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Best Fall Festivals in the Washington, DC Area


The fall is a great season for festivals in the Washington, DC area. The following fall festivals are "don't miss" events, offering great food, music and live entertainment for the whole family. Check out the best events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. (Listed in no particular order)

Maryland Renaissance Festival

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The annual 6-week festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a fun family event held in Anne Arundel County, about 30 miles from Washington, DC. (August-October)

Latino Festival - Fiesta DC

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The annual celebration highlights the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. (September)

Maryland Seafood Festival

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An Annapolis tradition, the event held annually for more than 40 years, features The Capital Crab Soup Cook-off, live music performances, craft booths and family activities. (September)


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There are a number of great German fall festivals around the Washington, DC region. Enjoy a family fun event focused on German beer, food, music and dancing. (September and October)

Taste of Georgetown

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Approximately 35 of Washington, DCs most distinguished restaurants serve sample portions of their signature dishes paired with complementing wines. The fall food festival in Georgetown also includes live music and children's activities such as caricature artists, balloon makers and jugglers. (September)

Adams Morgan Day

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The annual neighborhood festival has something for everyone! Enjoy live music, international food, colorful vendors, cultural demonstrations and dances. (September)

H Street Festival

H Street Festival

The festival showcases the vibrant developing community with musical and dance performances, children's activities, crafts, international foods and more. (September)

Harvest Festival at the Agricultural History Farm Park

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This Montgomery County facility hosts one of the largest festivals in the area. Activities include hayrides, scarecrow making, farm demonstrations, crafts, hay maze, live entertainment and more. (October)
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Kids Euro Festival

Kids Euro Fest
The month-long festival features more than 200 free cultural performances at various destinations around Washington DC. The event is sponsored by 27 European Union members and geared to kids ages two through twelve. Enjoy live entertainment, workshops and movies. (October-November)

Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Days

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Visit George Washington's Pioneer Farmer Site and create your own cornhusk dolls, take a wagon ride, or find your way through a hay maze. (October)
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Mount Vernons Wine Festival & Sunset Tours

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Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with special evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by George and Martha Washington and live music on the east lawn of George Washington's Mount Vernon home overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Visitors can bring a blanket and relax on the lawn as they sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries. (October)

Taste of Bethesda

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At the annual Taste of Bethesda, sample the foods of more than 50 restaurants, enjoy four stages of live entertainment and visit the kids corner for cookie decorating, face painting and giveaways. The Taste of Bethesda is held in conjunction with Best of Bethesda Day which features a classic car show and Rescue Day. (October)

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