On Sept. 23, Southwest DC hosts the DC State Fair at the Waterfront Station. Enjoy this ninth annual free event. Included are the contests that crown the city’s best growers, crafters, and cooks; performances from local musicians and dance troupes; and food, arts and crafts vendors. Contest entries for 2018 already open include the popular Best Bud, Honey, Wine, and Fiber Arts categories. New this year: Best Salsa, Best Biscuit and Best Cookie. Visit dcstatefair.org/contests.