Spring brings the tourists, but I like to think fall is dedicated to the locals. I’m entering my third fall in DC, and it brings good memories — like the time I saw Nicholas Sparks at the National Book Festival, and another time when I was almost hit by a train in Maryland (er, I guess the near-death experience is not a “good” memory per se).
In any case, your fall is not complete without the following:
National Book Festival (Sept. 24, 25) Join thousands of booklovers on the National Mall, along with acclaimed authors. I’m especially excited for children’s author Tomi DePaola. Who doesn’t love children’s authors? (Well, except the biography of Roald Dahl I’m reading which suggests he was kind of a grouch).
Walking Town DC / Biking Town DC (Sept. 23 – Oct. 2) Sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, this is a free series for locals (and yes, tourists) to learn about local history. Pick a tour for a ward, time of day (happy hour walk, anyone?) or for your affinity for the Civil War.
Crafty Bastards (Oct. 1) Look for some creative goodies from local artists, and get in some good old-fashioned people-watching (and probably animal-watching, too, according to the promo video). The annual craft festival sets up shop on the 18th Street strip in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Northwest DC.
“Bookie Fest” (Sept. 2009)
“Near-Death Experiences” (Sept. 2010)