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In most cities around the country, summer is festival season. So it is in D.C., just… a little later in the summer. Sure, we’ve got the Funk Parade, Capital Pride, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and a smattering of others in June and July, but the bulk of D.C.’s best festivals don’t take place until late summer and early fall, when some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods celebrate their own cultural diversity out on the streets. To keep track of the many festivals—street fests, music fests, food fests, and more—in the coming months, consult our handy calendar. 17th Street Festival August 26th, 17th Street NW between P and R StreetsNow in its seventh year, the 17th Street Festival—taking place on 17th Street NW between P and R streets—has everything you’ve come to expect from a D.C. street fair: 100 vendors, more than 50 artists on display, live music and dancing, a moon bounce for kids, and even a pet zone. Adams Morgan DaySeptember 10, 18th Street NW Adams Morgan Day might not be as big as it used to be, but the grassroots spirit of D.C.’s oldest neighborhood festival is still very much intact. Sonic Circuits Festival September 15-17, Rhizome DCMusically, D.C. might best be known for introducing hardcore punk and go-go to the world, but it also has a vast and storied experimental music scene. Since 2001, the Sonic Circuits Festival has served as the mecca of D.C.’s experimental music scene, hosting some of the world’s most innovative and creative musicians along with those based right here in the city. H Street FestivalSeptember 16, H Street NEOver the years, the H Street Festival has evolved into D.C.’s largest neighborhood festival, attracting more than 150,000 people to 11 blocks in the H Street Corridor, with 14 staging areas. Food, drinks, music, arts, vendors—it has it all. Fiesta D.C. Parade and Festival September 16-17, Constitution Avenue NW between 7th and 14th streets (parade) and Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 7th streetsThe Fiesta D.C. Parade and Festival—the city’s annual celebration of Latino culture—is also one of the city’s oldest, taking place annually for more than four decades. Washington Turkish FestivalSeptember 24, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14th streetsSeptember is Turkish Heritage Month and, for the past 15 years, the city has celebrated with the Washington Turkish Festival—the largest annual celebration of all things Turkish in D.C. This year’s theme is Istanbul, so get ready to experience the tastes, sounds, and culture of Turkey’s most populous city. Takoma Park Street FestivalOctober 1, Carroll Avenue NWThis street festival fits with its neighborhood’s unique culture, with a number of local artists booths offering paintings, photos, silk-screening, pottery, stained glass, textiles, woodworking, ceramics, sculptures, and every type of artistic medium you can imagine. Oh, and there’ll be live music and lots of good food. Taste of DC 2017October 7-8, Festival Grounds at RFK StadiumThe annual Taste of DC festival isn’t just the largest culinary festival in the city, it’s the largest in the mid-Atlantic. Adjust your waistbands accordingly. All Things Go Fall ClassicOctober 6-8, Union MarketAs far as large-scale outdoor music festivals go, there aren’t many in D.C. So it’s kind of a big deal that All Things Go has been able to successfully host one for several years running. This year’s Fall Classic is its biggest one yet, expanding to three days with headliners like Young Thug, Foster the People, Vince Staples, The Knocks, and Saba.