Best Fall Festivals near DC for Kids and Families

Enjoy loads of fall fun at the Cox Farms Fall Festival. Photo courtesy of the festival
Enjoy loads of fall fun at the Cox Farms Fall Festival. Photo courtesy of the festival

As September arrives in the DC area, fall fairs and festivals begin. There are so many amazing fall festivals near DC, from farm festivals that last all of October (and parts of September and November) to daylong or weekend fairs and festivals that celebrate food, culture, art, and more. These fall festivals near DC have lots to offer, including pumpkin patches, apple picking, crafts, games, live music, and so much more.

Read on for 20 great fall festivals near DC that you'll love to add to your crew's calendar. All of them take place outdoors to allow your family to soak up that fresh fall air. Don't forget to check out our Fall Fun Guide for Washington, DC Families for even more autumn fun!

Places featured in this article:


Burke Nursery and Garden Centre

Falls Church City Hall and Community Center Grounds

Civic Center at Veterans Plaza

Silver Spring Veterans Plaza

Silver Spring Veterans Plaza
Season's Greenings at US Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
Imagination Stage - 10:45 AM Pick
Festival of Trees
Maryland State Fairgrounds - 10:00 AM Pick
ZooLights at the National Zoo
Smithsonian's National Zoo - 5:00 PM Pick
Georgetown GLOW
Georgetown - 5:00 PM Pick
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