An art party, fall fests, children’s theatre, museum programs, a truck touch event, even a beer jamboree that promises to be family-friendly are all happening this weekend. And fingers crossed that a ballgame at Nationals Park on Sunday is part of the lineup, too. Happy Weekend! Let’s go NATS!
Alexandria Arts Safari
Where: Torpedo Factory
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
The Torpedo Factory is hosting a day of free hands-on arts and crafts. Kids can get creative with fun new art activities and old favorites, including painting, clay sculpting, paper-mache, origami art, block printing, fabric collage, and much more. The Art League will present the popular Gallery Scavenger Hunt and fiber activities. And the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory, will present The Potter’s Art, where children can draw or paint patterns on paper inspired by designs on salt-glazed stoneware pottery shards excavated from local archaeological sites. Most activities are appropriate for children kindergarten age and older, with adult supervision. Clothes that can get dirty are recommended.
White House Fall Garden Tours
Where: White House
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but you must have a ticket
Enjoy autumn at the White House! The annual Fall Garden and Grounds Tours are being held on Saturday and Sunday (as well as next Friday and Saturday). The Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, and South Lawn will be on view to guests. The public is invited, but every visitor (small children included) needs a ticket to tour. Starting at 8am on both days, tickets will be distributed at the Ellipse Visitor Pavillion at 15th & E Streets NW on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour times are indicated on each ticket, so keep your day open if you hope to go.
World of Wheels
Where: High Point High School
When: 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 ($10 during Champion Hour 10-11am), free for 2 and under
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Prince George’s County is hosting its first annual World of Wheels for CASA, a touch a truck and family festival. Vehicles of all kinds including police cars, a Humvee that was used in Afghanistan, a helicopter, dump trucks and other exciting work trucks will be on site and open for guests to explore. On top of that, there will be lots of games, face painting, food, animals, and other fun activities. Proceeds from the event will help to raise funds to recruit and train more volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Be a CASA Champion and attend from 10-11am, when you can show extra support with $10 admission.
Take the Fall
Where: Around the DC Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Celebrate the season on the farm — fall festivals are in full swing at locales all around the area! From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities GALORE to help folks embrace the autumn spirit. This post has details on many fall festivals happening around the region.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Big, the Musical is entertaining audiences at Adventure Theatre — read a KFDC review here. It’s opening weekend of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co., and they’ve got Tiny Tots shows there, too. P. Nokio: A Hip Hop Musical is on the Imagination Stage for its final weekend, while Mouse on the Move will delight little ones. And Hula with Moki Hana is this week’s performer at Saturday Morning at the National. Follow the links above for more details and ticket info.
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
It’s a beer jamboree that promises family-friendly activities in addition to 150 craft beers, good food, and live music. After the admission fee, you also pay for food and drinks, and it all benefits arcadiafood.org.
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free or $5/butterfly garden or $9/film
It’s the time of year for the annual monarch butterfly migration to Mexico, and the National History Museum has several ways for guests to celebrate it. On Saturday from 12-2pm, head to the outdoor butterfly garden on the east side of the museum at 9th street for a special talk with butterfly experts on staff at the museum. You can also take a walk through the Butterfly Pavillion to observe many species. Or see Flight of the Butterflies 3D playing in the museum’s Johnson IMAX Theatre.
Patuxent Wildlife Festival
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center
When: Saturday, 10am -3pm
This family event will feature a variety of entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Children’s musical entertainer Ryan Buckle and Friends will perform for the first time at the Visitor Center, with shows at 11:00 and 12:30. Other activities include live animal displays, children’s crafts, tram tours (cost extra), research exhibits, and behind-the-scenes tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to see endangered whooping cranes, sea ducks and much more.
Hop on the Halloween Train
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Regional Parks
When: Friday 3-8pm and Saturday & Sunday, 1-8pm
Admission: $6 or $5 with a canned food donation
All aboard for the “Eye Spy” Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park (for kids under 8) and the Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park (for ages 8 and up). Both are taking passengers for rides through the Maryland woods all weekend long, and there will be other fun activities — movies and more — to boot!
Balloons & Blimps
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
It’s Super Science Saturday at the Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum, the special program that occurs on the second Saturday of every month. This weekend it’ll be all about balloons and blimps, and visitors can enjoy hands-on demos and activities related to the subject. And the permanent exhibits – a hangar full of amazing air and space craft – are worth a trip out there themselves.
Hispanic Innovators in Air & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am -3pm
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Air & Space Museum on the Mall is hosting a day of activities for the whole family. Guests can hear about Latin Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration and take part in bilingual story times and hands-on activities presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Writers on the Row
Where: Bethesda Row
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Be part of Bethesda Row’s first-ever Writers on the Row series, a weekend-long festival celebrating food, fashion, fame, and more in books from renowned authors. While the event is happening all weekend, Saturday will include activities especially for families and children. From 2-4pm, go for a reading and signing of Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns and Elections by best-selling children’s author-and-illustrator team Peter and Cheryl Barnes. The perfect way to teach children about campaigning, voting and the election process, the book chronicles Woodrow G. Washingtail on his quest to become “the big cheese,” president of the United Mice of America. Visit the website for the rest of the event schedule.
Fairfax Fall Fest
Where: Historic Downtown Fairfax
When: Saturday 10am – 5pm
The City of Fairfax welcomes the public to celebrate the 36th annual Fall Festival. The event that started out as a small market for artisans to showcase their wares has grown to an extravaganza with over 400 arts, crafts, info, food vendors, children’s activities, and three stages of music and entertainment for all ages.
Get Fired Up
Where: Alexandria Fire Stations
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Calling all future fire fighters! All Alexandria Fire Stations will be open to the public this Saturday. Take tours of the station and check out the various pieces of fire and Emergency Medical Services equipment. Staff will be there to answer questions and hand out fire safety literature.
Where: Mt. Vernon Recreation Center
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Join YoKid and Whole Foods Market for a day dedicated to allowing kids to reach their full potential with healthy minds and bodies! Step up to the challenge of 108 Sun Salutations and enjoy yummy snacks while learning from Healthy Eating Specialists how healthy food and can be fun and delicious. Every participant who pre-registers will receive a free yoga mat, organic t-shirt, and other fun goodies provided by Whole Foods. Sign up here.
Teddy Bear Yoga
Where: lil omm yoga
When: Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $30/first child, $15/additional
Kids ages 3-7 are invited to bring their favorite furry friend or doll to share the yoga fun! The class will explore partner poses, bitsy balances, and teeny twists while engaging in meaningful and creative pretend play, complete with snacks and tea party!