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Fall Festivals in Fairfax County, VA 

Celebrate the crisp autumn weather and the arrival of fall with the many fairs, festivals and special events happening around our region. Many of these festivals and fairs are free, or low-cost, and are packed with activities for all types of festival-goers, such as arts & crafts, unique gifts for sale, wine or beer tastings, live music and entertainment, lots of tasty food and loads of games.

We've put together a downloadable guide of some of the best annual festivals and special events in our area. Take a look and keep it handy when planning your vacations. For harvest and fall festivals, take a look below and have yourself a great time!


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Washington West Film Festival

Oct 22 - Oct 26, Bow Tie Cinemas Reston Town Center

Recurring daily
Address: 11940 Market St, Reston, VA
Times: Times Vary - Check Website For Details
Admission: Ticket Prices Vary - Check Website For Details
Anchored in the Washington, DC metropolitan area's sophisticated technology and wine region, the Washington West Film Festival invites filmmakers, film lovers, industry professionals, and the media alike to experience a breathtaking autumn in and around one of the most influential places on earth.  "Story can change the world" is Washington West's mantra. Selected films - with their diverse genres and themes - are the medium from which our audiences are invited to enter the world of story themselves. This is accomplished when 100% of Washington West's box office net proceeds are given each year to projects committed to alleviating hunger, disease, displacement, or poor education around the world.

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Fields of Fear

Sep 26 - Nov 1, Cox Farms

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 7:30-11pm
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Cox Farms' Fields of Fear™ is the haunted night-time destination you and your friends have been looking for! When darkness falls on the farm... our fields fill with creatures of the night. Featuring: Dark Side Hayride's Zombie Zoo, The Firegrounds/Midway bonfires and the Giant Torchlit Slide. If you’re really in for a scare, test your nerves in the Cornightmare™ walk-through cornfield terrors; with Claustrophobia, Vortex, Crypt and more! Also enjoy Food & Snacks, Games & Prizes, Haunt Gear & Shopping, and Entertainment. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). ADMISSION TICKETS STRICTLY LIMITED! Last admission at 10pm Come alone or in a group. Buy your tickets online or same-day at the door. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). Proof of age required. See www.fieldsoffear.com for more details

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Cox Farms Fall Festival

Sep 27 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10am-6pm (5pm in November)
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Northern Virginia's largest & most famous Fall Festival! Washington Post Editor's Choice: Cox Farms is "the Big Kahuna of farms with fall festivities in northern Virginia." Northern Virginia Magazine Award: 2009 Best of Nova Award 'Family Friendly Event'. We are celebrating more than 40 years of business for Cox Farms - join the fun and new additions! 5 giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. 

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Fort Belvoir's Oktoberfest

Oct 2 - Oct 5, Fort Belvoir Fremont Field

Recurring daily
Address: Fremont Field off of Gunston Rd (Tulley Gate), Fort Belvoir, VA
Times: See website.
Admission: Free
MWR hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year, Fort Belvoir's 19th Annual Oktoberfest at Fremont Field! Oktoberfest is a four-day festival, highlighting authentic German food, beverages, music and dancing! Enjoy an exciting carnival, the Krazy Krieger 5K challenge, the Volksmarch 10K Walk, kinder korner activities, prize raffles at sponsor tables and more! A fun-filled weekend for the whole family!

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Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

Oct 3 - Oct 5, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 6pm - 9pm
Admission: $38 (Fri & Sun); $44 (Sat)

Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet “George and Martha Washington” on the Mansion's piazza.  Guests experience an evening tour of the Washingtons’ home and are invited to visit the basement where he stored his wine. Tickets to the Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour tickets are $38 per person Friday and Sunday night; Saturday night $44 per person, fruit and cheese boxes are $26 each.


Ticket sales begin August 25 at 10 a.m. at the Ford Orientation Center or MountVernon.org.

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Fall for Fairfax KidsFest

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Fairfax County Government Center

Recurring daily
Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-7pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. is proud to present the annual Fall For Fairfax KidsFest, the premiere fall family festival in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Enjoy exciting, interactive and educational programs, entertainment and activities. Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is specially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children.

Admission, most activities and entertainment are free of charge.

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St. Francis Fair - In Celebration of 50 Years

Oct 4, St. Francis Episcopal Church

Address: 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA
Times: 10 am - 3 pm
Contact: Cindy Taylor
Phone: (703) 757-4724
Admission: Free
Featuring musical and dance performances and children’s games and activities. Free admission and free parking

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Vienna Oktoberfest 2014

Oct 4, Historic Church Street

Address: Church Street, Vienna, VA
Times: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Admission: FREE

Join us for the 7th annual Vienna Oktoberfest on October 4th, 2013 from 11am to 7pm on historic Church St. and the Town Green in Vienna, Virginia! Enjoy beer, wine, food, music, vendors, kids activities, free admission! Event proceeds will fund the new First Night Vienna New Year's Eve celebration.

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Oct 5, McLean Central Park

Address: 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd, McLean, VA
Times: 10 AM - 5 PM
Contact: McLean Project for the Arts
Phone: (703) 790-1953
Admission: Free
The 8th annual MPAartfest arrives on Sunday, October 5th, from 10 am - 5 pm in McLean Central Park (at the intersection of Dolley Madison Blvd (rt 123) and Old Dominion Drive). Fifty-two juried artists will exhibit and sell their art, transforming the park into a lively landscape of mini-galleries. Created for the community by McLean Project for the Arts, MPAartfest draws thousands of art-lovers of all ages to enjoy (and purchase) original art, listen to live music, create their own masterpiece at MPA’s Innovation Station and picnic on delicious selections from local restaurants. Parking is free and easy with shuttle buses running all day. This fun, free art festival gratefully accepts donations to help support McLean Project for the Arts' exceptional exhibitions and art education programs all year long.

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7th Annual Oktoberfest Reston

Oct 11 - Oct 12, Reston Town Center

Recurring daily
Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 12pm-11pm; Sunday, 12pm-8pm
Admission: Free
Oktoberfest Reston is produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and is Northern Virginia's largest fall festival at Reston Town Center featuring the best in autumn brews with delicious traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants. Enjoy food, wine, beer, live entertainment, and a carnival.

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Burke History Day

Oct 11, Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department

Address: 9501 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA
Times: 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: FREE

The Burke Historical Society will be holding Burke History Day on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The event will take place in Downtown Burke at Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 9501 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015. This year's Burke History Day will feature exhibits, activities, presentations, and children's activities about the diverse types of transportation that have played a role in the settlement and day-to-day life from pre-Colonial to present time. Visitors will learn about railroads and steam engines, bi-planes and jet runways, buggies and early automobiles, subways and canal boats. Children (and adults) will enjoy testing their sleuthing skills with our History Detective game, tracking down the answers to questions about local history. Special to Burke History Day each year is the attendance of Col. Silas Burke and Joshua and Huldah Coffer, local historical residents of this area, represented in period-attired local residents. The event is free and open to the public and is in conjunction with the Burke Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Open House.

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Centreville Day

Oct 11, Historic Centreville Park

Address: 5714 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Contact: Friends of Historic Centreville
Phone: (703) 830-5407
Admission: FREE
Centreville Day is a fun community festival featuring historical activities and tours in addition to free children's rides and activities, live entertainment, a great local marketplace with a trick or treat trail for the kids, food court, a mini health fair, and more. Located in Historic Centreville Park in the Centreville Historic District, the setting is lovely, green, and inviting. Free admission and free remote parking and shuttle to the main venue.

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Fairfax Fall Festival

Oct 11, Historic Downtown Fairfax

Address: 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 10am-5pm
Contact: Mitzi Taylor
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: FREE
The City of Fairfax would like to invite you to join in celebrating the 38th annual Fall Festival. What started out as a small market for artisans to display their wares has grown to a festival with over 400 arts, crafts, information, food & gourmet food vendors, children’s activities and three stages of music and entertainment for all ages.

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Herndon Fine Art Festival

Oct 11 - Oct 12, Historic Downtown Herndon

Recurring daily
Address: 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
Contact: Paragon Fine Art Festivals
Phone: (941) 487-8061
Produced by Paragon Fine Art Festivals.
The Herndon Fine Art Festival will take place outside ArtSpace Herndon on October 11 and 12. Applications are being accepted now from artists and vendors.

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Clifton Day

Oct 12, Town of Clifton

Address: Main Street and Chapel Road, Clifton, VA
Times: 9am - 5pm
Join us our annual town's festival. Paradise Springs will be holding court in the "Wine Garden" in the square at the corner of Main Street and Chapel Road.

Wine Tastings, Grape Stomping, wines by the glass, or bottles to take home all will be offered throughout the day. Join us for a glass or two and enjoy wine produced right here in our town of Clifton.

Fall Carnival Fun on the Farm

Oct 16 - Oct 19, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 12-10pm; Sunday, 12-7pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Free
(All Ages) Free parking and admission. Games and rides, tasty food fair and beverages for sale. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price $1 each or 24 for $20. Discount multi-ride passes available for Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon and can be purchased online. Unlimited one day pass purchased through October 8 is $16. Unlimited one-day ride pass purchased October 9-14 is $18.

