It’s easy to feel sad that summer is over, but many people forget how much fun the fall season can be. When the weather cools down, leaves start to fall and the jackets come out, lots of fall events start happening in the Fairfax area. Here are just a few great festivals and events to put on your calendar.

Cox Farms Fall Festival
September 22 – November 6
Don’t miss this quintessential fall fest, which is one of Northern Virginia’s largest and longest running. The Cox Farms Fall Festival features hayrides through the farm, visits with farm animals, a cornfield maze and lots of tasty fall foods and beverages.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’ Lantern Experience
October 4 – 28
Admire more than 5,000 jack o’ lanterns as they light up the night at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston.

City of Fairfax Fall Festival
October 13
This annual festival showcases the best fall activities that Fairfax has to offer, from delicious foods and beverages to arts and crafts vendors and three stages of music and entertainment.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm Autumn Market Fair
October 20 – 21
Explore the merchants’ stalls in the craft market, sip on cider and mulled wine and pick up some crisp local apples at this timeless holiday market.

Washington West Film Festival
October 25 – 29
This world-class film festival gives 100% of its proceeds back to various community organizations, so it’s a great way to get out, get some culture an give back to the community this fall.