Fall 2020 events in DC

Updated: September 22, 2019

Although DC is known for Spring, Fall is my favorite time. As the crisp bite of autumn begins to take the edge off the Summer heat, the locals crawl back out from their air-conditioned haze and wander to the many fall festivals that punctuate each weekend. Here are a few of the fun things to look forward to:

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September Events in Washington, DC


Sep. 5 @ 9a: Virginia Scottish Games and Festival - I try to catch this festival every Labor Day Weekend. My first time, the festival started off with a dude jumping out of an airplane and landing on the field exactly at noon. And then there was a tattoo of kilted bagpipe players and a parade of clans. You can’t make this stuff up, people! ...
5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plai  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 12 @ 10a: Virginia Native American Festival - $10 per person 5 and older Personally, I thought $40 for my family (including my 5 and 8 year old) was a bit much for the handful of tents. They do have to pay the dancers, but most of that money goes to Fairfax Parks. I’m not sure the value was there, but I did ...
Riverbend Park, Potomac Hills  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 12 @ 10a: Maryland Seafood Festival - Sandy Point State Park is less than an hour from DC and offers sweeping views of the Chesapeake at the foot of the Bay Bridge. The good news is that this is the perfect venue for sampling crabs and oysters while enjoying live music. The bad news is parking: Parking at Sandy Point will be available ...
Sandy Point State Park, East C  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 12 @ 10a: Wildlife Migration Day - The National Zoo hosts a day of hands-on activities and presentations by expert birders.
Smithsonian National Zoologica  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 12 @ 11a: Heritage Festival at Mawavi - Held each year in Cabin Camp 4, the Heritage Festival celebrates the long history of Prince William Forest National Park as a CCC project, a camp for urban youth, and a proving-ground for American spies in WWII.
Prince William Forest Park Vis  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 12 @ 11a: Prince George’s County Fair - The Prince George’s County Fair is one of the oldest in the region, but it has fallen on hard times (which just might be a boon for you). Last time we went (on a Saturday), it was virtually empty, so we were able to skip the rides and put our wristbands to good use. We ...
The Prince George's County Fai  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 12 @ 1p: Rosslyn Jazz Festival - For the past 28 years, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest has taken over all of the three-acre, urban Gateway Park. Last year, this much-anticipated annual event drew more than 10,000 music fans to the park for a day of dynamic, free performances. Come to hear live music performed by some of the biggest names in jazz ...
Gateway Park, Lee Highway, Arl  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 13 @ 10a: Takoma Park Folk Festival - This is a free festival from 10:30 – 6:30 the Sunday after Labor Day. TPFF will feature 60 musicians on 6 stages, with crafts, games and food.
Takoma Park Middle School, Pin  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 13 @ 12p: Adams Morgan Day - For those of us who have only seen Adams Morgan at night (ahem), this community festival is a chance to discover a whole new village packed with the vibrance of dozens of musicians and performers on more than 10 stages. Adams Morgan Day also features a kid friendly zone with field activities and obstacle courses.
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC,  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 19 @ 10a: Artsfest 2019 - Artsfest is a sprawling, family-friendly celebration of great music and art, hosted exclusively at the Annemarie Sculpture Garden. Enjoy jazz, blues and folk music, as well as an opportunity to acquire a masterpiece from one of the many nationally-renowned artists who descend upon the island each year.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Ar  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 19 @ 11a: ZooFiesta - The chief virtue of this mini folklife festival is the small crowd. Focused on the music of Central and South America, Zoo Fiesta also offers a chance to have an up-close encounter with animals from that region.
Smithsonian National Zoologica  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 19 @ 12p: H Street Festival - The annual H Street Festival brings musicians, chefs and performing artists together in a celebration of this quintessential DC neighborhood.
H Street Northeast, Washington  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 19 @ 12p: Fall Festival at Claude Moore Park - This weekend’s featured free event is the Fall Festival at Claude Moore Park. The Fall Festival will include a petting zoo from 11a – 3p. Other family-friendly activities include pumpkin painting and a number of other crafts. Adults will enjoy the photography exhibit in the Lanesville Ordinary, weaving demonstrations from the Foothill Spinners and Weavers, ...
Claude Moore Park, Old Vestals  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 20 @ 11a: Taste of Georgetown - One of the most anticipated events of the year, Taste of G-Town is an epicurean paradise. Sample dishes from Georgetown, DC’s foodie epicenter.
Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wa  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 25 @ 10a: Virginia State Fair - Rides are open every day, and the main attractions rotate every year to include Chinese acrobatics, motorcycle jumping, pirate shows, horse races, a drum corps and more. The food is a cut above the typical fry bread, and the little ones will delight in the “more than 5,000 animals in Virginia’s largest outdoor classroom.”
State Fair of Virginia, Dawn B  |    Add to Google Calendar

Sep. 26 @ 11a: Chickahominy Pow Wow - Thousands of visitors come to witness the crowning of Miss Chickahominy and to experience the singing, dancing and drumming of this special event.
Chickahominy Tribal Center, Lo  |    Add to Google Calendar

October Events in Washington, DC


Oct. 3 @ 10a: Art on the Avenue - The first Saturday in October is reserved on our calendar for this annual arts festival in Del Ray, VA. With live music on 5 stages, art for purchase, and multicultural food, the annual event brings tens of thousands of people each year.
2301 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria  |    Add to Google Calendar

Oct. 10 @ 12p: Portside Fall Festival - Celebrate the craft of wooden boat building, long a part of Alexandria’s history, along with autumnal activities, food, and the wackiest maritime event of the year. The anything that floats race will happen at 2:30p this year at waterfront park.
Waterfront Park, Prince Street  |    Add to Google Calendar

Oct. 24 @ 10a: EU Kids Festival - This annual festival of European performance and craft is hosted by the Embassies of the EU member states.
Washington D.C., DC, USA  |    Add to Google Calendar

Oct. 31 @ 11a: Maryland Emancipation Day - Each year, Montgomery County celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day with hikes, tours, and historic demonstrations. See the full schedule of events at the site link above. Some history of Emancipation in the DMV In 1862, before Lincoln signed The Emancipation Proclamation, Congress freed all slaves in the District, compensating slaveholders, such as the owner of Peirce ...
16501 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring  |    Add to Google Calendar

November Events in Washington, DC


Nov. 7 - Nov. 14: Feed people in your community - A few weeks before Thanksgiving, communities across America come together to replenish local food banks. The fun begins the first Saturday in November, when scouts drop off reminders and bags at people’s houses so they can collect extra foodstuffs in their pantry. The second Saturday in November, Scouts will canvass nearly every street in America ...
Washington, DC, USA

Ongoing Fall 2020 events in DC


Jan. 1 - Dec. 31: Smithsonian and Beyond! Museums along the National Mall - When Donald Trump fires up his Coleman grill and settles into the lawn chair with a cold one, he does so in the same back yard as all our Presidents since Adams (right!?). The view is marred only by the dozens of tourists visiting the museums and monuments frolicking in his back 40 (or, in ...
600 Independence Ave SW, Washi

Nov. 1 - Dec. 31: Tour Baltimore’s B-Side - Baltimore is a world apart from DC. The touristy waterfront is just the beginning. Here are some of my favorite, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Charm City, USA. American Visionary Art Museum | The Walters Art Gallery | Fort McHenry | Baltimore Museum of Art | Museum of Industry | Port Discovery Museum American Visionary Art Museum ...
1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21

Oct. 1 - Dec. 31: Visit Eden Center, DC’s Little Saigon - One of DC’s best kept secrets is Eden Center, where you can experience Vietnamese traditions, food and culture, just outside the DC city limits. On the far end of the shopping center is the Good Fortune Supermarket, which has a giant selection of exotic produce and live seafood!
Eden Center, Wilson Boulevard,


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