The Weekend Round-Up: October 5-7

Enjoying an early autumn day at Dumbarton Oaks gardens

Happy Weekend!

Velkommen, Viking Ship!
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Through October 15
Admission: $12/adult, $6/child, $30/family

The world’s largest Norwegian Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, will visit The Wharf for a 10-day stay. It’s the final stop on its Expedition America: East Coast Tour 2018. The ship will dock at the Transit Pier, and visitors will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the massive ship and interact with the crew. A free arrival ceremony will take place on Friday at 3pm, and Village and Deck Tours will be offered October 6-14 — get tickets here (but first, look for a deal here). And there’s so much more to enjoy at The Wharf, which you can read all about in this KFDC post.

Celebrate the Season
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.

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. A recent KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures — view it here.

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.

Cool Runnings @ The Drive-In
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 8:15pm (lot opens at 5:45pm)
Admission: $10/car, free for walk-ups

Catch a family-friendly flick at the drive-in! Cool Runnings is this month’s featured film at Union Market’s outdoor movie series. See the story of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early as 6pm and have a bite to eat in the Market or bring food back to your car. The lot closes at 7:30pm, and the film begins at 8pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11am & 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Shake up your Saturday with a workshop at the Folger! These programs occurring on the first Saturday of every month, encourage families to experience Shakespeare’s language together. This session, hide your true self and see what mayhem you can bring in a Deception & Disguise workshop. Register here. And read a KFDC write-up about the Folger here.

Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshop
Where: Embassy of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Swedish artist Karin Lithell will lead children ages 3-10 in expressing themselves through art at House of Sweden this Saturday! This session is part of a series of art workshops for kids that take place on select Saturdays. Attendees are set up with everything they need to participate free of charge. Plan to spend even more time in Room for Children, a Swedish library and arts studio for ages 0-10 years, designed to stimulate their desire for books, music, storytelling, and self-expression.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but you pay for food samples

According to some stats, Bethesda has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Accurate or not, DC’s suburban neighbor definitely has a food scene worth celebrating. The 27th year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment. Along with food samples and live entertainment, there will be a kid’s corner for face painting, arts & crafts, and more fun for young ones. Admission is free, and taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day
Where: National Museum of American History | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the American History Museum. Participate in hands-on activities, learn about animation and storytelling, enjoy the Cooking Up History demonstration with renowned Mexican-American chef Zarela Martinez, meet members from Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” team, including character modeling artist Alonso Martinez, watch “Coco” with your friends and family, and dance to the music of Grupo Bella, an all-female mariachi band. All festival activities are free, but reservation tickets will be needed for the timed film screenings of Coco.

Library + Art Pop-Up + More
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Fun for little ones at the Hirshhorn! Enjoy the Library + Art Pop-Up on Saturday from 10am – 12pm and find a cart in the galleries and check out a fun kit full of favorite finds for kids. On Sunday at 2pm, drop-in for Hirshhorn/DRAW, a gallery sketching session that pairs an artwork with a drawing exercise. Of course, explore the rest of the exhibits while you’re there, including the striking Pickett’s Charge, which has been extended at the Hirshhhorn through 2021!

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave | Del Ray, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 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 – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. 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.

Show Time
Where: Venues around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Adventure Theatre brings Blueberries for Sal to their stage
* Sleepy Hollow brings a haunting tale to Synetic Theater
* Its opening weekend for Hansel & Gretel, the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* And little ones will love Dragon Babies, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Encore Stage & Studio’s Ghostchasers is theatre by kids for kids.
* South Pacific is on stage at Olney Theatre
* Make it a date night for Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage.
* Disney on Ice is back at EagleBank Arena with Mickey’s Search Party

Saturday Family Story Session
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10:15am & 11:30am
Admission: $10-12

Join the weekly family session for fun and creativity, enjoying diverse and dynamic programs with the very best storytellers in the area who engage young audiences and instill a love of learning with every word. In this delightful, interactive workshop, miniature items and toys create a captivating story. Parents will take away effective storytelling techniques that can be used at home to promote literacy and other cognitive skills.

Get Merry at Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownesville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $22/age 16+, $10/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. View scenes from our visit to Ren Fest a few weeks ago here. Huzzah!

College Park Day
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join the College Park community for the 9th annual festival celebrating the city! The day will feature live entertainment, free admission to the College Park Aviation Museum, obstacle courses, a climbing wall, bounce house, face painting, arts & crafts, and more! Say hello to the folks who keep you safe and check out their fire trucks and squad cars. Put your dancing shoes on…music all day long will include jazz, rock, cumbia, pop, and R&B. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Love Beer Fest (Family-Friendly!)
Where: Park at 1st & M Streets SE | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

For the first time ever, Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery will host the Love Beer Festival in DC! Love Beer Fest will take place in the park bordered by First St, M Street SE and New Jersey Ave SE, directly across from the Navy Yards-Ballpark Metro Stop and is a family-friendly event open to all beer lovers at no cost. During the festival, guests will have the opportunity to experience fun for all ages, including appearances from the Budweiser Clydesdales, live music, yard games, face painting, and more. There will also be unique food and beer pairings prepared by chefs from famed DC restaurants, Old Ebbitt Grill and The Hamilton.

