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AUG   30   Sunday


Bethesda to Hollywood: Seabiscuit. 7:15 p.m. Rated PG13. True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. $$ ArcLight Cinemas, Bethesda, MD.
Dinosaur Desperados. Kids ages 4 to 7. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Return with us now to those thrilling days of prehistoric yesteryear, where the Old West meets the old, old, old West at the Dew Drop Inn, in Fossil Junction. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Family Art Lab. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 4 p.m. Drop in to explore science and history through art. New art project every week highlighting different aspects of the museum's collection. $$ Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria, VA.
Family Fishing Fun!. Kids ages 3+. 9 to 11 a.m. Fishing is fun for the whole family! We'll show you how to set up a simple bobber rig, bait your hook and give you some tips on casting. We'll provide the bait and rigging supplies - you just need to catch the fish! We have fishing poles you can borrow, but if you have your own bring it along. Preregister online. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games.Crownsville, MD.
Stars on Sunday Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Featuring a lineup of performances that showcase the diversity of talent and culture. Aug. 30 Fringe Benefits Band. FREE Rizer Pavilion at Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA.
Storytimes. Ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Here's a Sunday activity and adventure for the younger set! Listen to a delightful nature story about different plants and animals. We'll read a new story each week and take a short walk so that we can enjoy nature for real. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to noon. Journey through the woods at Riverbend Park to Poohsticks Bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   1   Tuesday


Stories from Strawberry Park. Kids ages 10 and under. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a live interactive performance each week taught by a group of unique storytellers. In inclement weather, story time will be held in Angelika Film Center. FREE Mosaic, Fairfax, VA.

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SEP   2   Wednesday


Family Fitness. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Join WillPower Fitness each Wednesday on the Plaza for a 30-minute fitness class for children and families, followed by a kid's TV show. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
Technology Tour at Walney. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 3 p.m. Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about technology of the 1800s in this new walking tour. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.

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SEP   3   Thursday


Storytime on the Lake: Busy Beavers. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Join us aboard the pontoon boat to hear a story and scout out the wonders of Little Seneca Lake! Preregister. $$ Black Hill Boats, Boyds, MD.
Tot Time! Teddy Bear Picnic. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. What do the wild animals around Locust Grove eat? Participants and their teddy bear (or other stuffed friend) will learn what animals eat in the forest, stream, and meadows. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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SEP   4   Friday


Fishing with Li'l Ones. Kids ages 3 to 6. to 10:30 a.m. Let's go fishin' like Tom Sawyer! We'll provide bamboo poles, line, and bait, then see what we can catch off of the dock at Little Seneca Lake. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Boats, Boyds, MD.
Movies on The Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. National Harbor hosts a year-round line up of amazing events and super-fun attractions - right on the gorgeous waterfront. Sept. 4 Disney's The Kids; Sept. 6 Viewer's Choice: Remember the Titans or We Are Marshall; Sept. 13 Matilda; Sept. 20 Monsters, Inc; Sept. 27 James and the Giant Peach. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.

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SEP   5   Saturday


All About Bats Campfire. Kids ages 4+. 7 to 8 p.m. Look for bats and learn fun bat facts as we head to our campfire to learn fun bat facts and toast marshmallows over the embers. The event will be canceled in bad weather. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Cartons and Coffee. All ages (family-family event). 9 to 10 a.m. Grab your coffee, breakfast and favorite cartoon fans - and join us for an hour of free cartoons on our big screen, every Saturday morning. FREE Mosaic, Strawberry Park, Fairfax, VA.
Fall is Almost Here at Maydalke Hike. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a quiet hike in this wonderful 24-acre environmental conservation park. As we hike we'll keep our eyes open for the birds, frogs, and turtles we won't see again until next spring. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Library of Congress National Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate reading with more than 150 accalimed authors, including children's teens and picture book authors: Kwame Alexander, Mae Barnett, Cece Bell, Kate DiCamillo, Juan Felipe Herrera, Tom Litchenheld , Sonia Manzano, Shila P. Moses, Eleen Oh, Jon Scieszka and many more! FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Jump like a frog, dig a hole, and search for spineless wonders in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Staff will guide children through a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
School for Players!. Kids ages 5 to 9, 10 a.m. and ages 10 to 14, 11 a.m. A program for families focusing on how to become an actor during Shakespeare's time. Have fun with acting lessons and lines straight from Shakespeare's plays. Preregister online. FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.

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SEP   6   Sunday


Bird Watching Club. Kids ages 5 to 11. 3 to 4 p.m. Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Once a month the group meets to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. FREE Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Family Art Lab. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 4 p.m. Drop in to explore science and history through art. New art project every week highlighting different aspects of the museum's collection. $$ Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria, VA.
Lexus Pops in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Set in the lovely outdoor theater at Quiet Waters Park, the annual Lexus Pops in the Park concert features the ASO's full orchestra performing a fun and festive program for all ages. Rain date September 7 at 5:30 p.m. FREE Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Morven Park Nature Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free family nature walk through the forest as we visit wooded wetlands, look for wildflowers, and discuss the flora and fauna that reside on this beautiful property. Bring binoculars if you have them. Preregister. FREE Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.
Movies on The Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. National Harbor hosts a year-round line up of amazing events and super-fun attractions - right on the gorgeous waterfront. Sept. 6 Viewer's Choice: Remember the Titans or We Are Marshall Sept. 13 Matilda; Sept. 20 Monsters, Inc; Sept. 27 James and the Giant Peach. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to jump like a frog? Dig a hole to China? Search for spineless wonders? Then join us in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Staff will guide children through a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
September Storytimes: Autumn's Symphony. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday, enjoy stories about the insects and birds of September and learn how to recognize some of the sounds they make. We'll hear a different story, then take a short walk to listen and look for our musical friends. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   7   Monday


77th Annual Labor Day Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. The parade features an assortment of high school marching bands, dance groups, costumed characters, antique cars and fire engines, equestrian units, clowns and more! Rain or shine. FREE East Diamond and Russell Avenues, Old Towne Gaithersburg, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Takoma Park Folk Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Annual festival featuring music and dance from around the world and includes dance workshops, children's activities, a crafts show and ethnic food. FREE Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park, MD.

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SEP   8   Tuesday


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SEP   9   Wednesday


Family Fitness. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Join WillPower Fitness each Wednesday on the Plaza for a 30-minute fitness class for children and families, followed by a kid's TV show. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.

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SEP   10   Thursday


Adventure Kids. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. 123 Andres entertains today and the first 50 club members receive a free See It Shake Maraca. Come have a great time! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Fall Kids Korner. Kids ages 3 to 6. 1 to 2 p.m. Kids explore nature or history once a month. The topic in September is monarch butterflies. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Flying Squirrels. Kids ages 4+. 7 to 8 p.m. Catch a glimpse of these nighttime gliders and find out how they live. Rain cancels program. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Jr. Farmer Family Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 5 p.m. This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers. Assist with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Preregister. $$ Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Thursday and Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Maryland's oldest fair dates back to 1842. Includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests and much more. $$ Rosecroft Raceway, Ft. Washington, MD.

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SEP   11   Friday


Four Mile Summer Movie Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Movie begins at dusk, about 8 p.m. Enjoy the movie, Cool Runnings. Don't forget a blanket or chairs! Free popcorn and refreshments. FREE Four Mile Conservatory Building, Alexandria, VA.
Introduction to Backpacking and Tent Camping. Kids age 6+. 7 to 9 p.m. Want to go backpacking or camping, but feel lost in the woods when it comes to preparing for your big adventure? Come learn techniques to use before and during your outing that will keep you safe and comfortable. Different kinds of camping equipment on hand for you to try out. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Thursday and Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Maryland's oldest fair dates back to 1842. Includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests and much more. $$ Rosecroft Raceway, Ft. Washington, MD.
Time for Tots: Magnificent Monarchs. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a seasonal story, make a craft to go with the story and then go outside to explore nature with a Park Naturalist. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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SEP   12   Saturday


Columbia Heights Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This community festival features live music, food, local vendors, children's activities and more. Including fun contests and demonstrations such as an adult tricycle race, pie eating contest, gardening 101, free yoga and zumba classes. Family Fun Field Day is being held at Harriet Tubman Elementary School Yard. Oudoor mvie at 6:30 p.m. FREE 11th Street (Park Rd. to Kenyon St, NW), Washington, DC.
Fall Family Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the start of the fall season with festive activities including: face painting, scavenger hunts, craft making and a "cake walk". Come and kick up your heels to lively Americana folk music as you enjoy the dazzling footwork of the RockCandy Cloggers! FREE American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Washington, DC.
Family Fun: Birds-Eye View. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Go on a bird hike with a naturalist. Learn how to use binoculars to find feathered friends, listen to their calls and make bird treats to attract them to your backyard. Preregister online, code 290 402 8501. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Pond Life. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Explore this special habitat where dragonflies, turtles and frogs live. Go for a scavenger hunt, play a leapfrog game and eat a gummi snack in our gazebo. Preregister online, code 290 402 0301. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Hot Dog, S'mores! Wagon Ride & Campfire. Kids ages 2+. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Meet at Cabell's Mill to enjoy a wagon ride and roast a turkey hot dog and s'mores over the fire. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area's local and natural history. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Light the Way 5k: Fun Walk & Run. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open 8 a.m., Kids Fun Run 8:30 a.m. and Fun Walk/Run 9 a.m. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind hosts this fun, noncompetitive walk/run event. Victory Lap on the ballpark warning track, Kids Fun Run with a Nationals Mascot and giveaways, food and live entertainment. $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Maryland's oldest fair dates back to 1842. Includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests and much more. $$ Rosecroft Raceway, Ft. Washington, MD.
The Hero of Everything. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Hero of Everything is a fresh, fun, and interactive way for kids and families to explore the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself, all by being part of the action of a superhero play for heroes of all ages. Tickets online. $$ Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.
The Kreeger Museum Open House. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for this free family event as we celebrate art, music and nature. Outdoor art activities for children, artist talks in the Sculpture Garden, live jazz and more. Treat yourself to lunch at food trucks. FREE The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Virginia Indian Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discover the history of the First Families of Virginia. Enjoy dancers, music, demonstrations and crafts. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   13   Sunday


Celebration of "The Great Inka Road" Family Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This bilingual, museum-wide family day includes Andean music and dance and Inka-related activities. Also included is a "pop-up planetarium" showing the unique Inka constellations. FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.
Grandparents Day. All ages (family-friendly events). 2:30 to 4 p.m. Kids, bring your grandparents and begin your own family memory book. We share family stories from the lives of the Machens and explore genealogy while having fun making cornbread and butter. Grandparents and parents attend for free. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Movies on The Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. National Harbor hosts a year-round line up of amazing events and super-fun attractions - right on the gorgeous waterfront. Sept. 13 Matilda; Sept. 20 Monsters, Inc; Sept. 27 James and the Giant Peach. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Maryland's oldest fair dates back to 1842. Includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests and much more. $$ Rosecroft Raceway, Ft. Washington, MD.
September Storytimes: Autumn's Symphony. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday, enjoy stories about the insects and birds of September and learn how to recognize some of the sounds they make. We'll hear a different story, then take a short walk to listen and look for our musical friends. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
The Hero of Everything. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Hero of Everything is a fresh, fun, and interactive way for kids and families to explore the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself, all by being part of the action of a superhero play for heroes of all ages. Tickets online. $$ Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.
Wagon Ride - Journey to the Pond. Kids ages 2+. 10 to 11 a.m. Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center and journey to see what's hopping, splashing and swimming. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   14   Monday


Fall Nature Quest. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10 to 11 a.m. Kids explore field to stream and everything in between. Learn about many local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
Little Acrons - Fall. Kids ages 2 to 3. 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Kids and their accompanying adult share nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Topic this week: Lots of Legs. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Magical Monarchs. Kids ages 4 to 16. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. All across eastern and central North America, monarch butterflies are flying thousands of miles on paper-thin wings to the mountains west of Mexico City. Join us to learn all about their life cycle and, hopefully, help us tag and release monarchs for the Monarch Watch conservation program. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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SEP   15   Tuesday


Nature Explorers: Here Comes Autumn!. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. On Tuesdays, budding nature explorers will experience the changing seasons as they explore the woodlands, fields, pond, and stream. Each week we'll explore a different topic including nocturnal animals, grasshoppers, wooly bears and more. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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SEP   16   Wednesday


Anne Arundel County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. The fair includes a full range of entertainment for the whole family including carnival rides and games, animal exhibits, monster trucks, pony rides, garden tractor pulls, pig races, pie eating contests, a talent show, live music and much more. $$ Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Family Fitness. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Join WillPower Fitness each Wednesday on the Plaza for a 30-minute fitness class for children and families, followed by a kid's TV show. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
Nature Tots: Fall. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Bring your kids to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Monthly programs include indoor and outdoor activities. September's topic is migration. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Pohick Puddle Jumpers. Kids ages 3 to 6. 4:40 to 5:30 p.m. The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers. They can explore the natural world up close through indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary weekly. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Putting the Animals to Bed. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Preregister. $$ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA.
Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge. Kids ages 2+. 10 to 11 a.m. Journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   17   Thursday


Anne Arundel County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. The fair includes a full range of entertainment for the whole family including carnival rides and games, animal exhibits, monster trucks, pony rides, garden tractor pulls, pig races, pie eating contests, a talent show, live music and much more. $$ Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Busy Beaver Prepares for Winter: A BNC Puppet Show. Kids ages 3 to 8. 7 to 7:45 p.m. What is better than a good night story? A good night puppet show! Join us, in your jammies if you like, to discover if Will Woodchuck remembers how to get ready for winter! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Charles County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. This fair celebrates 353 years of agricultural heritage and history with, livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flower displays, demonstrations, a carnival, live entertainment, special events, games, a baby show, pig races, pony rides, food and drink and much more. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD.
Homeschool Historians. Kids ages 6 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your homeschool student or group for hands-on learning to enrich their understanding of Fairfax County history. Learn how light reflects life through candle making, explore food production from garden to table, play historical games and make a toy. Bring a picnic lunch and stroll the park before or after the program. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Putting the Animals to Bed. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Preregister. $$ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA.

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SEP   18   Friday


Anne Arundel County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. The fair includes a full range of entertainment for the whole family including carnival rides and games, animal exhibits, monster trucks, pony rides, garden tractor pulls, pig races, pie eating contests, a talent show, live music and much more. $$ Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Charles County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. This fair celebrates 353 years of agricultural heritage and history with, livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flower displays, demonstrations, a carnival, live entertainment, special events, games, a baby show, pig races, pony rides, food and drink and much more. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD.
Goodnight Walk: Owls. Kids ages 4+. 7 to 8 p.m. Learn about local owls, make a craft and hike with a naturalist. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
J.A.M. 5th Element. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. J.A.M. 5th Element - A Dance Spectacular Musical Revue revamps your favorite family-friendly hits and has everyone in the audience dancing. Tickets online. $$ Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt Rainier, MD.
Kyle's Corner - Fall Series. Kids ages 6 to 12. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join a naturalist for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into a different topic each meeting with science, explorations and live animals. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.

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SEP   19   Saturday


Anne Arundel County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. The fair includes a full range of entertainment for the whole family including carnival rides and games, animal exhibits, monster trucks, pony rides, garden tractor pulls, pig races, pie eating contests, a talent show, live music and much more. $$ Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Arts on the Green: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This two-time Grammy Award-winning duo performs traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music.They engage and entertain audiences of all ages, with a broad following in family music and in American Roots styles. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Artsfest Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ArtsFest 15 is a family fun weekend of fine art shopping, live music, delicious food & drink, wine & beer, free children's activities and more! Kids will enjoy the Discovery Tent and Zany Zone - and and creative free-play in Fairy Lolly, the Studio School and the Children's Garden. FREE Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
Charles County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. This fair celebrates 353 years of agricultural heritage and history with, livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flower displays, demonstrations, a carnival, live entertainment, special events, games, a baby show, pig races, pony rides, food and drink and much more. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD.
H Street Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 7 p.m. Featuring more than 500 artists and performances on 14 stages plus an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, and educational events. The family zone will provide kid-friendly entertainment and interactive events plus a fitness area, featuring a climbing wall as well as other health-promoting events. FREE H Street, between 4th & 14th Streets, NE., Washington, DC.
Healthy Living Rockville. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 3 p.m. Celebrate our healthy city and what the city offers the community to stay fit and active. Join us for fitness demos, health screenings, a cooking demo and activities for children. FREE Rockille Town Square, Rockville, MD.
ImaginAsia: Desert Naturescapes. Kids ages 6 to 12. 2 to 4 p.m. Explore the deserts of Egypt in the large-scale photographic collage in Perspectives: Lara Baladi, and consider the ways we experience and represent familiar places in our lives. Then, create a mixed-media piece to communicate your personal vision of the world around us. Preregister online. FREE Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC.
Joint Base Andrews Air Show. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open: 9 a.m., Open Ceremony: 11:30 a.m., Thunderbirds Performance: 3 p.m. America's Airfield: Celebrating History, Celebrating Freedom. Guests will experience aerial demonstrations and learn more about the military personnel and equipment JBA uses to carry out the missions here. FREE Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, MD.
KORUS Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The festival features Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest and a K-Pop cover contest. Families and children will be amazed by the Wildlife Exhibit presented by the National Park Service and children can enjoy other fun filled crafts and activities in the kid zone. FREE The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, Tysons, VA.
Latino Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Parade: Saturday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Festival: Sunday Noon to 7 p.m. This annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children's festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts and international cuisine. FREE Pennsylvania Avenue, between 9th and 14th Sts. NW, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Monarch & More. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle, and assist with tagging monarchs, when available. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Monarch Fiesta Day. All ages. (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come celebrate the monarch butterfly's inspiring metamorphosis and incredible journey. We'll have exhibits, face painting, story times, crafts, movies, monarch tagging and more! FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Sounds of the Night Campfire. Kids ages 4+. 7 to 8 p.m. Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and hear their stories. Have fun making s'mores. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
The BIG Build. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Hands-on Festival of Tools, Trucks and Construction! Amateur builders young and old can build walls, carve stone, hammer nails, climb aboard trucks and other heavy equipment and much more as they work side-by-side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. FREE National Building Museum, Washington, DC.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.
The Hero of Everything. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Hero of Everything is a fresh, fun, and interactive way for kids and families to explore the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself, all by being part of the action of a superhero play for heroes of all ages. Tickets online. $$ Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.

