20 of the best DC-area fall festivals

WASHINGTON — It’s always sad to see summer go, but fall offers plenty to look forward to — apple cider doughnuts, we’re looking at you.

This season, there are a number of beer, wine, food, art, apple and pumpkin festivals on the calendar in the D.C. area. Here are some of the best bets:

Today, many restaurants throughout the DMV allow patrons to bring wines into their establishments. Of course, there are a few rules — known as corkage policies — that apply, as well as a few etiquette guidelines that should be followed. (Getty Images)
Maryland Wine Festival
Sept. 15, 16  Sample more than 150 wines from 25 wineries across the state, peruse merchandise from local arts and crafts vendors, taste cheese from Maryland’s creameries and kick back to live music at this year’s Maryland Wine Festival. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images) (Getty Images/David Silverman)
The King Street Metro station sign is seen here. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Alexandria King Street Art Festival
Sept. 15, 16  More than 200 local and national artists will display their work in a show that takes over King Street, Sept. 15 and 16. There will be paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photography and more. (Getty Images) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/kuch3)
This July 30, 2018 photo shows a crispy tomato salad with buttermilk ranch dressing in New York. this dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)
DC VegFest
Sept. 15  Meet at the city’s biggest meat-free festival, DC VegFest, Saturday, Sept. 15. Expect chef-led cooking demonstrations, free food samples, face painting, author talks and more. (Sara Moulton via AP) (AP/Sara Moulton)
This Oct. 5, 2015 photo shows Strongbow's hard cider in Concord, N.H. Cider typically is lower in alcohol than wine, averaging 5 to 7 percent, but has enough acid and tannins to cleanse and refresh the palate for the next bite. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Virginia Cider Festival
Sept. 15 Ciders from more than 25 producers around the country will be featured (and poured) at the annual Virginia Cider Festival in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Just a word of warning: the event celebrates hard-cider, not the kid-friendly variety. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
H Street Festival attendees dressed to the nines on Saturday afternoon. (WTOP/Dana Gooley)
H Street Festival 
Sept. 15  Celebrate one of D.C.’s hottest corridors at the annual H Street Festival. Events for the day include music, dance, food, fashion and children’s programming. (WTOP/Dana Gooley) (WTOP/Dana Gooley)
Shucked oysters are seen at the Bourbon House Restaurant in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Oyster harvests in south Louisiana are still in recovery since the 2010 BP oil spill. For the second year in a row, restaurants and seafood industry officials are working together to recycle oyster shells to help rebuild oyster beds impacted by the spill. The program, organized by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, is aimed at helping New Orleans area restaurants recycle oyster shells. The shells will be returned to coastal waters to help revitalize public oyster seed areas and as material in coastal restoration projects.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Chesapeake Oyster and Wine Festival
Sept. 22, 23  Get a taste of the Chesapeake at Maryland’s National Harbor, Sept. 22 and 23. The two-day oyster fest features plenty of seafood (in addition to oysters there will be lobster rolls, crabcakes, po boys and more) and unlimited wine and craft beer tastings. (AP/Gerald Herbert) (AP/Gerald Herbert)
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Taste of Georgetown 
Sept. 23 Georgetown will celebrate the neighborhood’s growing list of restaurants, cafes and fast-casual concepts at the annual Taste of Georgetown. This year, guests will be able to sip wine and beer as they stroll from booth to booth, in between bites. (Courtesy Taste of Georgetown) (Courtesy Taste of Georgetown, Sam Kittner)
This  Sept. 30, 2009 photo shows homemade raisin walnut pie with a lattice crust top at the Caruthers District Fair in Caruthers, Calif. While some fairs draw crowds for their deep-fried twinkies, the District Fair in this town of 2,103 in California's raisin region serves up mainly locally grown food, assembled for sale by the dozen or so churches and service clubs whose emblems hang on the town's giant welcome sign.  (AP Photo / Russel A. Daniels)
DC State Fair
Sept. 23  Just because D.C. is not technically a state, doesn’t mean it can’t celebrate with a state fair. The ninth annual DC State Fair will be held at Waterfront Station in Southwest D.C. Bring your best baked goods: The festival features culinary contests, crafts, a pet parade and more. (AP/Russel A. Daniels) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Russel A. Daniels)
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015 file photo, people celebrate the opening of the 182nd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, sGermany. Munich’s city council has voted down an attempt to cap foaming beer prices at the annual Oktoberfest. Deputy mayor Josef Schmid,who oversees the Bavarian capital’s annual beer extravaganza, had sought a legal cap for the next three years on the price of the traditional Mass, a one-liter (two-pint) glass of beer. Schmid failed to secure a majority for his plan at a council meeting Wednesday, May 17, 2017 news agency dpa 
reported. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
Frederick’s Oktoberfest 
Sept. 28, 29 Find bratwurst, beer and bands in Frederick, Maryland, at one of the biggest and best Oktoberfest celebrations in the D.C. area. The family-friendly event also has a kid zone and German heritage activities. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
This Friday, June 30, 2017 shows a rare book at the University of Virginia School of Law rare books collection Charlottesville, Va. Nearly 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson came up with a legal reading list for lawyers. Now, the University of Virginia is putting those books online. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Washington Antiquarian Book Fair 
