Whether your dial is set to beach tunes or you’re already listening to Pandora’s Halloween playlist, this weekend is filled with music al fresco for every season. In addition to free concerts galore, there is end of summer fun — including a country fair and twilight golf — along with festivals that kick-off all things fall (corn mazes, pumpkin picking, hay rides, oh, my!) on this must-do list. No matter what your seasonal vibe, dig in to a weekend meant to be spent outdoors.
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United States Air Force Band Concert
Get ready to clap, sway and dance the day away with these world-class musicians. This concert features vocal and instrumental selections from a variety of musical genres including big band, jazz, popular, patriotic, and classical. Performances are at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. Fri. Event details.
Free Friday Golf
Tee off this Friday at Twilight for Family Fun Night! There are just a few Fridays left to enjoy this summer-only program. The longer days are a great time to take advantage of a Friday of golf fun that the whole family can enjoy. All children play for free with paying adults during twilight hours (one child per paying adult (6-12 years). Book your tee time today. Fri. Event details.
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! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Kennedy Center’s The REACH Opening Parade
If you haven’t already nabbed tickets, you can still drop by the Kennedy Center’s new complex, The REACH, for a chance to catch some of the opening day acts. Parade tickets are no longer available, but many of the parade acts will offer repeat performances on the North Plaza which is open to the public and does not require a timed-entry pass. There will be limited tickets issued on the day of the event, so make sure to check out the new space at by the waterfront. Sat. Event details.
Apple Gala and Fresh Cider Fest
September may mean back to school for many, but at Great Country it means back to the farm for freshly pressed cider and apple picking. Celebrate the start of apple season with tastings of Rinkers freshly pressed cider, the best in the Valley! The farm will have cider pressing demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with the Zurschmeide Family’s antique 1865 Cider press. Sample the freshly pressed cider and see how it used to be produced. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
123 Andres at STAR Reading Celebration
123 Andrés (pronounced uno, dos, tres Andrés) have performed at dozens of DC Library branches this summer as part of the Children’s Summer Challenge Program , and they will be the featured artists and emcees of the STAR Family Festival on Saturday, September 7th. With the motto of “Give your kids a smart start,” the library’s Sing, Talk and Read (STAR) programs foster early literacy skills for preschool children. Admission is free and open to all. Sat. Event details.
Virginia Native American Festival
Experience the history and culture of the original peoples of Virginia. The Virginia Native American Festival celebrates eight American Indian tribes from Virginia including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands on activities and live demonstrations including American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears, making stone tools and building a dugout canoe. The marketplace will feature American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. Sat. Event details.
Prince George’s County Fair
The Prince George’s County Fair began in 1842 as a friendly gathering for local farmers to showcase their produce and livestock. This fair has the distinction of being the oldest running Fair in Maryland. Though it started out as mostly livestock and field crops, eventually it came to include competitions for the best jams, jellies, canned goods, pies, breads, cookies, clothing, quilts, and handicrafts. There are also competitions in photography, fine-arts, woodworking, basket making, flower arranging, and more. Come experience a historical tradition. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Scientists Get Dressed Author Reading
Join the Children’s Science Center for a special Budding Bookworms event. Award-winning author Deborah Lee Rose will be reading from her new book, Scientists Get Dressed, a fact-filled tale about how scientists gear up to get their job done. This is event is included with General Admission to the Lab. Sat. Event details.
La Fiesta Del Barrio
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month a week early with La Fiesta. Enjoy an exhilarating celebration of traditional music, art, and dance that offers a snapshot of the Latina community’s identity. Sun. Event details.
Takoma Park Folk Festival
This festival describes itself as “an annual pause to immerse ourselves in the traditional and trending folk arts.” There are six stages featuring over 60 musicians, crafters, games, food and more. This event happens rain or shine. Sun. Event details.
Free Fiddle Lessons
Come fiddle around! Participants will learn basic Celtic and American tunes. Interested students can be any age, but should be able to play in A, D, G, and C major keys and know how to count dotted-eighth/sixteenth rhythms.. Guitarists must know I-IV-V chords in the listed keys. Come join the fun with your own instrument: instruments welcomed include the violin, viola, cello and guitar. Sun. Event details.
–Meghan Yudes Meyers