The first day of Autumn is Wednesday, September 23rd and we cannot wait to celebrate fall at some of these great Festivals in Loudoun County! There truly is something for everyone on this list!

JS Realty Fall Fest Pumpkin VillageOpen: Now – November 3rd

Leesburg Animal Park
19270 James Monroe Hwy
Leesburg, VA
Enjoy lots of fun fall activities including: Hay rides, Moon bounces, Pony rides, Camel rides, Petting zoo, Exotic animals like Lemurs, Zebras, African Serval Cats, Giant Aldabra Tortoises & more!
Admission Fee: Fee Varies depending on date – visit the website.

JS Realty Fall Fest Great Country FarmsOpen: Saturday, September 26 thru Saturday, October 31
Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA
Visit the largest u-pick pumpkin patch in Northern Virginia and pick your pumpkin right off the vine! Cheer on the swine at the Infamous Oinkintucky Derby Pig Races. Play on the 2800 sq ft. Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, The Double Barrel 60′ Slide, or Rubber Ridge – a tractor tire mountain.
Admission Fee: weekdays: $8 child, $10 adult, weekends and Columbus Day: $10 child, $12 adult

JS Realty Fall Fest Temple HallOpen: Friday, September 25 – Tuesday, November 3
Temple Hall Farm Regional Park

5855 Limestone School Rd
Leesburg, VA
Loudoun County’s BIGGEST Fall event! Use the Pumpkin Blasters to launch a pumpkin 100 yards through the air! Try your hand at the Paintball Shooting Gallery! And don’t forget about the corn maize!
Admission Fee: Visit website for pricing.

JS Realty Fall Fest OktoberfestSaturday, September 26 – 10AM to 10PM

Town of Lovettsville
6 East Pennsylvania Ave

Lovettsville, VA
Celebrate Lovettsville’s rich German heritage with authentic German cuisine, live music performances, street performers, beer, wine and more. Take the kids to Kinderfest for FREE games and activities. Over 120 art, crafts, and service vendors lining the streets.
Admission: FREE, parking is FREE, trolleys are FREE, and the all day entertainment is FREE!

JS Realty Fall Festival Pumpkin PatchSaturday, October 10 – 1PM to 7PM

Brambleton Town Center
42395 Ryan Road
Brambleton, VA
Brambleton’s largest event of the year! Find rides, moon bounces, food vendors, beer, a chili-cook off, cornhole challenge and live music.
Admission: Free to attend, unlimited ride wristbands are $15 per person

JS Realty Fall Fest Joshua's HandsSaturday, October 10 – 10AM to 5PM

Guthrie’s Farm
8327 Charles Town Pike
Waterford, VA
Food, Fun, Kids’ Crafts, Games, Petting Farm, Lunch, and Live Entertainment! A Fall Festival for all!
Admission Fee: Free

JS Realty Fall Fest LansdowneSunday, October 11 – 11AM to 4PM
Pavilion at Lansdowne Resort
44050 Woodbridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA
Lansdowne Resort will be hosting the first ever Lansdowne Fall Beer Festival, featuring 12 brewers and craft beer lovers from Loudoun County and the surrounding area. Jumpin’ Jupiter – a local “rockin” band, will keep your toe tapping all afternoon! Enjoy delicious food from our chefs, several local food trucks, beer, wine, and sweets!
Admission: Purchase tickets through the EventBrite site.

JS Realty Fall Fest AldieSaturday, October 17 – 9AM to 5PM
Village of Aldie
39401 John Mosby Hwy

Aldie, VA
Vendors will feature antiques, crafts, jewelry, food, and collectibles. Historic and civic organizations will highlight notable events and people in Aldie’s history. Tour the Aldie Mill which will be open for milling! The famous Aldie Duck Race winds up the day at 4:00!
Admission Fee: Free to attendees; $5 parking

