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The Weekend Round-Up:
September 2-5

 

Happy Long Weekend!

Quick links to all kinds of ideas for local activities:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

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

This weekend is the last for some of the pursuits we’ve been enjoying all summer long — outdoor swimming pools and special museum programs among them. If you’re hoping to explore The Playhouse at the Building Museum, see the fairy houses at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, enjoy that last Cinematery of the summer, or jump in at an outdoor public pool, then get on it this weekend! For details on these and other seasonal activities that will continue for a few more weeks, check out the 2022 Summer Guide, which has details on all of these diversions, plus many more.

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

Book enthusiasts young and old come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased, and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances. It’s always a wonderful event, and I highly recommend going if you can.   It’s a good idea to plan ahead if there are any authors you really want to see, so take a look at the complete list of them as well as the schedule — most presentations are first come-first served, and people do line up early to get seats.

Virginia Scottish Games
Where: The Plains, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 9pm
Admission: $20-30/age 12+, $5/ages 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.

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

The long weekend is a great time to head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families.
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

Hike & Hang
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Sometimes it’s better to plan a hike around the apres hike destination, places where you can relax and enjoy food and drinks, the kids can play, and the scenery adds to the enjoyment. A few awesome combos for that, where you can hike and hang: Patuxent River State Park and Waredaca Brewery, Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery; Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard; Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn; Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery.

National Cinema Day
Where: Movie theaters around the DC area
When: Saturday
Admission: $3

Saturday is National Cinema Day, and many theaters are celebrating with $3 tickets just for the day. See what’s playing and reserve your tickets before they sell out.

Merriment Galore
Where: Maryland Renaissance Festival | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $24/adults, $21/seniors, $12/7-15, 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, 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.

Labor Day Weekend Festivities
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

It’s an exciting weekend at Glen Echo. Along with the annual Labor Day Art Show throughout the weekend with all kinds of art to check out. On Sunday and Monday, you can also enjoy the Social Dance Showcase, with live music and a variety of different dance styles. There will be short beginner lessons at the start of each dance, and all dances are open to people of all skill level. No partner required.

DC Festival of Magic
Where: Capital Hilton | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: Varies by show
Several local magicians will be performing at the Capital Hilton, with shows that promise to make you laugh, clap, and gasp with wonder. There will be performances throughout the weekend, including a family show and a family magic class on Sunday. Visit the website for details and to see what else you can enjoy.

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Farms & orchards around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The apple picking season is underway! Several farms in the area have opened their orchards for guests to start gathering. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities has details on where you can harvest them. I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the fruits are available the day you plan to go.

DC Jazz Fest
Where: Venues around DC
When: Through September 4
Tickets: Varies by performance

The annual DC Jazz Fest is back with in-person performances over this long weekend. All shows will. Shows are taking place at several venues around DC, including The Wharf (where general admission is free), Arena Stage, U Street, and more. See the website for the schedule of shows.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

Check out some soccer action on Saturday evening. DC United are hosting the Colorado Rapids at home. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are conveniently located and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there. Purchase match tickets here.

Pedestrian Zone
Where: 18th btwn Kalorama & Columbia NW | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Sunday, 12-10pm
Admission: Free

Walk your way through the streets of Adams Morgan — one street, anyway! The 18th Street Pedestrian Zone is on again this Sunday, keeping the street free of vehicular traffic, so more pedestrians, bicyclists, and people on scooters have mroe safe space to walk to their favorite cafe, shop for a unique gift, bike to dinner with friends, scooter to a hair or nail appointment, or just wander the tree-lined streets of Adams Morgan and enjoy the architecture. Take the fam down for a stroll, have lunch or dinner, stop for ice cream, and hit an area playground!

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through Monday
Admission: $27.50+ (look for discount)

Now running!  The world-class, live entertainment attraction is back at National Harbor .  The production celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities, blending circus arts, theater, and music — a fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Off the Beaten Museum Path
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by museum

If you don’t veer from the well trodden path of the National Mall now and then, you could miss out on some amazing museum exhibits and experiences. Check out this round-up of some these places in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be. They’ll be great places to stay cool, too!

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 annual Labor Day concert returns to the West Lawn of the US Capitol! Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra in music by Aaron Copland, John Williams, new Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon, and others. Gates open to the public at 3pm, and if the show is at 8pm is too late, you can catch the open dress rehearsal at 3:30pm.

Labor Day Parades
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Monday
Admission: Free

For some holiday pageantry on Monday, head to Maryland — both Gaithersburg and Kensington celebrate with Labor Day parades. The 80+ year tradition in Gaithersburg includes fire engines, high school marching bands, giant balloons, horses, and clowns in its procession through Olde Towne. Kensington is hosting its Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. Dance troupes, equestrian groups, fire trucks, circus performers will be part of the show making its way through town starting at 10am. The fun will continue afterward at a festival on Antique Row with live music, food vendors, crafts, and more.

Ride On
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s a quick link to bike routes above, but this is a stronger recommendation to get out for a family ride. And you’ve got your pick of good ones around the area. Take in the summer scenery, get some exercise, and enjoy some QT together. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

Bike+
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Add some extra adventure to a bike ride and go mountain biking. There are several MTB trails to ride around the area, a few miles even right here in the District at Fort Dupont Park in Anacostia — a good place for newer mountain bikers. Cosco Regional Park in PG County and Schaffer Farms in Gaithersburg are also great for those just starting. And for even more recs, the post about biking around the DC area includes a list of places to hit the mountain biking trails (scroll down).  [Note: This activity is better for older kids with more experience riding.]

Maryland State Fair
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds | Timonium-Lutherville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5-10 (rides, games, etc. are extra)

If you missed the recent local county fairs or want to enjoy even more rides, games, live entertainment, 4-H exhibits, and carnival fun, head north to the Maryland State Fair.  You can even see some  thoroughbred horse racing.  The Fair continues this weekend and September 8-11.

Weather or Not
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It looks like a mix of sun, rain, and clouds this weekend. So, if you want to plan your activities as the weather plays out, keep these two posts bookmarked:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* DC Theatre Week is coming up September 22 – October 9! During this time, there is special pricing on tickets to shows at dozens of theatres around the area — score some of them here.
* DC Spray Parks no longer close after Labor Day — they’ll remain open through September 30.
* Imagination Stage’s fall classes for kids ages 1-18 start up in a couple of weeks!
* Yummy ideas for a Labor Day menu.
* Looking forward to starting this series over the weekend.
* Also can’t wait for the new episode of this brilliant new show.
* Is it too late in the season for new sandals?
* The comments of this blog post are filled with great book recs!
* Happy September 💜

 

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Five Things: August 31, 2022

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviewing author Jacqueline Woodson at a past National Book Festival

 

1. The annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is this Saturday, September 3!  Book enthusiasts young and old come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased, and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances. It’s always a wonderful event, and I highly recommend going if you can.   It’s a good idea to plan ahead if there are any authors you really want to see, so take a look at the complete list of them as well as the schedule — most presentations are first come-first served, and people do line up early to get seats. The Festival runs 9am – 8pm, and doors open at 8:30am.  Admission to all of it is free, but books and more items will be for sale.

 

2. This Saturday, September 3, is also National Cinema Day, and many theaters are celebrating with $3 tickets just for that day. See what’s playing and reserve your tickets before they sell out.

 

3. I strongly suggest listening to yesterday’s episode of The Daily about the adolescent metal health crisis. (Today’s about the Parkland students four years later is very compelling, too.)

 

4. Some Labor Day sales to check out: Target, Backcountry, Tea Collection, Best Buy, Gap.

 

5. QUEEN. (A reminder/recommendation to watch tonight + read this essay if you haven’t yet.)

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 26-28

Enjoy a family outing and celebrate National Dog Day on a hike.

 

Happy Weekend!

Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Huzzah for Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $26/adults, $21/seniors, free/15 & under

It’s time for merriment! And the Maryland Renaissance Festival is all about it. The fantastic trip back to medieval times is an event that appeals to all ages and sensibilities. Enjoy jousting matches, kids shows, comedy acts, tight rope walkers, jugglers, puppetry, Celtic music…and that’s just some of the live entertainment. There’s also a pirate playground, giant slide, labyrinth and games, and some of the best people watching opportunities ever. Walk among knights, maidens, pirates, and wizards in a 16th-century Tudor village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead. It all begins Saturday and will run every weekend through October 23. And this weekend only, kids ages 15 and under get in for FREE! Be sure to reserve tickets in advance online, as they aren’t available on site.

Dog Day(s) of Summer
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place (but mostly free)

Friday, August 26, is National Dog Day, so do something special with your pup this weekend! Washingtonian has a round-up of ways to celebrate. And I recommend a hike at a place that offers decent shade — some good spots for it are Rock Creek Park in Northwest DC, Riverbend Park in McLean, Roosevelt Island in DC (but accessed from the GW Parkway), Turkey Run Park in McLean, and Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. And Congressional Cemetery is our go-to spot to let our Teddydog run off-leash.

Final Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Docks | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

It’s the last chance to join Anacostia Riverkeeper for their summer Friday fishing program. All essentials are provided: rods, reels, bait, and lessons for first time fishers. Staff are there to answer any questions and help with casting, tips, and tricks. All ages are welcome. Register in advance. When you’re done, head to one of the many nearby Navy Yard eateries for a bite to eat.

