Check out these exciting events in the District this season.
The fun only picks up as summer turns to fall in the District. The city’s calendar stays packed with day and weekend-long events that can be safely enjoyed in-person or virtually from home. This lineup showcases food, music, culture and history, and many are free to attend. Explore some of the highlights and plan a spectacular season in Washington, DC.
Wunder Garten’s 7th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration – Sept. 17 - Oct. 10
Starting Sept. 17, weekends can feature German food, music, décor, contests and lots and lots of beer at Wunder Garten. Oktoberfest brews and German-style beers will be available throughout the celebration. Local favorite Cafe Berlin holds down Friday nights with German cuisine and the popular Bavarian Olympics also return (think stein-holding contests and drinking games). On Sundays, Dogtoberfest can be enjoyed from 12-3 p.m., allowing you to bring along your pup in his or her favorite themed costume.
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Art All Night – Sept. 24-25
An all-night arts festival? Sign us up. Yes, DC has that with Art All Night, which will spread out over multiple neighborhoods on Sept. 24 and 25. Art experiences don’t get much more lavish or expansive than this: Everything from painting to performing arts to music to sculpture will be showcased in both public and private spaces, indoors and outdoors as the event returns to an in-person format this year.
DC Bike Ride – Sept. 25
If you’re looking for fun activities in the District this fall, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride, happening on Saturday, Sept. 25. With a family-friendly course, DC Bike Ride became the biggest celebration of cycling in DC by offering a unique experience to its participants. If you need further convincing, here are even more reasons to participate and then make sure to register.
Georgetown French Market – Oct. 1-3
For the 18th year, Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood turns into its own version of Paris. The Georgetown French Market features more than 25 locally owned merchants, restaurants, galleries and salons participating in an open-air shopping frenzy from Friday through Sunday. Expect discounted items and rare finds. Check the official website for updates on scheduling and participating vendors.
Oct. 1 & 2: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Oct. 3: 12-5 p.m. | Free admission
Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road, Washington, DC
Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour - Oct. 8-10
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is at its scenic best when fall rolls around, so it’s fitting that the historic estate hosts this special celebration of wine followed by a sunset tour of the property. Bring along a blanket and chill out on the east lawn, which overlooks the Potomac River. Virginia wines will be available for sampling. Fruit and cheese boxes to accompany your wine are available for purchase in advance. Please make sure to review Mount Vernon’s safety measures before attending.
6-9 p.m. | Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival & Symposium - Oct. 13-17
Join 100Reporters, an investigative news organization, for a virtual edition of the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival (DX), the first and only festival dedicated to investigative storytelling on film in the U.S. This event celebrates the finest new films inspired by the investigative instinct and advocates for the rights of reporters and filmmakers to pursue investigations that are in the public interest. In addition to screenings, DX offers a professional symposium and programming for journalists and visual storytellers.
Virtual Passes and Tickets
All Things Go Fall Classic – Oct. 16
The All Things Go Fall Classic returns Oct. 16 and features performances from a diverse array of artists, including the likes of Haim, St. Vincent, Cautious Clay and many more. The festival will be hosted at Merriweather Post Pavilion this year and will feature two stages, an epic lineup of delicious local eats and art installations.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
1874 Cup – Oct. 23
Rugby history will be made at FedExField on Oct. 23 when the New Zealand All-Blacks, one of the most successful sports teams on the planet, takes on the U.S. Men's National Rugby Team, The Eagles. The match marks the first time that the All-Blacks have played in DC since 2016. Why is it called the 1874 Cup? That year saw the first organized rugby match in U.S. history, when teams from McGill and Harvard University squared off. Tickets are going fast for this unique sporting event, so make sure to grab yours and get ready for some world-class rugby.
3 p.m. | Tickets
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Greater Landover, MD 20785
Smithsonian Craft Show - Oct. 23-31
This year's Smithsonian Craft Show is a free and virtual nine-day celebration of fine American crafts to benefit the Smithsonian Institution. This event will feature more than 100 artists in individual online shops, allowing consumers to search for treasures across wearable art, basketry, furniture, glass, jewelry and much, much more. Make sure to sign up for updates for the latest info regarding this virtual fair.
DC Beer Fest – Nov. 6
DC Beer Fest returns to Nationals Park with dozens of craft breweries ready to serve up their fall seasonal brews. You can also enjoy local food trucks, music from dueling pianos, cover bands and DJs throughout the park and lawn games. Make sure to peruse the selection of vendors and note that VIP tickets grant you access to the warning track and dugouts inside the stadium.
12-8 p.m. | Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
DMV Black Restaurant Week – Nov. 7-14
The fourth annual DMV Black Restaurant Week asks local foodies to show their support for Black-owned restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Participating locations will offer discounts on menu items, as well as specialty dishes, throughout the week. Check the promotion’s website for updates on participants and specials. As you plan which restaurants you want to order from or visit, please note that masks are required indoors in DC.
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