Forget what the calendar says. If back-to-school didn’t bring about the mental end of the season, this weekend certainly will. But the upside is that we have three glorious days to squeeze the last bit of juice out of summer. And if you’re spending them in town, you’ve got a variety of ways to get the most out of ’em. Happy Weekend!
The Big Dig – Great Country Farm’s annual Potato Harvest is on Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm. Take the scenic drive out to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains early for all-you-can-eat pancakes topped with homemade fruit syrups, then hop on a hayride that will take you out to u-pick fields where you can dig for gold — yukon gold potatoes, that is. Breakfast is served from 9am – 12pm, and the hayrides run all day, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. The $10 admission (free for kids under 2) also includes access to the rest of the farm’s attractions, including a cow train, mazes, barnyard petting area, pick your own fields, and more. Visit the website for more information and directions.
The Ol’ Ballgame – The Nats are playing at home all weekend, with a few special promos and ticket deals for fans. Saturday is team on field photo day, where fans will have the opportunity to go to the warning track to get pictures of team players from 4:30 – 5:45pm. Sunday is $1 Kids Day – as implied, kids’ tickets are just a buck with the purchase of an adult ticket, and the first 10,000 fans ages 12 and under to arrive will receive a Ryan Zimmerman Fathead Jr. It’s also a Signature Sunday and Kids Run the Bases. For more details and ticket deals for later games, see this post from a couple of days ago.
Ren Fest – If Hurricane Irene thwarted your plans for merriment last weekend, you can try again this Saturday through Monday (and subsequent weekends until October 23) at the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD. 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 puffy shirts 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). Admission to the faire is $19/adult, $9/kids ages 7-15, free for children 6 and under. A coupon for a discount on tickets is available through September 11 – see this post from last week for details.
Maloof Money Cup Skateboarding Event – Any Tony Hawk wannabes out there? Skaters-in-the-making will be stoked about this event happening on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm at RFK Stadium, where a new world-class skatepark is currently under construction. See some of the world’s best skateboarders perform ollies, flips, and other cool tricks as they compete for the Maloof Money Cup. Tickets are $15/day or $25 for both days. Oh, and Doug E. Fresh is performing on Sunday at 2:45pm…La Di Da Di, we like to party, we don’t cause trouble, don’t bother nobody (couldn’t help myself).
Adventure Theatre Open House – Head to the children’s theatre at Glen Echo Park for a day full of fun and entertainment for the family. Enjoy a reading of the upcoming shows’ books by local celebrities and national authors, free light sabre class demos, a visit from a pirate, book signings, and more from 10am – 4pm on Saurday. Check out the schedule for specifics. And be sure to stick around Glen Echo after for the annual Labor Day Art Show taking place throughout the park all weekend, including Monday.
Outdoor Concerts – Get the weekend started with free music in the fresh air at an outdoor concert. Jazz violinst Bruno Nasta and the U.S. Naval Academy Band-The Next Wave will entertain at Jazz in the Garden at 5:30pm, and the modern rock band Rise and Fall will play on the boardwalk stage at The Yards Park at 6pm. The al fresco music continues over the weekend at the DC Blues Festival on Saturday and the annual Labor Day Concert at the Capitol on Sunday (see below for details on both).
Peter Pan – Venture to Never Never Land at Wolf Trap as Tony Award-nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all-new production of Peter Pan. On stage through Sunday, you can catch an afternoon or evening performance. Tickets range from $20-80, but Goldstar currently has a deal for 50% off select seats. Find out what else you can see on local stages this weekend, including the final performances of The Wizard off Oz at The Puppet Co., in this post about live entertainment.
RiverFest – Discover 101 ways to protect and enjoy our waterways during RiverFest 2011 at Historic St. Mary’s City on Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Festivities will live entertainment, paddling and sailing jaunts on the river, face painting, balloon art, educational exhibits, and more. Admission is free. Visit the website for complete info.
Hear the Blues – The 23nd Annual DC Blues Festival is on Saturday at Carter Barron Amphitheater in Rock Creek Park. The free concert runs from 12pm – 7:30pm. Along with the line-up of performers, there will be musical workshops throughout the day, where both children and adults can learn about Blues music. Kids will especially enjoy the opportunity to try making their own music at an instrument petting zoo.
Labor Day Concert at the Capitol – NSO Associate Conductor Emil de Cou leads this annual NSO tradition on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The free concert takes place on Sunday at 8pm, with gates opening to the public at 3:15pm. If not raining, the dress rehearsal is at 3:30pm on Sunday. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. You can call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202.416.8114 after 2:30pm to find out if the performance has been moved.
These go-to posts have even more ideas:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids