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The Weekend Round-Up: September 17-19

Riding the trails at Cosco Regional Park in PG County

 

Happy Weekend!

Bookmark-worthy posts full of ideas and info for ongoing activities:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Bike Rides
* On the Water
* Swim Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

“Fall” Fun
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’s almost officially fall (September 22!), and there are so many great ways to get into the spirit of the season, from city streets to country farms. Cox, Great Country, Montpelier, Clark’s Elioak, and several more farms around the area are welcoming visitors for all kinds of autumn-inspired fun. The annual H Street Festival is back to celebrate the thriving corridor in northeast DC. Ren Fest gets medieval every weekend through October. And there are even more autumn fests happening. Details on all of them are in the 2021 KFDC Guide to the Fall Festival Season.

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free

Break out those dancing shoes for fun in-person activities for National Dance Day! Presented through a partnership between the Kennedy Center, American Dance Movement (formally the Dizzy Feet Foundation), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), this annual event invites people of all ages and abilities, from the littlest dancers to professionals, to participate in a free celebration of the joy of dance and movement. See the website for specfics!

In America: Remember
Where: 14th St. & Constitution Ave. | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s another (temporary) memorial on the National Mall.  This one honors all Americans who have died from COVID-19 with a small, white flag planted for every life lost. A similar installation by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg was on display last fall just outside of RFK Stadium. Over 260,000 flags were planted then. Less than a year later, more than 660,000 will blanket the grounds of the Mall next to the Washington Monument. The public is welcome to walk among the flags… it’s a powerful, heartbreaking sight to see.

Downtown DC on Wheels
Where: F St btwn 7th & 8th NW | Downtown DC
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: Free

Lace up your skates and show off your moves at Downtown DC’s premier roller skating event. Join for free skating and performances, movie screenings with silent disco headphones, food offerings by Shake Shack, and live DJs. Sign up in advance! Skates provided on a limited basis, but BYO skates is encouraged. Be sure to arrive within 15 mins of your scheduled registration or your spot will be released.

H Street Festival
Where: H Street NE, DC
When: September 18, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

The annual festival on northeast DC’s thriving hip corridor is returning! This one is always huge — so beware that there could be a crowd — and there is tons to see and do.  In past years, the event has featured loads of live entertainment, including a kids stage; cool art exhibits; food trucks; crafts for sale by local vendors; fashion shows; dancin’ in the street; and children’s activities, including face painting, story telling, and moon bounces. Public transportation is highly recommended, as parking is always difficult.

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 — it should be great weather for it! And you’ve got your pick of good rides around the area. Take in the almost-fall scenery, get some exercise, and have fun, all while easily social distancing. 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.]

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

The nice weather this weekend also makes it a great time to hit the trail on foot. Enjoy the not-blazing-hot temps, walk in places with scenic views, see the start of fall foliage, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods with the kids. Some specific recs for right now:  Great Falls, Patapsco Valey State Park, Huntley Meadows, Sky Meadows State Park, and Calvert Cliffs State Park.

Luchadora!
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $20.50
It’s opening weekend of Adventure Theatre’s newest production!The discovery of a worn pink wrestling mask prompts Nana Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother, to share her tale about growing up in 1960s Texas. As her tale unfolds, Lupita’s life as a teen tomboy comes alive — bike riding with her friends Leopold and Liesl, working at her father’s flower stand and lucha libre. When a World Championship match is announced, Lupita anticipates seeing it until she discovers her ailing father is one of the wrestlers. With the help of a magical mask maker, Lupita secretly trains to take her father’s place. She soon finds it difficult keeping her secret from her friends and, most importantly, her father. This production will take place outdoors in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn (BYO blanket!).

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Where: Museums Around the DC Area
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

There are some museums in the DC area that actually charge admission. But on Saturday, Smithsonian Magazine is hosting its annual Museum Day, when those that require us to open our wallets to visit are free. Take advantage at the College Park Aviation Museum, Dumbarton House, Baltimore Museum of Industry, and many more fantastic museums in the area.  KFDC Tip: Some already-free museums are also participating, including the National Museum of African American History & Culture, where you usually have to get passes well in advance!  You must reserve a free ticket —  and it’s good for admission for two people.

Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $28/age 16+, $13/age 7-15, free/6 & under

Enjoy the bounty of merriment at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual faire recalls medieval times with a village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite events in the DC area, and it could very well become one of yours, too. Read more about Ren Fest here. (PS: Admission prices go up after this weekend.)

Colonial Market & Fair
Where: Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $26/adult, $13/age 6-11, free/5 & under

At George Washington’s old stomping grounds, they re-create a lively early-American marketplace with demonstrations, crafts, and entertainment. Take in the sights and sounds of it all on Mount Vernon’s 12-acre field and chat with colonial artisans selling traditional handcrafted food and wares. Colonial music transports you back to the 18th century as experts demonstrate period crafting techniques. And you can see General Washington in the General’s Tent. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family!

Artsfest ’21
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10, free/age 11 & under

Enjoy a fabulous weekend of the visual and performing arts with 160+ artists booths, 35 performers on four stages, activities for kids, great food, wine & beer, and much more. Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the 30 acre sculpture garden, explore the excitement of the Tent Circle and the Arts Building, then wander the shady Wooded Path to find artists and activities nestled in the beautiful woods. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden here and here.

Homecoming at Abe’s Place
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free for Family Day, $35-40 for the 5k

Lincoln’s Cottage is once again combining their two popular events, the Freedom 5K and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun: Homecoming! During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the Cottage home. This year they welcome everyone back “home” to join in a full day of activities where you can run, walk, and play like Lincoln. There will be arts and crafts, pony rides, hands-on activities for young learners, cottage tours, and picnic ops. Go for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around to enjoy both!

Nats vs. Rockies
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Rockies all weekend and there are some extras to enjoy along with the baseball action. Friday night’s game will be followed by firework. Saturday is Pups in the Park, and while those tickets are sold out, you’ll get to see lots of pooches (ie, cuteness) at the ballpark, too. And at Sunday’s afternoon game, there will be Nats blanket giveaway.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Several communities in DC & MD
When: September 3-22
Tickets: Free

For another weekend, NSO musicians will perform free concerts within the uptown DC neighborhoods of Ward 4, Takoma Park, and downtown Silver Spring. This year’s IYN has 17 events, including two full NSO performances. Events will be offered both indoors and outdoors — at parks, coffee shops, taverns, schools, and more local venues. All concerts and events are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. See the website for the full schedule.

Olympic Village
Where: Czech Embassy |
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Czech Embassy is hosting a fun-filled day of activities for kids and adults, all in the spirit of the Olympics. Learn about the Czech Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team and its individual athletes’ medals. And in the true spirit of games, join in sport activities such as soccer darts, basketball shootouts, racket battles, moon bounce, and more on the Embassy’s grounds. There will also be live music, a beer garden, and food. Cash only for beer & food. RSVP required.

Theatre Open House
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

BlackRock Center for the Arts, is hosting a day of celebration as they reopen their doors! Enjoy free family programming that includes a variety of free performances, demonstrations, workshops, and exhibits — plus a showing of Shrek The Musical at 8pm. No tickets are necessary for the events, but registration is required for all educational opportunities — visit he website to see the schedule of activities and to sign up. All persons regardless of age must be masked when entering our facility, and all persons ages 12+ entering our facility must show proof of vaccination status.

Model Trains + Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Chug on down to the Historic Vienna Train Station for their first Open House since the pandemic  began. See and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose. Masks are optional if fully vaccinated but recommended. Please wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Where: Locales around Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm

Admission: Free
Jazz is back in Rosslyn with local artists, food trucks, drinks, merch ,and more! Enjoy three local acts on the Gateway Park stage, plus an afternoon of food, music, and fun. Entertainment will feature Three Man Soul Machine, Aaron Myers and Sin Miedo.

Blairs Mural Festival
Where: The Blairs District | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate public art in Silver Spring! With eight new murals to explore in the Blairs District. You can also enjoy art activities especially for kids, concessions from foods trucks, live music, hula hoops, corn hole, face painting, garden tours, and more. This all takes place at Sonny’s Green Park at The Blairs (180 High Park Lane, Silver Spring).

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Where: Waterfront Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

The Ballyshaners are back, live and in person with the 2021 version of their Irish Festival, the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! All kinds f vendors, food, beer, and the best Irish music and dancers in town will make up the day’s fun and craic! See the website for details and the entertainment line-up. Waterfront Park is located on the Potomac River between King and Prince Streets.

Sukkah City x DC: Community Day
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but registration requested

Meet the architects and explore the public display of creative sukkahs on view outdoors at the National Building Museum’s west lawn while you learn about Sukkot and participate in an arts workshop, holiday activities, family story time, and a letter-writing campaign in support of eradicating homelessness in our city. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Register here, and be automatically entered into a drawing for museum swag and four complimentary club tickets for Nats vs Red Sox on Oct 3.

