With so many events in Northern Virginia, there’s certainly no reason to be bored this fall. Whether you enjoy spending time with the family at area festivals or want to indulge your love of wine at a local tasting event, one of these activities just may make it on to your calendar this fall.
Twig’s 78th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour
Old Town Alexandria
Have you ever wondered what’s inside the beautiful old homes in Old Town Alexandria? Now is your chance to find out. During the Historic Alexandria Homes Tour, you’ll visit 18th and early 19th-century homes and learn a little about their history. The tour benefits Inova Alexandria Hospital and features prizes and a raffle. Tickets are on sale at the Alexandria Visitor Center or The Twig Thrift Center beginning September 3.
October 3 - 27
Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
Lake Fairfax Park, Reston
More than 5,000 illuminated pumpkins will be on display at Jack’s Pumpkin Glow this year. The event is held on Thursdays through Sunday’s and features elaborately carved pumpkins and creative pumpkin displays. Master carvers will be on hand to demonstrate how the pumpkins are turned into works of art. Of course, the event will also feature fall-themed food and beverages.
Church Street, Vienna
It just wouldn’t be autumn without a good Oktoberfest celebration. Vienna’s Oktoberfest features a German-themed beer garden, a German auto show, live entertainment on three stages, a selection of wines, kids’ activities, and of course, bratwurst, sauerkraut and all of your favorite German foods.
October 5 and 6
Fall for Fairfax Kids Fest
Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax
Designed for kids from pre-k through elementary school, the Fall for Fairfax Kids Fest offers more than 100 activities and performances. Admission is free, although there will be a charge for some activities. Festival activities include pony and train rides, make-your-own scarecrow workshops, pumpkin painting, a climbing wall, a petting zoo and rides.
October 19 and 20
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days
Pioneer Farm, Mount Vernon
If you’ve ever been tempted to ditch your cell phone and laptop and embrace a simpler life, you’ll want to visit Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days. During the event, you’ll learn how 18th century women kept up their appearances and and see the ingenious method George Washington invented to separate wheat berries from stalks during the wheat-treading demonstration. The event offers fun for the whole family with free sightseeing cruises on the Potomac, colonial games, wagon rides and a straw bale maze.
October 19 and 20
Virginia Wine Festival
Your admission ticket to the Virginia Wine Festival entitles you to taste more than 200 wines made in Virginia wineries. You’ll also receive a complimentary wine glass and access to the VA Oyster Pavilion. If you’re feeling a little hungry after sampling a few wines, you may want to pay a visit to the food truck area or try some of the tasty Chesapeake oysters at the Pavilion. (Although wine samples are included in the price of admission, you’ll need a credit or debit card to buy food, beer, cider or bottles of wine from vendors.)
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