Cross fingers that the forecast holds out, because it’s predicting a glorious weekend ahead! It’ll be perfect for enjoying the many special events taking place outdoors. And don’t forget to check the list of the best places in the DC area to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors with the kids for even more ideas. Of course, you can head inside, too, with a few suggestions below and even more here. Happy Weekend!
Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
The annual H Street Festival on northeast DC’s thriving corridor has lots to celebrate this year — the completion of the streetscape project, the opening of many new businesses along the corridor, and the survival of the businesses that have been part of the community for years. The event will feature live entertainment on five stages, including a kids stage; art exhibits; street parades; food trucks; crafts for sale by local vendors; fashion shows; dancin’ in the street; and kids’ activities, including face painting, story telling, and moon bounces.
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Various by festival
Fall may not have officially begun, but seasonal festivals are on at several area farms, welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.
Where: Revel’s Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission:$17/ages 16 and up, $8/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under
Take a day trip back to medieval times at Renn Fest. Besides the amazing variety of entertainment — jousting matches, cheeky comedy shows, fire eaters and sword swallowers, juggling acts, Celtic music, and much more — walking among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in puffy shirts in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead is an interesting little jaunt back in time that any age can enjoy. Check out this post for a glimpse of what’s there and tips on making the most of your experience.
Free Film Shorts
Where: The Atlas and The Angelika
When: Saturday & Sunday, various times
For the second weekend in a row, the 9th annual DC Shorts Film Festival, the largest short film event on the East Coast, presents a showcase of family-friendly mini flicks. Screenings are at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 12pm, and at the Angelika Film Center on Saturday and Sunday at 12pm & 2pm both days. Most appropriate for kids ages 8 and up, eight featured shorts explore a variety of themes that the audience will enjoy. Read descriptions and see previews of the films here.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Family Day
Where: SERC Headquarters in Edgewater, Md
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free (boat rides are $5)
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center at their fall Science on the Bay Family Day this Saturday. There will be all kinds of activities for both kids and adults – research labs, crabbing, crafts, boat rides, and more! Space is limited, and registration is required, so go here now to sign up!
Storytime in Alexandria
Where: T.C. Williams High School
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Kids can get excited about reading at the 3rd Annual Alexandria Storybook Festival! Hosted by Wright to Read and Hooray for Books, the event will include readings by several popular children’s author, as well as book signings and opportunities to talk to them about reading and writing.
Plan for Apple Pie
Where: Area farms and orchards
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Enjoy one of fall’s most anticipated traditions: apple picking! There are plenty of area orchards and farms that offer pick-your-own opportunities, and the selection is good at many of them now. See this post to find out where you can reap the fruits.
Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day
Where: National Museum of American History
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Bring the whole family to the Smithsonian’s fun-filled kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy music and dance performances by local Central American artists, hands-on arts-and-crafts activities, food demonstrations, video interviews by the Hirshhorn’s ArtLab+ teen videographers, and much more.
Where: National Zoo
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Zoo! The annual event will include animal demos, Hispanic and Latino music and foods, costumed dancers, and crafts for sale. Note that while admission to the event is free, if you drive and park in the Zoo lot, be prepared to pay – $16 for the first three hour, $22 beyond that. Curb the cost by taking Metro or looking for street parking nearby. Parking is free for FONZ members.
Honey, it’s Harvest Time
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators as the Patuxent Research Refuge hosts the Maryland Honey Harvest Festival. Guests can enjoy arts& crafts, honey tastings, candle-making demos, environmental tram tours and much more — all for free! The event will be held at the Refuge’s National Wildlife Visitor Center.
A Century of Women in Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
The museum on the Mall is celebrating National Aerospace Week with a family event that recognizes the women who have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Meet women who are today’s role models and learn about the historical women who have inspired them through storytelling, arts & crafts, and more.
Where: Bull Run Park Special Event Center
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Celebrate Korean culture at the 10th annual KORUS Fetsival. Music and dance performances, arts & crafts, food, and a Kids Zone with games, moon bounce, arts activities, and a roving naturalist. Hours are 4pm-10pm on Friday, and 11am -10pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Westfield Annapolis
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Join Bean of the Spout channel’s The Super Sproutlet Show as he hosts a day a family fun at the mall. There will be interactive educational activities and special live performances by Sportacus and Stephanie from LazyTown (12pm, 2pm, & 4pm) as well as meet and greets with the characters. Kids can also enjoy more activities like face painting, photo booth fun, arts & crafts, prizes, giveaways, and more!
Where: Lane Manor Park
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Take the family to celebrate the rich heritage of the area’s Hispanic communities. Enjoy carnival games, crafts to make, music, entertainment, delicious ethnic food, displays/exhibitors, crafts for sale, face painting, pony rides, and much more. Bring a chair or a blanket to hang out on and enjoy the day.
Where: Olde Town
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
The Maryland city is hosting it’s 31st annual festival with a day full of family fun and entertainment, including a performance by The Smithereens; a Kids Zone with all kinds of activities and games; cultural performances in the Global Zone, eco exhibits in the Green Zone, and a Microbrew Beer Garden for adults.
Portrait Story Days: Francis Scott Key
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812.