Eke out that last bit of summer fun while a few of the season’s activities — and weather — are lingering. Or set your sights ahead for an early taste of fall. Of course, there’s also plenty to keep everyone entertained no matter the time of year. Happy Weekend!
Make One Last Splash
Where: DC Public Splash Parks
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free or small fee
Just when we thought the outdoor aquatic facilities had closed for the season, the DC Department of Parks & Recreation did us a solid and made the decision to keep all public splash parks and select pools open for one more week, through September 7, due to the heat (which isn’t even that bad compared to past years). For a list of places to play in the sprays, go here. And to see which outdoor pools are still open, go here.
Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Summer is lingering and not just in the temps outside; there are still a few activities keeping the spirit season going. Friday concerts at Yards Park are on for another couple of weeks, so you can rock by the river for a little while longer. Tonight, recall your college days (or mine, anyway) as Dave Matthews tribute band Crowded Streets plays on the boardwalk by the Anacostia. BYO food and drink for a picnic dinner or purchase it from nearby eateries and food trucks.
All Aboard Kensington!
Where: Kensington Armory/Town Hall
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child, $10/family
See model trains chug around tracks at this annual family-friendly event to benefit the Noyes Library Foundation and the Kensington Historical Society. Along with the locomotive fun, there will be live music by Dixie Land Express Band on Saturday from 11am – 1pm, and Matthew Dodd will present railroad sings and stories on Sunday from 1-4pm. The Kensington Armory/Town Hall is located at 3710 Mitchell Street in Kensington.
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
Catch a game during this exciting season as the Nats host the Phillies this weekend, with an evening game on Friday (7:05pm) and afternoon games on Saturday (4:05pm) and Sunday (1:35pm). Kids will be running the show on Sunday (ie, announcing the game), which young fans will enjoy. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo, and enjoy other extras on Sunday, like Kids Run the Bases after the last out.
Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child, 2 and under are free
September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for apple picking and freshly pressed cider. Most weekends this month, they are celebrate everything apple with wagon rides to the apple orchard and cider pressing demos (and tastings!) with the Zurschmeide Family antique1865 Cider press. Visitors are encouraged to try giving the press a crank to see how cider used to be produced. Admission also covers hayrides, visits with barnyard animals, and loads of fun for kids, including a pumpkin jumpin’ pillow, slides, mazes, and pedal tractors.
Fall In! Sample Class Day
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Sample Imagination Stage’s line-up of fall classes – on them! Sample classes are about 20 minutes in length, and give students and families a taste of the Imagination Stage classroom setting. They have exciting offerings for ages 12 months to grade 5. So, try a class and get into YOUR Imagination Stage. This is not a drop-off event; children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Register in advance here.
Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Where: Gateway Park
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Head across the Key Bridge from the city for this free annual music festival. Enjoy a great line-up of jazz acts, including Rebirth Brass Band, Red Baraat, Ghost Train Orchestra, and The Corey Wallace DUBtet. Along with the music, there will be food and fashion trucks. Festival parking is available in the garage at 1911 North Fort Myer Drive. The parking entrance is on North Moore Street. Or, take Metro to the Rosslyn station (orange/blue) and walk a few blocks to the event.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* The hit stage version of Dirty Dancing is at the National Theatre (look for discount tickets)
* Experience your favorite superheroes all in one epic event at Marvel Universe LIVE!
* Cirque Dream Jungle Fantasy will enthrall all ages at Wolf Trap (look for discount tickets)
* Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java
* Catch Alice in Wonderland at Workhouse Arts Center
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $17/adults, $15/seniors, free for 11 and under
There’s merriment and much, much more at Revel Grove, the charming medieval village that hosts the annual Maryland Renaissance Fair. And you can take a little daytrip back in time to enjoy it all on weekends through October 19. For details on admission and what you will find there, check out this post about the event.
