Top August Events To Check Out in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

by McEnearney on August 1, 2019

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If you’re in town between vacations or back-to-school activities or looking for something closeby between day trips, there is still plenty to do in our area! Grab an ice cream treat from one of our 15 favorite ice cream shops in the area and try out something new this month. Below is our curated selection of August events around Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. 

Plus – choose from a wide variety of events to celebrate Labor Day at the turn of the month. 


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2018 Arlington County Fair, Photo Credit: Inside NOVA

Food, Festivals & Fun


Friendship Firehouse Festival – August 3, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
107 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Annual firehouse festival that features craft booths, fire apparatus, and live music for the whole family to enjoy!
Free Admission


All American Beer Festival – August 3, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Fairgrounds at Navy Yard, SE DC
Don your best red white and blue apparel and celebrate America while drinking America’s finest beers.
$25-$40 | Tickets


Prince William County Fair August 9-17\
Prince William County Fairgrounds
No matter your age, there is something here for you to enjoy⁠—food, games, and fun galore.
$6-$22 | Tickets


Peach Festival – August 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Marker-Miller Orchards, Winchester, VA
If you love peaches then this is the festival for you! There will be peach everything, including peach cobbler, peach pie, peach turnovers, peach ice cream, fresh peaches and so much more… all while listening to live music from 1-3 p.m.
Free Admission


10th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale – August 10-11 Starting at 9 a.m.
King Street
Walk the King Street Mile, where more than 50 Alexandria boutiques will be offering deeply discounted summer merchandise (up to 80 percent off!) during this annual summer sidewalk sale.
Free Admission | Free Parking


1812 Overture Concert – August 17, 8 p.m.
Summerall Field on JBM-HH in Arlington
This 90-minute program features the U.S. Army Concert Band, Herald Trumpets, the Army Chorus, and vocal soloists from “Pershing’s Own.”
Free Admission


Old Town Beer, Wine and Dog Festival – August 17, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Waterfront Park, Old Town Alexandria
If you have a dog or love dogs, then this is the event for you! This festival includes an open grass area fenced in for dogs to run around off-leash, as well as dog activities and live music. Local breweries and wineries will be offering drinks for sale.
$5 | Tickets


Arlington County Fair – August 14 – 18
Aug. 14 & 15: 5-10 p.m. | Aug. 16: 2-11p.m. | Aug. 17: 10 a.m – 11 p.m. | Aug. 18: 11 a.m – 10 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson Community Center
This annual event is one of the largest free events offered on the East Coast. Fun for all ages to enjoy all the festivities that the country fair offers!
Free Admission


Ballyshaners Irish Festival – August 24
Waterfront Park, Old Town Alexandria
Come celebrate Irish heritage and culture, hosted by the ballyshaners who will be putting on live music and dance performances surrounded by craft, food, and beverages vendors.
Free Admission | Donate


17th Street Festival – August 24
17th Street NW from P Street to R Street, NW
A perfect occasion to celebrate the shops, schools, restaurants, clubs, parks, and people of the 17th Street Corridor! Always a fun summer Saturday.
Free Admission 



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Photo Credit: National Gallery of Art Exhibit, By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs

Museum Exhibits


Dino SummerThrough September 2
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
This exhibit will be featuring larger-than-life dinosaurs up until September 2nd when the dinosaurs will then become extinct.
Free Admission


Manifesto: Art x Agency – Through January 5, 2020
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Come examine the art historical impact of artist manifestos from the 20th century to the present day.
Free Admission


By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs – Through January 5, 2020
The National Gallery of Art
The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. This exhibition will showcase a selection of photographs taken during that time, including photos taken by Neil Armstrong.
Free Admission


Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination – Through January 5, 2020
Renwick Gallery
The Ginny Ruffner exhibit will display all of her own glass sculptures showcasing the mastery of glass techniques in today’s modern world.
Free Admission


Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt – Through January 12, 2020
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Eisenstaedt was a renowned photojournalist for TIME magazine, who photographed Marjorie Merriweather Post for the November 5, 1965 issue of TIME. Explore more of his photography at this exhibit.
$5-$18 | Tickets


I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa – Through March 15, 2020
The National Museum of African Art
The 27 featured artists working in diverse mediums offer insightful and visually stunning approaches to matters affecting modern women.
Free Admission






America, It’s Complicated! Through August 11
The Kennedy Center
Comedy by The Second City


Dear Evan Hansen August 6 – September 8
The Kennedy Center
Tony Award-Winning Musical


Enron August 9 – September 1
4615 Theatre Company | Performances Held At: The Dance Loft on 14
By Lucy Prebble
Directed by Jordan Friend


Betrayal August 16 – September 8
4615 Theatre Company | Performances Held At: The Dance Loft on 14
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Stevie Zimmerman


Aladdin Through September 7
The Kennedy Center
Broadway musical for the whole family to enjoy!


Volta: Cirque du Soleil Through September 29
Tysons II (Big Top)
An amazing acrobatics show!


National Capitol

Labor Day Weekend

Round out the end of the month with one of these Labor Day Weekend festivities. 


Annual Labor Day Craft Festival August 30 – September 2
The Winery at La Grange
Enjoy local foods, crafts, food truck offerings, and live music all weekend! The Winery will be offering different Wine Specials.
Free Admission


Waterstock Labor Day Weekend & Pig Roast August 30 – September 2
Tim’s Rivershore
Enjoy four days of music, food, and most importantly, fun in the sun!
Free Admission


2019 National Book Festival – August 31, doors open 8:30 a.m.
Washington Convention Center
For book lovers, there is no better way to celebrate this holiday weekend. This year’s confirmed speakers include best-selling authors Raina Telgemeiar, José Andrés, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and more.
Free Admission


Bacon, Brews & Blues Fest 2019 – August 31, 2-9 p.m.
The Barn of Harpers Ferry
All-day blues music featuring the best bacon around, all while enjoying this outdoor craft beer garden venue!
$10 Entry | Tickets 


National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Weekend Concert – September 1, 8 p.m.
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, this year’s concert also features vocalists Mykal Kilgore and Nova Payton in a program of popular songs by R&B hitmakers including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and others.
Free Admission. Gates open at 3 p.m., open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.


Herndon Labor Day Festival – September 2
Herndon Town Green
If you love craft beers, wine, delicious food, and live entertainment then this is the festival for you. Come try new beers and taste test new wines for future reference.
$5-$25 | Tickets sold at the door


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