Virginia Fall Festivals

The changing of the seasons, particularly summer to fall, has historically been a special time in Northern Virginia, specifically in the Fairfax/D.C. region. The many fairs and festivals held annually feature a wide variety of interests, ranging from activities for kids, entertainment, beer and wine tastings, film festivals, arts and crafts exhibits, harvest festivals, book and poetry readings, and virtually everything in between.

For music lovers, the Fairfax Irish Folk Festival at Sherwood Community Center offers the very best in traditional Celtic music and dancing. There’s also plenty of live music at the Fairfax Fall Festival, scheduled for October 11th in the historic downtown area, which for the 38th year will also feature arts and crafts exhibits, food vendors (including gourmet delicacies) to please the palate, as well as activities for younger visitors.

Lovers of film and literature have multiple options from which to choose, with some of the more notable events being the Fall For the Book Festival, held at varying locations throughout the region between September 11-18. There’s no admission charge to listen to talks and readings from nationally-known novelists, poets and scholars. The DC Shorts Film Festival (September 11-21) has been held for more than a decade at the Angelika Film Center & Cafe in Fairfax. International in flavor, the 2014 event features works by some of Spain’s newly-emerging filmmakers.

On October 8th, the small town of Clifton, VA will stage its annual Clifton Day during which visitors are welcome to participate in grape stompings and wine tastings featuring locally-grown and produced wine. At the annual Oktoberfest in Reston, visitors can partake of traditional beer, food and wine while listening to live entertainment. There’s also a fun-filled carnival for kids to enjoy. For a more upscale experience, the September 13-14 Virginia Wine Festival will take place for the 39th year at Great Meadows. This always-popular event celebrates wine grown and produced in the state, along with gourmet food samples, an arts show and top-notch musical entertainment.

Although most events are free, it’s recommended that interested parties check online for a Visitors guide and/or brochures for specific event information.

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