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Grab a blanket, picnic and head to the countryside for a little wine tasting. Vineyards like Chrysalis in Middleburg, Va., pictured to the left, allow you to bring your own spread, though most offer snacks for purchase as well. (Courtesy Amanda Becker)
Grab a blanket, picnic and head to the countryside for a little wine tasting. Vineyards like Chrysalis in Middleburg, Va., pictured to the left, allow you to bring your own spread, though most offer snacks for purchase as well.

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Pumpkins are pretty much ubiquitous with fall. They are fun to carve, delicious to eat and provide the perfect backdrop from a weekend getaway. Butlers Orchard in Germantown, Md., Cox Farms in Centreville, Va., and Gaver Pumpkin Patch in Mt. Airy, Md., are just a few options in the region. (Getty Images)
Pumpkins are pretty much ubiquitous with fall. They are fun to carve, delicious to eat and provide the perfect backdrop from a weekend getaway. Butler's Orchard in Germantown, Md., Cox Farms in Centreville, Va., and Gaver Pumpkin Patch in Mt. Airy, Md., are just a few options in the region.

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Celebrate the Halloween spirit by taking a ghost tour like the ones offered at the National Building Museum, pictured to the left. They take place Sundays through the end of October. See Washington D.C. Ghost Tours or Ghost Sightings of America for more options. (Courtesy National Building Museum)
Celebrate the Halloween spirit by taking a ghost tour like the ones offered at the National Building Museum, pictured to the left.

They take place Sundays through the end of October.

See Washington D.C. Ghost Tours or Ghost Sightings of America for more options.

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Make fresh cider or pie with handpicked apples. Larriland Farm in Woodbine, Md., or Hartland Orchard in Markham, Va., offer a wide selection of fruit for that perfect fall taste. (Getty Images)
Make fresh cider or pie with handpicked apples. Larriland Farm in Woodbine, Md., or Hartland Orchard in Markham, Va., offer a wide selection of fruit for that perfect fall taste.

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No fall is complete without a lot of beer, which means that heading out to one of the regions Oktoberfest celebrations is a must. Check out Das Best Oktoberfest at National Harbor, Lovettsvilles Oktoberfest, Frederick Oktoberfest or click here for a list of parties throughout the region.(Getty Images)
No fall is complete without a lot of beer, which means that heading out to one of the region's Oktoberfest celebrations is a must.

Check out Das Best Oktoberfest at National Harbor, Lovettsville's Oktoberfest, Frederick Oktoberfest or click here for a list of parties throughout the region.

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Sharpen your blades and whip out your armor -- the Maryland Renaissance Festival is in full swing. Drink some mead, eat an entire turkey leg or watch a jousting tournament. The festival is held every weekend through Oct. 20. Click here for more information.(Getty Images)
Sharpen your blades and whip out your armor -- the Maryland Renaissance Festival is in full swing. Drink some mead, eat an entire turkey leg or watch a jousting tournament. The festival is held every weekend through Oct. 20. Click here for more information.

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Run through the fields or get lost in a maze at one of Maryland or Virginias corn mazes. Click here for a list.(Getty Images)
Run through the fields or get lost in a maze at one of Maryland or Virginia's corn mazes. Click here for a list.

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Northern Virginias largest fall festival includes more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits. Fall for Fairfax takes place Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (FacebookFall for Fairfax)
Northern Virginia's largest fall festival includes more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits. Fall for Fairfax takes place Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Bethesdas food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Woodmont Triangle. Taste of Bethesda will be held Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Getty Images)
Bethesda's food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Woodmont Triangle. Taste of Bethesda will be held Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Take your pick of which weekend and location to enjoy handmade goods at the annual Sugarloaf Craft Festival. The festival is held Oct. 4 through 6 in Timonium, Md. The Gaithersburg event is held over two weekends this fall Oct. 11 through 13 and Nov. 22 through 24. (Courtesy Sugarloaf Craft Festival)
Take your pick of which weekend and location to enjoy handmade goods at the annual Sugarloaf Craft Festival. The festival is held Oct. 4 through 6 in Timonium, Md. The Gaithersburg event is held over two weekends this fall: Oct. 11 through 13 and Nov. 22 through 24.

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The nations capital isnt just home to some of the most powerful people in the country, it is also home to some of the nations most delicious food. Try out some local flavors Oct. 12 and 13 at Taste of DC.(Courtesy Taste of DC)
The nation's capital isn't just home to some of the most powerful people in the country, it is also home to some of the nation's most delicious food. Try out some local flavors Oct. 12 and 13 at Taste of DC.

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Hundred of antique and vintage cars will descend on Maryland Oct. 19 for the annual Rockville Antique Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 330 p.m. (Getty Images)
Hundred of antique and vintage cars will descend on Maryland Oct. 19 for the annual Rockville Antique & Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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