You’ll want to go big or go home this weekend. From Virginia’s largest fall festival to the opening of a new autumn themed touch-and-move exhibit there are some major events happening that you should definitely make room for on your calendar.

Photo: Fall for Fairfax


Fall for Fairfax
Ready for some Fall fun? Drop by the 25th Annual Fall for Fairfax KidsFest, Northern Virginia’s largest family fall festival. Featuring more than 100 interactive activities, a full kids carnival, exhibits and programs focusing on education, sport and fitness, and the environment, you’re guaranteed a few hours of fun. Sat.-SunEvent

L’Enfant Plaza

Spirit of Autumn: Immersive and Interactive Experience
Get ready for a new fall experience when you step into the “Spirit of Autumn,” new seasonal interactive installation at ARTECHOUSE. Create your own experiences and let your creativity be a part of a larger, constantly expanding piece in an immersive gallery space. Inspiring creativity, imagination, and play, this multi-sensory installation encourages children and adults alike to engage and collaboratively transform the exhibit space into a digital fall playground. From 270 degree wall projections to moving floor installations activated with the footsteps to augmented-reality powered experiences, and more. Sat.-SunEvent

National Mall

Infant Investigators: Undersea Expedition
Learning extends beyond the classroom and into the museum and community where children and parents are encouraged to wonder and explore together as a family. Your infant may be too young to get their scuba diving license, but you’re never too young to learn about ocean animals. Discover what lies beneath the ocean and how we can explore the deep waters through fishing and diving. SatEvent


The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn
The whole family will treasure this enchanting musical re-telling of a timeless storybook favorite. Through the power of love and nursery magic, a young boy transforms his beloved toy into a real rabbit. Together the Boy and his velveteen friend embark on exciting imaginary adventures, from deep dark caves to the wide open sea, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship. SunEvent

Glen Echo

Then and Wow
Then & Wow! is an annual family festival celebrating the park’s revitalization and recalling its history. The event features kiddie rides, carnival games, mini golf, magic shows, vintage cars, videos about the park’s history, and more. The festival marks the last day of the 2017 carousel season at Glen Echo Park. SunEvent


Festival of South African Dance
Direct from Johannesburg, South Africa, two dynamic dance companies share the stage for a pulsating, rhythm-filled evening of urban street dance. Featuring 20 dancers with live musicians, the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies use dance to respond to cultural and political issues in their communities by conveying real-life stories of hard work, human struggles, and longing for a better life. SatEvent

What do you have on the docket for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

-Ayren Jackson-Cannady