October Festivals and Fun 2014

Fall has finally arrived! There’s so much to see and do this month that it can be overwhelming, but don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list complete with pumpkin patches, fall festivals, Oktoberfests, theater performances and more in the DMV!




Open All Month!

Theater Performances 

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Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon


When: Oct. 3 – 5

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

See website for costs.

Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Mount Vernon, VA

Live blues music, wine, history, tour and more! See website for details.

Maryland Renaissance Festival


When: Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19

Time: 10 am – 7 pm

Where: 1821 Crownsville Rd.

Annapolis, MD

Artisans, vendors, costumes, food and more! See website for details.

Southwest DC Arts Festival


When: Oct. 2-5

Where: Varies by event

“The Shoplifters”, National Hand Dance Association, Art Whino Production- G40 Art Summit, Outdoor Arts Festival and more! See website for details.

Autumn Conservation Festival


When: Oct. 4-5

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Where: 1500 Remount Rd.

Front Royal, VA

Tours, children’s activities, live music, food, and more! See website for details.

Fall For Fairfax Kidsfest


When: Oct. 4-5

Time: 10 am

Where: 12000 Government Center Parkway

Fairfax, VA

3 stages of free entertainment, rides, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, recycling and public safety themed exhibits, pony rides, pettingzoo, model trains and more! See website for details.

Manassas Fall Jubilee


When: Oct. 4

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Where: Old Town Manassas

Live entertainment, crafter and community booths, wine tasting, farmer’smarket, children’s rides and activities, a pumpkin patch and more! See website for details.

Annapolis Boat Shows


When: Oct. 9 – 13

Where: Annapolis City Dock and Harbor

Annapolis, MD

Tickets vary by age

See website for details.

Taste of Bethesda


When: Oct. 11

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Where: Along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.

Food and music festival, includes kid’s corner for face painting, arts and crafts and more! See website for details.

Taste of DC


When: Oct. 11 – 12

Time: 12 pm – 7 pm

Admission: $10 for 13 and up, $5 for 6-12, free for kids under 5

Where: Pennsylvania Ave. 9th – 14th Streets NW

Culinary and cultural event with restaurants, drinks, entertainment, and much more! See website for details.

Columbia Heights Day


When: Oct. 11

Time: 11 am – 6 pm, Outdoor movie screening at 7 pm

Where: 11th St NW & Harriet Tubman School Yard

Live music, arts and crafts, adult tricycle race, eating contests, dunk tank, bouncy castles and much more! See website for details.

Washington Craft Show


When: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

Time: Varies by day

Admission: $15

Where: 801 Mount Vernon Place NW

Washington, DC

Nation’s top contemporary craft artists in premier showcases that are nationally recognized for presenting masterful work. See website for details!

Marine Corps Marathon


When: Oct. 23 – 26

Weekend of events including runners brunch, first timers pep rally, health and fitness expo, MCM runners conference, MCM Kids Run, Carbo Dining-In, MCM 10K, Marine Corps Marathon, MCM Finish Festival and more!See website for details.

Washington International Horse Show Kids’ Day


When: Oct. 25

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Verizon Center

Pony rides, educational activities and more! See website for details.

Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show


When: Oct. 18

Time: 11 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Glenview Mansion

550 Antique and classic automobiles on display! Free and open to the public!

See website for more details.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival


When: Oct. 18 – 19

Time: 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday

Where: Streets of Bethesda Row

Fine art and craft festival. See website for details.

Northern Virginia Brewfest


When: Oct. 18 – 19

Time: 11 am – 7 pm

Where: 7700 Bull Run Dr.

Centreville, VA

Food, entertainment, craft beer sampling, arts and crafts, vendors and more! See website for details.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival


When: Oct. 10, 11, 12 in Timonium

Oct. 17, 18, 19 in Gaithersburg

See website for where and times.

Interactive demonstrations, specialty food, and live music! See website for details.

Art on the Avenue


When: Oct. 4

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Where: Mt. Vernon Ave.

Del Ray, Alexandria

Multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity including artists, food vendors, kids activities and more! See website for details.

Sterling Fest


When: Oct. 11

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Where: Sterling Park

Sterling, VA

Foods, crafts, vendors, children’s activities, rides, entertainment and more! See website for details.

Clifton Day Festival


When: Oct. 12

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Where: See website for directions.

Arts and crafts, antiques, demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, food and more! See website for details.

Merrifield Fall Festival


When: Oct. 18

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Where: Mosaic District

Food vendors, pumpkin patch, beer garden, musical entertainment, craft vendors, local artists, children’s activities and rides and more! See website for details.


Capitol City Brewing Company Oktoberfest


When: Saturday, Oct. 4

Time: 12 pm – 7:00 pm

Tickets: $30

Where: The Village at Shirlington

4001 Campbell Ave.

Arlington, VA

Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest


When: Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 2-5

Time: Varies by day, see website for details

Free entry, costs vary for carnival rides, food, and drinks

Where: Fort Belvoir Fremont Field

Germantown Street Festival


When: Oct. 5

Time: 12 pm – 7:30 pm

Free admission

Where: High Point Farm

Clarksburg, MD

Oktoberfest at the Kentlands


When: Sunday, Oct. 12

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Free admission and parking

Where: Kentlands Market Square

821 Center Point Way

Gaithersburg, MD

Phone: 301-258-6350

Oktoberfest Reston


When: Oct. 11-12

Time: On the 11th: Noon-11, On the 12th: Noon-8

Where: Reston Town Center

11900 Market St.

Reston, VA

Open All Month!

Pick your own, corn mazes, hayrides and more!

Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival


When: Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Admission: $11 a person, Under age 2 are free

Where: 22200 Davis Mill Rd.

Germantown, MD

Phone: 301-972-3299

Gaver Farm Fall Fun Festival


When: Sept. 12 – Nov. 4

Time: 10 am – 6 pm, Until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday

Admission: Under $10 a person, varies by day and age

Free hayride, pumpkin patch, apple picking, 5-acre corn maze, kiddie corn maze, farm animals, jumping pillow, corn crib, sand pit, straw mountain, corn cave, pedal kart track, giant slides, play structures, farm games, and more! See website for details

Where: 5501 Detrick Rd.

Mt. Airy, MD

Summers Farm


Open Daily- times vary

Admission varies by day

Where: 5620 Butterfly Ln.

Frederick, MD

Two jumping pillows, rubber ducky races, rope maze, crunchy corn cribs, giant slides, hayrides, farmer golf, tether ball, pumpkin checkers, color mazes, straw mountain, spider web, animals and more! See website for details.

Crumland Farms


When: Sept. 27 – Nov. 1

Where: 7612 Willow Rd.

Frederick, MD

Animals, pedal cart, hay bales, MooChoo Train, giant slides, tricycle rides, Fall Market, zombie paintball, corn maze, pumpkin patch, starlight maze, and more! See website for details.

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch


When: Sept. 20 – Oct. 31

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Where: 6521 Holter Rd.

Middletown, MD

Pick your own pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, mini wagon rides, horse drawn wagon rides, concessions, and more! See website for details.

Clark’s Elioak Farm


When: Until Nov. 4

Where: 10500 Clarksville Pike

Ellicott City, MD

Petting zoo, hayrides, cow train rides, pony rides, birthday parties, special weekend events, pumpkin patch and more! See website for details.

Zekiah Farms


Where: 5235 Bryantown Rd.

Waldorf, MD

Time: 10 am – Dusk

Price varies

Maze, hayride, face painting, farm animals, straw pit, picnic area, recreation area, games, pumpkin painting and more! See website for details.

Shlagel Farms


When: Oct. 4 – Oct. 26 on Saturdays and Sundays

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Where: 12850 Shlagel Rd.

Waldorf, MD

Picnic tables, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, scarecrow making, straw maze, petting zoo and more! See website for details.

Cox Farms


When: Until Nov. 4

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Where: 15621 Braddock Rd.

Centreville, VA

Events throughout the month.

Slides, entertainment, hayride, farm chores, local tastings, market, animals, food, tunnels, games, kiddie zone, swings, education, Cornundrum and more! See website for details.

Leesburg Animal Park


When: Until  Nov. 4

Hours: 9:30 am – 5 pm

Admission varies

Where: 19270 James Monroe Highway

Leesburg, VA

Pumpkin patch, wagon rides, giant hill slides, moon bounces, spider web crawl, inflatable tree house slide, kid’s maze, pony rides, petting zoo, apple cider and more! See website for details.

Ticonderoga Farms


When: Until Nov. 2

Time: 9 am – 6 pm

Prices vary

Where: 26469 Ticonderoga Rd.

Chantilly, VA

Swings, fire pits, hayrides, tire play, hay forts, log cabins, tetherballs, tunnels, cow train, maze, pumpkin patch and more! See website for details.

Burke Nursery & Garden Centre


When: Oct. 1 – 31

Time: 9 am – 8 pm, until 9 pm on Friday and Saturday

Admission: $9 – $13, children under 2 are free

Where: 9401 Burke Rd.

Burke, VA

Pumpkin patch, hay rides, pirate’s ship, pumpkin fort, ghost tunnel slide, farm animals, merry-go-round, rope swing, enchanted castle, farm animals and more! See website for details.

Great Country Farms


When: Until Oct. 31

Time: 9 am – 6 pm

Admission varies by age

Events every weekend!

Where: 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd.

Bluemont, VA

Pumpkin picking, pig races, maze, pumpkin princess, pumpkin munching dinosaur, wagon rides, play area with slides, jumping pillow, pedal cart track and rope swings, and more! See website for details.

Wayside Farm Fun


When: Until Nov. 2

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Admission: $10

Where: 5273 Harry Byrd Highway

Berryville, VA

Corn maze, pumpkin picking, pig races, farm animals, pumpkin playhouse, goat walk, slide, kids play yard and more! See website for details.

Homestead Farm


Where: 15604 Sugarland Rd.

Poolesville, MD

Hayrides are $3 a person from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Pick your own pumpkins and apples!

Larriland Farm


Where: 2415 Woodbine Rd.

Woodbine, MD

Ripe now: apples, tomatoes, beets, kale, and flowers! See website for more information!

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm


Where: 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd.

Brookeville, MD

Time: Every weekend from 10 am – 5 pm until Nov. 2

Hayrides, pick your pumpkins, corn maze, farm animals, scarecrow making, face painting, apples & cider, and more!

Montpelier Farms


Where: 1720 Crain Highway North

Upper Marlboro, MD

Pumpkin patch, corn maze, animals, bonfires, corn tepee, cow belly bounce, cub corral, duck races, face painting, football lounge, hill slides, movie screenings, and more! See website for details.

Lawyer’s Farm


When: Until Nov. 2

Where: 13001 Creagerstown Rd.

Thurmont, MD

Hours range by day

Admission: $7, kids under 5 are free

Corn maze, pumpkin patch, indoor play, pumpkin cannons, go-karts, hay fort, picnic area, movie screenings and more! See website for details.

The Corn Maze in the Plains


When: Until Nov. 9

Times vary by day

Admission: $10, varies by age

Where: 4501 Old Tavern Rd.

The Plains, VA

Corn maze, petting zoo, giant slides, hay loft, tire swings, rope maze, obstacle course, pumpkin sling shots and more! See website for details.

Temple Hall Fall Festival


When: Until Nov. 2

Hours: 10 am – 6 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday

Night Hours: 6 pm – 10 pm

Admission: $12 and under

Corn maize, spider web, jumping pillow, blast zone, pig races, hay fort and tunnel, cow train, camel rides, animals, pumpkin patch and more! See website for details.

Maize Quest Corn Mazes


When: Until Nov. 9

Hours: Vary by day

Admission: $7, age 4 and under are free

Where: 600 Wissler Rd.

Quicksburg, VA

Corn maze, hay rides, pedal carts, rope maze, super slide, corn hole, karaoke nights, bon fires, flashlight nights and more! See website for details.

Hartland Farm Fall Festival


When: Until Oct. 26

Time: 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, 12 pm – 6 pm on Sunday

Admission: $10

Where: 3064 Hartland Ln.

Markham, VA

Corn maze, hayrides, pig races, jumping pillow, slide mountain, pony swings, duck races, corn hole, giant chess set, pumpkin bowling, checkers, apple cannon, farm animals and more! See website for details.

Theater Performances

See websites for showtimes and prices

Arena Stage


“The Shoplifters”

When: Until Oct. 19

Olney Theatre Center


“Awake and Sing!”

When: Until Oct. 18

Ford’s Theatre


“Driving Miss Daisy”

When: Until Oct. 26

The Kennedy Center



When: Until Oct. 19

The Kennedy Center


“Little Dancer”

When: Oct. 25 – Nov. 30

Frozen with Disney on Ice


at the Patriot Center

When: Oct. 22 – 27

At Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore

Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

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