With the slight crisp in the air, pumpkins everywhere, and fall harvest season in full bloom, it’s hard to deny October’s awesomeness! Get out and about this weekend (see a real Viking ship, some cool antique cars, and more) to bask in all of the fall fun.

Photo: American Truck Society


Vikings at The Wharf
The Vikings are invading The Wharf! Take a tour of the world’s largest operational Viking ship, the Draken Harald Harfagre. Visit the Draken Village. Hear the crew’s stories of the 2016 trans-Atlantic crossing. Sat. Event Details.


Fall for the Book Festival
Northern Virginia’s oldest and largest celebration of literature and the arts features events at George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at locations throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Meet and greet other readers and authors at all levels and ages, while discovering your next great tome. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

L’enfant Plaza

New Nature at Artechouse
This fall at ARTECHOUSE, step into a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions. New Nature is the first solo exhibition for Polish born, San-Francisco based digital artist Marpi. The highly interactive exhibit inspired by early gaming platforms explores our organic world through immersive audio-visual experience, incorporating responsive technology, computer learning. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Federal Triangle

Snallygaster Festival
Kalamata’s Kitchen, is partnering with the Neighborhood Restaurant Group at its annual Snallygaster Beer Festival to provide fun, family friendly activities that make every guest feel like a VIP – even the kids! Bring your family, appetite, and sense of adventure to the Kalamata’s Kitchen experience featuring activities designed to connect kids and grownups to other cultures through food adventures. Sat. Event Details.

National Mall

If You Are Happy and You Know It
Being a toddler can be frustrating – it is hard to express yourself at this age when you are still learning how to talk. This class will explore different emotions and help children recognize not only their own feelings, but those of others.. Sat. Event Details.

Foggy Bottom

American Revolution
A one-person show based on National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s 2017 New York Times bestseller of the same title, this piercing and insightful one-hour work takes place over the course of 60 potent seconds—the time it takes 15-year-old Will to decide if he should retaliate after his brother has just been shot. Sun. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady