The Weekend Round-Up: October 12-14

The dino exhibit at the Maryland Science Center: The kids' museum in Baltimore is a fantastic shutdown-immune option for fun with the kids

The dino exhibit at the Maryland Science Center: The kids’ museum in Baltimore is a fantastic shutdown-immune option for fun with the kids

Don’t let the incessant rain or shutdown get you down this weekend. There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the next three days with the kids, despite the wet weather and closures. Along with this round-up of ideas, The Great Indoors list has a bunch of suggestions, too — and it’s recently been updated to reflect what’s closed during the shutdown. Have fun and stay dry! Happy Weekend!

Taste of DC
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 9th – 14th Streets NW
When: Sunday & Monday, 12-7pm
Admission: $10, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

The annual festival celebrating food, wine, and culture in the city will take place through the holiday weekend. Along with the obvious — samples from more than 60 area restaurants — there will be cooking demos, a chili eating championship, live entertainment, and a Family Zone with fun especially for kids.

Pop Art Fun
Where: Artisphere
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of its 3rd birthday, Artisphere is hosting a free family day all about pop art and creative fun for all ages. Families can play amongst Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds and engage in pop art “make and take” projects with the Albus Cavus art collective, including how you can “Warhol” favorite everyday objects. Magician storyteller David London will perform at 1pm and 3pm and a Studio 54-inspired disco for kids featuring Baby Loves Disco will get a dance party started.

Fall Arts Fair
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Washington Performing Arts Society for a free event perfect for the whole family. Spend the afternoon immersed in DC’s rich artistic community. Featuring everything from face painting to food trucks to an instrument petting zoo, he Washington Performing Arts Society connects families, the neighborhood, and the arts through interactive performances and imaginative workshops.

Ren Fest
Where: Revel’s Grove in Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $22/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under

There are only a couple of 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!

Show Time
Where: Local Theaters
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Here’s where you can find live family entertainment over the next few days. Lulu and the Brontosaurus is on the Imagination Stage. Cavalia’s Odysseo will enchant audiences of all ages (note: the giveaway has ended). The Big Apple Circus brings a spectacular show to the Dulles Town Center (read about our experience there last year). The Great Zucchini will perform at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning, and the grandsons jr. are playing a special Columbus Day show on Monday.

Greek Festival
Where: St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
When: Saturday, 12-9pm & Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Admission: Free, but you pay for food & drinks

There’s music, dancing, and a marketplace full of Greek goods, but if you go to this annual Festival in that just this year moved from 16th Street Heights to Silver Spring, be sure to go with an appetite.  Because, really, it’s all about the food.  We’re talking authentic Greek fare, and a huge variety of it. Be prepared to stand in line if you go at a mealtime, but the queue moves fast, and the wait is beyond worth it. After indulging, sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment. All in all, a good time for the whole family. St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral is located at 15100 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.

Halloween Jump Start
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale & activity

Why wait until the actual day to celebrate one of the best holidays of the year? Besides the bonuses of getting more mileage out of costumes and having extra excuses to indulge in sweets, Halloween festivities are a treat any day. And there are loads of ways to get into the spooky spirit during the days leading up to the grand event. This post has a long list of ’em, and several are going on this weekend.

Capital Maritime Music Festivities
Where: Naval Heritage Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 10pm
Admission: Free

The Capital Maritime Music Fest celebrates the people, music, and folklore of inland waterways and the sea.  A special focus is on the long-overlooked maritime culture of the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River ,and C&O Canal. Festivities will begin at 11am with a “squeeze box” demos, and there will be workshops on mermaid lore, the use of chanteys in working the ship, salty songs, Chesapeake songs and stories, and songs from The War of 1812. The Naval Heritage Center is located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Celebrate the Season
Where: Throughout the area
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.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $8 online; $10 at the door, kids under 12 are free

Do some shopping for arts, crafts, and more while you enjoy a family day out. The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases works by more than 250 top artisans. Pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home and garden décor, furniture and home accessories, and photography will be on display — and for sale! Even more, children can enjoy costume storytelling and watch live demonstrations of copper spinning, papermaking, pottery wheel-throwing, jewelry making, and other media by the master craftspeople themselves.

Shutdown Immune
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies

Many go-to spots to hang with kiddos (Smithsonian museums, National Park Service locales) are closed due to the government shutdown. But there are still plenty of fantastic alternatives to enjoy in the meantime. You might even discover a new favorite among them. Get some ideas of where to play during the Congressional stalemate in this KFDC post.

Book Fair & Bake Sale
Where: St. John’s Preschool
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the folks at St. John’s Preschool for a fun-filled fall day celebrating books, reading together, and storytelling. The entire family can enjoy discovering new books from over 150 carefully selected titles for children ages 2-8. Plan to stay for a BBQ lunch, plus children’s face painting and crafts, and wonderful treats from the bake sale. In addition, award-winning storyteller Bill Gordh will inspire and entertain adults and children alike at 11am. St. Johns Episcopal Preschool is located at 3240 O Street NW.


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3 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: October 12-14

  1. Julie

    Long time reader here. Just wanted to thank you for your continued great posts and suggestions. Our family just returned from the Family Day at Artisphere. It was so much fun! Such a perfect event for a cold, drizzly day. Thanks for a great suggestion. Not sure we would have found it if it wasn’t for your blog. Keep up the great work!

  2. Megan

    FYI, Ren fair is NOT open today, Columbus Day!

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