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Apple Gala & Cider Festival @ Great Country Farms. Aug 31 – Sep 29. Pick your own apples! 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: Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA. www.greatcountryfarms.com

Adventure Brewing’s Oktoberfest. Sep 14. Join us for a fun-filled day of live music, dancers, vendors, food, events, competitions and beer. Family friendly event! Free admission! Where: 33 Perchwood Dr, F’burg, 22405.

F'burg Fall Fairy Festival. Sep 21. 10:30 am. Our entertainment includes: Mother Goose Show, Mermaid, Strolling Fairy, Strolling Elf, Strolling Violinist, Wizard Show, Drum Circle, Dancers and Musicians. Also, crafts, activities and Unicorn Rides. Where: Izaak Walton League of America, Spotsy. Check their page on Facebook for ticket info and more details.

Messick’s Farm Market Fall Festival. Weekends Sep 21 – Oct 27. Lots of fun things to do at our Annual Fall Festival! Corn maze, bounce pillow, hayrides, pumpkin patch & SO much more! Cost: Admission: $10/person; 3 & Under are FREE! Where: 6025 Catlett Rd, Bealeton

2019 Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival. Sep 21, 22. Enjoy tastings from Virginia wineries, coastal oysters, food trucks and breweries as you explore local artisan booths. Enjoy entertainment both days of the festival with live music and activities for all ages. Ticket prices vary. Where: Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd, Stratford, VA. www.stratfordhall.org

Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour. Sep 21, 22. 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. The tour, a self-guided driving experience, can be started at the Welcome Center located at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises on Route 29. http://culpeperfarmtour.com

FXBG Wine Festival. Sept 21, 22. Enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings, live music, local artisans, specialty retailers, and unique food vendors. Where: Old Mill Park, F'burg. Ticket prices vary. http://www.fredericksburgwine.com/
Church of the Messiah Fall Bazaar. Sept 14, 10 am - 2 pm (Rain date: Sept 21). An outdoor open market with gifts, crafts, vendors, face painting, food, and live music! Free Admission! Where: 12201 Spotswood Furnace Ln, F'burg. www.churchofthemessiahva.org

State Fair of VA. Sept 27 - Oct 6. 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. 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, Doswell. www.statefairva.org

Capital Ale House Oktoberfest. Sep 28, 11:30 am - 10 pm. Virginia's favorite street party is back and better than ever! Live music, Authentic German foods, Paul's Bakery will be serving up their infamous beer donuts! German and German-style beers in all your favorite styles! Kinderplatz in the Fredericksburg Area Museum's Market square with a magician, face painters, and bounce houses! Where: Capital Ale House, downtown F'burg. www.capitalalehouse.com

Potomac Point Winery Annual Fall Harvest Festival. Sep 28. 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

Harvest Moon Festival. Sep 28. 12 – 10 pm. Join us for the 3rd Annual Harvest Moon Festival! Live Music, Vendors, Corn Hole Tournament, Food Trucks, a Pig Roast, Shaved Ice, Petty Zoo, Meme's Face Painting, Fxbg Ninjas Live Demo, Crafts for Kids and of course beer! Where: Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy, F’burg. Cost: Free and family friendly!

Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Sep 30 – Oct 31. Pick pumpkins, watch the pig races, get lost in the corn maze, roast marshmallows at the bonfire, hay rides, cider donuts, tractors and more! Where: Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA. www.greatcountryfarms.com 

Montpelier Wine Trail Fall Festival. Oct 5, 12 - 6 pm. Wine, live music and more! Tickets: $20/person and includes wine tastings from each of the wineries in attendance. Where: Honah Lee Vineyard, Gordonsville, VA. www.Honahleevineyard.com  

Downtown F'burg Harvest Festival. Oct 5. 9 am- 1 pm. Celebrate the flavors and colors of fall with us! Fun for the whole family: pumpkin patch, build your own scarecrow, face painting, pumpkin painting, rock painting. Find beautiful fall decor for your home, warm bouquets, hearty produce, jams, pies, kettle corn, bread, honey, and more! Where: Hurkamp Park, F'burg.

