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Top 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 top 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)

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)

Southwest DC Arts Festival

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The event brings the community together to celebrate the arts with the theme “Discover Southwest.” The festival will showcase art from regional and international emerging artists and galleries, and include panel discussions with artists, collectors, and curators for ten different organizations. (September)

National Book Festival

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The annual event, held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, is a celebration of the joy of books and reading and gives attendees the opportunity to visit with more than 70 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books. (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)

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