The Washington, D.C. area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host many annual festivals and special events. All activities and details mentioned are subject to change, so please check particular event websites and/or social media pages or call event contact numbers to confirm information.
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Maryland Renaissance Festival - On weekends through late Oct. Crownsville, MD. Explore a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games, and plenty more to do. Held on the grounds of the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, the festival attracts more than 14,000 visitors each day. Rent Renaissance-era costumes if you like, while you stroll around to see more than 140 artisans exhibiting crafts and over 40 food and beverage emporiums.
Labor Day Capitol Concert - On the Sunday of the holiday weekend. The West Lawn of the United States Capitol, in Washington, D.C. The free concert is an annual tradition; enjoy the National Symphony Orchestra's typical patriotic song performances in honor of the holiday. Should inclement weather arise, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.
Virginia Scottish Games - For two days through the beginning of the month. The Plains, VA. Celebrate Alexandria's Scottish Heritage with live music and dance competitions, a British Car Show, children's games, Celtic crafts, and foods. The event takes place at the Grounds of Great Meadow with one highlight being the Highland Athletic Competition, in which athletes test their strength on the field of honor.
Prince George's County Fair - Four days in early September. Upper Marlboro, MD. The fair dates back to 1842, making it the oldest running fair in the state. Enjoy carnival rides, a family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, and food at Show Place Arena. The event also features live animal and craft competitions.
The DC Shorts International Film Festival - For several September days. Washington, D.C. The event showcases one of the biggest short film collections in the country and discussions with filmmakers. Shorts from approximately 30 countries around the world are in the spotlight, bringing a global view to the city.
Rosslyn Jazz Festival - The first Saturday of the month. Rosslyn, VA. Enjoy a day of free jazz concerts at Gateway Park during the largest outdoor music festival in Arlington County. This fun event has been taking place for nearly 30 years. Music from the Gulf Coast will include jazz, blues, soul, funk, and Caribbean genres.
In the Street Festival - The second Saturday of the month. Frederick, MD. This festival has gone on for over 30 years and usually has over 75,000 people attending. The festivities take over the downtown area with live entertainment. Enjoy food and craft beverages, arts and crafts, four stages of music, kids' activities, and additional fun.
Maryland Seafood Festival - A weekend event early in the month. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD. This annual gathering with more than 50 years of history offers fun for the whole family. Check out The Capital Crab Soup Cook-off, live music performances, craft booths, a sand soccer tournament, and other activities.
Unity Walk - The second Sunday of September. Washington D.C. The Unity Walk's opening ceremony and resource fair are at Washington Hebrew Congregation and other event components are at the Islamic Center and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. In commemoration of the September 11 attacks, the walk allows the diverse faith groups in the D.C. metro area to come together and support each other. Each house of worship will teach the public about their religion and offer building tours and traditional foods.
DC Beer Week - For eight days in the middle of the month. Washington D.C. The DC Brewers' Guild puts on a beer festival each year, with hundreds of venues. Local breweries, bars, and restaurants throughout Washington, D.C. and metropolitan Virginia and Maryland host a variety of beer-related events. You'll have lots of fun with everything from beer dinners to craft beer tastings to educational panels to glassware giveaways, and more.
Adams Morgan Day - The second Sunday of September. Washington, D.C. This free annual street festival in the Adams Morgan neighborhood has gone on for over 40 years; it's the longest running neighborhood festival in the city. Featuring international food, live music and dance, art, and cultural demonstrations, the festive Sunday offers something for all tastes. It's also full of sidewalk cafes and interesting vendors.
Anne Arundel County Fair - For five mid-month days. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD. This event offers fun activities for the whole family. Whether you are looking for Monster truck rides, carnival rides, farm animals, pig races, or an antique saw mill, you will find in here. For some fun with competitions, check out the cute kid contest, the pie eating contest, or the talent show.
Fiesta DC - The third Saturday of September. Downtown Washington, D.C. The annual event brings the fun with a parade, a beauty pageant contest, arts and crafts, international cuisine, a children’s festival, and more. The fiesta is part of National Hispanic Heritage Month which starts in the middle of September. The month celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish-speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
ZooFiesta - Third Saturday of September. Washington, D.C. Start off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife through a variety of family-oriented activities, live music and dance, and special keeper talks. Don't miss the Latin American food court. The event is held at Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
Charles County Fair - Four mid-month days. Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD. Head to this event if you and your family love seeing farm animals, playing games, and going on carnival rides. The fair also has entertainment, demonstrations, and activities for all ages, along with various food options. The event honors Charles County's 360 years of agricultural history.
The Great Frederick Fair - A week in the middle of September. Frederick Fairgrounds, MD. This event has a long history, having taken place for over 150 years. Attendees can experience musical entertainment, tractor pulls, fair food, and all sorts of other fun features. Like any agricultural fair, there are animal-related activities such as an equine expo and showcase and a workshop teaching kids up to age 10 how to make stick horses.
Alexandria King Street Art Festival - The fourth weekend of September. Alexandria, VA. King Street in Old Town features 200 award-winning U.S. artists. You'll have an opportunity to see everything from paintings to ceramics to life-size sculptures, photographs, glass, jewelry, and more. The free outdoor art festival covers six blocks and even has an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser in which ceramic bowls for sale are filled with local artisanal ice cream; proceeds go to The Art League.
WalkingTown DC - Nine days starting in mid-September. Washington D.C. Enjoy over 50 free guided tours of the city's neighborhoods in this annual event led by licensed tour guides, historians, business owners, community leaders, and other experts. While you check out the nation’s capital you'll learn about the history, art, and culture. Options range from happy hour tours to lunchtime and weekend tours.
Mount Vernon's Colonial Craft Fair - Third weekend of September. Mount Vernon, VA. The fair is a re-creation of an early U.S. marketplace with artist demonstrations, family entertainment, and 18th-century amusements. The marketplace is set up in a 12-acre field on George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. You'll hear colonial music and be able to see Mount Vernon's costumed interpreters making an authentic chocolate recipe from days past.
Capital Home Show - Fourth weekend of the month. Chantilly, VA. See what's new in building, remodeling, and decorating at this event at Dulles Expo Center. You'll be able to shop, compare, and save on all of your home improvement projects. Famous local and national experts will provide guidance on design, remodeling, home improvement, and more.
Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival - Third Saturday of September. Hyattsville, MD. More than 100 artists and live entertainment will span three streets in the Gateway Arts District of downtown Hyattsville for this annual event. Enjoy the craft breweries and food trucks. This free event is family-friendly, providing activities for children as well.
Taste of Georgetown - The fourth Sunday of the month. Georgetown, Washington, D.C. For over 25 years, this event has provided locals and visitors with sample dishes from over 30 Georgetown restaurants. Beer, wine, and live music are enjoyable parts of the event for those attendees who are adults. Children's activities are also available.
Turkish Festival - The final Sunday of the month. Washington, D.C. Celebrate Turkish art and culture with a variety of family-friendly activities, crafts, and more. Organized by the non-profit American Turkish Association of Washington, D.C. (ATA-DC), the event is held in front of Freedom Plaza. A highlight is the Turkish coffee, cuisine, and desserts from local restaurants.
Calvert County Fair - Four days at the end of the month. Prince Frederick, MD. This event has a rich history dating back to 1886 when men gathered to show cattle and tobacco to each other. The fair includes a wide range of activities including farm animals, exhibits, musical entertainment, carnival rides, and contests. Look for Southern Maryland cooking and baked goods.