Today is the first day of Fall, so its officially time to wave bye-bye to Summer and welcome Fall.
Fall is my favorite season. I love the cool, crisp weather; the changing leaves; the apple cider and pumpkin-flavored everything; and the start of hockey season (many of you may prefer football – to each his or her own).
One of the best parts of Fall is all of the wonderful festivals (and other fun annual events) taking place in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Below is a partial list of upcoming events. Get out your calendar and start saving some dates!
Taste of Georgetown (Georgetown/DC) – September 24th
Washington, D.C.’s most anticipated epicurean festival is be celebrating its 24th year with creative tastes from more than 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. This year, guests will be able to enjoy beer and wine as they stroll from booth to booth.
Taste of DC (RFK Stadium) – October 8th
Experience everything Taste of DC has to offer: Restaurant row with 65+ of the region’s best restaurants; Wine Walk; Beer Garden; 3 stages of live music and culinary entertainment; Artisan market featuring local businesses; and the kid zone for family friendly fun.
Maryland Renaissance Festival (Annapolis/Crownsville) – Now through October 23rd
This year marks the 41st anniversary of this landmark Maryland eventThe 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, authentic combat armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. In addition, there are over 140 artisans exhibiting crafts in their own renaissance shops, five taverns featuring cool libations, 42 food and beverage emporiums providing a vast array of succulent and sweet treats to sate even the most hearty of appetites.
Baltimore Book Festival (Baltimore) – September 23rd – 25th
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.
Main Street Music Festival (Ellicott City) – September 24th
Motivated by the desire to support and promote local Unsigned musicians in Mid Atlantic area. Main Street Music Fest features the best talent that Mid Atlantic has to offer, as well as some of the best indie artists from the surrounding states.
Das Best Oktoberfest – September 24th (National Harbor), October 8th (Baltimore)
All you care to taste over 120 international, domestic and local Maryland beers, domestic wines and schnapps in a souvenir tasting glass; Oompah bands and live music; German & festival foods including bratwurst, knockwurst, potato pancakes and more.
Chesapeake Celtic Festival (Snow Hill) – October 1st – 2nd
The Celtic Festival has something for everyone: music; dancing; comedy; storytelling; genealogy; clans; athletics; bagpipes; animals; re-enactment groups; martial arts; craft demonstrations; Celtic wares; cultural presentations; Celtic church service; Flowers of the Forest; a parade; imported beers and ales; wine tasting; scotch whisky tasting; Celtic and Chesapeake culinary delights; and much more!
Taste of Bethesda (Bethesda) – October 7th
Bethesda’s famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid’s corner for face painting and arts & crafts
Sugarloaf Craft Festival – October 7th – 9th (Timonium); October 14th – 16th & November 18th – 20th (Gaithersburg)
Meet America’s great artist entrepreneurs, enjoy live music and family friendly entertainment, and sample tasty treats. Fun for everyone! Learn more about what makes Sugarloaf a special shopping experience.
Autumn Glory Festival (Oakland) – October 12th – 16th
Oakland maintains beautiful fall foliage during this annual event. The Maryland State Police estimate over 50,000 people attend and there are over 76 events, shows, sales, exhibits, demonstrations, etc. spread over the 4 day celebration. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the festival!
Autumn Wine Festival (Salisbury) – October 17th – 18th
Do you love wine, the great outdoors, delicious food and live entertainment? If so, we invite you to join us for the Autumn Wine Festival at Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury, Maryland. Produced in partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association, this two day wine festival offers samplings from plenty of Maryland wineries.
Berlin Oktoberfest (Berlin) – October 15th
Celebrate the fall season as Oktoberfest takes place on Berlin’s Main Street. German music by Alte Krumpel, rock music featured at Fins by Pet Cheetah, food and sweets by Baked Dessert, Gilbert’s Provisions, Crush and Crab, Berlin Lions Club, Atlantic Hotel, Cassandra’s & Randy’s BBQ and Eastern Shore kettle korn. Stroll our annual outside sidewalk sale, have a beer at the beer garden by Burley Oak Brewery and enjoy the games and activities for the children including Cascading Carlos, Scales and Tales from Assateague State Park and Phillips Wharf Fishmobile. Cornhole tournament sponsored by Burley Inn Tavern.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ (Leesburg) – October 7th
Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.
Richmond Folk Festival (Richmond) – October 7th – 9th
Downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running. The 2017 Festival will bring a new and similarly amazing list of performers, artists and exhibitors.
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days (George Washington’s Mount Vernon) – October 21st – 22nd
Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at Mount Vernon! Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, make corn husk dolls, and witness 18th-century dancing, farrier (blacksmithing), and wheat-treading demonstrations. Play early-American games, walk through a straw bale maze, and listen to 18th-century music. Fall Harvest Family Days takes place rain or shine.
The Colonial Market Fair at Claude Moore Farm (McLean) – October 21st – 22nd
Warm yourself by the fires and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you. Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their wares at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen’s Goods stands. Learn to dip candles or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. Stop by the tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen’s and merchants’ stalls.
Urbanna Oyster Festival (Urbanna) – November 4th – 5th
If this is your first year, you’re in for a treat! The Town of Urbanna is a true Oyster town and the best place to taste, buy and try all things oyster related. Start your day at the Scottish Factor Store and check out the history of the oyster industry in Urbanna. After your get a peek at how we’ve done it for decades, take a right out of the driveway to the museum and head down “Community Row” to the Waterfront exhibits where you can see the industry in practice today. Once you get a little hands-on experience head back up to the vendors and try all of the different ways to eat these bivalve delicacies! Don’t forget to try the wine and oyster pairings! Also, Virginia Craft Beer Tasting in the park. Virginia is for Oyster Lovers after all!
Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival (Poplar Hill) – November 19th
Thomas Jefferson considered wine to be “…a necessary of life.” His affinity for fine French wine was such that he envisioned establishing a vineyard and winery of his own in Virginia.
Join thousands of like-minded oenophiles at Thomas Jefferson’s secluded Bedford County retreat for the 9th Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival to celebrate the Founding Father’s dream of establishing flourishing vineyards in Virginia. Festivalgoers can taste the multitude of offerings from some of the commonwealth’s finest vineyards and cideries; sample savory fare from local food purveyors; shop the festival market brimming with works by local artisans; and enjoy live musical performances.
Above are just some of the many events going on around the area. To keep track of what’s going on in your area, here are some useful links: