While it may feel like fall has been here for weeks—thanks to pumpkin spice-everything dropping back when we were still blowing up arm floaties every other day. But autumn doesn’t officially kick off until this weekend. For real this time, and we’ve got a ton of fun to help fill your free time.

Photo: Fremont


Apple Festival and Campfire
Move over pumpkins; it’s time to let apples shine! Apples are in season, and Meadowside will be pressing fresh apple cider and making s’mores around the campfire ring. There will be hands-on activities, live music and so much more. FriEvent Details.


Lincoln’s Cottage Family Day
Hang out on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home as the Lincoln family did at the fifth annual President Lincoln’s Cottage’s Family Day event. The entire family will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home. SatEvent Details.


Kids at Katzen
This perfect-for-kids tour and hands-on art-making workshop is inspired by one of American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center’s current exhibitions. “Finding a Path” is a joint sculptural installation by two women artists exploring nature. SunEvent Details.

Woodley Park

Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo
Sloths, golden lion tamarins, and Andean bears are just some of the many critters you’ll spot at this celebration of Latin American culture and wildlife. Through a variety of family-oriented activities, like live music and dance, special keeper talks, and a Latin American food court, the furry friends won’t be the only party animals at the zoo. SunEvent Details.


Arts and Ale Festival
What do art and ale have in common? They’ll be the focus at this annual celebration in the Gateway Arts District, highlighting 100+ of the most talented artisans in the DMV. There will also be kid-friendly performances by musicians, dancers, and street performers. And ALE!!! SunEvent Details.

Glen Echo

Blueberries for Sal
Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother are picking delicious blueberries to can for the long winter months ahead to make delicious desserts. On the other side of Maine’s Blueberry Hill, a mama bear and baby bear are filling up for the long hybernation. But somehow Sal and a baby bear have a mixed up adventure and lose their mothers! Sat.-SunEvent Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady