While not officially the fall season just yet, we are leaning into autumn with a trip to a local pick-your-own apple orchard, booking our fall Airbnb rentals and taking a moment to pause and watch the sunset. Looking for more inspiration on ways to fill your September calendar? Check out this list of 30 creative ways to spend family time. Scroll down for more weekend ideas both on and offline.

photo: Lauren D via Yelp


Pick Your Own Fruit
Weekends were made for baking. The best ingredient for a homemade pie? Fresh fruit from a local orchard! Check out these 18 regional farms for Activity details. 

Take in a Sunset
As if the DC skyline wasn’t dramatic enough, these spots in and round the District are some of the best places to view the setting sun.

Book a Fall Vacation
Head for the hills at one of these remote cabins or Airbnb rentals to unplug and rewind. You don’t have to travel far (one destinations is just a 30 min. trip from downtown DC) to enjoy a trip that feels like miles away from city life. Activity details.  

Read Up on Fall Projects to Fill Your Calendar. 
Still looking for ideas on what to do this weekend? Be inspired by this list of 30 creative ways to fill your September calendar. From pumpkin spice recipes to try to family movie night tips and ideas, there is something for everyone. Activity details. 


History at Home From Plimoth Plantation
You can bring history into your home with a range of online programs and resources for families and individuals—from new History @ Home™ live virtual visits with Plimoth educators  to coloring pages for children to Interwoven podcast series. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Tune into Seattle Center Festál: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, Sept. 11-13. Take a glimpse at the rich history and spirit of island life through spoken word, music, food demonstrations and virtual workshops. The festival theme this year, particularly meaningful during these challenging times, means to Love One Another. Aloha kekahi i kekahi plays out through three days of workshops, presentations and live stream performances.  Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling
Stories at the Statue celebrates its 64th year continuing a beloved legacy of sharing tales and music in NYC’s Central Park – but, this year, it’s online! Sat. Event details. 

Amaze Your Brain at Home With the Perot Museum
Have no fear, the Museum is still here! Amaze Your Brain at Home and watch your favorite concepts from the Museum come to life. The museum staff will share fun ways to explore nature and science at home and in your backyard – all while using the most common household objects and supplies. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

View the World in 360 Degrees
Missing travel? Kids can check out 360 degree views from around the world on this interactive map any day at any time. Cool! Activity details.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers