This weekend marks the end of many of the fall festivals, and a couple of them celebrate with pumpkin smashes! Current forecast calls for clear days with highs of 59 degrees Saturday, 56 on Sunday.
Pumpkin Chunkin’ Weekend
Great Country Farms, Bluemont
Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm
Bring your leftover jack-o-lantern to our smashin’ session and let it fly! The Silo Drop and the Zip Wire Sploosh let you do the smashin’ yourself or bring your pumpkin the Pumpkin Drop Zone and add it to our upside down “fireworks display” as the pumpkins are dropped from a lift over our parking lot. You will be sure to love giving your pumpkin one final ride while you enjoy one last weekend of cow train rides, swings, slides and mazes before winter settles over the farm! Admission is $8
Pumpkin Madness Days
Cox Farms, Centreville
Saturday-Tuesday 10 am-5 pm
Have a smashin’ good time at the grand finale of this year’s fall festival, when you can bring your used jack o’lanterns and see them dropped, hurled, squished and smashed. Admission is $15 on weekends, $9 on weekdays. For deals, including 30% discount for members, visit www.coxfarms.com.
Saturday, Nov. 1
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly 10-11:30 am
On its way eastward the coyote hybridized with timber wolves in the north and red wolves in the south and possibly wild dogs. Thus, at 20 to 45 pounds, the eastern coyote is bigger than its western cousin. View night-camera photos of coyotes in the park, listen to taped calls and check a tracking pit. This program is suited for ages eight and older. Reservations required. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.
Prepurchase Santa Breakfast tickets
Dulles Town Center
Customer Service Desk, Lower Level 10 am-9:30 pm
Opening day to purchase tickets for the Nov. 14th Santa Breakfast, which includes photo coupon with Santa (at the Santa set), a Chik-fil-A breakfast and various holiday entertainment. Tickets are $10 per child; there are only 200 available and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Cash only.
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton 1-2 pm
Join this guided walk as our fall foliage transforms and the wildlife prepares for the upcoming winter. Meet at Bay View Trail Head. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Mammals: Fluffy Encounters
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly 1-2 pm FREE
Journey into the forest and look for signs of the many mammals that make Cub Run Stream Valley their home. Hike with a naturalist and enjoy hands-on activities that will teach you about our fluffy relatives. Reservations required. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. Call 703-817-9407.
American Girl Camp
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna 1-4 pm FREE
Enjoy a day of fun with your American Girl doll! Activities, games, and crafts to be featured. Please, bring your American Girl Doll, doll clothes and accessories. Age 8-11. Call 703-938-0405 to reserve a space.
Unison Heritage Day
Unison (about 5 miles north of Middleburg), Loudoun County 1-5 pm FREE
This year’s festival will include folksy bluegrass by the Willow Branch Band from Charlottesville, a barbecue feast, live auctions, and much more. Children will enjoy the annual visit of the Piedmont Fox Hounds, the nation’s oldest foxhunt. Tour the 150-plus year old Unison Methodist Church, as well as the dirt roads and antique rock walls surrounding the village, and learn about the upcoming designation of Unison as a Civil War Battlefield. Civil War expert Rob Hodge will bring in the cavalry, the Confederate fife and drum corps, and the big guns of an artillery battery to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Unison as it coincides with the first weekend of November this year as it did 146 years ago on Nov. 2, 1862. Cost is $20 per person in advance, $25 per person at the gate; free for kids younger than 16 years. For more info, visit http://www.unisonva.org.
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Stories, songs, a video storybook and a craft.
Recommended for ages 3 – 6.
1001 Arabian Nights: The Story of Aladdin
Cascades Library 2 pm FREE
Audience participation is encouraged to help tell this timeless classic presented by the Virginia Stage Company. Recommended for all ages. Sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Register online or call 540-822-5824. Sponsored by Lovettsville Advisory Board.
The Rolling Coyotes – Folk Music from West Virginia
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
The Rolling Coyotes feature finely-tuned harmonies, textured arrangements, good humor and originality. Their provocative songs will warm your heart, challenge your mind, make you tap your toes and laugh out loud! Recommended for all ages.
Indians of Arlington
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington 2 pm FREE
This program introduces participants to Native American history of Arlington through a slide show, hands-on activities and a ½ mile walk. Special emphasis on how we can understand the land better by understanding the cultures of people who lived here (and vice-versa!). For adults and children age 8 and older.
Native American Storytelling, Games and Hunting Skills
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 2-3:30 pm
Explore the culture of Eastern Woodland Indians during the period of first European contact with your choice of two afternoon sessions filled stories and games at . Children will enjoy storytelling and a puppet show. Families experience games including tossing sticks, corn cob darts and “jackrabbit.” Enjoy a woodland walk as the naturalist relates the use of native plants and animals to commodities in our grocery stores and pharmacies. Make a craft to take home. This program is suited for children ages 4 and older with an adult. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Railroad Open House
550 Railroad Avenue, Quantico 10-11 am FREE
Free public open house at the Quantico Depot. Suitable for all ages and family friendly. See an operating model railroad. For more info visit www.pwmrc.org.
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville 10 am-Noon FREE
Join Phil Daley as he explores the forest reserve in fall. During this free family hike, we will look at how plants and animals prepare for winter. Also, come and enjoy the fall foliage in this heavily forested preserve. Meet at the Neersville Volunteer Fire Station on Rt. 671 at 10 a.m. To register sign up online or contact Phil Daley at 540-338-6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest Moon Candy Hunt
The Lawn of the Manassas Museum
9101 Prince William Street 5:30-7:30 pm
The City of Manassas Recreation and Parks Department have created a safe environment for the little ones to enjoy some Halloween fun. Bring a flashlight and a loot bag. Don’t forget to enter your child in the costume contest just before the hunt. And parents, don’t forget to bring your camera. There’s prizes and candy for all. Admission is $5.