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19th Annual Craftsmen's Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival

Oct 17 - Oct 19, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Contact: Gilmore Shows
Phone: (336) 282-5550
Admission: $8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12) at door
Features original designs & work from hundreds of talented artists & craftsmen locally and from from across the nation. Something for every style, taste & budget with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures that will become treasured heirlooms. Admission good all three days with Free Return Pass from the show desk. Advance Discount and Group (15+) Tickets available through promoter. Discount coupons available in local newspapers as a part of the ads or from the web site. Online tickets available two weeks prior to start of show. For more information call 336-282-5550, email contact@gilmoreshows.com or visit CraftShow.com. Gilmore Shows is continually looking for new exhibitors with unique and unusual work. New Exhibitor Application kit available online for the jury process.

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm 1771 Market Fair

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Recurring daily
Address: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: 11:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: (703) 442-7557
Admission: Adult: $6; Children aged 3-12: $3; Children under three: Free; Seniors $3
In the fall, warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you. Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their goods at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen's Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter's lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen's and merchants' stalls.mple the foods and merchandise of the Market Fair.

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Farm Harvest Days

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: Saturday, 10am-3pm; Sunday, 11am-3pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Free
(All ages). Free admission. Fall is a busy time on the farm. Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or visit the Fall Carnival for even more family fun.

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Merrifield Fall Festival

Oct 18, Mosaic District

Address: 2911 District Ave, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am-6pm
Admission: Free
Entertainment, Food, Exhibits,Beer Garden, Crafts, and Children Activities

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Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: 11am - 7pm
Admission: $25 advance; $35 day of (special rates for Designated Drivers and children)

This World Beer Experience will feature more than 40 of the world's best breweries, plenty of delicious food to complement the craft beers and outstanding local and regional bands providing entertainment.  More than 40 breweries will have beers to sample including seven breweries new to the Northern Virginia BrewFest.

Visit NovaBrewFest and check out the Breweries section to see which beers the participating breweries will be offering. BE SURE to check back a couple of times as updates will be provided as breweries and beers are added.

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Tysons Harvest Festival

Oct 18 - Oct 19, Town Square at Tysons II

Recurring daily
Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Bring the kids for the First Annual Fall Harvest Festival. From Oct. 16-Nov.1, noon to 6 pm. Stroll through the arts and crafts booths and taste some of the fun flavors of fall. The kids will enjoy all the fun activities and rides. The adults will enjoy the wine and beer tastings. Everyone will enjoy the demonstrations by the master pumpkin carvers while they prepare for the evening's Great Pumpkin Gathering. It's all here for the reaping - you, your family and friends will definitely carve out some special memories.

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Pumpkins in the Park Festival

Oct 19, Lake Fairfax Park

Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA
Times: 9am - 1pm
Phone: (703) 471-5414
Admission: $7
Kick off your fall with Pumpkins in the Park. Family activities include burlap sack slide, face painting, and carousel rides. Admission $7 includes a pumpkin.

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The Circus Life Music Festival

Oct 19, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 11am - 7pm
Admission: $15 advance, $20 at door
Impact Marketing and Events Present: THE CIRCUS LIFE MUSIC FESTIVAL ! Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door. Net proceeds to benefit: Meant to Live Foundation and Cancer Can Rock!

Bands: The Pietasters, The Woodshedders, Black Masala, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, The New Pollution: The ultimate Beck cover band, Erin and the Wildire, DJ S am Snow

Sponsors Include: Tori McKinney Rock Star Realty, Growth Group, Cancer Can Rock, Network Depot, Electric Kiwi

All ages welcome, Kids under 12 are free, Event will be held rain or shine, Bring lawn Chairs and Blankets. Sorry No pets or outside alcohol allowed.

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Boo at the Zoo

Oct 24 - Oct 26, National Zoo

Recurring daily
Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Phone: (202) 633-2922
Admission: $20 members, $30 non-members (plus small parking fee)

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With more than 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don't forget your costume!

