The NoVA area is full of things to do this season, with fall festivals dominating the scene. Here are 19 options to fill your calendar this September, October, and early November.
Visit the Falls Church Festival
September 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., rain or shine
The 47th annual Falls Church Festival promises fun for the whole family with children’s entertainment, pony rides, bounce houses, a beer garden, crafts, live music, and more. 300 Park Ave., Falls Church
Check out the Reston Multicultural Festival
September 23, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Celebrate Reston’s diversity and community spirit at this annual event which encourages attendees to dress in clothing from their cultural roots. There will be live performances at the Pavilion, Market Street stage, and Reston Town Square Park. A global market will feature a range of craft vendors as well as arts and crafts activities, like making Mexican sugar skulls or Egyptian collar necklaces. 11900 Market St., Reston
Sing along with The Jonas Brothers
September 23, 7 p.m.
The brothers who got their start on The Disney Channel will be stopping by Capital One Arena for their world tour. They took a page from Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, as they will be showcasing five of their albums in one evening. 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC
Head to the 14th Annual Rappahannock County Farm Tour
September 23 & 24, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Go at your own pace on this self-guided tour that introduces guests to Rappahannock agriculture. Activities include hayrides, apple picking, winery visits, and opportunities to meet farm animals including goats, sheep, chickens, and cows. See 2023 participating farms here.
Browse fine art at the 21st Annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival
September 30 & October 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This outdoor event features juried artwork from artists across the country. The show was rated one of the top 100 art shows in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine. 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria
Pick pumpkins and sunflowers at Temple Hill Farm
September 30-October 31, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
After picking your own pumpkins and sunflowers at Temple Hill Farm, stay for hot dogs and funnel cakes and activities like wagon rides, visits with farm animals (including alpacas!), yard games like cornhole, and roping cattle on this perfect fall outing. 15855 Limestone School Rd., Leesburg
September 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
There will be live music, cider pressing, apple-themed games, food trucks, a wine and beer garden, and more. 21668 Heritage Farm Ln., Sterling
Celebrate fall at the Great Country Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
October 1-31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nothing says fall like corn mazes, hot and fresh cider doughnuts, and bonfires at Great Country Farms’ month-long festival. 34345 Snickersville Tpk., Bluemont
Get literary at the Fall for the Book Festival
Preview events October 4–10, festival October 11–14
Writers Katharine Hayhoe, Nick Hornby, and Marlon James headline this annual book festival that includes readings, performances, and discussions at George Mason University. 4400 University Dr., Fairfax
Step back in time at Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour and Fall Festival
October 6–8, 6–9 p.m. (Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour); October 21 and 22, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Fall Festival)
Sip unlimited samples from Virginia wineries after hours at George Washington’s estate and two weeks later, take the whole family to enjoy a fall festival with 18th-century activities that include wheat treading and candle-making. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon
Revel in the 40th Annual Fall Jubilee in Manassas
October 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This year’s celebration has options for both children and adults, including live music and entertainment, food, and over 100 craft and community booths. Center St., Manassas
October 12, 7 p.m.; October 13 & 14, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Actor, writer, and producer David Koechner is best known for his roles as Todd Packer on The Office, Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies, and Bill Lewis on The Goldbergs. The Chicago Second City alum brings his stand-up skills to NoVA. 2903 Columbia Pk., Arlington
Immerse yourself in history at Titanic. The Exhibition
October 21–December 10
This moving exhibition shares recovered belongings and stories from people who were on board. You’ll also see a recreation of the ship’s interior. National Harbor: 151 St. George Blvd., Oxon Hill, Maryland
Fly high at Cirque du Soleil’s Echo
Through October 22
Under the Big Top at Tysons, Cirque du Soleil’s newest show combines poetry, acrobatics, and technology to explore the connections between people, animals, and the world as a whole. 8025 Galleria Dr., Tysons
Have a Ball at The Washington International Horse Show
Award-winning equestrians and star horses join for a week of show jumping, educational events, and more. Themed events include kids’ day and military night. The Show Place Arena at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center: 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Enjoy regional traditions at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
October 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Celebrating 50 years on the fourth Saturday in October, this authentic regional festival welcomes musicians, moonshiners, cooks, craftspeople, horse pullers, and antique tractor buffs. 20 Museum Dr., Ferrum
Cheer along at the Virginia Gold Cup
Put on your Derby-style attire and head to The Plains for hurdle and timber horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, a hat contest, and more. 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains
Take a friend to the Rappahannock Association for Arts & Community’s Fall Arts Tour
November 4 & 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Artists display their creations at shops and galleries across the scenic county. Many visitors choose to make a weekend out of it, staying at a bed and breakfast. Rappahannock County
Take the family to Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Through November 5, weekdays 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., weekends 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Every kid (and kid at heart) will love this gigantic fall festival with moon bounces, a petting zoo, giant slides, wagon rides, and more. 19246 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg
Feature image courtesy Great Country Farms
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