Each fall in Fairfax County, something special happens. Our natural landscapes become wrapped in gold, red, and orange glory. Our calendars become filled with so many festivals that it's literally impossible to attend them all. Our restaurants and local coffee shops bring out flavors that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside - from apple crumbles to pumpkin pie lattes. There's just something special about autumn that wakes up your senses and ignites a sense of nostalgia.

From fun fall activities for families to must-see things to do in Virginia, your autumnal season will be more memorable than ever. Kickstart this season's excitement with our Fairfax County Fall Bucket List AND get rewarded for having fun. Simply complete 5 or more activities on the list, upload your photos here, and you'll be entered to win a prize pack from Visit Fairfax! (For a downloadable checklist, see below.) It's that easy!

Pumpkin Patch Cox Farms
Image courtesy IG user @cwb422

FXVA Fall Bucket List:

🎃 Hitch a hayride and go pumpkin-picking at one of these local patches

🍺 Sip Märzen, Golden Festbier Lager, and more Oktoberfest-inspired brews at these local breweries

🐎 Take a wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park

🎃 Smash a pumpkin at Pumpkin Madness weekend at Cox Farms

🍎 Try your hand at a new apple or pumpkin drink recipe shared by our local restaurants

🎵 Take in a performance at The Barns at Wolf Trap's intimate fall and winter venue

📚 Cozy up with your favorite blanket and a new book written by a Fairfax County author

🎉 Grab your crew and hit up one of the local fall festivals happening all season long

🍷 Enjoy seasonal favorites like sangria, cider, and blackberry wines at our local vineyards

🧑‍🌾 Pick up some fresh produce, meats, local goodies, and more at a fall farmers market

👻 Go on a self-driving tour of the spookiest home haunts conjured up by Fairfax County residents (coming soon!)

🍁 Find the brightest leaves you can at one of these amazing leaf-peeping spots

🛍️ Swap out your summer wardrobe for fall and shop for some new staple items 

🍂 Take a fall picnic date at one of these prime outdoor spots

🌠 Spend an evening stargazing at Turner Farm

🏮 Have a "Nightmare Before Christmas"-esque experience at the new LuminoCity light show at Roer's Zoofari

🚴‍♀️ Grab your bike and take a foliage-filled ride through our bike trails

🍬 Head back in time to The Roaring Twenties at the 75th annual Vienna Halloween Parade or enjoy trick or treating and the pet parade at the Great Falls Spooktacular

💀 Encounter terrifying characters and sights that are not for the faint of heart at The Collection walkthrough haunt at The Workhouse Arts Center or Fields of Fear at Cox Farms

🔥 Roast s'mores, sit around the bonfire and escape to nature with a camping or cabin weekend getaway

As long as you have this list of undeniably fun fall activities, you'll never be bored this season! Be sure to upload your photos here and you'll be entered to win a prize pack from Visit Fairfax. For ease of access to the list, download the printable checklist below! 


Fall Bucket List

What fun fall activities would you add to the list? Share your fall bucket list with friends on social using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax and don't forget to upload your photos for a chance to win.