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The Weekend Round-Up: December 4-6

Headed to a wonderland of ICE! at National Harbor

Headed to a wonderland of ICE! at National Harbor


Holiday cheer is abundant this weekend with all kinds of events and activities that celebrate the season, from Smithsonian’s big festival to Bethesda’s annual event to Chanukah fun on the first night to lights and trains and markets and more. If you’re doing some holiday shopping, check out the first-ever KFDC Gift Guide for some unique and local ideas. And if you’re still not quite ready to embrace the spirit, head up to Baltimore for Dollar Days or find some ongoing DC fun. Happy Weekend!

Smithsonian Holiday Festival
Where: Smithsonian Museums
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the holiday season at Smithsonian Museums — Air & Space Museum, Natural History, American History, Freer-Sackler, American Art, American Indian, African American Art, the Postal Museum, the Hirshhorn, and Smithsonian Castle! This Holiday Festival has tons going on, something for everyone in your crew — concerts by the U.S. Air Force’s Max Impact, Silver Wings, and Celtic Aire; Mars Chocolate demons; a Star Wars C-3PO costume exhibit; the world’s largest LEGO American Flag; family holiday photo ops; free film screenings; trunk shows featuring apparel, jewelry and art; book signings; festive food; and hours of additional family-friendly entertainment. See the schedule for more details.

Holiday Happenings
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

There are so great activities running through the season to celebrate the holidays in DC. See model trains and a gorgeous botanic display at Season’s Greetings. ICE! it up and enjoy and atrium full of spectacular decor and cute activities at Christmas on the Potomac. Take a street car ride with Santa at the Holly Trolley Fest. If you hope to hit ‘em all, get on it now. For the complete rundown on all the area’s holiday happenings, see the 2015 KFDC Holiday Guide.

Fun for a Buck — or Free
Where: Baltimore
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free or $1

In the spirit of the holidays, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore presents Dollar or Less Days on this weekend when participating attractions will open their doors offering free or $1 admission! The Maryland Science Center, Babe Ruth Museum, Port Discovery, National Aquarium, Historic Ships of Baltimore, Christmas Village, and more exciting places will be welcoming guests to take advantage. Go here for the full list of participating venues.

Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland
Where: Downtown Bethesda
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but concerts and events cost extra

Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland is back, turning Bethesda Row into an outdoor street bazaar. The celebration features holiday performances, a live ice sculpting presentation, and a visit from Santa Claus in Veterans Park.

Scottish Christmas Walk Parade
Where: Old Town Alexandria
When: December 5, 11am
Admission: Free

For the 45th consecutive year, the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade will showcase marching units filled with the magnificent tartans of Scottish Clans, the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, Scottie dogs, dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and more. The parade begins at St. Asaph and Wilkes Streets and concludes at Market Square with a massed band concert. There will also be other festive events throughout the weekend — see the website for details.

Winter Wonderland
Where: Burke Lake Park
When: Saturday
Admission: $15/advance, $20/at event

Celebrate the season with a train ride on the Holiday Express at Burke Lake’s Winter Wonderland. Enjoy a tour on the U.S.S. Reindeer, then take a spin on the Carolers Carousel, experience the Snowman’s Wagon Ride, play Gingerbread Man’s Golf, or warm yourself by the fire and toast s’mores. Hot chocolate, spiced cider and candy canes will also be available. And don’t miss a visit with Santa!

Grand Opening Celebration
Where: Bright Horizons Rockville
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Bright Horizons recently opened its early education center in Rockville, and they are hosting a party to celebrate the launch! On Saturday, parents and children are invited to enjoy all kinds of family fun and get a first look at the new location. Festivities will include carnival style activities, games and prizes, and a ribbon cutting ceremony courtesy of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce.

Italian Holiday Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the wonders of the holiday season and Italian culture at SAAM. Enjoy performances by The Italian Fairy, The Flusso Dance Project, seasonal music by The Capital Hearings, and traditional Italian bagpipers, as well as festive craft activities, face painting, café specials, and more. Mention “Buone Feste” and receive a 10% store discount.

