Friday, October 2, 2015

Things To Do In Northern Virginia With Kids For Fall

Looking for fun events to do with your kids this fall?  With the weather getting cooler and Halloween here sooner than you know, here's a list of what's going on in the Northern VA and DC area to do with your kids {or pets!}

Since I'm based out of Prince William County, the majority of the listings on here are local to me.  However, when I can I like to provide links to events outside this immediate area.  When others have come before me with similar lists for their area, it's easier to just provide you with their website, so be sure to check them out and let them know you found them through!

Make sure to bookmark this page and check it often for new events, as I'll be updating it as I find out about new things to do!

**All photos are from the event Facebook pages.

Prince William County:

33rd Annual Historic Manassas Fall Jubilee:  Thursday, October 22, 2015  from 5 pm to 8 pm, Historic Manassas, 9431 West St, Manassas, VA.  The 33rd Annual Fall Jubilee will include an assortment of live entertainment for both kids and adults with over 100 crafter and community booths, live music and entertainment, and more! The Fall Jubilee is free to the public and is scheduled rain or shine.


Potomac Mills Family Fall Festival:  Saturday October 24, 2015 from 11am to 5pm in the front parking lot of Potomac Mills (near Costco) for a fun filled day for the whole family!
Food vendors, exhibitors, music, activities and a Cornhole Tournament!! CASH PRIZE FOR WINNING TEAM $500!
Sign up to be a vendor or for Cornhole online at


Petoberfest:  Saturday October 17, 2015 from 12 pm to 4 pm, Stonebridge Center, 14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, VA  Website: 
  • Prince William SPCA Pet Photos & Adoption Van
    • Pet photos are free - donations benefit the Prince William SPCA
  • Live Entertainment - The Dynamo Dogs, Reptiles Alive, Fashion Show & Pet Parade
  • Pet & Owner Costume Contest & Pet Trick Contest, Pre-register today!
  • Pet Rescues, Adoptions and Exhibitors
  • Petting Zoo & Parakeet Encounter
  • Strolling Entertainment, Moonbounce, Balloon Artist & Face Painter
  • Stonebridge Merchant Displays
  • ​Prizes, Store Discounts & More!

Fairfax County: 

Looking for things to do in Fairfax County?  Check out for their huge list of activities as well! 

Blood and Guts Run:  Saturday October 24, 2015 Website:

The Blood and Guts Run is a 5k obstacle run for all-ages that encourages participants to fight their way through our unique course by climbing over the Wall of Death, zooming down the Bloody Water Slide, and trudging through our Blood Filled Foam! You will be chased by packs of blood squirting zombies as they try to infect you with their blood-filled water guns. Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be rewarded with a custom made Blood and Guts T-shirt!

I found this online and just couldn't resist telling you guys about it.  My oldest is into zombies in a MAJOR way, and my husband is a huge fan of obstacle courses, so there's a strong chance our family could be competing in this.  

Loudon County:

Brambleton Fall Fest: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 1 pm to 7 pm, Brambleton Town Center, 42395 Ryan Road, Suite 100, Brambleton, Virginia 20148
This is Brambleton's largest event of the year! The festival takes place in front of the Brambleton Town Center and along Olympia Dr. At this event you will find electronic rides, moon bounces, food vendors, beer, and live music.

Fall Fest is free to attend and open to the public. Unlimited ride wristbands cost $15 per person

Find more information on the HOA Website:


Annual Monster MashSaturday October 24, 2015 from 3 pm to 7 pm,
Village at Leesburg 1602 Village Market Blvd SE, Leesburg, Virginia 20175  Website:

Enjoy a day of costume contests, live music, hay rides, bounce houses, street performers, trick-or-treating, parades and more!

Stop by Habitat for Humanity’s non-scary haunted house for a one-of-a-kind interactive Halloween Adventure in Halloweenville. All proceeds go directly to Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, tickets are $5/person.Scare up your old sporting equipment, shoes and clothes and bring them to donate to


Washinton, DC and National Harbor:


National Harbor Fall Events:  Saturday October 24, 2015 from 12 pm to 2:30 pm, National Harbor, 165 Waterfront St, Fort Washington, Maryland 20745

12pm - 2pm

Halloween movie: Hocus Pocus

First Annual National Harbor Chef Pumpkin Carving Contest


Taste of DC:  October 10 and 11, 2015 from 12 pm to 7 pm, 675 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004   Website:

Taste of DC will take over Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday, October 10 and Sunday October 11, 2015! The largest Mid-Atlantic culinary festival will bring the Nation’s Capital two days of the region’s very best food, drink and entertainment.

Come sample food from more than 50 of the region’s most popular restaurants, taste over 50 beers in the Beer Garden, over 50 wines on the Taste of DC Wine Walk, and enjoy nonstop entertainment on multiple stages!

Taste of DC will be open to the public from Noon to 7 p.m. each day. Entry price $20


Smithsonian Food History Festival:  Saturday October 24, 2015 from 10 am to 5:30 pm,
National Museum of American History,  1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560
A free food history festival for all ages that explores the past, present, and future of food innovations in America.

As part of the Smithsonian Food History Weekend, the National Museum of American History is hosting a day-long festival for families, students, food-enthusiasts, history buffs and more to jump into food history!

Through live cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, film screenings, curator-led tours, activities in the Victory Garden, and the chance to meet culinary stars, experts, and more... join us as we explore innovation in food: what's new, what's old, and what's yet to come? See the full schedule:

Fauquier County:

Check out one their great farms for weekend events and festivals-


Haunted Hollow at Maple Tree Farm

The Plains' Third Annual Village Scarecrow Days

Fall Farm Fest at Sky Meadows State Park

Fall Festival at Messick's Farm Market

The Corn Maze in The Plains

See Visit Fauquier for more specific event lists.


Stafford County:

Stafford County Fair:  October 16 through 18, 2015, Fairgrounds, 2135 Mountain View Rd, Stafford, Virginia.  See website for times.  Website:

Spotsylvania County:

Check out  for information on events in Fredericksburg, VA.

Madison County:

46th Annual Graves Apple Harvest Festival: October 10 – 11, 2015 AND October 17 – 18, 2015 AND October 24 & 25, 2015 
Graves' Mountain Lodge, Inc.,  205 Graves Mountain Ln, Syria, Virginia 22743

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Daily
Free Admission / Free Parking
Rain or Shine

Come and see nature’s way of blanketing the mountains with stunning color during the month of October. Enjoy fun filled days complete with good Food and Entertainment including Bluegrass Music, Cloggers, over 70 Arts and Crafts Vendors, Hayrides, Hay Mountain, Hay Maze and Horseback & Pony Rides. Experience the days of yesteryear watching apple butter being cooked in kettles over and open fire. Our orchards are open for apple picking or you may select your own from the apple bins at the picnic pavilion. On your way to the orchard, stop by an visit the farm and the animals.

Food – Food – Food – Food – Food
Lunch is served in the festival area and reservations are not required. Home cooked meals will be served in the covered picnic pavilion each Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM or as long as the food stores hold out! The menu will be: Brunswick Stew, Cornbread, Apple Butter, Applesauce and Apple Cider AND Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Pork Barbecue, French Fries, Apple Pie….
Also sold at places other than the main food line:
Funnel Cakes, Apple Butter Donuts, Fried Apple Slices, Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Apple Pies, Pork Rinds, Kettle Corn, Apple Slices with Caramel Sauce and more!!!

Apple Orchards
Pick you own apples fresh from the trees. Varieties include: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Stayman, York, Winesap, Mutsu, Fuji, Granny Smith, Rome, and Empire. Apples that have been pre-picked will be available at our Festival Area also.

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