September Events in Northern Virginia

2019 September events in Northern Virginia pack every weekend with fun and festivals in the Washington DC region. It’s going to be tough deciding which Northern VA events to add to your calendar. Labor Day brings a close to summer break, then many annual festivals return with great gatherings and the start of Autumn fun.

 

Labor Day Weekend Fun in Northern Virginia, Sep 1 – 3

Celebrate the last long weekend of summer with annual festivals and the final days of fun at area waterparks. Check out our complete guide to Labor Day weekend events in Northern Virginia for details on these and other activities.

  • Waterstock at Tim’s Rivershore, Aug 3o – Sep 2
  • Virginia Scottish Games and Festival, Aug 31 – Sep 1
  • Apples Gala and Cider Fest, Aug 31 – Sep 1
  • Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Fest, Aug 31
  • Labor Day Car Show, Sep 2
  • Herndon Labor Day Festival, Sep 2

Apple Gala and Cider Fest, Bluemont, Through September

Celebrate apple season all month long with wagon rides to the u-pick apple orchard, cider and apple wine tastings, a cider pressing demonstration, and live music. Kids can tackle a 2.5 acre corn maze,enjoy the play area, visit the farm goats, and more. Leashed dogs are welcome and there is an off-leash picnic area. First responders admitted free September 7 and 8 (with ID). Weekend admission is $10 per child, $12 per adult; 9:00 – 6:00 daily.

Read our complete guide to Where to Go Apple Picking in Virginia and Apple Season Fun.

Dog Day at Waterparks and Pools, Sep 7 – 8

Even pets get to enjoy September events like Dog Day at the pool; photo credit: NOVA Waterpark photo
Dog Day photo: NOVA Parks

When the summer season ends and the parks close to humans, it’s time for annual Dog Day celebrations at Northern Virginia waterparks and pools. Follow the links for rules and waivers.

  • All five NOVA Parks-managed waterparks will host Dog Day 2019  from 10:00 – 2:00. Admission is $5 per dog;
  • The Lovettsville Community Pool will also hold a season ending Dog Day swim from 9:00 – 11:00.
  • The Watermine Family Swimmin’ Hole in Reston will host Dog Daze fun from 10:00 – 1:00, including a canine resource fair and prizes. $10 donation suggested.

Virginia Native American Festival, Riverbend Park, Great Falls, Sep 7

The annual Virginia Indian Festival celebrates the culture and history of the First Families of Virginia. The festival features tribes from Virginia including the Upper Mattaponi, Chickahominy, and Pamunkey, as well as the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy performances, hands-on activities and live demonstrations. Hear American Indian storytelling, try a bow and arrow, throw a spear, make stone tools, and more. You can even help build a dugout canoe. Visit the marketplace for American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. $8.00 in advance/$10 at gate; 10:00 – 4:00.

Bands, Brews, and Barbecue Festival, Manassas, Sep 7

The 9th Annual Bands, Brews, and Barbecue Festival returns to Historic Downtown Manassas in September. This ticketed event features award winning craft beers for sampling from breweries like Tin Cannon and BadWolf, along with some of Northern Virginia’s best barbecue and live music. Bring your own partner for the free cornhole tournament. $50 for taster ticket, $20 no-taster, 13 and older; 12 and under free; BBQ Judge $75. Noon – 6:00.

Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2019, Rosslyn, Sep 7

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival celebrates its 29th anniversary in 2019. Enjoy free, high-energy performances by some of the best, most innovative jazz musicians today. Plus, sample a variety of delicious cuisine served by your favorite local food trucks. Free admission; 1:00 – 7:00.

Truck & Toss, Falls Church, Sep 7

The 4th annual Truck & Toss is a fun-filled Northern Virginia premier food truck, cornhole, and craft brew tasting festival. Enjoy unlimited  and sample dishes from the best food trucks in the DMV. Join the Cornhole for a Cause tournament or just play for fun while enjoying unlimited craft beer tastings, tasty food, and hotrods. There will be free activities for children, too. $40 admission includes 3 food truck samples and unlimited craft beer tasting. $12 tickets for non-drinkers includes 2 food truck samples. 5:00 – 9:00.

Cox Farms Fall Festival, Cox Farms, Centreville, Sep 14 – 15, 21 – Nov 5

Family-friendly September Events include Cox Farm's Fall Festival and the fun Beanstalk slide

If you’re a parent in Northern Virginia you have probably been to Cox Farms Fall Festival. This extravaganza of slides, rope swings, pumpkins, animals, music, food and one of the best and longest hayrides east of the Mississippi is a must-do on every family’s fall list. Yes, it’s mayhem, but it’s happy mayhem. Cox Farms Preview Weekend is your chance to revisit old favorites and try new attractions on its sprawling festival grounds. Tickets are available in advance online, and you can also plan your visit with the online map at the festival website. Get there early! Tickets are $7 to $20 depending on day. 10:00 – 6:00 daily.

Find more fall fun in our guide, Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Fall in Northern Virginia.

Colonial Market & Fair, Mount Vernon, Sep 14 – 15

The Colonial Market Fair at Mount Vernon is one of our favorite September events in Northern Virginia.
Colonial Market & Fair, photo credit: MountVernon.org

Join colonial-attired artisans as they demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and more in a traditional market setting.  “General Washington” will oversee the Revolutionary War military drills and 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows. Specialty food we be available for purchase; including chocolate made using an authentic 18th-century colonial recipe. Free Potomac River sightseeing cruises while supplies last. Fair is included with regular admission; 9:00 – 5:00 daily.

Dulles Day Plane Pull, Dulles Airport, Sep 14

Whether you’re pulling the plane or cheering from the sidelines, the Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull offers lots of family fun. Enjoy the annual car show, live music, concessions, exhibits, and military and civilian aircraft displays. Cheer on teams of 25 who compete to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. The Kids Truck Pull pits teams of children against a big red dump truck. Runners can register for the morning 10K/5K. All proceeds help Special Olympics Virginia. Free parking and admission. 11:00 – 4:00; gates open 10:30 – 3:15.

Prince William Forest Park Heritage Festival, Triangle, Sep 14

The Prince William Forest Park Heritage Festival celebrates the park’s fascinating history. Enjoy a day of family fun at an historic cabin camp including live music, activities for kids and adults, and a nature hike. Food trucks will be on hand or bring  your own picnic. No reservation required; 11:00 – 5:00.

ChalkFest at Reston Town Center, Reston, Sep 14

September events in Northern Virginia include Chalkfest in Reston Town Center
Chalkfest returns to Reston Town Center in September

The annual ChalkFest at Reston Town Center gives professional artists and creative individuals and families a chance to create a work of art in chalk along Market Street. There will be a variety of prizes in each category in addition to “Audience Choice Awards”. Even if you don’t want to create your own chalk art, stop by to see the artists in action and enjoy the finished works. Previous year’s artworks were really impressive. Free to attend; spaces are $15 families/kids; $20 amateurs; $25 professionals. 9:00 – 4:30. Rain date September 15.

Workhouse Brewfest, Lorton, Sep 14

Enjoy a fantastic selection of local Virginia craft breweries, artisan distilleries, and wineries at the 3rd annual Workhouse Brewfest at the Workhouse Arts Center. A dozen bands will perform on three stages and there will be numerous food trucks, lawn games, and of course, the Workhouse artists will be in their galleries. Tickets are $25 for designated drivers, $50 general admission, and $90 VIP. 1:00 – 8:00.

Naturalization Ceremony, Gunston Hall, Lorton, Sep 14

Gunston Hall, the Home of American Rights, hosts a public celebration of citizenship each year. Watch as 50 of America’s newest citizens promise to support the principles George Mason wrote about and defended throughout this life. The ceremony begins at 10:00, followed by a reception with music by the Mount Vernon Brass Band. Admission is free until 1:00.

Food Wine & Arts Festival, Halstead Square, Dunn Loring Sep 14

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings, culinary treats, and pop up art exhibits while supporting a worthy cause at the 4th annual Food Wine & Arts Festival. Highlights include food from local restaurants, wine sampling from regional wineries, a pop-up artisan gallery, and free activities for the kids. Wine sampling proceeds benefit Shelter House. Free admission; Noon – 4:00.

World Heritage Festival & Festival of Kites, Manassas, Sep 14

Catch the final stop of the 2019 World Heritage Festival on the lawn of the Manassas Museum. Cultural performance show include folk dances from Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, India, Japan, Lebanon, Romania, Turkey and more. An array of more than 60 artists will display everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Food vendors and a Kids Zone with activities add to the family-friendly fun. Free; 11:00 – 6:00.

