The Weekend Round-Up: August 30 – September 2

You’ve got three chances to get to Ren Fest this weekend!

Happy Long Weekend!

Season Finales
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This weekend is the last for many pursuits that we’ve been enjoying all summer long, outdoor swimming, concerts and movies under the stars, special museum programs among them. If you’re hoping to get in one last Friday night concert at Yards Park, check out the Building Museum’s LAWN, take the kids to the Newseum for free, see the fairy houses at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, or jump in at an outdoor public pool, then check out the 2019 Summer Guide, which has details on all of these diversions, plus many more.

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: $5/PG County resident, $7/non-resident

Head out to Watkins for an evening of outdoor fun with friends and family! Enjoy unlimited rides on the train and carousel, and rounds of miniature golf for one price per person. The outdoor patio and surrounding grounds are the perfect places to bring and enjoy an outdoor snack or picnic dinner. Read more about Watkins Regional Park in this KFDC post.

Root for the Home Team
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are home this holiday weekend and hosting the Marlins on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the Mets on Monday (and Tuesday). Some fun things going on: post-game fireworks on Friday an Kids Run the Bases on Sunday. This is also the last weekend for the Kids Eat Free summer promo, so take advantage. And before you plan your ballpark outing, check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

LEGOLAND New York Preview
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Friday thru Monday, 7am – 7pm
Admission: Free

LEGOLAND New York will be previewing their newest theme park and resort at National Harbor, bringing one of America’s most beloved brands to the waterfront destination. At this interactive event, families can learn from Master LEGO® Builders, see a preview of the LEGOLAND® Driving School cars, and provide the perfect family photo-ops! In addition to all of this, National Harbor is showing The LEGO Movie 2 during Family Movie Night on the Potomac on Sunday evening. Read more about spending a summer day at National Harbor in this KFDC post.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Where: Roosevelt Center | Greenbelt, MD
When: Friday thru Monday
Admission: Free; fees for activities

This annual festival is more like a fair with all kinds of amusement for all ages. Enjoy rides and carnival games, live bands and entertainment, food and refreshments, sports and recreation, art exhibits and activities, used book sales, and a Labor Day Parade. Hours vary by day, so see the website for the schedule.

National Book Festival
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 8pm
Admission: Free

Calling all bookworms! The 19th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators from every literary genre. Even better, they will all be there presenting book readings, talks, Q&A’s, book signings, and more. These will take place along with lots of other reading-related activities for all ages. It’s a wonderful, can’t-miss event for book lovers.

Merriment Galore
Where: Maryland Renaissance Festival | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $20/adults, $18/seniors, $9/7-15, free/6 & under

Take a glorious day trip back to medieval times at Ren Fest, where there is something for everyone. Besides the amazing variety of entertainment — jousting matches, cheeky comedy shows, fire eaters and sword swallowers, juggling acts, Celtic music, and much more — walking among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead is an interesting little jaunt back in time that any age can enjoy (well, maybe not the mead for littles).

Page to Stage Festival
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 10:30am – 11:30pm
Admission: Free

More than 60 theater companies will present readings and rehearsals of plays and musicals during the 18th annual Page-to-Stage Festival — all free and open to the public. Several performances are family-friendly, including Squeakers and Mr. Gumdrop by Arts on the Horizon, Happy Theater’s Nest, Monumental Theatre Co’s Montgomery among them. Plus, there are many more for older kids and adults. See the schedule for details and the full list of shows. And note that while tickets are not required, seating is limited.

Apple Gala & Cider Fest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

This time of year may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and freshly picked apples. Celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of Rinkers freshly pressed cider — touted as the best in the Valley — demos of the Zurschmeide Family’s antique 1865 Cider press, apple picking, donuts, and more. Of course, the farm’s five-acre play area will be open for fun and amusement, too!

Virginia Scottish Games
Where: The Plains, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $20/adults, $5/age 5-12, free/under 5

Celebrate Scottish heritage at this annual fair featuring everything from music and dance to sports and games to food and cars, even Scottish dogs. Much of it will be showcased through competition, but there is plenty that all visitors can partake in, too. Two-day adult passes are available for $30. Festival gates will close at 6pm both days, but Saturday’s concert will continue until 9pm. And children under 12 are free on Sunday!

Rise of the TMNT Sewer Studio Tour
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Nickelodeon is giving kids and families the ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle experience with this summer’s Sewer Studio Tour. On Saturday, it will be stopping at The Wharf, and fans will be able to meet their favorite Turtles from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles. The Sewer Studio Tour will allow kids to create their own dynamic stop-motion videos with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. And the best videos will have the opportunity to be featured on Nickelodeon platforms!

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

* Disney’s Aladdin brings magic for the whole family to the Kennedy Center (look for discount tickets)
* Take tweens and older to Legally Blonde at Keegan Theatre
* It’s the final weekend for The Three Billy Goats Gruff at The Puppet Co.
* Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show there on Saturday
* Witness amazing acrobatic feats as Cirque de Soleil: Volta is performed Under the Big Top at Tysons II
* I highly, highly recommend Dear Evan Hansen, on stage at the Kennedy Center, for middle school ages and up.

Last Round of Pop-Up Mini Golf
Where: Rosslyn Putt-Putt + Candy BAR
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: First round free for kids

Bring the kids to Rosslyn Putt-Putt + Candy BAR for the last weekend! All day on Saturday any child under the age of 10 will get one FREE round of mini golf. Other programming for kids will include a balloon-artist station and a face-painting station, both open from 10am to noon. In addition to a nine-hole mini golf course, the indoor Candy BAR at Rosslyn Putt-Putt has arcade games. Parents and kids can also enjoy sweet treats and beverages. Stay all day — the whole attraction is open until 6pm!

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Orchards & farms around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The apple picking season has begun! Several farms in the area have opened their orchards for guests to start gathering. This round-up of area farms and orchards offering PYO opportunities has details. And I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the pickings are good the day you plan to go.

The Great Zucchini & Cider
Where: Capitol Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5

Catch some entertainment especially for kids at a place that usually caters to adults! Capitol Cider House is a family friendly cider that presents children’s shows every Sunday, and this weekend its The Great Zucchini. Doors open at 10am. Full food and drink menus will be available.

Free Community Day
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown, DC
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

The first Sunday of every month is a great opportunity to explore the National Museum of Women in the Arts when admission is FREE! Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. Plan for a Fierce Women tour, offered 1-2pm or explore the museum on your own. Current exhibitions include More is More: Multiples and Betsabeé Romero: Signals of a Long Road Together, plus there are many more wonderful works in the permanent collection.

Labor Day Concert at the Capitol
Where: U.S. Capitol Building West Lawn | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra continues its annual Labor Day Weekend tradition with a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year’s show will feature vocalists Mykal Kilgore and Nova Payton in a program of popular songs by R&B hitmakers, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and many others. Gates open to the public at 3pm, and if the 8pm start time is too late, you can catch the open dress rehearsal at 3:30pm. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (and there will be no rehearsal). You can call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202.416.8114 after 2:30pm for updates.

Labor Day Parades
Where: Gaithersburg & Kensington, MD
When: Monday
Admission: Free

For some holiday pageantry on Monday, head to Maryland — both Gaithersburg and Kensington celebrate with Labor Day parades. The 81-year tradition in Gaithersburg will include fire engines, high school marching bands, giant balloons, horses, and clowns in its procession through Olde Towne. Kensington is hosting its 52nd Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. Dance troupes, equestrian groups, fire trucks, and more town representatives will be part of the show making its way around starting at 10am. The fun will continue afterward at a festival on Armory Avenue with live music, food vendors, crafts, and more.

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

So far it looks like it will be a splendid weekend weather-wise, so take advantage and get outdoors — there are endless options around the DC-Metro for great al fresco adventures. Take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do under the sun in this round-up with all kinds of ideas for outdoor fun. (But if you’re seeking fun inside, check out The Great Indoors list with over 100 recommendations.)

* The Gelato Festival will be here next weekend, and you have a chance to win admission for four!
* The U.S. Botanic Garden is hosting a Night Adventure for kids ages 9-12 on September 7 that requires advanced registration.
* Infinite Space, the current exhibit at ARTECHOUSE has been extended until September 30, so you still have plenty of time to immerse within its digital dimensions.
* The best way to enjoy summer tomatoes.
* is great for comfy basics for kids — and you can get 20% off your first order with code AFF20PCT.
* Just bought Sasha a pair of yellow Converse and kind of want some myself.
* Has anyone seen this movie? I’m intrigued!

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