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September 7, 2023

Getting to the Fall Festivities in DC

by Necole Jackson

As summer comes to a close, we’re looking forward to fall! In addition to DC’s picturesque fall foliage, this is a popular season for music and food events, art shows, and neighborhood festivals throughout the city. There’s a long list of upcoming events, so goDCgo has highlighted a few popular fall festivals that you should attend and the best ways to get there without a car. Please be advised that face masks are still recommended when using public transit.

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, biking, or scooting.

Adams Morgan Day

Did you know that Adams Morgan Day is DC’s longest-running neighborhood festival? For over 45 years, this family-friendly celebration of local businesses, artists, and other vendors and activities has been entirely planned by volunteers. Get ready for the return of this all-in-person festival with art, music, a dance plaza, fitness classes, and more!

  • When: Sunday, September 10 from 11am-7pm
  • 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 or 43 – Get off at Columbia & Ontario Rd NW, Columbia Rd & 18th St NW, Columbia Rd & Mintwood Pl NW, or Columbia Rd & 19th St NW.
      • 90 or 96 – Get off at 18th St & Belmont Rd NW, 18th & California St NW, or Adams Mill & Columbia Rd NW.

Art All Night

This free, 2-night affair celebrating the arts will take place in 20 neighborhoods with different activations on each night. The festival brings visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, literary arts, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, as well as local businesses and restaurants. 

  • When: September 29-30 from 7pm-3am
  • Where: All 8 wards
  • How to get there: Use goDCgo’s interactive map to plan your trip to/from each neighborhood activation site.


DC State Fair

Join the community for this free daylong celebration of creative talents and all things homegrown. Inspired by time-honored state fair traditions—growing and gardening, contests, and deep-fried foods—the DC State Fair showcases everything that makes the District unique. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free live music, demonstrations, educational workshops, 20+ contests, local vendors, and more. Download our custom Get Around Guide as an additional resource for getting to the fairgrounds.

  • When: Sunday, September 10 from 10am-5pm
  • Where: Franklin Park (1332 I Street NW)
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • 14th Street & L Street 
      • 15th Street & K Street
      • 13th Street & New York Ave
      • Vermont Ave & I Street 
    • DC Circulator*
      • Woodley Park – Adams Morgan – McPherson Square
    •  Metrobus
      • D4, D6, DC3, S2, S9, X2, 3F, 3Y, 16Y, 54, 80, 14th Street & K Street, I Street & 14th Street, 13 Street & I Street
    • Metrorail
      • Yellow, Blue & Silver Line – Get off at McPherson Square Metro station.


H Street Festival

The annual H Street Festival is one of the most anticipated and highly attended single-day festivals in the District. Stretching 11 blocks long with 14 diversely themed and programmed staging areas, this 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. The staging areas feature music of different genres, dance, youth-based performances, interactive children’s programs, fashion, heritage arts, poetry, and many more. goDCgo will also present some fun giveaways, so stop by our table and say hello!

  • When: Saturday, September 16 from 12-7pm
  • Where: H Street Corridor
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • 3rd & H St NE
      • 6th & H St NE
      • 8th & H St NE
      • 10th & H St NE
      • 13th & H St NE
    • DC Circulator
      • Georgetown-Union Station Route – Get off at North Capitol & H St NE.
    • DC Streetcar
      • Ride the streetcar for FREE! Get off at any stop along the H Street NE corridor.
    • Metrobus
      • D4 – Get off at 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, or 12th & K St NE; or Florida Ave & 13th St NE. 
      • D8 – Get off at 3rd or 6th & H St NE; or 6th, 8th, 10th, or 12th & K St NE; or Florida Ave & 13th St NE.
      • 90 or 92 – Get off at 8th & H St NE, 8th & K St NE, or 8th & F St NE.
      • X2 – Get off at 3rd, 6th, 8th, 12th, or 14th & H Street NE.
      • X9 – Get off at 8th & H St NE or 14th & H Street NE.
    • Metrorail
      • Red Line – Get off at Union Station.


Open Streets DC

First launched in DC in 2019, Open Streets will close three miles of Georgia Avenue to all vehicles for people to safely walk, bike, scoot, and play! Five activation zones along the route will host hourly programmed classes and demonstrations, including yoga, drum circles, double dutch, traffic gardens, pop-up bike lanes, dancing, and more. Businesses along the route will also provide space for outdoor dining and retail. The event is free and suitable for all ages and abilities! No cars, just people.

  • When: Saturday, October 7 from 9am-3pm
  • Where: Georgia Ave NW from Missouri Ave to Barry Place
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • Georgia & New Hampshire Ave NW
      • Georgia Ave & Morton St NW
      • Georgia Ave & Emerson St NW
      • Georgia Ave & Kennedy St NW
      • Georgia & Missouri Ave NW
      • Columbia Rd & Georgia Ave NW
      • 9th & Upshur St NW
    • Metrobus
      • 60 – Get off at 8th & Upshur St NW.
      • 62 – Get off at 9th St & Kansas Ave NW.
      • 63 – Get off at 9th St & Kansas Ave NW or New Hampshire Ave & Otis Pl NW.
      • 64 – Get off at New Hampshire Ave & Randolph St NW or New Hampshire Ave & Otis Pl NW.
      • 70 – Get off at Georgia Ave & Barry Pl NW or Georgia & Missouri Ave NW.
      • 79 – Get off at Georgia & Missouri Ave NW.
      • E4 – Get off at 9th & Kennedy St NW.
      • H8 – Get off at Rock Creek Church Rd & Warder St NW or New Hampshire Ave & Otis Pl NW.
    • Metrorail
      • Green/Yellow Line – Get off at Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro station.


Takoma Park Street Festival

Celebrating 42 years, the Takoma Park Street Festival will showcase original crafts, artwork, pottery, jewelry, clothing, food, and more, from over 150 vendor booths. You can also enjoy live music on three stages with 18 bands to play all day throughout the event. Takoma’s unique shops, restaurants, and cafes will all be open and welcoming visitors too. Don’t miss the fun!

  • When: Sunday, October 1 from 10am-5pm
  • Where: Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, MD to Carroll Street NW
  • How to get there:
    • Capital Bikeshare
      • Carroll & Westmoreland Ave
      • Takoma Metro
    • Metrobus
      • F1, F2 or K2 – Get off at Takoma Station or Eastern & Laurel Ave.
    • Metrorail
      • Red Line – Get off at Takoma Station.


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