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Fall 2024 Events & Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss in Washington, DC



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. 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

01

DC Bike Ride – Sept. 7

If you’re looking for fun activities in the District this fall, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride. With a family-friendly course, the event is one of the biggest celebrations of cycling in DC and offers a unique experience to its participants, winding riders through city streets and by monuments and memorials. The 20-mile excursion welcomes riders over the age of three and includes a Finish Festival with food, music and fun activities.

02

DC State Fair – Sept. 7

Enjoy a free showcase of the District’s agricultural, culinary and creative talents with a daylong celebration of all things homegrown. Inspired by time-honored state fair traditions, growing and gardening, contests and delicious foods, the DC State Fair honors what makes the nation's capital one of a kind. Some past activities have included: competitions for best photographer, best mumbo sauce, the most creative use of space in a micro-garden, slime for kids and much, much more.

03

Adams Morgan Day – Sept. 8

The longest-running neighborhood festival in the District has been around for more than 40 years. The lively 18th Street buzzes with music, food vendors, for-sale artwork and family-friendly activities. Celebrate one of DC’s liveliest, most diverse neighborhoods with this day-long extravaganza that is led by volunteers and showcases the businesses, artists and organizations that make up Adams Morgan.

04

H Street Festival – Sept. 21

Another one of DC’s most popular neighborhoods pulls out all the stops for this annual festival that draws thousands of attendees every year. The H Street Festival will feature live music, dance performances, family-friendly activities, contests and plenty of food vendors across its 14 staging areas, with dozens of businesses participating.

05

Theatre Week – Sept. 26 - Oct. 13

Theatre Week

Theatre Week

Celebrate the theatre season in the Washington, DC region with a weeks-long promotion from TheatreWashington which includes $20, $40 and $60 tickets to highly anticipated productions at venues all over the DMV area. There are musicals, dramas, comedies, theatre for young audiences and much more. In addition to discounted tickets, Theatre Week also includes special events (most of which are free) designed to entertain, educate and inspire, including the free Kickoff Fest. Plan your stay: Book a hotel today.

06

Art All Night – Sept. 27-28

An all-night arts festival? Sign us up. Yes, DC has that with Art All Night, which will spread out over multiple neighborhoods. 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.

07

Smithsonian Craft2Wear – Sept. 27-29

Craft2Wear Smithsonian

Craft2Wear | Smithsonian

The National Building Museum hosts this curated show from the Smithsonian. Limited edition clothing, jewelry and accessories will be on display, as dozens of designers from all over the country will be represented. The wearable art extravaganza kicks off with a preview benefit.

08

All Things Go Music Festival – Sept. 28-29

concertgoers seated on the lawn in front of a pavilion

All Things Go

The All Things Go Music Festival returns this September with headliners like Lauren, Bleachers, Janelle Monáe, Hozier and Reneé Rapp. The festival will be hosted at Merriweather Post Pavilion and will feature two stages, an epic lineup of delicious local eats and art installations.

 

09

Because They're Funny Comedy Festival – Sept. 27-29

The Wharf

Join NICE CROWD®, the producers of the American Black Film Festival, in partnership with Events DC, for the Because They're Funny Comedy Festival. Expect a fun-filled weekend showcasing BIPOC comedians at The Wharf, one of the most vibrant destinations in the nation's capital. Curated for anyone who likes to laugh, the lineup includes headline shows, new comic showcases, comedy classes, panels, podcasts, screenings and live music. 

10

Walkingtown DC – TBD

In September, Events DC showcases the incredible walkability of the nation’s capital during this free, week-long public tour program. In total, dozens of guided walking tours will be held throughout the District, including neighborhood showcases, themed excursions, historical journeys and many more. Historians, licensed tour guides, community leaders and business owners, among others, host these adventures that will take you to both well-known and hidden gems across DC.

11

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour – Oct. 4-6

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, chill out on the east lawn, and sample Virginia wines with views of the Potomac River. Fruit and cheese boxes to accompany your wine are available for purchase in advance.

12

Home Rule Music Festival: Oct. 26

The second annual Home Rule Music Festival celebrates the rich musical and cultural scene of DC. The fun continues in late October in partnership with NoMa BID when the festival puts on a show at Alethia Tanner Park. Expect a variety of locally based performers across a full day of concerts.

 

13

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival & Symposium – Nov. 7-10

A poster for the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival & Symposium. The design features an abstract composition with film strips and a cityscape in the background.

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.

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