Fall is a big deal in the DMV. Through family friendly fests (like, every weekend), we celebrate everything from harvest to Halloween to history in the span of a few months. From apple picking and wagon rides on a farm, to going back to colonial times, there’s something for every family in this festival roundup!
The Maryland Renaissance Festival- Through Oct. 22
What could beat a 16th century village where your kiddos can see live jousters, musicians, dancers, and other performers? If you’re feeling extra festive, you can rent costumes or make one at home out of a billowy blouse and peasant skirt. Make sure you get a picture of your kids with their extra-large turkey legs, and check out the shops for some cool early Christmas shopping.
1821 Crownsville Rd. (Annapolis, Md)
Annual Bands, Brews, and Barbecue Festival- Sep. 28
This event is less focused on activities and more focused on great food and drinks. Keep your kids occupied with some great barbecue while you enjoy beer samples (tickets for these can be bought at the gate), and then picnic on the lawn while you listen to live music and enjoy beautiful Manassas.
Manassas Museum Lawn
9101 Prince William St. (Manassas, Va)
Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival- Oct. 1-31
Great Country is super fun and well known for its remarkable festivals. Kids of all ages, will love P-Rex, the pumpkin eating dinosaur and Rubber Ridge, the tractor tire mountain. Couldn’t make it to Disney?…no problem, the Pumpkin Princess will be wandering around the pumpkin patch to take pics with your little duchess. Release some energy at the five mazes, 60-foot slides and rope swings.
Great Country Farms (Bluemont, Va)
18th Century Autumn Market Fair- Oct. 21-22
One of the DMV’s hidden gems is definitely the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and their Autumn Market Fair is not to be missed! A living history farm, Claude Moore is glorious in the fall. Fires will be roaring as spit roasted chickens and juicy sausages are cooked. Observe and join 18th Century tradesmen like spinners and blacksmiths as they perform their crafts. Enjoy live music, singing and dancing, and fun games throughout the weekend. Make sure to make your way towards the live animals where the kids can see turkeys, pigs, and chickens.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm (McLean, Va)
H Street Festival- Sep. 16
The annual H Street festival gets more and more popular every year! Head to this hip, booming neighborhood festival and soak in the fun. There will be tons of live entertainment, including a kids stage; trendy art exhibits; food trucks; local vendors; fashion shows; dancing, face painting, storytelling, and moon bounces. Opt for bus, street trains or metro so you don’t have to deal with parking.
H St., between 4th St. and 14th Street
Colonial Market and Fair- Sep. 16-17
Pay a visit to George and Martha Washington at their lovely estate, Mount Vernon. Experience an early-American marketplace with demonstrations, crafts and entertainment. Artisans from across the country will explain their trades and showcase their goods, while family shows entertain audiences with 18th-century amusements. You might even spot Prez. Washington walking around.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. (Mount Vernon, Va)
Fiesta D.C. Latino Festival- Sep. 16-17
According to the organizers of the Latino Festival, they are expecting over 180 thousand visitors this year, so make sure to get there early! You’ll see the Parade of Nations, including dance and performance troupes, as well as other live performances. There’s even a Miss Fiesta, the winner of a beauty pageant held earlier in September.
Constitution Ave. from 7th St., NW to 14th St., NW
What are your favorite fall festivals? Let us know in the comments section below.
—Guiomar Ochoa and Kelly Ann Jacobson