And so it begins. The harvest fest circuit that is; and we couldn’t be happier. This weekend, you can officially (fall starts Sep. 22) trade in your flip-flops for full-calf boots, rock cute scarves, and eat as much candy corn as your heart desires. Check out one of two festivals, featuring apple picking, cornfield mazes and wagon rides, happening in Maryland. If you’re not quite ready for autumn, check out any of the other non-fall themed happenings…while sipping on cider.

Photo: Summers Farm

Frederick

Harvest Festival at Summers Farm
Homegrown fun and farm fresh adventure await you at Summers Farm in Frederick, Maryland. Fall attractions include a military-themed cornfield maze, live entertainment, wagon rides, pig races, jumping pillows, farm animals, pick-your-own pumpkins, slides…and more! SatEvent

Rockville

Apple Festival and Campfire
Move over pumpkins; it’s time to let apples shine! Apples are in season, and Meadowside will be pressing fresh apple cider and making s’mores around the campfire ring. There will be hands-on activities, live music and so much more. FriEvent

Prince William County

STEAM Pop-Up Makerspace
Imagination Laboratory is excited to bring STEAM exploration to the Ben Lomond Center! In addtion to their usual Legos, K’nex, and Snap Circuits, they will also have some new STEAM based materials for children to explore. Imagination Laboratory is a pop-up makerspace that encourages young children to imagine, explore and create. SatEvent

Chinatown-Gallery Place

Museum Day Live!
LEGO lovers and architecture aficionados listen up! Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, Museum Day Live! offers the opportunity to reserve two free tickets per person to visit the Museum on this day. Users must reserve tickets in advance. SatEvent

Potomac

Tiger Trot
Put your paws up and running shoes on for Holy Child’s 7th Annual Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk. After the scenic race, the finish line celebration and awards ceremony will include music, random prize drawings, a moon-bounce, a climbing wall as well as food and drinks. SunEvent

National Mall

Artful Afternoons: Nick Cave
Join the National Museum of American History for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by the museum’s art studio Sunday afternoons where they can choose from any of four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon’s theme. SunEvent

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

-Ayren Cannady