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 official website or call to confirm information. Please note that most of these events are held each year and the dates are updated as available.
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Find out where the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals are in the Washington, DC area.
Best Halloween Events
Throughout the month of October, get spooked at a haunted house, romp around a pumpkin patch or go on a haunted city tour. Find the best Halloween events in the Washington, DC area.
Oktoberfests Near Washington, DC
Find German folk festivals with great beer, food, and live entertainment.
Corn Mazes in Maryland and Virginia
Stroll through a giant corn maze and find puzzle pieces that will complete your own maze map. This is a great family activity.
Through October 6, 2013. Enjoy free guided tours of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. More than 100 walking tours and 11 bike tours are available offering a great way to explore the nation’s capital.
Washington Redskins - Enjoy the football season and cheer for DC's team.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends through October 20, 2013. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more. Located in Crownsville, Maryland.
Annapolis Powerboat Show
October 3-6, 2013. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.
Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
October 4-6, 2013, 6-9 pm. George Washington's Estate & Gardens. Wine-cellar tours and live music. Advanced tickets are required.
Fall for Fairfax Festival
October 5-6, 2013, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival includes more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits for the whole family.
Taste of Bethesda
October 5, 2013, 11 am-4 pm. Bethesda’s famous food and music festival features 50 restaurants and four stages of live entertainment.
Manassas Fall Jubilee
October 5, 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The family-friendly event features live music and entertainment, hand-made crafts, and a variety of foods.
Columbia Heights Day
October 5, 2013. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 11th & Kenyon Streets NW, Washington, DC. The community event includes live music, food, vendors, guest speakers, children's activities and more.
National Fire Prevention Week
October 6-12, 2013. Attention is focused this week on promoting fire safety and prevention.
Cavalia’s Odysseo - Equestrian Extravaganza
October 9-November 3, 2013, National Harbor, Maryland. The Cirque du Soleil style show combines the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects featuring 63 horses and 47 artists in a larger-than-life theatrical production.
Annapolis Sailboat Show
October 10-14, 2013. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.
Velocity DC Dance Festival
October 10-12, 2013. The festival, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, highlights the folk traditions of the world through live music and dance.
Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area Throughout the month, there are great charities to support while improving your own health. Find walks in the DC metropolitan area.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Through October 15. Throughout this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Sugarloaf Craft Festival
October 11-13, 2013 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Enjoy craft demonstrations, great food and live entertainment.
Taste of DC
October 12-13, 2013. The event will feature tastings and dishes from more than 80 of Washington DC’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.
Capital Maritime Music Festival
October 12, 2013. Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC. The event includes a noontime concert, workshops and cameo performances featuring the music, folklore and history of sea warriors, merchant sailors, recreational sailors, maritime communities, canals and inland waterways.
October 12-13, 2013. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Silver Spring, MD. Celebrate Greek culture with authentic fare, live music, as well as a Greek Marketplace offering books, jewelry and trinkets.
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station
October 12-14, 2013. Bristow, VA. Commemorate the Civil War battle with special tours, musical performances, lectures, and living history demonstrations and encampments.
October 14, 2013. The annual wreath laying ceremony will be moved to a new location this year, due to the government shutdown.
Kids Euro Festival
October 16-November 13, 2013. The event includes more than 200 free performances around the city staged through the cooperation of the 27 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen major local cultural institutions. Geared to children ages two through twelve.
Patuxent Wildlife Festival
October 19, 2013, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Live animals and research displays at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.
Northern Virginia Brewfest
October 19-20, 2013. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. More than 40 breweries will feature their best American style beers. Entertainment includes live music and children’s activities such as face painting, air-brush tattooing, moon bounces, and rock climbing.
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
October 19-20, 2013. More than 180 artists display a wide variety of artwork and crafts.
Rockville Antique & Classic Car Show
October 19, 2013, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rockville Civic Center grounds. Rockville, Maryland. See a display of more than 500 antique and classic automobiles, pumpkin painting, moon bounce, and swing music, by the Rockin’Ville Swing Band.
October 20, 2013. America's biggest 10-mile race attracts 20,000 runners each year. Race begins at the Pentagon at 8 a.m.
Washington International Horse Show
October 22-27, 2013. Verizon Center, Washington, DC. Horse show with jumping competitions with Olympic horses and riders, special exhibitions of musical freestyle dressage, bull riding, terrier races and more.
Boo at the Zoo
October 25-27, 2013. Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual National Zoo’s Halloween celebration. Advance tickets are required.
White House Garden Tours
October 26-27, 2013. View the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn of the White House.
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days
October 26-27, 2013. Celebrate the season with horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations.
Fall Frolic at Glen Echo Park
October 27, 2013, 1-4 p.m. The Halloween event celebrates the arts through hands-on crafts, live performances, and activities for all ages.
Marine Corps Marathon
October 27, 2013. The annual race includes a full weekend of events including the Health and Fitness Expo, Healthy Kids Fun Run, and Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival.
DC Drag Queen Race
October 29, 2013. Thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate Halloween costumes and race down 17th Street.
Day of the Dead
October 31-November 1, 2013. Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. See a guide to special events around the region. Note that some will be held the weekend before.
Distribution of Tickets for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
October 31-November 4, 2013. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition in Washington, DC!
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