11 Fun Fall Festivals in Arlington, Virginia

From local oysters and craft beer to cider and lively dancing, Arlington’s fall festivals will keep your toes tapping and your bellies full throughout the fall.

There are new events popping up all the time with delicious eats, cool crafts and local culture. Embrace the fall with some of these fun festivals in Arlington:

September

Discover Arlington Fitness + Wellness Festival

Fitness buffs and wellness enthusiasts will flock to Gateway Park in Rosslyn for the Arlington Fitness + Wellness Festival on Sunday, September 15, from noon to 4 p.m. This festival gives attendees the opportunity to experience some of the best local fitness studios and wellness companies. The fitness studios will be featuring 8-10 minute workouts every 20 minutes. The first 500 participants will be given a swag bag filled with passes for free classes, discounts, branded products and samples.

Clarendon Day

For more than 20 years, Clarendon Day has been one of Arlington’s best loved and most diverse street festivals, with several music stages, a large kids' area, arts-and-crafts vendors, businesses and nonprofit exhibitors from Clarendon and the region. You will find plenty of great food from local and regional restaurants, craft beers, Virginia wines and more. This celebration will take over eight blocks of Clarendon on Saturday, September 21.

Oktoberfest waitress in Crystal City
Oktoberfest in Crystal City

Crystal City Oktoberfest

Get in the Bavarian spirit at Crystal City Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., complete with local brews, German eats and a legit polka band— leiderhosen are optional, but encouraged. Sip on craft beer from more than 50 regional craft breweries, and munch on pretzels, sausages and food from some of the area’s top food trucks. Thanks to New District Brewing Co., this year’s Oktoberfest will include custom-made beers crafted specifically for the event. Advance tickets are $30 per person and include a full-sized custom mug plus drink tickets redeemable for all four exclusive beers

Valley Fest

New District Brewing Company presents the third annual Valley Fest Street Festival on Sunday, September 29. Enjoy live entertainment, local art, food trucks and, of course, beer in abundance. It’s free to enter and has a kids’ zone to keep the whole family interested. It’s $15 in advance for a Beer Package, which includes a 12-ounce Valley Fest commemorative cup and three beer tickets.

October

Latino American Festival

Enjoy an evening of live music and dance, delicious Latin food, art and artisans, kids' activities and more to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Taking place on Friday, October 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Arlington Mill Community Center, the Latino American Festival is free and open to the public.

NoVa Mac and Cheese Festival

Top chefs, food trucks and food vendors serve up one of the world's most popular (and cheesiest!) dishes at the NoVa Mac and Cheese Festival on Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m in Ballston. More than just a food festival, this event will also have an amazing selection of craft beers, wines and ciders to sample, plus live bands and entertainment, and the opportunity to vote for Northern Virginia's best mac and cheese!

Beckett’s Celtic Festival

Live music, dancers, pipers and plenty of food and drink take over Campbell Avenue in Shirlington from Noon to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 for the 6th Beckett’s Celtic Festival, a celebration with an Irish flavor.

Columbia Pike Fall Fest

An annual live music festival, Columbia Pike Fall Fest returns for its fifth year on Saturday, October 5. Enjoy beverages from Twisted Vines and William Jeffrey’s Tavern, along with food from local restaurants. Performances include Emma G, Bobby Thompson, Carley Harvey Duo and The Rock-A-Sonics.

Rosslyn Cider Fest

Fall means fresh apples and apple cider! Grab a cup of fall flavor at the second-annual Rosslyn Cider Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 in Gateway Park. Cider Fest features several cideries, live music and food trucks.

Shucktoberfest Beer & Oyster Festival

Local oysters are on the menu in The Village of Shirlington on Saturday, October 19. Sip on beer from over 20 Virginia breweries as you snack on local oysters and other street food at Copperwood Tavern’s 2nd Annual Shucktoberfest Beer & Oyster Festival. Bring the kids along for face painting, games and entertainment. Tickets are $35 and include 10 tickets and a commemorative beer mug.

Fall Heritage Festival

Celebrate the USA’s heritage at Arlington’s historic Walker Log House from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 20. Located in the Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park, the Fall Heritage Festival shares a bit of the country’s past with some old-time games and crafts, historic music and throwback clothing like coon-skin caps. Live like the country’s past residents by making a corn husk doll, working the cider press, writing with a quill pen, and churning butter. Admission is $5.

patrons and pumpkins at Fall Heritage Festival
Fall Heritage Festival​

Need more fall fun? Check out our events page for more fall happenings plus a fun selection of free things to do in Arlington.

Author: Talia Salem

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