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July 14, 2021

Getting to the Fall Festivities in DC

by goDCgo

While Washington, DC has reopened for the summer, there’s even more coming in the fall! We’re getting back to our regularly scheduled programming and looking forward to the return of in-person music and food events, art shows, and neighborhood festivals throughout the city. There’s a long list of upcoming events, so goDCgo has highlighted five popular fall festivals that you should attend and the best ways to get there without a car. Please be advised that face masks are required for ALL riders when using public transit while on board, within stations, and at bus stops. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. 

Whether you live in the District or visiting to experience the culture, goDCgo highly suggests leaving the car behind to avoid traffic and the search for parking. Get to the fall festivities using sustainable transportation instead! In addition to the public transit options below, you can easily get around by walking, bikeshare, or scooter.

Adams Morgan Day

Did you know that Adams Morgan Day is DC’s longest running neighborhood festival? For over 40 years, this family-friendly celebration of local businesses, artists, and other vendors and activities has been entirely planned by volunteers. Though the first-ever virtual festival was held last year, the volunteers can’t wait to welcome back the community in-person!

  • When: Sunday, September 12
  • Where: Columbia Rd & 18th Street NW
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • Columbia & Ontario Rd NW
      • Adams Mill & Columbia Rd NW
      • Columbia Rd & Belmont Street NW
      • 18th Street & Wyoming Ave NW
    • DC Circulator
      • Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro Route – Get off at Adams Mill Rd NW/Columbia Rd or Columbia Rd NW/Ontario Rd NW.
    • Metrobus
      • 42, 43, or L2 – Get off at Columbia Rd/Mintwood Place NW or Columbia Rd/19th Street NW.
      • 90 or 96 – Get off at 18th St & California Rd NW.

Broccoli City Festival

A black-owned enterprise, Broccoli City has a mission to celebrate and advance black culture while also educating the community about how to create a better world through their music, art, and social impact experiences. They support sustainable living, environmental education, economic opportunity, and access to high quality food and shelter. The Broccoli City Festival is just one of many opportunities to get involved through entertainment, reaching over 125,000 attendees.

  • When: Saturday, October 8 starting at 12pm (rain or shine)
  • Where: RFK Stadium
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • 19th & E. Capitol Street SE
      • Stadium Armory Metro
    • Metrobus
      • D6, B2, or 96 – Get off at Stadium-Armory Station.
    • Metrorail
      • Blue/Orange/Silver Line – Get off at Stadium-Armory Station.

H Street Festival

THIS is the event that you don’t want to miss! The annual H Street Festival draws in the entire DC community with live musical performances and talent shows, in addition to a diverse amount of delicious foods and vendors. goDCgo will also be present with some fun giveaways, so stop by our table and say hello!

  • When: Saturday, September 18 from 12-7pm
  • Where: H Street Corridor
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • 3rd & H Street NE
      • 6th & H Street NE
      • 8th & H Street NE
      • 11th & H Street NE
      • 13th & H Street NE
    • DC Circulator
      • Georgetown-Union Station Route – Get off at North Capitol Street & H Street NE.
    • DC Streetcar
      • Ride the streetcar for FREE! Get off at any stop along the H Street NE corridor.
    • Metrobus
      • D4 – Get off at 6th/8th/10th/12th & K Street NE. 
      • D8 – Get off at 3rd & H Street NE, 6th & H Street NE, or 6th & K Street NE.
      • 90 or 92 – Get off at 8th & H Street NE.
      • X2 – Get off at 3rd/6th/8th/12th/14th & H Street NE.
      • X9 – Get off at 8th and H Street NE or 14th & H Street NE.
    • Metrorail
      • Red Line – Get off at Union Station.

Jazz Festival

Since 2005, the annual DC JazzFest has grown in size and stature every year. Last year, this event attracted a record-breaking 200,000+ attendees! The organization behind JazzFest, DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF), provides enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz — our nation’s singular original art form. DCJF presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed and emerging artists and provides enhanced exposure for musicians from the District.

  • When: September 1-5
  • Where: The Wharf
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • Maine Ave & 7th Street SW
      • Maine Ave & 9th Street SW
      • 4th & M Street SW
    •  Metrobus
      • 52 – Get off at 7th/9th Street & Maine Ave SW.
      • 74 – Get off at 4th/6th & M Street SW.
    • Metrorail
      • Green Line – Get off at Waterfront Station.

Takoma Park Street Festival

Celebrating 40 years, the Takoma Park Street Festival showcases original crafts, artwork, pottery, jewelry, clothing, food, and more from a talented mix of local artists, businesses, bands, and community groups. This year, they’ll have live music on three stages with 18 bands to play all day throughout the event. Don’t miss the fun!

  • When: Sunday, October 3 from 10am to 5pm (rain or shine)
  • Where: 7000 Carroll Avenue
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • Carroll Ave & Westmoreland Avenue
      • Takoma Metro
    • Metrobus
      • F1, F2 or K2 – Get off at Takoma Station or Eastern & Laurel Avenue.
    • Metrorail
      • Red Line – Get off at Takoma Station.
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