September is a great time of the year to enjoy Washington DC. The weather gets nicer as the temperature drops and the drowning humidity recedes. This is the perfect time of the year to go see a sporting event, an outdoor concert, or maybe visit a festival.
Whether you are looking for something to do in September on the weekends with your children or something in the evening, this list has got it all. Before you head out the door, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and a light jacket for the cooler evenings.
Catch a Sporting Event
AP is back for another strong season! Catch him when the Redskins play two games at the FedEx Field this September. Go here to purchase tickets:
September 15th Redskins play the Cowboys at 1 pm
September 23rd Redskins play the Bears at 1 pm
For the first in over a decade, the Nationals have swept the Cubbies giving them a four-game lead for the first playoff wildcard position. If you want to catch a game, the Nationals will play 15 games at Nationals Park in Washington DC. You can go here to find a game and purchase your tickets:
Playing at the new Audi Field is the District’s soccer team, DC United. Cheer on your team in the new state of the art urban field. They play two games in September and you can get your tickets here:
Wednesday, September 4th DC United play Puebla FC @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 22nd DC United play Seattle Sounders FC @ 6:00 PM
Go to a Concert
There are plenty of great concerts to see in September. Whether you like hip-hop, old school rock, pop or country there’s a little something for everyone. Here are a few that made our favorites list:
Filene Center at Wolf Trap 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro Shaggy – Sunday, September 1st @ 7:30 PM
Mary J. Blige – Tuesday, September 3rd @ 8:00 PM
Jennifer Hudson – Thursday, September 5th @ 8:00 PM
The Piano Guys – Friday, September 6th @ 8:00 PM
Kacey Musgraves – Saturday, September 7th @ 8:00 PM
The Anthem 901 Water St SW, Washington DC, 20024
Peter Frampton and Jason Bonham – Wednesday, September 11th @ 7:30 PM
Judah and the Lion – Thursday, September 12th @ 8:00 PM
Bloc Party – Monday, September 16th @ 8:00 PM
Bastille – Saturday, September 21st @ 9:00 PM
Catch a Theater Performance
Skip the hassle of flying to NYC–DC is a cultural hub offering plenty of exciting Broadway productions!
Catch Disney’s Aladdin at the Kennedy Center until Saturday, September 7th
Cats is a beloved Broadway musical also playing at the Kennedy Center starting Tuesday, September 17th https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/TTTSF
You can go see Margaret Atwood the famous novelist of The Handmaiden’s Tale at the Lincoln Theater on Saturday, September 21st @ 7:00 PM
Peppa Pig Live is sure to bring a smile to your little one’s face on Saturday, September 28th @ 3:30 PM
DC After Dark
Beat the crowds and avoid the heat. View our beautiful city with a relaxing evening tour. Here are a couple of our favorites.
White House Ghost Tour
If you’re up for a little ghostly fun, the White House Ghost Tour offers private tours in September. Take a tour through Lafayette Square while a historian tells true stories of some of the city’s most haunted houses. Book your reservation here:
National Mall Tour
The National Mall Tour is a tour you can do day or night, and the best part is its free. https://freetoursbyfoot.com/national-mall-tour/
If you want to go after hours or at your own pace, you can take the self-guided GPS audio tour. https://freetoursbyfoot.com/national-mall-tour/#self-guided
Eat and Treats
The Taste of Georgetown
Sunday, September 22nd from 11 am to 4 pm
Washington, D.C.’s most anticipated foodie event takes place in the heart of Georgetown on K Street NW, between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. Over 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants will be there. Beer, wine, water, and soft drinks will be available. This is a family/dog-friendly event with a Kid’s Corner tent for face painting and coloring. Get your tickets here:
Adam Morgan Day Festival
Sunday, September 8th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Adam Morgan Day is a family-friendly event celebrating different cultures and diversity for over 40 years in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Residents and visitors will enjoy parades, music, art, cultural demonstrations, and food. Vendors will line the streets with items available to purchase such as homemade candles, jewelry, teas, sauces, candies, and street food. Admission is free and there will be activities for children of all ages.
H Street Festival
Saturday, September 21st from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Spanning 11 blocks of H Street this festival will feature over 250 businesses. Enjoy local flavor with restaurants serving up special fare. With 15 staging areas, there will be plenty to see with fashion shows, live music, and art exhibits. H Street Festival will be a favorite with great food, drinks, contests, and activities for the kids.
Kings Street Art Festival
Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday, September 22nd from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Kings Street between Washington and Union Street
Art lovers will be excited to attend the Kings Street Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria.
World-class art will line the city’s main street with booths between Washington and Union streets. Art enthusiasts will meet with the artists who created life-size sculptures, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, and much more. With 6 blocks and over 200 artists, there will be something to please everyone.
Free Outdoor Movies
Days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler, so getting outdoors to take in a free film is one of our favorite things to do in September in DC. Grab a cozy blanket or lawn chairs, some snacks, then sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Check this website for locations in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
Fall might be the best season in the DC area. Temps are warm, but not hot. The air is getting dryer and the evenings are crisp. Soon, the thermometer will be falling and days will be short. The next few weeks are the very best time to get out and enjoy everything the city has to offer!
If you want to get out of town, see our blog on cool things to do in Annapolis. https://www.enggarciagrant.com/10-cool-things-to-do-in-annapolis/