Washington, DC and the surrounding area is beautiful and offers plenty of fun for young and old alike. We have assembled our Top 10 list (in no particular order) of fun and interesting fall activities for 2016. Please be sure to check the dates as some events are coming up soon.
Here are some tips to help you plan ahead:
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture – Opens Sept. 24. Follow this link for your free timed passes for the National Mall’s newest museum (available for November and December) 200 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20230
- Fall Hiking – Great Falls (and the famous Billy Goat Trail) Rock Creek Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, Harper’s Ferry, Shenandoah Mountains and more! http://dc.about.com/od/hiking/a/BestHiking.htm
- National Gallery of Art East Building Reopening – Sept. 30. Free admission.
Marks the museum’s 75th anniversary and the reopening of the East Building. 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565
- Library of Congress National Book Festival – Sept. 24. Free admission.
An annual free event that celebrates books of various topics. Bring the entire family and meet acclaimed authors, such as Stephen King (free, but tickets required); Shonda Rhimes, and more. Authors will read and sometimes sign books from 13 stages. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
- Innovation Festival – Sept. 26-27, 10 AM – 5 PM. Free admission.
The National Museum of American History hosts this two day festival that demonstates how inventors and innovators are taking our world into the future. Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
- Boo at the Zoo – Friday, October 21, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016. 5:30 to 8:30 PM. With animal demonstrations, decorated trails, magicians, jugglers and more, this fun evening is a real treat for everyone. Assorted food tastings, as well as candy treats for kids and adult treats like craft beer. Tickets are already on sale. Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
- Free Entrance Days in the National Parks – Sept. 24 & Nov 11. Mark your calendar and plan to visit your National Parks on these special days! Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor National Public Lands Day September 24 and Veterans Day Nov. 11. Click here for parks waiving fees.
- Photograph Fall Foliage – Washington and the surrounding area is beautiful in the fall. Break out your camera and create your own magical canvas. https://havecamerawilltravel.com/washingtondc/fall-foliage-in-the-washington-dc-area
- Election Day – November 8. In the capitol of the U.S. and the Free World, there is no better way to express and appreciate our freedom than to vote!
- Oktoberfest, Halloween and assorted fall fun – Whether you want to entertain your kids for Halloween http://dc.about.com/od/childrensactivities/a/Halloween.htm or enjoy your own adult beverages http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/Oktoberfests.htm, there’s plenty of fall fun for everyone.