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5 fall events coming to George Washington’s Mount Vernon

From wine festivals and whiskey tastings to trick-or-treating and fall harvest days, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon has no shortage of events to attend at any time of the year.

If you’re looking for more ways than one to celebrate fall, these five events are for you. Be sure to grab your tickets before they’re gone, or tour the grounds on a day that the event is included in your general admission price.

Slave Memorial Commemoration
Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
Join Black Women United and members of George Washington’s Mount Vernon to honor the enslaved individuals who lived at Mount Vernon. The event will feature live entertainment through music and performances, the presence of 18th-century characters and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Slave Memorial. // included in general admission

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Oct. 11-13, 6 to 9 p.m.
October is Virginia Wine Month and Mount Vernon is celebrating accordingly. Guests can taste samples from up to 20 participating Virginia wineries and enjoy a relaxing day (or weekend) at Mount Vernon, with views of the Potomac River and the fall season in full swing. (If you want to learn more about Virginia Wine Month and Virginia wines, find everything you need to know in our October issue). // $42-$52 

Fall Harvest Family Days
Oct. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have you truly kicked off the fall season without spending a day at a local farm? Whether it’s pumpkin carving, apple picking, grabbing some apple cider doughnuts or something else, find some of your favorite fall activities at Mount Vernon’s Pioneer Farm and get the most out of your fall weekends this October. // included in general admission

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Oct. 26, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Let your kids wear their Halloween costumes more than once this year and be sure to take them trick-or-treating on the grounds of Mount Vernon. Kids can enjoy a night of filling their candy baskets and other spook-tacular, kid-friendly activities around the property. The estate is giving a heads up to non-members: Get your tickets early, because the event will sell out. // $16 adults, $8 youth

George Washington Whiskey Festival
Nov. 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
For the first time, Mount Vernon will host a whiskey-inspired event that features 12 spirits from Virginia craft distilleries and other whiskey producers throughout the country. VIP guests can tour George Washington’s Distillery prior to the event, and learn about the team that produces Mount Vernon whiskies and brandies based on George Washington’s recipes. Also, meet with experts and local distillers, and enjoy a tasting of a recent batch of the four-year-old George Washington Rye Whiskey. // $85 general admission, $225 VIP Experience

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