County fairs are a summertime essential pretty much everywhere, and the DMV is no exception. Celebrate with tons of food, unique contests, live entertainment and carnival rides all summer long.
Read on for D.C.-area festivities happening through September:
When: Sept. 24
Where: Waterfront Metro Station (375 and 425 M streets SW)
Enjoy most of the fun of a county fair right in the city. Arts and crafts vendors, a pet parade, contests and food vendors converge for a day of fun to showcase the area's "agricultural and artistic talents." The fair's been held in many different locations since its first annual event in 2010, and this year heads to the Southwest Waterfront.
When: Sept. 13-17
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds (1493 General's Highway, Crownsville)
Compete in Arundel’s Got Teen Talent, watch SuperMagicMan perform his comedy magic show and enter your child in the cute kid contest at the Anne Arundel County Fair.
When: Sept. 14-17
Where: Charles County Fairgrounds (8400 Fairground Road, La Plata)
Charles County Fair is hosting pig races, pony rides and a carnival full of rides. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Four-day passes are also available for $12. Find fair hours online here.
When: Sept. 15-23
Where: Frederick Fairgrounds (797 East Patrick St., Frederick)
The Great Frederick Fair will host a landscaping competition, cake auctions, garden and farm demos and more. On Sept. 15, entrance is $5 for adults and free for children under 10. Fair hours that day are 2-10 p.m. From Sept. 16 through Sept. 23, entrance is $8 for adults but still free for children. Fair hours those days are 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
When: Sept. 7-10
Where: Show Place Arena (14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro)
Enjoy the carnival rides, compete for best jam in the county and pet farm animals at the Prince George's County Fair. Fair entry is $5 per person. Single tickets for $1.50 and books of tickets for $25 and $55 will be available to enjoy rides. Rides are 3-5 tickets.
When: Sept. 21-24
Where: St. Mary's County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown)
The St. Mary's County Fair hosts competitions around raising livestock, crafting home art, gardening and 4-H departments. Daily fair admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Find fair hours online here.
All D.C.-area county fairs in Virginia have already happened for this year.
- Fauquier County Fair (Virginia), July 12-15
- Allegany County Fair (Maryland), July 14-22
- Washington County Fair (Maryland), July 15-22
- Loudoun County Fair (Virginia), July 24-29
- Fairfax County 4H Fair and Carnival (Virginia), Aug. 3-6
- Howard County Fair (Maryland), Aug. 5-12
- Prince William County Fair (Virginia), Aug. 11-19
- Montgomery County Agricultural Fair (Maryland), Aug. 11-19
- Arlington County Fair (Virginia), Aug. 16-20