The Weekend Round-Up: October 19-21

This weekend is your last chance for merriment at Ren Fest!



Happy Weekend!

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

Consider this your passport to two weeks of art and cultural events, as the 11th Annual Kids Euro Festival kicks off Saturday, bringing continental entertainment right to DC. This is the first weekend of the event that will present all kinds of free adventures 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 4. This weekend alone see films from Romania and Finland, listen to German storytelling, enjoy Bulgarian puppetry, join a Swedish art workshop, and more. Explore the full schedule here.

Boo at the Zoo

Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC

When: Friday – Sunday, 5:30-8:30pm

Admission: $20/members, $30/non-members


Join the National Zoo for their annual not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, one of DC’s most popular events for the kiddie crowd. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, live entertainment, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. By the end of the evening, your Boo at the Zoo treat bags will be brimming with your favorite chocolates, snacks and souvenirs. Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings. Costumes encouraged.

Air and Scare

Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA

When: Saturday, 12-5:30pm

Admission: Free, but parking is $15 until 6pm


See the spooky side of air and space at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center’s 12th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating.

Colonial Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adult, $4/age 3-12, free/under 3

Enjoy the splendor of fall on a living history farm. Warm yourself by the fire while you savor crisp local apples, spit roasted chicken, and hearty breads. Watch and participate with period tradesmen, like the spinners and blacksmith. Live music, singing and dancing, and games are also among the festivities. And kids will delight in seeing turkeys, pigs, and chickens. Period food, beverages, and wares will be available for purchase. Read more about Claude Moore Colonial Farm here.

Fall Harvest Family Days

Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18-20/adults, $11-12/kids 6-11, free/under 6

Enjoy fall activities with the whole family at George Washington’s digs. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and play colonial games on the bowling green before heading to the Pioneer Farm to observe 18th-century demonstrations and greet General Washington. Find your way through a straw bale maze and listen to the Itinerant Band play colonial tunes. And Potomac River sightseeing cruises are free this weekend only (while supplied last)!

Fall, Y’all!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore that let you relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on where all the fall is happening.

Last Call for Merriment
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $25/age 16+, $10/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, highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. And I recommend getting tickets online in advance, as they could sell out. Huzzah!

KEEN Day
Where: La Maison Française | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

This full day of activities for children with special needs and their families is part of the Kids Euro Festival. There will be performances, movies, storytelling, and more, and countries represented include Bulgaria, Ireland, and the United States. Throughout the day there will also be crafts, a caricaturist, short films and face painting — and guests invited to wear Halloween costumes.

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

* The classic children’s book Blueberries for Sal comes to life on the Adventure Theatre stage
* Sleepy Hollow brings a haunting tale to Synetic Theater
* Hansel & Gretel is the Main Stage production at The Puppet Co.
* Little ones will love Panda-Monium, this week’s featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre.
* Wheaton Family Theatre Series presents Voytto Tech: a scifi fable on Saturday
* Beetlejuice is running at National Theatre
* Take the tots and preschoolers to see Blue at Imagination Stage
* See Jack and the Beanstalk: A Children’s Opera at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg
* Make it a date night for Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage

DC||CX: DC Cyclocross Races
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Kids’ races and to spectate are FREE

Bicycles, cowbells, food trucks, and beer are all part of one of the largest, internationally-sanctioned cycling events in the Mid-Atlantic region, where top-level elite and amateur cyclocross athletes will compete in 36 categorized races over the two days. Kids can get in on the fun, too, both as spectators and in Lil’ Belgian races just for them (even better, registration is free for children ages nine and under). And the public is welcome to watch the action. Registration for junior and adult racers ranges from $20 to $50. BYO bicycles and helmets.

Archaeology Family Day
Where: Natural History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrating International Archaeology Day with special activities at the National Museum of Natural History. Talk to archaeologists — learn about fascinating finds, career paths, challenges in the field, and the joy of discovery. Do some archaeology — practice the skills archaeologists use to piece together the past and participate in mock excavations, illustration, decoding ancient writing systems, experimentation, and artifact analysis. Explore collections — examine museum artifacts in the Q?rius Collections Zone,
get resources, and find out about opportunities to get involved in archaeology in your community.

The Power of Place
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Inspired by the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s exhibition, The Power of Place, this Community Day explores the personal geography of place. The schoolyard, the sports field, and the outdoors are just some of the places that mold culture and identity. Join the museum for activities that celebrate the places and spaces of personal geography. Admission is free, but passes are required — get them here.

Zombie Fun Run
Where: Bon Air Park | Arlington, VA
When: October 20, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $3/advance, $5/day of

They’re back! The family-friendly Zombie Fun Run returns to Bon Air Park. After the run, enjoy spooky games, moon bounces and inflatables, food trucks, and more at the Survival Zone. Register in advance online or by phone at 703.228.4747.

Pizza Class & Halloween Costume Party
Where: Matchbox locations around the DMV
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $30

Dress in costume and join Matchbox for a Halloween-themed kids pizza party. Festivities include a hands-on pizza making class for kids (complete with chef toque), a tour of the kitchen and pizza ovens, jack-o-lantern cookie decorating and other Halloween treats, and a round of mimosas for parents. This will take place at the following Matchbox locations: 14th Street, Capitol Hill, Merrifield, One Loudon, Potomac Mills, and Rockville.

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

This time of year is always a scream with loads 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.

American Indian Festival
Where: Patuxent River Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Native Americans at the 10th Annual American Indian Festival. This free event features live music, drumming, singing, dancing, storytelling, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, American Indian games, archery and more. Great entertainment, games, and fun activities make it a great family day! The event is FREE!, but there may be a nominal fee for food and some activities.

