October Events in DC

Written by Jennifer Fantin, Recruitment and Admissions Assistant 

As the first week of October comes to a close, seasonal activities are in full swing across the DC metro area. It is that time of year when humidity finally subsides and people enjoy being outdoors again. With this new found desire to embrace the beautiful weather, fall festival attendance is a must, and these events are in no shortage of supply. Locals and tourists alike should check out all of the fun to be had this month!

Apple and Pumpkin Picking– The beautiful country sides of Maryland and Virginia are only a short car ride away, and many of these locations offer apple and pumpkin picking for visitors!

Oktoberfest– Celebrate the change of season in true German style, with good food and even better beer! This year Capitol City Brewing Company in Arlington, Virginia will host its 14th annual Oktoberfest celebration. The event will be held this Saturday, October 5, and admission costs $25.

Fall for Fairfax Festival– This is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival. It will feature interactive activities and exhibits as well as fall favorites such as a pumpkin patch and hay rides. Stop in this weekend, October 5 and 6, to enjoy the fun!

Taste of DC– This food festival is the largest in all of DC and takes place on October 12 and 13. It offers tastings from over 50 restaurants, which will pair nicely with the selection of national and international brews that are also featured. When your hunger has been satisfied and your thirst quenched, be sure to check out the live performances and the 2nd Annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship!

tasteofdc1Boo At The Zoo– As long as we see an end to the current government shutdown before the end of the month, families will be able to enjoy this DC Halloween tradition. The event will take place October 25-27 and offers families the opportunity to go trick or treating at the National Zoo. Tickets are required!

Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Festival– George Washington’s historical estate celebrates the autumn season with their family friendly harvest festival. Featured activities will include wagon rides, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, apple-roasting, and music. So purchase your ticket today, and visit this DC area landmark on October 26 and 27.



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