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. 19, 2014. Crownsville, MD. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more.
Labor Day Weekend
August 30-Sept. 1, 2014. Find some family fun at great outdoor events going on this Labor Day Weekend.
Amaluna – Cirque du Soleil
Through Sept. 21, 2014, National Harbor, MD. The unique show features signature Cirque gravity-defying acrobatics, coupled with cutting-edge technology and good old fashioned elbow grease to transport the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.
Prince George's County Fair
Sept. 4-7, 2014. Upper Marlboro, MD. Carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food.
Maryland Seafood Festival
Sept. 6-7, 2014. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD. Weekend event with great food, music, and family fun.
Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Sept. 6, 2014, 1-7 p.m. Enjoy a day of jazz concerts in Rosslyn, VA.
Silver Spring Jazz Festival
2014 Date to Be Announced, 4:30-10:30 p.m. See a variety of jazz performances in downtown Silver Spring.
Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner
Through mid-September 2014. Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia will celebrate these related historic events this summer with a variety of patriotic festivals and exhibits. Check out concerts, reenactments, children's activities, fireworks and much more. Don't miss the finale event in Baltimore Sept. 6-16.
Sept. 7, 2014. 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.
Takoma Park Folk Festival
Sept. 7, 2014, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Community festival with games, food, crafts, dancing and music.
Alexandria Cambodian Community Day Festival
Sept. 7, 2014, noon to 6 p.m. Explore the Cambodian culture through displays of traditional Cambodian arts, crafts, paintings, souvenirs, and food.
Anne Arundel County Fair
Sept. 10-14, 2014. 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.
September 11 Memorial Events
Sept. 11, 2014. See the schedule of special commemorative events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Charles County Fair
Sept. 11-14, 2014. 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.
The DC Shorts Film Festival
Sept. 11-21, 2014. Film festival in Washington, DC featuring short films and discussions with filmmakers.
Fall For the Book Festival
Sept. 11-18, 2014. The regional celebration of literature and the arts features events at George Mason University's Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival welcomes nearly 150 authors including some of the nation’s most exciting and provocative writers.
Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 12-20, 2014. Frederick Fairgrounds. Musical entertainment, tractor pulls, equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, food.
Taste of Georgetown
Sept. 13, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample dishes from 30 Georgetown restaurants, while enjoying live music and children's activities.
Nation's Football Classic
Sept. 13, 2014. 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
Sept. 13-14, 2014. King Street becomes an outdoor gallery featuring 200 of the nation's top award-winning artists.
Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival
Sept. 13, 2014. Annapolis, MD. The event features beer tastings, seminars, live music, food and arts and crafts exhibits.
Hyattsville Arts Festival
Sept. 13, 2014, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 50 local artisans will display their works alongside feature performances by musicians, dancers, and street performers.
Virginia Wine Festival
Sept. 13-14, 2014. Centreville, VA. Sample wine from 60 Virginia wineries and enjoy gourmet food, seminars, arts and crafts, live music and more.
Adams Morgan Day
Sept. 14, 2014, Noon-7 p.m. Annual street festival in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Washington Redskins Opening Game
Sept. 14, 2014, 1 p.m. The Washington football team plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener. Enjoy the football season and cheer for the Redskins.
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.
WalkingTown & BikingTown DC
Sept. 15-21, 2014. 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.
Sept 19-21, 2014. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. The festival features Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest, and more.
Capital Home Show
Sept. 19-21, 2014. 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.
Arlington Festival of the Arts
Sept. 20-21, 2014. Clarendon, VA. The new arts festival features vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more.
Mount Vernon's Colonial Craft Fair
Sept. 20-21, 2014, 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.
H Street Festival
Sept. 20, 2014, noon-6 p.m. The festival includes musical and dance performances, children's activities, crafts, international foods and more.
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.
Latino Festival - Fiesta DC
Sept 21, 2014, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Washington DC. Celebrate the Latino culture with one of the largest festivals in the nation's capital. International cuisine and lots of live entertainment.
Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
Sept. 21, 2014, 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.
Social Media Week
Sept. 22-26, 2014. Various locations in Washington DC. Participate in an engaging week of events, talks, panel sessions, workshops, networking events and mixers that explore the emerging trends in social and mobile media.
DC Fashion Week
Sept. 24-28, 2014. The week-long event includes fashion industry networking parties, an outdoor festival showcasing local designers, designer trunk shows, and an educational seminar.
Calvert County Fair
2014 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.
Oktoberfests Near Washington, DC
Find German folk festivals with great beer, food, and live entertainment.
National Public Lands Day
Sept. 27, 2014. The nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands includes special events to get volunteers to work together to build trails, bridges, remove trash and invasive plants, restore water resources and plant trees. See the events in the DC area and pitch in.
Washington DC Tour de Cure Bicycling Event
Sept 27, 2014. Washington, DC. Bike across the nation's capital and help raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. All experience levels welcome.
Sept. 28, 2014, 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.
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.
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