Summer's wound down, but never fear — sweater season (almost) is here.
There's no shortage of fall fun this year in the D.C. metro area. Mark your calendar and start your planning.
Great Frederick Fair
Now through Sept. 21
The Great Frederick Fair (Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 East Patrick St., Frederick, Md.) has hosted landscaping competitions, cake auctions, garden and farm demos and more. Explore agricultural exhibits, meet up with farm animals and watch antique car and carriage parades.
The REACH Festival at the Kennedy Center
Now through Sept. 22
The Kennedy Center is offering nearly 500 free events in September to celebrate the opening of its new $250 million expansion, the REACH. The two-week festival features free events all day, every day. See our guide for daily highlights.
Apple Gala & Fresh Cider Festival
Now through Sept. 29
The Apple Gala & Fresh Cider Festival at Great Country Farms (18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, Va.) obviously features plenty of fresh apple cider and doughnuts. You'll also discover demos of vintage cider presses, a corn maze, live music and more. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for kids.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends through Oct. 20
Hear ye! Hear ye! Don your best 15th-century garb and grab a turkey leg at the Maryland Renaissance Festival (1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Md.). Performances including jousting, music, science demos and Shakespeare, are plentiful. Check out the schedule in advance so you don't miss your favorites. Tickets are $27 for ages 16-61, $23 for seniors, and $12 for kids 7-15. Kids younger than 7 get in for free.
King Street Art Festival
Historic Old Town Alexandria will fill with artists and their crafts during the King Street Art Festival (220 King Street, Alexandria, Va.). Just show up on King Street; admission is free.
H Street Festival
Spanning 11 blocks and featuring 14 stages, the H Street Festival (between 3rd and 14th streets NE) hosts D.C.-based artists, performers, fashion, food, poetry and more. Come ready to explore! Admission is free.
Taste of Georgetown
Get to know Georgetown's best food, wine and beer at Taste of Georgetown (K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street). More than a dozen restaurants and bakeries are participating so far, including 1789, Cafe Bonaparte, District Doughnut and Georgetown Cupcake. Tickets are cheaper if you buy them before the festival; plan ahead and get them online.
Crafty Arts & Makers
Shop at the Crafty Arts & Makers Festival at Buzzard Point to add a little flavor to your home decor, buy a unique gift and get to know the makers behind the products. Tickets start at $5; you can purchase passes here.
Taste of Bethesda
Rain or shine, 60 different restaurants are serving up their best dishes at Taste of Bethesda in Woodmont Triangle (along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn avenues in Bethesda, Md.). There will be plenty of live music and a kids' corner for face painting. Tickets are sold onsite in bundles of four for $5; food servings cost 1-4 tickets.
Art on the Avenue
Explore and shop works by 300+ artists during Art on the Avenue in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood (between Bellefonte and Hume avenues). Browse items from silversmiths, beaders, potters, soap makers, fabric artists and more; plus listen to live Irish, folk, rock and country. Kids can stuff their own scarecrows and paint pumpkins. Plenty of food is also available.
Taste of Annandale
Sample food and drink from more than a dozen restaurants and caterers and enjoy music, dance and martial arts performance at Taste of Annandale (Tom Davis Drive, Annandale, Va.). You'll also find a beer garden, 5K race and a full slate of kids' activities.
Fall for the Book
Authors, performances, readings, discussions and more are open to all at the Fall for the Book festival (George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., with speakers at multiple locations). The event is free and features more than 150 authors, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of "We Should All Be Feminists," and Delia Owens, author of "Where the Crawdads Sing."
All Things Go Fall Classic
Catch artists including Chvrches, Melanie Martinez and Betty Who during the two-day All Things Go Fall Classic music fest at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE). Food vendors will include &Pizza, Arepa Zone, Bun'd Up and more. You'll also find fun activities; past highlights have included 360-degree, slo-mo photo booths and virtual reality lounges. A two-day advance ticket is $99 plus fees; one-day advance tickets are $69 plus fees.