Cultural festivals, crafts, and lots of Oktoberfest beer could be all yours this weekend!
As September comes to a close, the DMV is slowly but surely amping up its fall activities. Oktoberfest celebrations, craft fairs, and more cozy gatherings are underway this weekend, so grab your pen and mark that calendar!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, September 27, to Sunday, September 29.
Das Best Oktoberfest | M&T Bank Stadium Lots | Baltimore, MD | Saturday
The oldest beer festival is back here in Baltimore! Sample a tantalizing array of craft beverages and pair them with traditional German cuisine and other fair favorites. There will also be live music, games, contests, and more! If you're going to celebrate Oktoberfest anywhere, this is the place! General Admission is $40. Check it out here!
Cats | Kennedy Center | Ongoing
Who doesn't love Cats? The iconic Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber is coming to the Kennedy Center! With its spellbinding costumes and music, they'll leave you saying "meow!" It only runs through October 6, so you'll want to pounce on tickets! Tickets start at $49. Buy them here!
Wine Fest | Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot | Ocean City, MD | Friday–Saturday
You got us at "wine." Also known as "Wine on the Beach," this annual event is a must-see this fall! Sample locally-made beers and wines while enjoying live entertainment, delicious cuisine, craft booths, and more. General admission is $35. Find out more here!
2019 European Festival | Winchester Medical Center | 1775 N. Sector Court | Winchester, VA | Saturday
Experience the distinct cultures of Italy, Germany, Greece, and the British Isles all in one festival! Guests can explore each country's cultural capital with music, dance, food, and other entertainment. All the travel you could want, no passport required! General admission is $10. Check it out here!
Twist and Stout Festival | Quiet Waters Park | 600 Quiet Waters Park Road | Annapolis, MD | Saturday
Time to do the twist! From 11 to 5, relax in Quiet Waters Park with unlimited beer and wine samples, and watch performances from local musicians and artists. Food will be available to purchase from tasty local restaurants. The event will also support the Quiet Waters Park Nature Center Campaign. General admission is $30 advance and $40 at the door. Find out more here!
Turkish Festival | Pennsylvania Avenue, 12th and 14th Streets NW | Washington, D.C. | Sunday
September is Turkish Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a festival? With free admission, guests can access an amazing spread of Turkish culture—from cuisine and crafts to live folk music. Try Turkish coffee or get your fortune told! It's no wonder thousands come each year. You can find out more here!
Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show | Downtown Historic Occoquan | 200 Mill Street | Occoquan, VA | Saturday–Sunday
Now on 50 years, the popular craft showcase is back in Downtown Historic Occoquan. Come and explore the finest artisanal goods, yummy local food, and live entertainment. As part of the celebration, a special outdoor concert and beer garden will take place at River Mill Park from 12 to 5 p.m.! Admission is free. Check out more here!
Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival | Annapolis City Dock | 1 Dock Street | Annapolis, MD | Saturday
Named after the subject of Roots, this festival showcases the pulse and vibrancy of African culture! Browse hand-crafted goods and experience all-day entertainment, from dance troupes to cooking demos. Kids can enjoy African bead-making and Anansi storytime! This event is free of charge. Find out more here!
Ta-Nehisi Coates—The Water Dancer Book Tour | Lincoln Theatre | Washington, D.C. | Friday
Author of the groundbreaking work Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates will discuss his debut novel The Water Dancer at Lincoln Theatre. Ibram X. Kendi (author of Stamped From the Beginning) will moderate the talk. Undoubtedly one of the literary events of the year! Tickets are $45. Buy them here!
Crystal City Oktoberfest | The Grounds | 1102 S. Eads Street | Arlington, VA | Saturday
Raise your glass for another year of the Crystal City Oktoberfest! Guests can get merry with delicious German food, entertainment, and of course lots of beer! As a special treat, New District Brewing is whipping up four exclusive brews for the event, so don't miss out! General admission is $45 and includes a commemorative mug and four drink tickets. Buy them here!
What are your weekend plans? We would love to hear them in the comments!