Fun Fall Festivals in Washington DC

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Are you planning a trip to Washington DC this month? There are some great fall festivals happening in September. And if you’re staying at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, you’ll be right downtown with easy access to these events:

The Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival is Saturday, September 12th and includes street performances, behind the scenes tours, and a children’s book festival with opportunities to meet the authors and illustrators. (Metro: Foggy Bottom. Free Shuttle Buses to the Kennedy Center)

Then head across the Potomac to Rosslyn for the Rosslyn Jazz Festival and enjoy free jazz in Gateway Park. Holly Cole is headlining the festival this year. Other acts include Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Lafayette Gilchrist.  (Metro: Rosslyn)

Or if you’re feeling more artistic, head  to Penn Quarter for Arts on Foot kicking off the fall arts season with an outdoor art festival plus cultural activities, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and a neighborhood showcase. (Metro: Gallery Place / Chinatown)

The 9th Annual Library of Congress Book Festival will be held on the National Mall on September 26th.  Authors are grouped into Pavilions by genre (Children, Mysteries & Thrillers, Fiction & Fantasy, History & Biography etc.) to read from their latest works and many authors will also be available for signings. Authors include Judy Blume, John Irving, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Sue Monk Kidd, Azar Nafisi and many more. See a complete list of authors. (Metro: Smithsonian)

If you feel like escaping the City (and the 21st Century), visit the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, Maryland. Running every Saturday and Sunday through October 25th, the Renaissance Festival is a well known tradition in the area. This year, Henry VIII has just lost his 5th wife – Katherine Howard and is looking to wed. The festivities are taking place in Revel Grove. Grab a turkey leg, watch a joust, and enjoy the show.

For more information about any of these activities or for directions from the hotel, just ask the concierge or any of the front desk staff.

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