. NEW DATE! Oct 13, 11 am - 5 pm. Come sample and purchase wines from 10+ wineries and cideries. Enjoy live music, browse over 40 craft vendors and eat delicious food local food vendors. Where: Lake Anna State Park, Spotsy. Cost: $10 for DDs and $25/Wine tasters. EVENT page

Fall Fredericksburg Brew Fest. Oct 13, 11 am - 5 pm. All you care to sample event! Over 80 beers and more in the VIP. LIVE music, food vendors and other vendors! Virginia Wineries and Distilleries sampling their award winning beverages as well. Where: Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair, Inc., 2400 Airport Ave, F'burg. Tickets HERE

Fall Festival @ Mountain Run Winery. Oct 13, 12 - 7 pm. Come out and enjoy some great Mountain Run wine and celebrate the harvest with us! Live music, vendors, food, lawn games. We have plenty to do for everyone (including the kiddos) so bring your lawn chairs and plan to stay awhile! Admission is free to the event and parking is $5! Where: Mountain Run Winery, 10753 Mountain Run Lake Rd, Culpeper. EVENT page

Customer Appreciation Day @ Braehead Farm. Oct 14, 4 - 6 pm. Please join us for a day at the pumpkin patch! We will have food, contests and plenty of fun things for the kids. Each attendee will receive free admission and a small pumpkin. We look forward to seeing you! Where: Braehead Farm, 1130 Tyler St, F'burg, 22401. EVENT page.

Annual Harvest Festival in Bowling Green. Oct 20, 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. www.townofbowlinggreen.com 

Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival. Oct 20 (10 am - 6 pm & Oct 21 (11 am - 4 pm). At this home show and hand-made only arts & crafts festival, you will find premier creations from topnotch artisans that have traveled from all over the country to sell their wares. Also, seminars and DIY Workshops. Where: F'burg Expo Center. www.fredericksburgartsandcraftsfaire.com 

Fall Harvest Family Days @ Mt. Vernon. Oct 20 - 21, 9am - 5pm. Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at Mount Vernon! Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and play colonial games on the bowling green before heading to the Pioneer Farm to observe 18th-century demonstrations and greet General Washington. Find your way through a straw bale maze and listen to the Itinerant Band play colonial tunes. Sightseeing cruises will be free throughout the weekend. Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria. www.mountvernon.org 

Spotsy Harvest Festival. Oct 20, 5 - 8 pm. Come join us for lots of free fun. Games, hayrides, candy. Food will be available for purchase. Hosted by Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department. Where: 7200 Courthouse Commons Blvd, Spotsy. EVENT page

Dahlgren's Family Fall Festival. Oct 25, 6 - 8 pm. Pumpkin Patch, Carnival Games, Food, Inflatables, Pumpkin Carving & More! Open to all with base access! Where: Dahlgren Parade Field.

Oktoberfest @ Botanical Gardens. Oct 27. 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. Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond. www.lewisginter.org/event/oktoberfest 

Harvest Festival and Fly In! Oct 27, 10 am - 4 pm. Bring your kids for "trick or treat" aviation style! See the Shannon Air Museum, Watch the amazing pilots and planes and their gravity defying air show. Learn about the Redtail Squadron, the Spirit of Freedom C-54, Profiles of Honor mobile WWI and WWII history exhibit. Aviators camp out with your planes, and stay for hanger chapel on Sunday with Paul Curtis. Where: 3380 Shannon Airport Circle, Fredericksburg. http://www.shannonezf.com/ 

Montpelier Wine Trail Fall Festival. Oct 27, 12 - 5 pm. Join us at Wilderness Run Vineyard for the First Fall Festival for the Montpelier Wine Trail. There will be 7 wineries, live music, and food trucks. Entry fee is $20/person and includes wine tastings from each of the wineries in attendance. Where: 11109 Plank Rd, Spotsy. EVENT page.

Belvedere Plantation Fall Festival Finale. Nov 2 (5 - 10 pm), Nov 3 (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. www.belvedereplantation.com

Caledon Art & Wine Festival. Nov 3 (10 am - 4 pm) & Nov 4 (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. Live raptor show! Where: Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd, King George. 540-663-3861

pumpkin patches

Belvedere Plantation. Sept 22- Nov 3. Saturdays 10am-10pm & Sundays 10am-6pm. Friday evenings 5-10pm (Pumpkin Patch lighted for night picking!) Weekdays: 10 am - 2 pm. 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. Open to the public weekends and weekdays, closed Mondays. Where: 1401 Belvedere Plantation, F'burg, 22408. www.belvedereplantation.com 

