Fall Festivals, Arts & Craft Shows, Wine Festivals and Beer Brew Festivals in the Haymarket Area 2017
It’s the best time of the year in Northern Virginia, in my opinion. The climate is perfect and the scenery is magnificent—a perfect backdrop for fall festivals, wine and beer festivals, arts and craft shows, harvest celebrations and more. There are so many events going on I can’t list them all, but here are a couple of favorites, offering a variety for everyone.
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9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Haymarket Day, sponsored by the Town of Haymarket, is the biggest annual event Haymarket holds. This year marks the 30th year and will draw thousands of participants, spectators and vendors from Haymarket and surrounding towns. The event kicks off with a parade a 9:30 of local groups and entertainers. The streets will be lined with 260 booths and vendors of all sorts this year. Children’s activities and live music at the Haymarket Community Park keep the day flowing for attendees of all ages.
At the heart of all this excitement, you can’t miss the EXIT Heritage Realty enthusiastic team of agents, including Bryan Garcia, Principal Broker, handing out free balloons and cold water bottles. Visit The Town of Haymarket website.
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4905 James Madison Hwy
Mid-September usually marks the opening of the Fall Market at Burnside Farms with one of the area’s largest selections of pumpkins and gourds, offering more than 50 varieties! They also have beautiful mums, fresh cider, tree ripe apples, a nice selection of produce grown right here on the farm, straw bales, corn stalks and a “pick your own flowers” in one of our production fields. There is no admission fee for the Fall Market.
The Burnside barnyard for is open for visitors to meet our furry and feathered residents of the farm. Admission to the activities and barnyard is $4 per person (under 2 are free). Activities include a huge Jump Pad, moonbounce, giant 2 story double run inflatable slide, corn box (sandbox filled with whole corn kernels), kids play set, cornhole games, straw hill, picnic area and more. Visit website for more information.
Kicks off September 16th & 17th
Open Daily September 22nd to October 31st
November 3rd to 7th
Braddock Road, Centreville
The Cox Farms Fall Festival is a fall wonderland for kids of all ages! The five giant slides travel down hills, shoot out of barns, and erupt from volcanoes. There are different sized rope swings for different ages, animals to visit, the best hayride ever, hay tunnels, kettle corn, pumpkins, apples, entertainment and more. Tickets are available at the gate or may be pre-purchased online. If you’re looking for a scare, visit the Fields of Fear which is open every Friday and Saturday night in October. Visit www.coxfarms.com for more information.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aiken Drive, Vint Hill, Warrenton
Each fall, Vint Hill brings back the tradition of a seasonal celebration in the form of an annual street festival. Join Vint Hill this year to shop, taste and celebrate in community spirit. Enjoy ambling through rows of craft vendors, sampling good eats from the food trucks, and listening to performances, like folk storytelling and live music from your favorite local bands.
This year, the children’s activities are expanding; along with petting zoos, balloon animals, face-painting and games, expect an even larger spread of activities. The goal is to continue to celebrate the season, build a sense of community and support local businesses and talent. Visit website for more.
September 23rd & 24th
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Historic Town of Occoquan
Head out to Occoquan for an enjoyable day of browsing through a huge selection of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. For the 48th year, the historic Town of Occoquan will close its streets to host over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from across the country. This award-winning, semi-annual arts and crafts festival is free and attracts 10,000 visitors for live music, great food and endless shopping. Exhibitors and shoppers alike enjoy the small town oasis nestled along the Occoquan River. For more information, visit the website.
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Historic Downtown Manassas
The Manassas Steins, Wines & Spirits Festival is a unique opportunity to sample your choice of beverage while listening to live music at the Harris Pavilion in Historic Downtown Manassas. Taste beer from local craft breweries; wine from local wineries; and local distilled spirits. Great food from some of the best food vendors in northern VA not to mention a new addition this year: The Oyster Tent. There is plenty of parking and the event is under cover, so this will be a “rain or shine” event. For more information, visit the website for more information.
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October 14th & 15th
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA
The Virginia Wine Festival is back .. much closer to DC this year. There are Shuttles from Metro, plenty of free parking, and much more! Listen to music, bask in the sun, shop from a wide array of Virginia craft and specialty foods vendors, and enjoy the Grand Commonwealth Tradition. The Festival offers a unique array of both free and ticketed tasting and learning opportunities as well as gourmet food trucks, vegan options, vendors and an Oyster Pavilion. Visit the Seminar Tent to broaden your knowledge and understanding of wine and wine culture, or make a grand day of it with a ticket to the gourmet Wine and Food Pairing Tent. For more information about tickets visit the Wine Festival website for more information.
Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Culpeper Regional Airport
Considered “The Best Little Airshow in the East”, this show is free to the public and draws top performers from around the nation. See the world’s only privately owned Harrier as well as aerobatic aircraft and vintage warbirds perform. Exciting stunts by some of the best pilots in the airshow community will make your heart stop. Enjoy displays, airplane rides, model airplanes, games for the kids and more. Gates open at 9 a.m. Visit the AirFest website for more information.
Route 50, Aldie, VA
Watch 4,000 plastic ducks race down the Little River in Historic Aldie. Prizes are awarded for winning ducks with a chance to win $100,000! This “quacky” event (finish line photo below) is a two-time winner of Visit Loudoun’s “Tourism Event of the Year”. The festival will also feature civil war living history and vendors of all kinds displaying antiques, hand-crafted jewelry, apparel, art, photography, quilts, candles, pottery and more. Tempting treats will include kettle corn, funnel cakes, crepes, BBQ and caramel apples. Admission and children’s activities are free. Visit the Aldie website for more information.
October 21st & 22nd
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bull Run Park, Centreville
This one is a beer lover’s dream. Fall BrewFest is a craft beer sampling festival—a great opportunity to try fall, winter and holiday seasonal beers from local and regional craft breweries. Adult admission is for those 21 years of age and older and includes a sampling glass and 6 tickets (additional tickets can be purchased). Wine will also be available as well as variety of food from local vendors. This two-day event also includes live music, cooking with beer demonstrations, a cornhole tournament and a play area. Visit the BrewFest website for ticket information.
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