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Annandale Fall Festival and Parade

Oct 25, Safeway Shopping Center at Little River Center

Address: 7414 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
Times: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contact: The Annandale Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (703) 256-7232
Admission: none
ANNANDALE FALL FESTIVAL SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP: Over 100 Gift Vendors On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale attended by over 10,000 people. From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM the Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family, and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! In the Food & Entertainment Zone, Rock, County, & Jazz Bands along with costumed international dancers, will entertain. Japanese, Thai, Nigerian, Caribbean, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin cuisines will be represented along with the perennial favorites such as barbeque, Philly cheese steaks, burgers and fried chicken, funnel cakes, snow cones, home baked good, cotton candy, Kettle Corn, and Jaguar Joe Coffee. In the Community Market there will be one hundred vendors to include numerous artisan handcrafts. The ever popular Pet Vendors will again feature a broad range of clever pet accessories, dog trainers & walkers, and gourmet pet food. Children’s books & toys, endearing marionettes, herbal wraps & wreaths, garden accessories, quality giftware from major manufacturers, silks, handbags, exquisite hair jewelry, fashion accessories, and professional stylists will fill-out the Community Market. The Kids Zone will host rides and interactive games appropriate for all ages. Bungee jumps, an Obstacle Course, the Giant Slide, and Toddler Play in Lil’ Pirates Cove are just a small sampling of what is planned. Finally, antique & classic cars, fire trucks, and the Nationwide NASCAR & simulator, sponsored by Burke & Burke Insurance, await your exploration. Vendor, Volunteer, Entertainment, and Sponsor Forms along with the parade entry form can be found at www.annandalechamber.com under OUR EVENTS. Don't delay; space fills quickly at both the festival and parade. Festival Parking available at the Bowling Alley AND at the Annandale Swim and Tennis Club, 7530 Little River Tpk. next to Wendy's. The Annandale Parade Cited in 2013 as one of, "THE BEST SMALL TOWN PARADES IN AMERICA" The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 beginning at 10:00 am. Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church near Gallows Road all the way to the Bowling Alley-Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale. Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-four year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

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Halloween Carnival

Oct 25, Falls Church Community Center

Address: 223 Little Falls St, Falls Church, VA
Times: 6-8:30pm
Phone: (703) 248-5001
Admission: $2 per child ages 2 and up. Adults and children under 2 years old are free.
The carnival has been a popular event for children for more than 30 years. Infants through sixth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, a haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature.

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Night of the Living Zoo

Oct 30, National Zoo

Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Admission: $20 FONZ members, $30 non-members, $55 VIP

Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo's annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it's a wicked night of fun that you won't want to miss.

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Halloween Spooktacular

Oct 31, Great Falls Village Center

Address: 776 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 5pm - 7pm
Phone: (571) 293-0474

The Haunted House by Great Falls Friends and Neighbors
The Falls Salon's incredible Haunted Forest
Adeler Jewelers will have both a scary and a princess area on their porch
and Listen to the sounds of the Langely High School Band

The Spooktacular was launched over 20 years ago, by members of Great Falls Friends to provide younger children with a central, convenient place in Great Falls to have fun trick or treating. It was because of their initiative that still today we have Great Falls vendors offering candy around the Village Green as well as in the Safeway shopping center at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road.

Children are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costume, experience the Haunted House, and enjoy trick or treating right in the heart of town.

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Cox Farms Pumpkin Madness

Nov 1 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Admission: See Website for Details

What happens to pumpkins after Halloween? Pumpkin Madness Days of course! Bring your own used jack o' lantern and experience them getting hurled, smashed, dropped and squished! This is one of the best events of our Fall Festival and a ton of fun.  If you've never been, come and visit us for a smashing twist to our famous Fall Festival!

Last entry at 4PM during Pumpkin Madness days!

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Huntley Harvest Festival

Nov 1, Historic Huntley & Huntley Meadows Park

Address: 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA
Times: 1pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 768-2525
Admission: $10/person; ages four and under are free
Families are invited to enjoy autumn-themed games, crafts, and activities at both Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley. Refreshments will be available, and kids can collect prizes at educational stations. At Huntley Meadows Park, families will find educational stations focused on the autumn season and how nature prepares for winter. Other activities include making animal masks and playing games such as pumpkin bowling and musical hay bales. At Historic Huntley, costumed period interpreters will teach visitors about historical agricultural practices. Children will enjoy a puppet show about Huntley manor's history and make a bookmark after story time. Other crafts, games, and refreshments will be available at both locations. Kids collect charms as they visit each activity station, and once they collect them all they earn a bigger prize. Pre-registration isn't necessary, so just show up and have fun!

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Bull Run Festival of Lights & Holiday Village

Nov 19 - Jan 4, Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sunday & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Phone: (703) 631-0550
Admission: Mon-Thurs, $15 per car ; Fri-Sun & Holidays, $20 per car

For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. This year's festival opens November 19th and runs through January 4th.  The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people! Bull Run Festival of Lights is located just off of Interstate 66 in Centreville, on Rt. 29 (Lee Highway), just 3 miles from historic Manassas Battlefield Park.

The Portal Wreath signifying the official start of the beautiful Bull Run Festival of Lights, this display has been part of the show since 2006. Each year a new ornament representing a display in the show will be added to this collection, and the portal wreath is the first in the series.

