The changing leaves in Rock Creek Park and the Redskins fans at FedEx Field are just two signs that autumn has arrived in Washington, DC. From September through November, there are plenty of fun fall activities for everyone, from football games and fall foliage to fun festivals and Thanksgiving feasts. The fall season is also a great time to visit the city as crowds thin a bit and the summer temps start to cool. Here is a list of great fall activities that will want to plan to see and do while you are in town:
Maryland Seafood FestivalSept. 6-7, 2014. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD. Weekend event with great food, music, and family fun.
Rosslyn Jazz FestivalSept. 6, 2014, 1-7 p.m. Enjoy a day of jazz concerts in Rosslyn, VA.
Silver Spring Jazz FestivalSept. 6, 2014, 3:30-10:30 p.m. See a variety of jazz performances in downtown Silver Spring, MD.
Nation's TriathlonSept. 7, 2014. The sporting event includes a scenic course that winds through the National Mall, a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, 40k bike course through the streets of Washington and Maryland, finishing with a 10k run past the city's historical landmarks. The weekend includes a Health and Fitness Expo that is open to the public.
Takoma Park Folk FestivalSept. 7, 2014, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Community festival with games, food, crafts, dancing and music.
September 11 Memorial EventsSept. 11, 2014. See the schedule of special commemorative events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The DC Shorts Film FestivalSept. 11-21, 2014. Film festival in Washington, DC featuring short films and discussions with filmmakers.
Taste of GeorgetownSept. 13, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sample dishes from 30 Georgetown restaurants, while enjoying live music and children's activities.
Alexandria King Street Art FestivalSept. 13-14, 2014. King Street becomes an outdoor gallery featuring 200 of the nation's top award-winning artists.
Annapolis Craft Beer and Music FestivalSept. 13, 2014. Annapolis, MD. The event features beer tastings, seminars, live music, food and arts and crafts exhibits.
Virginia Wine FestivalSept. 13-14, 2014. Centreville, VA. Sample wine from 60 Virginia wineries and enjoy gourmet food, seminars, arts and crafts, live music and more.
Adams Morgan DaySept. 14, 2014, Noon-7 p.m. Annual street festival in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Washington Redskins Opening GameSept. 14, 2014, 1 p.m. The Washington football team plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener. Enjoy the football season and cheer for the Redskins.
National Hispanic Heritage MonthSept. 15-Oct. 15. Celebrate the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
WalkingTown & BikingTown DCSept. 15-21, 2014. Enjoy free guided tours of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. More than 100 walking tours and 11 bike tours are available offering a great way to explore the nation's capital.
Korean FestivalSept 19-21, 2014. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. The festival features Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest, and more.
Fall Theater in Washington DCWith dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2014 season.
Arlington Festival of the ArtsSept. 20-21, 2014. Clarendon, VA. The new arts festival features vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more.
Mount Vernon's Colonial Craft FairSept. 20-21, 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The fair is a re-creation of an early American marketplace with artist demonstrations, family entertainment and 18th-century amusements.
H Street FestivalSept. 20, 2014, noon-6 p.m. The festival includes musical and dance performances, children's activities, crafts, international foods and more. Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area The MS Challenge Walk and the Walk for Kids are great charities to support while improving your own health. See these and more walks coming up this fall.
Latino Festival - Fiesta DCSept 21, 2014, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Washington DC. Celebrate the Latino culture with one of the largest festivals in the nation's capital. International cuisine and lots of live entertainment.
Fiesta Musical at the National ZooSept. 21, 2014, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife through a variety of family-oriented activities, live music and dance, special keeper talks, and a Latin American food court.
DC Fashion WeekSept. 24-28, 2014. The week-long event includes fashion industry networking parties, an outdoor festival showcasing local designers, designer trunk shows, and an educational seminar.
Oktoberfests Near Washington, DCFind German folk festivals with great beer, food, and live entertainment. Washington DC Tour de Cure Bicycling Event Sept 27, 2014. Washington, DC. Bike across the nation's capital and help raise funds and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. All experience levels welcome.
Turkish FestivalSept. 28, 2014, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC. Celebrate Turkish art and culture with a variety of family-friendly activities, food, crafts and more.
Pumpkin FestivalsSome of the region's pumpkin patches open at the end of September. Find out where the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals are in the Washington, DC area and plan an early visit before the crowds.
