Finding Magic in October? – Come Explore NOVA this Weekend!

Finding Magic in October? – Come Explore NOVA this Weekend!
Are you looking for a little bit of magic and excitement to add some spark to your autumn season? Well, look no further – we have the perfect way for you to inspire your inner adventurer! This weekend, why not dare yourself to explore everything that northern Virginia (NOVA) has to offer? From breathtakingly lush forests and parks, to delicious local food spots and interesting culture haunts, NOVA is full of hidden gems waiting just for you. Immerse yourself in a brand new world this October: come explore NOVA this weekend!
Granite Heights Winery is hosting a Haunted Tour with Wine Tasting
October 20 · 6:15pm - October 28 · 9:15pm EDT
8141 Opal Road Warrenton, VA 20186 United States
About the Event
Step into a thrilling and haunting experience unlike any other with our Haunted Tour with wine tasting! As you journey through each of our terrifying scenes, you'll find yourself immersed in the eerie and chilling stories brought to life by our talented actors. And to keep the spirit of the occasion alive, each scene is paired with a carefully curated wine, some even with a food pairing. But don't fret, humor is also infused into the spine-tingling experiences. Be prepared to encounter mechanics such as flashing lights, loud noises, uneven surfaces, and unexpected actors popping out. You'll be laughing, you'll be screaming, but we ask you not to spill your wine as you go along. With comfortable walking shoes, you'll join a group of 16 daring individuals for a 30-45 minute tour that's strictly for adults. Rain or shine, the haunting never stops!
Wicked Wine Dinner
Starts on Friday, October 20 · 6pm EDT
5005 Wellington Road Gainesville, VA 20155 United States
About the Event
Indulge in a night of savory flavors and classy spirits at Out of the Blue's Wicked Wine Dinner! This event features two of California's finest wineries, Spellbound Winery & Chronic Cellars, ensuring a truly exceptional experience for all attendees. Savor the captivating aromas and rich tastes of each wine, perfectly paired with a menu of carefully crafted dishes. From appetizers to desserts, our culinary team is determined to leave you with a memorable dining experience. Don't hesitate to reserve your seat for what promises to be a night of indulgence and fun. Join us at Out of the Blue for our Wicked Wine Dinner and indulge in the perfect mix of mouth-watering cuisine and captivating spirits.
Wait Until Dark
Saturday October 21, 2:00pm
6300 Independence Avenue Bealeton, VA 22712 United States
About the Event
Experience the thrill of Wait Until Dark, a captivating stage production. Get ready for a sinister con man, two ex-convicts, and a relentless battle of wits. In the heart of Greenwich Village, Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy, unwittingly become caught up in a dangerous game when they are linked to a mysterious doll carrying a deadly secret. As suspicion mounts and the stakes grow higher, Susy must use her cunning to outsmart her foes and protect herself and her husband. With darkness as their only ally, the stage is set for a pulse-pounding showdown. Don't miss this gripping tale of deception and survival.
Battle of the Bartenders
Friday, October 20 · 7 - 8pm EDT
14067 Noblewood Plaza Dale City, VA 22193 United States
About the Event
Get ready to experience a night of unforgettable entertainment as we bring you the ultimate Battle of the Bartenders. Our talented mixologists are gearing up for an electrifying evening of shaken and stirred sensations that will leave you speechless! From start to finish, you will be transported into a world of pure flair, flavor, and creativity as our skilled bartenders go head-to-head in four exhilarating rounds of competition. Watch as they push the boundaries of mixology and showcase their unique skills in crafting cocktails that are both delicious and visually stunning. The stakes are high, and the energy is palpable as we wait to see who will emerge victorious and earn the title of the Best Bartender in Woodbridge. This event is not to be missed!
Drafts & Crafts: Full Moon Power
Friday, October 20 · 7 - 9pm EDT
14140 Parke Long Court #A-C Chantilly, VA 20151 United States
About the Event
Come and experience the perfect combination of good beer and art at Mustang Sally Brewing Company's Drafts & Crafts: Full Moon Power event. This is the best opportunity to explore your creative side whilst sipping on our delicious drafts and be guided by the power of the full moon! Whether you're an experienced artist, enthusiastic novice, or just want to have fun, we welcome you all. With all the necessary materials provided, all you need to do is bring your creativity and a thirst for some craft beer. So join us, spend some quality time with friends, and let your imagination run wild. Cheers to the full moon and the creative journey to come!
Glow In The Dark Cauldron Cartoon Cake Decorating Class
Friday, October 20 · 6 - 8:30pm EDT
10927 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
About the Event
Are you ready to spookify your cake game this Halloween? Look no further than Laura’s Custom Cakes’ unique twist on the popular cartoon cake trend! In this class, you will learn how to create a hauntingly beautiful Halloween-themed cake topped with a cartoon fondant drip – perfect for your next gathering of ghosts and ghouls. The class will not only teach you how to use glow-in-the-dark buttercream and fondant, but also how to use a variety of candies and sprinkles to create the ultimate witch’s potion. To make the experience even more fun, feel free to bring your own brew to enjoy while you decorate. Plus, each student will receive a 6” pre-baked and crumb coated cake, ready to be transformed into a spooky masterpiece. The best part? This cake design looks great both in natural light and under a black light! So release your inner Halloween decorating skill with this unique cake design, perfect for all intermediate cake decorators, including those just starting out.
Sip & String Jewelry Workshop
Saturday, October 21 · 3 - 5pm EDT
14067 Noblewood Plaza Dale City, VA 22193 United States
About the Event
Are you ready to tap into your creativity and unleash your inner jewelry designer? Look no further! Join us for a fun evening of designing, stringing and tying your very own gemstone beaded bracelets. Not only will you be creating individualized wearable art, but you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing drink from Q bar and meet other like-minded creatives. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or new to jewelry making, we've got you covered. Our workshop has three different kits to choose from, all gender neutral and waiting to be transformed into your own personal masterpiece. So come by yourself, bring a friend or even a date, but don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to unleash your creative potential. Check out our FAQs for additional resources, and let's get designing!

Alpaca Pet and Feed Experience
Saturday, October 21 · 10am - 12pm EDT
6895 Wellington Road Gainesville, VA 20156 United States
About the Event
Looking for a fun and exciting way to spend time with your family this October? Look no further than Merrifield Garden Center, where we're hosting a pet and feed experience over three full days at all three of our locations. Come and get up close and personal with alpacas, baby bunnies, and even a python! These furry and scaly creatures are sure to delight the whole family, and there will be plenty of opportunities for photos and even feeding some of these adorable critters. Best of all, you'll be able to take in our exquisite fall displays of pumpkins and plants while you're here. Make a day of it, and enjoy a fantastic family outing you won't soon forget!
Walk to End Alzheimer's - VA Tri-Counties
Starts on Saturday, October 21 · 8:30am EDT
9201 Center Street Manassas, VA 20110 United States
About the Event
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is more than just a walk. It's a global movement that strives to change the future for millions of families facing Alzheimer's disease. This walk not only supports and funds research, care, and support, but it also raises awareness about the impact of Alzheimer's on individuals and families. To make a difference, we need you to join us and register for the walk today at and help fight against this disease that affects so many. It doesn't matter where you're located, by registering you'll be making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s. We're walking for more time and treatments, so let's come together and start making a difference today!
2023 K9 Krawl 5K
Saturday, October 21 · 9 - 11am EDT
12099 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA 22035 United States
About the Event
Calling all animal lovers! Mark your calendars and get excited for the 2023 K9 Krawl 5K, an event that's guaranteed to make your tail wag. This fun-filled event is not only a great opportunity for you to bond with your furry friends but also an awesome way to support a great cause. Whether you're an experienced runner or just looking for a leisurely stroll, everyone is welcome to participate. This event promotes a safe community and stands in solidarity against domestic violence. Join the group as we embark on a picturesque route where you'll make memories and new furry friends that will last a lifetime. So, grab your sneakers, leash up your pup, and get ready for a fantastic morning of running, walking, and making a difference in the world.
Fall Decoupage Decor Workshop
Saturday, October 21 · 1 - 3pm EDT
3675 Concorde Parkway Chantilly, VA 20151 United States
About the Event
Get ready to welcome the season with a fun-filled DIY project! Join us as we create a 3 piece Fall decor using only three blocks of wood - a 12", 10", and 8" piece. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to transform these simple blocks into beautiful rustic decor items that are perfect for the season. Learn how to paint and give your blocks a warm Fall feel, and then expand your creative horizons by learning decoupage techniques that will leave your wood blocks looking stunning. The best part? We'll guide you through the project every step of the way, offering tips and tricks to help you create the perfect embellishments to take your decor to the next level. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm, and we'll provide all the materials you need to let your inner artist shine through!
The Moore Laughter Clean Comedy Show
Starts on Saturday, October 21 · 7pm EDT
9425 West Street Manassas, VA 20110 United States
About the Event
Get ready to laugh until your sides ache at "The Moore Laughter Clean Comedy Show!" Our upcoming show promises to be a hilarious night of comedy, full of belly laughs and witty punchlines that are safe for audiences ages 13 and up. You won't have to worry about any awkward moments or inappropriate language - our comedians are dedicated to bringing you clean, wholesome humor that the whole family can enjoy. So mark your calendar for October 21st and join us for a night of non-stop laughter!
Hallo-Swing with the Silver Tones Swing Band!
Starts on Saturday, October 21 · 7pm EDT
430 East Shirley Avenue Warrenton, VA 20186 United States
About the Event
Celebrate Halloween in style with the Silver Tones Swing Band, Wendy Marie, Gene Bates, and the Silver Belles vocal trio! Get ready to swing with a beginner dance lesson provided by the talented Ewa Burak at 7 pm. Put on your most creative costume and join in on the spooky fun! Don't worry if you're not a dancer as there will be plenty of seating available to sit back and enjoy some hot big band swing music. The Warrenton Community Center is the perfect venue for this event with its polished tile floor providing the perfect surface to dance the night away. Don't miss your chance to win the best costume prize! Hurry and secure your spot by purchasing your $15 advance ticket before they're all gone. And remember, seniors and students are only $10 at the door. Happy Halloween, and let's swing!
Halloween Baby Goat Bottle Feeding & Farm Animal Interaction
Saturday, October 21 · 2 - 3:30pm EDT
8954 Burwell Road Nokesville, VA 20181 United States
About the Event
Experience the joy of bottle feeding and snuggling with adorable infant baby goats! Join us for a fun-filled day where you can even dress up the baby goats in costume. Our Toy Nigerian Dwarf Goats are small, playful, and love people. They will nuzzle, climb, and jump on you, showering you with love and affection. You can even join them on the play sets in the goat field! Our goats are all about hands-on interaction. Don't worry about scratches, as their hooves are neatly trimmed for your safety. If you'd like, you can also visit the newborn infants with their mothers in the infant barn. Just ask the farmer on duty.
Capture unforgettable moments and take plenty of pictures with our goats. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shouldn't be missed. Plus, children aged 4 and under get in for free! For a limited time, we're offering full interaction with other farm animals and goats too. Meet Tater Tot, Chipmunk, Oreo, Precious, Captain Hoof, Thumbelina, Tinker Bell, alpaca Marshmallow, donkey Cupcake, ducks Donald & Daisy, chickens Cluck & Squeak, and occasionally kittens and our loving Great Pyrenees.
Relax and enjoy the view at our picnic tables overlooking the baby goat field and lake. And don't worry about the weather – the baby barn is conveniently located inside the goat field in case of rain. Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to connect with adorable baby goats while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Reserve your spot now!

Barktoberfest 2023
Saturday, October 21 · 11am - 2pm EDT
13065 Chinn Park Dr Woodbridge, VA 22192 United States
About the Event
It's time to break out the treats and leash up your furry friends, because Barktoberfest is back and better than ever! This event, hosted by Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye, celebrates all of Prince William County's beloved pets and their owners. This year's festivities will take place at the Chinn Park Library Fall Festival, promising a fun-filled day for the whole family. Attendees can expect animal adoptions, a pet-friendly photo booth, and resources for pet owners including education and services. But the fun doesn't stop there - you can also expect to find ideas for supporting animal welfare in PWC, pet-related giveaways, and more! And if you're an animal-related nonprofit or business, don't hesitate to become an exhibitor. Just use the ticketing link to apply, and know that nonprofits can exhibit for free while businesses are asked to make a $50 donation to the Prince William County SPCA. All are welcome - no registration required!
Stone Ridge Fall Community Yard Sale & Shred Event
Saturday, October 21 · 8am - 12pm EDT
41995 Greenstone Drive Stone Ridge, VA 20105 United States
About the Event
Don't miss out on the highly anticipated Stone Ridge Fall Community Yard Sale! Join us on October 21, 2023, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Greenstone Pool. It's the perfect opportunity to declutter, find hidden treasures, and connect with your neighbors.
Get ready for a morning of bargain hunting and community bonding. Whether you're a dedicated collector, a savvy shopper, or simply looking to make new friends, this event has something for everyone.
But that's not all! Thanks to our partnership with Rover Records Management, we're offering an onsite shredding service exclusively for Stone Ridge residents. Safely dispose of your sensitive documents and protect your privacy while supporting our eco-friendly initiative. Don't forget to mark your calendars, save the date, and invite your friends and family. This fun-filled day of shopping and connecting is a great way to support the local community.
Shredding service is FREE for Stone Ridge residents - just bring your Stone Ridge ID. Please note that parking is $10 per space for residents and $15 per space for non-residents. If you need more than one parking space, please purchase two tickets. Attention local businesses! You're welcome to exhibit at the yard sale. Secure your spot with the $25 Business Registration. And don't worry about unsold items. UpsideDown Memories will be available to collect anything you don't want to take back home.
Please be aware that there are no refunds for cancellations less than 48 hours before the event, and no refunds for no-shows. Don't miss out on this exciting event. We can't wait to see you there!
Warrenton Ghost Walk Tours
Saturday, October 21 · 7pm EDT
10 Ashby Street Warrenton, VA 20186 United States
About the Event
Are you brave enough to join the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail for a journey through Warrenton's legendary ghost stories? This is not for the faint of heart, as each group will be guided from the Old Jail in Warrenton throughout the town where storytellers will feature chilling tales of spirits haunting the town. Advanced registration is required for this spooky event and there are only six timeslots available for both nights. Tickets are $15 per person and it is recommended that no children under the age of 6 attend the tours. However, ghost hunters under 18 are welcome to join as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Get ready to experience terrifying occurrences, unexplainable happenings, and downright scary paranormal sightings. Will you dare to join the tour and uncover the secrets of Warrenton's past?
Hike and Wine Excursion
Saturday, October 21 · 9am - 2pm EDT
13220 Yates Ford Road Clifton, VA 20124 United States
About the Event
Come one, come all to our 2nd Annual October Harvest Wine Party! It’s a day filled with nature’s delicious wines and foods, all native to the Virginia area. Lace up your hiking boots and let’s hit the trails at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. After we’ve worked up an appetite, we’ll head over to Paradise Springs Winery for some lunch and libations. But the fun doesn’t stop there! We’ll have games, prizes, and fellowship with each other. And the best part? Lunch is provided by local small businesses, so you know you’re supporting the community. Bring your friends and family for a full day of adventure and fun. See you there!
6th Annual Bill Mehr Drop in Center Banquet
Saturday, October 21 · 6 - 9pm EDT
12351 All Saints Place Woodbridge, VA 22192 United States
About the Event
The excitement is brewing as we gear up for this year's banquet with the theme of "New Season of Service." After a long and uncertain period, it's time to come together and celebrate the new way of serving our community. As always, we're committed to supporting the Bill Mehr Drop-In Center, and we can't wait to show our appreciation in style. With fantastic entertainment, a delicious full course meal, and a silent auction, this banquet is going to be memorable. And with the chance to listen to a few special guest speakers, it will be an evening to remember. Let's come together and make this a night to remember while continuing to support those who need it most!
Fall Farm Days
Sat Oct 21,2023 at 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Sky Meadows State Park 11012 Edmonds Lane Delaplane 20144
About the Event
As the leaves begin to change, it's time to embrace the beauty of the season at Sky Meadows' Fall Farm Days. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the park's Historic Area, where you can see history come to life and take in the sights and sounds of a Piedmont farm. But that's not all: you'll also have the opportunity to explore a managed landscape rich in biodiversity, learn about native flora and fauna, and discover the craft of beekeeping. And when you're ready for a break, stop by our food vendors and listen to some live music. Don't forget that there's a $10/car parking fee, so grab your friends and family and come join us for a day of fun and learning amidst the changing colors of fall.
2Fingers' 3v3 Basketball Tournament
Saturday, October 21 · 1 - 7pm EDT
99 Adams Street Manassas Park, VA 20111 United States
About the Event
Join us for the thrilling 2Fingers' 3v3 Basketball Tournament on Sat Oct 21, 2023 at 1:00pm (Eastern Daylight Time)! Showcase your skills and compete against talented ballers in an unforgettable showdown. Registrations end on October 8th, 2023 at 11:59pm!
