Fall Events in DC

As vaccination rates in the D.C. area rise, an increasing number of businesses and festivals are returning to normal for this fall. It is a great time to support local businesses and organizations, many of which have struggled to survive for the past year and a half. This list includes some of the top low-COVID-risk activities for teenagers this fall.


Georgetown French Market

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The Georgetown French Market is a D.C. tradition entering its 18th year. The open-air market near Book Hill in Georgetown will host over 25 locally-owned businesses including food, shops, and art, many of which will have large discounts and promotions. The festivities will be topped off with a traveling mime. The market will take place Oct. 1–3, with free admission. Visit the market’s website for more details.

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All Things Go Festival

All Things Go is an annual music festival in D.C. Established in 2011, the festival aims to highlight female performers. The festival has committed to all-female headliners after a 2018 Pitchfork report showing that only 30 percent of artists booked at the top 20 festivals are women. This year, the festival will feature two stages and a 16-artist lineup, with headliners including HAIM, Charli XCX, and St. Vincent. The festival will be on Oct. 16 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Visit the festival’s website for more details.


DMV Black Restaurant Week

The DMV Black Restaurant Week is a wonderful way to support Black businesses and enjoy great food. The festivities aren’t contained within one event, but will be celebrated by many eateries across the city, each offering their own discounts and specials. Black Restaurant Week will be Nov. 7–14. Learn more about the event and participating restaurants at www.dmvbrw.com.


Alma Thomas Retrospective at the Phillips Collection

Alma Thomas, Pansies in Washington, 1969


“Alma Thomas: Everything is Beautiful,” hosted by the Phillips Collection, is the first large-scale retrospective exhibit of Washingtonian Alma Thomas’s work. The retrospective will trace her career from the rural South in the early 1900s to her solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York at age 81. Thomas was the first fine arts graduate from Howard University in 1924, but did not limit her studies to just the arts. She also held a teaching degree from Columbia and taught in DCPS schools for over 30 years. Thomas did not begin painting in her signature bright, mosaic style until her 70s. Her work was largely inspired by D.C. flora and seasons.


The Phillips Collection offers free general admission for anyone under the age 18 with valid ID. The exhibit will take place from Oct. 30 to Jan. 23. Learn more about the exhibit here.

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