While summer may come to an end, the opportunities to enjoy DC outdoors do not conclude when the leaves start to change. The city’s calendar remains full of weekend events replete with food, music and culture to explore with friends and family this fall.
ADAMS MORGAN DAY
Rounding out summer and introducing the beginning of fall, Adams Morgan Day is the longest-running neighborhood festival in the city and will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. Filled with music, art and activities for all ages, this one-day festival on September 9 celebrates the neighborhood’s electric history, culture and businesses that make it one of the richest communities in DC. This year’s celebration will feature over 100 vendors, Artists’ Alley with live visual art demonstrations, food and beverage specials by local restaurants, and live music. The best part is that it’s all free!
COX FARMS FALL FESTIVAL
Just a quick 45-minute drive outside the city, you’ll find Cox Farms’ Fall Festival, one of the most activity-paced fall events in the DMV. Running from September 16 thru November 7, there’s plenty of time to make the drive out to Cox Farms to enjoy something for the whole family including hayrides, petting zoos, pumpkin patch, slides, live music, food and more.
TASTE OF GEORGETOWN
Eat and drink your way through one of DC’s most historic neighborhoods during the 25th annual Taste of Georgetown festival on September 23. Enjoy more than 60 dishes from Georgetown’s most popular and delicious restaurants as well as beer and wine pairings as you browse from booth to booth on the Georgetown Waterfront. The event takes place on K Street below Whitehurst Freeway, so rain or shine, you’ll be protected from the elements.
ART ALL NIGHT
Spanning six neighborhoods and running all night on September 29, Art All Night is an expansive art showcase exhibiting everything from painting to performing arts and music to sculpture. Art All Night is displayed indoors and outdoors from 7PM to 3AM throughout the city and a can’t miss this fall!
MOUNT VERNON FALL WINE FESTIVAL & SUNSET TOUR
Celebrate Virginia’s rich history in wine this fall at Mount Vernon during the historic Mansion’s Fall Wine Festival. Live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River complement the wines and selection of gourmet food from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Sunset tours of the Mansion and cellar are available, as are VIP tables for larger groups looking to make a day of their trip.
SMITHSONIAN AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
One of the National Mall’s newest museums, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will host its first annual film festival this year, October 24-27. This four-day celebration will feature more than 60 films illustrating African American culture and experiences in the United States, as well as discussions with filmmakers on their artistic process.