Braehead Farm. Weekends, Sept 29 - Oct 28, 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. Also new this year: Farm Tracks, a hunt in the corn maze to find out who stole the farmer’s pies and receive a special Farm Scene Investigator badge! Where: 1130 Tyler St, F'burg, 22401. www.braeheadfarm.com 

Clark's Farm. Open 7 days/week from 10am – 6pm starting Sep 22 - Nov 3. 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. www.clarksfarmusa.com 

The Corn Maze. Sep. 29 - Nov 4. Times vary. Five acre corn maze, barnyard animals, hayrides, pumpkins, picnic area, moon light maze and more. Where: 4501 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, 20198. www.cornmazeintheplains.com 

Cows N Corn. Sept 15 - Oct 28, Weekends: Saturday 10am - 6 pm & Sunday 11 am - 6 pm. Join us down on the farm to select the perfect VA grown pumpkins, get lost in our huge corn maze (8 football fields) ride in the cow train, meet a cow, learn to make butter, laugh at Lily the cow puppet and her "farm show", bounce in the "MOO" Bounce and be sure to take the hayride tour around the farm. We have "Farmer Jeff's" creamy ice cream in a variety of flavors, including Pumpkin & Apple Pie! Where: 5255 Catlett Rd., Midland, VA. Cost: $10/person. www.cows-n-corn.com 

Cox Farms. Sep 22 - Nov 6. Times vary. Hayrides, 5 giant slides, farm animals, rope swing, kid zone, pumpkins and more. Where: 5621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, 20120. www.coxfarms.com 

Great Country Farms. Sep 2 - Oct 31; 9am - 6pm. PYO Apples every weekend in Sept. Pumpkin fun starts Oct 1 - 31. 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! Where: 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA. www.greatcountryfarms.com 

Leesburg Animal Park Pumpkin Village Fall Fest. Daily, Sep 15 - Nov 6: 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. Where: 19270 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg. www.pumpkinfestleesburg.com 

Liberty Mills Farm. Sep. 8 - Nov. 11. Times vary. Four Corn mazes, pumpkin patch (opens Sept 29), hayrides, games and more. Where: 9166 Liberty Mills Rd., Somerset, 22972. www.libertymillsfarm.com 

Miller Farms Market. Sept 29 - Oct 30. Weekdays: Market hours: 8 am - 6 pm. Pumpkin Patch Hours: 4 - 6 pm. Saturdays: 9 am - 5 pm. Free Parking. Free Admission. Free Hayrides. Free Fresh Air! Jack O' Lanterns, Heirloom Pumpkins, Mini Pumpkins, Gourds, and Winter Squash to choose from. Giant Sand pile for the kids to play on! Breakfast on the Porch on Saturdays beginning at 8:30. Lunch Served Starting at 11:00. All you pay for is your pumpkins! Where: 12101 Orange Plank Rd., Locust Grove, 22508. 540-972-2680. www.millerfarmsmarket.comwww.millerfarmsmarket.com 

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

Round Hill Farm. Opens Oct 6 - 31. Weekdays: 3:30 - 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, zip line, face painting, rope swings, pony rides, and picnic area. Where: 6347 Everona Rd., Culpeper, 22701. www.round-hill-farm.com 

Snead's Asparagus Farm. Sep 29 - 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! Where: 18294 Tidewater Tr, F'burg, 22408. 540-371-1070. www.sneadsfarm.com 

Ticonderoga Farms. Open Daily from Sep 22 - Nov 4: Weekdays, 10 am - 5 pm & Weekends: 10 am - 6pm. Admission includes: pie-size pumpkin; hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, cow train, petting zoo, moon bounce, swings, tee-pee hut play, antique tractors and more! Where: 26469 Ticonderoga Rd., Chantilly, 20152. 703-327-4424. www.ticonderoga.com 

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! Where: 1435 Carter Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, 22901. www.cartermountainorchard.com 

Grave's Mountain Lodge. Oct 6 -7, Oct 13 - 14, Oct 20 - 21. 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. Where: 205 Graves Mountain Lane, Syria, 22743. www.gravesmountain.com 

Great Country Farms. Currently Open daily through Sept for apple picking. 9 am - 5 pm. Wagon rides to pick your own apple orchard. Where: 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA. www.greatcountryfarms.com 

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. Where: 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham, 22643. www.striblingorchard.com 

Hartland Orchard. Sep 8 - Oct 28 open, Weekends, 10 am - 5 pm on Saturdays & 12 -5 pm on Sundays. PYO apples and pumpkins, corn maze. Where: 3064 Hartland Ln, Markham, VA. www.hartlandorchard.com 

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