Children’s Day
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Gardening is a form of art, and Brookside Gardens is the perfect place to see some outdoor art and get creative! Children and families will be inspired as they explore Art in the Gardens and make some art too! Small groups will rotate through four outdoor stations where the children will participate in fun garden activities, artful crafts, kids’ yoga, and more. Registration is required for all children age 3 and up.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks in Fairfax, 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.Learn what happens in Nature at Night at Riverbend Park. Gather around the Campfire Saturday at Burke Lake Park. Catch a Critter at Huntley Meadows Park on Sunday. Get more details on these activities and see what else is going on here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* In case you hadn’t heard, there will be a right-wing rally in DC on Saturday. Best to stay clear, even if it’s small. Fencing has already gone back up at the Capitol.
* A new post with info and scenes from a pop-in at the National Postal Museum is a great reminder to visit the just-reopened, beloved Smithsonian venue.
* Washingtonian’s round-up of where to celebrate Oktoberfest around DC. (Note: Some are more for sans kids.)
* Potomac Overlook Park has a lot of fun programming for kids coming up — read about the Arlington park here.
* Found a perfect gift for my bird (& puzzle) loving friend!
* 20 new works of fiction coming out this fall.
* Disturbing but not surprising news of the week.
* One of the best.

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 10-12

Tower of Light beaming up from the Pentagon to honor the lives lost on 9/11.

 

I was at work.  I was an editor for an adventure travel website (this whole KFDC thing isn’t a total fluke), and the office was in Chinatown right above what was then a Fuddrucker’s at the corner of 7th and H.  Just a few of us were there — it was a dot-come start-up, and most of the team arrived around 9am and worked well into the evening, but I liked to get there a bit earlier.  I was in a great mood that morning, like I was many mornings. It was generally a very happy time of life.  I really liked my job; Levi and I were still newlyweds, having gotten married just four months prior; we had a big, fun group of friends; and we were enjoying life in our late 20’s in DC.  It was a beautiful day.

I was at my desk checking email, when a co-worker sitting nearby announced with slight shock in her voice, “A plane crashed into the World Trade Center.”

One guy went over to her desk to check out what she was viewing on her computer.  My ears perked at the news, but I also assumed it was probably a small plane and had the thought that I was surprised an accident like that hadn’t happened sooner.  So, I stayed put and went back to checking email and preparing for the day ahead. 

Not long after, the same co-worker jumped up from her chair and said in a loud, panicked voice this time, ”Oh my god. Another plane just hit the other tower.” 

That was the moment everything changed.  

I remember the cold feeling of dread creeping through my body, my thoughts jumbled and racing as I processed what I’d just heard.  I frantically tried to check news online, but couldn’t connect to any sites.  I tried to make phone calls, but couldn’t get through.  By then, more people had arrived at the office, and there was commotion as we scrambled to get information.

Some of us eventually left the building and hurried a few blocks to the Grand Hyatt, where there was a TV in the bar.  People were packed in there, silent, staring up at the screen as they watched the horror unfold in New York City.  Then it hit closer to home:  Another plane crashed into the Pentagon.

I remember the screams when we heard that news, the scurry of people rushing out, our group among them, to get to…safety?  Where was that?  What was happening to our country? 

As we made our way back to our building, there were shouts on the street that a bomb had gone off on the Mall, that another plane was headed for the White House (as we know, both turned out to be false).  When we arrived in the office, we were told to go home.  I remember someone telling me there might be a plane headed for the U.S. Capitol, that I shouldn’t go to my house on Capitol Hill. 

So, I went home with a co-worker who was also part of our friend group.  We walked to his house up 11th Street — we were afraid to take Metro — still in a state of panic, we walked so fast.  I remember at Cardozo High School, which sits on a hill, turning around and seeing the plume of smoke from the Pentagon in the distance.  The rest of the sky was still a brilliant blue.

At my friend’s house, the first thing we did was turn on the TV.  We learned another plane had crashed in Pennsylvania.  Just minutes later, we watched the first tower collapse…

My friend’s house became a gathering place for many in our group that day.  Scared and confused, unsure of where and what was safe, we found comfort in being together.  I finally was able to contact Levi, and he joined us there after a slow commute back from work in Virginia.  We stayed until the evening when we felt it was okay to go back to the Hill.

Over that day and the next few, there were a lot of check-ins — with family, friends, colleagues — to make sure everyone was okay.  I was/am grateful that they were.  But even though I didn’t lose anyone close to me that day, I still mourned.  For all the lives lost, for their families and friends, for our country as we’d known it, for the innocence and safety that we no longer felt.