Back-to-School at DCMeet Market
Where: Logan Circle
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
DCMEET Market, the monthly community market, is celebrating Back-to-School this Saturday! The jam-packed event will include a pop-up library from the DC Public Library, a live art installation by Kelly Towles, and DIY craft activities led by Topaz + Arrow! Live music by School of Rock, DJ vANNIEty, and Harry Ransom will be presented by Rock-n-Romp, and there will also be a pig roast prepared by the owner of DC’s top-rated restaurant, Toki Underground and communal marketplace, Maketto. Prepare to shop, too — the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling their goods in various categories such as fine arts, home décor, handcrafted jewelry, fashion apparel, baby accessories, and prepared foods. The market is located at 15th and P St NW, in the heart of Logan Circle.
Shake Up Your Saturday
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Saturday, 10-11am
Recommended for ages 6-12, this family program at the Folger explores a different aspect of the life and times of Shakespeare during each session. This Saturday, discover how people, including Shakespeare himself, used heraldry to describe their family history. You need to reserve a spot – go here to register.
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day at a Featured Creature Day at the Zoo! Learn all about these misunderstood scavengers, including the vital role they play in a healthy ecosystem and the threats to survival vultures around the world face. This fun, educational event will feature keeper talks, educational activities for adults and kids, and special animal demonstration featuring the Zoo’s vultures.
Where: Hillwood Estate
Admission: $15/adults, free for 18 and under
In a nod to Post’s lovely garden parties, the GLBT Family Picnic in partnership with Rainbow Families DC will start off the series of programs on September 6. In addition to picnicking on the Lunar Lawn, families can also decorate their own gold boxes inspired by pieces in the special exhibition, Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems. There will also be putting on the Putting Green, as well as dress-ups, games, and face-painting.
Dance Class Open House
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium
Zumba. Creative Movement for Kids. Tap. Afro Cuban Dance. Hip Hop/Jazz Dance. Adult Ballet. African Drum & Dance. Yoga. Hoop Jam. Alexander Technique. Step for Youth. These are just a few of the ways both young and old can get moving this fall at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Try them out for free at Joe’s Fall 2014 Open House on Saturday! Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, Md.
Back to School Fashion Show
Where: The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center
When: Saturday, 1pm
Start the school year in style! Lord & Taylor is hosting a fashion show that will highlight the latest children’s trends for the fall. Local kids from the area will model the clothing, there will be a DJ playing kid-friendly pop music, and face painting for guests who are game, plus information sheets on all the featured apparel will be available for easy shopping. It’s a casual family-friendly event, so join the fun and fashion with the kids.
Paw Paw Festival
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Many people are familiar with the age-old children’s Pawpaw song “Pickin up Pawpaws, Puttin’ ‘em in your pocket?” But how many people in and around Montgomery County have ever actually tried a Pawpaw – or even know what one is? Find out – and get a taste – this weekend as Montgomery Parks hosts the Second Annual Pawpaw Festival at Meadowside Nature Center. There will be a Pawpaw tasting station; a variety of activities, games, and music; and area pawpaw expert and breeder, Neal Peterson, will open the festival with a special talk about the fruit. Attendees will learn all about this delicious fruit that is native to the region, and its rich history.
Parachute Fun, Bagel Feast
Where: Dupont Circle
When: Sunday, 9:30am – 12pm
Stop by Dupont Circle on Sunday morning for bagels and cream cheese with Moms Clean Air Force, an organization that fights climate change with mom-power. Stay awhile for some kid-fun with their big earth parachute and balls. MCAF’s DC Field Organizer will be happy to chat with moms and dads about how to get involved in the organization in ways big and small. Pair it with a visit to the nearby Dupont Farmer’s Market. Look for them in the western quadrant of Dupont Circle near CVS. RSVPs appreciated to email@example.com.
Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
How about hitting the trail? This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hike with kids (though I heard Greenbelt Park has been having a tick problem recently). Find more details on the Riverbend to Great Falls trail here. And a few that aren’t on the list, but great for family tramping: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near Great Falls.