Santa's Enchanted Lights, with over 40,000 animated lights set to music! This great feature is merely a fraction of what you'll find at this season's Festival of Lights! 


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St. Matthews 24th Annual Craft Fair

Nov 21 - Nov 22, St Matthews UMC

Recurring daily
Address: 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
Times: Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-3pm
Phone: (703) 978-3500
Admission: Free
St. Matthew’s UMC 24th Annual Craft Fair at 8617 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Featuring over 35 juried arts and craft vendors with bake sale and more. Proceeds to UMW missions. Nov 21 from 10am-6 pm and Nov 22 from 10am-3pm. Contact info: 703-978-3500 or www.stmatthewsumc.org

23rd Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Nov 22 - Nov 23, George Mason University Fairfax, at The HUB Ballroom

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 Universtiy Drive, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm
Contact: Jim Kostka
Phone: (202) 207-5437
Admission: Adults $5, seniors $3, students (13-17) $3. FREE = Children (12 and under), Scouts in uniform and GMU Students with ID.
More than 20 dealers, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, meteorites, crystals, demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes, kids' mini-mines, learning activities, Cub Scout activities, silent auction on Sunday.

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Reston Holidays are Here Celebration!

Nov 28, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Times: 8am
Contact: Reston Town Center
Admission: FREE
Discover a day of community, camaraderie, charity and cheer to kick off the holiday season! Cheer on kids of all ages as they "run as fast as they can!" in the Gingerbread Man Mile and Tot Trot, and if mom and dad want to do some racing of their own stores open at 8 am! Then snag some snacks and a seat for the Reston Holiday Parade at 11 am.

After Santa gives his final farewell to parade spectators, he is available for visits and photos until 4:30pm - we recommend stopping by after you grab lunch, as the line is much shorter. Make your way around the ice, mark a few items off the list, marvel at the Hyatt Gingerbread Village in their lobby, do a bit of people-watching.

Then at 5 pm, wander over to Fountain Square to see "Santa's Frosty Follies," a performance by Metropolitan School of the Arts, and stay for the magic and merriment of the Tree Lighting & Sing Along at 6 pm. Finally, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage to end a day to remember!

While you go home with great memories, some local non-profits will go home with a smile too! The race benefits Neediest Kids, photos benefit SLHS Choir, and carriage rides benefit Volunteer Fairfax! Thanks for the support!

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Dec 12 - Dec 14, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Contact: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
Phone: (800) 210-9900
Admission: Adults: $8 online, $10 at the door; Children under 12: free; Parking: free
More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work in Chantilly, Virginia (outside Washington, DC) at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14 at the Dulles Expo Center. Jury-selected artists from around the country will present their stunning array of contemporary crafts in sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, leather, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art. Holiday shoppers can enjoy browsing and buying fine crafts and unique gifts for everyone on their holiday list. As part of the family-friendly atmosphere at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, visitors can watch the creative process of master artisans during ongoing craft demonstrations. Live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies available to sample and buy from dozens of specialty food vendors make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. For more information, including admission discounts, a list of artists participating in the show and discount hotel rates, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900. Free parking is available on site. High-resolution images of artist work are available at http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/pr/december_chantilly_photo.html

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19th Annual Craftsmen's Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival

Mar 20 - Mar 22, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Times: Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Contact: Gilmore Shows
Phone: (336) 282-5550
Admission: $8/Adult, $1/Child (6-12) at door
Features original designs & work from hundreds of talented artists & craftsmen locally and from across the nation. Something for every style, taste & budget with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures that will become treasured heirlooms. Admission good all three days with Free Return Pass from the show desk. Advance Discount and Group (15+) Tickets available through promoter and online two weeks prior to start of show. Discount coupons available in local newspapers as a part of the ads or from the web site. For more information call 336-282-5550, email contact@gilmoreshows.com or visit CraftShow.com. Gilmore Shows is continually looking for new exhibitors with unique and unusual work. New Exhibitor Application kit available online for the jury process.

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On-Going Events

Great Pumpkin Gathering

Oct 16 - Nov 1, Town Square at Tysons II

Recurring daily
Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Follow up a visit to Tysons Harvest Festival with this inspired display. Artisan pumpkin carvers showcase a dazzling display of pumpkin art beyond your wildest imagining. Humorous, beautiful, terrifying, and just plain terrific, the dozens of different faces you'll see are sure to spark your creativity. Your kids are going to love these. Look out, Charlie Brown. These are some truly great pumpkins. Displays change daily. From Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 6 pm to 10 pm.

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