The Weekend Round-Up: September 15-17

Get thee to Ren Fest this fall!

Hang on to the last bit of summer, start embracing fall, or just have some fun that suits any season. This round-up of local happenings has all those scenarios covered. And if you want even more ideas for family fun, check out the big list of indoor activities and the compilation of best places to hang outdoors. Happy Weekend!

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

Fall may not have officially started, but seasonal festivals have begun at several area farms, on H Street (see below), and in locales that recall historic times (huzzah!). And they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this guide to autumn celebrations around the area.

Open Houses
Where: My Gym | Bethesda & Potomac, MD
When: Friday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Get a preview of My Gym Potomac and My Gym Bethesda’s spring offerings. Meet the teachers and sample the programs — there are Mommy and Me movement and music classes for babies and preschoolers, and tumbling, sports, plus parkour and ninja classes for older children. The evening will include games and activities, plus discounts on registration! You can also enter a giveaway for a chance to win four weeks of enrollment here.

Andrews Air Show
Where: Joint Base Andrews | Prince George’s County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free

There’s excitement in the air! Celebrate the Air Force’s 70th birthday with high flying entertainment as the Golden Knights, Thunderbirds, Geico Sky Typers and many more thrilling aerial performers take to the skies this weekend at the 2017 Joint Base Andrews Air Show. The public is invited to view amazing airplane stunts, as well as cool ground attractions on Saturday and Sunday. And to top it all off, admission to it all is free! Park at FedEx Field, then shuttles will transport to the base.

Colonial Market Fair
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adult, $9/child, free/5 and under

At George Washington’s old digs they re-create a lively early-American marketplace with demonstrations, crafts, and entertainment for all. Artisans from across the nation show off their trades and sell their wares, while Martha Washington greets guests, and General Washington preside over many other festivities. The 18th-century entertainment includes music, a balloon-launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows, plus hearty specialty food for sale on site. (Note: Admission prices listed above are online only; they are slightly higher there.)

Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE | Atlas District, DC
When: Saturday, 1-6pm
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. I recommend taking public transportation there, since parking is guaranteed to be difficult.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Weekends through October 22
Admission: $19/adult, $10/child, free/6 & under

The medieval time trip that began in late August and gets a big endorsement from me as one of the best annual events in the area. You just can’t beat the amazing variety of entertainment — exciting jousting matches, cheeky comedy shows, fire eaters, sword swallowers, tight rope walkers and other balancing acts, jugglers, musical performances, puppetry, plus slides, play areas, and games. And walking among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in Revel Grove, the charming location that resembles a 16th-century village, as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of “mead” is an immensely fun and interesting jaunt back in time that any age can enjoy.

Walking Town DC
Where: Various neighborhoods in DC
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 September 16-24. 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.

Honey Harvest Festival
Where: Brookside Gardens & Nature Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Brookside will be buzzing with fun on Saturday! Join them and the Maryland State Beekeepers Association to celebrate honeybees and pollinators. Talk to beekeepers, watch honey being harvested, buy local honey and bee products, plus enjoy family-friendly activities, live music, and crafts. While you’re at Brookside, plan to visit the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit, which closes after this weekend!

Explore the Sky
Where: Rock Creek Park | Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 8-11pm
Admission: Free

Explore the night sky through the lens of a telescope with a ranger from Rock Creek Park and volunteers with the National Capital Astronomers. This family friendly night of stargazing will take place on Military Field near the Nature Center. Hope for clear skies, as cloud cover or rain cancels the event.

Family Day: SAAM on Safari
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The American Art Museum is turning into a jungle safari this fall, and adventures abound for explorers of all ages! Challenge yourself with a photo scavenger hunt-see if you can spot the animals hiding throughout the museum. Make your own binoculars at one of the craft tables, and treat your lion cubs to snacks from the café. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Legendary Yard Sale
Where: Maury Elementary School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free (but be ready to spend on amazing deals!)

I happen to have insider knowledge that this is one of the best school yard sales around. 🙂 Find bargains on used toys, books, games, clothes, baby gear, furniture, household items and small appliances in good working order. Fuel your browsing with delicious goodies from Maury’s best bakers. And don’t miss the Couture Corner featuring high-end and brand new clothing and items! Located at 13th Street & Constitution Avenue NE.

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

Throughout the history of aviation and space exploration, women have fought to be on equal terms with their male counterparts. At this family day, enjoy learning about the significant contributions women have made despite the many challenges they faced. The day will feature presentations by women in the field, hands-on activities, and stories.

A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream
Where: Victory Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Smithsonian Gardens and Shakespeare Theatre Company in the Victory Garden on the east side of the National Museum of American History for a lively morning with the “Bard.” Before the performance, create a nature-inspired mask to wear during the garden-friendly mini-classic. The Garden entrance is located off Constitution Ave.

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

Bring your favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness, and healthy habits. This program is recommended for children in PreK-2nd grade.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House 
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC).  As described in Model Railroader magazine, every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, VA.

Homecoming at Abe’s Place
Where: Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 4:30pm
Admission: $15/adult, $5/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

For the first time ever, Lincoln’s Cottage is combining our two popular events, the Freedom 5K and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun: Homecoming. During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the Cottage home. This year we welcome everyone back “home” to join us for a full day of activities — a Civil War encampment to explore, pony rides, arts & crafts, story time, music, cottage tours, and more. Go just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around for both! Race entry is $35.

theatreWeek Kickoff Party
Where: Woolly Mammoth | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Do you know about theatreWeek? The 12-day event with value pricing encourages ticket-buyers to attend live theatre and experience the multitude of offerings in the area. To get ready for its run September 19 – October 1, TheatreWashington is hosting this free community-wide celebration of theatre in the nation’s capital! The event will feature more than 20 theatre companies from across the region along with live performances, ticket giveaways, special discounts, free food & drink, and additional activities.

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

We’re in the thick of apple picking season, and several locales in the area have opened their orchards for guests to gather them. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities has details. And I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the pickings are good the day you plan to go.

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

Root for the National League East clinchers There are games Friday night, and Saturday afternoon, and Sunday evening. Read more about what’s great for families at the ballpark and be sure to check these KFDC tips for doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.

King Street Art Festival
Where: 220 King Street | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The King Street Art Festival returns for its 15th year with live music, special programming, and more than 200 artists’ work available for purchase. Shop and learn about the works, try some art activities for all ages, and enjoy live entertainment, too. And the annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser will be back! Purchase one of 1,400 hand-made bowls created by the talented 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.

ARTSFest
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $6/adult, free for ages 11 and under

Head out to Calvert County for an art-filled experience at a magical place! Browse and shop more than 165 artist booths throughout the gardens and in the arts building. Enjoy entertainment from more than 30 performers on three stages. 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. Street performers — stilt walkers, mimes, live statues, and more — will entertain and mesmerize. There’s something for everyone at this anniversary celebration of the visual, performing, and creative arts. For more about the wonderful Annmarie Sculpture Garden, see this KFDC post.

Fiesta DC
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. 9th to 14th Streets | Downtown, DC
When: Saturday, 1-5:30pm & Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Latino culture at the 50th Annual Fiesta DC.  On Saturday & Sunday, Pennsylvania Avenue from the Navy Memorial Plaza to Freedom Plaza will be filled will lively festivities, including stages featuring a variety of performances, children’s activities, international cuisine, arts & crafts, and more!

Kick It
Where: GolfDC | East Potomac Park, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $8/child

Have you ever played or even heard of FootGolf? Until recently, we didn’t even know the golf-soccer combo existed, let alone at a location that we frequent pretty regularly. But we recently tried it and had a great time. Find out what the sport is all about in this recent KFDC post.

The Legend of Pufferfish Pat
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $12.50/age 12+, $10/age 4-11, free/under 3

InterAct Story Theatre is returning to Silver Spring with a whole new season of family entertainment. First in the line-up this September: The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times about a legendary cowboy hero who can outride, outrope, and outrun just about anything — except his own hair-trigger temper!

Spinning & Dyeing Day
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child, free/under 3

Help the farm family at the 18th century working farm as they card, spin, and dye wool for knitting. Compare wool processing with flax and note the differences in how they are prepared. It’s a fun and educational outing for the whole family!

The Forest Floor
Where: Locust Grove Nature Center | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 2 – 3pm
Admission:

Discover the miniature world of the slimy, slithery, and strange that lies beneath your feet. Through hands-on presentations and activities, we’ll learn why mushrooms, bugs, and slugs are so important to our forest landscape. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Includes a half-mile hike on a natural surface trail. This free program requires registration for each participating child. Ages 4 – 10.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Walk or bike to help raise funds for diabetes research in the DC region at the DC Step Out Walk & Tour de Cure, taking place next Saturday, September 23 at the Washington Monument grounds.
* Don’t miss the latest KFDC giveaway for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see How I Became a Pirate at Adventure Theatre!
* Gymboree Play & Music DC is offering new STEAM inspired classes for little ones, and there’s no initiation fee if you enroll by the end of September.
* We love the food and laid back vibe at Ivy City Smokehouse.
* So many great tips in this Washington Post guide to going out in DC on the cheap.

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6 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: September 15-17

  1. Ginger Moss

    Just want to point out that the DC State Fair is not this Sunday; it’s next Sunday the 24th 🙂

  2. Kelly I

    Hello – The DC “State” Fair website says it is next Sunday, Sept 24

  3. Allison

    I love your posts, I really do. I plan many weekend activities based on what you share. It is so valuable. So, I just wanted to let you know that we tried to go to the DC state fair this weekend since it was included on your list and said “Sunday.” Obviously, I realized when we got there that something was up and found out that it’s this coming weekend.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      SO sorry, Allison! As you probably read in the above comments, I had it wrong on my own calendar. Do you follow KFDC on Facebook? If not, this is a good reason to — I posted there about the mistake and gave a heads-up on the correct date. Generally, it’s a good way to find out any last minute changes or info.

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