Turn that frown upside down, girls and boy—summer isn’t over yet! Sure, stores have already swapped out the beach balls and swimsuits for notebooks and school uniforms, but technically, autumn doesn’t start until September 22. So until then gather the kids and go make some memories. This weekend is full of quintessential summertime family activities, from carnival rides and ice cream making to a storybook maze and a farmer’s market pizza tasting. This warm weather party isn’t over until the oak leaves drop.

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Maryland

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Animal lovers will fall for this aggie fair, featuring farm animal photo opps (horses, chicks, cows…oh my!). For a change of pace cheer on in a pig, duck, or goat races. Not a fan of the sheep and dairy cattle? There are also carnival rides, monster trucks, and an arts and crafts exhibit on deck. Fri. and Sat., 10:00 am. Gaithersburg. $10/ Free for children under 11. All ages. Event details.

Enchanted Forest 58th Birthday Party
The Enchanted Forest, located on the grounds of Clark’s Elioak Petting Farm, may be pushing 60, but it’s still young at heart. To celebrate it’s birthday the Enchanted Forest, which features a maze scattered with dozens of storybook character sculptures—think: Little Boy Blue and Mary, Mary Quite Contrary—will host special activities including gem mining, fairytale character meet and greets, crafts and face-painting. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Ellicott City. $5. All ages. Event details.

D.C.

Art on 8th
You preach “reduce, reuse, recycle” to your family, and now’s your chance to help put those words into action. In this arts and crafts program (part of a series of interactive  music, dance and art events), artist Carla Perlo will show creative kiddos how to turn plastic bottles, cans and other recycled material into works of art. Sat., 12:30 pm. Brookland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Meet a Chef at Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market
This awesome, kid-friendly market is year-round, but it’s only once in a blue moon that Chef Jeff Richardson from Matchbox stops by. And, that can only mean one thing—pizza! Come early to grab your produce stash for the week, and stay for pizza making demos and tastings. Sun., 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. Dupont Circle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Virginia

Ice Cream Making Workshop
FYI: It’s National Ice Cream Month! Celebrate at Colvin Run Mill by helping crank out a batch of homemade ice cream. Of course, lots of tasting of the finished product will be involved. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the mill grounds, or bring some change to stock up on penny candy at the mill’s general store. Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Fairfax County. $1.50. All ages. Event details.

Rocknoceros Concert
Jam out with the kids to the upbeat pop tunes of Rocknoceros, a band made up of three family-friendly (and silly) musicians—Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie—who are all born-and-bred Northern Virginians. Fri., 10:30 am. Vienna. $5. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Fill us in on your adventures below!

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of ShashiBellamkonda via Creative Commons