Adult Corn Maze Night, Bluemont, Sep 14

It’s adults only night at the corn maze! Tackle the “50 Years” themed corn maze, which pays tribute to iconic events from 50 years ago, like the Moon Landing, Woodstock, and Virginia Is For Lovers campaign. Then, cozy up by a bonfire and listen to live music while you enjoy wine, beer, and cider samplings from Bluemont Vineyard, Dirt Farm Brewing, and Henway Hard Cider. A special food menu will include Cuban sandwiches, wraps, and house-made cider donuts for purchase. $30 general admission; 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

SlugFest, Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, Sep 17

Join the annual fun with slime-tastic activities like slug races, slug-on-a-spoon, slime toss, slime art, and even slug fortune telling. The event features face painting, refreshments, slug-loving critters, and the Slug King and his Queen in the Slug Royalty court!  Must register in advance as spots fill quickly (703-451-9588). $8; 2:00 – 3:30.

Potomac Mills Carnival, Woodbridge, Sep 19 – 28

Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the midway at Potomac Mills. Enjoy rides every age from kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides, entertaining carnival games, and plenty of fair food. Admission and parking are free. Unlimited ride wristband is $30, $20 in advance. Follow the link for more ticket options and special discounts. 5:00 – 10:00 weekdays, noon – 11:00 Saturday, noon – 10:00 Sunday.

Cox Farms Fields of Fear, Centreville, Sep 20 – Nov 2

Cox Farms Fields of Fear
Photo credit: Cox Farms Fields of Fear

The older set get their turn for  spooky fun when Cox Farms opens their nighttime Fields of Fear. The haunted cornfield and Dark Side Hayride deliver the fear, while the “Firegrounds” offer music, dancing, food and a place to hang out. Tickets start at $15, follow the link for details.

Alexandria King Street Art Festival, Alexandria, Sep  21 – 22

The 17th annual King Street Art Festival transforms the city’s historic main street into an outdoor art gallery. Festival booths line over six blocks of King Street, presenting artwork by more than 200 artists from across the country. All artwork is juried, ensuring a high level of quality, diversity and creativity on display. 

Admission is free; booths open Saturday 10:00 – 7:00, Sunday 10:00 – 5:00.

Bluemont Fair, Bluemont, Sep 21 – 22

Join the family fun at the 50th annual Bluemont Country Fair! The two-day fair featues blues & country music, traditional crafts, a free Children’s Fair, farm animals, homemade food, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting, breweries & gourmet treats, model railroad display & antique caboose, Country Store, and more. Set in a beautiful and historic village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, special events include craft & farming demonstrations, 10k race, Farmer’s Market, and a pie-baking/pickle-making contest. While you’re in Bluemont, take a short hike to a spectacular view and visit the most scenic brewery in Northern Virginia. No pets. $7 admission, 9 and under free; 10:00 – 5:00 daily.

Take a scenic route to the Bluemont Fair on the Historic Snickersville Turnpike.

Clarendon Day, Clarendon, Sep 21

The 21st annual Clarendon Day Street Festival is a day of music, food, drink, and 8 city blocks of fun. Enjoy several stages of musical performances, food from a wide range of Clarendon restaurants, Virginia wine and beer, an Arts and Crafts promenade, and a Kid’s Zone with rides, music, story-telling, face-painting, and more. Free admission, 11:00 – 5:00

Caboose Commons Oktoberfest Birthday Bash, Mosaic District, Fairfax, Sep 21

Celebrate Caboose Commons first anniversary with an all day Oktoberfest party. Head to the parking lots for German food, an outdoor market of artists, live music, outdoor games, wine, cider, and Caboose brews. Admission is free; food and drink available for purchase. Noon – 7:00.

NAMI Northern Virginia Walk for Mental Health, Tysons Corner Plaza, Sep 21

NAMI Northern Virginia, the local branch of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health nonprofit, hosts their annual walk and community event at Tysons Corner Plaza. Activities include Zumba, face painting, live music, creative art stations, opportunities to learn about local behavioral and emotional health resources, and more, followed by a 1.5-mile walk. 9:00 am.

BBQ Picnic with a Purpose, Frying Pan Park, Chantilly, Sep 22

Support Frying Pan Park’s scholarship program while you enjoy tasty barbecue. This family-friendly fundraiser will include a silent auction, games, music, and prizes. Tickets are $30 adult, $15 child. 4:00 – 8:00

25th Annual Lovettsville Oktoberfest, Lovettsville, Sep 27 – 29

Lovettsville Oktoberfest is on of the most popular September events near DC, photo credit: LovettsvilleOktoberfest.com
Lovettsville Oktoberfest, photo credit: LovettsvilleOktoberfest.com

Lovettsville hosts one of the best Oktoberfests in the east, with street vendors, Kinderfest, Wiener Dog Races, strolling musicians, three stages of live music, dancing, a Stein Hoisting competition, and plenty of food and beer. Admission, parking, Kinderfest, dancing, music, and beer-related contests are all free.  Preview/kickoff dinner is held Friday, 5:00 – 7:30. The full Oktoberfest is Saturday 10:00 – 11:30; check website for schedule info. Everything is free except the beer.