Twenty years.  It feels like yesterday, but also a lifetime ago.  Perhaps because, in many ways, time before September 11, 2001, was a whole other life. 

When Levi and I talk to our kids about 9/11 —when we explain what happened and what ensued, when we tell them how before that day we used to be able to walk right up to the Capitol building and practically look in the windows and take in views from the top of the steps on the West side — I think about how that day changed the world for them, too, and wonder if they feel a sense innocence and safety like we did in our youth. 

I hope they do.

* * * * *

It’s a somber anniversary of a national tragedy, but also a reminder to be grateful for all we have, including experiences shared with loved ones.  Which is why now, like every Friday, I wish all a Happy Weekend.

Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial
Where: Lincoln Memorial | National Mall, DC
When: September 10, 6pm
Tickets: Free

In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Ford’s Theatre presents a free one-night-only concert version of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The show tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers on September 11, 2001, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them — spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances.  Recommended for ages 10+. (PS: I highly recommend seeing the stage version of this beautiful show if you ever have the chance.)

Kids Concert & Family Happy Hour
Where: The Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission: $5/adult, $10/child

Join a casual, outdoor happy hour for parents and tots! Kids’ local musical fave, King Bullfrog, will hit the stage with high-energy original, folk and blues songs carefully tailored to get children dancing and delight grownups. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and gather with old. Kids under 2 are free. Register in advance. A *quiet space* will be provided for those who need a break.

Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Weekends through October 20
Admission: $20/age 16+, $10/age 7-15, free/6 & under

The medieval time trip began is still going strong! You just can’t beat the amazing variety of entertainment — exciting jousting matches, cheeky comedy shows, fire eaters, sword swallowers, tight rope walkers and other balancing acts, jugglers, musical performances, puppetry, plus slides, play areas, games, and some of the best people-watching ever. It all takes place in Revel Grove, the charming location that resembles a 16th-century Tudor village. KFDC Tip: Admission prices go up after this weekend, so take advantage!

By the Seashore
Where: Lee District Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Tickets: $10

Art on the Horizon’s production takes you on a magical journey to a place children love to visit – the beach! Young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean, and in the sky; from birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between! Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for our youngest audience members ages 0-3. It takes place outdoors at Leonadus K. Plenty Amphitheater in Lee District Park.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Several communities in DC & MD
When: Through September 22
Tickets: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program is back! Over three weeks in September, NSO musicians are performing free concerts within the uptown DC neighborhoods of Ward 4, Takoma Park, and downtown Silver Spring. Events are offered both indoors and outdoors — at parks, coffee shops, taverns, schools, and more local venues. All are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. Check the website to see where they are happening this weekend.

Fiesta DC
Where: Several locations around DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

All are welcome to this annual weekend celebration highlighting Latino culture. Festivities include a Parade of Nations, children’s festival, beauty pageant, science fair, a pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts and crafts stations, and traditional Mexican and South/Central American cuisine. See the website for specifics on all of the cultural fun.

Big Bounce America
Where: Rosecroft Raceway | Fort Washington, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $19-39
Boing! The world’s largest bounce house is in the DC area for one ore weekend and they’ve added extra jump sessions to accommodate more guests.  Big Bounce America includes four massive inflatable attractions: A 13,000 sq. foot World’s Largest Bounce House; the newly added Sport Slam featuring a customized sports arena; the 900+ ft. long obstacle course named The Giant; and a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE.

Kensington Train Show
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $7/adult, $2/child $15 /family max

All aboard for the return of the Kensington Train Show! Features model trains and more train inspired fun, it’s an event for the whole family. Marvel at local club National Capital Trackers’ “O” gauge electric trains that will literally include al the bells and whistles. istles, steam, depots and bridges giving visitors lots to marvel at.   Enjoy a performances by Orleans Express on Saturday (11:30-1:30pm), and Matthew Dodd will share railroad songs and stories on Sunday, (1-4pm). New this year is an I Spy Train Game for kids to play as they check out the model trains. And  Boy Scout troop #439 will be selling hotdogs and snacks on-site both days.

Free Theatre in the Park
Where: Lubber Run Amphitheater | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Synetic Theatre for a free pop-up performance of their family theater classic The Miraculous Magical Balloon. Expressed through body and facial masks, pantomime illusions, and dazzling choreography, it tells a story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk, full of toys, tricks, and surprises. This show is beloved by audiences of all ages. (PS: It will be performed at parks around Arlington into the fall!)

Falls Church Festival
Where: City Hall Campus | Falls Church, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but tastes and rides are a fee

The 45th Annual Falls Church Festival returns to The Little City with plenty of family fun. It features The Taste of Falls Church, a beer garden, live music, children’s entertainment, plus booths of local crafters, businesses, and civic organizations.  This year’s event also includes a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic inside the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.). Fairfax Health will offer the first or second dose of the Pfizer Vaccine to anyone ages 12 and up from 11am – 4pm.

A Wind in the Door
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Tickets: $20

Catch this show for young audiences at the Kennedy center….   A cosmic mission is unfolding! Don’t miss the onstage debut of the exciting sequel to Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved A Wrinkle in Time. Recommended for ages 9+, this one-hour show takes place indoors in the Family Theatre. Patrons 12 and older must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 – with a physical or digital copy of their vaccination card and government-issued ID with the same name. Children under 12 must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before performance time. Recommended for ages 9+.

Corn Maze & Apple Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Through September 30
Admission: $12-16/adult, $10-14/child, free/2 & under

September  is all about apples at Great Country Farms. You can celebrate with apple picking, award-winning apple cider donuts, a romp in our 12-acre play area, and some educational fun in the What’s Regenerative Agriculture Corn Maze. As you meander the paths, learn about how the deep roots in the soil can keep the farm’s food and environment as healthy as possible. On weekends, there’s live music, marshmallow roasting, pig races,  and cider pressing demos, too!

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from DC
Where: Orchards & farms around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

We’re in the thick of apple season, and there are several spots around the region where you can pick your own. 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.

DC Walls Opening Event
Where: Alethia Tanner Park | NoMa, DC
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole fam for an afternoon of food, music, and amazing art! The opening event of DC Walls, a 10-day international mural festival, will host several muralists painting along the Metro Branch Trail, as well as local DJ’s, food trucks, lawn games, and more. Take in the work of these incredible artists and enjoy the park, too! Register here.

Adams Morgan Day
Where: Throughout Adams Morgan, DC
When: September 12, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate one of the city’s most diverse communities at the 41st Annual Adams Morgan Day, offering a day full of music, art, culture, dancing, and more. The family-friendly event will have activities for all ages, including free crafts, multiple stages of entertainment, all kinds of demos, a whole Family Fun Zone, and tons more. More details and the schedule of performances are available on the website.

Josiah Hensen Community Celebration
Where: Josiah Hensen Park | North Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

It’s a day of family fun at Josiah Henson Museum & Park. There will be musical performances to remember our heroes, re-enactments to reflect on the past and look towards a hopeful future, and opportunities to participate in a Peace Pinwheels demonstration on the grounds and portray how you plan to bring peace to the world.

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25

The Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, is playing at Audi field this weekend, as they take on Seattle Reign (that’s Megan Rapinoe’s team!). Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports and see a few players from the US women’s national team in action!

Links to all kinds of ongoing adventures:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Indoor Outings
* Bike Rides
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new round-up of fall festivals around the DC area, from city streets to country farms.
* From Washingtonian, five DC area events commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
* Variety’s most anticipated TV shows this fall.
* Possible baking project this weekend?
* This “Come From Away” story in the Washington Post earlier this week is so moving.
* “I am — we all are — covered forever with a bit of the ash from those towers.”

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The Weekend Round-Up:
September 3-6

 

Happy Long Weekend!

Quick links for all kinds of ongoing & seasonal fun:
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Local Hikes with Kids
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Indoor Outings
* Bike Rides
* 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 many pursuits that we’ve been enjoying all summer long, outdoor swimming, entertainment  under the stars, and special museum programs among them. If you’re hoping to get in one last splash in a public pool,  see fairy houses at Annmarie or cherry blossom digital art, take a dip at some local swimming spots, or have fun at a waterpark, then check out the 2021 Summer Guide, which has details on all of these diversions, plus many more.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Several communities in DC & MD
When: September 3-22
Tickets: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program is back! Over three weeks in September, NSO musicians will perform free concerts within the uptown DC neighborhoods of Ward 4, Takoma Park, and downtown Silver Spring. This year’s IYN has 17 events, including two full NSO performances. Events will be offered both indoors and outdoors — at parks, coffee shops, taverns, schools, and more local venues. All concerts and events are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. See the website for the full schedule.

Merriment Galore
Where: Maryland Renaissance Festival | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $21/adults, $19/seniors, $10/7-15, free/6 & under

Take a glorious day trip back to medieval times at Ren Fest, where there is something for everyone to love. 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.

DC Jazz Fest
Where: Venues around DC
When: Through September 5
Tickets: Vary by performance

The annual DC Jazz Fest is back with in-person performances during this first week of September. Shows are taking place at several venues around DC, including The Wharf, The Hamilton, and Phillips Collections (unfortunately, the fantastic Jazz ‘n Fun Family Days is not happening this year, but you can still enjoy performances at the museum). See the website for the schedule of shows.

Field Day: A Three Day Festival for Emerging Voices
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

In this installment of the Millennium Stage Summer Series, 44:21 and Shout Mouse Press team up to celebrate emerging storytellers. Events include a short film festival featuring the work of young filmmakers, a reading featuring teen authors around the DMV, a writing workshop, and a community open mic. You’ll also get to enjoy live music, buy art from local artists, and buy books from local authors. While you’re there, plan to visit Victura Park — the pop-up wine garden and cafe on the grounds of The REACH is a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice day.

Nats vs. Mets
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 Mets for five games (double header on Saturday, one is a make-up). Some special things going on: a Ryan Zimmerman Bobblehead giveaway on Friday, post-game fireworks on Saturday evening, and a Heroes Day – September 11 Remembrance on Monday. Of course, any day is great to catch the baseball action.

Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Carlini Field, Catholic University | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: $12-18

Root for the home team of a different sport: Pro Ultimate Frisbee! See exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze takes on Raleigh Flyers in a playoff game.  If they win, they’ll get to play in the Championship Weekend, which is being held in DC at Audi Field this year!

A Wind in the Door
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: September 2-11
Tickets: $20

Catch this show for young audiences at the Kennedy center….   A cosmic mission is unfolding! Don’t miss the onstage debut of the exciting sequel to Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved A Wrinkle in Time. Recommended for ages 9+, this one-hour show takes place indoors in the Family Theatre. Patrons 12 and older must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 – with a physical or digital copy of their vaccination card and government-issued ID with the same name. Children under 12 must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before performance time. Recommended for ages 9+.

A Raisin in the Sun
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: September 2-4
Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can

Olney presents this stage classic that Common Sense Media recommends for ages 12 and up….  The members of the Younger family dream bigger than the small house where they live on the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. When their deceased father’s insurance money comes through, those dreams might actually become reality. Walter Lee wants to run his own business and earn financial independence, but his sister Beneatha dreams of attending medical school. Meanwhile, their mother Lena wants to move them all to a bigger home in a white neighborhood. What will finally allow the Youngers to move up in the world, and who will have their dreams deferred? National Players is honored to portray this award-winning drama with a universal story about an African American family dealing with prejudice, history, and a world where everything changes.

Family Bike Fest
Where: Alethia Tanner Park | NoMa, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Kid bikers, family bikers, and the bike-curious are welcome to this bike fest! Check out different rides, show off your own (bikes, trikes, unicycles, scooters…), and have fun zooming around paved areas. Beloved mobile bike mechanic Lauren @ Mittens will be providing free back-to-school safety checks and mini-tune-ups. And Kona Ice Truck will be there with freebies courtesy of Bunch Bikes.

Apple Gala & Cider Fest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $16/adult, $14/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!

Full STEAM Ahead
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10.95/age 1+

The National Children’s Museum just reopened,  with its array of STEAM-inspired exhibits that offer fun and interesting ways to engage, learn, and exercise creativity.  It’s geared toward kids up to age 12, and there are areas especially for littles. See their Covid precautions here, and  read more about the museum in this post written shortly after it opened back in early 2020. Tickets must be reserved in advance, and it’s likely to be very popular this first weekend!

Big Bounce America
Where: Rosecroft Raceway | Fort Washington, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: $19-39
Boing!  Jump into the weekend as the world’s largest bounce house comes to the DC area.  Big Bounce America includes four massive inflatable attractions: A 13,000 sq. foot World’s Largest Bounce House; the newly added Sport Slam featuring a customized sports arena; the 900+ ft. long obstacle course named The Giant; and a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE.  The massive touring inflatable event will run this weekend, September 3-6, and next, September 10–12.

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.

Labor Day Art Show
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday/Sunday/Monday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Glen Echo Park’s 50th Annual Labor Day Art Show runs all weekend. One of the largest art shows in the region, the exhibition features works by more than 200 artists from the mid-Atlantic. Browse and buy all kinds of art — sculpture, painting and drawing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, and more. Plan to let kids go for a spin on the delightful Dentzel Carousel and bring along a picnic to enjoy in the designated area.

Rockville Arts Festival
Where: Rockville Town Square | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Throughout the weekend, VisArts will transform the streets surrounding Rockville Town Square into a vibrant outdoor gallery full of fine arts and crafts, live music, ceramics and plein air painting demonstrations, and artisanal foods. Festival goers can discover 140 master artists from 22 states who work in ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood, and mixed media.They’ll also be able to shop and dine at Rockville Town Square retailers and eateries.

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.

Labor Day Concert
Where: The REACH Plaza | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Free

The NSO’s annual Labor Day weekend concert returns, but to a different location. Instead of the West Lawn of the US Capitol, it will be at The REACH Plaza at the Kennedy Center. The concert will be conducted by Larry Loh with special guests NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds and saxophonist Charlie Young. This special concert features music from Duke Ellington, new Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon, Jessie Montgomery, and Michael Abels. The performance is FREE to attend, no tickets required. Seating is first-come, first serve.

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

Looks like it’s going to 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, 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 indoors, get the Inside Info on where to go.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a new round-up of live entertainment coming to the DC area this fall.
* In case you missed it earlier this week, local author JoAnn Hill shared new and fascinating stories about some very familiar sites!
* The giveaway for a chance to win a free lesson with the International School of Music is still running.
* Some of Emily’s recs for Back to Fall Shopping for Little Ones are selling out — proof of how good they are, so go check ’em out!
* This Labor Day Menu looks so yummy (and healthy).
* For those who like Everlane, there’s a good sale this weekend (that’s my referral link, btw).
* Clickbait is the most thrilling show I’ve watched in awhile…so good!
* 20 Organizations Fighting the Texas Abortion Ban. Also this. (Omg, how crazy is that website?!)
* Let’s end this round-up on a happy note, courtesy of Darcy. 🙂

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 27-29

An airmail plane at the National Postal Museum

 

Happy Weekend!

Bookmark-worthy links loaded with ideas for local activities:
* Indoor Outings
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Bike Rides
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Go Postal
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Friday – Tuesday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

They saved one of the best for last! The final Smithsonian to reopen, the National Postal Museum will once again welcome visitors starting this weekend. I’ve raved about the museum for years — as a locals’ secret that’s often overlooked by tourists and overshadowed by its counterparts on the Mall. It’s not humongous like many DC’s popular museums, so it’s easy to explore with younger kids, plus it’s full of interesting and interactive exhibits — some of them very large-scale — that appeal to all ages.  Along with being a fantastic museum, it also contains one of the most stunning spaces in DC! Read more about the Postal Museum in this KFDC post.

Ren Fest Returns!
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $21/adults, $18/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 has something 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 are also pony rides, a pirate ship playground, a giant slide, and some of the best people watching opportunities ever. Stroll 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 24. And this weekend only, kids ages 15 and under get in for FREE!

March On for Voting Rights
Where: Starts at McPherson Square, DC
When: Saturday, 8am
Admission: Free

On the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, this mass mobilization in cities across the country demands that elected officials denounce voter suppression and ensure fair, easy access to the vote for all. The DC March kicks off from McPherson Square past Black Lives Matter Plaza, passing the White House and Washington Monument, ending on the National Mall. See website for schedule.

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 seize the season as it winds down.

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. Be sure to register and fill out a waiver if you plan to go. When you’re done, head to one ofthe many nearby eateries for a bite to eat.

Silent Disco
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Free

Dance the evening away at the C Street SE Plaza as EastBanc, a local real estate development, lifestyle, and technology company, hosts a silent disco. All are welcome to don some headphones and show off their moves!

Star Wars & Symphony Under the Stars
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission:

Catch a screening of Stars Wars: A New Hope at Wolf Trap’s lovely outdoor setting as the National Symphony Orchestra performs the soundtrack live. In the first of the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest of their rogue group mount an attack against the Death Star for a climactic battle with the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. See the website for Covid policies.

Women Shredding the Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free

This weekend’s Millennium Stage is an all-inclusive festival featuring women in action sports and music. Join as they carve out space in the unconventional arenas of jazz and skateboarding for a more equal future together. While you’re there, plan to visit Victura Park — the pop-up wine garden and cafe on the grounds of The REACH is a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice day. (Note: Victura Park is also open on Sunday.)

Beachy Keen
Where: Several destinations in Maryland
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

If it’s your family’s final weekend before the start of school, do something quintessentially summer and hit the beach! You don’t have to go all the way to the ocean — there is sand and surf (and shark tooth hunting, in some places) within day trip distance from DC. Head a bit past Annapolis to Sandy Point, go to one of several spots in Calvert County, or make fossil hunting your main focus at the Purse Area in Charles County. See the 2021 Guide to Summer in DC for details and links on all of these beaches.

Fossil Hunters
Where: Calvert and Charles Counties, MD
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by place

Mentioned above, there are several spots that are a day trip-distance drive away from DC, where you can search for shark teeth and other remnants from the Miocene and Paleocene eras. Play paleontologist and spend a day at one of them… I can assure you from a lot of experience it’s a fun and fascinating (those fossils are millions of years old!) activity. Beware that you might encounter crowds — this post is one of the most popular on KFDC if that’s any indication — so have a Plan B just in case.

Root for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Bowie, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $10

The Nats may not be in town, but you can still root for a home team.  The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Erie SeaWolves all weekend, and there’s extra fun to enjoy — post-game fireworks, Hawaiian Luau  Night on Saturday, and Bark in the Park on Sunday.  Read about one of our past Baysox experiences here.

Opera in the Outfield
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Free

How about opera where there’s usually baseball? After a three-year hiatus, Washington National Opera returns to Nationals Park with its 12th year of Opera in the Outfield. All are welcome to enjoy a free outdoor broadcast of Rossini’s charming romantic comedy Cinderella. Gates open at 5pm for lots of family-friendly activities, including photo ops, balloon twisters, story time, a magic show, and pre-show screening of Mo Willem’s very family-friendly Elephant & Piggie present SLOPERA!: A Bite-Sized Opera. The evening show on the hi-def scoreboard begins at 7pm. Get there early for a seat on the field, otherwise there will be plenty of seating in the stands. Be sure to visit the website for details on what is permitted at the ballpark.

Sunflower Festival
Where: Summer Farms | Frederick, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $17.50/age 3+

Escape to Summers Farm for their 2nd Annual Sunflower Festival and enjoy the beauty of the 8-acre field glowing with thousands of blooms! Over 35 different varieties and colors make for very Instaworthy photos. Walk through, pick your own, take stunning pictures, sip a local drink in their spacious tent, and relax at the farm.

Olney Outdoors
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am & 12pm
Admission: $12

Enjoy live entertainment especially for children on Olney Theatre’s outdoor Root Family Stage. On Saturday, see Stoopkid Stories, a compilation of fun and exciting stories that follow seven young Black characters, as they face a new adventure and overcome different obstacles (ages 5 & up). On Sunday, join a Disney Sing-along (ages 3 and up).

Fairytales in the Sun
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am, 2pm, & 4:30pm | Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $20.50 (look for a discount)

Adventure Theatre is presenting live, in-person family entertainment again! Two one-act plays, The Flood in the Future by Lyra Yang and From Cinders to Ella by Michelle Lynch, will be performed outside in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn. Covid protocols will be followed. BYO blanket or chair.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

It’s always a good time to get out for a hike. Rambling along a trail  is great for some family bonding while enjoying active time outdoors. On a hot weekend, places with shade will be good to seek out. Some recs for that: Turkey Run Park in McLean, VA; Prince William Forest in Triangle, VA; Rock Creek Park in DC (note: post is about Peirce Mill, but includes info on a nice hike from there); Riverbend Park in Great Falls, VA; and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean, VA.

Are You Ready for Some Futbol?
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $28

DC United is home again this weekend with a match against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.  Parking can be difficult, so consider public transport.  You can take Metro to the Navy Yard, have a pre-game bite to eat, then it’s an easy walk to the stadium.  El Bebe, The Salt Line, and All Purpose are very convenient and a few recs for family-friendly spots to eat there. Look for a deal on a Family Four-Pack of tickets.

Silver Spring End Of Summer Celebration
Where: Veterans Plaza | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the end of summer at this family-friendly arts & crafts event. Bring the whole crew to browse a variety of vendors, dance, shop, eat, and have fun. It’s the last outdoors hurrah of the summer at Veterans Plaza.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* All kinds of great recs for back to fall shopping for little ones.
* There’s a giveaway going on for a chance to win a free lesson with the International School of Music!
* The Lane Social Club is hosting a “back to school” morning celebration for parents (and young kids not in school) from 9am – 1pm on Monday, August 30, the first day of school for many DC kids.
* On The Daily earlier this week: Children and Covid: Your Questions, Answered.
* Anyone else watching Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu?
* 2021 Parenting Back to School Bingo

 

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