September officially kicks off the fabulous Fall season in Northern Virginia, which is filled with end-of-summer fun, spooky activities, crisper weather for family-friendly adventures, and scenic backdrops at some of the area’s best attractions.

Here’s a roundup of some of the things you won’t want to miss this September in Fairfax County.

Start Your Fall Festivity To-Do List

Cox Farms Pumpkin MarketImage courtesy Cox Farms

Mark your calendars! There are countless fall festivities throughout the season, but a lot of the fun kicks off in September. Get the full seasonal run-down here. But in the meantime, take note of these not-to-miss events starting this month:

Family Farm Tour: Putting the Animals To Bed
September 11 - September 20
Frying Pan Farm Park 
Hop Harvest Brewery Tasting
September 12
Caboose Commons
Twilight and Tipple Tour
September 22nd
Frank Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey House
Cox Farms Self-Driven Hayride
September 25 - November 2
Cox Farms
Free Entrance Days in National Parks
September 26
Great Falls Park
Fall Farmers Markets
Recurring All Month



Outdoor Concerts Galore

Jammin Java Outdoor ConcertsPhoto Courtesy of Mike Stone (@MusicFromMyPOV)

There's nothing quite like the electricity of a live concert performance. The energy elevates the crowd as the sweet melody of a song flows effortlessly from a talented musician. There's no shortage of outdoor concerts this September to indulge in some live music. Check out these upcoming shows that are a fun family outing, date night, or a good way to just spend time with friends. 

David Bach Consort
Thursday, Sept. 03 at 7PM
Lake Anne Plaza
Twin Brothers Band
Thursday, Sept. 03 at 7PM
The State Theatre
One Way Out
Friday, Sept. 04 at 7PM
Jammin' Java
Tobago Bay Band
Friday, Sept. 04 at 7PM
Reston Station
Back to the 90s
Saturday, Sept. 05 at 7PM
Jammin' Java
Karen Jonas Album Release Show 
Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7PM
Jammin' Java
Form of Expression
Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7:30PM
The State Theatre
Toby Lightman
Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30PM
Jammin' Java
The Beat Hotel
Sunday, Sept. 27 at 7PM
The State Theatre


Get in the Spirit for Virginia Spirits Month

George Washington's Signature Rye Whiskey
Image courtesy George Washington's Mount Vernon

September has been designated Virginia Spirits Month, as the Commonwealth is the birthplace of American spirits dating back to the first batch of whiskey ever produced in 1620. Celebrate by visiting one of these unique spots.

  • George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill is offering an outdoor whiskey tasting at the distillery on September 5th and September 12th! This is a rare opportunity to taste Mount Vernon's one-of-a-kind distilled spirits, which are made on-site using the same techniques Washington employed in his day. Also, they're offering 20% off distilled spirits for the entire month of September. Purchases can be made on site or online.
  • Falls Church Distillers will be distilling, filtering, and bottling a range of Spirits on site.

Paddle Through the Fall Views

Kayaking at Pohick Bay Regional Park

It's always fun to spend a crisp morning or breezy afternoon out on the water! Feel the wind on your skin as you paddle through a vast and changing landscape, and take in the natural fall scenery. There are plenty of places to rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, and other watercraft in Fairfax County. Here are places that you can go to get your paddle on

Enjoy a Literary Tradition

Fall for the Book
Photo courtesy of Fall for the Book

Join in George Mason University's annual Fall for the Book Festival, a celebration that connects readers and authors to become acquainted on a personal level with their work in new and vibrant ways. Authors will perform excerpt readings, answer questions, and participate in a discussion about their work.  For the first time ever, the festival is going virtual for the year from September 4th to November 20th. Find the list of festival events here


What are your plans for Fall? Let us know in the comments below or share with us on social using @VisitFairfax or #FXVA!