Find details on autumnal events like the National Book Festival in our just-launched Fall Guide. (Megan Buerger/The Washington Post)

Depressing stuff, for sure, but the Going Out Guide’s just-launched Fall Guide offers plenty of reasons to perk up:

The return of the NFL; terrific golf weather; day trips to Virginia wine country; distillery tours; the Maryland Seafood Festival; numerous county fairs; the National Book Festival; the first-place Washington Nationals; rooftop bars you can spend an evening on without sweating through your shirt; Bruce Springsteen.

And that’s just September. Fall offers pleasures unattainable during the summer swelter, and we’re here to catalogue them; if autumn in the D.C. area had homepage, this would be it. Bookmark it and check back often as we keep track of the season’s best bets.