Children’s Holiday Shopping
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Kids can do some of their own gift shopping during the park’s annual Children’s Holiday Shopping. Volunteers help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping assures surprises for family and friends. No reservations are required. Meet at the Old Floris School House.

Gifts That Give Hope Gift Fair
Where: Key Elementary School in Arlington
When: December 5, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Instead of giving another tie or candle this year, how about boxing up hope and happiness? At a Gifts That Give Hope event, you can support the community and find unique and meaningful gifts for loved ones, co-workers, teachers and holiday hosts. Learn more about 16 locally based nonprofit organizations, enjoy festive holiday music and refreshments, visits with Santa, face painting, and other children’s activities. Shoppers of all ages are making GTGH an annual tradition, and young shoppers in particular come back each year to learn the true meaning of giving by participating in the Children’s Gift Fair.

Holidays on the Stage
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Much of the live entertainment on local stages right now is holiday-inspired. Enjoy A Lump of Coal for Christmas at Adventure Theatre or A Year with Frog and Toad at Imagination Stage. See the ultimate holiday classic The Nutcracker performed by the Washington Ballet at the Warner Theatre or catch a tot-friendly version at The Puppet Co. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Scrooge on A Christmas Carol journey at Ford’s Theatre. Get details on these shows and others in the 2015 Holiday Guide.

Show Time (that isn’t holiday inspired)
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

For shows without the seasonal trimmings, there’s Elephant and Piggies’s We are in a Play at the Kennedy Center (so cute!), Oliver! and Akeelah and the Bee at Arena Stage, and if you’re looking for a date night idea, Kiss Me, Kate is at Sidney Harman Hall. Read more about all of them in this list of live entertainment through winter.

Artfête Weekend
Where: The Art League’s Madison Annex
When: December 4-6
Admission: Free

Join The Art League as they kick-off the holiday season with live music, great artwork, artist demos, and more. Shop for handmade ceramics and jewelry, view artwork, enjoy instructor demos and live music, watch a wearable art runway show, and check out exciting art classes. Food and drinks will also be for sale.

Parcel Market
Where: Canal Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

PARCEL Market returns to Canal Park for its 2nd year! Featuring the 1,000 square-foot Canal Park Ice Rink, the Market urbanizes the holiday market with three city blocks of hand-made modern styling, interactive art, musical talents, activities, and a showcase of emerging independent brands, chefs, and retailers.

Tenley WinterFest
Where: Around Tenleytown
When: Through December 5
Admission: Free

The fourth annual Tenley WinterFest offers fun for all ages in Area schools, the library, fire station, shops, and restaurants are working together to create another unique, yeti-themed seasonal celebration for the community. Festivities include a scavenger hunt, a drawing project, historic walking tours, dining specials, story time, a kids movie screening, and more winter fun.

The Measure of Our Lives
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 12pm & 2pm
Admission: Free

See portraits of significant individuals who have influenced American history and culture brought to life on this special tour. Students from the University of Maryland, College Park’s Theatre Department choose a person from the museum’s collection who inspires them, then develop monologues that tell key moments in the subject’s life.

National Lionel Train Day
Where: Side Track Hobbies – Leonardtown, MD
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Helping to kick off the holiday season and commemorate its 115th anniversary, Lionel, the iconic model train company, is introducing its first-ever National Lionel Train Day. The public is invited to join Lionel at Side Track Hobbies to help celebrate with a variety of activities for kids and families. Operate model train layouts; collect conductor hats, temporary tattoos, enter raffles, and pre-order a collectible boxcar!

Winter Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $9.95/person, free for children under 2

The annual festival includes hayrides to the white pine fields with access to all of the farm attractions — swings, forts, slides, tunnels, and more. Fire pits are inviting to keep you warm and make some s’mores or roast hot dogs. Cut down your Christmas tree while you’re there or buy one from the lot. Read more about the Festival in this post about one of our experiences there.

Holiday Festival & Boat Parade of Lights
Where: Alexandria
When: Saturday, 4-9pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria’s harbor lights up when more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront, led by Alexandria’s fireboat Vigilant and Washington, DC’s fireboat John Glenn. Before and after the parade, stop in to the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Holiday Open House between 4-9pm to enjoy performances by the Alexandria Choral Society plus gift shopping in open artist studios.

