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PYOP: Pick Your Own Produce at These Local Farms

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The pick-your-own produce season starts with strawberries in the spring, then continues with more delicious fruits and veggies in the summer and fall. Heading out to the farm to do some picking is among my favorite seasonal activities with the kids. It’s a nice break from the urban bustle and a great chance to show them that food doesn’t magically appear on a plate or shelf at Trader Joe’s. Even better, the enjoyment continues with a basketful of fresh produce at home. The time is ripe for planning your own PYOP outing. Here are some great places around the area to reap some of the best treats of spring, summer, and fall. Happy Picking!

Shlagel Farms
Less than 20 miles from DC in Waldorf, MD, Shlagel Farms is one of the more popular pick-your-own strawberry places in the area, their season always beginning before other area farms, and because that’s the only PYO they offer. The fields are expected to open around May 1 and should yield berries until early June. While there, you can also purchase bedded plants grown in their greenhouse, romp on the playground, and treat the kids (and yourself) to ice cream. You can also pick up something up to cook for dinner — Shlagel also offers farm raised beef, pork, and chicken! Shlagel’s is open for PYO from 8am – 6pm seven days a week. Follow them on Facebook to stay updated on their pickings.

Westmoreland Berry Farm
The farm in Virginia’s historic Northern Neck kicks off their PYO season in their strawberry fields in May, welcoming visitors daily. Come June, the rest of the berries (black, blue, rasp, and cherries) will become ready for picking, and peaches, nectarines, and plums won’t be far behind (see their approximate schedule here). Along with PYO, there are goats to visit and play areas for kids. Picking hours are Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm. (Update: Now open!)

Great Country Farms
At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Great Country offers much more than just pick-your-own opportunities. The farm is well known for its big seasonal festivals and fun farm-themed attractions. A hayride takes you out to the picking fields, and kids might spy an emu or goat on the way. Visitors also have access to the barnyard, mazes, a cow train, and jumping pillow. Their u-pick strawberry fields will open in mid-late May, and you can get updates on them via Facebook and Twitter. Asparagus is available at the same time, and more berries, plums, tomatoes, okra, green beans, and hot peppers will follow in late spring and summer. The weekends of May 25-27 and June 1-2 are the annual Strawberry Jubilee with live music, pie eating contests, tart tosses, tasty food, and more. Babies 9-12 months can compete in the diaper derby, a crawl to the finish line, to compete for great prizes. Admission to Great Country is $8/child $10/adult on weekdays, and $10/child $12/adult on festival weekends. Open daily 9am- 6pm. (Update: PYO strawberries has begun!)

Wegmeyer Farms
With three locations in Northern Virginia, Wegmeyer offers varying strawberry picking experiences as the settings differ at each. PYO at a historic homestead in Hamilton, then set up lunch at a picnic table (BYO) and let the kids play on a John Deere tractor slide and playground. At Oatlands, the patch and era-themed attire at the historic mansion will whisk you back to the 1800’s, and while visiting the patch is free, you can purchase tour passes for the garden and/or mansion. And at Gilbert’s Corner, enjoy strawberry picking in its most natural state; the no-fuss location is perfect for a simple outing. The PYO season will begin at all three locations in May. Check the website for updates, hours, and directions. (Update: Gilbert Corner & Oatlands fields now open!)

Mackintosh Fruit Farm
The family-owned farm in the Shenandoah Valley will open to the public in late May (check the website or call for an update) with access to their strawberry fields, then blueberries, peaches, brambles, apples, and paw paw. Plan on lunch while you’re there — along with fruits and veggies, the farm also offers a variety of menu items prepared fresh every day from their own produce. Walk it all off afterward along a trail that winds through the fields and woods of the farm and let the kids play it off on the playground. This year’s hours have yet to be confirmed, but last year they were open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am – 6pm, plus Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.

Larriland Farm
About an hour’s drive from DC in Howard County, Larriland Farms always gets great reviews for both it’s produce and beauty. The pick-your-own season is expected to start with strawberries in late May/early June this year, and they’ll have the full spectrum of berries following soon after, just about every variety of peaches, and loads of veggies available from June – October, too. (See the list and view schedules on the website.) Larriland employs Integrated Pest Management, meaning pesticides are a last resort, to keep pests below an acceptable level with minimum harmful impact on the environment. Summer hours are Tuesdays 9am – 8pm, Wednesday to Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm.

Butler’s Orchard
The farm might be best known for it’s Halloween and Easter extravaganzas, but they have a bounty of great crops, too. Strawberry fields will be open to visitors everyday, expecting to start in late May. Following soon after are more berries and sugar snap and English peas. Potatoes, apples, and pumpkins come later. The Farm Park with the giant slides, a nature trail, and our farm animals can be enjoyed along with the PYO ops. And Bunnyland is still open April 27-28! Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30am – 6pm. Admission is $3. Stay updated on their status by following on Facebook and Twitter.

Hollin Farms
Across the river in Fauquier County, VA, Hollin Farms strawberry picking season will begin in late May and will last several weeks. Hours are 9am – 4pm Wednesday through Sunday, and they recommend calling ahead to confirm that picking fields are open. But, wait, the PYO doesn’t stop with strawberries! Other spring crops that you’re welcome to gather include lettuce, peas, arugula, bok choy, radishes, Swiss chard. Come summer, peaches, plums, blackberries, red raspberries, sour cherries, and summer veggies are available. Fall brings apples, home-grown Pumpkin Patch, fall vegetables, potatoes, and dig-your-own peanuts. And a special P.S. to meat lovers: they pride themselves on their grass-fed beef.

Green Truck Farm/Hartland Farm
Green Truck and Hartland Farms are located out I-66 less than an hour from DC (Green Truck is situated at the entrance to Hartland). Their strawberries will be ready for picking in May. The rest of their PYO offerings run the berry gamut along with tomatoes, winter squash, and pumpkins. And at Hartland, you can get berries, then peaches, apples, and pumpkins later in the year.

Homestead Farm
Homestead no longer grows strawberries, so their PYO season will begin a little later than other area farms. The first crop will be tart cherries in June, and other berries will be ripe and ready soon after. Peaches, apples, and pumpkins come later. Along with PYO, there are animals to visit (goats, pigs, and chickens), and watching the goats clamber along the goat-walk is always a trip for kids. Homestead also scores high on scenery — the lovely pastoral setting in Montgomery County makes you feel like you’re way more than 20 miles from the city. When open, the farm operates seven days a week, and PYO hours are 9am – 5pm. You can sign up to receive weekly updates by email to stay up to date on their crops.

Waters Orchard
This Gaitherburg, MD, locale is a great place for apple picking come late summer and fall. The varieties are plentiful, and the scenery is lovely. After parking, it’s a 5-10 minute walk to the orchard. Last time we visited, there was a little tent set up where staff offered apple tastings and info about the apples and orchard. Hours are Fridays 12-5pm, and Saturdays & Sundays, 9am – 5pm. Pick-your-own pricing is by the peck — $15/half peck, $22/peck, $38/bushel and that includes entry fee for two. It’s $5/guest after that.

Do you have a favorite PYO farm that you don’t see here? Feel free to share in the comments, if so!

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 26-27

Hit a Rock Creek trail to celebrate 125 years of the park

Hit a Rock Creek trail to celebrate 125 years of the park



Space exploration, seasonal celebrations, museums for free, live entertainment, animal adoptions, an air show, and all kinds of other fun can be on your family’s agenda. Happy Weekend!

Take the Fall
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Autumn has arrived and there are tons of ways to celebrate the season, from city streets to country farms. The annual Barracks Row Fall Festival is back on 8th Street SE on Saturday, Ren Fest gets medieval every weekend through October, Great Country Farm’s Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival begins, and many more farms are welcoming visitors for all kinds of autumn-inspired fun. Get details on all of them in the guide to fall festivals around area.

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Where: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Experience firsthand how NASA conceives, designs, builds, and tests the spacecraft that explore our world, our solar system, and our universe. Goddard is opening its gates to the public for a day-long festival of science, engineering, and fun that will feature hands-on activities for every age, hosted by the people who are doing some of the most cutting edge Earth and space science. Highlights include the Chamber of Horrors integration and testing facility, Hubble Space Telescope control facilities, and one of the largest clean rooms in the world, where the NASA Webb Telescope is being developed to look back to the origins of our universe.

Museum Day Live
Where: Various museums
When: Saturday
Admission: FREE

There are some museums in the DC area that actually charge admission. But on Saturday, Smithsonian Magazine is hosting its annual Museum Day Live!, when those that require us to open our wallets to visit are free. Take advantage at the Newseum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Koshland Science Museum, National Building Museum, Kreeger Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, and many more fantastic museums in the area. You do have to register and bring a ticket (that is good for admission for two people), but it’s all complimentary!

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Caps for Sale, the world premiere musical at Adventure Theatre (look for a ticket deal)
* Let little ones discover their inner superhero at the InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING
* When She Had Wings just opened on the Imagination Stage
* City Kids Theatre’s The Story Thief and the Princess of Dreams is on stage in Georgetown
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Old MacDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure
* Illstyle and Peace Production’s The History of Hip Hop is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* It’s a Tot Rock Fest at Jammin’ Java on Saturday

Dinner and a Movie
Where: Monroe Street Market
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Enjoy “Dinner and a Movie” at Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in Brookland. Participating restaurants will feature special promotions, while a free outdoor movie is shown beginning at dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair. Tonight, all guests will receive a free bag of popcorn as watch a screening of Rio.

Innovation Festival
Where: National Museum of American History
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join the American History Museum for a festival the whole family can enjoy and celebrate the accomplishments of American inventors and the spirit of innovation! Exhibits, talks, and demonstrations will showcase ingenuity at the Smithsonian and across America. Discover inventions and meet the people who design and create them. Learn how America’s intellectual-property system has driven innovation. This will all take place in the new Innovation Wing.

Be a Junior Botanist
Where: U.S. Botanic Garden
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Adventure abounds at the as you discover all the talents needed to become a Junior Botanist. Between hands-on activities, engaging discussions with USBG staff and volunteers, and tasty cooking demos, be sure to ponder plants with root expert Dr. Jerry Glover. Then, check out a backpack and try to become an actual Junior Botanist!

Worldwide Day of Play
Where: THEARC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

As Nickelodeon celebrates kids and all the ways they play on Saturday, the National Children’s Museum is partnering with THEARC to host a day of play and activities for children and families. The NCM’s Museum On the Move will bring its Imagination Playground™ to encourage collaborative play and building using the oversized blue foam blocks. And students from the I CAN Internship program at THEARC will lead other activities to round out the programming for the day.

Pet-a-Palooza
Where: The Kinsbury Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free to attend & $20/adult, $15/child to walk

Dogs and their people are invited to the Washington Humane Society’s annual DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza. Participants can walk a mile to raise awareness and much needed funding for WHS and /or join Pet-A-Palooza, a festival of games, contests, and activities for kids, adults, and dogs. Adopt Force One, the WHS mobile adoption vehicle, will be onsite with adoptable animals looking to find their forever homes. Prizes for Top Fundraising Team and Top Individual Fundraiser will be awarded at the event. The Kingsbury Center is located at 5000 14th Street, NW, near the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Northwest DC.

Road to the Puppy Bowl
Where: lululemon Logan Circle
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Animal Planet’s all-star adoption event is here to help animals of all sizes, shapes, and breeds find their forever homes — for half-price. Those hoping to add a playful pup or a furry feline to their home can join Animal Planet and Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) at the lululemon athletica Logan Circle for a fun-filled event with photo ops, giveaways, and overly adorable animals. The best part, half of adoptions fees will be covered!

Music School Open House
Where: Bach to Rock – Bristow, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

America’s music school for students of all ages is opening a new Virginia location in Bristow on Monday, and to celebrate the grand opening, B2R is hosting an open house on Saturday. The community is invited to tour the school, learn about individual lessons and group classes, check out the recording studio, meet the teachers, and more. The new B2R is located at 9070 Devlin Road, Suite 100.

Make Scape 2015
Where: Open Works
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission:

Celebrate and discover Baltimore’s Maker Community at the First Annual MakeScape! Enjoy demos, food, crafts, and activities for kids, and more. You can also take a tour of the future home of Open Works, Baltimore’s new creative incubator and safe place open to all to learn, make, and innovate…no matter age, education, income, race, neighborhood or social class. Open works is located at 1400 Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore.

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

The 6th 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. Go here for directions and parking instructions.

Happy Birthday, Rock Creek
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate 125 years of Rock Creek Park, the oldest natural urban park in the National Park System. All kind of activities – hikes, workshops, pony rides, wall climbing, skating, poetry readings, yoga, and more – will be offered throughout the day. And it will all culminate with cake. Go here for a schedule of events.

Turkish Festival
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 12th-14th St.
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

You’ll be whirling like a dervish from all there is to enjoy at the 13th Annual Turkish Festival on Sunday. Watch Turkish dance and stage performances, enjoy a Turkish coffee and tea and have and find out your destiny from the ever-popular Turkish fortune-tellers who read fortunes from coffee grinds, and sample Turkish cuisine from local restaurants. Shop an authentic Turkish bazaar featuring 25 vendors showcasing everything from Turkish jewelry to clothing to home accessories. And a “Kid’s Tent” will provide an interactive introduction to Turkey with hands-on activities for children of all ages.

Walking Town DC
Where: Various DC neighborhoods
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission Free

Put on your walking shoes for a free guided stroll in the city! WalkingTown DC features outdoor walking tours of DC’s most interesting locations and neighborhoods through September 27. The tours take place outside, rain or shine, and many include a restroom break. Just about all of the tours are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible and take place at varying times throughout the day. See the schedule for details and to sign up.

Then & Wow!
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This family festival is the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual celebration of the Park’s revitalization and recalling of its history. The event features kiddie rides and arcade games, as well as videos and an exhibition on the Park’s past. Other activities include carousel rides, face painting, vintage cars, and magic shows. Admission to the park is free, but rides and some activities require tickets.

Fall Arts Festival
Where: Workhouse Arts Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Over 100 of the nation’s best artists will exhibit their original fine art and unique fine crafts at the Workhouse Arts Center. The two-day outdoor event will feature work by artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region, showcasing paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, hand crafted furniture and much more. Local gourmet food vendors and food trucks, local beer and wine for purchase, live music, and a children’s craft tent and activities will also be part of the festivities.

Nats vs. Phillies
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Phillies as they wind down the season. Catch an evening game on Friday or afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. And be sure to check out this post on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Crafty Bastards
Where: Union Market
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $5

Shop for unique wares at The Washington City Paper’s annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair. The market will include more than 170 talented vendors, local food truck fare, and a selection of craft brews at the New Belgium Beer Garden. The carefully-selected roster of independent artisans will be selling everything from jewelery and clothing to handbags and accessories to housewares and stuff for kids.

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 19-20

The delightful Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, where ArtsFest is on this weekend

The delightful Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, where ArtsFest is on this weekend



Say farewell to summer and welcome fall with an amazing selection of possibilities for family fun. Seriously, this weekend is jam-packed with ubercool things to do. Happy Weekend!

The Big Build
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Any kid (or adult, for that matter) with an interest in building and construction will dig the National Building Museum’s big annual event celebrating all things, well, building. The Great Hall will be full of different stations where guests of all ages aren’t just welcome, but encouraged, to try their hands at all kinds of construction and design techniques. There will opportunities to build a brick wall, explore construction vehicles, carve stone, build a log cabin, imagine a sculpture of plumbing pipes, create a hardware wind chime, and so much more. And it’s all totally free!

