Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia

Now that Fall is here, it’s time to get out, celebrate and find that perfect pumpkin! Before you go, be sure to read below about some favorite Fall Festivals and pumpkin patches in the Northern Virginia area (and a little beyond). Let us know in the comments if you have any to add! Oh how we love fall in Virginia….

DePaul’s Urban Farm, 2599 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA

Beautiful pumpkin patch, wide variety of mums, delicious apples, apple cider, Kettle Korn and more!

Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reston Farms Garden Market Fall Fest 2022, 10800 Baron Cameron Avenue, Reston, VA

Open September 24 – October 30th. Tons of activities, fun and food! Visit their website to purchase tickets (tickets include access to the bounce houses, games, train ride, petting zoo and a free pumpkin for each paid child’s ticket). Extras (like balloon and face painting, animal feed, etc) can be purchased at a reduced cost).

Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meadows Farms Nurseries, various locations (visit the website for addresses)

Open October 1st – October 31st. Includes a pumpkin patch, moon bounce, giant “scarecrow”, haunted buses, straw mazes and more! They also have decorative gourds, face pumpkins, cornstalks, mini hay bales, straw, and various other Halloween décor.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Merrifield Garden Center, 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA or 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA

Pumpkins, wide variety of mums and other fall annuals, Fall and Halloween decor.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Krop’s Crops, 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, Winchester apples, fresh-pressed apple cider, fall squash and gourds, harvest and Halloween decorations, farm animals and a corn bin to play in.

Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-in hayrides to pumpkin patch available weekends in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cox Farms Fall Festival, 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA

Open September 24th – November 8th. World-famous hayride, corny Conundrum, slides and more. Visit their website for more details and purchase tickets.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. in November), last entry one hour before closing. Festival open Thursday through Monday weekly. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday (except Tues, Nov 8th) but Market is open daily.

Burke Nursery & Garden Centre Fall Farm Market & Pumpkin Patch, 9401 Burke Road, Burke VA

Open October 1st – October 31st. Enjoy a pumpkin patch with Halloween-inspired backdrops, Halloween decorations, apples, gourds, hot chocolate, apple cider donuts and more! Pony rides offered Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Pumpkin Village, 19246 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg VA

Open September 17th – November 6th. Fall Fest is full of family activities…hill slides, Kiddie zip line, pony rides, hay maze, moon bounces, wagon rides, pedal carts, weekend entertainment and more. Visit their website to see additional activities offered on weekends and Columbus Day and to get ticket information.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (closed Tuesdays). 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. OR 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (and Columbus Day).

Wayside Farm Fun, 5273 Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7), Berryville, VA

Open September 24th – October 30th. “Whether you are here to find the perfect pumpkin for carving Jack-o-lanterns, to find your way through our 10-acre corn maze, or to take in the scenery of our grounds while the kids enjoy all of our activities, our fun farm has something for everyone!” General admission information on their website.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday & Columbus Day (Oct 10)

Great Country Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival, 34345 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA

Open October 1st -October 31st. Many activities to choose from! Including…picking pumpkins, corn maze, pig races, cider pressing demonstrations, roasting marshmallows, barn animals, wagon rides and more! Visit their website for all activities (some offered on weekends only) and tickets information.

Hours: Daily 10am-5pm, weekends 9am-5pm (last entry to pick your own at 4pm)

2022 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

It’s that time of year again…time to start planning your leaf-peeping for the fall! If you are a fan of fall like we are, you’ll be excited to know that SmokyMountains.com has released it’s annual interactive fall foliage prediction map!

The 2022 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

SmokyMountains.com

“What started as a fun side-project quickly became the most respected nationwide fall leaf map and one of the best fall resources in the country,” says David Angotti, the map’s creator, to Travel + Leisure’s Stacey Leasca. “Now, tens of millions of people use our map each year to plan vacations, weddings and photography trips.”

According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia generally peaks between October 10th and 31st but can vary year to year based on things like temperatures, rain, wind, etc. As seen on the map below, between October 24th and the 31st is predicted to be peak for much of Virginia this year.

Some top spots to view fall colors in Virginia include:

Shenandoah National Park

Whitetop Mountain

Potomac Heritage Trail

And…head over to the Virginia.org’s travel blog to see many more options for leaf viewing throughout the state!

Some fun facts about autumn leaves:

  1. Why do leaves change their color? Both chlorophyll and carotenoids are present in the chloroplasts of leaf cells throughout the growing season. During this time, chlorophyll is produced and broken down, and leaves appear green. As days get shorter, chlorophyll production slows down until it stops. The green color is no longer visible, and other pigments present (carotenoids) with the chlorophyll are then revealed. During autumn, bright light and excess plant sugars produce anthocyanins within leaf cells.
  2. Why do leaves fall? In order to cope with the harsh winter temperatures, trees slowly close off the veins that carry water and nutrients to and from the leaves with a layer of new cells that form at the base of the leaf stem, protecting the limbs and body of the tree. Once this process is done, water and nutrients no longer flow to and from the leaf enabling the leaf to die and weaken at the stem, eventually falling gracefully to the ground.
  3. What happens to fallen leaves? When leaves fall to the ground, they begin to break down and eventually create a rich humus on the forest floor that absorbs dew and rainfall. This nutrient rich ‘sponge’ acts as a continual source of nutrients and water for trees and plants, helping to promote life and plant health in the next spring season.

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So get your calendars out and start planning this year’s fall foliage trip! And let us know your favorite place to view the autumn colors!

Sources: SmokyMountains.com; VA Department of Forestry; TravelandLeisure.com; Virginia.org

Ulta Beauty is Coming to Tysons!

Ulta Beauty is coming this Spring! 👏👏👏 Located at 8350 Leesburg Pike/Pike 7 Plaza (across Rte 7 from The Boro), Ulta Beauty will be in the location of the old Performance Bike shop. It is based in Illinois and is one of the nation’s largest beauty retailers with over 25,000 products featuring more than 600 brands and we are excited that it will be here in Tysons soon! 

Ulta Beauty is just one many companies recognizing the incredible growth and opportunity here in  Tysons.  They call it “America’s Next Great City” for a reason!  Tyson’s is a 4 square mile area that is experiencing unprecedented growth and development.  The master plan is for Tysons to be THE place to live, work & play.  

To think that it was once rural farmland…us natives remember when Tysons 1 Mall was built, and the many  corporations that have moved their headquarters here over the years (including Capital One and Hilton). With the expansion of the Silver Line Metro adding 4 stops in Tysons, access has become easier for everyone to come and enjoy all of the shopping, restaurants and events that make it a major Hot Spot!

More to come on America’s Next Great City🇺🇸

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