Here Comes Chanukah!
Where: Around the area
When: Sunday
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s almost time to light the menorah! The first night of Chanukah begins Sunday at sundown, but you can start the celebration a little early in the day at a couple of area events, including the National Menorah Lighting on the Ellipse. There are also family activities, plus Matisyahu in concert at Strathmore (I highly recommend seeing him live). The 2015 KFDC Holiday Guide has details on all of the Chanukah fun.

Night Lights
Where: Around the area
When: Evenings
Admission: Varies by locale

Twinkling lights forming enchanting displays are easily a holiday season favorite. Visit one of several parks or gardens (or the Zoo!) in the area that has transformed into a sparkling wonderland. Some you can walk through for an up-close experience, others you tour by car. If you opt for the latter, dress the kids in PJ’s, turn up the holiday tunes, and bring along a thermos of hot chocolate — it doesn’t get much cozier than that!

Out & About
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Crisp, sunny weather will make it a great time to be outside, so browse the list of The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids and take advantage.

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The Weekend Round-Up: November 21-22

Start your holiday shopping and enjoy a day on the Hill at Eastern Market

Start your holiday shopping and enjoy a day on the Hill at Eastern Market

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We’ve had such a gorgeous fall, and it looks like that will continue for while (lots of tiny suns shining on the weather app!). These recs include plenty of ways to take advantage of it, both at special events and ongoing DC pursuits. And if the chill in the air starts to get to you, there’s great indoor fun and entertainment to enjoy, too. Happy Weekend!

A Gem of an Event
Where: George Mason University
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $6/adult, $3/ages 13-17, free for 12 and under

Kids (and adults!) who like fossils, rocks, and/or gems are in for a treat. Northern Virginia’s 24th Annual Mineral, Gem, & Fossil show will have all that and then some. More than 20 dealers will be selling collectibles, plus there will be demonstrations, exhibits, door prizes & kids activities, including mini-mines and a fossil dig.

Celebrate the Skating Season
Where: Canal Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm

One of the coolest activities of the season is officially on, and the Canal Park Ice Rink is celebrating with a day of extra fun. The grand opening will feature DJ Civil, face painting, performances on the ice every hour including Ashburn Theatre on Ice, and more! And for other places to skate the day away, see this post with details on area ice rinks.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Where: Silver Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Turkey Day celebrations are starting early in Downtown Silver Spring. The line-up of over 100 parade units features giant inflatable animals, a portable skating rink, and more colorful dancing groups, glittering floats, marching bands clowns, performing animals, and, of course, an appearance from Santa at the end. And new this year is a place to take your family holiday photos with a Frozen inflatable Elsa, a 10-foot tall turkey, or Hanukkah/Christmas décor.

The Enchanted Forest
Where: Westin Tysons Corner
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $15 (some activities are extra)

Stroll through a whimsical forest of more than 100 theme-decorated holiday trees, have Cocoa and Sprinkles Cupcakes with Ice Princesses or Breakfast and Brunch with Santa. These weekend-long festivities, presented by the Junior League of Northern Virginia and featuring Kids in the Holiday Kitchen, include live entertainment from Ukelele Phil, Groovy Nate, and other performers; a model train set from National Capital Trackers; a gingerbread house workshop; arts and crafts; holiday shopping; photos with Santa. And the Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen will be teaching healthy eating habits, and the Children’s Science Center will be doing fun and exciting experiments with the children.

Holiday Craft Fair
Where: TC Williams High School
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Shop a local school fair and support a great cause! TC Williams High School will be hosting their 6th Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair. Over 50 local vendors will sell items such as handmade soaps, jewelry, stationary, and much more. Shoppers can also enjoy, food sales, baked goods, and live music from the TC jazz band. This event raises money for Joining Hearts and Hands, an organization that promotes economic and social improvements in Kenya and Tanzania. Over the past five years, students have helped raise enough money to build a fourth grade classroom in Tanzania!

More Holiday Cheer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If you think it’s too early to start celebrating the holidays, think again! Shows and events that embrace — and emit — the holiday spirit are beginning around the area. This weekend, catch A Lump of Coal at Adventure Theatre or A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theater, enjoy the holidays on ICE!, shop the Washington Ballet’s Sugar Plum Bazaar, let holiday light displays dazzle you, and more. The 2015 KFDC Guide to the Best of the Holidays in DC has ALL you need to help make the season bright.

Where: National Theatre
When: Through November 29
Admission: $48 and up (find deals on select seats

The stage production of the classic fairy tale is just as magical as the original story (we know from firsthand experience at a performance this week). With a talented cast, enchanting sets, dashes of grown-up humor, and special effects that are at once spellbinding and delightful, you’ll easily feel transported to a storybook world.

Where: Arena Stage
When: Through January 3
Admission: $64 and up (find deals on select seats)

Charles Dickens’ unforgettable characters burst to life in this Tony Award-winning musical. A spirited and entertaining production on the theater-in-the-round Fichandler Stage offers every audience member a great view. The musical numbers are energetic and emotional, and with kids (including the 9-year-old star of the show) making up part of the cast, young theatre-goers will especially enjoy it.

A Lump of Coal for Christmas
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Through December 31
Admission: $19.50

The theater at Glen Echo debuts its holiday production, A Lump of Coal for Christmas, this weekend. he world premiere holiday comedy will delight audiences young and old with its story of unlikely friendships and holiday miracles. See it this weekend or try to win a 4-pack of tickets to a future performance.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11am
Admission: Free

Tales as Tall as the Sky is this week’s free performance in the National Theatre’s program for children. This show tells the story of three children in their tree house at the end of the summer, complaining that they have nothing exciting to do.

¡Ratón en Movimiento!
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through November 29
Tickets: $14

Take litte ones to see the story of Nellie and Amelia, two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the la luna, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering queso (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. And this production is now performed in both Spanish and English.

Colonial Fall Chores
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/ages 3-12, 2 and under are free

There are always plenty of chores to do around the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, but winter preparations require extra help. Assist the Farm family as they prepare for the colder months ahead by learning to “pitch” the farmhouse, clear brush, split rails for fencing, dip candles, and more. This educational and fun activity is great for families and small groups. Wear warm, comfortable outdoor clothing.

Family Turkey Hunt
Where: Green Spring Gardens
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: $6/county residents, $8/non-residents

Learn the history of the wild turkey, its amazing adaptations, and importance to early Americans. Track this wily bird through the gardens and natural spaces of Green Spring then create a turkey-inspired decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Pre-registration is required. Read more about the lovely Green Spring Gardens in this KFDC post.

Experience the WONDER of Art
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The debut exhibition at the Renwick after two years of renovations is nothing short of amazing. Aptly named WONDER, it features a major art installation in each gallery. And the works aren’t just beautiful, they’re breathtaking. The crowds surely have died down since the grand opening last weekend, so go experience it with the kids — they’ll love it, too.

Cool Hikes
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’s might be cooling down a bit, but the weather should still be superb, so take advantage with some time on the trail. Peep the last of autumn leaves, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for good walks in the woods with the kids.

To Market, To Market
Where: Eastern Market
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Whether you want to get your holiday shopping started or just browse around and enjoy the nice vibe, this outdoor flea market on Capitol Hill, is a great place to hang on the weekend.Vendors are sell everything from original artwork to fun T-shirts, to handmade jewelry and accessories, to home décor to furniture – and much, much more. Buy fresh produce from farmers’ stalls outside and butchered meats, fancy cheeses, baked goods, pasta, fresh produce, and more inside the actual Eastern Market. Even more, there is often live music courtesy of buskers around the area, and if the kids want some play time afterwards, you can hit one of several parks or playgrounds in the neighborhood (Lincoln Park, at 11th and East Capitol, is the largest and most popular among them).

A Musical Grand Opening
Where: Music on the Hill
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Music on the Hill is moving locations! To celebrate their beautiful new space at 8th and D NE, they will be offering sale prices on all instruments and lesson registration specials. They’ll also be raffling off products from Kala Ukuleles, Seagull Guitars, Hal Leonard, and much more!

