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The Weekend Round-Up:
September 30 – October 2

One with Eternity at the Hirshhorn

 

With a lot of rain in this weekend’s forecast, it’ll be a good idea to check ahead on the status of outdoor events before you go.  I’ll update this round-up best I can, too.  Happy Weekend!

Quick links to round-ups of local fun:
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Pick Your Own
* Peaceful Places
* On the Water
* Baltimore with Kids

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Get the Halloween party started early with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit throughout October. This post has details on where all the tricks and treats are happening.

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

With rain in the forecast all weekend, it’s a perfect time to explore some museums  that are off the well trodden path of the National Mall. If you don’t veer from it now and then, you could miss out on some other amazing exhibits and experiences that aren’t as well known. Check out this round-up of some museums in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This list of over 100 ideas for adventures around the area that take place indoors is always a good one to keep handy, but especially this weekend as wet weather heads our way. Many are well known attractions, but sometimes we need reminders about even the most obvious spots. You’ll likely find lots of nice surprises listed, too!

One with Eternity
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free (with timed-entry passes)

Catch the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn before it closes after November.  Including two Infinity Rooms, the yellow and black polkadot Pumpkin, plus a couple more pieces and elements that illustrate Kusama’s fascinating life and artistry, all ages will dig it.  Free same-day Timed Passes are distributed daily at the Museum starting at 9:30am. All visitors age 12+ must have a pass!  Kids under 12 do not need passes, and adults with a pass can bring up to two children. Be sure to read this KFDC write-up about the exhibit that includes more info, tips, and a glimpse of what you’ll experience.

Kids DIY Project
Where: Home Depot locations in the C area
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Head to Home Depot for their free monthly workshop that welcomes kids to complete a hands-on project, this weekend a wooden fire rescue boat toy. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All supplies are provided, including a little apron, and kids get to keep their craft along with a certificate of achievement and collectible pin (while supplies last).

District Hunt
Where: Throughout DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $100/team
Get your team together for a city-wide scavenger hunt that’s fun and charitable! Game Genius, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of play for social good, is hosting its 4th annual District Hunt. The live, city-wide event highlights local changemakers through an outdoor puzzle adventure all around DC. Designed around the theme of Literacy, the unique treasure hunt brings the community together while raising awareness and creating opportunities to support local organizations. [Note: There is also a self-directed option to do this from October 2-10.]

Fall Fest
Where: East Market Lane | Georgetown Park, DC
When: Through October 30, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
NeighborsDC, the buzzed about community market in Georgetown Park’s East Market Lane, will be hosting Fall Fest, a curated shopping destination with small business vendors selling everyone’s favorite fall items. This will include a phenomenal lineup of DC-based brands creating handcrafted goods from all creative niches, cultural backgrounds, and diverse communities. Expect fall themed florals, home goods, fashion, jewelry, hot apple cider, and even fall themed snacks.

Legendary Yard Sale
Where: Maury Elementary Village | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free (but be ready to spend on amazing deals!)

This is always one of the best school yard sales around. Find bargains on used toys, books, games, clothes, baby gear, household items and small appliances in good working order. And fuel your browsing with delicious goodies from Maury’s best bakers. (PS: It’ll take place indoors due to rain!)

Open Streets DC
Where: Georgia Avenue, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Three miles of Georgia Avenue will close to cars, and the street will open the street for people to walk, bike, scoot, and play. Five activation zones along the route will host hourly programmed classes and demonstrations, including yoga, drum circles, double dutch, traffic gardens, pop-up bike lanes, dancing, and more. Businesses along the route will also provide space for outdoor dining and retail. The event is free and suitable for all ages and abilities! No cars, just people.

Nats vs. Phillies
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are back home and hosting the Phillies this weekend. Catch afternoon games all three days or an evening game on Friday (doubleheader that day).  Giveaways include Nats hoodies and winter beanies.  Don’t forget that kids can run the bases after the Sunday game.  And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

Celebrate Fall
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event
Fall has officially begun! And while it may not feel like it weather-wise, events around the area are celebrating the season’s arrival. Fall festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on them in this round-up of autumn celebrations around the area.

