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Fall fun on the farm from September 24th through October 31st.
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Celebrate Oktoberfest on historic Church Street in Vienna on Oct. 1st.
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Great Falls Park - Fall

Great Falls Park in Fall

Fall Getaway To Fairfax County

If you’re looking for things to do with your other half this weekend or throughout the fall, Northern Virginia has plenty of enticing activities, from festivals to biking, to wine tours and more. We've listed below 9 great ways to enjoy autumn in Northern Virginia. Whether you’re a spontaneous traveler looking for this weekend’s activities for a getaway now, or someone who likes to plan ahead, use our website to your heart’s content, and create your perfect Northern Virginia fall getaway.  

 


9 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in Northern Virginia

 

Money1. Get a Deal

Fall is the perfect time for a getaway, bringing brilliant colors, brisk but pleasant temperatures, and a world of events and festivals. Many area hotels also feature special deals from wine lovers’ packages to 20% weekend discounts. And for dining, look for dozens of delicious specials through the fall. Fairfax County is the perfect affordable choice when planning a getaway to the Nation's Capital Region.  We have over 100 hotels to choose from - which range from high-end luxury hotels complete with spas and golf, to extended stay properties, and camping sites.  

Reston Oktoberfest2. Colorful Festivities

For that last hurrah before winter, go play with friends and family at one of Northern Virginia’s fun-filled festivals or other seasonal events. You’ll find everything from Oktoberfest celebrations to Halloween haunts. Fun is probably the easiest thing to harvest this fall—the hard part is deciding which events to choose!  This is the perfect time of year to explore all the towns and cities located across the County and see for yourself how Northern Virginia celebrates the arrival of autumn. 

 

Winery at Bull Run3. Vino and More

October is Virginia Wine Month, and wine lovers coming to Fairfax County have several great opportunities to enjoy a glass of vino this harvest season. Northern Virginia Wineries abound, and Fairfax County boasts two of them, which also happen to be the two closest to our nation’s capital — Paradise Springs Winery and The Winery at Bull Run. Fairfax County is considered the "Gateway to Northern Virginia Wine Country" by those coming to visit the Washington, DC, area, and you'll see why when you browse all the nearby wineries within easy access of your hotel. 

Cox Farms fall festival4. Fun on the Farm

The fall festival season delivers plenty of food, live entertainment and activities across the County all autumn long. But the grande dame is definitely the Cox Farms Fall Festival—noted as the Washington Post Editor's Choice for top fall festivals. You’ll find hayrides and cornfield adventures along with food, entertainment and more.  And the fun isn't limited to the daytime.  When night falls on the farm, the Fields of Fear come alive!  This nighttime treat features scores of Halloween fun and is meant for the adventurous teens and adults in your family.

Birth of The Barns5. Autumn Harmony

If you’re in the mood for a splash of fall music, you’ll have ample opportunity to soak in the sounds at music venues throughout Fairfax such as George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.  Another great example is The Barns at Wolf Trap, an intimate indoor venue that was reconstructed out of two actual barns that give listeners unparalleled acoustical joy. With concerts as colorful as the fall leaves, and performances spanning every genre imaginable, your ears are in for a treat this fall when coming for a visit.
 

Caboose Brewing Company6. Seasonal Brews

When fall colors appear, it means seasonal autumn brews are making their yearly appearance. For you it means that it’s the perfect time to explore Northern Virginia’s breweries, considered by experts to be some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best. Fairfax County is home to 11 different breweries and all of them have special events and weekly happy hours throughout the autumn months. So whether you enjoy a good stout, lager, kolsch, or IPA - you'll be in hops heaven this fall.

 

Workhouse Art Center: Attend an Event7. Artful Adventures

In fall, you’ll find the region’s creativity on full display at our art galleries and studios. Every community throughout the County has unique art studios or associations with local artist wares for sale. So make sure to stop by and grab your own unique memory from your visit.  Be sure to check out the unique Workhouse Arts Center, an artistic colony located at the site of a former DC Correctional Facility, which features more than 100 professional and emerging artists, over 800 arts classes and workshops, and assorted performing arts including: theater, musical theater, film, music, and dance performances.

George Washington's Mount Vernon8. Historical History

History buffs will thrive in Northern Virginia, exploring Civil War sites, visiting historic attractions and taking in historical treasures like George Washington’s Mount Vernon, George Mason’s Gunston Hall, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and of course all the nearby monuments, memorials and museums of Washington, DC.  The history of our area reflects the history of America, and no matter what era interests you, you'll find more than enough to keep yourself busy.

Great Falls Park9. Peep This

Fairfax County boasts hundreds of miles of trails and over 50 square miles of parkland which are perfect destinations for fall hikes or bike rides through fall foliage and historic sites. To save you some time from figuring out where to go, we’ve picked out 9 spots just for you in order to get you to that perfect vantage point to take in autumn’s colors in all their glory. So whether you want to explore on foot, or on bicycle, we’ve got you covered.

Fairs and Festivals

Seasonal Fun

Celebrate the season by visiting us during special holiday celebrations, taking in our one-of-a-kind attractions, or attending our epic festivals and special events found only in the region. More
Mount Vernon - Hat and Whistle Boy

Family-Friendly Fairfax

Immerse your children in activities that stimulate their imagination. With so much fascinating history in Fairfax County, you can bet they’ll have fun while they learn. More
Storytellers Video Series

Storytellers Video Series

Every destination has a story. Meet Fairfax County's storytellers and then create your own travel story. More