The Best County Fairs in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC in 2019

Posted by Bryan Zupan on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 8:04pm.

 The Best County Fairs in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

With the summer of 2019 arriving, there are plenty of county fairs happening in the DMV. If you're looking to take the family out for a fun day at an amusement part and enjoy the rides, carnival games, music, and other forms of live entertainment, check out the SIG Real Estate team's list of the best fairs in Maryland, Virginia, and the D.C. area. If you happened to be in the market to buy or sell a home in the DMV, get in touch with us and we'd be happy to help. Learn about our experience and how we serve our real estate clients.

Fairs in Washington, D.C.

17th Street Festival

Date: August 24th, 2019

Location: Along 17th Street in NW in Dupont Circle

While the traditional county-style fairs are generally lacking within the city of Washington D.C., there are a few fairs that offer many similar attractions for kids. This annual event not only has many different tents for restaurants and art retailers to show off their food and crafts, but it also features a kids' zone that includes a pet area and moon bounce.

DC State Fair

Dates and Location: To be announced (generally in late summer or early fall). Visit their website for updates.

This fun fair showcases art and agriculture, with a variety of contests for both kids and adults.

County Fairs in Maryland

Allegany County Fair 

Dates: July 13-20, 2019

Location: Allegany County Fairgrounds (11490 Moss Ave., Cumberland, MD)

This fair features rides and musical performances by Tracy Lawrence and LANCO. Concert tickets start at $23 for Tracy Lawrence and $33 for LANCO.

Charles County Fair

Dates: Sept. 12-15

Location: Charles County Fairgrounds (8400 Fairground Road, La Plata)

You can expect old-fashioned fun like pig races, antique tractor displays, lawnmower racing and a carnival full of rides. Fun for kids includes clowns, a farm and a "driving" school.

Great Frederick Fair

Dates: Sept. 13-21

Location: Frederick Fairgrounds (797 East Patrick St., Frederick)

The Great Frederick Fair has hosted landscaping competitions, cake auctions, garden and farm demos and more. Explore agricultural exhibits, meet up with farm animals and watch antique car and carriage parades.

Howard County Fair

Dates: Aug. 3-10

Location: Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship)

The Howard County Fair will feature family-friendly fun, horse and pony shows, a magic show, square dancing demo and baked goods auction. Rock, oldies and Motown bands will play in the evenings. 

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair 

Dates: Aug. 9-17

Location: Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds (501 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD)

This fair includes plenty of rides, fried food, and agricultural exhibits featuring everything from cows to goats, plus arts and crafts.

Prince George's County Fair

Dates: Sept. 5-8

Location: Show Place Arena (14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro)

Enjoy the carnival rides, compete for best jam in the county and pet farm animals at the Prince George's County Fair. 

Washington County Fair

Dates: July 13-20 

Location: Washington County Agricultural Education Center (7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro) 

The Washington County Fair hosts a carnival, bull riding, truck and tractor pulls and more. You'll also find live music, demolition derby and plenty more fun.


Arlington County Fair

Dates: Aug. 14-18 

Location: Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 2nd St. S., Arlington) 

Enjoy the rides, marvel at some of the arts and crafts, and eat some classic fair food at the Arlington County Fair.

Fairfax County 4H Fair and Carnival

Dates: Aug. 2-5

Location: Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon)

Carnival rides, live entertainment, tractor pulls and farm animals await you at the Fairfax County 4H Fair and Carnival, held on the grounds of the quaint and charming Frying Pan Farm Park.

Loudoun County Fair

Dates: July 23-28

Location: Loudoun County Fairground (17758 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg)

Try out goat yoga, catch a hypnosis show or watermelon eating contest, play a few rounds of chicken poop bingo and more.

Prince William County Fair

Dates: Aug. 9-17

Location: Prince William County Fairgrounds (10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas)

The Prince William County Fair bills itself as Virginia's largest. Enjoy all-day wine tastings, mechanical bull rides, Power Wheels Derby and a three-ring circus.

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