Between the many re-openings after the shutdown, fantastic lineup of entertainment and events, and glorious weather in the forecast, there’s no excuse for a dull weekend. There’s live entertainment galore, opportunities to time trip for a day, outdoor adventures to be had, and seasonal celebrations to enjoy. And if that’s not enough, you can find even more options here. Happy Weekend!
Kids Euro Fest
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Thanks to the French-American Cultural Foundation, 27 EU embassies, and more than a dozen major cultural institutions, Europe is coming to us via the Kids Euro Festival, a virtual passport to four weeks of continental artistic adventures. This is the first weekend of the event that will present more than 200 FREE children’s performances all around the metro area. Mimes, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts that will perform at a variety of venues through November 13. See what’s on the schedule this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hike & Seek
Where: Seneca Creek State Park
When: Saturday, 9am
Admission: $12/adults, $7/ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under
Join REI and the National Wildlife Federation for some special event in the great outdoors of Gaitherburg. A cross between a nature hike and scavenger hunt, the adventure brings kids and their families together for fresh air and lots of fun. Live animals and Stop & Study interactive nature stations along the trails will provide an entertaining learning experience for kids 3-10 yrs. Plan to arrive 9-10am for two to three hours of activity, and be sure to bring a water bottle for everyone in the family. Registration is required online or at the event. Online registrations are discounted, so sign up now!
Autumn Colonial Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $6/adults, $3/kids & seniors, free for 2 and under
Enjoy fresh air and fun at the local colonial museum and working farm’s Autumn Market Fair. Warm yourself by the fire and enjoy the splendor of autumn with crisp local apples, warm savory meat pies, and hearty breads. Let Market Fair entertainers, tradesmen, and the militia amuse and educate you. Have your fortune told or take a fencing lesson. Allow Mistress Barrow and Mr. John to entice you with their wares at the Dry Goods and the Gentlemen’s Goods stand. Learn to dip a candle or turn a piece of wood on the carpenter’s lathe. Stop by the Tavern for a cup of mulled wine before you begin your holiday shopping at the many tradesmen’s and merchant’s stalls. Period food, beverages, and wares are available for purchase.
NSO Young People’s Concert
When: Saturday, 2pm
Listen Up! Music is a Language is a full orchestra concert that explores how music inspires the imagination and speaks to us in various ways. The concert will touch upon the unique qualities music has as a language to energize us, to describe complex emotions, tell us stories, and connect us to each other. Join the NSO in this live concert experience that shows how music is our first language! Space is limited, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. One hour prior to the concert, there will be an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” a project of the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.
Last Call for Merriment
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $22/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under
It’s the final weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the annual faire that recalls medieval times with a tudor village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. This is one of my very favorite annual events in the DC area, and I highly, highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. Huzzah!
River Park Epic Yard Sale
Where: Eastern Market
When: Saturday, 8am – 1pm
Find loads of fabulous buys, including gently used kids clothing, gear, and toys; housewares, books, and more! Some hot ticket items are a wine fridge, razor scooter, children’s bikes, a flat screen TV, a gorgeous cherry convertible crib, jumperoo, train table, children’s desk, and some really nice rugs. There will also be a bake sale with lots of yummy treats. All proceeds benefit River Park Nursery School, a non-profit preschool serving Capitol Hill for 50 years with a stimulating and safe learning environment, highly qualified instructors, and a supportive and involved group of parents. The sale will take place outside Rumsey Aquatic Center next to Eastern Market at 635 North Carolina Avenue SE.
Mr. Gabe Music Show
Where: Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Join Mr. Gabe for some morning music at the coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. The popular children’s entertainer performs nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites for children ages zero to six. He appears at schools, cafes, and libraries throughout the DC area, and released his first CD, Play Date, last year, receiving a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and nomination for a Washington Area Music Award.
Arts for Families
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Weave a work of art on your own miniature loom. Hang your finished piece at home—the loom serves as a built-in frame. No reservations are required for this free event, but space and supplies are limited.
Where: Local Theaters
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Here’s where you can find live family entertainment over the next few days: Now that the shutdown is over, Goodnight Moon is up and running again at Adventure Theatre, and Peter and the Wolf and Tiny Tots shows are on at The Puppet Co. Lulu and the Brontosaurus is on the Imagination Stage. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is hosting From Here to There. Halloween starts early at the BlackRock Center for the Arts with The Spooky Magic of Joe Romano. And Mister G is playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday. See this post for details and ticket info for all the above shows.
World of Montgomery Street Festival
Where: Westfield Wheaton Plaza Mall parking lot
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
The DC area is a modern-day global village with a diversity that enriches the lives of children and helps them to become successful 21st global citizens. The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates this stunning diversity and invites families to learn more about the many wonderful cultures that surround us every day. Experience it all through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families at this 5th festival. Exhibits will include culturally authentic arts demonstrations and activities aimed at promoting international and multi-cultural awareness. An “Essentials of Life” theme will focus on food, water, culture and community service – the essential resources and common bonds we share across communities globally.
Fall Apple Festival
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Brookside Gardens is celebrating one fall’s best features — apples! The whole family can enjoy apple games, folklore, crafts, hand pressed cider, and of course, made-from-scratch caramel apples. Guests can also learn about the versatile fruit and the cider making process on a delicious fall afternoon. Registration for the Festival is appreciated, but not required. Be sure to extend the outing and tour the lovely grounds of the park.
Where: Friends Community School, College Park
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
This annual Fall Fair will feature student-run traditional games, a moon bounce, a toy and book sale, face painting, a strolling clown, and plenty of good food prepared by local restaurants and school families. The school will also celebrate the opening of its new arts and teaching spaces in a ceremony at 1 pm. FCS has expanded its LEED Silver Certified building to include a lower school science lab, an art studio, and a performing arts space, as well as additional classrooms, offices and much-awaited student lockers. Students have begun to use the new space this fall. The Fair will take place rain or shine and all are welcome. Friends Community School is located at 5901 Westchester Park Drive, College Park, MD.
Where: Around the DC Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Get the Halloween party started with activities and events that celebrate the spooky spirit. This post has details on where the tricks and treats are happening.
Where: Around the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale
The shutdown is over, so visit a Smithsonian museum; tour the memorials on the Mall; enjoy the Botanic Garden; check out the collections at the National Gallery; go wild at the Zoo; explore the National Arboretum; see a show at Glen Echo Park; or take a hike at Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Rock Creek Park, or Shenandoah National Park. Just because you can.