National Football League
If it’s fall and you’re ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL’s Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami’s 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that’s history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
Baltimore Ravens – To book seats for the Baltimore Ravens, click here.
Washington Redskins – To book seats for cheering on your Washington Redskins, click here.
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team’s chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of “NCAA Football: Every Game Counts.”
Maryland Terrapins, Navy Midshipmen, Towson Tigers, CUA Cardinals, Coppin State Eagles, Georgetown Hoyas, Howard Bison, Morgan State Bears
Maryland Terrapins – To cheer on your favorites and book seats for the Maryland Terrapins, click here.
Navy Midshipmen – To book seats for the Navy Midshipmen, click here.
Towson Tigers – To book seats for the Towson Tigers, click here.
Adams Morgan Festival
Expanding from a day into a weekend, Adams Morgan celebrates with multicultural music — reggae, jazz, R&B and salsa — as well as international cuisine, featuring a Green Pavilion, Pet Zone and DJ Pavilion, along 18th Street Northwest. Call (202) 232-1960 for more information.
The Ambassador’s Ball, which has raised more than $14 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, kicks off Washington’s glittering social season, at the Ritz Carlton Washington. Call (202) 296-5363 for more information.
National Black Family Reunion
Attracting more than 500,000 to the National Mall and supported by the National Council of Negro Women, the two-day Black Family Reunion celebrates with free gospel concerts, health screenings, food, fun and an international marketplace. Call (202) 383-9130 for more information.
Hispanic Designers Gala Fashion Show
Drawing Hispanic entertainers and politicians, this fashionable gala helps fund scholarships for Hispanic design students. Call (202) 619-7222 for more information.
Kalorama House and Embassy Tour
Tours begin at the Woodrow Wilson House, a museum property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and include the Kalorama Guest House at Kalorama Park. Call (202) 387-4062 for more information.
Kennedy Center Open House
The annual open house of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington’s premier performing arts center, includes free concerts and performances. Call (202) 467-4600 for more information.
National Frisbee Championships
Disk-catching canines, top dogs and others are judged on showmanship, leaping agility and execution, on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Call (800) 423-3268) for more information.
Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull
Over a weekend in mid to late September, Washington – Dulles International Airport hosts an annual festival featuring live music and other entertainment, kids’ rides and activities, a car show, and a plane pull (bus pull for the kids) with proceeds benefitting the Special Olympics. Call (703) 359-4301.
Rock Creek Park Day
Environmental, recreational and historical programs dominate this daylong tribute to Rock Creek Park, one of the world’s largest urban parks. Call (202) 426-6829.
Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival
During the last week in September, the Hyattsville Arts District sponsors an exhibition of local artists, craftsmen and jewelers, featuring kids’ activities, food, beverages and live entertainment. Free shuttle from the west Hyattsville metro station to 5500 Baltimore Avenue. Call (202) 468-5277 for more information.
Capital Home Show
Over 500 home design and remodeling experts converge at the Dulles Expo Center to offer advice, demonstrate products and exhibit the latest in green and money saving ideas and services. Call (800) 274-6948 for more information.
National Book Festival
Over the last weekend in September, the First Lady hosts an annual festival along the National Mall, sponsored by the Library of Congress, where thousands of book lovers gather to celebrate literature and literacy, and listed to over 70 well-known authors make presentations and read from their works. Call (202) 828-5063.
Farm Fun Festival
When the Shenandoah Valley is in full bloom, Winchester’s pet-friendly Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market stages its Farm Fun Festival with hot dogs and country ham sandwiches, a bounce house, apple pitch, and other family activities. No admission. Call (540) 662-1980 for more information.