The Weekend Round-Up:
October 6-8

Spend a First Saturday at the National Gallery of Art!


Plan ahead for next weekend:


Link up to local fun with these go-to posts:
*Autumn Adventures
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Bike Rides
* On the Water
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Movie Night: The LEGO Movie
Where: Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Friday, 5:30pm (movie starts at 7pm)
Admission: Free

Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Home Rule Festival for free film screenings on the lawn of Lincoln’s summer residence. The Lincoln family went to the Cottage to relax and enjoy each other’s company, and you’re invited to do the same. Bring a picnic (or popcorn) and sit back.. and relax! Family crafts and activities will be available 5:30-7pm before the movie begins at 7pm Register to reserve your space!

Drive-In Movie: Selena
Where: Union Market: Northeast DC
When: Friday, 8:20pm (lot opens 7:30pm)
Admission: $20/car, walk-ups are free

See Selena at this installment of Union Market’s Drive-In Movie Series. Watch the film from the comfort of your car (or walk up and sit in the fresh air) in the UM parking lot. Get there as early to enjoy delicious foods from market vendors and fun pre-show activities for movie-lovers of every age! The lot opens at 6:45pm and the film begins at 8:20pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Open House
Where: Kreeger Museum | Foxhall-Palisades, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Kreeger Museum for their annual Open House! The free, family-friendly event will have live jazz music, art-making activities, and food trucks selling lunch and dessert. Entrance to the Museum will be free of charge with the permanent collection will be on view. If you have never been (or even if you have), it’s a reat time to go! Read more about the Kreeger in this KFDC post.

“Eye Spy” Halloween Trains
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Parks | Bethesda & Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $8/Wheaton, $6/Cabin John
Hop on board the Halloween Trains! All ages can take a ride through “Trainslyvania” on Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and the Wheaton Miniature Train. Purchase tickets in advance online to guarantee a ride, as only a limited amount are available onsite. Plan on more play at the parks — see more about Cabin John here and Wheaton here.

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Gallery of Art for their monthly First Saturday, a special day-long affair with multiple free programs for kids of all ages. Enjoy a story time for little ones, try out the new Sketching Lab, take children to the Kids’ Play Space, and, of course, tour the exhibits — all for FREE!

Open Streets DC
Where: Georgia Avenue |
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

DC’s Open Streets is back on Georgia Avenue on Saturday with a day of wellness, outdoor activity, and neighborhood fun for the entire family! A stretch of the street from Missouri to Ave to Barry Place will be closed to cars, and the street will open the street for people to walk, bike, scoot, and play. Enjoy FREE fitness classes, fun and educational kids’ activities, community building, and more. Open Streets events seek to temporarily close roads to cars to provide safe spaces for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, scoot, and play safely. Visit the website for a full schedule and volunteer opportunities.

Fall Festing
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Pick some pumpkins, whiz down giant slides, get lost in corn mazes, go on and hayrides, bounce around on jumping pillows, and so much more. There are activities galore to help you embrace the autumn spirit, and the KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Kids DIY Project
Where: Home Depot Locations
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Home Depot’s free monthly workshop for kids invites young DIYers to make their own rescue floatplane. All supplies are provided, including a little apron, and kids get to keep their craft along with a certificate of achievement and collectible pin. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Register in advance!

Art Cart: Paint the Plaza
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Hirshhorn’s birthday by painting the Plaza with at this week’s water-inspired Art Cart. Young artists will explore the properties of water and how artists use water in their art. Then, they can and use water to paint their own work of art on the Hirshhorn Plaza. Find the Art Cart on the Plaza near the Fountain.

Chuseok Family Festival
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving Day, with the museum! Learn about both past and current traditions of one of the biggest holidays in South Korea. Take pictures in traditional Korean clothing known as hanbok and view a charye table display, which is a traditional feast prepared for a family’s ancestors. Enjoy special performances, food talks, programming from local community groups, and more!

Culture Queen Kids Hour
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 12-1pm
Admission: Free

This session of the monthly Culture Queen Kids House series is a Children’s Rites of Passage Party. Join for fun, interactive, and engaging music, movement, storytelling, and craft activities. Register in advance.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Numerous 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 — there will be crafts especially for young festival-goers to enjoy and take home. 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.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay for 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 31st year of Bethesda’s famous food and music festival will bring the best restaurants and five stages of entertainment to the downtown’s Woodmont Triangle. Along with delicious 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.