Movie at the Museum
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Presented as part of Kids Euro Festival: In the Romanian film, Strajerii (The Sentries), join a group of children on their mountain camp adventure. When little Radu gets lost in the woods, everyone in the group, including his younger sister, worries and imagines all sorts of fantastic scenarios. But Radu finds help where he least expects it. The Sentries is the first adventure film with and for children produced independently in Romania after the 1989 Revolution. Recommended for ages 9+.

Cider Days

Where: Locust Grove Nature Center | Bethesda, MD
When Saturday & Sunday, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm
Admission: $7

Fall is the perfect time to sip on fresh apple cider! At Locust Grove Cider Days learn about pollination and the history of apples. You will get to press your own apples in our hand cranked press and then sample the cider and discover some lesser-known apple varieties. Space is limited, so registration is required.

DC Roller Girls
Where: DC Armory | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 4:30pm (doors open at 3:30pm)
Admission: $15/age 12+, $6/age 3-11, free/2 & under

DC Rollergirls, the National Capital Region’s only women’s flat-track roller derby league, are putting a Halloween twist on Saturday’s match as the DC DEMONcats take on SCARE Force One in a spooky exhibition game featuring all your favorite skaters and fun for fans – including a halftime Halloween costume contest! Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and wheels roll at 4:30. 

Touch-a Truck (& Shop)
Where: Leesburg Premium Outlets | Leesburg, VA
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Families are invited to make a pit stop at this Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday.  Throughout the day, little ones can explore local first responder vehicles, including the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department firetruck, Leesburg Police Department cruiser and more! Fashionistas can also stock up on the latest trends at sought after brands, including lululemon athletica, Old Navy Outlet, Tory Burch and Vineyard Vines.

Broadcom MASTERS Project Showcase
Where: National Geographic | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join 30 of the top middle school scientists in the country as they compete in the Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S., the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students! These talented students will be on hand to discuss their science and engineering projects with other students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers and members of the general public who share their enthusiasm for science and engineering during this free project showcase.

DC Diaper Bank Birthday
Where: DC Brau | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 3-6pm
Admission: Free (but donation suggested)

Greater DC Diaper Bank is celebrating 8 years and you’re invited to join them at DC Brau Brewing Company for the first ever Diaper Olympics, a performance byKidsinger Jim, crafts, birthday cake, and amazing beer. Bring the kids and your desire to help families!  They’ll also be announcing new partners and sharing updates on The Nursery Project. Don’t know what to get them for their birthday? No worries, they’re asking folks to donate $24 when they get there — that amount allows them to diaper a baby in need for a month!

Story Times
Where: Solid State Books | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

On Saturday, head to the H Street bookstore for a Story Time and Singalong with local kids entertainer Bearsong. Then on Sunday, author and illustrator Vanessa Roeder will read from her picture book Lucy and the String. A sweet and silly tale of unexpected friendship between a girl and the bear she finds at the end of a string, this story is filled with curiosity and heart, and is perfect for young children.

Preschool & Private School Fair
Where: Browne Academy | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

The DCschoolHUB Preschool & Private School Fair will be experiential, fun, and a creative way to learn about area programs all in one day. The area’s top preschools and private schools will be in attendance along with several of the finest education outlets. Additionally, they’ll have door prizes, giveaways, and more — bring the whole family!

The Rumpus Room
Where: U Street Music Hall | U Street Corridor, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $10

DC’s only daytime dance party for families returns with a Halloween spin! They’ll be getting (slightly) spooky in the club, so put on your costumes along with your dancing shoes! Hit the dance floor filled with little ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and pumpkins of all ages. The soundtrack for the day will be a family-friendly mix of dance hits and Halloween classics, all at a kid-friendly volume. Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome.

World of Montgomery Festival
Where: Montgomery College | Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, 12- 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the rich diversity of the DC area at the 9th annual World of Montgomery Festival with multicultural music, food, dance, exhibits, and hands-on activities. In the spotlight this year are the cultures of Korea, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and India, which are the the largest immigrant populations in MoCo. Experience all of these cultures by participating in a variety of hands-on activities, including traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, Chinese dragon dancing, henna art painting, and craft-making. Two performance stages will spotlight dancers and musicians from across the world, and the centerpiece of the day will be the Parade of Cultures, led by the feet pounding rhythms of traditional African drummers, Latin American dancers, and Asian performers in native dress who encircled the festival grounds.

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $10

Get messy like a street artist at our Art Jamz! Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own master pieces on the ArtJamz walls.The lounge will be open for accompanying parents, and they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artists. Afterwards, families can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your visions come to life off the wall!

DC United vs. NYC FC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 3pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s the regular season finale at Audi Field as the United host New York City FC. Word has it the new stadium is awesome. And if you go a little early, there should be some pre-match pop-ups and activities on the plaza.

Out & About
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This time of year is perfect for outdoor adventures, so the keep the round-up of the Best Places in the DC Are to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids handy!

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* There are some fantastic ways to enjoy autumn around the DC area that aren’t the typical fall farm fun.
* Jim Thorpe, PA, is an awesome place for an easy getaway — with or without kids. (I’ll be posting more soon about a recent trip there.)
* This is my book club’s latest pick. Have you read it yet?
* A new Whole Foods just opened in the Navy Yard! (Yes, this kind of thing is very exciting to me these days. 😀 )


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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: October 19-21

  1. Mo

    Hello wanted to say that on website for rumpus room is saying that the dance party is Sunday October 21 from 11a-2p

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