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The Weekend Round-Up: October 15-17

 

A Halloween scene in the city

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Links to loads of ongoing activities around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Bike Rides
* On the Water
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This time of year is always a scream with all gobs of ways to get the Halloween party started early. From mini train rides through the woods to haunted tours to festivals inspired by the holiday, details on where the tricks and treats are happening can be found in this annual post.

Drive-In “Spooky” Movie Night
Where: DC Party Box | Rockville, MD
When: Friday & Saturday evenings
Admission: $15/adult, $10/13 & under

Enjoy Spooktacular theater at this drive-in, featuring an LED screen, FM broadcasting, and spooky surprises. In the movie line-up this weekend:  Young Frankenstein, Casper, and The Addams Family on Friday and Spooky Buddies, Frankenweenie, and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed on Saturday.   A Family Movie Bundle is available that includes 2 adult tickets, 2 child tickets, popcorn, drinks, and priority parking. Reserve in advance online, one reservation per car.

60th Anniversary Celebration
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole fam to celebrate 60 years of beloved Frying Pan Farm Park! Take tours of the farm, watch a tractor parade, pose for fun photo ops, enjoy farm demonstrations, and lots more. Concessions will be available for purchase from food trucks on site.

A Half-Century Celebration
Where: Potomac Overlook Regional Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Potomac Overlook Regional Park is turning 50 and the public is invited to help celebrate! Drop in to explore the garden, meet live animals, learn how you can support our park and get involved, and more. This event is free for all, and no reservations are required. Please leave pets at home. Read more about Potomac Overlook Park here.

Art Safari
Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

An Alexandria tradition for more than a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for an in-person day of activities for kids and families. Join fellow lovers of art and learning for outdoor Waterfront art activities and select projects in the Grand Hall of the building. Great for kids ages 5+, younger children may need some extra help, but will still have a lot of fun! Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status. RSVPs strongly suggested.

Tough Mudder Kids
Where: Mechanicsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $25 (look for discount)

Kids can compete in youth-sized version of the Tough Mudder race! The Mini Mudder is recommended for ages 5-7, with participants tackling a 1/2-mile course, working together as a team to get through 10 obstacles to earn their headband. The Mighty Mudder is recommended for ages 8-12, brings the best of the full sized course to life, featuring 15 of the world’s best obstacles, including kid-friendly versions of racer favorites, spread over a one-mile course. It’s as close to the real things as it gets for kids!

Capital Art & Craft Festival
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10/advance, $12/at door, free/12 & under
Think early holiday shopping! This showcase of artisry and craftsmanship will feature art in more than a dozen mediums — jewelry, paintings, prints, glass, leather, photography, pottery, wearable art, and wood, and more.  For safety, aisles are wider and masks required.  Visit the website for more details!

Loudoun County Fall Farm Tour
Where: Farms around Loudoun County, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The 28th annual Loudoun Fall Farm Tour showcases more than two dozen locations that offer everything from pumpkin patches to alpacas to flowers to vineyards to farmers markets. All of the locations provide an educational component for visitors as well.  Among them, Hope Flower Farm will be inviting guests to wander through the blooming dahlia fields, picnic, and take photos on their lovely 25 acre farm. Visit the website for a map of the locations and more info on each one.

Fall for Festival Season
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, say “huzzah!” to Ren Fest, and so much more. There are activities galore to help you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Djembe Drumming at the Museum
Where: Kreeger Museum | Foxhall/Palisades, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $20

Add some percussion to a museum outing! The Kreeger Museum is hosting a djembe drumming session on Saturday morning — join teaching artist Manny Arciniega for a drum circle exploring the foundations of rhythm. Of course, make time to explore the collections, too. Both kids and adults will be delighted by the art! Read more about the Kreeger Museum in this KFDC post.

Model Trains + Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Fall is coming and it is time to go to the Historic Vienna Train Station and Museum where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends, on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose. Masks are required for all visitors age 2 and up regardless of vaccination status.

Pumpkins & Pours
Where: West Grove Urban Park | Chevy Chase, MD
When: Saturday, 4-8pm
Admission: Free

There’s something for the kids and adults at this event! Local craft beer, pumpkins, pizza, and more will be part of the festivities at this event to in the fall and Halloween spirit. Join for drinks from 7 Locks Brewing, delicious food from Flame and Cones Food Truck, and while you’re at it, grab a free pumpkin from Maynes Tree Farm and get decorating. Lawn games and picnic seating will also be available to make an afternoon and evening of it. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole fam!

Luchadora!
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: $20.50
See Adventure Theatre’s production about a teen tomboy who trains to become a wrestler with the help of a magic mask maker. This production will take place outdoors in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn (BYO blanket!).

Hadestown
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through October 28
Tickets: $45-175 (look for a discount)

Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Intertwining two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today…and always. Recommended for age 8+.

The Madness of Poe
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: Through October 31
Tickets: $20-60

Join Syentic back in the theater for an evening Edgar Allan Poe’s classic stories envisioned as a kaleidoscopic tapestry of terror. It’s dark and dramatic and highly entertaining with Synetic’s signature physical theatre keeping the audience rapt. Recommended for teen ages and up.

Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Where: Watson Adventures Online
When: Saturday, 6-7pm
Admission: $19 (tickets here)

Grab your magic wands for a wizarding adventure that takes you to museums across America in search of art that echoes characters, places, and magical objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies, all without leaving your home. You’ll track down slithering serpents, Hagrid-like giants and eerie figures as scary as any Dementor. This hunt references the books and provides a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Read about the IRL version of the scavenger hunt here. (And, FYI, we’ve also done Watson Adventures’ online games and have had a blast!)

Milo the Magnificent
Where: Highland Elementary | Wheaton, MD
WhenL Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

Wheaton Family Theatre Series is back live and in-person this weekend with a puppetry performance by Alex and Olmsted! Milo the Magnificent is a highly engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician. This wordless comedy, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers, is as highly physical as it is charming. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned. For this event, everyone over 12 years old must show proof of vaccination or proof of negative Covid test results within 72 hours to enter. Masks are required for everyone age 3 and up.

Baysox Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Landover, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $5-15

Join the Bowie Baysox at Prince George’s Stadium for a Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch. Select a pumpkin from the patch on the outfield at the ballpark and enjoy more activities. Kids can ride on the carousel, jump in the bounce house, play carnival-style, and more. Halloween costumes are encouraged for all! This event will have two time slots: #1 is 11am – 1pm, and #2 is 2-4pm.

Jake Blount – All Ages Music Show
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: $15-20

The Kennedy Center touts this as a show for all ages with banjo, fiddle and song. DC native Jake Blount is a specialist in the folk traditions of Black and indigenous Americans — his blues and bluegrass music is called a feel-good, awe-inspiring musical experience.

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures.

Think Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like there will be great weather at least part of the weekend, so plan to get outside. There’s no shortage of places and activities around the area for adventures in the great outdoors. This round-up has tons of ideas for al fresco fun. Some specific recs for now:  Hike at Huntley Meadows, enjoy a paddling adventure on the Potomac, see animals at Oxon Hill Farm, wander around Dumbarton Oaks, hang out and play at Hains Point.

The Inside Scoop
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

If weather or other circumstances has you seeking fun indoors, there are plenty of options.  This post has info  on what’s open when, along with links for more about places and Covid policies. Some specific recs for this weekend:  Explore the Postal Museum, burn some energy at the St. James, visit the recently reopened National Children’s Museum, check out Life of a Neuron at ARTECHOUSE, get an art fix at the National Gallery of Art.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Local author JoAnn Hill just shared Five Spooky & Mysterious Sites & Stories to Explore Around DC this Halloween Season.
* The Air & Space Museum ‘s annual Air & Scare Halloween event at the Udvar-Hazy Center will take place outdoors this year. Get details and sign up here (and do it soon, time slots are filling up).
* Tom Sietsema’s restaurant picks for this fall.
* We love the retro mini fridge we got for our new basement.
* Hat and mask in one (and so many cute colors)!
* Can’t wait to watch this documentary.
* He makes a good point.
Go read the latest Humans of NY series. (Have tissues handy.)

