October Events in Alexandria, VA
Looking for fun and thrills along with a few chills this October? Residents and visitors to the Alexandria, Virginia region will be treated to an array of annual festivals and events that are worth noting on the calendar.
Fort Belvoir's 23rd Annual Oktoberfest - Oct 4-6
Your At Home Team so proud to be celebrating our 15th year sponsoring one of the most anticipated events of the year. This is a four-day festival, highlighting authentic German food, beverages, music, and dancing! The weekend can be enjoyed by young and old. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day. For all of the detail check out our Oktoberfest page.
While the event is open to the public, 100% ID Check is enforced. Animals are not permitted on Freemont Field.
Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour—Oct 11-13
Join the community in celebrating the glorious history and flavors of Virginia wines at George Washington's Mount Vernon during this exclusive Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour. Guests will be free to tour the beautiful mansion and grounds and then will be treated to an evening tour and tasting within former President Washington's private wine cellar. Here, a guide will delve into the history of the magnificent estate.
Portside in Old Town Fall Festival—October 12
The Portside in Old Town Fall Festival in Waterfront Park is one of the city's premier fall festivals that celebrates the rich maritime history of Alexandria. Nautical demonstrations, historical lessons, live music and an array of children's activities abound throughout the day in Old Town. Learn how boats are constructed, explore some rare archeological finds from 18th century ships, and learn how to tie a few essential mariner knots at this fun and educational free event. There will also be multiple local food vendors onsite, as well as booths where craft beers and local wines may be purchased.
Fall Harvest Family Days at George Washington's Mount Vernon—October 19-20
Mount Vernon is the ideal place to celebrate the bounties of the harvest season at the Fall Harvest Family Days event. Staying true to its time, visitors are immersed into the 18th century from the moment they enter the property. The grounds become a place for horse-drawn wagon rides, era-appropriate games, and activities for the entire family.
Guests are welcome to visit the ground's Pioneer Farm where there will be incredible demonstrations of life during colonial times. General George Washington will even be in attendance himself! There are dozens of daily activities, including music from the era by the Itinerant Band, and the straw bale maze is an incredible experience every year. There will also be sightseeing cruises offered at half price during Family Days.
Lee-Fendall House Halloween Pumpkin Hunt—October 26
The Lee-Fendall House Museum Halloween Pumpkin Hunt's vast garden turns into a spooky zone where Alexandria's goblins and ghosts await. The 6th annual event is by far one of the most exciting October events in Alexandria for children, and spaces fill every year! This outdoor event allows kids to hunt for prize-filled pumpkins and other seasonal items. One pumpkin in each hunt will have a bonus certificate inside to exchange for a special prize.
Costumes are highly encouraged for participation in the costume parade, where prizes will be awarded and refreshments on hand. There will other fun festival-like activities, including:
- Halloween Games
- Craft Stations
- Sticker Stations
- Temporary Tattoos
- Spooky Story Zones
Remember, reservations are a must for the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt!
23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade—October 27th
The whole community is invited to participate in this annual parade—pets, children and infants included! The Del Ray Halloween Parade is the time to don magnificent costumes and scary Halloween garb and march the streets as judges will decide ‘the best of the best' from the sidelines. Awards are given for best pet costume, best stroller decorations and other categories, and there is no charge to march and compete in the contest. The parade routes throughout Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues, so observers should arrive early for prime viewing spots.
Don't miss out on these fun events and festivals in Alexandria, VA during the month of October. Mark your calendar today!