Maryland State Fair
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds | Timonium-Lutherville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5-10 (rides, games, etc. are extra)

If you missed the recent local county fairs or want to enjoy even more rides, games, live entertainment, 4-H exhibits, and carnival fun, head north to the Maryland State Fair.  You can even see some  thoroughbred horse racing!  The Fair will be held this weekend and the weekends of September 1-5 and 8-11.

Open Streets Brookland
Where: 12th St btwn Franklin & Monroe NE | Brookland, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Hit the Open Streets in Ward 5 on Saturday! The program from the DC Dept of Transportation and Mayor Bowser will shut down the road to cars and fill it with yoga, fitness classes, arts & crafts, games, a DJ, bands, bikes and scooters zipping by, foam and mist tents, and more.  Guests can snag lessons and free felmet from LIME along with their first ride free (new customers) as well as enjoy live music giveaways and more. Visit the website for a schedule of activities.

Around the World Cultural Food Festival
Where: Oronoco Bay Park, Old Town Alexandria, VA,
When: Saturday,11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Returning after a Covid hiatus, this festival celebrates intercultural diversity and brings together authentic living traditions from different countries around the world. Learn, eat, dance, shop, and witness these vibrantly connected cultures. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Dance Class Demo
Where: District Irish Dance Academy | Tenleytown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am -12pm (kids) | 12:30-1:30pm (adults)
Admission: Free

District Irish Dance Academy is celebrating the opening of its new studio in Tenleytown with free tours and demo classes. Students of all ages at District have been finding their rhythm, whether pursuing a passion, hobby, or career path. Kids and parents can try it out for themselves. The youth class is from 11am – 12pm, and an adults Jigs & Swigs class is 12:30-1:30pm. Be sure to register in advance through the link!

Seize the Season
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Time is dwindling to enjoy some of the season’s best places and activities. Outdoor pools and spray parks, special museum programs and exhibits, music and movies in the open air, beach fun, mini golf and carousels rides, a good ol’ crab feast. Check out the Summer Guide to help you enjoy the best of the season as it winds down.

Check Out this Library
Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Library | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

MLK Library is so much more than your typical library.  Along with books to browse and check out for all ages from all genres, there is a cafe, an exhibit space, study and meeting rooms, a large auditorium, a recording studio, a gorgeous rooftop terrace, and what little ones will love most: a SLIDE in the Children’s section to zip down. It’s a great place for all ages to visit, and this weekend there will be exhibits on the first floor, plus a teen art opportunity, and back to school kits to pick up in the Children’s Library. Read more about the MLK Library in this new post.

Nats vs. Reds
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are back home and hosting the Cincinnati Reds this weekend. Catch them on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:05pm) and Sunday afternoon (1:05pm). Giveaways include a Wonder Woman Bobblehead on Friday and a tote bag on Saturday for the first 10,000 fans.  Don’t forget about the Kids Eat Free summer promo, plus they can run the bases after the Sunday game.  Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

Take a Dip
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

As temps heat up this weekend, find some cool spots to go for a swim.   This round-up has details on where to do that. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip.

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free 

Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park – there is so much fun to be had at the PG County locale.  The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Be sure to stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds.  Trails winding through the woods make for nice hikes, too!

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Apples are now available at some spots for PYO, and berries, peaches tomatoes, and a few others crops are some of the pick-your-own options at local farms right now.  This post has info on some good places to gather them.  It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Join an evening campfire at Lake Accotink on Friday. Get creative at a tie dye session at Burke Lake Park — and learn to make your dyes. Learn about monarch butterflies and more at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.  Details and registration for these and more activities this weekend and beyond are available here.  And be sure to see what free performances are in this weekend’s lineup of the Summer Entertainment Series!

Hike+
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy a family hike — then extend (and elevate) the day with some some snacks (or a whole meal) and sips after.  A few awesome combos for that: Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery; Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard; Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s InnPatapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery.

Cinderella
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Through August 28
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

It’s the final weekend to see this show on strings!  Rod puppets convey the classic tale of rags to riches, love at first sight (twice!), and getting what we all deserve. Don’t miss this fan favorite production, or your magical midnight curfew! Recommended for ages 5+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

Six
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through September 4
Tickets: $65-150 (look for discount)

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over.

Off the Beaten Museum Path
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by museum

If you don’t veer from the well trodden path of the National Mall now and then, you could miss out on some amazing museum exhibits and experiences. Check out this round-up of some these places in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be. They’ll be great places to stay cool, too!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There are a few days left of Alexandria Restaurant Week.
* If you’ve got a construction vehicle obsessed kid, Diggerland in NJ looks road-trip worthy.
* Can’t wait to celebrate a friend’s birthday this weekend at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
* I recently purchased this little appliance and it really comes in handy, especially for making single-serving gazpacho.
* Have you watched Only Murders in the Building on Hulu? So clever and entertaining with the most endearing, stellar cast!
* Is memory loss a symptom? 😂 😭

 

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Five Things: August 25, 2022

 

1. We recently stopped in My Cake Theory on Capitol Hill for the first time to get a taste. Why we waited so long — it opened about a year ago — I don’t know, because… YUM! They introduced the area’s first build-your-own “flavors to frills” cupcake process, that lets you select your cupcake flavor, filling, frosting, and “frillings.” They also have pre-made cupcakes loaded with “frills” and offer custom cakes and catering as well.  The staff/service there are as sweet as the treats, too.  (Btw, I promise this mention is not sponsored in any way.)

 

2. Summer break is winding down as local kids get ready to head back to school (if they haven’t already).  If you want to savor the final days with some quintessential seasonal fun or a special activity,  check out the KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area for ideas.

 

3. Some great picks from Eater DC in their round-up of 16 Excellent, Affordable Dining Options in the DC Area.

 

4. ARTIFCTS, the online service that helps you organize, preserve, and share special memories, is turning 1 tomorrow, August 26.  To celebrate, for that day only, they are offering 50% off all new memberships. Check it out and sign up!

 

5. Excellent recommendations for Reading, Watching, and Listening.

 

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Huzzaaah! It’s Time for Ren Fest!

 

I won’t go into a long, rambling introduction about this one, because if you’ve been reading KFDC for any length of time longer than a year, you likely already know how I feel about the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

That it’s my hands-down very, VERY favorite annual event in the area.  That I’ve adored it since well before I  had kids.  That I love not just the fun and food and entertainment and amazing people watching it brings, but also that it celebrates eccentricity, welcomes the weird with open arms, and presents all its mirth and delight in an easy, free-flowing way.  If you want more specifics on all of that, just go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, or here.  And if you want to enjoy a day of extraordinary fun , just go.

Logistics
The merriment begins this Saturday, August 27, and runs every weekend, rain or shine, through October 23 in the lovely 16th century-style hamlet of Revel Grove in Crownsville, MD. Hours are 10am – 7pm. Through September 11, admission is $24/adults, $21/seniors, $12/ages 7-15, free for ages 6 and under.  After that, ticket prices go up to $30/adults, $26/seniors, $15/ages 7-15, still free for 6 and under. Multi-day passes that offer a discount are also available. Like last year, tickets must be reserved in advance online. There are no day-of, in-person ticket sales.

 

Notable Dates
There are promos and special themes on many weekends. Here’s a quick list, and you can find more info here.
*  August 27-28: Children’s Weekend – FREE admission for ages 15 and under with adult
*  September 3-4: Romance Weekend — Special events for singles 21+ on 9/3 & partners can renew their commitments in a ceremony on 9/4
*  September 5: Seniors day — Free admission for all seniors age 62+
*  September 10-11: Celtic Celebration
*  September 11 & October 10: ASL Interpretation Days – Selected stage shows will be interpreted in ASL
*  September 17-18: Pirate Adventure Weekend
*  September 24 & 25: Myth & Magic Weekend
*  October 1 & 2: Shakespeare Weekend

KFDC Tips
*  Bring a stroller or carrier for little ones, as there is  a lot of walking. I recommend a stroller that rolls over rough terrain easily.
*  Get a map and schedule on your way in to help you navigate and plan your day, but I recommend not overthinking it; Ren Fest is best experienced with a “go with the flow” mindset.
*  If there’s a show you really want to see, get to the stage a few minutes ahead of time to get good seats, so the kids have a good view.
You might encounter less crowds on Sunday, when many folks are watching football.
*  Plan to spend on extras like food, games, and fun for kids — all reasonably priced, but it can add up.
*  Tickets can sell out, especially on beautiful fall days as the chances to go dwindle. Between that and the online sales only, you might want to reserve further in advance than usual.
*  Consider pros and cons to going at different times: Early in the season, crowds are smaller because it’s usually very hot, and the admission fee is lower. Later in the season, the cool, crisp weather and autumn foliage adds some extra splendor to the visit, but also draws the masses.
*  Let the kids dress up! Princesses, knights, fairies, and pirates will fit right in.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD ( get directions)
When: Weekends August 28 – October 23, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $24-30/adult, $21-26/senior, $12-15/age 7-15, free/6 & under

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Growing up, Ren Fest-style (2013 & 2021)…

 

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