NoVa Weekend Lineup Oct. 25-26

Current forecast calls for showers on Saturday (of course that’s when the majority of the events take place!), mostly cloudy on Sunday.


Great Kids Expo
Dulles Expo Center North Hall
Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Great Kids Expo is a kid-focused, fun-packed family event with live entertainment, educational sessions, demonstrations, and over one hundred exhibits selling products and promoting services for raising healthy, happy and safe kids of all ages. The Great Kids Expo focuses on a wealth of resources and entertainment for a family at any stage – from pregnancy planning – caring for your newborn – challenging your toddler to entertaining your children and teenagers (and yes Dad too). Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 2-17. For more info visit

Annual Ghost Train
Burke Lake Parke
Saturday and Sunday   10 am-6 pm
Come ride the Ghost Train at Burke Lake Park as it traverses a 1.75-mile loop through haunted woods adorned with Halloween decorations. The last train departs at 5:15 p.m. and all ticket sales stop at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person and children under 2 years ride for free. Passengers are encouraged to wear their costumes. Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. The train is accessible to all, but please leave your pets at home. For more info visit

Saturday, Oct. 25

2nd Annual Costume Halloween Run
Races start at Burke Lake’s picnic shelter A at 9 am
Burke Lake Park and South Run RECenter Team up to host the 2nd Annual Costume Halloween Run from 9 a.m. to noon! Participants must be in costume. . Group A (13 years and older) starts at 9 a.m. and Group B (12 years and under) starts at 9:15 a.m. Adults will walk or run around the lake and children will walk or run to the dam and back. The cost is $5 for children 12 and under; $10 for ages 13 and up. Reservations are required.  For more information, contact Laurie Strickland at 703-866-0566. 

Apple Festival
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum 10 am-4 pm
Join us for our fourth annual Autumn Apple Festival. Visit our exhibit “Virginia Apples for Flavor: The Story of Hill High Orchards.” See historic orchard tools at work. Learn how to make cider. Visit with local orchardists about heirloom apple varieties, and browse locally made apple products. Wagon rides weather permitting. Area farmers will sell apples, pumpkins and locally-grown produce. Learn how to buy fresh and shop local for your family. Museum admission is $5 for visitors 13 and older, $3 for kids ages 2-12, free for infants under 2 years. For more info visit

Pumpkin Patch
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly   10-11 am
Join in games and activities about pumpkins by the pumpkin patch. Enjoy hot chocolate and toasted pumpkin seeds and bring a small pumpkin to decorate. Reservations required. Program is for children ages 6-7 years. The cost is $3 per child with an adult. Children under 2 free. Call 703-631-0013.

Monroe Park’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
14421 Gold Dust Parkway, Goldvein  (Fauquier County)    10 am-2 pm
There will be a gold panning contest, museum tours, and one-on-one time with gold panning experts readily available to answer all of your questions. So bring the family out for this one-of-a-kind event and enjoy all that Monroe Park has to offer. For additional information, call (540) 752-5330.

7th Annual Fall Festival
Merchant Park
300 Duke St., Dumfries    10 am-3 pm FREE
A fun family day for all to enjoy. Crafters, community booths, face painting, Old Mine Ranch Petting Zoo, and treat bags for the kids. Call 703-221-3400 ext 115 for more info.

Sing-Along with Miss Belle
Reston Regional Library    10:30 am FREE
Songs and hugs for everyone. Birth-5 with adult. Call 703-689-2700 to reserve a space.

11 Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Breaux Vineyards, Purcellville 11 am-6 pm
Celebrate the 2008 harvest with Breaux Vineyards! Festivities include live music, winemaking demonstrations, special wine tastings, lobster and other great food, and activities for the kids. Lobster available by reservation only. Visit Web site for more info, including admission. For more info visit

Old Town Spooktacular event
Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, Winchester   FREE
Bring your little ghost or goblin down to the historic Old Town pedestrian mall for a little spooktacular fun in a safe environment. Take a historic ghost tours with Author Mac Rutherford at 11 am and enjoy trick-or-treating at old town businesses at 3:30 pm. Contact the Old Town Development Board for more info at or call (540) 722-7575.

Halloween Fun Day
Historic Occoquan     Noon -4 pm FREE
Merchants Association brings Halloween to Occoquan. Enjoy many fun things to see and do such as costume parade, hay rides, ghost stories, games, prizes and entertainment. For more info, call 703-499-8809.

Fall for Lake Anne
Lake Anne Village Center, Reston   Noon-4 pm FREE
Come enjoy free family fun on the plaza by the lake at Lake Anne Village Center. Live music, entertainment and activities, face painting & balloon artist, and trick-or-treating. For information, visit

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating
Old Town Warrenton
Parade starts at 12:30 pm  FREE
Dress the kids in costume and come out to enjoy this year’s Halloween Parade down Main Street. Afterwards, the kids can trick or treat down Main Street as shop-owners provide Halloween treats. For more information call (540) 349-8606.

Creepy Crawly Slimy
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly    1-2 pm
Most of the animals we fear are simply misunderstood. Learn about their “jobs” and gain a new respect for these helpful creatures. This program is suitable for children ages three and older with an adult. Reservations required. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. To reserve a space, call 703-817-9407.

Creatures of the Night
Huntley Meadow Visitor Center, Alexandria   1-3 pm
Step into the night-time world of bats, owls and beavers through self-guided displays, hands-on activities and a movie with popcornChildren must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $4 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Brambleton Fall Fest
Brambleton Town Center and Plaza, Legacy Park   2-7 pm
Brambleton’s fall festival includes live music including Rocknoceros, free pony rides, a Halloween train ride, bumper cars, mini pirate ship, pumpkin carving contest, and much, much more. Cost is $7 for kids ages 3-18; free for everyone else. Click here to view a brochure in PDF form.

A Taste of Thailand
Ashburn Library    2 pm FREE
Presented by Thai Basil Restaurant. Learn secrets of Thai cooking and enjoy a sample taste!

Apprentice Naturalist – VA Fall Forest
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly    3-4:30 pm
Walk with a naturalist to take a look at life in the fall forest. Reservations required. This program is suitable for ages 12 years and older. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve, call 703-817-9407.

Scars and Wounds Come Alive
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna    3:45 pm FREE
Scars, wounds and other stage make-up techniques are revealed in this hands-on workshop with Lois Walsh. For ages 12-18. For more info, call 703-938-0405. 

4th Annual Air and Scare
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly    4-8 pm
Discover the strange and spooky side of aviation and space at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center’s Fourth Annual Air and Scare. Hear stories about bugs in space, flying animals, and androids. Meet your favorite Star Wars and Star Trek characters. Take control of a creepy-crawly robot and a Mars rover. Create a spider finger puppet, a Halloween glider, witch rocket and other items to take home. There will also be face painters, story tellers, free simulator rides and activities just for tots. Parking is $10 per car; admission is free. For more info visit

Pumpkin Glow
Great Country Farms, Bluemont    6-9 pm
This spectacular display of over 2,500 carved and lighted jack-o-lanters is simply amazing. Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to enter in our carving competitions, including “best in glow,” “scarriest,” and “funniest.” Jack-o-lanterns are judged in three classes: K-5th grades, 6-8th grades, and adult carvings. Warm yourself by the bonfire and roast some marshmallows. Admission is $6 per person, free for kids younger than 2 years. Bring a canned food item for Interfaith Relief and take $1 off admission. For more info visit

Halloween Carnival
Falls Church Community Center
223 Little Falls Street   6-8 pm FREE
Infants through 6th graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, a haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. Click here to view a PDF flyer indicating schedule for different age groups. 

Halloween Goblin Golf and Bonfire
Lake Accotink Park, Springfield  6-9 pm
Adults and children of all ages venture onto the haunted golf course to play a round of golf with glow-in-the-dark balls, ride the festively decorated carousel while spooky music plays, and join in storytelling over a cup of hot chocolate around a lakeside bonfire. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-569-0285.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Flying Circus Airshow – Last show of the season!
5414 Ritchie Road, Bealeton
Gates/field open at 11 am; Airshow starts 2:30 pm
Bring the family to this unique place, where brave pilots perform stunts in antique biplanes. A parachute jumper opens the show, a wingwalker hangs upside down from the biplane’s wing, and more. Biplane rides available for purchase. Admission is $10 for adults; $3 for kids ages 3-12: kids 2 and younger are free. For more information call (540) 439-3978 or visit

Fall Festival
Deepwood Veterinary Clinic   Noon-5 pm FREE
There will be pony rides, hay-rides, face-painting, local vendors, games for kids, games for dogs (leashed pets welcome), animal rescue group dog/cat adoptions, dog agility demos, food, fun, etc. Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated. Proceeds to benefit animal rescues. For more info visit

Oh Deer!
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria   12:30-2 pm
Families go off-trail to look for signs of deer activity. Reservations required. This program is for suitable for children ages six years and older. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525.

Halloween Mobile
Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield   1-2:30 pm
Make a creepy creature mobile for Halloween at Parent must accompany children. Reservations required. The cost is $5 per mobile. Call 703-451-9588.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly   1-2:30 pm
Watch a short film about the five-lined skink, then assist a naturalist with a reptile survey. Head out into the outback to search, capture, identify and release reptiles. This program is suitable for ages ten and older. Reservations required. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve, call 703-631-0013.

Creatures of the Night
Huntley Meadow Visitor Center, Alexandria   1-3 pm
Step into the night-time world of bats, owls and beavers through self-guided displays, hands-on activities and a movie with popcornChildren must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $4 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

12th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
Mt. Vernon Elementary School Ball Field
2601 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria   2 pm
The Del Ray Business Association sponsors this annual parade. For information call Gayle Reuter at 703-684-3535.

Battlefield Illumination
Ball’s Bluff Battlefield    7-8 pm FREE
Join us in a battlefield illumination in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.


One response to “NoVa Weekend Lineup Oct. 25-26

  1. The Ghost Train sounds great! Thanks for posting so many great sounding activities!

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