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Autumn Adventures: Can’t-Miss Local Festivals

There is almost nothing more perfect than fall weather. Between the colors and the cool weather, attending outdoor festivals and activities is a must this season. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite upcoming fall festivals. Enjoy!

In The Street Festival: Sept. 14
Explore historic downtown Frederick, sample diverse food and enjoy art and entertainment. This long-standing Frederick tradition is the perfect day to explore Frederick and much of what it has to offer! Carroll Creek to 7th on Market Street, Fredrick, Md., 11 a.m. Free. celebratefrederick.com/events/in-the-street

Cox Farms Fall Festival: Sept. 14-15
Looking for a fun-filled day? The most beloved fall celebration is here. Complete with giant slides, hayrides, petting zoo and the famous Cox Farms apple cider. Don’t forget to check out the Fields of Fear for a spooky night! 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville, Va., 11 a.m. $11-$15. coxfarms.com

Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair: Sept. 14-15
Explore Mount Vernon’s 12-acre market and see colonial artisans sell traditional clothing and food including chocolate from an authentic colonial recipe. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., 9 a.m. $12-$20. mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/colonial-market-fair

Claude Moore Park Fall Festival: Sept. 21
Enjoy a fun day at Claude Moore Park with fun fall family activities, games, craft and food vendors, pumpkin painting, petting zoo and more. Admission is free; there is a charge for some activities. Claude Moore Park, Sterling, Va., 10 a.m. Free. loudoun.gov

Taste of Georgetown: Sept. 22
Bring your family to try the creative tastes of more than 30 restaurants and celebrate the 25th year of supporting the homeless through the Georgetown Ministry Center. K Street N.W., Washington, D.C., 11 a.m. 2 tickets for $11. tasteofgeorgetown.com

Pumpkin Village Fall Festival: Sept. 21-Nov. 5
Pumpkin Village Fall Festival at Leesburg Animal Park is a must this fall season. With tons of great performers, games, animals and pumpkins – who wouldn’t have fun? There is so much to do and to see at this fall-filled event. 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, Va., times vary. $12.95-$18.95. pumpkinfestleesburg.com

17th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival: Sept. 21-22
Watch as the historic scene of the Potomac waterfront turns into an outdoor art gallery as 200 artists present their work on nearly six blocks of Alexandria. Over $15 million worth of art ranging from paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and more will be presented. 220 King St., Alexandria, Va., 11 a.m. Free. artfestival.com/festivals/alexandria-king-street-art-festival

Merrifield Fall Festival: Sept. 28
Merrifield Fall Festival is back! Enjoy a farmer’s market and a beer garden from Caboose Brewing in Strawberry Park. In addition to a curated craft fair, there will be live music, kids’ activities and more throughout the day. Mosaic District, Fairfax, Va., 11 a.m. Free. eventbrite.com

Fall Fest: Sept. 28
Celebrate all things fun with your family at the third annual Fall Fest. Listen to live music, compete in the costume contest, decorate a pumpkin and watch the aerialist and magician shows. Parkridge Center, Manassas Va., 11 a.m. Free. shopatparkridge.com/events

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