September 14 through 20: DC Fashion Week
Fashionistas converge on Washington for fashion week. Events include trunk shows, networking parties, and, of course, runway shows. For more information, including a calendar of events, click here.
September 19: H Street Festival
This neighborhood street festival in the Atlas District of Northeast DC features three stages with entertainment galore—everything from singing and dancing to fashion and boxing. There are also booths for food, arts and crafts, nonprofit organizations, local retailers, and more. For more information, click here.
September 19 and 20: Mount Vernon’s 18th-Century Craft Fair
Fifty costumed artisans will demonstrate George Washington-era crafts and sell their wares. There’ll also be entertainers and a free sightseeing cruise on the Potomac. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6 to 11; under 6 free. There are also discounts for seniors.
September 19 and 20: Virginia Wine Festival
Sample local food and wines from 60 Virginia wineries. There’ll also be seminars on everything from wine-and-food pairings to the health benefits of wine. Other activities include concerts and an arts-and-crafts marketplace. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate for adults, $16 in advance and $22 at the gate for ages 12 to 20, and $5 in advance and $8 at the gate for children 6 to 11; kids under 6 free. The festival will be held at Bull Run Regional Park.
September 20: Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Zoo holds this free annual celebration chock-full of Hispanic cultural events—music, dancing, food, crafts, and more. There are also animal demonstrations and opportunities to talk with zoo scientists about research in Latin American countries.
September 26: National Book Festival
The Mall becomes the National Library for the day during this annual festival dedicated to the written word. Dozens of authors, illustrators, and poets are on hand for discussions and signings. There are also tents for book sales and information about reading programs at libraries across the country.
May 22 through September 11: Jazz in the Garden
Friday nights from 5 to 8:30, enjoy free jazz concerts in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner or enjoy a sushi platter and a cheese-and-fruit plate from the Pavilion Café.
August 27 through September 12: Shakespeare Theatre Free-for-All
For the first time since the tradition started in 1991, the Shakespeare Theatre’s beloved Free-for-All event will be held inside at the Syndey Harman Hall. This year, players perform The Taming of the Shrew. Free tickets are being given away online to donors only. All others can get them at the door before performances.
August 29 through October 25: Maryland Renaissance Festival
Forty-five minutes east of DC is the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival. Hosted in a recreated 16th-century English village called Revel Grove, the festival includes costumed villagers who man pubs, stages, food booths, and more than 130 craft shops. You can get into character, too—there’s a booth for adults and children to rent costumes. In addition to the day-to-day entertainment—strolling musicians, jugglers, mimes, and more—there are special weekend themes, such as Pirate Adventure Weekend (September 26 and 27) and Shakespeare Weekend (October 10 and 11). Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over age 61, and $8 for kids ages 7 to 15; children under age 7 are free. Group discounts and multi-day passes are also available.
This article is part of Washingtonian.com’s Visitors’ Guide. For more articles like it, click here. If you’re visiting in a different month, check out our City Schedule for events happening throughout the year.