Whether or not Hurricane Joaquin hits DC remains to be seen, but at least it sparked this great meme. That said, many of this weekend’s events are at the mercy of the impending storm and could be cancelled at any time. While this round-up will be updated as much as possible, it’s a good idea to check websites and call ahead to confirm events are still on. Rain or shine… Happy Weekend!
Taste of Georgetown
Where: K Street NW, Wisconsin to Thomas Jefferson
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free, but pay per taste
In its 21st year, the Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of over 30 of the neighborhood’s premier restaurants, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings, a Chef Showdown, and Gypsy Sally’s Music Stage. Bring young foodies to the Kids Canteen for free activities including facepainting, bocce ball, and more fun for kids of all ages. Plus, they can meet characters from WETA Kids, Peg + Cat! Tasting tickets can be purchased online or at the event.
Where: Fairfax County Government Center
When: Saturday & Sunday
The annual event especially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children features 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.
DC Veg Fest
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Bring the kids to the largest celebration of vegetarian and vegan living in the area. Now in its 8th year, DC VegFest is a full day of delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine, cooking demos, music, and more. A Kid’s Area will feature games and crafts, Ask-A-Vegan Family, kid-friendly cooking demos and music. Attendees will enjoy free food samples along with tasty vegan cuisine from food vendors.
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* See Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure at the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings just opened on the Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* Head to the U.S. Botanic Garden for The Cerulean Time Capsule, an interactive theatrical adventure (and tour the plant collections while you’re there)
* Anna Menendez – La Fiesta Del Baile is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* The Alden Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty at the McLean Community Center
Hispanic Heritage Day: Innovators in Air and Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Head to the AIr & Space Museum on the Mall as they celebrates the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration. Hear about Latin Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration, meet Hispanic scientists and engineers — including a NASA astronaut — and participate in bilingual activities
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, and they’re welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about autumn celebrations.
Wheaton Family Theatre
Where: Wheaton Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Fresh off of a successful fall production in Silver Spring, InterAct Story Theatre is launching the first season of their new Wheaton Family Theatre Series. The season begins with a free community performance of InterAct’s popular play The Hero of EVERYTHING followed by a special Behind The Scenes talkback, where kids can meet the actors, talk about the play, and find out how some of the special effects and backstage magic happens. Wheaton Library is located at 11701 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, MD.
Plated Road to Discovery Tour
Where: M Street Lot
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Plated, the service that delivers fresh ingredients for meals at home, is hitting the road. Outfitted with a fully functional kitchen and espresso bar, the “Road To Discovery” Airstream tour includes cooking demonstrations featuring Kenwood and De’Longhi products, food tastings, and talks by local tastemakers. This weekend, they’ll be in DC, and De’Longhi barista partner and 2014 U.S. Barista Champion, Laila Ghambari, will be educating consumers on coffee culture and showing them how to create the perfect home brew.
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 34th annual festival. Start your holiday shopping — over 150 vendors will be selling all kind of artistic wares. Festivities for kids include crafts, face painting, inflatables, and FUN! And music lovers will enjoy three stages hosting 18 popular local bands playing everything indie folk, rock, blues, country, reggae and everything in between.
Ultimate Clinic for Girls
Where: West Potomac Park, next to MLK Memorial
When: Sunday, 9-11am
Learn to play Ultimate Frisbee! Girls in grades 5-8 are welcome to join a FREE two-hour clinics that teaches the basic skills and concepts of Ultimate, one of the fastest growing team sports in the country. There are four clinics total — attend one or all four! No experience is necessary! Email email@example.com to register for free.
¡Sí se puede! Dolores Huerta Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Join the Portrait Gallery in celebrating the work of labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta during Hispanic Heritage. Storytelling with artist and author Joe Cepeda and music by Luis Orozco will entertain and enlighten visitors of all ages. Hands-on activities and bilingual tours of the exhibition “One Life: Dolores Huerta” will also be offered.
Barbie in Concert
Where: Potomac Mills Mall
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Families are invited to a rockin’ show starring Barbie in her all new movie, Rock ‘N Royals. Fans will have the opportunity to see a live concert performance of songs from the movie, meet the stars of the film, sing along with interactive karaoke, and play with new Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals dolls and toys. Follow the link for schedule details.
Cardboard Day of Play
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child
Enjoy an afternoon of imaginative play as Annmarie Scupture Garden participates in the Global Cardboard Challenge. The Main Gallery of the Arts Building will be transformed into a cardboard wonderland as families build, create, and play their way through awesome amusements, art activities, cardboard construction, creative play, and tons of tinkering. Stop by one of several art stations to create your own cardboard masterpiece. Visit Cardboard City, the Cardboard Farm, or let your imagination soar on the Cardboard Autobahn! Go ahead of the event for even more artistic delights at Annmarie.
Where: Navy Memorial Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave.
When: Sunday, 8am
Admission: $10-40 to run
The inaugural Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue – set for Sunday, October 4, from 8:00 am until 12 pm – will festively kick off the U.S. Navy 240th Birthday and Heritage Week. Modeled after the famous Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, the Navy Mile is designed for all ages and abilities, from serious mile athletes and Wounded Warriors to casual runners and even non-runners. The run is only half the fun; it will be accompanied on the Navy Memorial Plaza by an Expo featuring a full slate of activities, like a push-up challenge, Teddy from the Racing Presidents, performances by the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers and the Navy Ceremonial Guard. It’s all family-friendly and open to everyone!
The Great Indoors
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
If there’s any weekend that this list of more than 70 ideas for indoor activities will come in handy, this one is it. Stay dry and have fun!
NOTE: Art Safari at the Torpedo Factory, which was originally listed, has been removed, as it’s taking place next Saturday, October 10.