Might as well dub this the “Weekend of Festivals”. They’re popping up all over The District, and we’re not complaining! The beauty of festivals is that they’re often free (or dirt cheap), and all-inclusive–you can listen to music, shop, and grab lunch in one convenient spot. To get in on the festival fun, start by book worming it at the National Book Festival on the Mall, kicking of Hispanic History Month at Fiesta D.C., or watching mini-movies at the D.C. Shorts Film Festival. Have fun!3965373153_aedfba5cdf_z

D.C.

Fiesta D.C.
This annual festival, which helps kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15 pulls no stops. The day is jam packed as the various Latino cultures represented in the D.C. area are spotlighted via a Parade of Nations, a children’s festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts and crafts stations and international cuisine booths. Sun., 11:00 am-7:00 pm. Pennsylvania Ave. Free.  All. Event details.

D.C. Shorts Film Festival: Family Showcase
Don’t think a film festival is any place for a kid? Think again! This one has a dedicated series of flicks that are family-appropriate, including “I Like Apples” about a group of puppets who love the juicy fruit, and “Macropolis” about a couple of toys that sets out on a mission to reconnect with their long lost figurine friends. The best part is that none of the kiddo films is longer than 11 minutes! Fri.-Sun. Various Locations. All. Event details.

Green Festival
Going green has never been so fun! At this annual two-day event you’ll find everything from culinary workshops and an organic beer garden to yoga classes and a green products showcase. Make sure to stop by The Green Kids Zone where mini-conservationists can try their hand at recycled crafts. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Mount Vernon Square.$15; Free for bike riders and kids under 18. All. Event details.

National Book Festival
Calling all book worms! The 13th annual Library of Congress book fest is setting up shop on the National Mall. Swing by the Author Pavilion to listen to readings from kids books writers, like Giada De Laurentiis, Richard Peck, and Rafael Lopez, enjoy reading-related activities in the Let’s Read America Pavilion, and don’t go home empty handed—pick up a new bedtime story at the Barnes and Nobles sales pavilion. Sat.-Sun., 11:00 am-5:00 pm. National Mall.Free. All. Event details.

Virginia

Cambodian Community Day Festival
Take a trip to Cambodia without getting on a plane. This annual festival features traditional Cambodian arts, crafts, and foods. Plus, live music and dance performances. After exploring Cambodian culture, take a stroll around Ben Brenman Park, which is chockfull of green space and play areas for kids. Sun., 11:00 am-6:00 pm. Alexandria. Free. All. Event details.

Maryland

Great Frederick Fair
Dating back to 1822 (whew!), this annual fair was once known as the Cattle Show and Fair. While it hasn’t lost it’s livestock expo, it has put more stock on other family-friendly activities, including live music, carnival rides, and food eating competitions. Fri.-Sat., 9:00 am-10:00 pm. Frederick. $7; Under 18 free on Fri. All. Event details.

Tell us below what you’re up to this weekend!

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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