Fall Calendar

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:

Upcoming Events:

Virginia Scottish Games and Festival

September 5: Virginia Scottish Games and Festival
5089 Old Tavern Road

September 5: #CapFest – The Capital House Music Festival – World Music Event - The Official Summer Opener! Free All Day World Music Festival

First Sunday Arts Fest

September 6: First Sunday Arts Fest
Whitmore Garage

September 8: Miku Expo 2020 - All support acts are subject to change without notice. Welcome to The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Complimentary parking is available on a first come, first serve basis and The Theater is located...

September 9: Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years - Welcome to The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Complimentary parking is available on a first come, first serve basis and The Theater is located adjacent to the Conservatory. If you are a suite ticket...

Virginia Native American Festival

September 12: Virginia Native American Festival
Riverbend Park

Maryland Seafood Festival

September 12: Maryland Seafood Festival
Sandy Point State Park

Wildlife Migration Day

September 12: Wildlife Migration Day
Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Heritage Festival at Mawavi

September 12: Heritage Festival at Mawavi
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center

Prince George’s County Fair

September 12: Prince George’s County Fair
The Prince George's County Fair

Rosslyn Jazz Festival

September 12: Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Gateway Park

September 12: Yacht Rock Revue The Hot Dads in Tight Jeans Tour - Tickets for this performance are currently on sale for summer 2020! Tickets can be purchased via wolftrap.org, by phone at 877.WOLFTRAP, or by visiting the box office. Yacht Rock Revue The Hot Dads...

September 13: George Washington Patriot Run - Race through history during the area's most unique 10-miler/5K! New this year: Mount Vernon will offer a 10 mile race along with its popular 5K! #GWPatriotRun

Takoma Park Folk Festival

September 13: Takoma Park Folk Festival
Takoma Park Middle School

Adams Morgan Day

September 13: Adams Morgan Day
Adams Morgan

September 16: Lucas Ashby: Artist in Residence - Having spent his childhood traveling with his internationally touring parents, Brazilian jazz vocalist Kenia and trombonist Jay Ashby, Lucas Ashby’s experience of music has always consisted of a...

September 17: Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj - Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon is known for his beat-boxing, rhyming, and storytelling skills. This collaboration with violinist Nistha Raj offers a contemporary take on classical...

Artsfest 2019

September 19: Artsfest 2019
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

ZooFiesta

September 19: ZooFiesta
Smithsonian National Zoological Park

H Street Festival

September 19: H Street Festival
H Street Northeast

Fall Festival at Claude Moore Park

September 19: Fall Festival at Claude Moore Park
Claude Moore Park

Taste of Georgetown

September 20: Taste of Georgetown
Georgetown Waterfront Park

September 21: Five Giants of Romantic Music: Friends in Life, Rivals in Art - Smithsonian Associates - Popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin combines lecture and piano demonstrations to examine the lives and work of Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, and...

Virginia State Fair

September 25: Virginia State Fair
State Fair of Virginia

Chickahominy Pow Wow

September 26: Chickahominy Pow Wow
Chickahominy Tribal Center

September 26: Season Opening Gala Concert - Attend the most glamorous event of the season! Gianandrea Noseda begins his fourth season as NSO Music Director with an evening of Spanish flair featuring Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro and famous arias...

October 1: Beethoven at 250: Ehnes - Under the baton of maestro Noseda, two-time Grammy® winner James Ehnes returns for an astounding interpretation of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Then, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9—hear it as a sunlit...

Art on the Avenue

October 3: Art on the Avenue
2301 Mt Vernon Ave

October 8: Beethoven at 250: Missa Solemnis - It’s not only one of the mightiest, most ambitious masses in existence—it’s the supreme spiritual vision of a genius and an intimate self-portrait of a human soul. With Noseda at the helm,...

Portside Fall Festival

October 10: Portside Fall Festival
Waterfront Park

October 10: LIVE MUSIC: Featherburn - LET'S JAM! Accordion-powered romp-rock trio Featherburn comes stacked with groove, grit and rhapsody. Dynamic, quirky, theatrical; the band weaves folk, punk, eastern Europe and rock into volcanic...

October 15: Paired to Perfection: Christina & Michelle Naughton - Identical twin sisters and piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton make their anticipated NSO debuts in Poulenc’s delightfully witty Concerto. Maestro Yan Pascal Tortelier concludes the evening...

EU Kids Festival

October 24: EU Kids Festival
Washington D.C.

October 27: Lang Lang - “The hottest artist on the classical music planet” (The New York Times) brings his dazzling piano talents to a performance of music by Qigang Chen, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky.

Maryland Emancipation Day

October 31: Maryland Emancipation Day
16501 Norwood Rd

Feed people in your community

November 7: Feed people in your community
Washington

November 15: George Winston - Iconic pianist George Winston has inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing...

November 17: Igor Stravinsky: The Masterworks - Smithsonian Associates - Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein surveys Stravinsky’s major accomplishments, from his early ground-breaking music for the Ballets Russes, through the neoclassical masterworks...

Seasonal Picks:

Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens

Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens
Oatlands Plantation Lane

Hike the Gathland State Park trails

Hike the Gathland State Park trails
Gathland State Park

Is Kent Island the best beach destination that you’ve never heard of?

Is Kent Island the best beach destination that you’ve never heard of?

Hike Sky Meadows State Park

Hike Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park

Beach Barbecue at Freestone Point, Leesylvania State Park

Beach Barbecue at Freestone Point, Leesylvania State Park
Leesylvania State Park Barbecue Parking

DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks

DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks

Kid-friendly hikes near Washington, DC

Kid-friendly hikes near Washington, DC

10 Badass Mountain Biking Trails near Washington, DC

10 Badass Mountain Biking Trails near Washington, DC

Hike the Potomac: 30 Best Places to Explore Along the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail

Hike the Potomac: 30 Best Places to Explore Along the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail

Free Saturday Morning Live at The National Theater DC

Free Saturday Morning Live at The National Theater DC
1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Discover art & history in Occoquan

Discover art & history in Occoquan
Occoquan Historic District

Tour Udvar Hazy Center, Smithsonian’s best Air and Space Museum

Tour Udvar Hazy Center, Smithsonian’s best Air and Space Museum
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy

Smithsonian and Beyond!  Best museums along the National Mall

Smithsonian and Beyond! Best museums along the National Mall
600 Independence Ave SW

Tour Baltimore’s B-Side

Tour Baltimore’s B-Side
1415 Key Hwy

Wander Mawavi (Prince William Forest Park), the largest National Park in the DMV

Wander Mawavi (Prince William Forest Park), the largest National Park in the DMV
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center

Visit the Holy Land, in Brookland

Visit the Holy Land, in Brookland
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

Visit Eden Center, DC’s Little Saigon

Visit Eden Center, DC’s Little Saigon
Eden Center

Explore Burke Lake

Explore Burke Lake
Burke Lake Park

Get lost in Meadowlark Gardens

Get lost in Meadowlark Gardens
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens & Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Top 7 best ice skating rinks in DC

Top 7 best ice skating rinks in DC
Sculpture Garden Pavilion Cafe

Tour 1 West Mount Vernon Place

Tour 1 West Mount Vernon Place
Walters Art Museum

Fall Festival at Cox Farms

Fall Festival at Cox Farms
Cox Farms

Apple Gala & Cider Fest

Apple Gala & Cider Fest
Great Country Farms

Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park

Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park
Peirce Mill

The Maryland Renaissance Festival at Revel Grove

The Maryland Renaissance Festival at Revel Grove
Maryland Renaissance Festival (MDRF)

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