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Fall Festivals & Celebrations
Fall features gems on Washington D.C.’s calendar. Whether you like Halloween events, Oktoberfests, or street festivals, the Capital has your answer.
Spanning from August through October, the six-week Maryland Renaissance Festival is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., just north of Annapolis. More than 130 boutiques are present, along with over 40 food vendors, eight stages, and even a jousting arena.
September brings an array of annual festivals to D.C.'s suburbs, including the Southwest DC Arts Festival, H Street Festival, Adams Morgan Day, and Fiesta DC – an annual Latino celebration.
Don’t miss the Maryland Seafood Festival, or stay in Washington D.C. for the National Book Festival – held on the National Mall and sponsored by the Library of Congress. More than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators are there to meet fans, sign books, and give lectures.
Oktoberfests are aplenty in the Capitol. Check out Das Best Oktoberfest in late September, featuring over 50 varieties of beer, wine, and schnapps at the National Harbor in Maryland. Other area Oktoberfests include Snallygaster DC at Yards Park, Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest, and Blob's Park Oktoberfest.
October, autumn's peak, yields a multitude of anticipated event throughout the D.C. Set north of Rockville, the Harvest Festival at Agricultural History Farm Park features a day of hayrides, arts and crafts, and scarecrow making – all in early October.
Enjoy more autumn adventure at the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens for the Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour. Relax along the Potomac River with samples from 16 Virginia wineries, live blues music, and tours of George Washington’s personal wine cellar.
Celebrating the Halloween season in Washington D.C.? Don’t miss Boo at the Zoo at the National Zoo in late October. The spooktacular features more than 40 treat stations for trick-or-treating, plus animal encounters and plenty of costumes.