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 8-10

Only a couple of weekends left to experience the magic of Ren Fest!

 


 

Happy Weekend!

Quick clicks for all kinds of ongoing activities:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Bike Rides
* On the Water
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Fall Festing
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, say “huzzah!” to Ren Fest, and so much more. There are activities galore to you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Back to the Yards
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the end of summer + the new school year at Back to The Yards! Yards Park will blast to the past for one night only as it transforms into a nostalgic 80s dance party, complete with throwback tunes and activities. Learn groovy moves with breakdancers, join a neon retro dance party, enter a Rubik’s cube competition, create slap bracelets, and more. Glowing giveaways and an LED light up piano will make this a party for the ages! Admission is free and kids of all ages are welcome to attend.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Halloween may not be for a few more weeks, but you can get the party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

Night at the Corn Maze
Where: Legacy Farms | Waldorf, MD
When: Friday, 8-10pm
Admission: $8

Spend an evening on the farm! All of your favorite activities — pumpkin patching, petting zoo visits, and corn maze adventures — on the farm will be available, but to be enjoyed IN THE DARK! Bring your own flashlights and glowsticks (or buy the at the door) to experience the corn maze in the most unique way!

The Inside Scoop
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

The weather may have you seeking out fun indoors, and there are plenty of options.  This post has info  on what’s open when along with links for more about places and Covid policies.

We Are All Connected Arts Opening Festival
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10:45am
Admission: Free

Beloved children’s author and artist Mo Willems will be back at the Kennedy Center to create a large-scale public art playscape, essentially a giant mural, on the REACH Plaza with invited community members — and the public is welcome to watch.  There will also be art making, live music, family-friendly activities, and food and drinks available at Victura Park. It’s all free, but register online in advance.

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures.

“Eye Spy” Halloween Trains
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Parks | Bethesda & Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $6
Hop on board the Halloween Trains! All ages can take a ride through “Trainslyvania” on Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and the Wheaton Miniature Train. Purchase tickets in advance online to guarantee a ride, as only a limited amount are available onsite. Plan on more play at the parks — see more about Cabin John here and Wheaton here.

Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $28/age 16+, $13/age 7-15, free/6 & under

There are only a couple of weekends left to enjoy merriment galore at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite annual events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. Huzzah!

Down in the Reeds
Where: Parks at Walter Reed Army Hospital | Brightwood, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: $10

The day-long fall celebration and music festival brings together a mosaic of entertainment and activations reflective of DC’s cultural diversity and in celebration of the healing power of music. Enjoy a variety of music, family activities, food trucks, and much more. Visit the website for the complete schedule of events and their Covid policies.

Festival de Rio Anacostia
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park | Bladensburg, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free
The annual and bilingual environmental celebration of the Anacostia River is back! There will be fun activities for the whole family. Learn about the river and enjoy boat tours, fishing, tree planting, more. Follow the link for the event day schedule. Read more about Bladensburg Waterfront Park here.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a great time to roam the many gardens in the area as the changing leaves start to brighten up the summer green. Stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks. Explore, play, and see a variety of plant collections at the National Arboretum. Enjoy the sprawling grounds of Brookside Gardens.  Wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt. Venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden. Or relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery. You can bring along a picnic to most of these places (not at Dumbarton) and make it a whole day’s outing.

Life of a Neuron
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $24/adult, $17/age 4-15, free/under 4

Art meets science in this new exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, taking us on an artistic journey inside the brain. Trippy, captivating scenes swirl around the walls and floors, and side galleries have some interactive elements. Read more about it in this recent review.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks in Fairfax, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Learn what happens in Nature at Night at Riverbend Park. Gather around the Insect Symphony Campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Saturday evening. Learn how to fish at Lake Accotink Park on Sunday.. Get more details on these activities and see what else is going on here.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Where: West Elm & Woodmont | Downtown Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Bethesda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District will transform into a massive outdoor art gallery featuring ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, painting, photography, sculpture, and more creative works from artists around the counrty. It all takes place outdoors, and there are lots of dining options right there, too! Kids are welcome, so bring the whole fam to browse, then go grab bite to eat!

McLean Pet Fest
Where: McLean Central Park | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s a “purrfect” event for local pet owners and their beloved animals. Learn valuable information and get tips on pet products and services.There will also be tons of fun activities like a dog agility course, pet trick demos, a petting zoo, a caricature artist, giveaways, food trucks, and even a Pooch Parade. Bring your leashed pets to show off their best costumes!

Books in Bloom Festival
Where: Color Burst Park | Columbia, MD
When: Sunday
Admission: Free

From readings and panel discussions to poetry walls and pop-up bookstores, Books in Bloom has become a celebrated tradition in Downtown Columbia and the ultimate expression of the arts and culture the community reveres. They are back to an outdoor, in-person format this year, which includes moderated discussion and family-friendly activities across three stages. See the schedule here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* In case you missed it, there’s a new post about Westmoreland State Park, where I stopped to fossil hunt and discovered a great destination for a day trip or camping adventure.
* Looking forward to seeing this show that opens next week!
* Just saw that CertifiKid has a deal on a stay in Williamsburg, VA! It’s a great trip to do with kids — read about one of our experiences here.
* Washingtonian’s round-up of 50 New and Anticipated Restaurants Opening Around DC this Fall & Winter
* Need help organizing and purging some of the stuff that you’ve accumulated, while preserving all the stories behind it? Artifcts is a great, unique online service to help with that!
* Speaking of organizing, I had a weird space to fill in our new basement, and found these that can be stacked or arranged in various configurations.
* This and these always make for easy, go-to Halloween decor.
* Promising news of the week.
* 43 Most Haunted Places in the World That are Beautifully Scary
* Latest Netflix binge: Maid.
* Frog and Toad are doing their best.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 1-3

This weekend is the last chance to see “In America: Remember” on the Mall

 

Happy Weekend!

Links to loads of mainstay activities around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Bike Rides
* On the Water
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Fall Festing
Where: Around the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. This guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get the Halloween party started early with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit throughout October. This post has details on where all the tricks and treats are happening.

Critical Distance
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
The Natural History Museum just launched a new, free augmented-reality experience emphasizing the intrinsic connection between people, orcas, and the ocean. Critical Distance immerses visitors in a holographic orca pod and allows them to witness this endangered species’ daily obstacles. To complement the experience, museum educators created hands-on activities that help visitors learn more about southern resident orcas’ family structure, conservation and biology.

Bon Jour, Georgetown!
Where: Book Hill Neighborhood | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday/Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The Georgetown French Market returns to the Book Hill neighborhood for the 18th year with its signature European open air market and featuring more than 25 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, and galleries. But it’s not all about the shopping; there will also be roaming  mimes, a caricature artist, live music, and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. Visit the website to see the schedule of events and list of participating shops.

In America: Remember
Where: 14th St. & Constitution Ave. | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s the last weekend to see In America: Remember, the art installation/memorial on the National Mall  that honors all Americans who have died from COVID-19 with a small, white flag planted for every life lost. Nearly  700,000 are blanketing the grounds of the Mall next to the Washington Monument; there were just over 650,000 when it opened two weeks ago. The public is welcome to walk among the flags… it’s a powerful, heartbreaking sight to see.

Rosslyn Cinema: Remember the Titans
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Friday, 5-9:30pm
Admission: Free

Every Friday in October, enjoy an outdoor movie experience complete with local food trucks and a beer, wine, and sangria bar. The movie starts around 7pm. Space on the grass is first come, first serve.

Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10-12/adult $8-10/child, free/2 & under

Great Country’s fall fest begins this weekend! Thrills for little people (okay, us grown-ups, too) include P-Rex, the pumpkin eating dinosaur; Oinkintucky Derby pig races; a cow train; wagon rides to pick pumpkins; five mazes; big slides; rope swings; tractor rides; and even more fun in the country. Find a future jack o’ lantern in the pumpkin patch, one of the largest u-pick patches in the area. See all of the many activities here.

