After last weekend’s rain wash, we’re ready to face our fall.
The coming weekend will be filled with sunny weather (here’s the forecast) – perfect for a spin in a corn maze or picking apples and pumpkins.
Fall festival season is also in full swing. This weekend, enjoy endless Unite the District Fest food and drink, wine at Mount Vernon or craft beers at Snallygaster.
Down in the Reeds will have two stages of music, yoga, a community mural, a scavenger hunt, family crafts, all for free! Other free and family-friendly festivals include Gaithersburg Oktoberfest, Dreaming Out Loud Fall Festival and DC Africa Festival.
There is also the Capital Jewish Food Festival, the Bethesda Row Arts Festival and the Prince William Country Fair & Auctions.
Check out The Fall Festival Scene for a schedule of festivals in October and November.
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More things to do in DC this weekend
In the reeds
Saturday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Parks at Walter Reed
Down In The Reeds brings together tons of jazzy, folky, gritty and fun bands who hope to present “healing through music” for your listening pleasure and vibe. It’s a big bet because, after the storm last weekend, the weather promises to be magnificent.
Our Music Snob suggests two must-see artists: Red Baraat – an eclectic bhangra-based party with elements of jazz, hip-hop, punk and more (expect a Gogol Bordello-like vibe) – and Medicine Singers – Native American-inspired psych rock with Israeli guitarist Yonatan Gat, formerly of Monotonix.
Legends Roller Skating Weekend
Rollerblading inside The Anthem? A show by Tony Toni Tonè? A fashion show on wheels? We say yes to everything. Here are the tickets for all events.
Don’t worry if you can’t skate at the Let’s Skate DC Health & Fitness Expo Family Expo. Spectators can enjoy music, try different fitness equipment and explore vendors, including getting a mini massage. Skating lessons are included at 9:30 a.m. and adults must have their own roller or inline skates. Children’s skate rental is included but is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Notre-Dame Paris: the expanded exhibition
401 F St NW, Washington, D.C.
Until October 9
This is your last chance to enjoy this unique augmented reality exhibit that immerses viewers in the history and restoration of the revered Notre Dame Cathedral. The stunning visuals explore the structure through history, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The exhibition presents never-before-seen giant photographs of the cathedral, replicas of stained-glass windows and the sounds of the organs and bells of Notre-Dame. Adult tickets are $10 and children’s tickets are $7. Buy your tickets online in advance.
More things to do in Maryland this weekend
If you’re looking to experience a groovy music festival, Camp Ramblewood has the setlist for you. Featuring the best of jam, weed and brass, the Ramble Festival has a long line-up of performers, and the all-weekend pass also includes camping. Ticket and parking prices vary and must be purchased online in advance.
International Festival and Edgar Allan Poe Prize
October 8 and 9
203 North Amity Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Commemorating 173 years since the death of Edgar Allen Poe, the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum is hosting a festival to celebrate the poet’s work. Live music, house tours and food vendors are all part of this free event, which is a great way to kick off spooky season. For an additional fee, you can check out bus tours, the Black Cat Ball, and other additional experiences.
Programs are available virtually and in person. Virtual tours will take place via Zoom.
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bethesda Row, Maryland
Visit one of the DMV’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals. More than 165 artists from all over the country will present their works of art such as painting, drawing, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood. Admission is free and it’s family friendly.
More things to do in Virginia this weekend
Workhouse Haunt 2022 Nightmare Harvest
Oct. 1 to Nov. Fridays and Saturdays: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Jump scares hit harder at the notorious former prison of Lorton. This haunted house is awesome because of the truly haunting setting, theatrical (non-touchy) horror scenes, plus extras like live music, food trucks, and the Haunt Bar with Bunnyman Brewing. See the details.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited as many dates are expected to sell out completely.
Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour
Oct. 7-9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bring your own blanket to taste unlimited samples of Virginia wineries at George Washington’s estate while shopping at Wine Valet Services. No outside food or drink is allowed.
Oct. 7-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Waterford National Historic Site (Loudoun County)
Visit the 78-year-old fair at the Waterford Foundation where you can find demonstrations by heritage artisans and contemporary crafts, living historians, a juried art exhibition, a tour of historic homes, local libations and entertainment for all ages. It’s free for children under 12; an adult day pass is $16.
Sip and Salsa
Oct. 8, noon to 4 p.m.
National Landing S. Clark Street Parking Lot
We can’t resist free dance lessons, free appetizers and $5 glasses of wine. Registration is required for the National D-Day Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
Ride to Rebrand Handicap
Practically until October 8, in person on October 8
Avid cyclists are invited to ride more than 100 miles through suburban Northern Virginia in support of the Lime Connect cause, which strives to support and prepare people with disabilities for school, internships and college. use.
Proceeds from this event directly support the Lime Connect Pathways Scholarship for High School Students with Disabilities and the continued development of Lime Network members. Be sure to consider the schedule and cycling routes and register online in advance.