Hoo boy—many, many awesome things are going on this weekend in Loudoun! Scary things! Charming things! Healthy things! Things for every desire and disposition. Read on for some stellar suggestions of what to do with your weekend!

OM-y-goodness It’s YogaFest

If you’re in the market for some R&R this weekend, look no further than Morven Park, playing host Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the inaugural NoVa Wellness and YogaFest Retreat. We covered all the basics at length in Loudoun Now’s special September section—now it’s time to take action to support your health and well-being. Visitors to YogaFest can choose from a wide variety of yoga classes, meditation sessions, workshops, seminars and more. Delicious vegetarian and vegan food will be available on-site, and those who truly want to make a weekend of it are invited to check out camping options just a few minutes away at Middleburg’s Camp Highroad. Several ticketing options are available—go to novawellnessyogafestreatreat.com to get your pass and plan your retreat!

Boo! It’s Shocktober at Paxton Manor!

“I recommend eating after your tour just in case,” writes Loudoun Now’s Jan Mercker in this week’s issue, laying out some advice gleaned from her recent trip through Paxton Manor’s haunted house. The possibility of receiving one scare too many and tossing your cookies is not an outlandish one—this year’s Shocktober attraction is themed “The Carnival of Souls,” and, hot on the heels of the recent remake of Stephen King’s “It,” inside are several clowns fit to scare the britches right off you. Assuming you make it through the carnival fully intact, a variety of food vendors and local wine and beer await to calm shaky nerves. Best of all, proceeds from this freaky romp benefit the nonprofit Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, which serves Loudoun-based individuals with disabilities and their families. Tickets purchased online are $35 or $40 at the door. Shocktober is ongoing weekends through Oct. 29, but don’t wait until the last minute to treat yourself to some good old-fashioned blood and guts—tours sell out quickly and consistently! Visit shocktober.org for details.

Historical Charm for Days at the Waterford Fair

Truly one of the most idyllic town fairs Loudoun has to offer, this weekend’s Waterford Fair is a journey back to a simpler time. Visitors will find folks dressed in colonial garb roaming about the village, conducting demonstrations and playing music. More than 122 artisans will be on-site, as well as an impressive bevy of local food, wine, beer and spirits. The real star of the weekend is the town itself, decked out for fall and simply as pretty as a picture. Stroll around the streets to soak it all in, or opt to tour one of several incredibly well-appointed homes open to the public for this weekend only. The fair is on Friday through Sunday with several ticketing options available. Go to waterfordfoundation.org for directions, ticketing information and more.

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