Top September Events In Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia

by McEnearney on September 4, 2019

After a fun-filled Labor Day weekend, the month of September remains plenty full of events, including a very special highlight near and dear to us local Washingtonians. The 3 years of renovations on D.C.’s centerpiece are coming to an end; the Washington Monument re-opens to the public on September 19!

Even McEnearney Associates are excited for September. Once again, we are proud sponsors of 2 of the best-loved celebrations in Northern Virginia: Arlington’s favorite festival, Clarendon Day and Alexandria’s 17th Annual King Street Art Festival!

Whether you’re looking for an artsy experiencegood food, or in search of fun festivals, our curated selection of the best events for September in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia has something for everyone.

For the Arts Lover


Mirror Mirror Free Performance Series | September-October at 5pm

Waterfront Park

Enjoy live music and dance performances accompanying the magnificent Mirror Mirror exhibit now on display at the Alexandria Waterfront Park.



The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art | September 8th – December 1st

National Gallery of Art West Building

In honor of the introduction of photography in 1839, this exhibition celebrates the development of photography through its first 50 years. Several of the works displayed have not been on view previously.

Free Admission


Artist Talk: Yun Suknam | September 11th, 3 PM

2nd Floor North in the International Gallery, National Portrait Gallery

As part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative “Because of Her Story”, Korean artist Yun Suknam will discuss her career and trials as the “found mother” of Korean feminist art.

Free Admission


Pasture Palooza | September 13th & 14th

339 Minniwood Lane, Berryville, VA 22611

Now in its 10th year, this festival provides 2 full days of music and celebrating the arts. Make it a day trip or grab your camping gear for a great weekend.

Tickets $20-$90


ChalkFest at Reston Town Center | September 14th, 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Reston Town Center

Sign up for one of the categories (Families and Kids, Amateur Artists, Professional Artist) to participate and see what you can create!

Registration, $15-$25


Rosslyn Jazz Fest | September 17th, 1 – 7 PM

Gateway Park: 1300 Lee Highway, Rosslyn, VA

Enjoy a variety of Jazz musicians, including a few Grammy nominees and award winners.

Free Admission


DC Shorts International Film Festival | September 19th – 28th

Various Locations & Times – See the Full Schedule of Events

This week-long event features 156 films from 38 countries. If you aren’t able to physically attend, you can still take part in the online festival!

Tickets, Prices Vary


Judy Chicago—The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction | September 19 – January 20, 2020

National Museum of Women in the Arts

This daring exhibition of human mortality and species by artist Judy Chicago includes painted porcelain and glass and bronze sculptures.

Tickets General Admission $10 | Seniors & College Students $18 | Under 18 Free

17th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival | September 21st, 10 AM – 7 PM & September 22nd, 10 AM – 5 PM  

220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 

Once again, McEnearney Associates is a proud sponsor of this well-loved celebration of the arts. Six blocks all along King St are filled with artworks and handcrafted goods for all to explore! Join us with #WeAreAlexandria

Free Admission


Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece – September 21st – March 22, 2020

The Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

On loan from the National Museum of Korea, this showcase of a beautiful gilt wood sculpture of Gwaneum is known as the oldest gilded wood figure in an informal pose.

Free Admission


DC Fashion Week | September 27th – 29th

Various Times and Locations – See Schedule

From networking to a variety of shows, if you enjoy fashion and design, be sure to take part in one of these fabulous events.





Seafood Fest

For the Foodie


Maryland Seafood Festival | September 7th & 8th

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD

Enjoy a day of cracking crabs and enjoy other popular Atlantic coast and Chesapeake Bay favorites!

Tickets $10-$65


NoVA Restaurant Week | September 9th-15th

2019 Participating Restaurants 

With restaurant specials galore, there is no better week to try a new restaurant.


Zoo Uncorked | September 12th, 6 – 9 PM

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Spend a special evening at the Zoo with unlimited wine tastings, live music, and even animal encounters!

Tickets $55-$115, Must be 21 and older to attend


Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival | September 21st

Downtown Hyattsville, MD

With vendors from as far as Pennsylvania, this festival should not be missed by anyone looking for regional artists and local breweries.

Free Admission


Taste of Georgetown | September 22nd, 11 AM – 4 PM

K Street NW between Wisconsin Ave & Thomas Jefferson St

Enjoy tastes and treats from more than 30 of Georgetown’s best restaurants and shops. Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center.

Tickets $12-$45


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Fun Festivals


Adams Morgan Day | September 8th, 12 – 6 PM

On 18th St NW between Columbia and Wyoming

Washington, DC’s longest-running neighborhood Festival with multiple music stages.

Free Admission


Takoma Park Folk Festival | September 8th, 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, MD

Featuring more than 60 musicians and over 30 crafters, you’ll also find a plethora of games, food, and community tables.

Free Admission


H Street Festival | September 12th, 12 – 7 PM

Spanning 11 blocks of the H Street Corridor,  the H Street Festival is now one of the most loved block parties in D.C.

Free Admission


Frederick In the Streets Festival | September 14th, 11 AM – 5 PM

Downtown Frederick & Carroll Creek Park, MD

In its 37th year, this neighborhood celebration is your go-to for everything Frederick MD.

Free Admission


Falls Church Festival | September 14th, 10 AM – 4 PM

Located at Falls Church City Hall

Held rain or shine, you’ll fall in love with this festival – offering local fare, beer garden, live music, pony rides, and more!


Sunflower Festival | September 14th, 11 AM – 6 PM

Ralph Dean Park, 625 Sixth Street, Luray

New for 2019! Start your day with the 1K Fun Run and then soak up fun activities for the whole family. Sunflower picking is by donation only, all proceeds will benefit Page Alliance for Community Action. Have fun and support a great cause!

Free Admission


Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair | September 14th & 15th, 9 AM – 5 PM

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

Step back to the 18th Century with Mount Vernon’s annual Colonial Market & Fair. Complete with historic craftspeople and re-enactments.

Tickets $12-$20

Clarendon Day | September 21st, 11 AM – 6 PM

8 Blocks of Clarendon Blvd

Enjoy multiple areas of live music, kid’s play area, local business and non-profit exhibitors, regional food vendors, and of course, local craft beer and wines. McEnearney Associates is a proud sponsor of this event, come see us!

Free Admission


MVunderground Masquerade | September 21st, 7 – 10:30 PM

The east lawn of Mount Vernon estate is transformed for this signature fundraiser. Guests don black tie and masks to enjoy an evening of music and dancing, private tours of the mansion, and fireworks on the Potomac.

Tickets $100-169


The 50th Annual Bluemont Fair | September 21st & 22nd, 10 AM – 5 PM

33846 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA 20135

Celebrating 50 years, this event is full of country fair favorites. You’ll find artisan crafts, local food and beverages, live music, Children’s Village, and more!

Admission $7, Children Under 9 are Free


Turkish Festival | September 29th, 11 AM – 7 PM

Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th & 14th Streets NW

With live cultural performances and a variety of artisan and food vendors, the Annual Turkish Festival is a can’t miss event.

Free Admission


Maryland Renaissance Festival | Various Dates through October 20th

1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

From artisans and food vendors to jousting performances, RenFest is one of the most loved festivals in our region. Purchase your tickets online to save time in line!

Tickets $9-$27



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