Sept. 28, 29  Calling all book worms: D.C.’s rare book festival is back for its 43rd year, Sept. 28 and 29 in Rosslyn, Virginia. Highlights this year include a first-edition of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” bound in the publisher’s original cloth, and a limited-edition copy of Betty Crocker’s “Picture Cook Book,” signed by the author. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP/Steve Helber)
Young people celebrate the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Crystal City Oktoberfest
Sept. 29 Crystal City will hold its Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 29, with beer from 50-plus breweries, food from local vendors, live entertainment and a German Oompah band. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) (AP)
Cooler temperatures and changing leaves are just a few signs that fall is here. Festivals celebrating apples and pumpkins are another.  (Maria Bryk for George Washington's Mount Vernon)
Mount Vernon’s Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour
Oct. 5-7 This wine festival takes place on the historic grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia. The event includes live blues music, tours of Washington’s home and educational seminars. (Maria Bryk for George Washington’s Mount Vernon) (Courtesy Maria Bryk for George Washington's Mount Vernon)
Pumpkins are set out for sale at Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Great Country Farms
Oct. 1-31  The drive to Bluemont, Virginia, is well worth it, with all the fun waiting at Great Country Farms’ annual fall festival. Expect wagon rides, pumpkin picking, pig races, marshmallow roasting, live music, a corn maze and a large play area for little ones. Across the street, pop in for a pint at Dirt Farm Brewing. Or opt for a tasting at Bluemont Vineyard. (AP/Matt Rourke) (AP/Matt Rourke)
Pumpkins are set out for sale at Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The Pumpkin Festival at Butler’s Orchard 
Sept. 29-30; Oct. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 In Maryland, check out the pumpkin festival at Butler’s Orchard. The festival features hayrides, a corn maze, a playground, pony rides, face painting and pick-your-own pumpkins. (AP/Matt Rourke) (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WTOP's Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and Food and Wine Sommelier of the Year Greg Engert to talk about Bluejacket Lost Weekend Citra IPA — in cans — for the latest edition of WTOP's Beer of the Week.
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Oct. 13  D.C.’s biggest beer festival is moving to October. In its seventh year, attendees can expect around 350 “small batch, highly sought-after brews” on draft, plus food trucks and live music. (WTOP/Brennan Haselton) (Brennan Haselton)
In this photo taken Friday, July 26, 2013, veraison, the onset of ripening, is shown on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at the Opus One winery in Oakville, Calif. One thing that is certain about the weather in California’s premiere wine grape-growing region is that there is no such thing as normal, and 2013 is living up to that adage. After dealing with cool temperatures in three of the past four years that slowed ripening and kept grapes hanging on the vine until the fall rainy season threated, growers in Napa Valley are dealing with an opposite challenge. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Virginia Wine Festival 
Oct. 13, 14  Virginia’s wine industry is booming, and there’s no better way to taste all that’s coming out of the state than at the 43rd annual Virginia Wine Festival, featuring more than 200 Virginia wines. Bring your appetite: The event will also have a Virginia oyster pavilion. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (AP/Eric Risberg)
Oysterman Chris Ludford opens one of his oysters after harvesting on some of his leased oyster beds on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Shucktoberfest
Oct. 20 Craft beer tents, oyster tents and local vendors will take over Shirlington Village in Northern Virginia on Oct. 20 for Copperwood Tavern’s Shucktoberfest event. There will also be a kids station with games. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP/Steve Helber)
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Through Oct. 21 Looking for mead and merriment? You’ll find both at the Maryland Renaissance Festival — along with plenty of period-themed food, art, music and costumes. This year’s festival, in Crownsville, Maryland, runs through Oct. 21. (Courtesy Maryland Renaissance Festival) ((Courtesy Maryland Renaissance Festival))
In this photo taken June 16, 2015, a cork board server, right, made by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1999, is displayed at the American Enterprise exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. A wide range of innovations from Eli Whitney’s cotton gin to the early Google servers will help tell the story of American business history for the first time at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its new innovation wing on July 1. It will galleries featuring U.S. inventions, money and hands-on activities. A major exhibition about “American Enterprise” will trace the interaction of capitalism and democracy since the mid-1700s.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival
Nov. 3  The fourth annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend covers the changing landscape of regional food culture in the U.S. through panel discussions, round table events and a festival, on Saturday, Nov. 3. There will be live cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities, “deep-dish dialogues,” and more. (AP/Andrew Harnik) (AP/Andrew Harnik)
This Dec. 13, 2017, photo shows Christmas decorations depicting Salie Utz of Utz potato chips, left, and Mr. Boh of National Bohemian Beer in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Known as "The Miracle on 34th Street," the dramatically over-the-top decor along a block of row houses is perhaps Baltimore's most beloved seasonal institution, attracting thousands of gawkers each December. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The Baltimore Craft Beer Festival 
