The temperature is dipping, the leaves are changing and pumpkin spice is sneaking into our coffee. Yup, it’s officially fall. Get ready to jump in the leaves as we plunge into autumn. Spend the weekend at a DC area farm and enjoy an old fashioned wagon ride, or get crafty with all the toilet paper rolls and make a wall of recycled bats. Wan to see the leaves change color? Check out these prime peeping locations. Read on for the best ways to spend your fall weekend days.

photo: Jakob Owens via Unsplash 

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Peep the Leaves
The trees are starting to burst with yellows, reds and bright oranges. It’s like nature’s own silent fireworks show. If you want to take this spectacular in for a weekend, check out these best viewing spots across the country. Bonus: we’ve also sourced the best places to stay nearby. Activity details. 

Hop on a Wagon
One of our favorite fall activities is visiting a DC area farm, picking fresh apples to later dip in chocolate and caramel and ending the day with a wagon ride. Catoctin Mountain Orchard in MD is just one of the many farms that feature wagon rides (masks are required when riding) featured in this article. Activity details.

TP the Bat Cave
Have a batman enthusiast in the house? Or just an eager Halloween decorator? This list of 33 crafts makes use of the scraps and paper lying around your house. Our favorite? The toilet paper bats, of course. Activity details. 

Family Scavenger Hunt at Peirce Mill
Looking to get away from screens? Print up a special scavenger hunt just for kids and head down to Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. The weekend will also feature other programs online and in the park.. Activities include: park cleanups, virtual historic tours, and nature programs. Fri.-Sun. Event details.  

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Field Trip Friday
Take part in Atlanta’s Field Trip Fridays virtual event on social media starting at 10 a.m. each week on Facebook and Instagram. Discover a world of WOW filled with dinosaurs, artifacts, live animals, hands-on science, giant screen movies and 75 acres of outdoor adventures. Fri. Event details. 

Dance Like an Animal
Get ready to embark on a grand adventure and imagine yourself as your favorite animal as you dance with Miss Laura of the Tacoma City Ballet. Fri. Event details.

Chuseok Festival: Youth Art Contest
The Korean Center (KCI), in partnership with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), invites students from Kindergarten to 12th grade to participate in an art contest. Winning entries for four different age groups (see below) will be selected by an OACC jury. ALL entries will be shared with the community via both an online “virtual gallery” as well as at a live venue to be determined. Fri. Event details. 

Sharktoberfest
Join the online celebration Sharktoberfest for an eye-opening look at the importance of elasmobranchs in our marine ecosystem. Tune in for fun and educational activities for adults and kids- shark art, shark science, shark films, shark conservation, and lots of great ukulele tunes! Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers