Feast your eyes on a weekend smorgasbord. In addition to D.C.’s annual Vegfest where dozens of yummy samples inspire kids to love produce, there’s fall festivals, puppet shows, kid-friendly charity runs, and more! Get ready to fill up on fun.


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Capitol Riverfront

Veggie Surprise! D.C. Vegfest 2015
Ready to veg out? This vegetarian festival aims to highlight how easy and delicious it is to choose vegetarian foods in and around the nation’s capital. There is a designated kid’s area where younger visitors can have their faces painted, play games, use finger puppets, and eat scrumptious food. Resources are available for parents who wish to learn more about raising vegetarian children and leading a healthful vegetarian lifestyle. Fri.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Foggy Bottom

Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure
It’s the not-too-distant future, and the tedium of everyday life is making Mariko restless—until one day when she discovers a crate in her attic, filled with vinyl records that her mother collected. Armed only with headphones, the young hero in this puppetry and projection production is transported to a world of music and shadow, where she makes friends, builds impossible machines, escapes entrapment, and slays her own demons. Fri.-Sun. $20Ages 5 and up. Event details.


Race for Every Child
If your little one is always on the go, sign them up for this race down Pennsylvania Avenue to make a difference. The third annual Race for Every Child 5k run/walk and Kids’ Dash helps ensure that every child treated at Children’s National can receive the world-class care they need. The half-day event will feature a wide range of family-friendly activities at Freedom Plaza including a Kids’ Dash, live entertainment, mini golf and balloon art. Fri., 7 am-12 pm. $35/adults; $10/kidsAges 3 and up. Event details.


Brunswick Railroad Days
What do Marc train rides, H0 Scale train displays, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, magic shows, musicians, and a blacksmith have in common? They are all part of the fun that awaits along the C&O Canal and the Potomac River during this celebratory community day. Fri.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Costume Donation Drive
If you have an extra costume or two gathering dust in the attic, pull it out and donate it for a good cause. Between now and Oct. 16, the ballerina, fireman, and Spongebob get-ups will be collected to benefit a few area shelters, including Alternative House. Drop off donations at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Fri.-Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.


Rhode Island Row Fall Festival
Enjoy the sounds of D.C.’s hottest new band, The JoGo Project, while savoring scrumptious noshes from the popular Carolina Kitchen and its Fall Fest Beer Garden at this neighborhood festival. There’s something for everyone–face painting and balloon creations for the young and a vintage car show for the young at heart. Fri., 12 pm-4 . Free. All ages. Event details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady