This side of the Potomac is the steady and growing ‘other half’ to the Capital, a vibrant and growing region making bounds in every area, with more than its own scores of restaurants, parks, attractions, and activities to match the other parts of the DMV. Whether you are a tourist drafting an autumn holiday itinerary, a returning local visiting friends and family, or a curious local, you’ll find something for everyone in the Northern Virginia area. Read on for some of our favorite autumn festivals and events here around the Alexandria-Arlington area.
Virginia Scottish Games
Celebrating the strong Scottish heritage of Virginia, just a thirty-minute drive from Dulles International Airport is the Virginia Scottish Games. Here, visitors can tour Scottish-American heritage in a series of events from fiddle and bagpipe concerts to highland dance performances, whisky tastings, Scottish dogs, a British automobile and motorcycle show, living history reenactments, and even a Scottish Gaelic language village! These are a series of interactive and welcoming events, representing interests and opportunities to engage with Scottish culture for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The most notable part of the games however is the superhuman feats of the athletic events- where the strong throw stones, weights, hammers, tree trunks, and sheaves of hay! Bring the whole group to the Virginia Scottish Games, for an entertaining and immersive day inside of Scottish culture.
Marine Corps Marathon
The Marine Corps Marathon is a grueling and honorable demonstration of the fitness of the United States Marine Corps, in a path over Arlington and the District of Columbia. For the athletic traveler, this run provides an electric and invigorating tour of some of the most memorable landmarks of the DMV region. The brave and fit traveler will enjoy this unique opportunity to see and tour the capital region like nothing else.
Virginia Native American Festival
Learn about the very first inhabitants of the Capital Region at the Virginia Native American Festival, located in beautiful Riverbend Park. Try Native American cuisine and learn about the customs of the eight indigenous tribes of the region, and enjoy storytelling, throwing spears and bows and arrows, constructing a dugout canoe, and shopping for Native American crafts. This is a great activity for families and couples alike with a variety of options at this event.
Fall Festival at Cox Farms
The Fall Festival at Cox Farms is a great, community-oriented escape into the agricultural heritage of Northern Virginia and is a great photo op for travelers as well as a solid day’s worth of events for any large group. Rides such as numerous slides, tractor-pulled hayrides, and mazes are joined with interactive exhibits for gold panning, milking a cow, and farm chores for a complete and educational experience. Embrace Northern Virginia’s agricultural traditions in a family-friendly atmosphere with the whole party at the Fall Festival at Cox Farms, located in tranquil Centreville.
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