This round-up of weekend happenings comes with a warning: There are so many options for fun activities with the kids, it’ll make your head spin. And that’s just referring to the list below. Dare I suggest checking out the outdoor and indoor guides, too? (You’ll be okay, I promise.) Happy Weekend!
Where: District Doughnut
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 8am until the doughnuts are gone
Admission: Free (but be ready to buy the house specialty!)
District Doughnut is opening its first store on Barracks Row in Capitol Hill this morning! The store, located at 749 8th St SE, will open at 8am will remain open until they sell out. Stop by Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the delicious treats, plus special Grand Opening festivities to celebrate the launch, including music, games, giveaways, a photo booth, and more. Sounds pretty sweet to me!
Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
It’s your last chance to catch a Friday evening concert at Yards Park. The summer series that brings lives music to the boardwalk by the river is hosting its final show of the season tonight. Jeff from Accounting, a party cover band, is performing, and you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many nearby eateries or BYO food and drinks for a picnic dinner.
Adams Morgan Day Festival
Where: 18th Street NW, between Columbia and Florida Avenues
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Celebrate one of the city’s most diverse communities at the 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival, offering a day full of music, art, culture, dancing, and more. Arts on Belmont will feature original artisans and a variety of art mediums. And various stages throughout the neighborhood will showcase local live entertainment that all ages can enjoy. Details and the schedule of performances are available on the festival website.
Family Day at Abe’s Place
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage.
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Enjoy the Soldiers’ Home grounds as the Lincoln family did! There will be live entertainment and activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the locale for all ages. Guests can make their own top hats, go on pony rides, and visit a petting zoo featuring Tad Lincoln’s favorite animals (peacocks, goats, geese, and more). A Civil War encampment with re-enactors, Civil War-era games, and live musical performances of Civil War-era tunes will round out the fun. Plan on purchasing food from a vendor and picnicking on the grounds.
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
The calendar may not say fall, but that’s not stopping the seasonal celebrations. Go on hayrides, get lost in corn mazes, pick some pumpkins and apples, whoosh down slides, go medieval, and so much more. This recent post has a list of all the festivals happening around the area where you can jump into fall this weekend or plan your autumn amusement for later.
Where: US Navy Memorial
When: Saturday, 12pm
The 11th annual DC Shorts Film Festival, the largest short film event on the East Coast, has begun and runs through September 21. Among the presentations is a showcase of family-friendly mini flicks on Saturday. Ranging from 4 to 18 minutes long, the featured shorts explore a variety of themes that young audiences will enjoy. Read descriptions and see previews of the films here.
Women in Aviation & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Bring the whole family to the Air & Space Museum on the Mall to learn about the incredible contributions of women in aviation, science, and aerospace. Enjoy hands-on activities, guest speakers, a sample of Astronaut Training School, and more.
All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia. The event is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders. Want a peek at the trains? Take a virtual tour.
Taste of Georgetown
Where: K Street NW, btwn Thomas & Jefferson Streets
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free, but pay per taste
In its 21st year, the Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of over 35 of the neighborhood’s premier restaurants, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings, a Chef Showdown, and Gypsy Sally’s Music Stage. Even more, the new Waterfront location is prime for family-friendly entertainment hosted by Pinstripes that will include bocce ball courts, hula-hooping, face-painting and balloon-animal-making with help from a number of Georgetown’s historical attractions. Tasting tickets can be purchased online or at the event.
Kid’s Consignment Fair
Where: Luther Jackson Middle School
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Join the Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples (NVPOM) and save big $$ on all of your baby and kid gear needs. You don’t want to miss this ‘must attend’ event. This huge fall children’s consignment sale typically has over 25,000 items for sale! Find great bargains on strollers, bikes, furniture, books, games, shoes, maternity, sports, safety equipment and other baby gear. Clothes range from preemie to size 14/16. Heads-up that the space is not stroller accessible. Bonus: Credit cards are accepted.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Let Marinani Iranzi entertain the whole family at Bloombars late Saturday afternoon
* The hit stage version of Dirty Dancing is in its final weekend at the National Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* Experience your favorite superheroes all in one epic event at Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Patriot Center
* Rainbow Rock is playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java
* Catch Alice in Wonderland at Workhouse Arts Center
Teddy Bear Clinic
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Bring your favorite stuffed friend and explore the Teddy Bear Clinic at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with activities and crafts designed to highlight the body, physical fitness and healthy habits. This program is recommended for children in PreK – 2nd grade. This family program is free and open to the public. The Museum is located at 2500 Linden Lane in Silver Spring.
Hispanic Heritage Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm
Bring the whole family to the Smithsonian’s kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! Held in conjunction with the exhibition Portraiture Now: Staging the Self, the day includes musical performances, interactive demonstrations, arts and crafts, storytelling, gallery tours, and a special display of creative work by Fairfax County Family Literacy Program families.
STAR Family Festival: Sing, Talk & Read
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Learn how singing, talking and reading with your baby or young child now can help them later in school. DC Public Library’s STAR Family Festival will feature workshops for parents to support your child’s early learning; activities, crafts and games for children; free children’s books, live entertainment by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and drummer Jali-D; safety, health and education resources; prizes and giveaways; face painting; photo ops with costumed characters; and more. Lunch will be offered, to boot!
Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child, 2 and under are free
September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for apple picking and freshly pressed cider. Most weekends this month, they are celebrate everything apple with wagon rides to the apple orchard and cider pressing demos (and tastings!) with the Zurschmeide Family antique1865 Cider press. Visitors are encouraged to try giving the press a crank to see how cider used to be produced. Admission also covers hayrides, wine tasting across the street at Bluemont Vineyard, visits with barnyard animals, and loads of fun for kids, including a pumpkin jumpin’ pillow, 60-foot slide, five mazes, and pedal tractors.
Get Movin’ Family Fun Day
Where: ProJet Aviation Hangar in Leesburg
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Inova Health System and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics are hosting Get Movin’ Family Fun Day in celebration of National Family Health & Fitness Day. The event will feature a wide variety of activities and interactive exhibits that encourage family health and fitness including a Radio Disney dance party, games and prizes to get guests moving, a Disney Junior Doc McStuffins “Toy Check-Up Clinic” (bring a favorite toy, action figure or doll for a quick check-up), family health and wellness demos and exhibits, rock wall climbing and an obstacle course, Washington Mystics player and mascot appearances, face painting, balloon art, glitter tattoos, and more.
King Street Art Fest & Ice Cream
Where: Market Square in Old Town
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free (but you buy the bowl!)
The 12th annual King Street Art Festival is back with spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more, offering extraordinary art for every taste. Even more, The Art League’s popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser is back! Purchase one of 1,000+ hand-made bowls created by the talented and prolific artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy local artisan ice cream from Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria – all for only $15 per bowl! Proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s Ceramics department. Participants in the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser can enter a free drawing to win Ceramic Artwork and an Art League gift certificate.
BoxTrolls Cardboard Challenge
Where: The Plaza at City Center
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Join Tommy McFly and The 94.7 Fresh FM Promotions Team in The Plaza at CityCenter for a special Cardboard Challenge inspired by BoxTrolls The Movie! Build your best cardboard creation and you could win some awesome prizes. CityCenterDC will have all of the supplies you need to build your best cardboard creation, as well as Fresh music, fun, and games.
Silver Spring Maker Faire
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Robots, electric go-karts, interactive art, flying machines, and so much to do and see! KID Museum is hosting the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire on Sunday. A Maker Faire features free family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds. The festival demonstrates creative and unusual projects and pursuits to encourage attendees to explore their own curiosity and to make something new and different. Free and open to all, the Faire will feature two performance stages as well as interactive activities for children and adults of all ages.
Despicable Me 2 en Español
Where: Mosaic District
When: Sunday, 5pm
Language Stars, the national leader in early childhood foreign language, will host a movie screening this Sunday to expose children and their families to movies in other languages. The film, Despicable Me 2, will be played in Spanish with English subtitles. In the film, Gru, the ex-super villain, is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business. Meanwhile, a secret Artic lab is stolen, and the Anti-Villain league recruits Gru to help discovery who has stolen the laboratory and its research.
MOTH Family Fest
Where: Garfield Park, 2nd & F Streets, SE
When: Sunday, 1:30-4:30pm
Capitol Hill families are invited to join in this annual celebration and enjoy food, games, and more. Festivities will include moonbounces, balloon animals, face painting, Turley the Magician, a performance from Tippi Toes, and live music from Mr. Skip, Meadowlark, and Most Wanted. Additional activities for families will be offered by local businesses and organizations, and a limited supply of food will be provided by local vendors. Families are welcome to bring picnics. The event will also feature a raffle with prizes donated by community businesses, including Metro Mutts, Hill Rag, and Boogie Babes.
Star Spangled Summer Finale
Where: American History Museum
When: Sunday, 12:30pm, 1:30, & 2:30pm
Stop by the Flag Hall at the American History Museum for a musical celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. The U.S. Air Force Band’s Ceremonial Brass Quintet will be performing entertaining patriotic tunes, toe-tapping marches, and a rousing rendition of the nation’s theme song in tribute.