About DC State Fair

The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the region’s agricultural, culinary and artistic talents. We strive to hold a creative, collaborative, innovative and sustainable event that is accessible and inviting to District residents and visitors alike.

The 2020 DC State Fair will be held September 12 and 13.

The 11th annual event will be at Gateway DC, an innovative and unique state-of-the-art park and pavilion in the heart of St. Elizabeths East Campus. Gateway DC is located at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032.

In 2020, our efforts to increase the sustainability of the Fair will focus on reducing waste, which benefits the environment and public health. 

Women participate in hula hoop contest
Elliot Williams / 2016

Contests, Education and Entertainment

Our contests for kids and adults highlight the agricultural, artistic, culinary and even athletic talents of the District of Columbia. Live music, demonstrations and educational workshops give everyone something to watch, hear and do at the Fair.

Pet Parade

Friendly pets on leashes, in cages, in tanks or in aquariums are invited to march in the DC State Fair Pet Parade and compete in pet-themed competitions.


Art and craft vendors, food and drink sellers, government agencies and nonprofit organizations are invited to rent space at our event.


Sponsors at all levels ensure the Fair’s success. If you are dedicated to homegrown heritage, become a sponsor today.


The first DC State Fair was held August 28, 2010. It was established by three food and garden bloggers to showcase the talents of the District and engage artistic, agricultural and culinary-minded residents in friendly competition. 

The DC State Fair has been held in different neighborhoods across the District. In 2010, the fair was held at the Columbia Heights Day festival. In 2011, it moved to Crafty Bastards in Adams Morgan. In 2012 and 2013, it was held at the Barracks Row Fall Festival. In 2014 and 2015, the Fair took place at Old City Farm and Guild and at NoMa Junction at Storey Park in 2016. Both the 2017 and 2018 Fairs were held at Waterfront Station in Southwest D.C. In 2019, the Fair moved to Southeast D.C. to Gateway DC on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus.

The DC State Fair is led by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is operated entirely by volunteers. Learn more about our Board of Directors or sign up to receive news and updates.

Images by Elliot Williams, Kat Pancratz and Cheryl MacLean/Capital Photography Center.

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