Surely, you can tell by the photo and first two recs in this round-up what I’m most excited about this weekend. But there’s plenty going on over the next few days to keep everyone entertained, Nats fan or not. Happy Weekend!
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
It’s play-off time! If, like me, you weren’t lucky enough to score seats for the home games this weekend, you still may be able to go, just not sit in the grandstand. A limited number Standing Room Only tickets will be available each game day, subject to availability. I recommend going early to get ’em! (P.S. If anyone has extra tickets you want to unload, please message me at email@example.com!)
Celebrate the Nats
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday & Saturday, 3pm
If you don’t make it in to Nationals Park, you can still get close and have a blast viewing the game plus other festivities at Yards Park. Cheer on the team with fellow fans, get the kids’ faces painted, listen to live music, enjoy food from local eateries, and more!
Fall For Fairfax KidFest
Where: Fairfax County Government Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
This annual event by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. includes exciting, interactive, and educational programs, entertainment and activities. Especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children, activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, and the KidWay MidWay with more than a dozen rides, bounces, and attractions. And that’s just for the kids. Adults can enjoy more than 75 exhibits, live entertainment, activities, and great festival food. While admission is free, some rides and concessions will require a fee.
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Seasonal festivals are in full swing at area farms, in local communities, even a 16th century village in Maryland (huzzah, Ren Fest!), and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.
Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Celebrate the diversity of Alexandria’s Del Ray community at this multicultural arts festival. Over 300 artists – jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, and musicians – will have their work on display and for sale. And kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival – scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, lotus flower design, screen art weaving are just some of the crafts to enjoy. Food vendors will also be there offering hot dogs, BBQ, Indian fare, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, and home made cider donuts.
Make a Music Video with The Singing Lizard
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 1pm
Local children’s music fave The Singing Lizard is making a video for her song “Bicycle,” and she wants YOU to be a part of the magic! Bring your bicycles to the meeting location, put on your helmets, and get ready for ACTION. TSL will follow the camera on her bike while lip synching along to the “Bicycle” song, and one-by-one the other bikers (you!) will start riding behind her. The video should scream FUN (so, silliness and costumes encouraged). The more people that gather, the more exciting the video will be!
Happy Fall at DC MEETMarket
Where: Logan Circle, 15th and P St NW
This month’s DC MEET Market will celebrate the season by providing small pumpkins for kids to paint and take home to display. Along with crafts, games of cornhole will be set up around the market for everyone to enjoy. And Baked & Wired will be selling pumpkin-inspired desserts, including cupcakes and whoopie pies. There will be live music by DJ AYESCOLD, The Caribbean, and The Plums, all presented by Rock-n-Romp! and some delicious Korean-style BBQ by Kingston Seoul. As always, 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.
I Am Eleven
Where: West End Cinema & AMC Hoffman Theater
When: Opens Friday in the DC area
Admission: Ticket prices vary
Do you remember when you were 11? I am Eleven, a new film by director Genevieve Bailey, weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age. These young minds provide us with a powerful insight into the future of our world. It opens in the area this weekend at West End Cinema in the District and AMC Hoffman 22 in Alexandria.
Face Value Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Join the National Portrait Gallery to explore portraiture through the lens of the exhibition Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction. Sean Lane and Bay Jazz Group will set the tone with their musical talent. Guests can experiment with different art materials in the style of Benny Andrews, Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence, and Roy Lichtenstein, and participate in an additional art-making activity led by artist/illustrator Sushmita Mazumdar, in the style of Red Grooms.
Chessie Jam Children’s Music Festival
Where: Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Join the fun and sing and dance to performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Justin Roberts, and Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba. The Festival will include free facepainting 12-2pm, an instrument petting zoo, a storybook village, a moon-bounce, a photo-booth, tie-dying, and lots more fun and interactive activities for children.
