Fall is finally here! It’s time for colorful leaves, warm sweaters and hot apple cider. With fewer COVID-19 restrictions, many communities are looking forward to the cozy fun of their returning fall festivals. Here are our picks of festivals to attend in the DMV to get your family into the fall spirit.
Family Fall Festival
Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Friends of Green Spring Gardens is inviting families to celebrate the beauty of fall. This festival will feature plant vendors, activities for kids and their families, a bake sale and more fun surprises to be announced! For updates and more information, visit facebook.com/GSFrogs or fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.
Cox Farms Fall Festival
Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. in Nov.), Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 17 through Nov. 8; closed Monday through Friday Sept. 19-23 and Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 2.
Cox Farms welcomes anyone and everyone to enjoy a day of family fun on the farm with rides, delicious food, music and more to love! See a festival map online to explore attractions such as the Dino Slide and World Famous Hayride. Buy tickets at coxfarms.com beginning Sept. 1. Prices vary by day from $10-25.
Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Occoquan, Virginia | Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 24 & 25
Embrace creativity to celebrate the changing of the seasons as a family with this craft festival in historic Occoquan, about 40 minutes from Alexandria, Virginia. The two-day festival features more than 200 artisans and creators, with over 20 categories including home décor, jewelry, food and pet accessories. There will also be an Imagination Alley for kids to create their own art, with demonstrations, workshops and an opportunity to help paint a 32-foot mural. Free; shuttle service is available. occoquanva.gov
Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Fall Fair
Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring | 1-6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2
Join more than 70 artisans, crafters and local small businesses in celebrating creativity and autum at Veterans Plaza. Admire the changing leaves and enjoy the day with your family! For additional information and updates, visit facebook.com/ChicEventsDC or silverspringdowntown.com.
Fairfax Fall Festival
Old Town Square, 10415 North St., Fairfax, Virginia | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8
This iconic fall community festival is celebrating its 46th year. Beginning as a small hometown festival in Old Town Fairfax, it now features more than 400 arts, crafts, information and food vendors; children’s activities and three stages of music to entertain all ages. A concert will follow in Old Town Square from 5:30-8:30 p.m. fairfaxva.gov
Bram Fall Fest
Evergreen Mills Road, between Belmont Ridge Road and Loudoun County Parkway, Brambleton, Virginia | noon to 6 p.m., Oct. 22; rain date Oct. 23
Do you enjoy live music, food and amusements? Get excited for axe throwing, rides, inflatables and more at this town festival. Tickets are $10-15 for Brambleton residents and $15-20 for non-residents. Save money with online presales. Children ages 3 and younger enter free. brambletonhoa.com
Fall Harvest Festival at Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 22 & 23
Put a historic spin on your fall festival by attending this celebration on the farm at Mount Vernon. Kids can meet General Washington, explore the grounds and learn about 18th century crafts and jobs. Free for members; tickets range from $13-26 for ages 6 through adulthood. Children ages 5 and younger enter free. mountvernon.org