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The Weekend Round-Up: October 22-24

A Halloween scene at Washington Harbour in Georgetown

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to  fun with these posts full of inspo for things to do:
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

Scarea 51: Haunted Car Wash Experience
Where: Splash In ECO Car Wash | Clinton, MD
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 6-10pm
Admission: $29
“Scarea 51” is a Prince George’s County first! Haunted car washes are a trend coming out of the pandemic and are created to provide car owners and their families with a socially distanced haunted house experience — all while getting their car scary clean. Splash In’s custom-designed experience of surprising and startling moments is sure to deliver an evening of family-fun and spooky (splashy) scares. Splash In is located at 7509 Old Branch Avenue in Clinton, MD. (On a personal note, I am so intrigued by this and plan to go.  Will report back!)

Witchwartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15/age 2+

The wonderful Puppet Co. has reopened and is celebrating the season! Witch Wartsmith (the sister of Witch Wartsmith from their Legacy show Rapunzel,) hosts the annual Halloween Spooktacular and you get to vote on the winner! Part contemporary competition show, part vintage telethon, and part punpalooza, this spooky variety show will tickle your funny bone. Don’t miss this year’s performances, because some of the contestants change year to year!

Books & Beer Family Story Hour
Where: City-State Brewing Co.
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy food, bevies, and stories for the whole fam at City-State Brewing Co., the DC-centric brewery and taproom. This editor of the Books & Beer family story hour will feature Northern Virginia children’s book illustrator Zara González Huong celebrating her latest book, “Mi Casa is My Home.” Flights and pints of City-State beers will be available, as well as non-alcoholic beverages and free juice and snacks for kids. Signed books will be available for pre-order and purchase on-site — guests who pre-order a book will get $5 beers during the event.City-State Brewing is located at 705 Edgewood St. NE. This event is free but reservations are required!

Community Day & One Year Celebration
Where: Planet Word | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 10am
Admission: Free

It’s Planet Word’s first birthday! Help celebrate with a day full of the joy and wonder of words and language. It’s also a great opportunity to visit the museum (one of my newer faves) that usually requires a wait to go. Enjoy crosswords and crafts under the Speaking Willow. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Franklin School building. Join visiting linguists to learn about how animal sounds vary around the world, and marvel at the extraordinary engineering of our giant LED globe. Read more about the fantastic Planet Word in this KFDC post.

Family Bike Ride
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s a quick link to bike routes above, but this is a stronger recommendation to get out for a family ride — looks like weather will be great for it! And you’ve got your pick of good rides around the area. Take in the kinda-fall scenery, get some exercise, and have fun, all while easily social distancing. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The nice weather this weekend also makes it a great time to hit the trail on foot. Enjoy the cool temps, walk in places with scenic views, see the start of fall foliage, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids. Some specific recs for right now:  Riverbend to Great Falls, Rock Creek Park, Patapsco Valey State Park, Tukery Run Park, and Sky Meadows State Park.

Halloween in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Saturday, timed-entry
Admission: $5

Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, and more!  Timed-entry tickets and activities spread out across the park’s 30 acres will make this a fun and safe event.  More than 50 local businesses and organizations will be here handing out treats for the kids, plus there will be fun and games, a DJ dance party, food trucks, and lots of other festivities.  Masks are required for all guests over the age of 2 (more safety info here).  Read more about Annmarie here and here.

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

There are even more ways to get the Halloween party started early all around the area. See what else is happening this weekend and and coming up over the next week leading up to the day. This annual post has details on where to find the tricks and treats.

Dance Your Style Finals
Where: Howard Theatre | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free – $17.55

The world’s largest street dance competition Red Bull Dance Your Style will conclude its U.S. tour with the Red Bull Dance Your Style Washington D.C. National Final on Saturday, October 23rd at the historic Howard Theater. the nation’s top 16 street dancers will battle it out to claim the National Final Championship title. The audience will play judge, ultimately deciding which dancer will advance onto the next round. With no panel of judges, no planned choreography, and no pre-chosen music, it’s all about embracing the moment, wowing the crowd, and moving to the beat.The competition and a series of free dance workshops taught by internationally renowned dancers will be open to the public — check them all out and register to join here. And get tickets to watch the dance finals here.

Kingman Island Family Day
Where: Kingman Island | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Experience all the things to do on the Anacostia River islands next to RFK Stadium. Paddling, nature walks, restoration plantings, yoga, and more will be part of the day’s activities, and all are welcome to join! Read more about Kingman and Heritage Islands here. Register for free in advance.

Fall Haul
Where: Around the DC Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season — fall festivals are in full swing at locales all around the area! From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities GALORE to help folks embrace the autumn spirit. galore that let you relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on where all the fall funn is happening.

Fall Harvest Festival
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adults, $12/kids 6-11, free/under 6

Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at George Washington’s old digs. Explore the farm and watch 18th-century cooking, candle making, surveying, and coopering. Learn about horseshoeing and other trades.  Meet General Washington!  Bread baked 18th-century style and beer tastings will also be available.

Last Call for Merriment
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $28/age 16+, $13/age 7-15, free/under 7

It’s the final weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the annual faire that recalls medieval times with an English Tudor village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. I highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. Tickets must be reserved in advance online, and they likely will sell out since it’s the last weekend. Huzzah!

Chevy Chase Art Walk
Where: | Chevy Chase, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free
Take a walk around Chevy Chase as you browse and shop works from more than 40 artists exhibiting and selling from 23 homes and studios in the area. There will be art from a wide range of media, including abstract and representational painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, fabric art, mixed media and video. Brochures with the artists’ names and a map of the locations will be available at most local businesses on Connecticut Avenue and throughout the community, or you can view an interactive map here.

LuminoCity
Where: Roer’s Zoofari | Vienna, VA
When: Through January 2
Admission: $5-66

It doesn’t have to be the holiday season to experience a light display. This new one is already open and immersing visitors in a world lit up with towering luminescent sculptures. Guided by Lumi, LuminoCity mascot, see unicorns and other glowing characters and scenes throughout the experience. The event is all outdoors and timed-entry.

Opera Starts with Oh!
Where: Opera Lafayette Online
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Pay what you can!

Introduce kids to the magic of opera through Opera Lafayette’s online program. Journey to an enchanting land with this opera-ballet filled with fairies, gnomes, and muses through dance and costume design with professional costume designer Anna Kjellsdotter. Learn more about the virtual series that run will this fall and winter here.

Día de los Muertos
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at The Wharf! Head to the District Pier for a free afternoon of activities, including live music, street food, a beer garden, and more. If the season has your creative juices flowing, decorate a sugar skull or get your face painted!  Read more about The Wharf.

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. It’s 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.

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.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure


Want even more options for fun things to do with the kids around the area? If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of ongoing pursuits:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

The Inside Scoop

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Holiday season heads-up! Enchant Christmas will be returning to Nationals Park this year, and tickets are already on sale. Read a review from when it was here in 2019.
* In case you missed this week’s Five Things, check it out here.
* The Washington Post in conversation with Jane Goodall.
* School lunch options have expanded greatly with this thermos (think pasta and soup that actually stay warm). The built-in spoon is key.
* I just mentioned The French Dispatch, here’s a good review.
* Some thoughts on apple picking.
* Because it’s a cute, timley pic and because he brings us so much joy and because he is 1 today! ❤️

 

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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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