August 2017 Festivals and Events in the Washington, DC Area

••• County Fairs. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to, Inc.

The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.

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Redskins Training Camp

2017 Dates to Be Announced. Redskins Park, Richmond, Virginia. Fans are invited to watch the Washington Redskins gear up for the season.

Howard County Restaurant Weeks

2017 Dates to Be Announced. Howard County, Maryland. The Farm-2-Table summer dining specials offer a great opportunity to enjoy locally grown products while trying new restaurants and supporting local farmers and food and beverage purveyors.

Free Summer Concerts

Find concert schedules for free family entertainment throughout the month in various destinations around Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Washington Nationals Baseball

The Major League Baseball's National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on DC's baseball team.

Outdoor Movies in the Washington, DC Area

Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular summer activity. Find the schedules of outdoor movie festivals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Summer Theater in Washington DC

With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2017 season. Enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment for all ages. 

Sales Tax Holidays

Various dates. See information about sales tax holidays that are set to encourage families to save money for back-to-school shopping.

Friendship Firehouse Festival

August 5, 2017. Bring the kids to explore the firehouse museum in Old Town Alexandria and enjoy crafts, live musical entertainment, free giveaways and more.

County Fairs in Maryland and Virginia

Throughout the summer the counties that surround Washington, DC each host a fair, complete with carnival rides, live animal shows, musical entertainment, arts and craft exhibits, and lots of food.

Bethesda - Montgomery County Restaurant Week

2017 Dates to Be Announced. Enjoy special discounts and pre-fixed menus at a variety of restaurants in Bethesda, MD. 

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

August 11-19, 2017. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, Maryland. (301) 926-3100. The county fair includes livestock competitions and displays, monster trucks, lots of family friendly entertainment and traditional fair food.

Washington, DC Restaurant Week

2017 Dates to Be Announced. More than 100 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches and dinners for reduced prices.

Alexandria Restaurant Week

2017 Dates to Be Announced.  More than 60 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC.

The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two, both priced at $35.

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Rockville, MD

2017 Dates to Be Announced. The Music Center at Strathmore,  5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Proceeds benefit the NIH Children's Charities - Children's Inn, Camp Fantastic/Special Love, and Friends of the Clinical Center.

Capital Dragon Boat Races

August 26, 2017. Southwest Waterfront, Washington DC The event celebrates Asian culture and brings a family-fun event to the waterfront community near Washington DC.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

August 26 - October 22, 2017. Crownsville, Maryland. The annual fall festival features a 16th century English village with authentic combat armored jousting, costumed characters, arts and crafts, food, live music and dancing, games and lots more.


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