Labor Day weekend has come and gone and while it isn't officially Fall (everyone start counting down until September 22nd) the end of the long weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the new season. While we are all looking forward to pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and Halloween costumes, plan a weekend getaway to Loudoun around one of these six Fall activities:
Lovettsville Oktoberfest - September 24th
The annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest is back during the last full weekend of September, the traditional time of year for Oktoberfests. Kick off the celebratory weekend with a home-cooked German feast, great music, beer and food. Oh and did we mention an attempt at the worlds largest Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along? Carry the fun into Saturday for the full Oktoberfest experience with over 120 street vendors, traditional music and dancing (don't forget your lederhosen) and so much more! It's a free event so plan your Lovettsville Oktoberfest weekend now!
Shocktober - Weekends in October
Paxton Manor is the only real haunted house in Northern Virginia and they transform the manor into your deepest fears for Shocktober. The Carver family has been tormenting the guests of Paxton Manor for years and you can read all about the horrifying history here, but enter if you dare. You can start of your shocking tour by visiting Old Ox Brewery who made an "Oxorcist" brew with Shocktober in mind and then head over for the fright of your life. Tickets for the 2016 season are available now!
Fall Farm Festival - October
Great Country Farms invites the family for all of the Fall fun you can imagine. The list goes on and on with activities like wagon rides, pumpkin picking, pig races, marshmallow roasting, corn maizes, pumpkin cannons, crazy slides and so much more. Indulge in their famous Cider Donuts and meet the Pumpkin Princess. The festival is open all throughout the month of October on weekdays and weekends. It's the perfect time for the family to enjoy some Fall fun together.
Temple Hall Fall Festival - September 30 - November 8
Celebrate the harvest at Temple Hall Farms Festival. Six weeks of autumnal adventures from bouncing on giant jumping pillows, watching pumpkins soar through the air, finding your way through a 24-acre corn maze featuring trivia challenges and a different theme every year. Don't miss out on one of the largest fall festivals in Loudoun!
Waterford Fair - October 7-9
Return to a day from an earlier time at the Waterford Fair this Fall. The Waterford Fair started in 1943 and has thrived as a time-honored tradition in Loudoun. Tour historic homes, watch juried artisans demonstrate techniques of traditional craftsmanship, stroll through the Old Mill and vintage barns transformed into galleries for painting, crafts and more. Spend a weekend in olden times in Waterford!
Virginia Fall Races - October 8th
2016 marks the 62nd running of the Virginia Fall Races. Middleburg is known as the capital of Virginia Horse Country and makes the perfect place to watch a unique equestrian event. Get out your big hats and pearls and enjoy this world class sporting event complete with vendors, family fun fair, cocktail receptions and lots of horse racing! Get your tickets and make it an equestrian-themed weekend in Loudoun.
Epicurience Virginia - October 15th
Epicurience Virginia is back for a third year. Held in the East Coast’s premier wine region, Loudoun, Virginia: DC’s Wine Country. Epicurience Virgnia is where insiders come to savor award-winning wines and seek out noteworthy farm-to-table cuisine. Taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country and so much more. Start of your Epic weekend with the Loudoun Wine Awards dinner to hear the announcement of this year's winning wines and get a chance to wine and dine with the winemakers. Saturday is the big day with the Grand Festival where you can taste Virginia wines, local food and meet local chefs. Book the whole package including tickets and lodging on the website.
Middleburg Film Festival - October 20-23
Save the weekend for the Middelburg Film Festival. This festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting. This carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films screen in intimate theatre environment followed by Q&A's with world-renowned filmmakers, actors and other special guests. The Middleburg Film Festival includes festival favorites, world premieres, first-class foreign films and Academy Award contenders. Last year the festival featured 20 Oscar Nominations among the 25 films screened. get your advance ticket packages on the website!
Don't miss out on any of these great Fall events in Loudoun. Check our events calendar to stay up to date on all of the happenings in LoCo.