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Pumpkin Patches, Apple Orchards, and Fall Foliage Near DC

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Washington, DC and the surrounding areas have a wealth of pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and prime spots to see the fall foliage. Pick apples, carve pumpkins, go to a cider tasting, or just stroll around the city and admire the colors of the leaves in the crisp autumn weather.


Pumpkin Patches

Montpelier Farms
Upper Marlboro, MD

This sprawling farm with a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch is only about 40 minutes outside the city. Pumpkins five pounds and under are just $3, and a general admission ticket gets you access to a corn maze, hay rides, and a bonfire on those chilly autumn nights. Montpelier is also open late on the weekends so you can maximize the fun of the day.

Butler’s Orchard

Germantown, MD

This family farm is just 45 minutes from DC, so it’s perfect for a day trip. A day pass will cost you a mere $3 and includes access to the Pick Your Own fields, Farm Park Picnic Area, the Giant Slides, the Nature Trail, and the Farm Park Animals. You’ll find pumpkins and apples in October, and Christmas trees in November.

Cox Farms
Centreville, VA

You can certainly grab a pumpkin or two here, but the fall festival is the real reason it’s on this list. With live entertainment, hayrides, a petting zoo, and food and drink straight from the farm, you don’t want to miss this event. In years past, attendees have walked away with a free pumpkin on the way out.


Homestead Farm
Poolesville, MD

From now until Halloween, visit Homestead Farm and pick up a pumpkin of any size. While you’re there, check out their selection of fresh vegetables for sale, like tomatoes, green beans, and even decorative gourds. There are also plenty of farm animals to visit with and hayrides around the farm.

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Clark’s Elioak Farm
Ellicott City, MD

For $7.50 per person, you can pet the farm animals and visit the Enchanted Forest attractions, mazes, play areas, slides, and catch a hayride to the pumpkin patch. This farm welcomes you to pack a picnic basket and enjoy your lunch in the great outdoors. They’re open seven days a week until November 5, so stop by anytime.


Apple Orchards

Butler’s Orchard
Germantown, MD

For just $3, you gain access to this 300-acre orchard with 25 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees. You can also visit the Farm Park Picnic area, the Nature Trail, and the Giant Slides. Stop by and say hello to their sheep, miniature donkeys, goats, chickens, and Charlie the pig.

Larriland Farm

Woodbine, MD

This farm has apples, pumpkins, beets, radishes, and flowers, all ripe for the picking. They also offer hayrides that take you around the farm, over the river, and through the woods—which are decorated for Halloween. On the weekends, make sure to grab an apple fritter and a glass of fresh-squeezed cider.

Homestead Farms

Poolesville, MD

This farm is on the list twice because there’s so much to do, it deserves a second mention. After you pick your perfect pumpkin, head over to the orchard and grab some apples for just $1.99 per pound. They also have the most animals of nearly any farm in the area, with goats, cows, alpacas, chicken, sheep, and even a few farm dogs.

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Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Parkville, MD

Weber’s is a great place for apple picking and barnyard visits, but the best reason to come here is for the apple cider doughnuts. Their country bakery has some of the most delectable treats you’ll find, like hand-dipped ice cream, homemade fudge, and fresh-baked pies.

Stribling Orchard

Markham, VA

Much more than just an orchard, Stribling often has live music and wine tastings, and you can always enjoy breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Their Harvest House shop sells cider, honey, jams, salsas, local cheese and eggs, as well as fresh-baked goods to take home after your visit.


Fall Foliage

National Mall
Near Federal Triangle

Fall is the actually the best time to visit the Mall because of the crisp weather and the canvas of vibrant colors everywhere you look. Snap some photos by the monuments and memorials or take a selfie by the reflecting pool, where the fallen leaves make for the perfect backdrop.

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Duke Ellington Bridge
Woodley Park to Adams Morgan

Overlooking Rock Creek Park and all its autumnal glory, this bridge provides an aerial view of the stunning fall colors of the many surrounding trees. For the best views, come in the morning or early afternoon when the sun shines directly through the trees and illuminates every leaf.

C&O Canal National Historical Park
Georgetown to Cumberland, MD

While the colors will be stunning here, you can do much more than just observe the leaves at this park. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding, and some of the more challenging hikes have quite the payoff, with views of the Potomac River accompanied by forests bursting with color.

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Tidal Basin
Independence Ave SW

In the spring, the cherry blossoms here are to die for, but don’t discount the views in the fall. There are far fewer tourists in the cooler months, so pack a lunch, sit down by the water, and spend some quiet time among the trees. If you can make it here for sunrise, you won’t be disappointed.

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This is fall done the DC way. The seasonal installments in Palmer Alley are constantly changing, and this fall, colored leaves and twinkle lights will fill the space. Grab a hot chocolate from Dolcezza and a new scarf from Burberry to snap the most festive fall pic for Instagram.


Mean Girls

National Theatre



Presented by: National Theatre
Thru Sun, December 3
$48-$108 · buy tickets

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Directed by Tony® winner Casey Nicholaw (AladdinThe Book of Mormon), MEAN GIRLS is a new musical featuring a book by Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” Bossypants), original music by Jeff Richmond (“30 Rock,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde).

After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, MEAN GIRLS takes a look at friendships — and human nature — through a ferociously funny lens. Be the first to see this world premiere, produced by Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson.


The Second City Presents Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains)

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company




Presented by: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Sat, November 11 thru Sun, December 31
$20-$64 · buy tickets

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The one-and-only Felonious Munk returns to Woolly Mammoth to headline a new show from the creators of last year’s runaway hit, Black Side of the Moon… and this time, he’s put his own life story on the line!

He’s a thought-provoking standup comic, a TV personality, and an all-around good father and man… but he used to be a drug dealer, a convict, and a dangerous-ass mothafucka. Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) tells the hilarious and harrowing story of how one Black man went from six years in a state prison to a six-figure job in corporate America to a new life as an activist and satirist. Performed by Felonious and a cast of Chicago’s sharpest comedians, the latest installment in the long-running partnership between Woolly and The Second City will combine sketch, stand-up, and music to remind us that true freedom comes only from within.



Olney Theatre Center




Presented by: Olney Theatre Center
Thru Sun, December 31
$45-$80 · buy tickets
Call 301-924-3400 to order

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From the director of last year's hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to develop a love of live theatre, with this 40th Anniversary production, a new generation gets its shot. It’s the middle of the Great Depression in New York City, and hard-knocks abound, especially for Annie and her friends at the orphanage run by the sinister Miss Hannigan. But when billionaire-celebrity Oliver Warbucks requires the presence of an orphan to soften his image, Annie unexpectedly finds a way into his heart. Along the way, Warbucks attempts to help Annie find her lost parents, prompting Miss Hannigan to concoct a scheme intended to get her hands on Annie and Warbucks’ cash. Featuring Patricia Hurley (Mary Poppins).



The Real Americans

Atlas Performing Arts Center




Presented by: Mosaic Theater Company
Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center
Fri, November 10 thru Fri, December 22
$20-$45 · buy tickets
Call 202-399-7993 to order

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Inspired by 100 days travelling in a van through small- town America, actor/journalist Dan Hoyle enacts a multi-character encounter with the people at ground zero of our country’s growing economic inequality and polarized politics. Hoyle’s quest to “break the liberal bubble” sends him on an unforgettable journey into the lives of a new Mosaic of Americans: union coal miners, rural drug dealers, anti-war Veterans, and closeted gay creation theory experts...among others.


Maryland Opera Studio: La Clemenza di Tito

The Clarice





Presented by: The Clarice
Fri, November 17 thru Tue, November 21
$10-$25 · buy tickets

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Mercy prevails over jealousy, revenge and an attempted murder that sets Rome on fire in Mozart's last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Commissioned for the coronation of the new King of Bohemia and premiered three months before the composer's death, La Clemenza di Tito is an opera seria based on the life of the Roman Emperor Titus.


Madeline's Christmas

Gunston Theatre One





Presented by: Encore Stage & Studio
Venue: Gunston Theatre One
Fri, November 17 thru Sun, December 3
$10-$15 · buy tickets
Call 703-548-1154 to order

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“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” So begins this delightful story of Madeline’s Christmas! Miss Clavel takes the 12 little girls on a series of adventures when disaster suddenly strikes as everyone gets the flu! Everyone that is, except for the ever-resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. A jolly visitor in red appears who reminds Madeline and her friends about the magic of the holidays. We recommend this charming musical for ages 4 and older.


Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas

George Mason University's Center for the Arts




Presented by: George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Sat, November 25
$33-$55 · buy tickets
Call 703-993-2787 to order

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“The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker) kicks off the holiday season at the Center for the Arts with a beautiful concert of a capella music that includes gorgeous seasonal classical pieces as well as holiday favorites. Chanticleer is renowned for the seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass with their superior technique, sublime tone, and unparalleled musicality. 


Fanfan la Tulipe

National Gallery of Art




Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Sat, November 25

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East Building Auditorium

Fanfan la Tulipe features the fabled Gérard Philipe playing a warrior figure — “as bold as he is brave,” according to Madame de Pompadour. As it happens, Fanfan is also a real rogue, but then he meets his match in Gina Lollobrigida’s gypsy. (Christian-Jaque, 1952, 35mm, subtitles, 102 minutes)