Weekend plans are nice, but a simple trip outdoors is all you need to enjoy this crisp weather. Go to one of DC’s best playgrounds to enjoy fall colors and cooler temps. Or take a hike at one of these parks. If you’re looking for a little more excitement to round-out your plans, look no further than one of these fall-themed events

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Culture Queen’s Dance Party
Dress up in you retro best and get groovy with a vintage themed dance party. Learn to do “The Loco-Motion”, “The Twist” and “The Mashed Potato” at this ’60s inspired dance-a-thon. Award-winning performer and teaching artist Culture Queen brings her empowering, one-of-a-kind brand of affirmative entertainment to Culture Queen’s Dance Party showcasing 1960s dances as they were first performed by legendary African American entertainers. Fri.-Sat. Event details. 


Get Your Game On
Autumn days reminds us of cozy sweaters, warm mugs and family time around a board game. Take the kids out of the house while enjoying some good ol’ fashion fun at this Tenley-Friendship library event. With everything from video to board games, card and cooperative games, there’s something here for the whole family. Explore games you’ve never heard of, find the classics you’ve always loved or explore new favorites to add to your collection at home. What will it be this month—Twister, Monopoly or something totally new? Sat. Event details.



Oktoberfest at The Station
Celebrate the season at The Station with a Denizens beer garden, face painting and kids crafts, cornhole tournament, live music and more! Parking is free. Sat. Event details. 


Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
Enjoy an immersive Halloween stroll along a trail illuminated by thousands of intricately carved pumpkins, many highlighting the areas most famous including pumpkin look-a-likes of iconic landmarks, musicians, movie stars, superheroes and princesses. In addition to thousands of hand-carved pumpkins there will be demos by master carvers, a pumpkin patch and delicious fall snacks make this the most unique and spectacular Halloween-themed event of the season. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Halloween Hop
Who needs an excuse to wear their Halloween costume early? We don’t! Dance ‘til you drop at Dulles Landing’s Halloween Hop featuring family friendly musical entertainment and a Halloween dog parade. Enjoy free activities including arts and crafts, face painting and giveaways. Sun. Event details. 

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Saturday Art Explorers
This month is all about the candy! So head to Candy Corner for a drop-in art class with Saturday Art Explorers. Kids under 10 will explore visual arts projects inspired by Park programs and create unique crafts. Programs are offered every Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; most activities last about half an hour. No pre-registration necessary—just show up! Sat. Event details. 



43rd Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival arrives in Baltimore County Oct. 11-13. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support over 275+ curated artisans, sample small batch specialty foods, watch live art demonstrations and take a free painting class. Kids will be entertained by the interactive theatrical performances on the children’s stage. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park 
Head to the Leesburg Animal Park for Pumpkin Village, where kids can enjoy all the fall fun they can handle! Mazes, inflatable slides, pony rides and more await your little pumpkins at this fall festival. Weekends feature live entertainment, face painting, and a pumpkin bounce pillow. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Weber’s Farm Fall Harvest Festival
Autumn is a magical time on the farm, when everything from apples to pumpkins are ready for harvest. Your family will love a day on the farm. Barnyard Fun is available with the purchase of a general admission ticket and includes hayrides for the whole family, a giant hillside slide, farm animal viewing and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers