What better way to celebrate the first few days of Autumn than at any of the fairs and festivals going on in the DMV! The Building Museum is great for kids & there are plenty of events for the grown ups too!
Washington, DC Events
H Street Festival
H street, btwn 8th & 14th streets NE
Time: Saturday, 12pm-6pm
The event is a part of the revitalization strategy to bring attention to the developing arts and entertainment district at the eastern end of the H Street NE corridor. The festival includes more than 30 musical and dance performances, an art car exhibit, two live performance stages that are produced by the Rock & Roll Hotel, a fashion show preview of DC Fashion Week, face painting, rock climbing, basketball games, carnival games, free popcorn, cotton candy, and dog tag making, a fully-loaded Hummer display, luxury car displays, free health screenings, crafts, and international foods.
The District Flea
The District Flea Grounds
945 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturdays, September 14- October 19 from 10am-5pm
Expect 70-80 vendors of everything from vintage eyeglass frames to antique furniture and vintage clothing at this big, new flea market on a 37,000 square foot lot in Shaw, created by the producers of New York’s famous Brooklyn Flea. For foodies: Look out for food trucks including Red Hook Lobster Pound, and a beer garden manned by Church Key’s Greg Engert.
The Big Build
National Building Museum
401 F St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
Kids can learn about builders and what they do by exploring cranes and tractors, building a brick wall, learning how to carve stone and trying their hand at other types of construction.
National Book Festival
National Mall between 9th & 14th streets Time: Saturday, 10am-5:30pm & Sunday, 12-5:30 pm
The National Book Festival, an annual event held each September on the National Mall in Washington, DC, is a celebration of the joy of books and reading is sponsored by the Library of Congress and gives attendees the opportunity to visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books. National Book Festival Pavilions are set up for Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Children & Teens, Poetry, Home & Family, Urban Fiction and Graphic Novels.
The DC Shorts Film Festival
Time: Held September 19th through September 29th.
The DC Shorts Film Festival is the Washington, DC area’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. Please visit the website for times and locations of specific showings as well as pricing for that particular showing.
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA
Time: Friday 4 pm to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 10 pm
The Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area hosts the free three day event to share the Korean culture and promote the well-being and prosperity of the Korean-American community. The festival features Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest, and a K-Pop cover contest.
Capital Home Show
Dulles Expo Center
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
Time: Friday and Saturday 10 am to 9 pm Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Price: Adults $10 Children $3
This show is a prime place to see what’s new in building, remodeling, and decorating. Headlining the show will be DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Matt Muenster as well as HGTV’s Design Star Meg Caswell. Special features like “Ask the Appraiser”, Handy Girl Workshops as well as seminars on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage will enable attendees to have one-on-one sessions with local experts.
George Mason University Arlington Campus
3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA
Time: September 22nd through September 27th
George Mason University will host the annual Fall for the Book Festival. Participating authors will include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Karen Armstrong, Marie Arana, Scott W. Berg, Daniel Stashower, Virginia Pye, Bob Shacochis and Mary Kay Zuravleff. Please visit the website for specific times and exhibits.
Walking Tour: All The Presidents Pups
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA
Times: Saturdays, September 7th-October 26th, 10am-12pm
Price: $5 in addition to estate admission. Pups are free!
This special walking tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain stopping at five historic locations, including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today.It is well documented that the first president loved dogs. After the Revolutionary War, Washington tried to improve the quality of his hunting dogs through breeding. According to the American Kennel Club, Washington is the father of the American Foxhound. Note: extended walking on uneven terrain; 90 minutes. All dogs must be leashed with their owner at all times. Dogs are allowed around the estate but not in the historic buildings, movie theaters, Museum or Education Center exhibition galleries.
Red Bull Flutag
Southpointe National Harbor, Fort Washington, MD
Time: Saturday at 2 pm
Think you can fly? National Red Bull Flugtag, one of the quirkiest events to hit the Washington DC region! National Red Bull Flugtag is a home-made flying machine competition. Thirty-one teams will create a vehicle that they will launch off a 30-foot ramp at National Harbor. They will be judged on their flight’s distance, creativity and showmanship. Gates open at noon and the first craft launches at 2:00 p.m. There will be remote viewing at Downtown DC’s H Street Festival in the Smith Commons adjacent parking lot.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Intersection of Route 450 & Crownsville Road Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am-7pm
Price: Adults $22, Children $10
The Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games.
Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival
Navy Marine Corps Stadium
550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD
Time: Saturday, 12pm-6pm
Price: $20- $30
The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival offers a full-day of fun for the beer enthusiast. The event features tastings from regional and national artisan breweries and beer seminars on topics such as “Beer 101” and “Pairing Craft Beer and Food.” Attendees will also enjoy live music from eight local bands, arts and crafts exhibits and a wide range of specialty food items ranging from crab cakes to knockwurst.
Oktoberfest at the Old Stein Inn
The Old Stein Inn
1143 Central Ave., Edgewater, MD
Times: September 20th through October 27th
Oktoberfest at the Old Stein Inn means Bavarian bands and accordion music in the beer garden on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoon gatherings with music, alphorn-blowing contests and suckling pig roasts.
Concerts at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!
- Steely Dan, Jiffy Lube Live, Friday at 7:30 pm
- Imagine Dragons, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Friday at 7:00 pm
- Kip Moore, OC inlet parking lot, Friday at 8 pm
- Life in Color Festival- Rebirth Tour, RFK Stadium Lot 8, Saturday at 2 pm
- The Beach Boys, OC inlet parking lot, Saturday at 8 pm
- Michael Buble, Verizon Center, Sunday at 8 pm
Sports at a Glance!
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- Washington Nationals vs Marlins, Nats Park, Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 7:05pm, and Sunday at 1:35 pm
- Washington Capitals vs Chicago Blackhawks, Verizon Center, Friday at 7 pm
- UMD Football vs WVU, M&T Bank Stadium, Saturday at 3:30 pm
- Washington Mystics vs Atlanta, Verizon Center, Saturday at 7 pm
- Baltimore Ravens vs Houston, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday at 1pm
- Washington Redskins vs Detroit, FedEx Field, Sunday at 1pm
Movies Opening this Weekend
Prisoners ( Crime | Drama | Thriller – 135 Minutes) When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo