Fall in the District is a fun time to get out and enjoy all kinds of activities… especially food festivals! Washingtonians have their pick of the finest beer, wine, and even oyster bashes. These are the festivals we can’t wait to attend this season.
D.C. United’s brand new stadium, Audi Field, is leaning into the fall festival trend. On October 4-5, you can enjoy samplings from 20+ restaurants, 10+ breweries, and live music from local artists, including the always-loved White Ford Bronco. Tickets start at $20.
United the District Fest, 100 Potomac Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
Make sure to come hungry when you attend this year’s Emporiyum D.C. festival at Union Market. You have four hours to try an eclectic spread of bites from 90+ vendors. Each vendor is an expert in their category, so those with food allergies will still be able to enjoy plenty of tasty treats. Festivities run from November 8-10, and tickets start at $15 per person.
The Emporiyum D.C., 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, D.C.
Branded as the “largest culinary festival the mid-Atlantic,” Taste of D.C. will celebrate all the wonderful restaurants, breweries, and artisanal markets in the area on October 26 and 27 at Audi Field. They’ll have two stages and one will feature culinary entertainment. Tickets range from a general admission pass to what organizers call a “Foodie Package.”
Taste of D.C., 100 Potomac Ave SW, Washington, D.C.
Combine your love of food and zest for learning at the Smoithsonian’s National Museum of American History. On November 8 and 9, watch cooking demonstrations complete with dynamic conversations and learn about the country’s history of beer. This year’s festival focuses on migrant and refugee women, and attendees will understand how their food-related endeavors empower their communities and create a sustainable livelihood. Best of all, it’s free!
Food History Weekend, 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
Washington’s largest brew fest is back at Nationals Park for another year on November 2. Sample beer from 80+ breweries, and feast on bites from at least a dozen food trucks. Attendees have their choice of two sessions, and tickets start at $45 per person.
D.C. Beer Fest, 1500 South Capitol St SE, Washington, D.C.
Oyster enthusiasts will want to bookmark this one. Copperwood Tavern’s second annual Shucktoberfest will be on November 19. Come for the oysters, but stay to sample over 40 beer options. Bring your family members of all ages – pets included! Tickets start at $35 a person. Read our Copperwood Tavern brunch review here.
Shucktoberfest, 2700 South Quincy Street, Arlington, VA
Mount Vernon is the perfect setting for a whiskey celebration in George Washington’s name. Your $85 ticket gets you a tour of the distillery, the gristmill, and a front row seat to the whiskey production. It’s even made with the original recipe of our nation’s first president! Tastings from other distilleries and historic baked treats made by Charleston-based chef Justin Cherry are also included in the price.
George Washington Whiskey Festival, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA (703) 780-2000