The Weekend Round-Up: October 30 – November 1

Fall colors and Halloween scenes make  this my favorite time of year in the neighborhood

Fall colors and Halloween scenes make this my favorite time of year in the neighborhood

With tons of fun activities and events happening throughout the weekend — Halloween and otherwise — the whole gang is in for a treat. No trick. Happy Weekend!

Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $5/child, $10/members, $15/non-member

Join the Audubon Naturalist Society for a family-friendly, nature-themed Halloween! Walk the woods at Woodend Nature Sanctuary and enjoy animal encounters and treat stations along well-lit trails. Afterwards, head inside the mansion for refreshments and visit craft stations where you can make animal masks or paint pumpkins. Costumes not required, but encouraged!

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Consider this your passport to two weeks of artistic adventures, as the Kids Euro Festival brings continental entertainment right to DC. This is the first weekend of the event that will present more than 125 free performances all around the metro area. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts that will perform at a variety of venues through November 8. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Haunted Hangar
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: October 30, 7-9pm
Admission: $5

Wear your costume and enjoy fun fall themed activities. Explore the museum’s gallery and all of its hidden haunts. Arts, crafts, hayrides, and spooky fun await kids and families.

Where: 7th Street SE in front of Eastern Market
When: October 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Capitol Hill’s annual event is a legendary neighborhood event for little ones. The block of 7th Street SE next to Eastern Market will be closed to traffic for one of the best community Halloween celebrations in the city. Hayrides, moon bounces, goody giveaways, and even a mini carousel add to the excitement. The best part is seeing the masses of jubilant kids in all kinds of costumes indulging in the extravaganza.

Dia de los Muertos
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: October 31 – November 1
Admission: Free

Join the American Indian museum for its annual Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), a celebration originating in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. Learn and take part in this centuries-old tradition, which includes pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs alike.

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

* Sleepy Hollow is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* This weekend is the last chance to soar at Imagination Stage’s When She Had Wings
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present Aladdin (and his wonderful lamp)
* And Kooky Kritters and Old MacDonald’s Farm are the featured Girlstar (best for ages 10 and up…look for discount tickets)
* The Reston Community Players present Shrek the Musical at CenterStage
* Mount Vernon Community Theatre presents Mary Poppins starting this weekend
* Enjoy a Family Block Party at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning
* See Playing by Air at the Alden Theatre in McLean
* Darius & Twig opens at the Kennedy Center

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: October 31, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

Spy Fright
Where: International Spy Museum Store
When: October 31, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Go deep undercover this Halloween at the Spy Museum where spooks of every kind will be on the prowl. Spend the scariest night of the year at the place where disguises aren’t just for Halloween! Everyone is invited to arrive in disguise in the Spy Museum Store, where acclaimed professional make-up and disguise artist, Roger Riggle, will be on hand to teach the tools-of-the-trade necessary to transform guests in preparation for a night of tricks and treats. Demonstrations are free-of-charge and include quick disguise applications meant to help guests create their own undercover masterpieces.

Pumpkin Patch Party
Where: Gymboree of DC
When: October 31
Admission: $15/non-members, $10 members ($5/additional child)

Dress up and join the Halloween fun at one of two Gymboree parties! Pumpkin activities, seasonal craft projects, music, snacks, dancing, and parades will be part of the festivities. Newborns – 5-year-olds are invited 11:45am – 1:45pm, and newborns – 2-year-olds can party 4-5:30pm. Reservations required: Call 202.627.2450 or email Gymboree DC is located at 2639 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 113.

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

You gotta love it when Halloween falls on a weekend (Halloweekend – so many events and activities that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.

Halloween Yoga
Where: lil omm
When: October 31 – November 1
Admission: Varies by class

Are you in for an ohh-so-omm weekend?? Go to any family yoga classes over the weekend dressed in your Halloween best (yes, costumes!) for some festive yoga family fun.

Fall Fun on the Farm
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals on the farm. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore to help folks relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on many fall festivals happening around the region.

Go, United!
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

DC United has qualified for the postseason for the 12th time in team history! Root for the home soccer team as they kick off the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Red Bulls. The battle for the MLS Cup should bring some pretty exciting soccer action!

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the area
Whne: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re just looking for things to do out of the house (and away from the candy), inside or outdoors, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

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