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Crowd at H Street Festival in DC's H Street NE neighborhood - Fall festivals in Washington, DC

Check out upcoming fall events, performances, festivals and exhibitions, including the debut of Beetlejuice and the opening of Glenstone.


H Street Festival

H St. NE Corridor/Sept. 15

One of DC’s most popular neighborhoods pulls out all the stops for this annual festival with live music, dance performances, family-friendly activities, contests and plenty of food vendors across its 14 staging areas. Dozens of local businesses will be participating.

DC State Fair
Waterfront Metro Station/Sept. 23
The annual festival showcases the District’s homegrown agricultural and creative talents. The activity line-up includes a water balloon toss and a how-low-can-you-go limbo contest.

Taste of Georgetown
K Street NW/Sept. 23
More than 35 tasty neighborhood restaurants pop-up along the K Street NW waterfront for a daytime tasting. A beer and wine garden adds to the fun, which benefits Georgetown Ministry Center’s Homeless Assistance Programs.

Art All Night
Citywide/Sept. 29
The District’s free overnight arts festival activates six neighborhoods (Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street, North Capital, Tenleytown and Shaw) where visual and performing arts experiences include Go-Go concerts, yoga workshops, gallery openings and body painting.


Glenstone Reopens
Potomac, MD/Oct. 4
Mitchell and Emily Rales’ preeminent collection houses post-WWII and contemporary art with an emphasis on monumental outdoor sculpture. The 200-acre site, a former foxhunting estate, is located just outside DC in Potomac, MD. The addition adds 240,000-square feet to the visitor experience including a new gallery, a bookstore, expanded grounds and two cafes. Admission is free.

Entertainment & Sports Arena Grand Opening
Congress Heights, SE/Oct. 5
The new 4,200-seat facility, operated by Events DC, will become home to the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the Washington Wizards’ training facility, as well as the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards' G-League affiliate. The venue will also host concerts and special events.

All Things Go Fall Classic
Union Market/Oct. 6-7
Carly Rae Jepsen joins emerging artists like Betty Who, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilis, Børns and more to headline the outdoor music festival.

Taste of DC
Audi Field/Oct.5-6
Featuring local restaurants, breweries and wineries, the two-day culinary festival is happening at the new Audi Field. A general admission ticket provides access to more than 60 local eateries, more than 100 specialty beers and wines, live music and entertainment and includes a complimentary drink.

National Law Enforcement Museum Opening
Judiciary Square/Oct. 13
Take part in highly immersive and interactive exhibits that enable visitors to experience life on the job of a law enforcement officer. Review more than 21,000 artifacts including a sheriff’s writ from the 1700s and Al Capone’s bullet-proof vest.

Snallygaster Beer Festival
The Yards Park/Oct. 13
The District’s largest beer jamboree is back for a seventh year. Over 120 of the world’s finest breweries will sample their best brews at Yards Park.

Nordic Impressions
The Phillips Collection/Oct. 13-Jan. 13, 2018
America’s first museum of modern art showcases Nordic artists working between 1821-2017.

National Theatre/Oct. 14 – Nov. 18
Tim Burton’s dark comedy is brought to musical life for an adult-only pre-Broadway premiere.

Ruby Slippers Return
National Museum of American History/Oct. 19
After months of research and conservation, one of the museum’s most asked-about objects returns to public display.

Washington International Horse Show
Capital One Arena/Oct. 23-28
The 59th annual horse show brings thousands of equestrians to Penn Quarter to compete in jumping, dressage and hunter competitions.

Bentzen Ball
Citywide/Oct. 25-28
Brightest Young Things present a four-day cavalcade of American comedy at venues from the historic Lincoln Theater to the Kennedy Center. The 2018 edition features an all-female and non-binary line-up including festival co-founder Tig Notaro, Phoebe Robinson, Amanda Seales and Jonathan Van Ness.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/Nov. 1-April 28, 2019
The Smithsonian’s museum of modern and contemporary art presents its largest interactive exhibition to date: three monumental works by the Mexican Canadian artist will fill the building’s second level. The Pulse series uses heart rate sensors to create unique expressions in light and movement based on the biometric feedback of participating visitors. 

Nov. 10, 2018 – Feb. 10, 2019
The National Museum of Women in the Arts present the first retrospective of fashions by the Southern California sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950
National Gallery of Art/Nov. 4-Feb. 17, 2019
Told in 120 photographs, magazine, books, letters and ephemera, this will be the first exhibit to focus on the influence of the Farm Securities Administration and Standard Oil grants as well as mentors like Roy Striker on the self-taught African American photographer. 

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