Farm Day
Where: Cherry Hill Park | Falls Church, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but fees for some activities

Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family, including: horse-drawn hayrides, petting farm, pumpkin painting, scarecrow-making, blacksmith demonstration, cider pressing from locally grown apples, pony rides and much more. Not to be missed is a performance by King Street Bluegrass, a traditional bluegrass band with blues, folk, and country influences. Free tours of the 1845 Cherry Hill Farmhouse will also be offered throughout the day. Bring your own long-sleeved shirts and pants to make a scarecrow or purchase clothing items at the event. Food will be available for purchase from Carnivore BBQ and Stay Cool Ice Cream. The weekly Farmer’s Market will run concurrently from 8am – 12pm.

Harvest Festival
Where: Agricultural History Farm Park | Derwood, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $15/car

Get a taste of farm life from the 1850s to present through a day of hands-on activities and experiences on a working farm. The Agricultural History Farm Park is situated on 455 acres of land in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and serves as a historic farm site as well as a modern farming activity center. Activities include hayrides, live farm animals, corn maze, farm tours, antique farm equipment, garden tours.

Co-op Festival
Where: 10th – 12th Streets on the National Mall, DC
When: Saturday 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Co-ops are coming together on Sunday to entertain, educate and provide fun for all ages. Learn how to grow rice with Riceland Foods, take a virtual farm tour with Organic Valley, sample Cabot Creamery cheese, experience solar demos with America’s Electric Cooperatives, learn about your financial health with America’s Credit Unions, and enjoy music from WASH Radio and WMZQ-FM. Families can also kick off the weekend by participating in The Co-op 5K on Saturday, October 6, at Hains Point! This fun event will feature prizes for the whole family, from REI Co-op Backpacks, to Co-op Swag baskets! While the festival is free, there is a fee to participate in the 5K.

Where: Garfield Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The daylong music festival will feature two main stages and four small stages with a variety of international, national, regional, and local acts in addition to high school, college/university, and students from independent music programs. There will also be fitness classes, children’s storytelling, dance performances and more entertainment.

Parenting: An Art Without a Manual
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $6/child, $8/senior

AVAM’s newest exhibition focuses on what might be humanity’s most essential performance art — the intuitive, transformative, and complex art of parenting. Thirty-six artists express their personal experience of parenting or of being parented — be it good, bad, horrific, and/or sublime, alongside revelations from the latest scientific research, globally-sourced wisdoms, and fun. Adults will best appreciate this exhibit, but the whole museum can be enjoyed by all! They are also hosting a Weekend Walk-In, their monthly drop-in art-making workshop from 1-4pm — this one has a Bot-Shop theme. Read a KFDC write-up about the wonderful, wacky American Visionary Art Museum here.

Portrait Stories & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the collection — this weekend features artist Frida Khalo. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum (and the American Art Museum housed in the same building). For more about the program and gallery, see this post about a past experience and this one with scenes from a more recent visit.

Kids Night
Where: STEM & Flower | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 6-9pm
Admission: $10/child

Enjoy a few hours of KidFree time! STEM and Flower will be hosting a Kids Night event this Saturday. Drop your children off in the evening for three hours filled with fun, take-home crafts, science projects, and dinner. Just call or email to let them know that your child will be joining. (PS: They are also offering camp for kids on Columbus Day when there’s no school.)

Where: McLean Central Park | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

MPAartfest returns for its 12th year, offering something for guests of all ages. The festival features the work of nearly 40 selected artists, creative interactive experiences, new food vendors, expanded musical offerings and more. During MPAartfest, McLean Central Park is transformed into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of acclaimed artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.Along with the artists’ tents and food from local restaurants, MPAartfest features the best of DC’s musical artistsas well as a variety of arts and STEAM (STEM+Art) activities to engage creative minds and captivate art-lovers of all ages.

Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Head to Watkins Regional Park for the 35th Annual Kinderfest, a day focused on children that takes place every year on the first Sunday in October. The scores of events and activities to entertain the whole family include clowns and costumed characters, singers and dancers, pony and hay rides, carnival games, scarecrow workshops, sweet and savory refreshments, and spins on the famous Watkins carousel and miniature train. Admission to the event is free, but some activities require a fee. Read more about all the fun offerings at Watkins Regional Park here.

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, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 37th annual festival. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping — vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and more fun. And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 bands playing all day.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy the season and some active fun. See the very beginning of fall foliage, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor the time outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids.

* If you need kid coverage on Monday when most schools are off for Columbus Day, DC Way Soccer is offering One Day Camp!
* The annual Kids Euro Festival, presenting two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling sessions, puppetry, dance exhibitions, magic shows, and cinema all around DC begins on October 20!
* Local dad and writer Tom Nochera has written a book called A Goat Named Joey for bullied kids, and he needs some support as he works to get it published.
* I am hearing really great things about Rothy’s. Anyone have a pair? (PS: The link will get you $20 off your first order!)
* Just started reading An American Marriage and cannot put it down.

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  1. Always with the great activity lists!

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