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Today marks the first day of fall. There are plenty of pumpkin patches, apple orchards, haunted houses, and things to do in the Northern Virginia area this time of year. Check out our slideshow of our top 10 picks for Fall 2011.
  • #10: Cox Farms is home to one of the largest fall festivals of Northern Virginia. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting on September 24th. On its 90 acres, Cox Farms has 5 giant slides, hayrides, farm animals and their babies, CORNundrum Cornfield Adventure, rope swings, a kiddie zone, a pumpkin patch, local apples and fresh cider, straw tunnels, and live entertainment.
  • #9: Pumpkinville is an annual fall festival held at Leesburg Animal Park. The festival runs from September 24th through November 8th and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are pony rides, a kids hay maze, moon bounces, a free pumpkin with admission, hay wagon rides, giant hill slides, an inflatable obstacle course, straw tunnels and rope swings, kiddie karts, all-you-can-eat apples and fresh cider, and free entry to the Leesburg Animal Park. On weekends and Columbus Day, there is a 200-foot kids zip line, face and pumpkin painting, mini tractor rides, live entertainment, and camel rides. 
  • #8: The Fall Pumpkin Festival at Ticonderoga Farms is one of the few fall festivals that has already begun. The festival opened on September 17th and will continue until November 6th. The festival is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. At Ticonderoga you can pet farm animals, pick your own pumpkin, roast s'mores, make a wish in their wishing well, go on a hayride, and take advantage of their picnic areas. 
  • #7: Corn Maze in the Plains has been picked as one of the top corn maze attractions in the DC area and will be open September 24th through November 6th. Pumpkins from the organic pumpkin patch are just .42 cents a pound. It is open every Saturday and Sunday, plus Fridays in October and Columbus Day, October 10th. The festival is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., but there are a few special dates with Moon Light Mazes from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. 
  • #6: Great Country Farms Annual Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival is a great family fun event. It is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. September 24th through October 30th. The Pumpkin Princess (pictured in the slideshow) will be telling secrets from the pumpkin patch on Saturday and Sundays from 12 p.m until 3 p.m. Besides the Pumpkin Princess there is P-rez, the pumpkin munchin' dinosaur, derby pig races, rope swings, a corn maze, and more. 
  • #5: Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate for the Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Festival on October 22nd and 23rd from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can enjoy activities including horse-drawn carriage rides, early-American games, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, and a straw bale maze. 
  • #4: Don't miss out on apple picking this season. You can spend a day at Hartland Orchard, a family-run farm and orchard. Check the schedule to see which variety of apples you can pick in September and October. Hartland Orchards also offers caramel apples, pumpkin carving, cider, and honey during their fall festival weekends, which began on September 17th. 
  • #2: Oktoberfest in Vienna is being held on Saturday, October 1st and will run from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Come out to historic Church Street for a beer garden, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, and more.