Family Block Party
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $12

This dance party that was formerly Baby Loves Disco welcomes families to get their groove on during kid-friendly hours. A DJ spins tunes, while an MC gets the party going, and there are fun activities for for kids to enjoy along with the dance floor action.

Play with Extra Zip
Where: Beauvoir Outdoors
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

The National Cathedral Elementary School’s playground is easily one of the best in the city. With lots of climbing and sliding structures and spaces for all ages, plus a super fun zipline(!), your whole crew will have a blast there.

Family Concert: Let’s Make Music
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: November 22, 2:30-3:30pm
Tickets: $25, free for children

The Capitol City Symphony’s annual fun, educational, and participatory family concert is a hit with kids of all ages. Bruce Adolphe’s Three Pieces for Kids and Chamber Orchestra is an interactive journey through the orchestra that is sure to be fun for all the family. The concert also includes an Instrument Petting Zoo for 30 minutes before each performance, where guests might discover their new favorite instrument!

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Shop a Local School’s Holiday Craft Fair to Help Support Education in Africa


This Saturday, November 21, TC Williams High School will be hosting their 6th Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair. Organized by TC Williams teacher Jen Ushe and her students, the event is held to raise money for Joining Hearts and Hands, an organization that promotes economic and social improvements in Kenya and Tanzania. Over the past five years, students have helped raise enough money to build a fourth grade classroom in Tanzania!

The event will run from 10am – 4pm, with over 50 local vendors selling items such as handmade soaps, jewelry, stationary, and many more items that would make great holidays. There will also be food sales, baked goods, and live music from the TC jazz band. Admission is free.

TC Williams High School is located at 3330 King Street in Alexandria, VA. You can view the vendors in advance here and here. More information about the Fair is available on the Facebook page.

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Support a Great Organization & Enjoy a Fun Evening Out at OktoberBreast


Many of us DC moms who have breastfed our babies are well aware of the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington. Whether we sought help getting our newborns to latch on, guidance on returning to work, or advice about transitioning our babes to solid food, the staff at the Center on K Street was great support during a huge — and often daunting — time.

This Friday night is a chance to reciprocate. Since 2009, the number of Washington, DC, families still breastfeeding at one year has increased 10%, surpassing Maryland, Virginia, and the national average. To keep that momentum going, the Breastfeeding Center is hosting OktoberBreast, a fundraiser to support their mission to offer more free classes and consultations for low-income families in 2016. The event will be a casual evening of food, beer, and fun, including music and a huge silent auction, and the public is invited to enjoy it all!

Here are the details:

When: October 30th, 7pm (after Hilloween)
Where: Eastern Market North Hall
Admission: $30/person, $50/couple
*Ticket price includes food, drinks, and a $20 gift card to Nusta Spa.

Taste beers from:
Port City Brewing Company
Capital City Brew
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Highland Brewing Company

Silent Auction items include:
Airline Tickets from Southwest
4-Day Passes to Disney World
4-Day Beach House in Siesta Key, Florida
Spa Package at Nusta

Go here to register for the event. See you there!

*Need child care during this adult-only event (babies in arms okay to bring)? The Breastfeeding Center has a special deal with UrbanSitter. If you are new to UrbanSitter, you can take advantage of a Free Month & $20 in babysitting credit. To add an additional $20 in babysitting credit, navigate to the top-right corner and click on My Account, scroll down to Credits and add in VIPDC20 in the box and hit Redeem. Or go here follow the same instructions.

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 24-25


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Get your Halloween fun started early, support a local school at one of several fundraisers, enjoy some live entertainment (even on front porches!), celebrate the season, join a museum program, cheer on runners, have one last huzzah… these are just some of the ways you and the kids can conquer the weekend. And something to keep in mind as you do: The Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday means there will be some major road closures, but it shouldn’t hamper your good time. Happy Weekend!

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Around the DC-Metro
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Consider this your passport to two weeks of artistic adventures, as the Kids Euro Festival brings continental entertainment right to DC. This is the first weekend of the event that will present more than 125 free performances all around the metro area. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts that will perform at a variety of venues through November 8. See what’s on the schedule over the next few days.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Discover the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s 10th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Bring the tiniest visitors by the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Be sure to pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars and Ghostbuster characters!

Fall Harvest Family Days
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adults, $8/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days that include wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, apple-roasting, blacksmithing and corn husk doll demos, and early-American games and music. Guests can also get a view of the estate from the water – Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event.

Food History Festival
Where: National Museum of American History
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

When it comes to food innovations, is everything old really new again? This Smithsonian festival presents a full day of free activities for visitors of all ages that will spark conversations about the past, present, and future of food innovations in America.

Where: Adams Morgan
When: Saturday, 3-7pm
Admission: Free

Get the best seats in the house (or on the sidewalk) as the front porches of homes and a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Part of Cultural Tourism DC’s Art4All festival, the Adams Morgan PorchFest will create a family-friendly, neighborhood-based alternative to the nightclub music scene. Enjoy music styles from Brazilian, Irish and jazz, to indie rock, children’s tunes, and even Egyptian Nubian folkloric.

Truck Touch
Where: Suburban Nursery School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $5 (under 2 are free)

Get up close and personal with fire trucks, police cars, delivery trucks, construction rigs, buses, dump trucks, and many more! And there’s more than just trucks — bounce Houses, a toy car race track, games, photo booth, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, bake sale, will also be part of the festivities.

River Park Yard & Bake Sale
Where: Eastern Market
When: Saturday, 8am-1pm
Admission: Free

Head to the Rumsey Aquatic Center Plaza (635 North Carolina Ave SE) at Eastern Market to find great bargains, from baby gear to housewares and furniture, and yummy goodies at River Park Nursery School’s annual yard sale and bake sale. All proceeds support River Park, an independent non-profit with a 50-year tradition on Capitol Hill.

Pumpkins in the Park
Where: Canal Park
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate fall with some fresh air, creativity, and free entertainment! The Capitol Riverfront BID welcomes families to come out for pumpkin decorating, face painting, a giant pumpkin moonbounce, music from Rainbow Rock, and more! This event is open to all — kids and kids-at-heart. Pumpkins will be available on a rolling basis throughout the event, so go early to get yours!

A Last Huzzah!
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $22/ages 16 and up, $10/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under

It’s the final weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the annual faire that recalls medieval times with an English Tudor village full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. I highly, highly recommend going if you haven’t been yet. Huzzah!

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

* Rainbow Puppets’ Really Big Dinosaur Show is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* 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)
* See (and smell?) Flowers Stink, a collaboration between the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Kennedy Center
* When She Had Wings is soaring at Imagination Stage
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present Aladdin (and his wonderful lamp)
* And Panda-Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo venue
* Take the kids to rock out at Signature Theatre’s Girlstar (best for ages 10 and up…look for discount tickets)
* The Reston Community Players present Shrek the Musical at CenterStage
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin’ Java
* Do Halloween at the Kennedy Center where the NSO Family Concert Sleepy Hollow-een will entertain the whole fam (look for discount tickets)

Marathon Fun for Spectators
Where: Miles 22 & 23 in Crystal City
When: Sunday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Cheer on the Marine Corps Marathon runners at toward the end of their race while the kids enjoy some family activities at the Crystal City Family Festival. Along miles 22 and 23, there will be a variety of activities for young spectators, including face painting, moon bounces, balloon animals, circus activities, and more!

Movies at the Art Museum
Where: National Gallery
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Young film buffs can enjoy screenings of two Dutch films at the National Gallery this weekend. Presented as part of the Kids Euro Festival, there will be a screening of The Amazing Wipala on Saturday and Finn on Sunday. Both are recommended for ages 10 and up, and descriptions are available on the website.

Family Workshop: Sculpting to the Beat
Where: Freer | Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Asian art museum for the opening weekend of Sōtatsu: Making Waves! Visitors of all ages are invited to discover the exhibition on a family-friendly tour (held at 12pm and 2pm) or by making their own Sōtatsu-inspired fans in the galleries. Return to the ImaginAsia classroom to experiment with a variety of art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family.