College Park Day
Where: College Park Aviation Museum | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Join friends, neighbors, and the entire City of College Park community at the Annual College Park Day Festival. This FREE event is fun for the whole family. Details for 2022 are still to come, but past years have included live music and bands, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, a variety of performers, helicopter fly-ins, exhibitors, and much more.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through October 30
Admission: $25

With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life’s big questions through the eyes of the Peanuts gang as they play baseball, fly kites, struggle with homework, swoon over crushes, and celebrate the joys of friendship. Growing up is serious business! Recommended for all ages.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through October 22
Admission: $25-39
Using more than 70 beautiful, larger-than-life puppets and original music, this special event follows all your favorite characters from “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” “The Very Busy Spider,” “10 Little Rubber Ducks,” and, of course, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Recommended for ages 3-8.

Cirque du Soleil: ECHO
Where: Under the Big Top | Tysons II, VA
When: Through October 22
Admission: Start at $33/child, 42/adult (look for a deal

This new Circque du Soleil show just made its US debut in DC and runs through October. Fueled by the power of change, the hope of the youth, and the value of empathy, ECHO follows an inquisitive young woman named FUTURE as she wanders into a fantasy world that explores humans’ sacred bond with animals and nature. When FUTURE and her best friend the DOG encounter a mysterious CUBE, they quickly learn how their actions have the power to shape this world, and if we come together, we can rebuild our planet to create the world we all want to live in.

Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $28 (check for a deal)

It’s the United’s last regular season game of the season. Head to Audi Field and show support for the team. If you drive, I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk from there.

Southwest Fall Fest
Where: The Lot (4th & M Streets) | Southwest DC
When: Sunday,10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Get ready to embrace the cozy vibes of autumn at the Southwest BID’s Fall Festival! Celebrate the season with fun activities, delicious treats, and a festive atmosphere! A Book Bazaar with Carpe Librum starts at 10am and all other activities — live entertainment, cookout, a community mural, Ebike rides, photo ops, and more — start at 1 pm.

Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15

Witch Wartsmith (the sister of Witch Wartsmith from our Legacy and touring show Rapunzel), hosts the annual Halloween Spooktacular and you get to vote on the winner! Part contemporary competition show, part vintage telethon, and part punpalooza, this spooky variety show will tickle your funny bone. Some of our contestants will change year to year, so come back to see old and new friends alike! Run time approximately 45 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Disney on Ice: Magic in the Stars
Where: EagleBank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Through October 9
Tickets: $20-100

Chart a course through the night sky to Disney On Ice — where every story starts with a wish! Experience the magic of Frozen 2 and celebrate the power of love with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff.

Play in the Trees
Where: Ropes courses aoround the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy time outdoors and get good views of the start of fall foliage at one of our area’s outdoor ropes courses. Daredevils young and old can challenge their strength, balance, bravery, and problem-solving as you navigate from tree to tree or on lofty structures with fun obstacles. This new post has a round-up of some options to explore.

An Art Tour for the T(w)een Scene
Where: Glenstone Museum | Potomac, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Take advantage of the beautiful weather (at least one day this weekend) along with Glenstone’s Guaranteed Entry program for students ages 12+ and enjoy a visit to the incredible indoor-outdoor art museum. Tickets are not needed for students and one adult guest. Be sure to note that they do not allow children under 12 at all, but it’s a great activity to enjoy with tweens and teens.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
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.

* There are some great shows opening at local theatres in the next couple of weeks — get details on what’s coming and snag tickets while you can!
* Watson Adventures has a Wizard School Scavenger Hunt coming up next weekend at the National Gallery of Art. Read about our experience participating in the super fun activity.
* The Capital Jewish Museum hosts Story Time for children 5 & under on the second Thursday of the month — join them next Thursday, October 12, 10-11am.
* An Eater’s Guide to dining in D.C.
* Still seven years off, but this sounds kind of crazy, but also really cool.
* Levi has raved about this sunglasses brand, so I finally bought these for myself.
* My favorite movie of 2023 so far is available to stream.
* A wise, relatable parenting article — and not just because we have kids the exact same ages, our 17-year-olds named Owen, and they also respond to their mom’s advice with “Bruh.”

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