Top Dog-Friendly Activities Around Fairfax County

We all know Fairfax County has some of the best things to do. But what about when you have a furry plus-one? These events, parks, and restaurants are the best for when you and your pup both need a day out on the town.

Fall Events

Image by: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

All the President’s Pups Tour
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and Sunday, October 27 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Why we love it: Did you know President Washington was a dog-lover? Learn about canine life at the Mount Vernon estate on a 1.25-mile walking tour. For an extra special day, attend on October 27 for a pet-friendly trick-or-treating event.

Where: Woodbridge
When: Saturday, October 19 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Why we love it: Think your dog is really the best? Bring them to PetOberfest to show off at the pet parade, do paw-print arts and crafts, and more. Don’t forget your leash!


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Mason Neck State Park
Where: Lorton
When: Daily 8:00 AM – Dusk

Why we love it: Mason Neck State Park lets you and your pet get outside all year round. Explore the wetlands, forest, and ponds while your dog enjoys the sounds and smells of the great outdoors.

Occoquan Regional Park
Where: Lorton
When: Daily 8:00 AM – Dusk

Why we love it: Occoquan Regional Park is great for keeping your family entertained with batting cages, hiking trails, and more. Your dog will be thrilled to accompany you through the 350 acres of outdoor space. You can even stop for a bite to eat on the Brickmakers Café patio.


Image by: Fair Winds Brewing Company

Alli’s Restaurant
Where: Lorton
When: Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Friday 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM; Saturday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM; Sunday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Why we love it: Whether you’re looking for an early-morning breakfast, a hand-dipped shake or a margarita with friends Alli’s Restaurant has what you’re craving. Enjoy all of your favorite foods and fun out on the patio with your pup.

Cock and Bowl
Where: Occoquan
When: Tuesday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Why we love it: Cock and Bowl is a great spot for you to enjoy craft beer and your pup to enjoy a fresh bowl of water. The street-side brick outdoor patio allows you to people-watch, dig in, and most importantly, spend some time with your dog.

Fair Winds Brewing Company
Where: Lorton
When: Monday – Tuesday 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Wednesday – Thursday 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Friday and Saturday 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Why we love it: Fair Winds is already one of our favorite breweries in Northern Virginia, but your pet will make it even better. Dogs are allowed in the taproom, so this is a great all-weather option for the coming winter. Make sure to check out their rotating food truck schedule for human treats.

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Featured image by Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center