The tournament will be held at 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park, VA 20111. This vibrant location sets the stage for an epic basketball experience. Vendors like Second Servings Inc. Nonprofit and MVM Training will also be present. Click on the hyperlinks for more information.
All skill levels are welcome, whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out. Gather your friends and form a team to fight for glory and bragging rights. Get ready for intense matches, electrifying dunks, and jaw-dropping crossovers on the court.
The 2Fingers' 3v3 Basketball Tournament isn't just about competition. It's a chance to connect and have a blast in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Cheer for your favorite teams and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Don't miss out on this exciting event! Mark your calendars and bring your A-game for a day filled with thrilling basketball action. See who will be crowned the champions of the 2Fingers' 3v3 Basketball Tournament!
Cute & Creepy Halloween Cake Pops and Cakesicles
Sunday, October 22 · 11am - 1:30pm EDT
10927 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
About the Event
Get ready for Halloween with a fun and informative class on making cute and creepy cake pops and cakesicles! Led by Stephanie H. from Fran's, this class is perfect for beginners and those looking for a refresher.
During the 2.5-hour workshop, Stephanie will guide you through the process of creating these delicious treats, providing helpful hints along the way. Each student will get to take home 6-8 treats in a handy box. Be prepared to get a little messy - wear something you don't mind getting chocolate or buttercream on, or bring your own apron.
This workshop is open to students ages 13 and above, and children ages 10-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult enrolled in the workshop. All decorating tools and materials will be provided for use during the workshop. Plus, all students will receive a 5% discount on purchases at Fran's on the day of the class.
Please note that the class requires a minimum of 4 students and has a maximum of 8 students. If there aren't enough enrollments, you will receive a full refund. We understand that plans can change, so we offer some flexibility with cancellations. If you cancel at least 5 days before the class, you can receive a full refund or credit. For cancellations made between 5 days and 48 hours in advance, we can offer you a credit for a future class. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any credits for cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled class.
Mason Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 21 · 4 - 6:30pm EDT
4400 University Drive Parking Lot L Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
About the Event
Get ready for a night of spooktacular fun with the whole family at George Mason University's annual Mason Trunk or Treat. With games, sweet treats, music, and creatively themed trunks, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this family-friendly event. Held in Parking Lot L, conveniently located on the Fairfax campus, all are welcome to come out and celebrate Halloween in a safe and exciting way. Be sure to bring your costume and join in on the fun!
Poetry in the Park - The Artists Speak Out
Sunday, October 22 · 2 - 5pm EDT
9751 Ox Road Lorton, VA 22079 United States
About the Event
The NoVAC Arts & Letters Committee is proud to announce its highly anticipated 10th Annual Poetry and Spoken Word event! This magical evening is a celebration of the written and spoken word, where poets and performers alike come together to share their heartfelt and thought-provoking pieces. It's a night of creativity, passion, and emotional resonance that leaves a lasting impression on those who attend. From the rhythmic tones of spoken word to the poignant phrases of poetry, this event is truly awe-inspiring. Whether you're a seasoned wordsmith or simply an admirer of the arts, the NoVAC Poetry and Spoken Word event is not to be missed!
Drafts & (Family) Crafts: Haunted Birdhouses
Sunday, October 22 · 1 - 2:30pm EDT
14140 Parke Long Court #A-C Chantilly, VA 20151 United States
About the Event
Join Sheena, a licensed art teacher, for an exciting and creative experience at Mustang Sally's family craft session! The event takes place on October 22nd from 1-2:30 pm, and it promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for both adults and children alike. Sheena will be leading the group through the process of painting and decorating a wooden birdhouse. And don't worry, all of the materials you'll need are included in the cost of your ticket! You'll receive a wooden birdhouse, acrylic paints in a range of colors, and a selection of fun items to attach with glue. Bring your little ones and some friends, and join us for an afternoon of arts and crafts that will leave everyone feeling inspired and proud of their unique creation!

October is one of the best times to explore NOVA. Whether you’re looking for some fun outdoor activities or want to take part in all that Northern Virginia has to offer, spending a weekend in NOVA is sure to be a unique experience. Come explore with us this weekend and let yourself be swept away with the magic of October! Together we’ll discover why this autumn season is so special! Don't miss out on all the amazing things that Northern Virginia can bring - follow your curiosity and find adventure wherever it may lead you!

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