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The Best Fall Food-Focused Festivals

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The ultimate fall food festival agenda, right this way.

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It's sweater weather — a time when you can enjoy outdoor festivals without breaking out the deodorant. Sip on craft brews, local wines and munch on food truck fare this fall. The beer-laden German folk festival Oktoberfest makes its way to Maryland and DC while Taste of Georgetown returns to the waterfront. There's also a wine festival at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia for the history buffs.

Here's a look at some of the area's best fall festivals.

DC

Oktoberfest

What: Take part in a week-long festival with German and regional brews, Bavarian musicians and a dirndl relay race at the Wunder Garten, a pop-up beer garden at NoMa.

Where: NoMa, 150 M St. NE

When: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Cost: $10 for weekend entry

DC VegFest

What: More than 130 vendors will offer free samples of their meatless creations. There’s also live music and cooking demos.

Where: Yards Park, Lot H/I, across from Nationals Park

When: Oct. 3

Cost: Free admission

Taste of Georgetown

What: Nearly three dozen Georgetown restaurants will serve a taste of their dishes, including crepes from Café Bonaparte, paella from Bodega Spanish Tapas and Lounge and cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes.

Where: 3050 K St. NW, under the Whitehurst Freeway

When: Oct. 3

Cost: Free; $5 per small plate

Taste of DC

What: Sample dishes from more than 40 restaurants and nearly a dozen food trucks along four blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Where: 7th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

When: Oct. 10-Oct. 11

Cost: $20-$40

DC Beer Festival

What: Dozens of craft breweries, food trucks and DJs return to Nationals Park.

Where: Nationals Park

When: Nov. 7

Cost: $40

The Emporiyum DC

What: The smorgasbord of locally made foods makes its way back to Union Market. Expect dishes from your favorite celeb chefs, including Edward Lee, Erik Bruner-Yang and Mike Isabella.

Where: Union Market

When: Nov. 14-15

Cost: $15-$40

Maryland

Das Best OktoberFest

What: Two days of Oktoberfest fun with games, rides and contests — compete for the best beer belly. A new addition this year is the free Bavarian Village, with German food, dancers and live music. Das Bier Garden is open Saturday from noon-5 pm.

Where: National Harbor

When: Sept. 25-26 (Held again in Baltimore, Oct. 10)

Cost: $49 for admission to the beer garden

Maryland Microbrewery Festival

What: Live music, crab cakes and pit beef and beer from 19 microbreweries are some of the highlights of the Maryland Microbrewery Festival.

Where: Westminster

When: Sept. 25

Cost: $18-$20

Virginia

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

What: Listen to live blues and taste wines from 17 Virginia wineries at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Admission also includes a visit to the basement where George Washington stored his wine.

Where: Mount Vernon

When: Oct. 2- Oct. 4,

Cost: $40 Friday, $36 Sunday; VIP tables available for Saturday

Tysons Fall Harvest Wine Festival

What: Held over two weekends, the festival features craft beers and wine from 10 Virginia wineries. Pumpkin bowling, a petting zoo, crafts and a kids candy walk make it a good event to take the kiddos.

Where: Lerner Town Square at Tysons II

When: Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25

Cost: $10-$40

Woodbridge Food Truck Festival

What: More than 20 area food trucks will be on hand, along with microbrews, including Flying Dog Pale Ale, Devil's Backbone and Port City Optimal Wit.

Where: Pfitzner Stadium

When: Sept. 26

Cost: Free general admission; $25 for beer tent admission

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