ARTSFest
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6/adult, free for ages 11 and under

Head out to Solomons, MD, for an art-filled experience at a magical place! The 22nd Annual ArtsFest is a family fun weekend of fine art shopping, children’s activities, live music, delicious food & drink, wine & beer, and more – all set amidst the lovely trees and artwork of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. Browse and shop more than 160 artist booths throughout gardens and in the arts building. Enjoy entertainment from more than 25 musicians — jazz, rock, folk, blues, and country – and strolling performers. Kids will love activities in the Discovery Tent and Zany Zone, plus creative free-play in the gorgeous Fairy Lolly, the Studio School, and the Children’s Garden. There’s something for everyone at this anniversary celebration of the visual, performing, and creative arts. For more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden, see this KFDC post.

Fallin’
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

As summer officially comes to a close, you can celebrate the new season and then some at one of many festivals happening this weekend, from city streets to country farms. The popular H Street Festival is on Saturday (see below), Ren Fest gets medieval every weekend through October, and more farms are opening to welcome visitors for all kinds of autumn-inspired fun. Get details on all of them in this guide to fall festivals around area.

Up in the Air
Where: Andrews Air Force Base
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

See thrilling action in the sky and on the ground at the 2015 Joint Service Open House and Air Show. Thunderbirds, Trojan Horsemen, the F-22 Demo Team, and the Jelly Belly plane are among the featured performers — a full schedule and more info is available on the Air Show website. Unauthorized vehicles are not permitted on Andrews Air Force Base, but shuttle buses from the FedEx Field parking lot and Branch Avenue Metro will provide free transportation.

Colonial Market Fair
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $17/adult, $9/child, free for ages 5 and under

At George Washington’s old digs, they re-create a lively early-American marketplace with demonstrations, crafts and entertainment. More than forty juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares, while two stages of family entertainment delight audiences with 18th-century amusements. Try your hand at 18th century cricket — demonstrations and cricket games will be played throughout the weekend. General Washington will preside many festivities. And fair fare will be available from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant concession stands.

J.A.M 5th Element
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium
When: Friday & Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $20/online, $25/at door

Watch a showcase of Washington-area performers celebrate the two-year anniversary of J.A.M Revuw, an exciting song and dance revue in DC. This year they’ll pay tribute to some of the hottest songs from across the years that are “J.A.M.med” into one show-stopping production.

Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

The annual festival on northeast DC’s thriving corridor is always a big one. If you don’t mind crowds, there is a lot to see and do. The event features loads of live entertainment, including a kids stage; art exhibits; 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. This year, check out “Mobilizing the Community,” a fantastic art installation of 50 mobiles being unveiled at 12:30pm the Atlas Performing Arts Center (which many local elementary school classes contributed to, including Owen’s). I recommend taking public transportation there, as parking is guaranteed to be difficult.

Game on!
Where: Koshland Science Museum
When: Saturday,11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

It’s game on at the Koshland Science Museum! Bring the whole family for a free community event highlighting local games and their developers. Play STEM/ STEAM-themed games like Brain Garden, Immune Defense, and That Rock Paper Scissor Game; hear talks from the people who created them; and win prizes.

Teddy Bear Clinic
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Children can bring their favorite stuffed friends and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. Recommended for children in PreK – 2nd grade, this family program is free and open to the public. For more about the museum, see this past KFDC post.

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Dulles Plane Pull
Where: Dulles Airport
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Airplane tug o’ war, anyone? This annual event is Special Olympics Virginia’s “heaviest” fundraiser, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus 12 feet the fastest. And the public is invited to watch it all go down. Along with the tug o’ airplane, there will be live music, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, business exhibits, and children’s games and entertainment. Gates open at 10:30am. Go here for directions and parking information.

Dragons, Tacos and Crafts – Oh My!
Where: Room and Board
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Bring your family for a morning of fun inspired by the bestselling children’s book, Dragons Love Tacos. Kids of all ages will love the live storytelling and dragon-and-taco-themed crafts and activities. Come hungry and enjoy the Taqueria Nacional taco bar and discover how to create an imaginative space for children using American-made furnishings. Readings will be at 10:30am & 11:30am. RSVP here.

