September 2017 Festivals and Events in the Washington, DC Area

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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 website or call to confirm information.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival
Through Oct.

22, 2017. Crownsville, MD. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more.

Labor Day Weekend
Sept. 2-4, 2017. Find some family fun at great outdoor events going on this Labor Day Weekend.

National Book Festival
Sept. 2, 2017. Washington Convention Center. Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books.

Virginia Scottish Games
Sept. 2-3, 2017. Celebrate Alexandria's Scottish Heritage with live music and dance competitions, a British Car Show, children's games, Celtic crafts and foods.

DC Blues Festival
Sept. 4, 2017, 12:15-7 p.m. Location TBD. This free annual festival features live blues by outstanding local and national acts.

Silver Spring Restaurant Week 
2017 Dates to Be Announced. Enjoy great dining deals and try some new restaurants in Silver Spring, Maryland during Restaurant Week.

Prince George's County Fair
Sept.

7-10, 2017. Upper Marlboro, MD. Carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food.

The DC Shorts Film Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced. Film festival in Washington, DC featuring short films and discussions with filmmakers.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced, 1-7 p.m. Enjoy a day of free jazz concerts in Rosslyn, VA.

Frederick's In the Street Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced. Frederick, MD. One of the biggest festivals of the year takes over the downtown area with live entertainment to encourage dancing in the streets. Also, enjoy food, arts and crafts, and kids activities.

Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced, 12-6 p.m. Hyattsville, MD. More than 100 artists, MD breweries, food trucks and  live entertainment will span 4 blocks in the Gateway Arts District.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced, 3-10 p.m. See a variety of jazz performances in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

Maryland Seafood Festival
Sept. 9-10, 2017. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD. Weekend event with great food, music, and family fun.

September 11 Memorial Events
Sept. 11, 2017. See the schedule of special commemorative events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Takoma Park Folk Festival
Sept. 10, 2010, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Community festival with games, food, crafts, dancing and music.

Nation's Triathlon
Sept. 10, 2017. The sporting event includes a scenic course that winds through the National Mall, a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through the streets of Washington and Maryland, finishing with a 10k run past the city’s historical landmarks.

The weekend includes a Health and Fitness Expo that is open to the public.

Adams Morgan Day
Sept. 10, 2017, Noon-7 p.m. Annual street festival in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Washington Redskins Opening Game
Sept. 10, 2017,  7 p.m. The Washington football team plays in their home opener. Enjoy the football season and cheer for the Redskins.

Anne Arundel County Fair
Sept. 13-17, 2017.  Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD. Monster truck rides, carnival rides, farm animals, pig races, antique saw mill, pie eating contest, talent show and much more.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Celebrate the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Charles County Fair
Sept.

14-17, 2017. Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Road. La Plata, Maryland. (301) 932-1234. Farm animals, displays, demonstrations, food, entertainment, carnival rides, games and activities for all ages.

Andrews Air Show
Sept. 16-17, 2017. Joint Base Andrews, Camp Springs, MD. The show features the Air Force's premier aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, performing fast-paced aerobatic maneuvers of two, four and six planes flying in formation. 

Great Frederick Fair
2017 Dates to Be Announced. Frederick Fairgrounds. Musical entertainment, tractor pulls, equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, food.

Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced.   Annapolis, MD. The event features beer tastings, seminars, live music, food and arts and crafts exhibits.

Virginia Wine Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced. Centreville, VA. Sample wine from 60 Virginia wineries and enjoy gourmet food, seminars, arts and crafts, live music and more.

Nation's Football Classic
2017 Dates to Be Announced. RFK Stadium. The event is a black college football game held annually in Washington, DC. Additional events will be held around town throughout the weekend.

Alexandria King Street Art Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced. King Street becomes an outdoor gallery featuring 200 of the nation's top award-winning artists.

WalkingTown DC
Sept. 16-24, 2017. Enjoy free guided tours of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. Dozens of walking tours are available offering a great way to explore the nation’s capital.

H Street Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced, noon-6 p.m. The festival includes musical and dance performances, children's activities, crafts, international foods and more.

Latino Festival - Fiesta DC
Sept. 16-17, 2017. Washington DC. Celebrate the Latino culture with one of the largest festivals in the nation's capital. International cuisine and lots of live entertainment.

Mount Vernon's Colonial Craft Fair
2017 Dates to Be Announced, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The fair is a re-creation of an early American marketplace with artist demonstrations, family entertainment and 18th-century amusements.

Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
2017 Dates to Be Announced, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife through a variety of family-oriented activities, live music and dance, special keeper talks, and a Latin American food court.

Capital Home Show
Sept. 22-24, 2017. Dulles Expo Center. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA. See what's new in building, remodeling, and decorating. Meet experts and shop, compare and save on all of your home improvement projects.

DC Beer Week
2017 Dates to Be Announced. Hundreds of venues in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland will host a variety of beer related events, including beer dinners, tastings, educational panels, glassware giveaways, and more.

Fall Theater in Washington DC
With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2016 season.

Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area
The MS Challenge Walk and the Walk for Kids are great charities to support while improving your own health. See these and more walks coming up this fall.

Oktoberfests Near Washington, DC
Find German folk festivals with great beer, food, and live entertainment.

Washington DC Tour de Cure Bicycling Event 
Sept. 23, 2017. Washington, DC. Bike across the nation's capital and help raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. All experience levels welcome.

Turkish Festival
2017 Dates to Be Announced, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC. Celebrate Turkish art and culture with a variety of family-friendly activities, food, crafts and more.

Pumpkin Festivals
Some of the region's pumpkin patches open at the end of September. Find out where the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals are in the Washington, DC area and plan an early visit before the crowds.

Calvert County Fair
2017 Dates to Be Announced. Prince Frederick, Maryland. The fair includes a wide range of activities including farm animals, exhibits, musical, entertainment, food, carnival rides, contests and a 4H auction.

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