Washington, D.C.

Harvest Festival

Past Event

Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival!

Enjoy hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Photograph by Laura Ressler

Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival, DC’s official Food Day celebration and part of the National Geographic Museum’s FOOD: Our Global Kitchen exhibition.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Admission to see the exhibitions at the National Geographic Museum are not included in the free Harvest Festival. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long wait times on the day-of. Purchase timed tickets here.

Watch, Listen & Learn

    • Food Network chef Ellie Krieger will be whipping up a salad and other healthy treats during cooking demonstrations.

    • Groove to an interactive performance featuring the super hero vegetables of Super Sprowtz.

    • Kids can cook together with Arcadia.

    • Smithsonian Fellow Rebecca Sullivan will show you how to cook what grandma used to make with “Granny Skills” demonstrations such as canning and pickling.

    • Take part in healthy cooking demonstrations in the FOOD exhibit’s test kitchen with DC Greens


    • Indulge in Nicecream Factory‘s liquid nitrogen ice cream that is handcrafted right before your eyes.

    • Try samples of Sweetgreen‘s delicious salads.

    • Test different apple flavors and varieties with Arcadia.

    • The Rodale Institute will offer tastings to experience differences between local honeys.

    • Taste test Zenful Bite‘s delicious raw kale salad recipe.


    • Build a bug using tasty local, fresh, and seasonal produce with FRESHFARM markets.

    • Paint and color original food artwork with artist and illustrator Marcella Kriebel.

    First Bites will show you how to use cookie cutters to create your own uniquely shaped snacks.

    • Combine ingredients to create your own Tiny Chefs fall trail mix.


    • Run a relay race that demonstrates the path that food takes from kitchen, to car, to hunger fighting nonprofit with Food Recovery Network.

    • Learn how to use up those kitchen scraps and make stock better than the store bought brands with Nourish Schools.

    • Conduct the DC Healthcorps experiment using white bread, wheat bread, and sandpaper to discover the differences between these sandwich staples.

    • Name that fruit or veggie game to win a prize from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

    • Play nutrition-themed games from University of District of Columbia including guess the sugar content, portion distortion, and create a plate.

    • Spin the wheel for prizes and learn more about cooking at home with ScratchDC.

The FOOD: Our Global Kitchen exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org).

Get Directions

  • Photo: Our Global Kitchen
    FOOD: Our Global Kitchen
    ExhibitsThursday, October 16, 2014 – Sunday, February 22, 2015Washington, D.C.

    In the exhibition Food: Our Global Kitchen, explore the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating, the exhibition illuminates the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world.

  • Spinosaurus
    Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
    ExhibitsFriday, September 12, 2014 – Sunday, April 12, 2015Washington, D.C.

    Meet the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth in the world premiere of the Spinosaurus exhibition.

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  • Food Day
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