Monday, September 17, 2012

DMV Fall Festivals 2012: My Fair Recommendations

Fall Festivals 2012, Fair Vanity, DC Fair listing, Rachel Mlinarchik, eco lifestyle blog

There are several fairs and festivals coming up in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, so I've put together a collection of local happenings about which I am particularly jazzed. I'd also love to hear what's going on in your town, so feel free to leave details about all of the cool festivals in your city in the comments, my fair friends.

DC State Fair 2012
Held at Barracks Row Fall Festival
8th Street SE, south of Eastern Market Metro (red line)
Saturday, September 22
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

The DC State Fair teamed up with the Barracks Row Fall Festival this year, and the line-up looks awesome. With categories like Best Pie, Best Bike Accessory, and Funkiest-Looking Vegetable, this is not your average State Fair. And from what I understand, you can still enter in many categories, so calling all would-be bakers, knitters, and balcony farmers: get thee to the contest listings!

Trucktoberfest Curbside Cook-off:
September 22, 2012
Union Market
1309 5th Street NE
11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

I want to go to this because of the name alone, don't you? Presented by the Washington, DC Food Trucks Association, DRG and Union Market, this gathering will feature 40+ food trucks, live music, and beer. You may have noticed that it's the same day as the State Fair. My plan is to stop by for lunch/brunch before heading up to the DC State Fair-- it will be worth it to hit up both, I promise.

Fiesta DC 2012
September 23, 2012
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue
Admission: FREE

The Latino Festival in Washington DC celebrates Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. What can I say? I'm a sucker for parades and papusas.

Green Festival 2012
September 29-30, 2012
Saturday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Hall B, Convention Center at 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Admission: $10 for one day, $15 for weekend pass

The green festival is all that the name implies: from green food and wine vendors (free samples, people!) to fair trade fashion to local handmade products, this festival will have it all. The line-up of speakers isn't half bad either-- Ralph Nader and Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) will headline. There are also Green Festivals in San Francisco on November 10-11 and in Los Angeles November 17-18. 

Capitol City Brewing Company Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Shirlington Village
4001 Campbell Avenue
Noon to 7pm (taps close at 6 pm)
Admission: $25 to sample beer, otherwise free

Featuring local food vendors, an authentic German band and authentic Oktoberfest food, I have received confirmation there will also be plenty of local breweries participatins, so go sip some local beer!

Snallygaster DC
October 13, 2012
Yard's Park SE Waterfront
Navy Yard Metro (green line)
1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $25-$50 to sample beer

Snallygaster list of 100+ participating breweries sounds like a beer afficionado's dream. Bonus: the list (so far) includes 42 different American-brewed beers. So, if you haven't yet meandered down to see the beautiful Yard's Park waterfront area, this is the perfect excuse. Cherry on top: proceeds will benefit the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.

Crafty Bastards
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Union Market
1309 5th Street NE
Admission: FREE

This is one of the biggest and best craft fairs EVER. I go every year, and every year I find something new and awesome, from clothing to jewelry to home decor. If you are a fan of Etsy or at all interested in handmade or made in the USA goods, this is one fair you will not want to miss.

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