Even in the Fall, the nation’s capital buzzes with seasonal activities and festivals. D.C. offers the biggest and best events, from art shows to food markets. So mark up your calendars, and don’t miss these best things to do in D.C. this Fall.
When: Saturday, September 15 – 16
Where: Constitution Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave.
Latinos are the fastest growing group in the District of Columbia (28% in 2013), and accordingly, an annual festival and parade celebrate Latino performing arts, food, and culture. Be part of the 200,000 attendees to this free festival to support the Latino community.
When: Sunday, September 23, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: K Street NW between Wisconsin Ave. and Thomas Jefferson St.
More than 30 restaurants will take part in Washington D.C.’s favorite epicurean festival for the 25th anniversary of Taste of Georgetown. Guests can stroll with their beer or wine and sample bites from each booth along the waterfront. The benefits go to the Georgetown Ministry Center’s mission to support the city’s homeless, so get your pre-sale tickets now before prices go up.
When: Saturday, September 29 – 30 from 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Where: Multiple locations
For one night, eight DC neighborhoods — Congress Heights, Deanwood Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street, Minnesota Avenue, North Capitol, Shaw, and Tenleytown — will exhibit various visual and performing arts by 100 different artists. Find everything from painting and fashion to theater and poetry for free. Just RSVP here.
When: Saturday, October 6 – 7
Where: Union Market
BØRNS, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Billie Eilish are just a few of the headliners for this year’s All Things Go. This two-day music festival is the perfect way to discover new artists or just jam out to your favorite artists while enjoying foods from Bun’d Up, Shake Shack, and Sweetgreen. You’ll be sure to catch all your favorite sets because there are no overlapping performances. Find tickets for under $100 and plan your weekend.
When: Saturday, October 13 from 1:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. between 3rd and 6th Streets
The mid-Atlantic’s largest beer festival is back in D.C. even bigger than ever for its seventh year. Over 350 highly sought-after craft beers will be on draft along with local food trucks and multiple stages of live music. Snallygaster fundraises for Arcadia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system. General Admission is $40 (which includes 30 food and drink tickets) while Early Access Passes are $65 (which includes a 1.5-hour early access to all beers and 30 food and drink tickets).
When: Wednesday, October 24 – 27
Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Come celebrate African American visual culture and cinema for four days at the Smithsonian. The festival has organized screenings of historic and contemporary productions, panel talkbacks with filmmakers and actors, and master classes to learn from industry experts all around the museum. There are free events as well as ticketed events, so pick a pass that suits your plans.
When: Friday, November 9 – 11
Where: Dock 5 at Union Market
Invite all your foodie friends to this epic food marketplace. More than 90 vendors will serve their tastiest goodies (there are samples!) from around the country. You may even get a chance to interact with the chefs and artisans. Not only can you expect incredible foods, but you can also shop for condiments, gifts, beers, artisanal samples and more. Get your tickets to this once-a-year event.
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