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Caps for Sale, the world premiere musical at Adventure Theatre (look for a ticket deal)
* Let little ones discover their inner superhero at the InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING
* City Kids Theatre is debuting The Story Thief and the Princess of Dreams in Georgetown
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And really little ones can enjoy a Tiny Tots Sing-a-long at the Glen Echo venue
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure
* Micheal Shwedick – Reptile World is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Join a Baby Loves Disco dance part at Jammin’ Java on Saturday

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Florida Marlins as they wind down the season. Catch an evening game on Friday or afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. And be sure to check out this post on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Colonial Spinning & Dyeing
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission:

Help the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family card, spin, and dye wool for knitting. Learn the differences between wool processing and flax from the working farm staff in character and costume. This fun and educational event is great for families and small groups.

King Street Art Festival
Where: Old Town Alexandria
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The 13th Annual King Street Art Festival on Saturday, September 19, continues across Union Street with live music, special programming, and more than 100 artists’ work available for purchase at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. See work being created in the makerspace, follow the trail of bubbles and spot the Torpedo Bike­ riding along the waterfront, dance along with the Flashback party band, and more. Also, the annual Ice Cream Bowl will be back. Purchase one of 1,000+ hand-made bowls created by the talented and prolific artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy local artisan ice cream from Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria – all for only $15 per bowl! Proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s Ceramics department.

Walk This Town
Where: Various DC neighborhood
When: Throughout the weekend (and week)
Admission Free

Put on your walking shoes for a free guided stroll in the city! WalkingTown DC features outdoor walking tours of DC’s most interesting locations and neighborhoods September 19-27. The tours take place outside, rain or shine, and many include a restroom break. Just about all of the tours are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible and take place at varying times throughout the day. See the schedule for details and to sign up.

Fall into Fall
Where: Tudor House
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:15am
Admission: $5/child, free for adults

Experience the 200-year history of Tudor House with your favorite little one as they read, sing, and play in the garden. Children will participate in an interactive read-aloud, learn songs and related movements, and make a craft to take home, all geared to understanding and delighting in the season’s change. Recommended for ages 2- 4. Tickets available here.

ZooFiesta
Where: National Zoo
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at ZooFiesta. See animal demonstrations and learn about animals native to Latin America, such as golden lion tamarins, sloths, Andean bears, and anteaters. Meet Zoo experts and learn how they are working to save these species and more. Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, educational activities highlighting conservation research in Central and South America, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar. Bring the whole familia!

Takoma Park Folk Fest
Where: Takoma Park Middle School
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Folk music and performances from around the world will be on six stages at the annual Takoma Park Folk Festival. The Grassy Nook Stage will offer activities for children — folksinging, musical games and dancing, storytelling, and more. And a crafts show and sale will showcase the works of local artisans. Pack snacks or purchase food from vendors there. Rain or shine.

Yoga Reggae Festival
Where: Gateway DC East
When: Saturday
Admission: $40/adult, $15/student, $1/child

This all-day, family-friendly music and wellness festival is a fusion of live reggae and yoga that aims to bring health, relaxation and the art of peaceful living to urban areas like Southeast D.C.
Enjoy music from Grammy-nominated band “Third World” and local performers from the D.C. community, plus health food and craft vendors, wellness workshops, and premier yoga and fitness instructors.

Silver Spring Maker Faire
Where: Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring Civic Building
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Robots, interactive art, flying machines, and so much to do and see! KID Museum, the new children’s museum serving the DC-Metro is hosting Maker Faire Silver Spring on Sunday. Featuring family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds, the Maker Faires demonstrate creative and unusual projects and pursuits that encourage attendees to explore their own curiosity and to make something new and different. Is event will also feature two performance stages as well as interactive activities for children and adults of all ages.

Food Truck Fest
Where: Cheverly Community Center
When: Sunday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free, but be ready to buy food!