Occoquan Fall Arts and Crafts Show— Sep 28 – 29

The Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show, hosted semi-annually by The Town of Occoquan, is the premiere festival on the east coast for craft enthusiasts of all ages.  Stroll along the riverfront walkway, take in the fall foliage, and peruse the numerous craft vendors and artisans that line the main streets of Historic Occoquan. Free admission; Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, Sunday 10:00 – 5:00.

National Public Lands Day, Sep 28

The 26th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Families, friends, students, and coworkers will spend the day outdoors giving back to their community by pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and more. Follow the link to find a volunteer opportunity near you.

Virginia State Parks will honor National Public Lands Day with free parking, special programs, and volunteer opportunities. Follow the link for a complete list of programs.

Free Entrance to National Parks, Sep 28

Shenandoah National Park summer view
Shenandoah National Park summer view

In honor of National Public Lands Day, all US National Parks offer fee-free entry on September 28th. Head to Great Falls Park, Prince William National Forest, Shenandoah National Park, and parks throughout the country for a free day exploring “America’s best idea.”

Reston Multicultural Festival, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Sep 28

Lake Anne Plaza fills with color, music, and culture when the annual Reston Multicultural Festival returns. The festival celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of Reston’s community with performances, arts and crafts, food, and activities. Festival goers are encouraged to dress in attire that represents their culture. Free; 11:00 – 6:00.

Ono Brewing Onoversary Luau, Chantilly, Sep 28

Celebrate Ono Brewing’s second anniversary with an all-day Hawaiian Luau party and Hawaiian cultural event. The family-friendly festivities include seven hours of live Hawaiian entertainment including fourteen different Hawaiian music and hula dancing performances. Enjoy Hawaiian crafters and vendors, lei making demonstrations, and traditional Hawaiian plate lunches. $10/$5 adult/child admission; food and drink extra purchase. 1:00 – 8:00 pm.

Paws in the Village & Pet Fest, One Loudoun, Leesburg, Sep 28

This fun family event brings together rescue organizations, local pet-focused businesses, and pet owners. There will be family activities throughout the entire center for the duration of the event. Free; noon – 3:00.

Merrifield Fall Festival, Mosaic District, Sep 28

Enjoy live music, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, kids activities, a pet costume contest, crafters, and more in a day of fun at Mosaic District. Free admission, 11:00 – 6:00.

Historic Alexandria Homes Tour, Alexandria, Sep 28

The 78th annual Home Tour feature several of Alexandria’s finest homes. Enjoy a walking tour to several lovely homes and enjoy the beautiful autumn. Tickets are $40.00 in advance and $45.00 the day of the tour. 10:00 – 3:00.

NatureFest, Runnymeade Park, Herndon, Sep 29

Explore various nature stations throughout the park including butterflies, bees, life in the meadow, web of life, and more. Live animal shows and arts and crafts will be included throughout the day. Free; 1:00 – 5:00.

Ongoing 2019 September Events in Northern Virginia

Where to Go Apple Picking in Virginia and Apple Season Fun

Fall Apples Hollabaugh Bros PA
Fall Apples, Hollabaugh Bros PA

Get up close with nature and celebrate apple season at pick-your-own apple orchards in Virginia. Our complete guide includes u-pick apple orchards in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas. Plus, we found some nearby Apple Festivals perfect for a fun day trip or weekend getaway.

    

September is Virginia Spirits Month

George Washington's Distillery Mount Vernon VA
George Washington’s Distillery Mount Vernon VA

Honor the spirited traditions and history of Virginia with a visit to one of our many excellent distilleries during Virginia Spirits Month. See the 18th century process and learn about Washington’s business acumen at George Washington’s Gristmill and Distillery. Or take a day trip to Fredericksburg to tour and taste at A. Smith Bowman Distillery. And a Catoctin Distillery tasting is one of our favorite things to do in Purcellville.

No matter which 2019 September events in Northern Virginia your attend, we wish you great weather and a fun-filled kick-off to fall!

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