Nov. 3  Maryland breweries will be well represented on Nov. 3 at Canton Waterfront Park for this year’s Baltimore Craft Beer Festival. Don’t miss the home-brewing competition, local food vendors, yard games, music and more. (AP/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
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Today, many restaurants throughout the DMV allow patrons to bring wines into their establishments. Of course, there are a few rules — known as corkage policies — that apply, as well as a few etiquette guidelines that should be followed. (Getty Images)
The King Street Metro station sign is seen here. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
This July 30, 2018 photo shows a crispy tomato salad with buttermilk ranch dressing in New York. this dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)
This Oct. 5, 2015 photo shows Strongbow's hard cider in Concord, N.H. Cider typically is lower in alcohol than wine, averaging 5 to 7 percent, but has enough acid and tannins to cleanse and refresh the palate for the next bite. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
H Street Festival attendees dressed to the nines on Saturday afternoon. (WTOP/Dana Gooley)
Shucked oysters are seen at the Bourbon House Restaurant in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Oyster harvests in south Louisiana are still in recovery since the 2010 BP oil spill. For the second year in a row, restaurants and seafood industry officials are working together to recycle oyster shells to help rebuild oyster beds impacted by the spill. The program, organized by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, is aimed at helping New Orleans area restaurants recycle oyster shells. The shells will be returned to coastal waters to help revitalize public oyster seed areas and as material in coastal restoration projects.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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This  Sept. 30, 2009 photo shows homemade raisin walnut pie with a lattice crust top at the Caruthers District Fair in Caruthers, Calif. While some fairs draw crowds for their deep-fried twinkies, the District Fair in this town of 2,103 in California's raisin region serves up mainly locally grown food, assembled for sale by the dozen or so churches and service clubs whose emblems hang on the town's giant welcome sign.  (AP Photo / Russel A. Daniels)
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015 file photo, people celebrate the opening of the 182nd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, sGermany. Munich’s city council has voted down an attempt to cap foaming beer prices at the annual Oktoberfest. Deputy mayor Josef Schmid,who oversees the Bavarian capital’s annual beer extravaganza, had sought a legal cap for the next three years on the price of the traditional Mass, a one-liter (two-pint) glass of beer. Schmid failed to secure a majority for his plan at a council meeting Wednesday, May 17, 2017 news agency dpa 
reported. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
This Friday, June 30, 2017 shows a rare book at the University of Virginia School of Law rare books collection Charlottesville, Va. Nearly 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson came up with a legal reading list for lawyers. Now, the University of Virginia is putting those books online. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Young people celebrate the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Cooler temperatures and changing leaves are just a few signs that fall is here. Festivals celebrating apples and pumpkins are another.  (Maria Bryk for George Washington's Mount Vernon)
Pumpkins are set out for sale at Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Pumpkins are set out for sale at Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WTOP's Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and Food and Wine Sommelier of the Year Greg Engert to talk about Bluejacket Lost Weekend Citra IPA — in cans — for the latest edition of WTOP's Beer of the Week.
In this photo taken Friday, July 26, 2013, veraison, the onset of ripening, is shown on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at the Opus One winery in Oakville, Calif. One thing that is certain about the weather in California’s premiere wine grape-growing region is that there is no such thing as normal, and 2013 is living up to that adage. After dealing with cool temperatures in three of the past four years that slowed ripening and kept grapes hanging on the vine until the fall rainy season threated, growers in Napa Valley are dealing with an opposite challenge. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Oysterman Chris Ludford opens one of his oysters after harvesting on some of his leased oyster beds on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this photo taken June 16, 2015, a cork board server, right, made by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1999, is displayed at the American Enterprise exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington. A wide range of innovations from Eli Whitney’s cotton gin to the early Google servers will help tell the story of American business history for the first time at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its new innovation wing on July 1. It will galleries featuring U.S. inventions, money and hands-on activities. A major exhibition about “American Enterprise” will trace the interaction of capitalism and democracy since the mid-1700s.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
This Dec. 13, 2017, photo shows Christmas decorations depicting Salie Utz of Utz potato chips, left, and Mr. Boh of National Bohemian Beer in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Known as "The Miracle on 34th Street," the dramatically over-the-top decor along a block of row houses is perhaps Baltimore's most beloved seasonal institution, attracting thousands of gawkers each December. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


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