Summer Fairs and Festivals to Check Out Around the D.C. Area

by McEnearney on July 23, 2018

We love a relaxing or fun-packed day trip to nearby water spots as much as anyone, but it wouldn’t be summer without the exciting scenes of local festivals! Every fair and festival is packed with activities and events for the whole family.

Participate in a great time-honored American tradition and check out one of the area county fairs, local fairs, and cultural festivals we have compiled below. Occurring throughout the greater Washington D.C. metro area in July and August, you are sure to find one that is convenient to you.

Ferris wheels, whirly rides, contests, snacks, and all-around good fun are sure to entertain you through the rest of the summer and into apple-picking season.


Howard County Fairgrounds

Howard County Fair (pictured above)

August 4 – 11

Howard County Fairground | 410.442.1022 |
2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794


Queen Anne County Fair

August 6 – 11

Queen Anne County Fairgrounds | 410.758.0267
100-332 Dulin Clark Road, Centreville, MD 21617


Warren County Fair

August 6 – 11

Warren County Fairgrounds | 540.635.5827
26 Fairground Road, Front Royal, VA 22630


Richmond County Fair

August 7 – 11

Richmond County Fairgrounds | 804.313.9940 |
315 Community Park Drive, Warsaw, VA 22572

Prince William County Fair

Prince William County Fair (pictured above)

August 10 – 18

Prince William County Fairgrounds | 703.368.0173
10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA 20112


Carroll County Farmers Market Festivals:

Carroll County Agriculture Center
700 Agriculture Drive, Westminster, MD 21157
(Market is helds Saturdays only)

  • July 21, Best of Summer
  • August 11, Peach Festival
  • August 18, Heirloom Tomato Festival


Clarke County Fair

August 12 – 18

Clarke County Fairgrounds | 540.955.3755
890 W Main St, Berryville, VA 22611


Rockingham County Fair

August 13 – 18

Rockingham County Fairgrounds | 540.434.0005
4808 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Arlington County Fair Dennis Dimick

Arlington County Fair (pictured above)

August 15 – 19

Thomas Jefferson Community Center |
3501 2nd St S, Arlington, VA 22204


Caroline Summerfest

August 17 – 18

Caroline County Circuit Court | 410.479.8120
109 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629

wicomico county fair

Wicomico County Fair (pictured above)

August 17 – 19

WinterPlace Park & Equestrian Center
6737 Blue Ribbon Road, Salisbury, MD 21804


Around the World Cultural Food Festival

August 18

Washington, D.C.: Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets, right next to Freedom Plaza and across from the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center facility



August 18 – 19

City Center, Hagerstown, MD | Flier


MD State Fair

August 23 – September 3

Maryland State Fairgrounds | 410.252.0200
2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093


17th Street Festival (pictured above)

August 25

17th Street NW from P Street to R Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.


World Heritage Festival 

August 25

Ida Lee Park Recreation Center
60 Ida Lee Drive Northwest, Leesburg, VA 20176


Alexandria Irish Festival (pictured above)

August 25

Alexandria’s Waterfront Park
1a Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Highland County Fair

August 25 & August 29 – September 1

386 Myers Moon Rd, Monterey, VA 24465




Photos (in order of appearance) Adobe Stock (main photo); courtesy of Howard County Fair; courtesy Prince William County Fair Facebook ((c) Jim Markham 2015); Arlington County Fair photo for ARLnow by Dennis Dimick; courtesy of Wicomico County Fair Facebookcourtesy of 17th St Festival; Alexandria Irish Festival photo courtesy of Kimberlee Bryce for The Ballyshaners, Inc. on Flickr.






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