Let’s Move! DC
Where: Deanwood Rec Center
When: Saturday, 10am -2pm
The 2nd Annual Let’s Move! DC aims to encourage District youth to make healthier food choices and be more active throughout the day. Children and families can enjoy cooking demos, fishing and dance lessons, music, games, and a farmers market. Streetball stars Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones and Randy “White Chocolate” Gill will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos, while the Street Basketball Association hosts clinics and skills exhibitions. Community organizations will also be available with information for families on healthy eating, early childhood education, and youth fitness and enrichment programs.
Potomac Country House Tour & Festival
Where: St. Francis Episcopal Church at 10033 River Road
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free (some activities require a fee and tours are $40)
The 58th annual Potomac Country House Tour & Festival offers a weekend of family-friendly activities, including a pirate ship moon bounce, 35-foot Turbo Rush obstacle course, a large slide, cotton candy, ice cream, and Dr. Doolittle Petting Zoo with bunnies, teacup pigs, baby chicks, and a baby llama. For adults, there will be 25+ boutiques featuring beautiful jewelry, art, crafts and gifts, silent auction and raffle, a BBQ luncheon and Georgetown Cupcake. Also on Saturday and Sunday, the annual House Tour will be underway from 1-4pm with four magnificent Potomac, MD, homes plus the Wreath Love Carriage House open for viewing (adults only).
Takoma Park Street Festival
Where: Carroll Avenue to Carroll Street
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
The streets of Takoma Park will be filled with music, artisans, community groups, children’s activities, food vendors and a variety of green companies at the city’s 33rd annual festival. A diverse collection of items from over 150 artisans makes holiday shopping easy — find paintings, photographs, pottery, silk-screening, soaps, stained glass, jewelry, wood-working, textiles, ceramics, kids’ items and much, much more! Kids also love activities just for them, including inflatables and FUN! Music lovers can enjoy three stages hosting 18 popular local bands playing everything indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and everything in between.
Where: Watkins Regional Park
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Md, is hosting the 34th Annual Kinderfest, a day focused on children that takes place every year on the first Sunday in October. The scores of events and activities to entertain the whole family include clowns and costumed characters, singers and dancers, pony and hay rides, carnival games, scarecrow workshops, sweet and savory refreshments, and spins on the famous Watkins carousel and miniature train. Admission to the event is free, but some activities require a fee. Visit the website for more info and directions.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants is playing a Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java!
* See a performance of The Night Fairy at Imagination Stage
* Enjoy jazz for kids as Bop Goes the Weasel plays the Just for Families series at Arts on the Green
* Be wowed by the acrobatic feats and playful performances of the Big Apple Circus!
* Catch Stuart Little at Adventure Theatre
* Rich & The Rockin’ Dogs will rock the Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring Saturday morning
* Watch Rapunzel let down her hair as The Puppet Co. presents the marionette version of the classic fairytale.
* Dragon Babies and Teddy Bear’s Picnic are the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* Driving Miss Daisy is beginning its month-long run at Ford’s Theatre
* Saturday Morning at the National presents Theatre IV’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – for free!
Fall Arts Fair
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Washington Performing Arts hosts its Fall Arts Fair on Sunday. The event is geared toward all ages with performances and interactive activities that connect families and neighborhoods with DC’s diverse artistic offerings. The gymnasium at THEARC will be transformed into a central marketplace housing vendors selling crafts, food and garments. Surrounding it all will be stations hosting a variety of imaginative, interactive activities including face painting, henna art, a Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra ensemble performance, Silk Road inspired crafts, Bollywood and Persian dance classes, origami and fortunes art activity, interactive painting, and a photo booth. instrument petting zoo, the “Silk Road Jam Session,” will also be available to provide children a hands-on introduction to a range of musical instruments.
Fall Fest at the Soldiers’ Home
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Celebrate fall at the Soldiers’ Home and enjoy an array of activities throughout the day, including: an Antique Car Show, beer and bourbon tasting tents, children’s games and activities, golfing, live music, a military drill team, and tours of buildings in the historic core of the Soldiers’ Home campus, including the Sherman Tower.
Model Rocket Launch
Where: NASA Goddard
When: Sunday, 1pm
Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm. Read more about it in this KFDC guest post.