Around autumn there appears to be a general increase in festival activity around the region. Everyone enjoys good fall follies with family and friends. From tasting events to kid-friendly happenings, there are plenty of diverse festivals to check out around D.C. this season. Here are some suggestions on where to go.
Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
3200 Mount Vernon Highway
Mt. Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 780-2000

Dates: Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This October, visitors to Mount Vernon can experience a special wine festival and evening tour. Located along the scenic Potomac River, Mount Vernon will play host to live music, entertainment and an overall fun fall festival. Guests can even meet George and Martha Washington in person, portrayed by character actors. Learn all about Washington’s own distilling and wine storing experiences as you take a tour of the basement where he kept his wine.

Taste Of DC
1200 18th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 618-3663

Dates: Oct. 8 through 9, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Foodies, epicurean experts and everyone else looking to entice their taste buds are marking the calendar for Taste of DC 2016. This fall food folly brings together more than 70 of D.C.’s greatest restaurants, caterers, food trucks and area eateries in a multi-day, multi-cultural tasting display. The festival also features an extensive Beer Garden comprised of local, national and international brews as well as a Wine Walk. Lively entertainment will occur throughout the festival’s run with main stage performances, cooking demonstrations, a Farm-to-Fork Zone, Family Zone, ongoing interactive games and the Annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship.

Fall For Fairfax KidsFest
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
(703) 324-7329

Dates: Oct. 1,10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This annual autumn attraction was designed especially for kids. Pre-K through elementary school aged children can enjoy a host of ongoing interactive activities, educational programs and entertaining events throughout the festival’s two-day run. Such activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, pony rides, an onsite petting zoo, carnival rides, games and plenty more. There are over 75 exhibits in all, as well as great food and entertainment.

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Bethesda Row Arts Festival
7200 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda MD 20814
(301) 637-5684

Dates: Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This highly anticipated arts festival is celebrating its 19th annual run. Nearly 200 artists from the mid-Atlantic region and, by greater extent, the whole nation are attracted to this event each year. Meet leading artists and crafters displaying a wide range of diverse works. Featured mediums include paintings, drawings, pastels, photographs, printmaking, metalwork, ceramics, sculptures and mixed media. Local live musicians will also be onsite, accompanying the festival with many different genres.

Patuxent Wildlife Festival
National Wildlife Visitor Center
230 Bald Eagle Drive
Laurel, MD 20724
(301) 497-5770

Dates: Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Established in 1936 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the Patuxent Research Refuge is the only wildlife refuge in the nation that supports the study and research of wildlife. Here visitors of all ages can learn fascinating facts about animals and nature through interactive exhibits, displays, programs and other features. Always a wonderful experience in itself, visitors to the center on Oct. 15 can enjoy an even greater time with the Patuxent Wildlife Festival. Come enjoy live animal encounters, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, onsite scientific demonstrations and plenty of other exciting activities, including kid-friendly crafts and amusements.

Related: Best Fall Festivals To Attend Near Washington, D.C.

Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.