Best 12 Fall Festivals in the Washington, DC Area

Enjoy a Variety of Festive Seasonal Events in the Capital Region

The fall is a great season for festivals in the Washington, DC area. The following fall festivals are "don't miss" events, offering great food, music and live entertainment for the whole family. Check out the best events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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    ••• Courtesy of City of Gaithersburg

    There are a number of great German fall festivals around the Washington, DC region. Enjoy a family fun event focused on German beer, food, music and dancing. (September and October) See the schedule of Oktoberfests in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia 

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    Maryland Renaissance Festival
    ••• © Rachel Cooper

    The annual 6-week festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a fun family event held in Anne Arundel County, about 30 miles from Washington, DC. (August-October)

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    Fiesta DC
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    The annual celebration highlights the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. (September)
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    Maryland Seafood Festival
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    An Annapolis tradition, the event held annually for more than 40 years, features The Capital Crab Soup Cook-off, live music performances, craft booths and family activities. (September)

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    ••• Courtesy of Georgetown BID
    Approximately 35 of Washington, DCs most distinguished restaurants serve sample portions of their signature dishes paired with complementing wines. The fall food festival in Georgetown also includes live music and children's activities such as caricature artists, balloon makers and jugglers. (September)
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    Adams Morgan Day
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    The annual neighborhood festival has something for everyone! Enjoy international food, colorful vendors, cultural demonstrations, dance performances, live music, & workshops on rumba, Mexican folk, Bolivian & salsa. (September)

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    H Street Festival
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    The festival showcases the vibrant developing H Street community with musical and dance performances, children's activities, crafts, international foods and more. (September)

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    Kids' Euro Fest
    ••• Theatre Viola's performance of "Endele Vendele" for Kid's Euro Fest. Courtesy of DC Public Library
    The month-long festival features more than 200 free cultural performances at various destinations around Washington DC. The event is sponsored by 27 European Union members and geared to kids ages two through twelve. Enjoy live entertainment, workshops and movies. (October-November)
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    Taste of DC
    ••• Chili eating contest. Courtesy of Taste of DC

    The food, wine, beer, and music festival in the heart of Washington DC features tastings and dishes from more than 80 of the region's best restaurants, eateries and food trucks, a Farm-to-Fork zone, and the chance to get up close and personal with local chefs and winemakers. (October)



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    Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days
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    Visit George Washington's Pioneer Farmer Site and create your own cornhusk dolls, take a wagon ride, or find your way through a hay maze. Each fall, Mount Vernon Estate welcomes the season with a weekend of activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations.  (October)

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    Mount Vernon Wine Festival
    ••• Courtesy of Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association / Photo by Maria Bryk

    Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with special evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by George and Martha Washington and live music on the east lawn of George Washington's Mount Vernon home overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Visitors can bring a blanket and relax on the lawn as they sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries. (October)

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    Taste of Bethesda
    ••• Courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership‎
    At the annual Taste of Bethesda, sample the foods of more than 50 restaurants, enjoy four stages of live entertainment and visit the kids corner for cookie decorating, face painting and giveaways. The Taste of Bethesda is held in conjunction with Best of Bethesda Day which features a classic car show and Rescue Day. (October)