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There’s a cornucopia of activities, not to mention the farmers' market and palatial pumpkin patch, at Burke Nursery & Garden Center's 18th Annual Fall Festival. During the month of October, Sundays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fridays through Saturdays until 9 p.m., at 9401 Burke Road, Burke, there will be pumpkins galore and hayrides all day--from a pumpkin fort, a ghost tunnel slide, rope swing and farm animals, to the fall produce market and the carveable pumpkin that comes with admission, the festival has something for everyone. $9-12. www.pumpkinplayground.com.

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Burke/Fairfax Calendar, Oct. 19-Oct. 31

Get up, get out and explore before October slips away; isn't it time for that date night, volunteering you said you'd do and some family quality time?

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Fairfax County Fall Fun Calendar

Along with the seasonal changes of fall—“sweater weather,” the oft-sighted decorative pumpkin, new menus and produce, and the swath of color across the treeline in every direction—come the fall events. Apple picking, parading through town in costume and spending time enjoying fall in Fairfax County are musts. Here are some favorite events to aid and abet your celebration of the season at hand.

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