Stafford Family Fall Festival. Oct 5. 11 am – 4 pm. Artisans, hay rides, inflatables, hay tower, toddler town, food trucks, games/crafts and our annual pumpkin derby & special musical entertainment. Where: Pratt Park, F'burg. Free! Rain or Shine! www.staffordparks.com 

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour. Oct 11 - 13, 6 - 9 pm. Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 20 Virginia wineries! Ticket prices vary. Buy early, event typically sells out. Where: George Washington's Mt. Vernon. www.mountvernon.org 

Fall Fredericksburg Brew Fest. Oct 12, 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 Fairgrounds. Tickets: www.fredbrewfest.com  

Fall Festival @ Mountain Run Winery. Oct 12, 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, Culpeper. www.mountainrunwinery.com/events-item/5th-annual-fall-festival 

Fall Family Fun Festival @ Horton Vineyards. Oct 12. 12 – 4 pm. There will be all manner of fun and delicious activities from wine tasting and food trucks to carnival games and activities for your little ones. Bring a pop-up tent and chairs spend the day enjoying the different activities. Local vendors, live music and more! Admission is free! Where: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville, VA.

Annual Harvest Festival in Bowling Green. Oct 19, 9am – 5:30 pm. Join us on Main Street for over 150 vendors, artisan crafts, food trucks, live entertainment all day, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, car show, antique tractors, beer garden and more! www.townofbowlinggreen.com 

Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival. Oct 19, 20. Unique blend of home improvement companies and handmade crafters. Where: F'burg Expo Center. www.fredericksburgfallhomeandcraftfestival.com 

Fall Harvest Family Days @ Mt. Vernon. Oct 19, 20. 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 

Oktoberfest @ Botanical Gardens. Oct 26. 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 

Belvedere Plantation Fall Festival Finale. Nov 1 – 3. 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 2-3. 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

Braehead Farm Fall Festival Weekends. Sat & Sun Sep 28 – Oct 27; 9 am – 6 pm. Hayrides, face painting, pumpkin patch, scavenger hunt, sunflower walk, visit with “The Great Pumpkin”, hay barn, corn pit, swings, farm animals and much more! Where: 1130 Tyler St, F’burg. Cost: $9/person. www.braeheadfarm.com

Fall Farm Tour @ Walnut Hill Farm. Sep 21, 22, 28, 29 & Oct 5, 6, 12, 13. 19 & 20. 10 am – 6 pm. Hayrides, Pumpkin patch, Small Corn Maze, and Farm Animals Petting Zoo! Where: 449 Kellogg Mill Rd, Falmouth

Hanover Vegetable Farm. Sep 28, 29, Oct 5, 6, 19, 20, & 26. 10 am – 6 pm. Pumpkin patch, – Hayrides, Corn maze, Corn Cannons, Petting Barn, Giant Sand Pit, Face Painting, Charlotte’s Web Hide and Seek and more! Where: Ashland, VA. Cost: $10 (includes pick your own pumpkin and activities). www.hanovervegetablefarm.com

Westmoreland Berry Farm Fall Festival. Sep 28. Scarecrows, live music and more! Where: Colonial Beach. www.westmorelandberryfarm.com 

 

pumpkin patches

Belvedere Plantation. Sept 21- Nov 3. 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

Clark's Farm. Opening for fall fun in late Sep. 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! Where: 712 Courthouse Rd, Stafford, 22554. www.clarksfarmusa.com

The Corn Maze. Sep. 28 - Nov 3. 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 14 - Oct 27, Weekends: 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 21 - Nov 5, 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. PYO Apples starts NOW! Pumpkin fun starts Sep 30 – Oct 31. Come celebrate with us and create an unforgettable experience picking pumpkins, cheering on the fastest piggie, doing some pumpkin munchin’ with P-Rex, getting lost in our corn maze and roasting marshmallows at the bonfire! Cider donuts, 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 21 - Nov 5. 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. 7 - Nov. 11. Times vary. Four Corn mazes, pumpkin patch (opens Sept 28), hayrides, games and more. Where: 9166 Liberty Mills Rd., Somerset, 22972. www.libertymillsfarm.com

Miller Farms Market. Sept 28 – Oct 27. 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! All you pay for is your pumpkins! Where: 12101 Orange Plank Rd., Locust Grove. www.millerfarmsmarket.com

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

Round Hill Farm. Opens Oct 5 - 31. 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 28 – late Oct. 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 21 - Nov 3. 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. 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 5 -6, Oct 12 - 13, Oct 19 - 20. 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. Wagon rides to pick your own apple orchard. Where: 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA. www.greatcountryfarms.com 

Stribling Orchard. Currently open Tues-Sun for apple picking. 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. Currently open through late Oct. PYO apples and pumpkins, corn maze. Where: 3064 Hartland Ln, Markham, VA. www.hartlandorchard.com 

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