Interested in enjoying one of the many festivals near you? There are plenty to invite friends and family to this fall. Find out which one of these fits you!

Those with a love for arts and crafts, Celtic traditions, liquors, or beer & pork barbecue will find plenty to check out in the DMV as the fall season fast approaches. From the Shenandoah mountains, to the heart of Richmond, Virginia, or the Montgomery County, Maryland suburbs, there are plenty of festivals to experience coming up this month and especially, October.

 MARYLAND FESTIVALS |

[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3071,3072"] Sugarloaf Crafts Festival October 22 | 501 Perry Parkway Gaithersburg, MD 20877 The Sugarloaf Arts & Crafts festival attracts over 200,000 to their events each year. It is a great event if you are into seeing what is for sale as far as homemade items is concerned and amazing artistic talents at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  There are over 100 artisans showcasing their work as well as handmade craftwork to purchase. There will be many artists on-hand, showing off their creative talents. It is an event for those who can enjoy talented craftwork, from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, metalwork, fashion, and decor.   For more information about the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, feel free to check out their site.

VIRGINIA FESTIVALS

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival October 7 | 1602 Village Market Boulevard Southeast, Leesburg, VA 20175

This event in Leesburg, Virginia, is one for the alcohol and red meat lovers for sure. The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival includes 60 different beers, 40 different bourbons and lots of meat. What carnivore doesn't like that? And especially the succulent pork- and beef-loving kind of carnivore. For more information about the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival, feel free to check out their site. [caption id="attachment_3075" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Image of Bagpipe player courtesy of Celtic Festival Facebook page. Bagpipe player courtesy of Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games Facebook page.[/caption]

Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games October 28-29 | 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222

Got Scottish and Irish Pride? Interested in enjoying a festival engrossed with Kilts and Bagpipes? If the answer is yes, then the Celtic Festival & Highland Games is a great festival to attend. It is a festival with traditional fiddle and harp music. It can definitely be fun for the whole family -- just don't forget to wear the kilts and traditional Celtic wares. There is also a "Wee Ones" area for kids. For more information about the Celtic Festival & Highland Games, feel free to check out their site.

WASHINGTON, D.C. FESTIVALS

[caption id="attachment_3083" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Image of the Sunset View of the Capital Riverfront in Washington SW, D.C. Photo of D.C. WaterFront in SW, Washington, D.C. courtesy of Capital Riverfront Facebook Page.[/caption] Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival October 21 | 1st Street SE & N Street SE., Washington, D.C. 20003 Held on the banks of the Potomac River at Capital Riverfront (YARDS LOT H/I)  in Washington, D.C., the Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival is one for the seafood lover in everyone -- well, maybe just the ones who like oysters. But, hey, there is beer to enjoy along with your oysters and an opportunity to glimpse the D.C. Riverfront. Prices range from $39 for General Admission to $239 for a 4-Pack VIP ticket package. For more information about the Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival, feel free to check out the Capital Riverfront web site. There is also the DrinkEatRelax site for ordering tickets. Virginia Spirits Festival September 30 | 1539 7 St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 The Virginia Spirits Festival taking place in Washington, D.C. at The Passenger Bar is one event that will pique those whose likes involve spirit tasting, liquor shopping, meeting the distillers, and other alcohol-related things. Some of the liquor distillers that will be at the Passenger Bar include the following:
  • A Smith Bowman
  • Belle Isle Craft Spirits
  • Belmont Farms
  • Boar Creek Whiskey
  • Catoctin Creek
  • Chesapeake Bay Distillery
  • James River Distillery
  • KO Distilling
  • Filibuster
  • Five Mile Mountain Distillery
  • MurLarkey
  • Reservoir Distillery
  • Virginia Distillery Company
  • Vitae Spirits
  • Keep It Simple Syrup®
For more information about the event, check out the Virginia Distillers' main site. For pricing and ordering tickets to the Virginia Spirits Festival, feel free to check out their event site. You can also inquire about the event by phone at 202-289-2030.   As with all events that serve alcohol, please remember to drink responsibly. So, what are your favorite festivals to attend in the fall? Did we miss your favorite? Well, we hope not. Either way, please leave a comment below!

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