The Weekend Round-Up: October 10-12

That-a-way for autumn fun on the farm at Homestead

That-a-way for autumn fun on the farm at Homestead



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Most of us have one extra day to fill with fun this weekend, and that won’t be a problem with so many great events and activities happening around the DC-Metro. This round-up has the scoop you need to get your family’s good time started. Happy Weekend!

Taste of DC
Where: Pennsylvania Ave., 3rd-7th Streets NW, WDC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: $20, $10/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

Celebrate the food, wine, and culture of our city during Columbus Day weekend. Along with the obvious — tastings from more than 50 area restaurants — there will be cooking demos, live entertainment, a beer garden, and a Worldwide Family Fun Stop with activities especially for kids, including dancing, games, storytelling, arts & crafts, and more.

National Fossil Day
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a day of family-friendly, fossil-themed activities! Explore the “Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World” exhibition, see ongoing research and fossil preparation at the FossiLab, and do fossi-related art activities. Kids of all ages will have the chance to be “deputized” by National Park Service rangers as Junior Paleontologists and will get to take home a badge and book about fossils found in our National Parks. Head to Q?rius, the museum’s education center, where there will be opportunities to handle fossils and talk to fossil scientists.

Art Safari
Where: The Torpedo Factory
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

An Alexandria family tradition, Art Safari returns for the 20th year with a full day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists will lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. All activities are free with most appropriate for children ages 5 – 11 with some activities requiring parental assistance.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
Where: Landmark Mall
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5 at door (free pass online)

Find anything and everything you need for your kids, from newborns to teens, at Just Between Friend’s fun consignment sale. Get bargains on baby gear, car seats, strollers, infant items, books, DVDs, fall/winter coats, Halloween costumes, teen brands, toys, toys and more toys, plus thousands of children’s clothing items and more — all at savings of up to 50-90% off retail! Even better, KFDC readers can download a free admission pass here.

It’s All Greek to You
Where: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Saint Sophia’s annual festival brings the best of Greek food, drink and culture to the D.C. area. Festival goers can sample dishes from the Greek Cuzina made fresh and daily across the weekend. A variety of children’s games and activities including balloon toys, sand art and a moon bounce will delight young guests. A marketplace will showcase wares like jewelry, pottery and home goods, clothing, music, Byzantine icons, as well as a traditional Greek grocer. And every evening under the stars, enjoy live Greek music played by local musicians — all are welcome to join in and dance… Opa! Saint Sophia is located at 2815 36th St & Mass. Ave, NW.

Art on the Avenue
Where: Mount Vernon Ave in Del Ray
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

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.

Grape Stomp
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: $5/adult, $5/child

Join Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard for their annual Grape Stomp festival! The locale and event are family-friendly, featuring a Play Area and live music along with the main event. Test your skills and competitive juices throughout the day in the ancient wine making tradition — prizes will be awarded. And remember, it’s not the size of your foot that matters… it’s the power of your sole! Read more about the vineyard in this KFDC post.

Show Time
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 is on the Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present The Velveteen Rabbit
* And Animal Crackers 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)
* Ben Rudnick & Friends are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java
* And Rocknocerous is playing a special Columbus Day show at the Vienna music venue

Celebrate the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

Enjoy autumn fun and then some at a number of farms around the area. Pick pumpkins, whiz down slides, visit animals, jump on giant inflatables, take pony rides, indulge in caramel apples, and much more. The KFDC guide to fall festivals has details on all of them.

Wicked Fun
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

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.

Fire Prevention Week Open House
Where: Falls Church Fire Station
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to use a fire hose, sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck or have questions answered on how to protect your family from fire? Join the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department at their annual Open as they conclude Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters from the Falls Church and the Arlington County Fire Department will conduct fire and emergency medical demonstrations, lead activities for those young and old, provide tours of our station, fire apparatus, tools, equipment and much more! There will also be invaluable fire safety and prevention information available to take home. Sparky the fire dog is anxiously awaiting this exciting event!

Family Fall Festival
Where: Shops at Town Center in Germantown
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy an afternoon full of delight, shopping, and autumn-themed fun. Families can choose between pumpkin painting, face painting, spin art, or jumping in one of our moon bounces. Or you could do it all! Light snacks will be for sale, and be sure to grab a flyer at the event listing specials the Shops will be running all day in celebration of the season and holiday.

ABC’s of Family Biking
Where: Brookland Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Want to get the whole family two wheelin’ together? The “ABC’s of Family Biking” will help you learn more about the tools and resources available to help you all bike together and offer fun activities for all ages. There will be trail rides, balance bike races, helmet decorating, bike maintenance, and more.

The Martian
Where: Theaters near you
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

For a flick both you and the kids will enjoy, The Martian is a stellar choice. The story is captivating, the cinematography enthralling, and Matt Damon gives a fantastic performance. While it’s rated PG13, we had no problem with Owen (9.5) seeing it, and I think kids even younger could watch it, too. This IMDB parental guide has specifics on what to expect.

Walks in the Woods
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall is a perfect time to hit the trail, when you can enjoy the foliage just as much as the activity itself. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hike with kids. 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, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near Great Falls, Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in NE DC.


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