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 and harvest events that punctuate each weekend. Although it is sometimes planned at the last minute, the Rosslyn Jazz Festival usually happens in mid-September. Here are a few of the fun things to look forward to:

Upcoming Events:

September 23: Bay Bridge Paddle — A great day of paddling on the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay Bridge Paddle proudly supports the Foundation for Community Betterment.

September 23: Weed Wrangle | Tudor Place — Like getting your hands dirty? Join us for a morning of weeding fun in the garden at Tudor Place.

September 23: Brownies: Outdoor Adventurer - Tudor Place — Identify bugs, birds and other wildlife at this urban garden adventure while earning your Outdoor Adventurer and Bugs badges.

September 23: Susquehanna Wine & Seafood Fest — The festival will feature 20+ local restaurants and food trucks including Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Conrad’s Crabs, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Faidley’s Seafood, Flash Crabcake Co., Shell &...

October 1: Takoma Park Street Festival | Main Street Takoma — Sunday, October 1, 2023 The popular Takoma Park Street Festival returns for its 42nd year of music, vendors, food and fun in Takoma Park. This year's festival takes place on Sunday, October 1, 2023...

October 7: 2023 Chincoteague Oyster Festival — Enjoy fresh, local oysters and seafood with a great fall getaway on beautiful Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

October 7: Dinosaur Park Open House — Tour the archeological site near Baltimore. The Dinosaur Park located in Laurel, Maryland is a property of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). M-NCPPC, Department...

October 12: Tudor Nights: Out of Print: Literary Treasures from Tudor Place - Tudor Place — Embrace your inner bookworm and discover what topics and stories intrigued Peter family members across time.

October 14: Girl Scouts – Juniors: Roaring Twenties | Tudor Place — Girls Scouts travel back in time to learn about the women who lived and worked at Tudor Place 100 years ago.

October 18: Tudor Tots: What Happens in the Fall? | Tudor Place — Learn about the changing seasons before making a craft to bring home.

October 27: Arlington Library Book Sale — We hold two large used book sales a year in the parking lot underneath Arlington Central Library at 1015 N. Quincy Street.

November 3: Books for International Goodwill — Book Sales July 14 3 to 5 July 15 8 to 2 Sept 15 3 to 5 Sept 16 8 to 2 Nov 3 3 to 5 Nov 4 8 to 2

November 4: Girl Scouts-Brownies: Roaring Twenties | Tudor Place — Girl Scout Brownies discover what life was like for women and girls in the 1920s before having a historic dance party.

November 15: Tudor Tots: Who Are You Thankful For? | Tudor Place — Celebrate friendship and learn about the history of Thanksgiving.

Big Fall Ideas in Washington, DC:

DC’s Newest (free) Museum
Planet Word

Explore the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail

Two children pose in front of a sign that says Visit Baltimore

Best of Baltimore: 3 Days in Charm City

The Top 5 Public Lakes Near Washington, DC

Como se llama?

The 5 Best Zoos Near Washington, DC

Julia holds up an ancient sharks tooth on the banks of the Potomac River.

Secret Spots to Collect Fossils
Purse (Nanjemoy WMA)

A boardwalk trail winds through Huntley Meadows.

The Best Birding Near DC

A peacock struts in the Frying Pan Park barnyard.

Take your sweet time at Frying Pan Park
Frying Pan Farm Park - Parking Lot

The 7 Best WMAs Near DC

A girl shades her eyes as she looks out over the gardens in front of a plantation house at Oatlands Plantation in rural Virginia

Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens
Oatlands Plantation Lane

Hike the Gathland State Park trails
Gathland State Park

The Whitehouse Overlook in Sky Meadows State Park offers the quintessential Virginia view.

Hike Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park

3 hours at Raven Rocks Trailhead on the Virginia State Line
Raven Rocks Trailhead

DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks

The Sierra Club bridge in Prince William Forest National Park

Best kid-friendly hikes in DC

the boss trail

10 Badass Mountain Biking Trails near Washington, DC

9 Spots to Golf and Putt near DC

Stroll Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy

Discover art & history in Occoquan
Occoquan Historic District

The Ultimate Guide to the Smithsonian & National Mall
600 Independence Ave SW

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

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

Fall Festival at Cox Farms
Cox Farms

Apple Gala & Cider Fest
Great Country Farms

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