With 90 degree temps it’s easy to forget it’s actually fall. But, we promise, you’ll finally feel that autumn chill this weekend (hooray!). If you’ve been holding out to pick a pumpkin, now is the time to hit the local patch (apples are also still in season). If the crisper weather has you craving your fall favorites, there are a number of foodie events. Want to include the entire family in your weekend plans (including the four-legged one)? Check out the first-ever Tails on the Rails event in Baltimore. Read on for more weekend inspiration.

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IN THE CITY

National Mall

United States Air Force Band Concert
Concerts at the Museum in Washington, DC feature vocal and instrumental selections from a variety of musical genres including big band, jazz, popular, patriotic, and classical. World-class musicians from the U.S. military are sure to both entertain and inspire you. Performances are at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Fri. Event details. 

Toddler Trailblazers: Rub-A-Dub Bubbles
Toddlers get to splish-splash their way through bubble and water play as they get the hands-on experience of washing clothes. After the water play, you will head over to the National Museum of American History to see how it was done in the old days. Be prepared to get wet! Sat. Event details. 

IN THE ‘BURBS

Fairfax

Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Fri.-Sat. Event details. 

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest
Enjoy interactive and educational programs, entertainment and activities including a carnival, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, a petting zoo, moon bounces, trains and more. The event also offers two stages of entertainment, exhibitors, food vendors and many local nonprofit and public safety displays! Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is specially designed for families with elementary & Pre-K aged children. Plus, admission is totally free with free on-site parking! Sun. Event details. 

Bethesda

Taste of Bethesda
Treat your taste buds to the culinary delights of Bethesda at this famous food and music festival. With 60 restaurants and five stages of live entertainment, there’s guaranteed to be something everyone loves. The kids corner has face painting and arts and crafts to keep the littles entertained between bites. Sat. Event details. 

DC Gluten-Free Expo 
This event is a must for gluten-free families. Who hasn’t wandered down the gluten aisle wondering, Is this any good? Take the guess work out of grocery shopping at this expo where 60+ gluten-free food manufacturers and restaurants offer the opportunity to taste-test their products. The day is packed with educational sessions with forums for children and adults that focus on cooking, health and nutrition, as well as research/science concerning gluten-related conditions. Don’t miss the Cooking stage for gluten-free cooking lessons! Sun. Event details. 

Chantilly

Fall Festival at Sully Place 
If you are headed for the petting zoo experience at Ticonderoga Farms, be sure to check out the fall festival at near-by Sully Place. Enjoy free pumpkin decorating, face painting, moon bouncing and more. There will be kid-friendly entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sun. Event details. 

Reston

Reston Farm Market Fall Festival
Reston Farm Market will be opened to the public Sept. 20-Nov. 5. Events include Halloween-themed storytime, pumpkin and corn maze moon bounces, bounce slides, train ride and more. Fri. Event details. 

WORTH-THE-DRIVE

Baltimore

Tails on the Rails
If your family pooch likes to stick their nose out the car window (and, really, what dog doesn’t), given them the thrill of a lifetime with an afternoon on the B&O Railroad. It’s an outing the whole family can enjoy–including the four-legged ones. Tails on the Rails includes an afternoon of historic exploration, a round trip train ride to Baltimore’s Carroll Park, interactive activities and a “Yappy Hour.” Sat. Event details. 

Derwood

Harvest Festival
Come to the Agricultural History Farm Park to learn how Montgomery County’s farms and communities work together this year’s Harvest Festival. Interact with living historians in historic costumes; participate in hands-on farm skills activities such as tin-smithing, making apple butter; paint pumpkins and build scarecrows; enjoy traditional music and dancing; experience farm equipment exhibitions and demonstrations; meet heritage farm animals; and partake of food, crafters, hayrides, and tours of the historic Magruder-Bussard Farmstead. Sat. Event details.

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