fairfax county fall events

My Fairfax County – Upcoming Fall Events in 2016

Brilliant foliage, a crispness to the air, and scarecrow and pumpkins abound. When you and your family make a move to Fairfax County, you’ll find there’s a lot to love about the fall here. Along with the cooler temperatures comes an abundance of Fairfax County fall festivals and other outdoor events. You won’t have to venture far to find a county fair, arts and crafts show, music festivals and more. Here are just some of the events taking place in the upcoming months.

August Events

August 13-14: Federal and Confederate troops create Civil War daily life at the Sully Historic Site Civil War Days. Learn about a soldier’s lifestyle during this challenging time in our nation’s history. There’s live music, as well as house tours and rare artifact exhibits.

August 12-20: The Prince William County Fair is the state’s largest and includes livestock exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, home arts exhibits, live music and lots more. Upwards of 100,00 area residents are expected to come along to enjoy the events, games, and carnival rides.

August 17-21: Head out to the Arlington County Fair to take part in a wide variety of entertainment options for all ages. From pig races to fun pony rides, there are activities for the whole family, including competitive exhibits, indoor and outdoor entertainment, rides, and a parade. Admission is free!

September Events

September 5: Celebrate Labor Day at the annual Herndon Labor Day Festival. It features unlimited Virginia wine tastings, great music, a craft show, delicious food, and local craft beers. The event takes place on the Herndon Town Green from 11 to 5.

Are antique cars and chili more your idea of a great way to spend Labor Day? The annual Clifton Labor Day Car Show takes place from 8 to 3. The open-air show is located in Fairfax and includes street rods, muscle cars, motorcycles, and foreign, custom and antique vehicles. Along with great food and music, there are raffles and awarding of trophies. All proceeds benefit local charities.


September 10: The Virginia Indian Festival at Riverbend Park includes eight area tribes exhibiting Indian crafts, dancers and drummers, pottery and music. Live demonstrations and informative talks by local archaeologists and tribe members offer a fascinating look at tribal life. Try your hand at building a  dug-out canoe, or watch exciting spear throwing and bow and arrow shooting events.

October Events

October 7-9: Learn all about the successes – and failures – of the Founding Father’s wine endeavors at the Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. There’s live blues music and actors playing George and Martha. Guests can also enjoy an evening tour of the Washingtons’ Mount Vernon home, including a visit to the basement where our first president stored his wine.

October 15-16: The Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest celebrates its 10th year by offering up a fantastic beer sampling event that focuses on microbrews. Visitors can try beers from more than 40 of the world’s best breweries, and there’s plenty of food to complement the suds, as well as entertainment provided by outstanding local and regional bands.  

All Month: The Cox Farms Fall Festival and the Fields of Fear has been a Northern Virginia family tradition for over 40 years. Attractions include the famous hayride, giant slides, a cornfield adventure, hay tunnels, and more. When darkness falls, it’s time for the Fields of Fear! The Halloween extravaganza has over 20 acres of terror, including the Dark Side Hayride and the Cornightmare.

In addition to all these fun special events, Fairfax County has a wealth of local farmers’ markets that offer fun fall activities for the entire family.

If you’re ready to make the move to Fairfax County, contact us today to schedule a conversation about how Foley can help you design and build the home of your dreams. Happy Fall!