September 26, 2018 at 9:00 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
HOME & GARDEN FALL 2018: Enjoying fall
Fall 2018 events, gay news, Washington Blade

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens has fall events scheduled throughout October. (Photo courtesy Hillwood)

Döner Bistro (50 Carroll Creek Way, Frederick, Md.) hosts its fifth annual Oktoberfest Oct. 5-7. On Oct. 5, there will be live music from Lost Lederhosen at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 is family day and features DJ Timo playing Oktoberfest hits and a performance from Los Lederhosen from 4-8 p.m. On Oct. 7, DJ Timo spins more Oktoberfest hits and traditional Bavarian music. Guests who arrive in lederhosen or dirndl will get a surprise. Admission is free. For more information, visit doener-usa.com. 

Adams Morgan PorchFest is on18th Street N.W. on Oct. 6 from 2-6 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live music from porches, patios and stoops at homes throughout the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Admission is free. For more details, visit facebook.com/adamsmorganporchfest. 

American Plant hosts fall and Halloween events throughout October at its locations at 5258 River Rd., Bethesda, Md. and 7405 River Rd., Bethesda, Md. Its haunted houses are open starting Oct. 6. There will be pumpkin painting on weekends through Oct. 6-27. On Oct. 20, American Plant will screen “Monsters Inc.” and on Oct. 27 it will screen “Monsters University.” There will be cider and popcorn at the movie screenings. American Plant also has plenty of Halloween decor for sale for inside and outside the home. For more information, visit americanplant.net. 

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.) has fall events throughout October. The estate holds garden tours on Oct. 9, 11-12, 16 and 18-19. Guests can get a closer look at Hillwood’s gardens and fall seasonal plantings. Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration is on Oct. 27 from 2-4 p.m. Guests can bring their dogs to Hillwood for a dog costume contest. There will also be champagne cocktails available for purchase at Yappy Hour. Adult tickets are $13 and children tickets are $5. Children under 6 years old are free. For details, visit hillwoodmuseum.org. 

Rhode Island Main Street Fall Fest is on Rhode Island Avenue N.E. between 20th and 24th Streets on Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be vendors, food and an entertainment stage in the Rita’s parking lot (2318 Rhode Island Ave., N.E.). Pets welcome. Admission is free. For more information, search “Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Fall Fest 2018” on eventbrite.com. 

Merrifield Garden Center offers a variety of fall-themed events and workshops at its locations in Falls Church, Va., Fairfax Va., and Gainesville, Va. There is a fall wreath workshop on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. at its Fairfax location. Participants can learn how to create fall wreaths from artificial blooms and materials. Admission is $40. There will be a Thanksgiving centerpiece workshop on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at its Fairfax location. For $60, participants can create a centerpiece using fruits, flowers and foliage. For a complete list of events and workshops, visit merrifieldgardencenter.com. 

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is at Dulles Expo Center (4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va.) in the North and South Hall Oct. 12-14. More than 300 fine artists and craft designers will be selling decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, furniture, home accessories and more. There will also be gourmet foods, live music, live artist demonstrations and interactive children’s entertainment. For more information, visit sugarloafcrafts.com. 

The Adams Morgan Apple Festival and Pie Contest is in the SunTrust Bank plaza (18th and Columbia Rd., N.W.) on Oct. 27 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will take place during the Adams Morgan Farmer’s Market. There will be heirloom apple tasting from Licking Creek Bend Farms and an apple pie baking contest with a judging panel of media personalities and culinary experts. 

Pottery on the Hill Show & Sale returns to Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.) Nov. 2-4. The preview reception is on Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can get a first look at the work of the nation’s top ceramic artists. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of the event. The show & sale is on Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Featured artists include Richard Aerni,Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish of Bandana Pottery, Mary Barringer and more. For more details, visit hillcenterdc.org/artist/pottery-on-the-hill. 

The D.C. Big Flea Antiques Market is at Dulles Expo Center (4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va.) in the South Hall on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The largest indoor antiques and collectibles flea market in the mid-Atlantic will feature antiques, vintage clothing, handbags, porcelains, jewelry, artwork and more. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Admission is good for both days. For more information, visit thebigfleamarket.com. 

The Colonial Market & Fair is at Mount Vernon (3200 Mount Vernon Hwy., Mt Vernon, Va.) Nov. 10-11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The marketplace will be on Mount Vernon’s 12-acre field and will feature colonial artisans selling traditional food and items made from wood, metal and textiles. There will also be colonial music and performers demonstrating 18th-century crafts. For details, visit mountvernon.org. 

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