Have you noticed that your kids want to hang out with you a little more lately? Autumn is funny like that. Maybe it’s the nip in the air or the smell of pumpkin and spice from the kitchen that draws everyone a little closer. No matter, it’s something to take advantage of this weekend. Get matching face paint tattoos with your little one at Columbia Heights Day, or check out a show together (Lulu and the Brontosaurus at Imagination Stage is awesome!). Fall is fleeting–kind of like years 0-18–so make the most of it!



Columbia Heights Day
Columbia Heights, one of the fastest developing nabes in The District, celebrates the talents of its community with this festival featuring live music, food, vendors, a petting zoo, photo contests, cupcake eating contests and more. Come early for free yoga with the family, or get a sitter and stay late for a post-festival cocktail at one of the area’s bars. Sat, 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Columbia Heights. Free. All. Event details.

The Wiggles at Warner Theater
Really, if you’re a parent to a toddler, The Wiggles need no introduction. But, if you’re new to this tot scene, we’ll fill you in–they’re a poppy kids music group from Australia with infectious lyrics and fun dance moves that your little ones will likely become obsessed with. The group is performing live for one day only at the Warner Theater. Expect a crowd (that won’t be able to sit still). Sun, 4:00 pm. Downtown. $26. All. Event details.


Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest
This four-day annual festival features all of the appropriate Oktoberfest staples (ummm…beer!), plus a ton of kid activities—carnival rides, arts and crafts, a Kinder Korner, and musical performances. New this year: a Krieger 5K Challenge, and a Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest best dressed contest. Fri.-Sun. Fort Belvoir. Free. All. Event details.

Big Apple Circus: Luminosity
Performers from around the globe, including a 15-year-old juggler from Japan, high wire performers from Portugal, and acrobats from Russia, join in this super-creative circus performance. Note: this is the circus’ world premiere, so come prepared for a crowd (maybe you’ll make the news!). Fri.-Sun. Dulles. $25-$80. All. Event details.


Lulu and the Brontosaurus at Imagination Stage
Has your little one ever asked you for a pet dinosaur (or camel, or bat, or unicorn)? Then, this musical is a must-see. Based on the book by popular local author and poet Judith Viorst, this is a story about an unforgettable little girl who learns a lot about sharing and listening to others (while on her quest for a pet brontosaurus). Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am. Bethesda. $12-$25. Ages 4-9. Event details.

Annapolis Boat Show
Boat enthusiasts–young and older–will want to dock themselves at this annual boat show. Fleets on display range from luxurious motoryachts (our personal fave) and performance boats to offshore fishing machines, family cruisers, center consoles, and inflatables. Five words: bring a fully charged camera. Fri.-Sun, 10:00 am. Annapolis. Adults, $18; kids, $4; under 6, free. All. Event details.

What do you have planned with your family this weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Columbia Heights Day via Facebook