Festival, Fairs & Fresh Fun in the DMV

Festival season has arrived! The DMV has tons of great festivals, fairs and events over the summer for people of all interests—food and drink, literature, arts and crafts, music, and anything else you can think of!

With all the happenings, it’s hard to keep track… so we’ve done the research for you!

Since the season boasts so many events, we are starting with May and will continue posts throughout the summer months…

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tours
mt vernonMount Vernon Estate & Gardens
Mt. Vernon, VA
Date: Friday – Sunday, 5/15-17
Cost: $36 

Enjoy the finest Virginia wine while enjoying spectacular views at Mount Vernon. Sample wine from more than 15 wineries and vineyards on the east lawn.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
gaithersburg book fest
Gaithersburg City Hall
Gaithersburg, MD
Date: Saturday, 5/16
Cost: FREE

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a literary festival where authors of both national and local acclaim address and interact with readers at a free all-day, outdoor event. The event has a wide range of topics including children’s books, memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, historical novels, and much more.

Fiesta Asia
fiesta asiaPennsylvania Ave (3rd to 6th St) NW
Washington, DC
Date: Saturday, 5/16
Cost: FREE

The Fiesta Asia is a street fair celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event showcases Asian art and culture with live performances by musicians, vocalists and performance artists, Pan-Asian cuisine, martial arts and lion dance demonstration, a multicultural marketplace, cultural displays and interactive activities.

Northern VA Fine Arts Festival
nova fine arts fest
Reston Town Center
Reston, VA
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 5/16-17
Cost: FREE, $5 suggested donation

The NoVA Fine Arts Festival brings artists and art lovers together on the streets of Reston Town Center to enjoy a wide range of art including hand crafted, one of a kind artwork, contemporary and original performances, artist demonstrations, acclaimed children’s activities, and live music.

Wine in the Woods
wine in the woods
Symphony Woods
Columbia, MD
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 5/16-17
Cost: $32 in advance, $40 at the gate

Wine In The Woods has been a staple in Howard County for more than 20 years. The two-day festival showcases Maryland wines, artisans, specialty foods, wine education, and live music.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
chesapeake blues
Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 5/16-17
Cost: $65 day pass, $115 weekend pass

An annual tradition held at Sandy Point State Park, this two-day festival features a line-up of some of the best local and national blues musicians, a craft village, variety of food and drink, beer & wine, alongside beach views.

Taste of Arlington
taste arlington
Ballston Common Mall
Arlington, VA
Date: Sunday, 5/17
Cost: $35

The annual Taste of Arlington is a lively street festival featuring the cuisine of more than 40 restaurants, live entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s activities and a farmer’s market.

BikeJam
bikejamPatterson Park
Baltimore, MD
Date: Sunday, 5/17
Cost: $5-35 to race, FREE festival 

A day long festival of cycling held in Patterson Park in which amateurs and professionals compete for cash prizes. The festival also includes live music, food vendors, and activities for kids.

Hometown Holidays Music Fest
hometown holidaysRockville Town Center
Rockville, MD
Date: Saturday – Monday, 5/23-25
Cost: varies

Hometown Holidays is Rockville’s annual street featuring dozens of entertainers performing on seven stages, children’s rides, teen activities, VisArts Fine Arts Festival, an environmental expo, the Taste of Rockville, and the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade.

Brew at the Zoo
brew zooThe Maryland Zoo
Baltimore, MD
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 5/23-24
Cost: $49

The Maryland Zoo’s biggest fundraiser featuring, food, beer, wine and live music.  Enjoy good times with the animals featuring unlimited beer sampling, live music, local artisan vendors and, of course, all day admission to the Zoo.

Viva Vienna
viva viennaChurch St. (Lawyers Rd. to Mill St.)
Vienna, VA
Date: Saturday – Monday, 5/23-25
Cost: FREE

The ViVa Vienna is a three-day community celebration with food, crafts, music, and carnival rides that raises more than $100,000 for local and international charities. Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations.

Sowebo Arts & Music Festival
soweboHistoric Hollins Market
Baltimore, MD
Date: Sunday, 5/24
Cost:  FREE

This very unique arts festival features live bands & Dj’s, arts & crafts vendors, a visual art and sowebo poster show, food & beverage vendors, and “heroic non-profits”.

Herndon Festival
herndon fest
Downtown Herndon (Lynn St.)
Herndon, VA
Date: Thursday – Sunday, 5/28-31
Cost: FREE

The Herndon Festival features live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children’s entertainment, a business expos, races, a Fitness expo, model railway exhibit, an arts and crafts show and two fireworks displays. The event is the largest FREE festival in Northern Virginia!

Maryland Craft Beer Festival
md craft beer
Carroll Creek Park
Frederick, MD
Date: Saturday, 5/30
Cost: $30

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival brings together 25 local brewing companies offering samples of more than 175 beers. Festival highlights include access to small-batch beers, one-of-a-kind casks in a family friendly environment with live, local music. Fresh local foods and goods from artisan vendors will be available for purchase.

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Sky Meadows State Park
Delaplane, VA
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 5/30-31
Cost: $25 per car in advance, $30 at the gate

The Delaplane Strawberry Festival offers two full days of family oriented fun including live entertainment, children’s games, pony rides and hayrides, a petting zoo, a fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars, tons of food and crafts.

Vintage Virginia
vintage VA
Bull Run Park
Centerville, VA
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 5/30-31
Cost: $30 day pass in advance, $35 at the gate; $35 weekend pass in advance, $40 at the gate

The wine festival features tastings offered by more than 50 wineries including over 250 award-winning Virginia wines, educational seminars on food pairing, fine art exhibits, children’s activities, food and live entertainment.

Post by: Ashley M.
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