As the calendar moves beyond a steamy, wet August, many of us start longing for that magical time known as fall in Virginia. After the cancellation of so many events in 2020, we are here to highlight some of our region’s most popular fall festivals as they reappear to usher in the new season!
Saturday, October 16
10:00am to 4:00pm
The annual parade kicks off this year’s Haymarket Day, a hometown street festival, on October 16. “People love the parade!’ shares Emily Lockhart, Town of Haymarket town planner and parade organizer. “It’s a special time to see kids dancing, bands, ROTC and other participants that come out and perform before entertainment begins on our two main stages.” Attended by over 20,000 spectators and 200 vendors, each stage features a beer garden hosted by 2 Silos Brewing with a variety of food choices up and down Washington Street.
Live music begins at 11am on both stages showcasing students from School of Rock and Contemporary Music Center, with local bands Joe’s Dad and Elizabeth Lawrence Band and other performers taking the stage in the afternoon.
The Haymarket Museum will feature Haymarket Coffee Company collaborating with MurLarkey Distilled Spirits for special drinks in honor of the day. The Kids Zone is partnering with Park Valley Church to feature moon bounces and other fun kids’ activities – plus a mobile axe throwing trailer for the adults. “The street is typically crafters, local business owners, and non-profit organizations connecting with the community,” Emily said. “There are lots of crafters this year, so we are looking forward to that.”
What are Emily’s personal favorite things to do at the festival? “Heading to the park area and visiting with the novelty food vendors – kettle corn, ice cream — watching kids laughing and having a good time! And I also love hearing the music,” she shared.
And while organizers monitor the Governor’s COVID-related mandates, right now everything is a go as-is. “We are super excited that we finally get to have it this year – we missed last year so much,” Emily said. “And of course, we are hoping for beautiful weather!”
42ND ANNUAL OLD TOWN WARRENTON SPRING INTO FALL FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 18th
(rain or shine)
9:00am to 4:00pm
Main Street – Warrenton, VA
The 42nd Annual Old Town Warrenton Spring into Fall Festival has rebranded this year to reflect the move from May to September. “We were not able to hold the festival last year, and we identified a good window in September of 2021,” said Christopher Coutts, chair of the organizing committee for the festival. The family-friendly festival features a wide range of vendors, crafts, food, business to business information tables, and some entertainment, too. You might find original artwork, jewelry, handmade toys, pottery and more while strolling the area. “Main Street is closed off, so you have the opportunity to walk and interact with vendors, hear local music, and enjoy good food,” said Christopher. “
38th Annual FALL JUBILEE – MANASSAS
Saturday, October 2
Historic Downtown Manassas
9201 Center Street
Manassas, VA 20110
This year’s Jubilee will feature a variety of fun events, performances, crafts, and food offerings for both kids and adults, with over 100 craft and community booths, live music, and entertainment, and more! Stroll the streets and catch a dance performance, get lunch from a local restaurant, and even purchase some early holiday gifts.
77TH WATERFORD FAIR
Single Day Adult/Senior: $16.00
Single Day Student (ages 13-21): $12.00
Children 12 and under: Free but must have ticket
40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford
Celebrate fall at the 77th Waterford Fair! Tour historic gardens, watch juried artisans demonstrate their crafts, and more. Contemporary and heritage artisans will be demonstrating techniques of traditional craftsmanship – sign up for a class or two and make something to take home. Wander through the Old Mill and vintage barns, transformed into galleries for painting, handmade artisan crafts, dried flowers, and more. Tickets must be purchased. Please note that select special events and workshops require additional ticketing.
OCCOQUAN FALL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Sat. Sept. 25-Sun. Sept. 26, 10am – 5pm
Historic Downtown Occoquan
Free admission – $5.00 parking shuttle
The town of Historic Occoquan welcomes back its popular Fall Arts & Crafts Show this year, featuring block after block of artisans, crafters, food offerings, and local performers. Stroll the streets and enjoy the historic atmosphere while connecting with merchants and vendors. For a $5 fee, attendees are transported by shuttle from nearby parking lots into Town (kids 12 and under are free). The shuttle runs from 8am to approximately 1 hour after the show ends.
MOUNTAIN RUN WINERY’S 2021 FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL AND CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, October 16
10753 Mountain Run Lake Rd
Culpeper, VA 22701
Parking $5.00 per car
The annual festival at Mountain Run Winery features over 40 local craft vendors offering hand-made items including painted glasses, knitting, woodworking, hand-dyed products, jewelry, soaps, crochet, hand-lettering, baskets, baked goods, paintings, ceramics, and more. There will be live music all day from AP Project and South Canal Street, and food from Pepper’s Grill and Over the Top Chef Food Trucks serving burgers, chicken tenders, crab dip and other items. Home-baked, fall inspired treats like cider donuts, apple muffins, and pretzels, as well as Mountain Run’s award-winning wines and ciders, will be on hand, along with Far Gohn Brewing’s beer trailer. Bring the kids to enjoy the playground and face painting, as well as the 3pm birds of prey presentation by Earthquest.
COX FARMS FALL FESTIVAL 2021
Sept. 18-19, Sept. 25-Nov 7
15621 Braddock Rd
Centreville, VA 20120
Admission fees vary, depending on dates
Cox Farms in Centreville doesn’t have a singular fall festival, but a whole fall festival season!
Giant slides, hayrides, farm animals, the Cornundrum Cornfield Adventure, Imaginature Trail, rope swings, Kiddie Zone, Goat Village, straw tunnels, themed play areas, live entertainment, local apples & fresh cider, Foamhenge, and a Patch Pumpkin to take home are all included in your ticket price! Fall Festival admission pricing varies depending on the date of your visit. Discount Day, Value Day, Regular Day or Peak Day pricing options allow visitors to save on admission by planning their visit for a non-peak date. Purchase tickets online in advance or in-person at the farm. Visit the Festival Market, open to the public (no ticket required), which features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, fresh local apples, and local cider as well as festive fall decorations, kettle corn, pies from Mom’s Apple Pie Company and Cox Farms gear.