Fill up on food and fun at the 2nd Annual Cheverly Food Truck Festival. Lot of food trucks, kid friendly activities, a beer and wine tent, and live music will be among the enjoyment and entertainment. Kids can get amazing balloon creations for free, face painting and tattoos for just a couple of bucks, and more. Feed the fam and have a blast!

Cavalcade of Streetcars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $7/ages 18 and up, $5/ages 2-17

Hop on for a day of fun! Along with the museum’s array of exhibits, enjoy trolley rides on several of the cars from the museum’s collection. This event only happens a few times a year so take advantage while you can!

A Dynamite Celebration
Where: Dynamite Gymnastics Center
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Dynamite Gymnastics and Agility Centers are having a 6th birthday celebration, and you’re invited to join them for family-centered activities, including tumbling and trampoline, parkour, music, food trucks, crafts, and raffles, and more. Wear your gym clothes for demos and sample classes. Festivities will take place indoors and out. Bring cash to buy tickets to indoor events — approximately $5 per activity — and enjoy the street fair atmosphere and outdoor fun. Open gym welcomes ages 18 months to 18 years, sample classes 3 years to adults.

Back (in Time) to School
Where: Mountain Gap Schoolhouse
When: Sunday, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15
Admission: $20/family or car

See how different school was in an earlier era as Oatlands Historic House and Gardens opens the Mountain Gap Schoolhouse during their School’s in Session Open House Days! The curriculum includes a guide dressed in period “schoolmarm” clothing, a lesson in the history of the school and a one-room schoolhouse education, a sample of typical 19th-century school day with lessons in the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.

Savor the Day
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
When: Daily, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a perfect balance of kid and grown-up fun at the Dickerson, MD, locale. Sugarloaf welcomes children to join adults at the winery and even has a designated Play Area where all ages can kick balls, throw Frisbees, and be active. Bring along a picnic, listen to live music, and maybe do some hiking nearby. And be sure to savor the house specialty, of course — I highly recommend the rosé!

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 11-13

The Kogod Courtyard, one of the prettiest indoor spots in the city

The Kogod Courtyard, one of the prettiest indoor spots in the city


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You can eke out the last bit of summer or start focusing on fall (or both!) with this round-up of special events and activities. Taking place indoors and out, in the heart of the city to farms miles beyond, there’s fun to suit all interests — and seasons. Happy Weekend!

Last Concert on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

It’s the final Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert of the season, and they’re closing it out with a country performance by Sara Gray. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early with their picnic dinners, blankets, and take out meals from Capitol Riverfront restaurants to enjoy a free evening of music!

Free For All Festival
Where: Sidney Harman Hall
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Get an insider’s look at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s home and access to artists who work behind the scenes to create their stage productions. The free, family-friendly event will include backstage tours, special performances, open theatre classes, demonstrations of stage effects and more.


Fall Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the lovely Kogod Courtyard to celebrate the season with a day of fun activities, like scavenger hunts, craft making, live performances, a cake walk and face painting. Kick up your heels to lively Americana folk music as you enjoy the dazzling footwork of the RockCandy Cloggers!

Celebrate from City Streets Country Farms
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Fall may not have officially started but seasonal festivals are ON at several area farms, in Columbia Heights, on 17th Street NE, even at a 16th century village in Maryland (huzzah, Ren Fest!), and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.

DC State Fair
Where: Old City Farm & Guild
When: Saturday, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

Apparently, being an actual state isn’t a requirement to have a state fair! This agricultural, culinary, and artistic showcase of the District will be a celebratory day, full of competitions and other fun and educational activities for all ages. Festivities include contests of all kinds – photography, knitting, kids art and poetry, pickling, pies, ice cream, jams, and more. Get a taste of it all, plus do some browsing among the vendors, at the Old City Farm & Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW.

Maryland Seafood Festival
Where: Sandy Point State Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free for ages 12 and 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 this 48th annual seafood fest. Even better, it all takes place on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Indian Festival
Where: Riverbend Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $5

Members of several Native American tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac River to share and celebrate their culture. See dance performances and dug-out canoe demos. Try throwing a spear, shooting a bow, and building a canoe. Shop for pottery, jewelry, and dreamcatchers. Enjoy food from a Rappahannock Tribe member, plus other lunch and snack items. All at the beautiful setting along the Potomac!

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Be among the first audiences to see Caps for Sale, the world premiere musical at Adventure Theatre
* Let little ones discover their inner superhero at the InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING
* See the Spirit of America come alive at a free show at the DC Armory
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure
* AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse are playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday
* Catch an outdoor show at Oatlands as Stage Coach Theatre presents Puss in Boots

Family Day at Abe’s
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage is back! You’re invited to the festivities on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at this fourth annual event. All ages can enjoy live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! Register online here.

Women in Aviation & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Air & Space Museum for family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program, women have been making significant contributions. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

Family Community Festival
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

With a theme of Celebrating Cultural Diversity, the museum welcomes the public to their annual festival for live music, food vendors, and art activities. Make Japanese kites, Mexican paper flowers, Venetian ball masks, Indian Henna painting, and more. Enjoy African storytelling and civil war re-enactments. It’s a fun day for the entire family with activities taking place both outside on the grassy picnic area and inside the museum.

Fall Class Sampler
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9:45am – 12:45pm
Admission: Free

Sample Imagination Stage’s line-up of fall classes – on them! Sample classes are about 20 minutes in length, and give students and families a taste of the Imagination Stage classroom setting. They have exciting offerings for ages 12 months to grade 5. So, try a class and get into YOUR Imagination Stage. This is not a drop-off event; children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Register in advance here.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Where: Gateway Park
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Head across the Key Bridge from the city for this free annual music festival. Enjoy six hours of music, fun, and drinks, plus special activities for kids and fashion trucks. See the website for the line-up of bands and details on parking.

Children’s Art Talk & Tour
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday, 10:15am
Admission: $5

Young art lovers can get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart, and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. Children take part in an educational guided tour of the current exhibit followed by a hands-on art activity. Accompanying adults have no charge.

Fall into Fun Fair
Where: Rockville Sportsplex
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

This interactive fair features custom designed booths filled with the hottest fall activities, where families of kids ages 0-18 can try everything — theatre, art, music, language, science, & much more. Plus, you can groove to the HOT sounds of DJ “A Squad”; get FREE silly photos from Click & Flick Photo Booth; and be entered into giveaways for incredible prizes including swim/splash parties, science parties, private cheer, music, dance lessons, and much more! Admission is free, but registration is required.

Kreeger Museum Open House
Where: Kreeger Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate art, music, and nature with the Kreeger Museum! Live music, art activities, stories for children, a drum circle, and more creative pursuits will be part of the days events. Enjoy concession from food trucks and beer from local breweries. Rain or sine.

Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and freshly picked apples. Celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of Rinkers freshly pressed cider — the best in the Valley! Of course, the farm’s five-acre play area will be open for fun and amusement, too!

All Aboard Kensington
Where: Kensington Armory/Town Hall
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child or $10/family

All Aboard Kensington is on track to enthuse and entertain at this family friendly event. Model trains will chug along model railroads. Special guest performances include Dixie Land Express Band on Saturday from 11am-1pm and Matthew Dodd (railroad songs and stories) on Sunday from 1-4pm. This all benefits the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation and the Kensington Historical Society.

Pawpaw Festival
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: $5

It’s time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside Nature Center will celebrate the delightful native fruit with music, storytelling, crafts, games, face painters, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and, most importantly, a pawpaw tasting station with fruits and trees for purchase for those who want to bring some home.

Back (in Time) to School
Where: Mountain Gap Schoolhouse
When: Sunday, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, and 4:15pm
Admission: $20/family or car

See how different school was in an earlier era as Oatlands Historic House and Gardens opens the Mountain Gap Schoolhouse during their School’s in Session Open House Days! The curriculum includes a guide dressed in period “schoolmarm” clothing, a lesson in the the history of the school and a one-room schoolhouse education, a sample of typical 19th-century school day with lessons in the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.


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