Pumpkin Palooza
Where: The Wharf
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Let children express their imaginations as they craft their very own “Pumpkin” with the assistance of a talented team of on-site Wharf artists. When they’re done, relax by the water and enjoy some terrific music from the Wil Gravatt Band. Great food, beverages and refreshments are just steps away at Cantina Marina, the District’s original dock bar. Grillmaster Bufus will also be on site at the King Ribs shack offering tasty-to-the-bone grilled foods. It’s a day the whole fam can enjoy together!

Kinderdance for Free
Where: Columbia Heights Recreation Center
When: Saturday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Dance into fall with Kinderdance of Washington, DC! The program offers lessons in ballet, tap, acrobatics, and more. And children ages 3-5 can sample a class this Saturday – on them. To reserve a spot, contact Kinderdance at 240.270.2490 or

Cathedral Commons Fall Festival
Where: Northwest DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The new mixed-use development on Wisconsin Avenue is hosting its first annual Cathedral Heights Fall Festival & Craft Beer Showcase on Saturday. The event will highlight the abundance of onsite retailers in the area, and will feature live entertainment including a class with specialty fitness center PureBarre, dance demos with The Washington Ballet, musical performances from local community. Free activities for kids include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, inflatable slide, and fall crafts.

Fall Festival
Where: Potomac Crescent Waldorf School
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $15/child ($45 max/family)

Join Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in celebration of their annual Fall Festival. The rain or shine event has fun for the whole family. Enjoy traditional games, crafts & activities, local artisan sales, great food, marionette plays, puppet plays, a bake sale and live music. Marionette and puppet play tickets are extra. The school is located at 3846 King Street in Alexandria.

Fall Fun on the Farm
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the season at one of many area festivals on the farm. From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities galore to help folks relish in the fun autumn brings. This post has details on many fall festivals happening around the region.

Haunted Harvest
Where: Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan
When: October 24, 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $20 per family ($1-$5 for food)

The annual Haunted Harvest festival has something for every age. Activities include haunted house, ghoulish games, zombie dance party, mad science experiments for older kids and crafts and scary storytelling for younger kids. There are also chili and hot dog dinners for sale, plus a chili cook-off contest. Admission fees benefit the school. The first 150 kids to arrive will get to paint a real pumpkin and take it home with them. Costumes are encouraged for all ages!

Haunted Garage and Fall Festival
Where: Oyster Adams School
When: Saturday & Sunday, 4-8pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for a family evening of friendly fright and ghoulish crafts! Oyster-Adams Bilingual School is hosting its 1st Annual Haunted Garage and Fall Festival. Hold on to friends and loved ones as you walk through our Haunted Garage. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, candy skull decorating, food and costume contests, games, and more. Oyster is located at 2801 Calvert Street NW.

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

Halloween in the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and at National Harbor, Boo at the Zoo, an Anna Banana art party, special train and carousel rides, and more ways to celebrate Halloween a little bit early are going on around the area this weekend. Find the huge list of ‘em here.

Friends Community School Fall Fair
Where: Sunday, 12-4pm
When: Friends Community School
Admission: Free

Friends Community School welcomes the public to enjoy a day of fun activities at their annual Fall Fair. The event will include student-run old-fashioned games, a moon bounce, a toy and book sale, entertainment, and plenty of good food prepared by local restaurants and school families. The fair will take place rain or shine. The school is located at 5901 Westchester Park Drive in College Park, MD.

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $8/ages 13 and up, $5/3-12, free ages 0-2

It’s your last chance to walk amid the garden of butterflies at Brookside Garden’s amazing Wings of Fancy exhibit. The display featuring live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world is sure to delight! Read about a KFDC experience at the exhibit. Plan to tour the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds while you’re there and see if there are any other special kids’ programs to enjoy.

Hiking & History
Where: Harper’s Ferry
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free ($10 if you park in lot)

Get some fresh air and exercise as you take in autumn hues and historic sites. Harpers Ferry is an easy day trip or weekend destination from DC, and fall is a great time to go. For more about a visit there, see this very recent post.


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