Soften the blow of a dwindling summer with a fair-filled weekend. With two biggies–Arlington and Montgomery County–and a smaller bluegrass-themed fest, it won’t be hard at all to get your annual dose of tilt-o-whirl, live animal shows and fried cheesecake.

Photo: Eric Parker via Flickr

Gaithersburg

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
It’s not hard to see why this is the largest county fair in the State of Maryland. Showcasing  farm life in Montgomery County, this has Chainsaw Chix Carver Demonstrations, Cheese Carving Contest near Cheese Booth , and Monster Truck Madness. And, did we mention all of the fair food you’ll want to gobble up? Fri.-Sat. Event

Arlington

Arlington County Fair
There’s something for everyone—from carnival rides and live animal shows to musical entertainment and craft exhibits—at this county fair. Another highlight of the fair are its super-interesting competitive exhibits. Ever wondered who has the best bees wax or flower arrangements in the county? You can find out here…or, just indulge in your once-a-year order of fried Oreos. Fri.-Sun. Event

Baltimore

Solar Eclipse Day
Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Solar Eclipse Day to prepare for this rare astronomical event before it takes place! Learn the science behind this exciting natural phenomenon, create solar eclipse art projects, and enjoy more celestial activities! Sun. Event

Leesburg

The Lucketts Fair
Bluegrass enthusiasts, this is where you’ll want to park it this weekend. This family-friendly event features a continuous stream of bluegrass music, “Best Fruit Pie” and the “Largest Vegetable” contests, hayrides, and a mechanical bull (!!). Sat.-Sun. Event

Judiciary Square

Interactive Sound Experiences
Take an aural journey with Professor Giuseppe, Master Concatenator, (a.k.a cross-cultural percussionist and museum Creative-in-Residence Steve Bloom). Uncover the sneaky way the Original Master Masons of the Museum instilled the Sacred Geometry with Secret Sound Dimensions in some spaces that seem to be beautiful only to the eye. Sat. Event

Wheaton

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit
As you enter the South Conservatory, you are surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. You will learn about butterflies’ amazing metamorphosis, the important role they play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in your own garden. Fri.-Sun. Event

What’s on your must-do list this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady