By: Kate Michael
Fall is D.C.’s busiest social season — marked by an immeasurable number of outdoor festivals, cocktail parties and charity galas. There’s always an occasion to see and be seen! Enhanced by its cozy vibe, spectacular spaces, and wonderful weather, autumn events in D.C. are especially enchanting.
So while there’s certainly no shortage of fêtes, frivolities, and philanthropic gatherings to experience, here are ten of our fall favorites you shouldn’t miss.
Philips After 5
Take in some culture and art after hours as the Phillips Collection reprises its popular Phillips After 5 series. This event will take place on Thursday, September 6 at 5:00 p.m. It only costs $12 dollars to attend. These events are a lively mix of art and entertainment, including live music, food, and a cash bar. The Phillips After 5 is held on the first Thursday of the month, and it usually has a creative theme. Even though this is a recurring event, advance ticket purchase is strongly advised.
Adams Morgan Day Festival
The longest-running neighborhood festival in the District, the Adams Morgan Day Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday, September 9 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on 18th Street NW. This festival will be buzzing with live music, food vendors, for-sale artwork, and family-friendly activities. Free Admission is just one of the reasons why we always hit up this day-long extravaganza to celebrate of one of DC’s liveliest, most diverse neighborhoods.
National Zoo’s Zoo Uncorked
Toast to conservation at the National Zoo’s Zoo Uncorked, which takes place on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You only have to pay $55-70 to attend this event. There will be unlimited tastings from popular wineries, so sip and socialize with all the wild things.
Throughout the evening, you will enjoy live music and entertainment, go on an art walk with local artisans, savor time under the stars, and get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from potentially helping to save a species. The Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, and Great Cats exhibits will also be open late for event attendees.
The ninth annual Cosmo Couture
The intersection of interior design and architecture are featured at the 9th annual Cosmo Couture, enjoying a brand new location this year at the Washington National Cathedral. The couture will take place on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets for this event cost between $125 and $225.
An elite panel will judge a runway of garments constructed out of interior materials (tile, carpet, wood, vinyl, glass and rubber) used in the built interior environment. A bridge between fashion and architecture, the show’s theme changes each year. 2018’s theme is ‘Lore’ – traditions and knowledge passed by word of mouth.
Washington National Cathedral Fall Festival
The second annual Washington National Cathedral Fall Festival will take place Saturday, October 6 from 11:00am – 5:00pm. This is a chance to enjoy the weather and the wonders of cathedral architecture. Vendors will have selections of jewelry, knitware, ornaments, and more to get you excited about all things autumn. You can also chow down on cultural foods. This one is fun for the family!
Taste of Georgetown
Eat and drink your way through one of D.C.’s most historic neighborhoods during the Taste of Georgetown, which takes place on Saturday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ticket prices start at $11.
Now celebrating its 25th year, Taste of Georgetown benefits Georgetown Ministry Center‘s Homeless Assistance Programs. Over 30 of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries are participating to offer over 60 dishes, beer and wine. It’s a scrumptious Sunday stroll.
Chefs for Equality
Chefs for Equality brings together the capital region’s top chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists at the National Cathedral for an evening of food, cocktails, and music to benefit the fight for full LGBTQ equality. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. You have to pay $200 to get in, though.
2018 Butterfly Bash
Fair Chance hosts its 16th annual Butterfly Bash on Friday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. This event will take place at the Washington National Cathedral. This year’s event celebrates the Honorable Carlos M. Gutierrez, the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce for his advocacy work with DREAM. The cocktail party benefits Fair Chance’s work to improve the lives of children in D.C.’s most underserved neighborhoods. This party always features a well-dressed crowd and fun dancing.
Signature Chefs Gala
Mix and mingle with over 40 of the area’s celebrated chefs, mixologists, bartenders, and vintners at the March of Dimes’ 22nd annual Signature Chefs Gala at the Marriott Marquis.
This event will take place on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. However, tickets are $200 apiece. The evening includes auctions with unique dining, entertainment, travel and leisure packages.
Blue Hope Bash
Expect to see attendees wearing all hues of blue at the National Building Museum for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s Blue Hope Bash. This event will take place on Thursday, October 25th from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. A single ticket to this event is $450. The Bash brings together a community of advocates for an inspirational evening to celebrate survivorship and remember loved ones. One of the most exciting parts of the evening is the raffle to win a 2019 Porche Boxster!