JS Realty Fall Fest Oatlands Tractor RideSunday, October 18 – 1PM to 5PM
Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln
Leesburg, VA
Celebrate Autumn at Oatlands!!  Enjoy an exciting day of family fun activities. Music by the Shenandoah Travelers. Food by Pauly’s Rib Shack, Pop Pop’s Kettle Corn, Shenandoah Juice and Java. Bake Sale, Antiques, Hayrides, Crafts, Games and more!  Beer, wine, and hard cider available for purchase.
Admission Fee: $20 per family/$10 individual ticket

JS Realty Fall Fest Doukenie
Saturday, October 24 – 10AM to 6PM
Doukenie Winery
14727 Mountain Road
Purcellville, VA
Celebrate the harvest with a barrel tasting event open to the general public. Enjoy delicious BBQ from Monk’s BBQ. Rain or shine!
Admission Fee: $15/person

JS Realty Fall Fest LoCo BrewFest
Saturday, October 24 – 1PM to 6PM
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
21730 Red Rum Drive #142
Ashburn, VA
Head over to the first ever LoCo Brewfest at Lost Rhino Brewing Company, presented in conjunction with Visit Loudoun. This will be the first festival to feature breweries from Loudoun County exclusively!
Admission Fee: $30 VIP Ticket/$20 General Admission


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JS Realty Girl holding her thumbs downIf you have school aged children, then chances are, about 3 days ago you started the countdown to the new school year! Summer has been fun and the heat has been a welcome break from all.that.snow. But the kids are starting to get restless and complain – “We’re going to the [insert fun thing you never got to do this much at that age] again? Well hang in there just a few more weeks, because Loudoun County Public Schools start on Monday, August 31st!

Here’s what you’ll need to get everyone ready for that 1st day back!

JS Realty Shopping SuppliesIf you were lucky enough to have a school that lets you order pre-packaged supplies (like these), then you’re in the clear. The rest of us, however, need to go searching for 46 glue sticks and 92 pre-sharpened pencils. If you’re not sure what’s on the supply list this year, just visit your child’s school website. Each one has a downloadable copy of their supply needs, by grade.

school supply listAnother great way to get the lists is to take a trip to your closest Target – most will have a document holder stuffed with copies of the supply lists from the schools nearest the store. And the lists are conveniently located right in front of the huge supply section!

no taxesTake advantage of the savings! This weekend (August 7-9) is Virginia’s “Sales Tax Holiday” – consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone.

kid asleep The first day of school is no time for a drastic adjustment of household sleep schedules. It’s better to ease children back into a routine gradually. So, how, after months of sleeping late, do you get the kids used to earlier wake-up times without creating household chaos first thing in the morning? During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to rise in order to catch the bus on time! While everyone is a little different, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that kids aged 6-13 need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night. Children aged 14-18 need about 8-10 hours per night.

meal prep kids cookingYounger children, in particular, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Especially those dealing with half-day Kindergarten! Regardless of whether your child will attend in the morning, afternoon, or all day, their tummies will be rumbling when they get home. Plan meals and snacks to accustom little ones to rituals of the school day before the year begins.

healthy lunch js realtyDon’t forget the lunch box! It’s easy to slap a sandwich together, toss in a juice box and an apple, and call it a day. But that gets boring, and what happens if you forgot to buy bread yesterday… or your kid refuses to eat a sandwich? We found a great article, “10 Easy Ideas for Better Lunch Bags” that will jazz things up a bit, but don’t include you standing in the kitchen for 3 hours carving animals out of carrots.

If you’re looking for a great way to give back to the community, there are several ways you can help.

jsrealty4uThe Salvation Army is accepting donations for “Tools for School” – a program that provides backpacks and supplies for kids in need.

Generosity Feeds is helping to fight hunger here in Loudoun County and regularly hosts events where you can help make and package thousands of meals for children.

Loudoun Education Foundation provides funding and resources to strengthen the quality of the Loudoun County Public School System.

Loudoun County LCPS JS RealtyLoudoun County Public Schools rank among some of the highest in the nation. If you’re in the market for a new house, contact us today. We would love to show you some amazing homes in this great school district!

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