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:
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.
Fall Theater in Washington DCWith dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2014 season.
Some 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