The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra has added a concert series for music lovers who can't bear to see summer end.

Their "Sounds of Summer" concerts will extend into the fall this year under the title "Autumnfest."

Small ensembles of symphony players have performed throughout the summer on more than 40 occasions at Fairfax County parks.

The park authority and the orchestra have agreed to continue the concerts during a handful of park fairs and festivals.

"The nice thing about it is that they're in a park setting, and you can sit under a tree and have a picnic," said Betsy Beall, programming section supervisor for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

The first event will be the Autumn Traditions festival at Colvin Run Mill, Sept. 12 -- 13, where the orchestra's ensemble will play.

The symphony's brass quintet will perform at the Craft and Fun Festival at Mason District Park on Sept 26.

The ensemble will be featured again at the Mum Festival at Green Spring Park, Oct. 3, a celebration focusing on the traditional fall flower.

German culture is the theme at the Octoberfest, when the new recreation center will be opened, on Oct. 4 at Providence Park.

The Fairfax Symphony's German Band will help create the atmosphere, along with German foods and crafts.

The Brass Quintet will close the season with two concerts at the Harvest Days festival at Sully Plantation Oct. 17 -- 18, when the life of 19th-century plantation dwellers will be demonstrated with tours and historical displays.