Maryland Renaissance FestivalWeekends through October 19, 2014. A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more. Located in Crownsville, Maryland. Mount Vernon's Wine Festival & Sunset Tour October 3-5, 2014, 6-9 pm. George Washington's Estate & Gardens. Wine-cellar tours and live music. Advanced tickets are required.
Southwest DC Arts FestivalOctober 3-5, 2014. The event brings the community together to celebrate the arts with the theme "Discover Southwest." The festival will showcase art from regional and international emerging artists and the rapidly developing neighborhood.
Fall for Fairfax FestivalOctober 4-5,2014, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Northern Virginia's largest fall festival includes more than 100 interactive activities and exhibits for the whole family.
Annapolis Sailboat ShowOctober 9-13, 2014. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.
Taste of BethesdaOctober 11, 2014, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bethesda's famous food and music festival features 50 restaurants and four stages of live entertainment.
Taste of DCOctober 11-12, 2014. The event will feature tastings and dishes from more than 80 of Washington DC's best restaurants, eateries and food trucks, a Farm-to-Fork zone, and the chance to get up close and personal with local chefs and winemakers.
Army Ten-MilerOctober 12, 2014. America's biggest 10-mile race attracts 20,000 runners each year. Race begins at the Pentagon at 8 a.m.
Annapolis Powerboat ShowOctober 16-19, 2014. Annapolis City Dock. Visit Downtown Annapolis and check out the latest in boats and boating accessories.
Sugarloaf Craft FestivalOctober 17-19, 2014, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD. Enjoy craft demonstrations, great food and live entertainment.
Northern Virginia BrewfestOctober 18-19, 2014. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. More than 40 breweries will feature their best American style beers. Entertainment includes live music and children's activities such as face painting, air-brush tattooing, moon bounces, and rock climbing.
Bethesda Row Arts FestivalOctober 18-19, 2014. More than 180 artists display a wide variety of artwork and crafts.
Rockville Antique & Classic Car ShowOctober 18, 2014, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rockville Civic Center grounds. Rockville, Maryland. See a display of more than 500 antique and classic automobiles, pumpkin painting, moon bounce, and swing music, by the Rockin'Ville Swing Band.
Washington International Horse ShowOctober 21-26, 2014. Verizon Center, Washington, DC. Horse show with jumping competitions with Olympic horses and riders, special exhibitions of musical freestyle dressage, bull riding, terrier races and more.
Kids Euro FestivalOctober 24-November 9, 2014. The event includes more than 200 free performances around the city staged through the cooperation of the 27 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen major local cultural institutions. Geared to children ages two through twelve.
Boo at the ZooOctober 24-26, 2014. Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual National Zoo's Halloween celebration. Advance tickets are required.
White House Garden Tours2014 Dates to Be Announced. View the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn of the White House.
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest DaysOctober 25-26, 2014. Celebrate the season with horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations.
Marine Corps MarathonOctober 26, 2014. The annual race includes a full weekend of events including the Health and Fitness Expo, Healthy Kids Fun Run, and Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival.
DC Drag Queen RaceOctober 28, 2014. Thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate Halloween costumes and race down 17th Street.
Day of the DeadOctober 31-November 1, 2014. Day of the Dead / Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. Find a few celebrations around the Washington DC area. Note that some will be held the weekend before.
Washington Craft ShowOctober 31-November 2, 2014. Washington Convention Center. The annual craft show features contemporary crafts created by more than 190 artists including metal, leather, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more.
Capital Maritime Music FestivalNovember 1, 2014. Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC. The event includes a noontime concert, workshops and cameo performances featuring the music, folklore and history of sea warriors, merchant sailors, recreational sailors, maritime communities, canals and inland waterways.
Kids Euro FestivalOctober 24-November 9, 2014. The event staged through the cooperation of the 27 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen major local cultural institutions will include more than 200 free performances around the city. Geared to children ages two through twelve.
Fall Fringe2014 Dates to Be Announced. The performing arts event brings back select highlights of the summer festival that introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances.
Washington RedskinsEnjoy the football season and cheer for DC's team.
Washington Wizards BasketballSee NBA games live at the Verizon Center or enjoy the national broadcasts throughout the season.
Alexandria Film FestivalNovember 6-9, 2014. The festival includes a variety of films screened in and around the City of