Open Streets DC
Where: Georgia Avenue, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser for Open Streets DC along Georgia Avenue NW. Nearly three miles of the street will be closed to motor-vehicle traffic, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate,  scoot, shop, talk, hop, dance, jump, stretch,
and have fun along and in the roadway and enjoy a wide range of activities for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Enjoy programmed classes and demonstrations, drum circles, double dutch, traffic gardens, and outdoor dining and retail, too!

Frederick’s Oktoberfest
Where: Great Frederick Fairgrounds, MD
When:  Saturday
Admission: $8/21+, $5/ages 4-20, free for 3 and under

The Frederick Fairgrounds once again will be transformed into a German village where dancing, live music, children’s events, bratwurst, Oktoberfest bier, German wines, and much more will make for a fun time for all ages. Especially for kids: face painting, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, and musical entertainment.

Get Merry at Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $28/age 16+, $13/age 7-15, free/6 & under

There are only a few weekends left to enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too.Huzzah!

Dinosaur Park Open House
Where: Dinosaur Park | Laurel, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Discover an ancient world right in Prince George’s County! On the first and third Saturdays of every month, Dinosaur Park in Laurel welcomes the public to their interpretive programs.. Paleontologists and educators will display fossils, casts, and models of Astrodon johnstoni, Maryland’s state dinosaur, along with other 112 million-year-old creatures found there.

Luchadora!
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $20.50
The discovery of a worn pink wrestling mask prompts Nana Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother, to share her tale about growing up in 1960s Texas. As her tale unfolds, Lupita’s life as a teen tomboy comes alive — bike riding with her friends Leopold and Liesl, working at her father’s flower stand and lucha libre. When a World Championship match is announced, Lupita anticipates seeing it until she discovers her ailing father is one of the wrestlers. With the help of a magical mask maker, Lupita secretly trains to take her father’s place. She soon finds it difficult keeping her secret from her friends and, most importantly, her father. This production will take place outdoors in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn (BYO blanket!).

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

This link is listed at the top, but reiterating because it’s such a great time of year to get on the trail — enjoy the season and some active fun! See the very beginning of fall foliage, tramp in places with scenic views, hike explore history at interesting locales, and savor family time outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good places to walk in the woods with kids.

Nats vs. Red Sox
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Red Sox all weekend, and there are some extras to enjoy along with the baseball action. Friday night’s game will be followed by firework, and there is a giveaway beanie for adult fans on Saturday. It’s the last series of the season, so if you haven’t been to a game in 2021, it’s your final chance to go!

Oktoberfest
Where: The Wharf, Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

It’s that time of year—put on your dirndl or lederhosen, grab your Dachshund, and head to The Wharf to celebrate Oktoberfest – including the return of the Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash! Join us from for a day of German-inspired food and fun. Watch the speediest Dachshunds in DC race for fame and fortune on the District Pier track, Visit participating restaurants for German inspired fare, and enjoy music from DJ Oktoberfest.

PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and store fronts of local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Enjoy a variety of music styles from over 60 bands playing on porches, patios, and stoops in the neighborhood. Music maps are usually available at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW on Porchfest Day. RSVP if you’re planning on going!

Oktoberfest: Battle of the Polka Bands
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Break out your lederhosen and dirndls and head to The Boro to celebrate Oktoberfest featuring a Battle of the Polka Bands! This unique, family-friendly fete will feature a battle of the bands-style competition where traditional and modern polka groups will go head-to-head to be crowned the fan favorite! Guests of all ages are invited to take part in even more themed activities, like photo booths, craft stations, and a variety of outdoor games located all around the park.

Art on the Avenue
Where:Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Numerous artists — jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians — will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival — there will be crafts especially for young festival-goers to enjoy and take home. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.

