Fall in love with fall

I’m an April baby, so since birth, I’ve loved spring. After moving to Washington, D.C. In 2012, I’ve become accustomed to the treacherous winters that leave you sick and shut in for months. Each year, the arrival of spring represents the reawakening of social interaction, outdoor activities, and events galore.

Last week, when it suddenly became September, I found myself harboring the same sense of spring renewal for the fall season. I’m looking forward to being on the move, in a single location. Perhaps, I feel this way because my summer was jam packed! Shortly after Memorial Day, every week of summer was an adventure. June kicked off with an epic trip to New Orleans, LA, directly followed by a conference in Tunica, MS. In July, I spent nearly every weekend traveling up and down the east coast on I-95. At the beginning of August, I traveled to Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA (again), and Parrish, AL for National Health Center Week. At the end of August, I was in Chicago, IL for work.

I’m thrilled that fall has pretty much arrived (despite the weather) and I’ll experience it in Washington, D.C. Here’s why:

  1. Grand Openings.  September 2016 will go down in history because of the premier of the newest structure on the national mall, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), scheduled to open its doors on September 24. If you couldn’t get tickets to the star-studded opening ceremony, enjoy a FREE three day festival entitled “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration,” from September 23-25. The festival will have performances from Public Enemy, The Roots, and Living Colour. It will be a weekend to remember!  FYI: The National Gallery of Art-East Building will also have a grand (re)opening on September 30. Full details here.
  2. Networking >Netflix. Who has time to binge watch Making a Murderer when droves of beautiful black men and women are descending upon “Chocolate City” for the Annual Legislative Conference next week?  CBC Week, as many call it, is produced by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The conference is an excellent opportunity to network with leaders, legislators, and community members from across the country and to learn about policy issues from an African-American perspective. The ALC, is one of numerous professional conferences that takes place in the fall. For more conferences and professional events, click here. 
  3. Festivals for ALL of us.  If you live in the DMV and you’re looking for a festival…. look no further!  There are hundreds of niche festivals scheduled this fall. Some of my favorites are the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair, the Adams Morgan Day Festival, and the Virginia Wine Festival. Other notable festivals are the Library of Congress National Book Festival, the H Street Festival, and the D.C. Short Film Festival. Whether you’re into bourbon, 16th century English history, or Latino culture, there is something for everyone!
  4. Arts Appreciation. D.C. is an artful city. September-December is stocked with gallery exhibitions and artistic performances. Visit Washington DC has great information on all things arts and culture.
  5. Fall Fashion and DC Fashion Week. Who doesn’t love leather skirts, warm colored wrap dresses, scarves, and boots? Well, I don’t care who doesn’t love those things, because I do. It’s been hot since May, so temperate fall weather is alright with me. If you have a thing for fashion, like I do, you may be interested in D.C. Fashion Week  (September 21-25). The week-long event features tons of vendors, designer exhibitions, and of course runway events.  Go to the DC Fashion Week website to reserve your tickets.

What do you love about fall? Share your favorite happenings in your city!