Just when you thought it would be an uneventful weekend…you can celebrate the pawpaw fruit (google it!) at a nature center, cheer on some superstar triathletes, eat cotton candy by the boatload at a popular county fair, and more! Boring? What’s that?

Photo: J. Michel (aka: Mitch) Carri via Flickr

Rockville

Pawpaw Festival
It’s time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside Nature Center will celebrate this delightful native fruit with music, crafts, games, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and most importantly a pawpaw tasting station. We’ll have pawpaw fruit and trees for purchase. SatEvent

Yards Park

2017 Nations Triathalon
The Sports & Fitness Expo will take place at Capitol River Yards Park; on Sunday West Potomac Park will host 2000 athletes that will compete in a Triathlon through the Capitol- starting at 7 a.m. Bring your cheer team to help motivate the competitors. Fri.-SunEvent

Upper Marlboro

Prince George’s County Fair
Dating back to 1842, this county fair is a Maryland institution. But, you can expect the same cotton candy-fueled excitement no matter how many years this carnival has under its belt. From rides and animal displays, to a family circus and fireworks, there’s no time for resting tootsies (unless you’re riding the bumper cars). Fri.-SunEvent

Rosslyn

Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Settle in and slow down with the family at this annual outdoor jazz music celebration featuring local and national performers including New Orleans-based brass ensemble The Soul Rebels. Pack lunch or an early dinner and make it a complete afternoon. FriEvent

Reston

North Point Village Center Fall Kick-Off
Bring the whole family and kick off the Fall season at North Point Village shopping center with former Redskin Dexter Manley. Meet the player up close and personal at Glory Days Grill. Show your Redskin team spirit, enter to win prizes, enjoy free food and giveaways, test your skills on The Gauntlet Obstacle Course, bounce and slide for hours, balloons, face painting and so much more!. SatEvent

Annapolis

Maryland Seafood Festival
You and the kids might want to keep breakfast light today if you plan on heading to this annual seafood fest. In addition to the staples–crabs, oysters, and fish–there are dozens new food items slated to drop on the menu. Before or after lunch, pop by the interactive kids zone, featuring a horseshoe crab exhibit, moon bounce house, and crab derby. Sat.-SunEvent

What are your weekend plans? Do tell in the comments below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady