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Well, D.C.-area moms and dads, autumn is finally here! We couldn't be more excited about the assortment of fall festivals, hayrides, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, nature hikes and other fall activities available throughout Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Take a look below, where we've compiled the region's best fall happenings for your convenience. For a comprehensive list of all family-friendly events in the DMV, go to our calendar page HERE. Happy harvest!

Oktoberfest 2017 in Viginia, Maryland and Washington DC



Hertiage Voices at the GWU Museum. 2-3 p.m. The Washington Revels Heritage Voices will perform music from the GWU Museum's Civil War exhibition. Myers Room, The GWU Museum & The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, Washington, DC. Revelsdc.org

Taste of Bethesda. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 50 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD. bethesda.org


Fall Festival. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $$ Food, music, games, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, thrift shop and more. Fun for all ages. All Saints Church and All Saints Preschool, Chevy Chase, MD. allsaintschurchpreschool.net/


Kentlands Oktoberfest. 12-5 p.m. A free, family festival with pumpkin painting and hands-on crafts, wagon rides, inflatables, live music, food and drink. Main Stree Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, MD. gaithersburgmd.gov


Truck Touch. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A hands-on experience for kids of all ages. Explore emergency vehicles, cool construction trucks and all other things that go! Children under 2 are free. Food trucks, games & more. Suburban Nursery School, Bethesda, MD. suburbannurseryschool.org

Halloween On The Farm. 4-7 p.m. Join us down on the farm for a Halloween & Fall themed event for little ones. Enjoy hayrides, games, crafts, cider, creepy-crawly animals, a costume contest, and pumpkins for purchase. Old Maryland Farm, Upper Marlboro, MD. www.facebook.com

Hike & Seek: Haunted Forest. 2-5 p.m. Looking for a little adventure? Follow the clues as you hike around Cabin John Park to solve a new nature-themed puzzle each month. Locust Grove Nature Center, Montgomery Parks, Bethesda, MD. events.visitmontgomery.com


Halloween Spooktacular. Ages 5+. NSO Family Concert's annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when our ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween. The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. kennedy-center.org


Mini Makers. 10:30-11:30 a.m. A fun free guided art project for children 5 and younger, with a spooky flair! Parent or guardian must accompany. The Art League, Alexandria, VA. theartleague.org


Mall-O-Ween. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mall wide Trick-or-Treating, Halloween craft activities, and Spooktacular Magic Shows at 11 a.m. & 12 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Dulles Town Center, Dulles Town Center, VA. shopdullestowncenter.com

Air & Scare. 12-5:30 p.m. Explore the spooky side of air and space at Air & Scare, our annual Halloween event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, VA. airandspace.si.edu

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Trick-or-treat at Mount Vernon! The estate will again open its gates for Halloween fun and spook-tacular activities. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA. mountvernon.org


Through October 31: Summers Farm Fall Festival. 1-7 p.m. This is the season for homegrown fun and farm fresh adventures at Summers Farm in Frederick, Maryland. Summers Farm, Frederick, MD. summersfarm.com

Through November 2: Markoff's Haunted Forest. Opens at dusk. Maryland's original greatest Halloween event. Aterrifying walk to our secluded haunted Abbey. A jaunt down hill crossing Hell's Bridge into the caverns of the lost. Our tram will transport you to the edge of the field of corn. Deadly Dinners and VIP Experiences. Markoff's Haunted Forest, Dickerson, MD. Markoffshauntedforest.com

Through November 3: Fall Pumpkin Festival 2019. Monday-Friday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. & Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mark your calendar for amazing farm fun. Hayrides, CAT Bulldozer Playground, Goat Tower & Petting Farm, Rolling Tunnels and big slides, and Huge Jumping pillows. Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA. ticonderoga.com

Through November 3: Countdown to Halloween. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. If you haven't gotten your pumpkins, now is the time!! Visit our Pumpkin Patch, play in our Enchanted Pine Tree Forest Maze, our Hay Bale Maze and visit our Fairy Forest. Enjoy all our great Rides! GEM MINING and food vendors, pumpkins, local cider. Face painting by Carol's Creations. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD. clarklandfarm.com

October 1-31: Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages. Monday-Thursday & Sunday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Celebrating our 25th year! Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See admission coupon in our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA. burkenursery.com

October 4-6: 75th Waterford Fair . Living historians bring 18th c. Waterford to life. Entertainment, fine crafts and activities for kids of all ages. The Village of Waterford, Waterford, VA. waterfordfairva.org

October 5-6: Maryland Pumpkin Festival. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Summers Farm will feature a host of special events to celebrate all things pumpkin! Summers Farm, Frederick, MD. summersfarm.com

October 5-6: 2nd Annual Heritage Harvest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate autumn and the harvest at Heritage Montgomery's 2nd annual Heritage Harvest! Come and explore farms and farm markets, wineries and vineyards, a living history farm, lavender farm, artisan brewery, artists' studios, historic farm buildings and much more! Fun family activities including farm tours, markets, live music, crafts, adorable farm animals, wine tastings and food for sale. heritagemontgomery.org

October 5-6: Fall For Fairfax Kidsfest. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. The 27th annual Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is being held at the Fairfax County Government Center. The festival is FREE to attend and features 2 stages, 75+ activities including scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, model trains, and more! Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA. fallforfairfax.com

October 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26: Enchanted Forest. 6:15-8:30 p.m.Halloween magic for children 8 and younger. $15 per person, kids under 2 are free. Calleva Farm, Dickerson, MD. calleva.org/discover/for-families/enchanted-forest

October 18, 19 & 20: Boo At The Zoo. Washngton, D.C.'s favorite not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, Boo at the Zoo has more than 40 treat stations, kids' karaoke and a dance party. This frightfully fun eventing is a treat for the whole family. It's a great way to help support the Smithsonian's National Zoo's mission to save species. Tickets. Use code ParentP19 for $5 off!National Zoo, Washington, DC. fonz.org/boo

October 19-20: Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the crisp autumn season with 18th-century activities at the Pioneer Farm. George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA. mountvernon.org