Fall and festivals just go together, like peanut butter and jelly. The weather is cooler and what could be better than food, libations, and music. So mark your calendars because we have rounded up seven of the best fall festivals in the DMV.
(September 9- 10)
Living in the DMV, we are lucky. We have some of the best seafood in the country close by. And the place to sample the bay’s bounty is at the Maryland Seafood Festival. Set on the beautiful shores of the scenic Chesapeake Bay, and in its 50th year, your taste buds will go wild. Watch as top chefs compete in the crab soup cook-off, see cooking demos where local culinary artists show-off their skills (you’ll even get to taste them), enjoy craft beer and oyster tasting, partake in the crab cake eating contest as well as a shucking competition. Listen to live music, shop local vendors, and watch fireworks Saturday night.
This is one big block party reflecting the culturally diverse community. Get ready for international food, vendors, sidewalk cafes, workshops, artisans displaying original work, dance performances, music & rumba workshops, and Mexican folkdances. Special deals from businesses across the neighborhood will be offered throughout the day. At the Kid’s Fair, children can enjoy games, interactive science exhibits (in English & Spanish) and clowns.
If you’re a beer aficionado or beer lover, head to the 6th annual Snallygaster at The Yards where there will be 350 craft beers and ciders along with the best food trucks, live music, and games. Snallygaster is the largest annual fundraiser for Arcadia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to create a more equitable and sustainable local food system in our region.
Love planes? Head to Dulles International Airport for the Festival & Plane Pull. Form your team ( 25 people) to see who can pull an 82 ton plane 12 feet the fastest. Kids’ teams get to see who can pull a big red dump truck 12 feet the fastest. There’s a Kid’s Zone with games, music, and a dunk tank. Your small entrance fee goes to help Special Olympics Virginia provide training and competition to the athletes.
Now is your chance to taste food from some of Georgetown's hottest restaurants. Come to the Taste of Georgetown and sample food from the neighborhood’s best restaurants. Have a beer or wine and stop by some of the booths for a taste of the restaurant's’ favorite dishes (including Bangkok Joe’s, The Yard at the Ritz-Carlton, Thunder Burger & Bar, and so much more). Now in its 25th year, the Taste of Georgetown benefits Georgetown Ministry Center’s to support the homeless.
Taste of DC is the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier culinary cultural festival. The festival website says, “Sip, Savor, and Celebrate, all weekend long.” Here’s some of what you’ll find: 65+ of the region’s best restaurants, a wine walk, three stages of live music and culinary entertainment, the 7th annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s world chili eating championship, an artisan market featuring local businesses, the DC Chili Cook-off , and the Kid Zone for family-friendly fun. The festival has partnered with Brainfood, a nonprofit youth development organization dedicated to educating and empowering DC-area children and teens.
(October 11- 15)
This is the 50th annual Autumn Glory Festival. In 2007 the festival landed in the international spotlight when the website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. Besides the festival, Deep Creek Lake is known as one of the top areas for fall color. The five-day celebration of autumn pays homage to the beauty of the local fall foliage. There are two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows, a corn maze, dogsled events, a farmers’ market, quilt shows, a pumpkin chucking contest, and the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships. You can also take in the breathtaking views by driving or biking one of the country’s 2017 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.