Best Fall Festivities in NOVA

As I’ve said before, there are about a million reasons that I love Fall. I’m Fall obsessed! Everything I do in October I like to have some element of Fall in it, even if it’s just being outside for a little while and stepping on all the crunchy leafs (or is it leaves? I’ve always wondered) 😛

I love a good fall activities guide…it’s how I get most of my ideas of things to do, so I was already thinking, why not share one of my own?

It helps that there seem to be plenty Fall loving folks out there, which means there are tons and I mean TONS of Fall/Pumpkin/Halloween activities to do. I do have some personal favorites though and that is what I want to share with you guys!

I grew up in the Northern Virginia area, so naturally I love love love Cox Farms.

I adored going to their festival to go on slides and hayrides and pick out the perfect pumpkin as a kid. I even went there for a photography field trip either my freshman or sophomore year of high school.

We took photos with our black and white, old fashioned film cameras…it was literally the best and I still have those photos somewhere. I would love to go back and do that again. Though I literally have no clue where one can buy film anymore. I should look that up…

Anyways…that was a random tangent. I do truly love Cox Farms though. It’s become quite the production since the last time I went nearly 4 years ago. As I got older, I decided that even though I loved the classic Fall festival, I wished there was something we could do without so many small children around.

Sometime during my high school career, that wish was answered with Cox Farms Fields of Fear which I went to last weekend for the first time in a long time! It was so much fun to get scared and have a blast doing something Halloween-y 🙂 If you want to know more about it, you can read all about it in my last post, Week/Weekend update!

Another favorite thing of mine to do is find farmers markets around the area. I love the one in Manassas. It’s on Thursdays…maybe some other days, but I’ve only been on Thursdays. During the Summer and Fall months, the farmers market takes place in the same rink that the ice rink does during the Winter (which is another super fun thing to do).

I love seeing all the fresh produce around and talking to all of the farmers and bakers and other vendors…and you almost always come away with some sweet deals and delicious produce 🙂

There are also several farmers markets in the Arlington/Columbia Pike area that I really enjoy!

There’s one in Ballston not far from my house on Welburn Square, 901 N. Taylor Street. It’s on Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. and it has some great stuff. I’ve only been once or twice, but it’s got a good selection.

The one in Columbia Pike is pretty great too…and it’s one that I just recently found out goes on year round! When I went by on Sunday (it’s every Sunday in Pike Park, on Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.), it was packed and they had tons of seasonal fruits and veggies. Things like oranges and various types of squash…aka things that I love 😛

Also, a little random, but fun side note for those that are 21 or older around here…there are plenty of Halloween bar crawls going on in the next few weeks 🙂 You can sign up for them here and here, though I’m sure there are many more!

I’ve also heard that if you go to Embassy Row downtown, if you’re in costume on the actual day of Halloween, they will be passing out the candy or treat of their country! I think it’s super duper cool and I definitely will be going to that if I can!

Anyways, these are some of my favorite fall things to do in the Northern VA area! If you have any of your own fall festivities that you love to do, I would love to hear about them so I can try them out for myself!

Another great way to find events (Fall related or otherwise!)  is through Eventbrite or Meetup.com. Eventbrite has a  sell tickets page for people to use to promote events and Meetup is great for searching for groups in your area for just about anything…I’ve found everything from hiking to happy hours to cooking classes! Both places are my go to for anytime I’m at a loss for activities 🙂

Have a great Thursday!!


What are you guys going to be for Halloween?

I haven’t decided…I kind of suck at the whole costume thing 😛

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