The Weekend Round-Up: September 11-13

The Kogod Courtyard, one of the prettiest indoor spots in the city

The Kogod Courtyard, one of the prettiest indoor spots in the city


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You can eke out the last bit of summer or start focusing on fall (or both!) with this round-up of special events and activities. Taking place indoors and out, in the heart of the city to farms miles beyond, there’s fun to suit all interests — and seasons. Happy Weekend!

Last Concert on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

It’s the final Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert of the season, and they’re closing it out with a country performance by Sara Gray. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early with their picnic dinners, blankets, and take out meals from Capitol Riverfront restaurants to enjoy a free evening of music!

Free For All Festival
Where: Sidney Harman Hall
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Get an insider’s look at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s home and access to artists who work behind the scenes to create their stage productions. The free, family-friendly event will include backstage tours, special performances, open theatre classes, demonstrations of stage effects and more.


Fall Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the lovely Kogod Courtyard to celebrate the season with a day of fun activities, like scavenger hunts, craft making, live performances, a cake walk and face painting. Kick up your heels to lively Americana folk music as you enjoy the dazzling footwork of the RockCandy Cloggers!

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

Fall may not have officially started but seasonal festivals are ON at several area farms, in Columbia Heights, on 17th Street NE, even at 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.

DC State Fair
Where: Old City Farm & Guild
When: Saturday, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

Apparently, being an actual state isn’t a requirement to have a state fair! This agricultural, culinary, and artistic showcase of the District will be a celebratory day, full of competitions and other fun and educational activities for all ages. Festivities include contests of all kinds – photography, knitting, kids art and poetry, pickling, pies, ice cream, jams, and more. Get a taste of it all, plus do some browsing among the vendors, at the Old City Farm & Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW.

Maryland Seafood Festival
Where: Sandy Point State Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free for ages 12 and 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 this 48th annual seafood fest. Even better, it all takes place on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Indian Festival
Where: Riverbend Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $5

Members of several Native American tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac River to share and celebrate their culture. See dance performances and dug-out canoe demos. Try throwing a spear, shooting a bow, and building a canoe. Shop for pottery, jewelry, and dreamcatchers. Enjoy food from a Rappahannock Tribe member, plus other lunch and snack items. All at the beautiful setting along the Potomac!

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Be among the first audiences to see Caps for Sale, the world premiere musical at Adventure Theatre
* Let little ones discover their inner superhero at the InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING
* See the Spirit of America come alive at a free show at the DC Armory
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure
* AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse are playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday
* Catch an outdoor show at Oatlands as Stage Coach Theatre presents Puss in Boots

Family Day at Abe’s
Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage is back! You’re invited to the festivities on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at this fourth annual event. All ages can enjoy live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home! Register online here.

Women in Aviation & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Air & Space Museum for family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program, women have been making significant contributions. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

Family Community Festival
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

With a theme of Celebrating Cultural Diversity, the museum welcomes the public to their annual festival for live music, food vendors, and art activities. Make Japanese kites, Mexican paper flowers, Venetian ball masks, Indian Henna painting, and more. Enjoy African storytelling and civil war re-enactments. It’s a fun day for the entire family with activities taking place both outside on the grassy picnic area and inside the museum.

Fall Class Sampler
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9:45am – 12:45pm
Admission: Free

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
Admission: Free

Head across the Key Bridge from the city for this free annual music festival. Enjoy six hours of music, fun, and drinks, plus special activities for kids and fashion trucks. See the website for the line-up of bands and details on parking.

Children’s Art Talk & Tour
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday, 10:15am
Admission: $5

Young art lovers can get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart, and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. Children take part in an educational guided tour of the current exhibit followed by a hands-on art activity. Accompanying adults have no charge.

Fall into Fun Fair
Where: Rockville Sportsplex
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

This interactive fair features custom designed booths filled with the hottest fall activities, where families of kids ages 0-18 can try everything — theatre, art, music, language, science, & much more. Plus, you can groove to the HOT sounds of DJ “A Squad”; get FREE silly photos from Click & Flick Photo Booth; and be entered into giveaways for incredible prizes including swim/splash parties, science parties, private cheer, music, dance lessons, and much more! Admission is free, but registration is required.

Kreeger Museum Open House
Where: Kreeger Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate art, music, and nature with the Kreeger Museum! Live music, art activities, stories for children, a drum circle, and more creative pursuits will be part of the days events. Enjoy concession from food trucks and beer from local breweries. Rain or sine.

Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $12/adult, $10/child

September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and freshly picked apples. Celebrate the start of the apple picking and cider pressing season with tastings of Rinkers freshly pressed cider — the best in the Valley! Of course, the farm’s five-acre play area will be open for fun and amusement, too!

All Aboard Kensington
Where: Kensington Armory/Town Hall
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/child or $10/family

All Aboard Kensington is on track to enthuse and entertain at this family friendly event. Model trains will chug along model railroads. Special guest performances include Dixie Land Express Band on Saturday from 11am-1pm and Matthew Dodd (railroad songs and stories) on Sunday from 1-4pm. This all benefits the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation and the Kensington Historical Society.

Pawpaw Festival
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
When: Sunday, 12-3pm
Admission: $5

It’s time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside Nature Center will celebrate the delightful native fruit with music, storytelling, crafts, games, face painters, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and, most importantly, a pawpaw tasting station with fruits and trees for purchase for those who want to bring some home.

Back (in Time) to School
Where: Mountain Gap Schoolhouse
When: Sunday, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, and 4:15pm
Admission: $20/family or car

See how different school was in an earlier era as Oatlands Historic House and Gardens opens the Mountain Gap Schoolhouse during their School’s in Session Open House Days! The curriculum includes a guide dressed in period “schoolmarm” clothing, a lesson in the the history of the school and a one-room schoolhouse education, a sample of typical 19th-century school day with lessons in the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.


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