Annual Family Day + Concert, 10th Anniversary-Style
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

The Hill Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an afternoon of merriment, music, and magic.  At 2:30pm Turley the Magician will dazzle children of all ages with his conjuring feats and sleight of hand. Then  King Bullfrog takes the stage at 4pm for a concert of high-energy original folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children and grownups alike dancing.  Festivtiies also include horse and wagon rides, balloon animals, face painting, crafts, and more fun!

Turkish Festival
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC, is bringing Aegean Türkiye to the District. Join them on District Pier for the free Turkish Festival with a theme this year of Turkaegean, meaning Coast of Happiness. The free event will include live music, folk dancing performances, fortune telling, cultural events and more. Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisines and shop Turkish ceramic bowls, carpets, and other cultural items from local vendors.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Ave. to Carroll St. | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, kids activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 40th annual festival. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping — vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 bands playing all day.

MPAartfest 2021
Where: McLean Central Park | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
McLean Central Park will transform into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of juried artists from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The FREE event features contemporary art, live music throughout the day, a Children’s Art Walk, food vendors, and much more!

Life of a Neuron
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $24/adult, $17/age 4-15, free/under 4

Art meets science in this new exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, taking us on an artistic journey inside the brain. Trippy, captivating scenes swirl around the walls and floors, and side galleries have some interactive elements. Read more about it in this just-posted review.

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures — view it here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The wonderful annual Kids Euro Fest is returning with two Family Days that require advance registration!
* In case you missed it, there’s a new post about a new-ish indoor play space with recs for at-home toys inspired by the fun there.
* Primary always has such cute, comfy clothes for kids — and you can get 20% off your first order with code AFF20PCT!
* Currently reading and really enjoying Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography.
* After Squid Game, I needed something easy and funny to watch. The Other Two on HBO Max is coming through in spades!
* Haven’t listened yet, but I’m intrigued.
* This one’s for all the Gex X ladies.😂

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 24-26

Go with the flow on local waterways

 

Quick links for activities galore around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Bike Rides
* On the Water
* Swim Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Fall, Y’all
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall has officially begun! And while it may not feel like it weather-wise, events around the area are celebrating the season’s arrival. Fall festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. A few are listed here, and you can get details on the rest of them in the guide to autumn celebrations around the area.

Celebrate Alma Thomas
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free
Join  the National Gallery of Art for an on-site community celebration honoring pioneering artist Alma Thomas — their first big (Covid-safe!) event since reopening. Enjoy art experiences and activities, plus extra goodies like giveaways and discounts. NGA community events have always been fun and interesting for all ages, and this one is sure to be, too!

Art All Night – Capitol Hill
Where: Various Locations | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday – Saturday
Admission: Free

Celebrates the visual and performing arts around one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods! Public and private spaces along the Eastern Market Main Street corridor and the Hill will transform into pop-up galleries and performance venues for an evening of art in its many forms. Check out exhibits and demos, groove at a silent disco, enjoy live performances, and more! See the website for the full schedule. (Note: You can find info about Art All Night in more DC neighborhood here.)

Life of a Neuron
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $24/adult, $17/age 4-15, free/under 4

Art meets science in this new exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, taking us on an artistic journey inside the brain. Trippy, captivating scenes swirl around the walls and floors, and side galleries have some interactive elements. Read more about it in this just-posted review.

Art Open House
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 4:30-8pm
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn will be open late to celebrate the opening day of their sprawling new exhibition. Laurie Anderson: The Weather is a sensory adventure created by Grammy-winning multimedia artist Laurie Anderson. Succumb to the power of Salute, a hallway of red flags that wave ominously in unison. Immerse in Four Talks, an environment hand-painted by Anderson with four sculptures, including a robotic talking parrot and a shaking shelf. And there’s much more! Masks required.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks everywhere
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

National parks are going fee-free to celebrate National Public Lands Day, so there’s no cost to visit those that usually charge admission. Take advantage and hit the trail at ShenandoahPrince William ForestGreat FallsHarpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Row, row, row your boat or kayak or canoe! Paddle season is still flowing on, and weather this weekend will be perfect to enjoy some time out on the water . Boating in DC has several locations in the District and a few NoVa Parks offer it, too. This post about places to go with the flow has more details.

Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival
Where: Germantown, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $12-17/weekends 

Enjoy a country outing and join Butler’s in celebrating the harvest with traditional autumn activities. An area favorite, kids love jumping in the hayloft, heading out on hayrides, the tube slide, a rubber ducky derby, animal petting area, pony rides, pumpkin picking, corn maze, face painting, and much more. Some activities and food cost extra. Purchase there or bring along a picnic, but be sure to treat the kids – and yourself – to a yummy caramel apple!

Grand Reopening Family Festival
Where: MLK Library | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened its doors last September, but for obvi reasons they had to wait to celebrate it. They finally can, and all are welcome to an all-ages Grand Reopening Family Festival. The outdoor event will be full of fun activities, exciting performances by artists like go-go band Bela Dona, games for children, opportunities to connect with organizations from around the District, the 2nd Annual Know Your Power Teen Arts Festival, great author talks and interviews, food trucks and more! See the website for the day’s schedule and more specifics.

Leesburg Airshow
Where: Leesburg Executive Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, classic cars, and a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them.

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Admission: $77/adult, $38.50/age 8-17, free/7 & under

The celebration of biking in DC is back! The closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through the District gives bicyclists ages 3 and up the opportunity to pedal past some of the capital’s most iconic sites with the city’s two-wheelin’ community. End up at a Finish Festival by the U.S. Capitol with beats, eats, and fun activities for all ages. BYO ride or rent bikes on-site for only $12, thanks to a partnership with Unlimited Biking — they can pick-up and drop-off their bike at the event finish line for a seamless experience, and youth pricing is available for young riders.

Milling Demonstration
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Peirce Mill is open again and hosting milling demonstrations on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month through October. Stop in to see the corn grinding demos, and while you’re there, explore more on a Family Scavenger Hunt!  It’s also a great place to begin a Rock Creek Park hike. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

UpCycled Craft Fair
Where: UpCycle CRC | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Join UpCycle Creative Reuse Center for its first ever UpCycled Craft Fair and Pop-Up Shop! Featuring over 20 local crafters and artisans, as well as a unique selection of items from the UpCycle shop (5380 Eisenhower Ave. Suite A).

Savor the Bay
Where: Sandy Point State Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free/12 & under

How about a day filled with delicious seafood, live entertainment, kids activities, food demos and competitions, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, contests? You can enjoy all that and more at the 55th annual Maryland Seafood Festival. Even better, it all takes place on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay. (Note that crabs cost extra — $35/half dozen)

Free Theatre in the Park
Where: Central Place Plaza | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free
Join Synetic Theatre for a free pop-up performance of their family theater classic The Miraculous Magical Balloon — this week it will be performed as pat of Rosslyn Reads!  Expressed through body and facial masks, pantomime illusions, and dazzling choreography, it tells a story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk, full of toys, tricks, and surprises. This show is beloved by audiences of all ages.

Celebrate Petworth
Where: 800 block of Upshur St. NW | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

This free neighborhood festival is organized by and for the residents of Petworth, but all are welcome to enjoy. Celebrating the creativity, diversity, culture, and people of Petworth and its surrounding neighborhoods, festivities include Petworth history storytelling, live music and performers, kids activities, tasty food, and a dog show. View the schedule here.

Family Movie Night: Sing
Where: The Lane | Ivy City, DC
When: Saturday, 6-9pm
Admission: $20/child, free for adults & members

Join The Lane for a special screening of Sing on Saturday evening. Hosted on the expansive roof deck, Family Movie Night includes unlimited popcorn (and popcorn clean-up), and is free for members. Snacks and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from the social club’s café, and blankets will be provided for families. Slots must be booked here. the cost for non-members is $20 per kid, adults are free

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $28

DC United is home this weekend with a match against FC Cincinnati on Saturday.  Parking can be tricky, so consider taking public transportation. Idea:  Take Metro to the Navy Yard and have a pre-game bite to eat then it’s an easy walk to the stadium.  El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Art All Night – Shaw
Where: Shaw neighborhood, DC
When: Saturday-Sunday, 7pm – 3am
Admission: Free

The Shaw neighborhood is celebrating it’s 10 Year Anniversary of bringing Art All Night to DC. Back and in-person, “Welcome Back!!” is the theme, and there will be DIY arts & crafts, paint parties, musical performances, and art installations, including live mural painting and Shaw’s annual Art Market. (Note: You can find info about Art All Night in more DC neighborhood here.)

Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Where: Mill Street in Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Plan for a day of family fun as the streets of Occoquan come to life with beautiful art, live music and great food! For the 50th year, the historic town will close its streets and host over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from across the US. Find one-of-a-kind, hand crafted items galore! Located just 20 minutes south of Washington, DC, but far from the hustle and bustle of a big city, exhibitors and shoppers alike will enjoy the small town oasis nestled along the Occoquan River.

Rosslyn Reads
Where: Central Place Plaza |Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Admission: Free
Score some great reads at this all-day book sale features over 10,000 gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records between $2 and $6. There will also be live music, a performance by Synetic Theater, an onsite bar hosted by Open Road, coupons to Assembly (Rosslyn’s new gourmet food hall), and a craft station (courtesy the of Arlington Public Libraries Book Truck).

Final Carousel Celebration
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free (unlimited carousel rides $5)

It’s your last chance to join the months-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Glen Echo Park‘s historic Dentzel carousel. Along with spins on the carousel, there will be hands-on arts & crafts for kids, performances, and more fun. It’ll all take place safely outdoors and in the open-air pavilions.

Final Weekend for Fashion + FUN
Where: Georgetown Park | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday, 5-9pm | Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: $28/adult, $19/age 4-15

Just a few days left to go  “Inside the Wardrobe” at this art installation/fashion funhouse in Georgetown. The 20,000 square foot space contains more than 20 exhibits/spaces, all them wildly creative, fashion-inspired, interactive, even kind of trippy.  You can try on paper doll cutouts, play with size in a fun house, get a close look at beautiful handiwork, take pics in whimsical and delightful settings, strut the catwalk, and much more. Read more about it and see some snaps from a visit there in this KFDC post!

Kick it with Spirit
Where: Segra Field | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

The Washington Spirit, our womens pro soccer team, is playing Kansas City on Sunday. Not that this match will take place at Segra Field in Leesburg. And the Spirit are doing a Food Drive to support the Capital Area Food Bank: Fans who donate four non-perishable food items will receive two free tickets for the Spirit vs. Racing Louisville FC match on October 9 at Audi Field!

Cantaré — MUCHA MÚSICA: A Musical Journey to Latin America
Where: Online | Wheaton Family Theatre Series
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The Wheaton Family Theatre Series is back! Cantaré, Latin American Music introduces audiences to the beautiful songs and rhythms of Latin America in an exciting interactive performance. Drawing from the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Cantaré performs songs in Spanish and Portuguese, while sharing the music’s cultural and historical background. Great for all ages!

Dear Evan Hansen
Where: Movie theaters around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

The movie version of the Broadway musical opens this weekend. It hasn’t gotten the best reviews, but I loved the stage production so much, I still plan on watching the film and wanted to include it here. The show first debuted at Arena Stage six years ago, and seeing it was one of the most moving musical theatre experiences I’ve had. It’s rated PG-13, and you can read my review of the musical for a little more insight.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Plan for ways to enjoy autumn in the DC area (that are not farm festivals), with these 10 ideas.
* Are you looking for a day care or early childhood education option? KinderCare has several centers around the DC area, including a recently reopened Watergate Campus.
* You can donate a book for a child in foster care through East City Bookshop’s Family & Youth Initiative Book Drive.
* Because I love everything Ted Lasso (and because it’s really good and thought provoking), this piece from WaPo’s On Parenting blog about teens watching the show is a great read. (My teen watches it!)
* Think these might be my go-to comfy winter shoes.
* Hehe, this made me giggle.

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