Fall is a favorite season for many because of the cool weather, beautiful foliage and seasonal treats. All of these are combined into wonderful fall festivals, including activities like pumpkin patches, craft making and pie eating contests. Plan a family fun day at one of these local fall festivals.

Fall For Fairfax KidsFest
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Dates: Oct. 5 through Oct. 6, 2013

Fairfax is one of the best places to live in the DC area, especially for families. Understanding the abundance of families in Fairfax, the presenters of the Fall For Fairfax KidsFest designed the festival specifically for families with children that are elementary school aged and younger. Your children will enjoy the scarecrow competition, petting zoo, circus acts and much more. And you will remember what it was like to be a kid at a fair.

Honey Harvest Festival 
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708
(301) 497-5580

Date: Sept. 21, 2013

Honeybees play a large role in agriculture, pollinating somewhere near 80 percent of the flowering crops we utilize for food. The Maryland State Beekeepers Association knows just how important bees are to human life. The Annual Maryland Honey Harvest festival celebrates honeybees and other pollinators with a day of honey tastings, tours, demonstrations, arts and crafts and more. Spend the day exploring the world of bees.

The Great Frederick Fair
Frederick Fairgrounds
797 E. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21705
(301) 663-5895

Dates: Sept. 13 through Sept. 21, 2013

For those of you who have lived in a big city all your life and haven’t ventured to the more suburban and rural areas, The Great Frederick Fair may blow you away. One of the oldest fairs in Maryland, this fair shows no sign of slowing down. With parades, auctions, races, a 4-H contest, music, BBQ, demos and more, this fair has nearly everything you could ask for. Stop by the week-long fair for a look at a Maryland institution.

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Maryland Avenue Fall Festival
79 Maryland Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 990-9700

Date: Sept. 29, 2013

Every grade school in the DMV area has probably taken a field trip to historic Annapolis at least once. The capital city is a wealth of history, including being the home of the U.S. Naval Academy. It is also home to the Maryland Avenue Fall Festival, the oldest street festival in Annapolis. If you haven’t been to Annapolis in a while, this is a great opportunity to take your family and enjoy live music, antiques, crafts and more.

Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days
3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
(703) 780-2000

Dates: Oct. 26 through Oct. 27, 2013

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate on an average day is already a major tourist attraction. Add games, dancing, hayrides, a maze and music and you have Fall Harvest Family Days. Included in the regular admission, these fun activities for the whole family are certainly worth the fee. Go to see an important piece of American history and stay for the apple roasting.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.