The best time to be a student at one of the language schools in Washington DC is fall. Fall in DC is beautiful! Fall is less humid and more comfortable with temperatures ranging from the high 70s in September to the high 50s in November. Everything from the autumnal colors to the temperatures makes it the ideal time to study English in DC.
For those students who are already living in the district and those who hope to be soon, here are some of the must-dos for fall in DC.
Spend Time in the National Arboretum
The U.S. National Arboretum is free to visit every day of the year except December 25th. Since an arboretum is basically a garden of trees, it is the ideal place to see all the different fall colors and snaps some gorgeous pics for Instagram.
Enjoy a Free Concert
During the fall, students should make a point to enjoy one of the free concerts hosted by The National Gallery of Art. These concerts make the perfect study break. You can get all the details by looking at the National Gallery of Art’s Concerts page.
Bike or Run Mt. Vernon Trail
Another wonderful way to enjoy the fall weather and fall foliage is to do something active outdoors. Make plans to bike or run Mt. Vernon Trail, which is 18 miles. It offers great views and a safe path for runners and cyclists.
Picnic by the Potomac River
After you have exercised, head to one of the grassy areas by the Potomac River and enjoy a picnic. Since fall offers the best weather in DC, it is the best season for eating outdoors. If a picnic sounds daunting, then head to The Wharf and enjoy eating on an outdoor patio. As the weather cools, try to enjoy a meal by an outdoor fireplace.
Honor the Veterans
Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th, 2019. This is an American holiday that honors those who have served in the American military forces. Since DC is the capital of the United States and home to the Arlington National Cemetery (the largest military cemetery in the US), students attend language schools in the US will have multiple opportunities to honor veterans, such as parades and commemorative events throughout DC.
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st; however, students should expect the spooky fun to begin long before then. In addition to Halloween parties, there are several Halloween-themed events around the district throughout the month of October. Likewise, students should take advantage of their time in DC by enjoying a free walking ghost tour hosted by DC by Foot.
Visit a Festival
Fall is a busy time around DC. With the beautiful weather, fall is the ideal time for outdoor festivals. While there are several outdoor festivals from September through November, here are some of our favorites:
- H-Street Festival– The annual H-Street Festival will be held on October 13th, 2019, on H-Street. This festival includes live music, performances, and tons of food.
- Taste of Georgetown– The annual Taste of Georgetown event will be held on September 23rd from 11 am – 4 pm in the Georgetown area. This is an annual food festival where guests buy a ticket and then get to sample food and beverages from a variety of Georgetown restaurants.
- DC State Fair– Located at Gateway DC on September 8th, 2019, from 11 am – 7 pm, the DC State Fair is a celebration of all things homegrown. There will be music, educational workshops, food, and even a pet parade!
All of these festivals are close to inlingua, making them the perfect festivals to attend where they can have fun and immerse themselves in the English language outside of the classroom.
Oktoberfest is a beer festival celebrated in Munich, Germany every year. However, the popular festival has spread to the States, where individuals celebrate German culture and beer. Throughout DC, students can participate in Oktoberfest celebrations, or they can make one of their own by enjoying a brew at a local brewery.
See the New Museum Exhibits
Another fun fall perk is the new museum exhibits arrive. Most museums around DC introduce their newest exhibits in the fall, which means students taking an English class in DC will be among the first to see the new exhibits. Since most of the Smithsonian museums in DC are free to visit, students can visit a new museum each weekend of the fall. Check out the Smithsonian Museum’s upcoming exhibits here.
Cheer on Your Favorite Sports Team
For many students, fall means sports. This is because several of the sports teams’ seasons overlap in the fall. For example, during the fall, it is possible to cheer on your favorite football team, hockey team, and basketball team. For those in DC, it means you don’t have to travel far to root for local favorites – the Washington Redskins, the Washington Capitals, and the Washington Wizards.
Eat a Giant Turkey Leg at the Renaissance Fair
As the temperatures drop and the colors change, it provides an opportunity for students to go back in time. DC-area students should make the trek to the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, which is taking place on weekends until October 21st, 2019. A renaissance festival is a journey to the renaissance period, so expect to see medieval attire, jousting, and giant turkey legs.
Embrace All Things Pumpkin Spice
Students who have traveled abroad to the United States to study English simply must try something pumpkin-spiced flavored. The pumpkin-spice craze is serious business in the US and is served as soon as summer ends and the peppermint-flavored Christmas season begins. It appears in everything from coffee to cupcakes to popcorn. For those students attending the Washington language school, inlingua, this will not be difficult since the school is conveniently located on the same floor as Central Coffee and Bar. Go ahead and embrace it.
Are you ready to enroll in inlingua’s English program this fall?