Two Oktoberfest beers in cans on a table

Visiting Washington, DC in September

September in Washington, DC is the kick-off to my favorite time of year. The fall going into the holiday season is usually full of nice weather and fun festivals. It is a great time to enjoy some of the city’s parks, walk the monuments, try a new seasonal beer, enjoy a patio brunch, and start exploring some of the area’s fall festivals.

September weather in Washington, DC can vary wildly. Early to mid-September can still be very hot. Many pools don’t close until the middle of the month because it can be so warm. But generally, the weather is cooler than peak summer, many tourists have gone home, and the kids are back in school. Check the weather before you leave, and bring layers if needed.

While the weather is cooler in September, you won’t find any fall foliage until October. September is still a great month to get outside to walk around the National Mall or take a drive to the Shenandoah. Just keep in mind you’ll likely see lush green leaves all month.

Two Oktoberfest beers in cans on a table during September in Washington, DC
Oktoberfest at Union Market

Special Events in September 2024

DC State Fair

Head to Franklin Park on September 7 for a taste of agriculture and culinary talents in the city. The DC State Fair is a free event that includes live music, demonstrations, and workshops. You’ll also get to meet a variety of local vendors, including DC nonprofits, food vendors, and local creators.

Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan Day on September 8 will be a day full of music, art, and activities. Come meet neighborhood restaurants and businesses while enjoying amazing live music and dancing. This festival shuts down all of 18th Street and is DC’s longest-running neighborhood festival.

H Street Festival

The H Street Festival spans 12 blocks and features 15 stages with music, dance, youth programs, and more. Come meet local restaurants, creators, businesses, and local government leaders. This event is family-friendly and has grown to over 150,000 participants.

Art All Night

Art All Night spans all 8 Wards and runs for two nights: September 27 and 28. Around the city, you’ll find art displays, dancing, light displays, and interactive activities. This event is family-friendly, but keep in mind that some activities are located near traditionally 21+ spaces. Check the website for a map as the event gets closer.

Things to do in September in Washington, DC

  1. Take a walk around the National Mall to enjoy the monuments.
  2. Enjoy the Metropolitan Beer Trail.
  3. Visit the gardens at the National Cathedral or the Franciscan Monastery.
  4. Find an Oktoberfest festival.
  5. Enjoy a patio brunch in the cooler weather.
  6. Find a fall festival (some open early!)
  7. Take a drive to a Shendandoah winery.