One of the cities largest—and the longest-running—neighborhood festivals, Adams Morgan Day (September 13) features live entertainment on two stages, craft vendors, dance workshops, and—for the first time—a “green” pavilion with eco-friendly wares. The festival takes place over a four-block stretch of 18th Street, Northwest, between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road.
On September 19, the Atlas District hosts its sixth annual neighborhood festival with live entertainment, vendors, and more. Details for the festival are still being finalized, but last year’s event featured a fashion show, dance performances, and carnival games.
Billed as “Arlington’s biggest party,” Clarendon Day on September 26 is an eight-hour food-and-art extravaganza, complete with belly-dancing performances, skateboarding demonstrations, and two performances stages for live entertainment. Proceeds of the event will benefit Doorways for Women & Families and the Clarendon Alliance. The festival starts at 11.
Outdoor and Other Celebrations
Vienna’s Wolf Trap hosts the International Children’s Festival September 19 and 20. Intended to foster multiculturalism and awaken an appreciation of the arts in young children, the festival features performers from all over the world, including Spain, Serbia, and Georgia. Headlining this year are TAP Kids, a tap-dancing group made up of teenagers and young adults. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children if purchased before September 12.
Fiesta DC, Washington’s Latino festival, takes place in Mount Pleasant on September 27 to celebrate Latino history in DC and the community’s cultural contributions. In addition to food, craft vendors, and musical performances, the festival will also hold fairs and a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates.
For anyone toting children under the age of ten, Pumpkinville at Leesburg Animal Park offers a fall festival that’s complete with a free pumpkin upon admission. While your kids take advantage of the zip lines, moon bounces, hay-rides, and petting zoo, you can enjoy the farm’s all-you-can-eat apples and all-you-can-drink cider. Apples and pumpkins to take home are available at the farm’s market. Pumpkinville is open daily September 26 through November 3 from 9 to 6. Admission is $8.50 on weekdays and $12.50 on weekends; free for children under two.
Experience autumn’s changing palette with the Farm Color Tour, a free self-guided tour through Loudoun’s farm country. More than 30 wineries, farms, and gardens dot this scenic drive, and there are stops along the way if you want to take a tour, have lunch, or taste Virginia wine. Call 800-752-6118 for more information, or download a interactive tour map here. Open October 17 and 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM.