Where to wander through works of art

Marvel at this season’s metalwork, ceramics, sculptures, woodwork and more at these fall arts festivals.

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Photo courtesy of the Fredericksburg Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
Leesburg Fall Fine Art Festival
Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Leesburg Fall Fine Art Festival is only 5 years old, but it has already earned national acclaim. There will be 100 exhibiting artists selling their work, and a high volume of attendance is expected. Original paintings, ceramics and sculptures are among the types of art that will be sold at this outdoor event in downtown Leesburg. //Downtown at the intersection of Market and King streets, Leesburg

Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show
Sept. 23-24

The Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show happens twice a year, once at the beginning of June and once at the end of September, and draws artisans from all over the country as well as local Occoquan artists. Over 300 artisans are planning to come for the September showing, transforming Downtown Historic Occoquan into a lively street fair where both kids and adults can find fun activities and wares to buy. Because the town’s historic district will be closed off for the festival, the roads will be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during these days; a $5 shuttle bus going back and forth from four nearby locations will be available during the event. Face painting, terrariums and fresh food are just some of the activities and booths for customers to peruse. // Downtown Historic Occoquan

Art on the Avenue
Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Del Ray’s Art on the Avenue boasts four stages, a pie-baking contest and over 300 booths filled with local art, food and music. The festival is kid-friendly and will have ongoing events for kids throughout the celebration, such as screen printing and a stuff-your-own-scarecrow activity. The emphasis on different cultures coming together in celebration comes through in both the food—there will be everything from Indian to barbecue—and the wide variety of art on display, which will include everything from hand-embossed leather belts to blown and fused glass objects and paintings of beloved local landmarks. // 2301 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; artontheavenue.org

Dulles Fall Fine Art Festival
Oct. 21-22

This free festival is centralized in one of the most affluent areas of the country, with buyers coming from both Loudoun and Fairfax County, so there will be items available across a wide range of prices. Sculptures, woodwork, fiber art, metalwork, ceramics, photography and other forms of art will all be for sale. Additionally, many of the artists will be available if you choose to commission an artistic work for yourself that you were unable to find at the festival. // Dulles Town Center, Sterling

Fredericksburg Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
Oct. 21-22

Fredericksburg’s Fall Arts & Crafts Festival will be held once again at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center and will include homegrown businesses like Pecan Jack’s Southern Pralines & Brittles, Maruxi Vintage, Gochenour’s Woodcraft and Unique Magnetic Jewelry. Here customers will find ceramics, wine and gifts that cannot be obtained anywhere else. At this event you can find a new sculpture for your home or simply try some of the gourmet food that will be for sale. // Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, Fredericksburg

(October 2017)

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