Oktoberfest
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

It’s that time of year… put on your dirndl or lederhosen, grab your Dachshund, and head to The Wharf for a weekend of free Oktoberfest festivities. Kick it off with Polka dance lessons on the pier and cheer on the dogs competing in the 10th Annual Wiener 500 Dachshund Dash to benefit Rural Dog Rescue. Throughout the weekend, enjoy German fare, Bavarian decor and costumes, and Sam Adam Octoberfest beer for adults. Hours are Friday 7-9pm, Saturday and Sunday: 2-5pm. UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the Wiener 500 has been moved from Saturday 10/1 to Sunday 10/16 from 2-5pm.

Taste of Bethesda
Where: Woodmont Triangle | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay for samples

According to some stats, Bethesda has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S. Accurate or not, DC’s suburban neighbor definitely has a food scene worth celebrating. This 31st annual food and music festival will bring a variety of restaurants and five stages of entertainment to the downtown’s Woodmont Triangle. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets. UPDATE: The event has been canceled.

Adams Morgan PorchFest
Where: Adams Morgan, DC
When: October 1, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and store fronts of local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Enjoy a variety of music styles from over 60 bands playing on porches, patios, and stoops in the neighborhood. Music maps are usually available at the corner of Adams Mill and Columbia Road NW on Porchfest Day. UPDATE: PorchFest has been postponed to a later date in October TBD.

The Hero of EVERYTHING
Where: Montgomery College | Silver Spring
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $13.50
InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING explores the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself.  This action-packed interactive play is performed by three actors on stage and a whole team of superheroes in the audience, who join in to become part of the action to save the day in Citytown City. See more about it here (but note that the giveaway has ended).

Witchwartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: October 1-31
Admission: $15/age 2+

The wonderful Puppet Co. has reopened and just in time for Halloween! Witch Wartsmith (the sister of Witch Wartsmith from our Legacy show Rapunzel,) hosts the annual Halloween Spooktacular and you get to vote on the winner! Part contemporary competition show, part vintage telethon, and part punpalooza, this spooky variety show will tickle your funny bone. Don’t miss this year’s performances, because some contestants will change year to year.  Shows are performed Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30am, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am & 1pm.

Kick it with Spirit
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC

When:  Saturday, 7pm 
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 Houston Dash.  Watch some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports and see a few players from the US women’s national team in action! Purchase tickets here.

More Live Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Tiny Tots at The Puppet Co. (littlest ones)
* Host & Guest at Synetic Theatre (teens & older)
* Hamilton at the Kennedy Center (age 10+)
* The Trip to Bountiful at Ford’s Theatre (age 13+)
* Dance Nation at Olney Theatre (Rated R)
* Once on this Island at Source Theatre

Baba Bomani & The ABCs of Hip-Hop
Where: Publick Playhouse | Cheverly, MD
When: Sunday, 2 pm
Admission: $5

Join the Playhouse for a fun-filled workshop that explores the reading, writing, and arithmetic of Hip-Hop performance. From learning to recognize vowels and syllables to understanding the rhythm patterns that turn those syllables into raps over a beat, students will be engulfed in dance and song through this highly interactive presentation. All ages welcome, Purchase Tickets on here. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, MD.

Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Ave. to Carroll St. | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, kids activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 41st annual festival. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping — over 150 vendors will be selling all kinds of artistic wares. Music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 bands playing all day.

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to for fall adventures — view it here.

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The Weekend Round-Up: September 23-25

Celebrate public lands with free admission to Great Falls!

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to all kinds of ideas for local fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* On the Water
* Swim Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Happy Fall, Y’all!
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event
Fall has officially begun! And there are lots of events around the area are celebrating it. Fall festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. A few are listed here, and you can get details on the rest of them in this round-up of autumn celebrations around the area.

Back to the Yards
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free
Join this totally tubular party for all ages at Yards Park! Parents and kids are invited to learn groovy dance moves with breakdancers, create slap bracelets and headbands, color your own Rubik’s cube, and jam out to a playlist of 80’s chart-toppers, one-hit wonders, and favorites. Glowing giveaways and loads of LED games will make this a party for the ages!

Art All Night
Where: Throughout DC
When: Friday – Saturday, 7pm – 3am
Admission: Free

Be part of this free overnight arts festival that takes place in all eight DC wards. Art All Night brings visual and performing arts — painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, and more — to indoor and outdoor spaces around the city. Enjoy live music, dance at silent discos, take kids to a hilarious magic show, see ice sculpture demos, view innovative art, and so much more.  Go here to see what’s happening in many neighborhoods around DC!

The Hero of EVERYTHING
Where: Montgomery College | Silver Spring
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $13.50
InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING explores the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself.  This action-packed interactive play is performed by three actors on stage and a whole team of superheroes in the audience, who join in to become part of the action to save the day in Citytown City. See more about it here (but note that the giveaway has ended).

More Live Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Tiny Tots at The Puppet Co. (littlest ones)
* Milo the Magnificent at The Puppet Co. (ages 4+)
* Host & Guest at Synetic Theatre (teens & older)
* Dear Evan Hansen at the Kennedy Center (age 12+)
* Hamilton at the Kennedy Center (age 10+)
* The Trip to Bountiful at Ford’s Theatre (age 13+)

Volunteer on National Public Lands Day
Where: Around the DC area
When: Saturday
Admission: Just your time and effort

Saturday is National Public Lands Day, when all are welcome and encouraged to help restore and preserve public lands. Volunteer opportunities like clean-ups, tree plantings, weed removal, trail maintenance, and more are available everywhere from big national parks to small urban green spaces, including many in the DC area.  Search here for places nearby where you and the kids can help out.

Free Parking
Where: National Parks everywhere
When: Saturday
Admission: Free
Not only can you volunteer on National Public Lands Day,  you can also get free admission to national parks to celebrate!   It’s one of several fee-free days, so  there’s no cost to visit those that usually charge for entry. Take advantage and hit the trail at ShenandoahPrince William ForestGreat FallsHarpers Ferry, or head up to Baltimore to explore Fort McHenry. Find even more parks to visit here.

Fiesta DC
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. 9th to 14th Streets | Downtown, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Celebrate Latino culture at the 50th Annual Fiesta DC.  On both days of the weekend, Pennsylvania Avenue from the Navy Memorial Plaza to Freedom Plaza will be filled will lively festivities, including stages featuring a variety of performances, children’s activities, international cuisine, arts & crafts, and more!

Mountaineering Day
Where: Embassy of the Czech Republic |
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free
All ages are welcome to the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s Mountaineering Day! Conquer the climbing wall then relax with a cold brew (for parents) while listening to the folk band Orchester Praževica. Take part in a mapping and sustainability challenge. Watch a German Shepherd demonstration by Rodina Straze. Delve into how the EU is combating climate change and preserving nature. Learn about top athletes and companies related to mountaineering from EU countries. Try making a tasty trail mix and sample delicious “mountain cuisine” with a demo by Italian Chef Roberto Donna. Check out alpine destinations to visit and more. Enjoy a day of “mountaineering through Europe,” while in the heart of Washington, DC.  RSVP required.

DC Theatre Week Kick Off Party
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Theatre Week kicks off the launch of the theatre season in the DC area, and this party kicks off Theatre Week! Enjoy performances, workshops, conversations, free food & drinks, giveaways, and more fun from over 35 DC-area theaters. And FYI: Theatre Week is a great opportunity to check out all kinds of shows — musicals, dramas, comedies, theatre for young audiences, and more — when there is special ticket pricing.

Leesburg Airshow
Where: Leesburg Executive Airport | Leesburg, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
The annual Leesburg Airshow will take to the skies with thrilling aerobatic demonstrations, sky divers, and more! Witness a showcase of impressive aircraft, classic cars, and a variety of exhibitors on the tarmac, food vendors, flight schools, and aviation clubs among them.

Savor the Bay
Where: Sandy Point State Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free/12 & under
How about a day filled with delicious seafood, live entertainment, kids activities, food demos and competitions, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, contests? You can enjoy all that and more at the 55th annual Maryland Seafood Festival. Even better, it all takes place on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay. (Note that crabs cost extra — $35/half dozen)

Children’s Day
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy free family fun at Peirce Mill! Try grinding grain and sifting by hand, then learn how water powers the mill. Make your own corn husk dolls and other toys. Play old-fashioned board and lawn games like checkers and corn hole. Note that Peirce Mill is closed to address a safety issue, so Children’s Day will be held in the mill yard and barn. Read more about the historic sit in Rock Creek Park here.

Kick It with FootGolf
Where: GolfDC | East Potomac Park, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $8/child
Throwing in something random and fun…   Have you ever played or even heard of FootGolf? The activity that’s a hybrid of soccer and golf makes for a fun family outing — and you can play right here in the city down by Hains Point. Find out what the sport is all about in this KFDC post.

Lil’ Libros
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Head to the Kogod Courtyard in the portrait Gallery for the Fotos y Recuerdos Festival with children’s book publisher Lil’ Libros. All ages are welcome to the bilingual celebration that will include story times, book signings, live entertainment, and gallery tours. There will also be arts and crafts inspired by the Lil’ Libros book series “The Life of / La vida de,” which features Latinx sitters from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Clarendon Day
Where: Clarendon Metro | Clarendon, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Head to the area around the Clarendon Metro station for an event that brings the local community together. Dozens of vendors, food from neighborhood restaurants, live music, and a KidZone (including an 18-foot slide!) will be part of the action.

Family Day 2022
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, September 25, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Hill Center’s annual Family Day returns again and better than ever for 2022! This year we are excited to bring back the programs you love and introduce you to some new ones as well! Come enjoy a completely FREE day of crafts, shows, carriage rides, balloon animals, and a family exercise class. Reserve your tickets!

Echo Arts Fest
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Attend Glen Echo Park’s new fall visual & performing arts festival! The celebration will showcase all of the park’s offerings across many disciplines of art — pottery, painting, dance, plays, and more. It’s also the final day of the 2022 carousel season, so take the kids for one last spin on the beautiful Wendztel Carousel!

Opera on the Field
Where: Audi Field | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Sunday, 4pm
Admission: Free

How about opera where there’s usually soccer? The Washington National Opera is back with its 17th season of free opera broadcasts, though this year it’s on Audi Field instead on Nationals Park. All are welcome to enjoy a free outdoor broadcast of Carmen. Gates open at 2pm for pre-opera, family-friendly activities. The show on the scoreboard begins at 4pm. Be sure to register in advance!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Since it’s officially fall, plan for ways to enjoy autumn in the DC area (that are not farm festivals), with these 10 ideas.
* In case you missed it, there’s a new post about the National Zoo!
* On Monday, September 26 at 5pm, join a Rosh Hashana Experience in the Park! All are welcome to check out a shofar display, and enjoy songs, stories and snacks in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill.
* And if you’re still working on the holiday meal, Washingtonian has a round-up of local restaurants and caterers to help with that.
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The Weekend Round-Up: September 16-18

Fall hues at the Capitol

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts filled with ideas for local fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* On the Water
* Swim Spots
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Celebrate Fall from City Streets to Country Farms
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Fall may not have officially started, but seasonal festivals have begun at several area farms, right on city streets, and in locales that recall historic times (huzzah!). And they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Some are listed below, and you can get details on the rest of them in this round-up of autumn celebrations around the area.

NSO in Your Neighborhood
Where: Throughout Ward 8, DC
When: Through September 25
Tickets: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program is back! Starting Friday and over the next three weeks, NSO musicians are performing free concerts around the neighborhoods of DC’s Ward 8. Events are offered both indoors and outdoors — at parks, restaurants, arts centers, libraries 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.

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

Join the celebration and a showcase of dance in the DMV at the REACH, the Kennedy Center extension offering all kinds of performing arts explorations.  On Friday and Saturday, experience a range of dance styles — including Flamenco, Modern, West-African, Street Styles, Afro-Caribbean, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary — through performances and classes taking place, hosted by “Millennial Hype Man” KyleOnTheMic. New this year will be dance films screened on Saturday.  See details and the full festival schedule here.

Wheaton Park(ing) Day
Where: Wheaton Regional Park | Wheaton, MD
When: Friday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Head to Wheaton Regional Park for a fun-filled day as they transform a parking lot into a picnic area. Enjoy free Italian ice, lawn games, music from a DJ, an LED lightbulb exchange, and more! This is part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual, global event that gives residents, businesses and organizations an opportunity to temporarily transform metered parking spaces and stimulate conversations about how we use our urban landscape.

Andrews Air & Space Expo
Where: Joint Base Andrews | Prince George’s County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

There’s excitement in the air! Celebrate the Air Force’s 75th birthday with high flying entertainment as the Golden Knights, Thunderbirds, Fighting Falcon, and many more thrilling aerial performers take to the skies this weekend at the 2022 Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo. The public is invited to view amazing airplane stunts, as well as cool ground attractions on Saturday and Sunday. And to top it all off, admission to it all is free! Park at FedEx Field, then shuttles will transport to the base starting at 8:30am.

To Sail Around the Sun
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $30

On National Dance Day, kids can take an enchanting trip across the globe to celebrate movement, music, and the planet we call home in this show at the Kennedy Center. To Sail Around the Sun caters to kids through dance, live music, and storytelling that takes audiences on one child’s journey to gather all four seasons before dinner time. The show travels beneath the springtime waves of the Australian shores, through the summertime rainforests of Argentina, among the autumn leaves of Japan, and in the wintry snows of Kazakhstan. Recommended for all ages, run time is one hour.

More Live Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Tiny Tots at The Puppet Co. (littlest ones)
* Milo the Magnificent at The Puppet Co. (ages 4+)
* Host & Guest at Synetic Theatre (teens & older)
* Dear Evan Hansen at the Kennedy Center (age 12+)
* Hamilton at the Kennedy Center (age 10+)

Homecoming at Abe’s Place
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: September 17, 7:30am – 6pm
Admission: Free for Family Day, $50 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 and a petting zoo, hands-on activities for young learners, cottage tours, and picnic ops followed by a family-friendly afternoon performance by the Petworth Jazz Project.. Go for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around to enjoy both!

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

There are some museums in the DC area that 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 B&O Railroad Museum, College Park Aviation Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, and many more fantastic museums around the area.  You must reserve a free ticket —  and it’s good for admission for two people.

Cox Farms Fall Festival
Where: Centreville, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15 

This largest area fall festival begins this weekend ! This one is so big I recommend giving the website a good look to help prepare and navigate your way around the sprawling grounds that contain multiple slides, swings, games, mazes, pumpkins, picnics, live entertainment, farm animals, and much more. There is also a Kiddie Zone just for little ones aged 5 and under. Be prepared for a crowd!

Colonial Market & Fair
Where: Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $28/adult, $15/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! Read more about Mount Vernon here.

Gimme an H!
Where: H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 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.

Washington Ukrainian Festival
Where: St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – dusk
Admission: $20/adult, $20/senior, free/kids

Bring family and friends to the 19th annual Ukrainian Festival of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. All are welcome to enjoy Ukrainian artists and dancers, crafts, children’s activities, delicious Ukrainian food, a Kozak beer garden, and live entertainment on Saturday evening. A portion of the proceeds is for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Family Day
Where: DAR Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
The DAR Museum is hosting a family day with some fun activities to explore the collection.  It’s a great opportunity to check out a museum that might not be on your regular rotation.

Artsfest ’22
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $10, free/age 11 & under

Celebrate the visual and performing arts at this event that brings together the country’s most accomplished artists for a fabulous weekend extravaganza of the arts! Set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the beautiful woods of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Artsfest is a unique art experience with a multitude of artist booths, 35 performers on four stages, creative fun for kids, artist demos, and great food and drink. Read more about Annmarie Sculpture Garden here and here.

Georgetown Community Day
Where: Georgetown University | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to join neighbors, students, faculty, and staff for a day of fun and family-friendly activities at Georgetown! Festivities include face painting, moon bounces, music, games, and a community picnic with free food. Local schools, churches, community organizations, government agencies, and university departments will also be there with giveaways and information about how you can get involved. This will all take place at the University’s Healy Lawn.

Oktoberfest
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Saturday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

It might not be October yet, but you can still celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend. Join an afternoon of fall-themed festivities, including outdoor games, crafts, and a special Polka concert by The TKO Band (dirndls and lederhosen optional!). Embroidered pins, a glitter tattoo station, pretzel necklace making, and plenty of IG-worthy photo ops will be part of the fun. Registration is encouraged.

Halfway to St Patrick’s Festival
Where: Waterfront Park | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free
Head to Old Town Alexandria to celebrate the half-way mark to St. Patrick’s Day. Music, crafts,Irish dance performances, pipe bands, vendors, and more entertainment will be part of the festivities. A beer truck will be there for adults, too.

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

The 46th 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.

Old Firehouse Block Party
Where: Old Firehouse | McLean, VA
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Help celebrate the Old Firehouse’s 32 years of serving the Greater McLean community. Listen to a DJ from 99.5 playing hits as their broadcast live or groove in the silent disco. Enjoy food from Listrani’s Italian Gourmet Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Try rock climbing, and play game in a mobile arcade truck. Explore a vintage fire truck, and learn about the Firehouse history. There will also be a sensory room, art activities, and outdoor games for all ages, along with a local health and wellness booth. The Old Firehouse is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

Celebrate Petworth
Where: 800 block of Upshur St. NW | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This free neighborhood festival is organized by and for the residents of Petworth, but all are welcome to enjoy. Celebrating the creativity, diversity, culture, and people of Petworth and its surrounding neighborhoods, festivities include Petworth history storytelling, live music and performers, kids activities, tasty food, and a dog show. View the schedule here.

Walking Town DC
Where: Various neighborhoods in DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Put on your walking shoes for a free guided stroll in the city! From September 17-24, WalkingTown DC offers outdoor walking tours sights and neighborhoods throughout DC, both familiar and lesser known. Professional tour guides, community leaders enthusiastic about where they live, and well respected subject matter experts lead the tours and provide compelling content and interesting anecdotes along the way. The tours take place outside, rain or shine, and just about all of them are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. See the schedule for details and to sign up.

DC Family Bike Fest 2022
Where: Alethia Tanner Park | NoMa, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free
This annual gathering for kid bikers, family bikers, and the bike-curious will have fun for the whole fam! Check out family bike options, snatch up goodies community partners, join a Trike Storytime and Kids Bike Parade, get free tuneups, and enjoy free sno cones, and more!

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Air & Space Museum is reopening on October 14 after being closed for renovations. Timed-entry tickets will be required for free admission, and plenty are available if you know what date you’d like to go.
* KID Museum has a lineup of special activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, starting this Sunday, September 18, and running through October 18.
* Have you been to La Cosecha by Union Market yet? The Latin American market/food hall is awesome — lots of yummy eats and wares to check out.
* Tom Sietsma’s money-saving tips for eating at restaurants.
* Just started reading this highly rated and recommended novel (after finishing this one, which I give a solid five stars).
* If you’re a fan of horror films, put this creep fest with a Stranger Things vibe on your list! I hadn’t heard if it until I listened to this recent podcast, which is also a good one.
* Who else? 😂

 

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The Weekend Round-Up:
September 9-11

A fossil hunting find in Calvert County

 

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to posts full of ideas for local activities:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* On the Water
* Swim Spots
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Outdoor Movie Night: Onward
Where: Lincoln’s Cottage | Petworth, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Free

Start off the weekend with a free film screening on the lawn of Abraham Lincoln’s summer residence. On Friday, see the Disney movie Onward, about two teenage elf brothers who get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad and embark on an extraordinary quest. Among other things, the Lincoln family came to the Cottage to relax and enjoy each other’s company, and the public in invited to do the same. Bring a picnic (or popcorn) and sit back and enjoy! Screenings begins at 7pm. Register to reserve your space!

DC Walls Festival Kick Off Party
Where: Alethia Tanner Park | NoMa, DC
When: Friday, 3-10pm
Admission: Free
The international mural festival brings together local, national, international artists is back this year and kicks off with a party on Friday. Spend the afternoon watching muralists at work along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, listen to music from local DJs; shop a specially curated market of local galleries, artists, and makers; and more! Food will be available for purchase from local food truck, Kam and 46.

Soar Together @ Air and Space: Expanding Our View of the Universe
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free (parking $15)
Join a Family Day in this Air & Space series that includes hands-on activities, opportunities to talk with experts, and more. This weekend, explore how scientists are expanding our view of the Universe with the help of new space telescopes and probes, like the James Webb Space Telescope. You can literally see how these tools provide insight into black holes, the earliest galaxies, asteroids, exoplanets, and more features of outer space.

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

There are several spots that are day trip-distance 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.

Celebration of Textiles: Korea
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Korean fashion and culture at the museum during its 41st-annual Celebration of Textiles. See artist demonstrations of weaving, embroidery, quilting and more. Make your own “bojagi” patchwork and try a little K-pop dancing with friends or family. Tours of the exhibition Korean Fashion: From Royal Court to Runway will be offered throughout the day.

Prince George’s County Fair
Where: Showplace Arena |  Upper Marlboro, MD.

When: Through Sunday
Admission: $6/age 13-54, $5/age 6-12 & 55+, free/5 & under
Enjoy a variety of entertainment and attractions for all ages, including 4-H exhibits, magic and dance shows, pig and duck races, a horse pull competition, a chain saw artist, a K-9 show, and much more.

Portraiture Festival
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

It’s the Portrait Gallery’s first festival since 2020. Join the celebration of art, identity, and creativity that will include art, music, and activities for all ages. There will be hands-on workshops, interactive gallery talks, and opportunities to meet finalists from the 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, and more.

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

All aboard for the return of the Kensington Train Show! Featuring 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. 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).

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC

When:  Saturday, 1pm (gates open at 11:30)
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 San Diego Wave FC.  Watch some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports and see a few players from the US women’s national team in action! Purchase tickets here.   PS: It’s also Pride Night OUT and there will be a pre-game celebration and drag show.

Milo the Magnificent
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Fri, 10:30am | Sat & Sun, 11:30am & 1pm
Tickets: $15

See a puppet show about an aspiring magician. This wordless comedy, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers, is as highly physical as it is charming. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned. Run time approximately 60 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Weekends through October 20
Admission: $24/age 16+, $12/age 7-15, free/6 & under
The medieval time trip is 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!

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.

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

September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and apple picking. You can celebrate it with apple picking, award-winning apple cider donuts, a romp in the 12-acre play area, and in the Stories from the Stars Corn Maze where you can learn about the constellations of the Zodiac. On weekends, there’s live music, marshmallow roasting, pig races,  and cider pressing demos, too!

Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Jazz is back in Rosslyn this milestone year! Beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, we’re bringing a diverse lineup of four fantastic acts to the stage at Gateway Park for an afternoon of music, food trucks, yard games, the Arlington Art Truck, community table experiences, and tons of fun.

Sculpture Tour
Where: NGA Sculpture Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

Get a more in depth look at some of the outdoor art on the National Mall! The National Gallery of Art is now offering free guided tours Thursday – Sunday at 12pm. Stroll among the modern and contemporary sculptures with an expert tour guide to learn more about the art. And there are several large, even quirky works that kids will dig seeing, too! Tours are one hour, and no reservations are required — just meet at the Pavilion Café.

Adams Morgan Day
Where: Throughout Adams Morgan, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate one of the city’s most diverse communities at the 44th 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.

Takoma Park Folk Fest
Where: Takoma Park Middle School | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Regroovinate at the annual Takoma Park Folk Festival, where folk music and performances from around the world will be on four stages. Back in person after two years, the family-friendly event will be held entirely outdoors.  Along with the music, a crafts show and sale will showcase the works of local artisans. Pack snacks or purchase food from vendors there. Rain or shine.

DC State Fair
Where: Gateway DC – St. Elizabeths East | Anacostia, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Apparently, being an actual state isn’t a requirement to have a state fair. But this annual event in its 11th year is a free showcase of the District’s agricultural, culinary, and creative talents and a day-long celebration of all things homegrown. While inspired by time-honored state fair traditions — growing and gardening, animal husbandry, and deep-fried foods — it also honors the things that make the District unique. This fair holds competitions to find the tastiest mumbo sauce, best honey, and most creative hula hoopers in the city; puts on a Pet Parade instead of a pig race; and works with local businesses and organizations that are committed to helping our community thrive.

Dear Evan Hansen
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through September 25
Tickets: $79-199 (look for discount)

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Recommended for age 12+. (This is one of my favorite shows of all time!  Read a KFDC review  from when it debuted at Arena Stage several years ago.)

Doggie Swim Days of DC
Where: Select public pools in DC
When: Sunday
Admission: Free

Bring your pooch to the pool!  With the end of the outdoor swimming season, this annual event provides dogs with a one-day opportunity to jump in the pools, enjoy a swim and play fun aquatics games. All dogs must have a valid and original DC Department of Health issued dog license (no photo copies) and tag to enter the pool. If an application for a license is needed you must have the required documentation (i.e. proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering). Dog licenses will be issued on site.

Arts Alive!
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to join this free community arts festival. Enjoy live performances and exhibits by local artists and art organizations, visual art on display and for sale, and hands-on activities and live demonstrations for all ages. Food and beverages available for purchase, plus there will be even more fun.

DC, Inside & Out
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

There’s both rain and sunshine in this weekend’s forecast, plus more options for fun things to do with the kids are never a bad thing. If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Two giveaways going on right now! Enter for a chance to win a private music lesson with International School of Music and a Family 4-Pack of tickets to InterACT Story Theatre’s The Hero of Everything!
* There’s a new round-up of live entertainment coming to the DC area this fall.
* CiNoMatic, NoMa’s free fall outdoor movies series, starts this Wednesday, September 14, with Shrek. Register for free here.
* A week of easy dinners as you get into the back to school groove.
* If you like Lily King’s novels (Euphoria, Writers and Lovers), you’ll love her collection of short stories.
* In her own words.

 

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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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