One day it’s sleeveless tops, the next you’re reaching for a sweater. On Monday, we will officially welcome fall (but let’s face it, it’s been feeling a lot like August lately). Kick off the weekend with a farewell to summer at The Yards and enjoy these last few days of warm nights. If the idea of lower temps have you craving comfort foods, check out the last Truckeroo festival of the season or plate up some warm dishes at Taste of Georgetown. Then get ready to jump in to the autumn season at a number of out-of-town fall festivals.

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IN THE CITY

The Yards

Truckeroo Food Truck Festival
Dinner can be a chore. By the end of the week, we want to throw the (kitchen dish) towel in. This Friday, head to the last Truckeroo of the season. Everybody gets to pick what they want to nosh and, best part!, there are no dishes to clean! Truckeroo showcases over a dozen of DC’s hottest food trucks, from pizza to lobster rolls to BBQ. Bring your appetite and enjoy this final food fest. Fri. Event details.

Back to the Yards Retro Dance Party
Soak in the end of summer with Back to The Yards, a throwback neon dance party! Jam out to a playlist of 80s and 90s chart-toppers, one-hit wonders, and all-time favorites. Don’t forget to wear your best throwback attire! Family-friendly activities include slap bracelet making, neon glow face painting, vintage arcade games and more. This a party for the ages! Fri. Event details. 

National Mall

Hispanic Innovators in Air and Space
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the National Air and Space Museum and learn about Hispanic innovators of the past and present. Meet Hispanic scientists and engineers, build a clothespin airplane to celebrate the first Hispanic fighter pilot Felix Rigau Carrera or create your own airship like Alberto Santos Dumont. Sat. Event details. 

Celebration of Native American Veterans
Get an early glimpse of the upcoming National Native American Veterans Memorial (opening November 2020) through the variety of programs and activities at the National Museum of the American Indian. Highlights include free drum performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Singers; exhibition tours and children’s activities; and a conversation at 2:30 p.m. lead by Director Kevin Gover with memorial designer Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho) about his design and the importance of the memorial. Sat. Event details. 

Cooking Up History
Sous chefs in the making and young gourmands will love this lively demonstration. Cooking Up History showcases guest chef and resident food historian Dr. Ashley Rose Young. Young will be preparing a recipe and talking about the history and traditions behind its ingredients, culinary techniques, and enjoyment. Each month, the National Museum of American History is featuring a demonstration that highlights the museum’s exhibition FOOD: Transforming the American Table. Fri. Event details. 

Georgetown

Taste of Georgetown
A tradition for 26 years, the Taste of Georgetown features 30 local restaurants. With live music and a kid’s tent complete with coloring and face painting, this family friendly event will take you on a delicious tour of Georgetown in just a few hours. Sun. Event details. 

THE ‘BURBS

Ashburn

Fall Consignment Sale
Don’t miss one of the largest consignment sales this fall. This non-profit consignment sale features gently used children’s clothing (newborn – junior sizes), shoes, toys, books, DVDs, strollers, baby equipment, cribs, room decor, high chairs, feeding items, sports & outdoor equipment. Also find maternity, nursing items, gift items, and lots more! Over 85% of sale items are less than $5. Sat. Event details. 

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Movie Night at the Station
Kick off the new school year with a special screening of Incredibles 2 (hosted by Georgetown Hill Early School and Riverdale Elementary School). Kids will also get to make their own DIY superhero masks to embrace their inner superpowers. Parking and attendance are both free. Fri. Event details. 

WORTH-THE-DRIVE

Bluemont

Bluemont Fair
Hop in the car and enjoy a day in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Bluemont Fair! Check out a variety of crafts, local foods and entertainment, and check out the Children’s Fair. There’s no shortage of things to do in this historic village, so make a whole day of it and enjoy good old-fashioned family fun at the fair. Sun. Event details. 

Clear Brook

Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival
If your family loves all things apple, don’t miss the Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival! Take the little apples that fell from your tree to enjoy a day filled with apple pies, apple butter, apple cider and, for the adults, local hard ciders and craft beers. Don’t miss the kids area with inflatables and kids will love the doggie obstacle course. Sat. Event details. 

Mt. Airy

Fall Fun Festival
Enjoy fall on the farm by conquering the twists and turns of the corn maze, bouncing on the jumping pillows, petting and feeding the farm animals and cruising down the giant slides. There are over 50 attractions, appropriate for any age including 2 jumping pillows, Chicken Show, farm animals, mini mazes, playgrounds, duck races, ball games, photo centers and so much more! Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers