It’s that time of year again. With the onset of fall, fall festivals are ready to pop up around the DMV for anyone looking to reclaim a pumpkin patch or sample local craft beers.
As the leaves slowly turn to a warmer color palette, the new season welcomes a collection of cultural, musical and traditional fall festivals to the region. From an energetic Oktoberfest celebration at The Wharf to a farm festival in Northern Virginia, DMV’s fall festival lineup features several noteworthy events to enjoy before the district plunges into warmer temperatures. fresh.
Here are some of the top picks to watch this fall:
Oktoberfest at the dock
Kicking off in October, this autumn festival at The Wharf embraces its German namesake with a plethora of events embracing the rich German cuisine, polka dancing and traditional bavarian blue and white decor. Located at District Pier along the Washington Canal, the annual weekend Oktoberfest will take place from Friday to Sunday.
Suitable for all ages, the festival offers many free activities, such as the rhythmic polka to kick off the weekend on Friday evening and the coveted “Dachshund Dash” this Saturday, a fast-paced live dog race to benefit the DC-based animal shelter Rural dog rescue.
Local restaurants along the quay including Cantina Bambina, Kirwan’s Irish Pub and Brighton SW1, match German themed during the Sunday festival, serving all the German food and beer one could ask for.
Wharf St. SW. Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Advance registration is required for events. Find more information here.
Everything is fine
Held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, Everything is fine stands out as the premier fall music festival in the DC area with its top performers and capacity of nearly 20,000 attendees. Lorde, Grammy-winning pop star, Mitski, alternative rock singer, and queer icon King Princess will headline the festival, which unveiled its biggest entertainer line up so far this year. The festival will also feature several rising stars like acoustically atypical and innovative Bartees Strange and upcoming pop heroine Maude Latour.
The All Things Go company has found its roots in the DC area in 2006 when he hosted club nights at U Street Music Hall and booked gigs for rising stars of alternative music before their escapes, including Grammy-nominated girl group HAIM and band British rock band The 1975. In 2014, the brand hosted its first festival, which grows every year while paying particular attention to booking female names in music.
The festival site will feature two stages to fill with an entire day of eclectic music, immersive art installations, photo booths and food vendors including a cash bar and beer garden. Although nearly full, limited general admission tickets remain available for this renamed musical event for all ages.
Cox Farms Fall Festival
Experience fall in full swing with hay rides, local produce tastings and animal feeding at Cox Farms in Centerville, Virginia, through November. All-inclusive admission includes access to all farms Activitiesranging from cornfield adventures to apple picking and pumpkin patch adventures.
The festival is suitable for family and outdoor recreation, with an autumnal menu at the autumn festival market mix and match, featuring fall classics like popcorn, cider and apple pie. Guests can quickly access the festival market to buy takeout food without full admission.
Throughout the season, visitors can slide down giant slides, climb on swings, and sample local apples and cider for a full autumnal feel.
15621 Braddock Rd., Centerville, Virginia. Open Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until November 7 and until Tuesday November 8. Closing at 5 p.m. in November. Daily tickets are $10 to $25 and must be reserved online. Find more information here.
DC Oktoberfest returns to Nationals Park with some of the best local and international craft breweries spread throughout the grounds and is held later this fall.
More than 80 independent breweries and food trucks will cover the park and its hall during the district’s largest beer festival. The event will also feature several food trucks, including fried chicken cuisine from Roaming Rooster, gourmet fried foods from Urban Poutine and several other fare. Live music and a dueling piano bar will provide entertainment along the food truck lane.
All customers can take advantage of unlimited sampling from breweries like Virginia-based Alesatian Brewing Company and Downeast cider brewer to provide seasonal fall beverages incorporating fall flavors like pumpkin and fall blends, including darker beers.
1500 S Capitol St. SE. Saturday 5 November. 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests must be over 21 years of age. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $90 for VIP. Find more information here.
International Festival of Urban Gastronomy
CC is known for its excellence in blending cultural traditions, and the International Festival of Urban Gastronomy does exactly that. Home to the kitchens of more than 30 international embassies, this celebration of diversity serves dishes that represent the home countries of the district’s diplomats. DC Events will present three days of cutting-edge cuisine accentuated at the Smithsonian Art Museum.
The Embassy Chefs Challengea 14-year tradition of inspiring culinary competition among embassy chefs, will provide friendly international competition through creativity in the kitchen and community celebration on Thursday, October 13. The diplomatic leaders will share food and drink from their home countries and compete for the top prize, which includes past winners like the Bahamas, El Salvador and Serbia in the past.
An Oktoberfest Party Friday, October 14 will transport you directly to the annual Munich festival through authentic festivities, organized by the German-American Heritage Foundation and the German Embassy. Celebrate Día de los Muertos at Franklin Park with traditional food, a screening of Disney’s animated film “Coco” and captivating entertainment hosted by the Mexican Embassy on Saturday, October 15.
Varied locations. From October 13-15, tickets are $75-$90 for the Embassy Chef Challenge, $10 for Taste of Oktoberfest, and free for Dia de los Muertos. Find more information here.