The weather turns cool and it’s time to switch from weekend beach trips to all things fall—apple picking, pumpkin decorating, hay riding and more.
Check out these fun fall festivals kicking off this month.
Falls Church Festival
Kick off your fall with this fun fest. Check out crafts, food from local restaurants and live entertainment. // Sept. 14; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Falls Church Community Center: 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church; free
Cox Farms Fall Festival
Take a hayride, play on the slides and swings, find your way out of a corn maze and more at the Cox Farms Fall Festival this year. // Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-Nov. 5; times vary; Cox Farms: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville; $7-$20
Germany comes to Lovettsville with Oktoberfest. Enjoy music, entertainment, rides, food and, of course, beer! // Sept. 27-28; times vary; 6 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Lovettsville; free
Temple Hall Fall Festival
Celebrate fall at the Temple Hall Fall Festival this year with a hay fort, various train rides, corn house, farm animals and more. // Sept. 28-Nov. 5; times vary; Temple Hall Farm: 15855 Limestone School Road, Leesburg; $0-$15
Parkridge Center Fall Fest
Get your free ticket to the Fall Fest at Parkridge Center. Get a head start on your trick-or-treating, enter a costume contest, play carnival games, decorate a pumpkin and find out what other entertainment is in store. // Sept. 28; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Parkridge Center: 11096 Bulloch Drive, Manasssas; free
Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Nothing screams fall like the smell of freshly pressed cider and cider doughnuts. The fest at Great Country Farms has these fall necessities, as well as pig races, wagon rides, P-Rex dino shows and more. // Sept. 30-Oct. 31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont; prices vary