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SEP   20   Sunday


Anne Arundel County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. The fair includes a full range of entertainment for the whole family including carnival rides and games, animal exhibits, monster trucks, pony rides, garden tractor pulls, pig races, pie eating contests, a talent show, live music and much more. $$ Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Charles County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Hours vary. This fair celebrates 353 years of agricultural heritage and history with, livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flower displays, demonstrations, a carnival, live entertainment, special events, games, a baby show, pig races, pony rides, food and drink and much more. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD.
Hispanic Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 6 p.m. The event highlights Hispanic culture with carnival games, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, pony rides and ethnic food. FREE Lane Manor Park, Adelphi, MD.
ImaginAsia: Desert Naturescapes. Kids ages 6 to 12. 2 to 4 p.m. Explore the deserts of Egypt in the large-scale photographic collage in Perspectives: Lara Baladi, and consider the ways we experience and represent familiar places in our lives. Then, create a mixed-media piece to communicate your personal vision of the world around us. Preregister online. FREE Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC.
KORUS Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The festival features Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest and a K-Pop cover contest. Families and children will be amazed by the Wildlife Exhibit presented by the National Park Service and children can enjoy other fun filled crafts and activities in the kid zone. FREE The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, Tysons, VA.
Latino Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Parade: Saturday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Festival: Sunday Noon to 7 p.m. This annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children's festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts and international cuisine. FREE Pennsylvania Avenue, between 9th and 14th Sts. NW, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Monarch & More. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle, and assist with tagging monarchs, when available. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Movies on The Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. National Harbor hosts a year-round line up of amazing events and super-fun attractions - right on the gorgeous waterfront. Sept. 20 Monsters, Inc; Sept. 27 James and the Giant Peach. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
September Storytimes: Autumn's Symphony. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday, enjoy stories about the insects and birds of September and learn how to recognize some of the sounds they make. We'll hear a different story, then take a short walk to listen and look for our musical friends. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
SlugFest. Kids ages 3+. 2 to 4 p.m. The only celebration of slugs on the east coast! Celebration include slug races, crafts, fortune telling, and slime tossing. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
Sunday School Open House. Kids ages 5+. 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Looking for the right Hebrew school fit for your kids? Attend this open house by Kehila Chadasha, a progressive, independent and inclusive Jewish community and Sunday School. Learn more about all that they offer. FREE Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School, Bethesda, MD.
Technology Tour at Walney. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 3 p.m. Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about technology of the 1800s in this new walking tour. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.
The Hero of Everything. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Hero of Everything is a fresh, fun, and interactive way for kids and families to explore the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself, all by being part of the action of a superhero play for heroes of all ages. Tickets online. $$ Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.
ZooFiesta. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, educational activities highlighting conservation research in Central and South America, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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SEP   21   Monday


Children's Performance Series. Kids 5 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy fun with your little one! Performances are held on the first and third Mondays of the month through November 16. Stroller access at the rear of building on Main St. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Fall Nature Quest. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10 to 11 a.m. Kids explore field to stream and everything in between. Learn about many local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
Little Acrons - Fall. Kids ages 2 to 3. 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Kids and their accompanying adult share nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Topic this week: Life in a Pond. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.

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SEP   22   Tuesday


Homeschool Happenings: Rockhounds. Kids ages 6 to 10. 10 to 11 a.m. If you own a rock collection, you're a rock hound! Rocks will be on display for you to see and touch and you'll learn what a core sample is. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Putting the Animals to Bed. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Preregister. $$ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.

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SEP   23   Wednesday


Family Fitness. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Join WillPower Fitness each Wednesday on the Plaza for a 30-minute fitness class for children and families, followed by a kid's TV show. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
School's Out: Nature Detectives: A to Z. Kids ages 6 to 10. Noon to 1 p.m. From ammonites to zygophytes, you can identify practically everything in the natural world with a hand lens and a good field guide. We'll do some fun detective work outside, learning to identify various plants and animals, then go on a rock hike. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.

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SEP   24   Thursday


Jr. Farmer Family Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 5 p.m. This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers. Assist with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Preregister. $$ Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA.
Putting the Animals to Bed. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Preregister. $$ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.

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SEP   25   Friday


#TGIFairfax - Rock the Block Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring live bands, lawn games, beer garden and city restaurant vendor booths all held at the newest park that features a spray pad! Kids - wear your swim suits. Adults - bring your lawn chairs! Performing tonight: Almost Journey/2U - The second best U2 show in the world and complete Journey experience. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Apple Festival and Campfire. Kids ages 3+. 6 to 8:00 p.m. It's apple harvest time! Join us for apple cider pressing, apple lore, hands-on activities, live music, and making s'mores at our campfire ring. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Beginner Backpacking Overnight. Kids ages 6+. Overnight. Want to find out what backpacking and tent camping are all about? Get backpacking experience on a short hike to and from our camping site in Little Bennett Regional Park. You'll setup camp, make meals, enjoy a roaring campfire and sleep under the stars. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.

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SEP   26   Saturday


7th Annual Play Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Enjoy activiity and fun! Volunteers 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. will receive community hours, contact theplaylady@gmail.com. FREE Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park, MD.
Animal Scientists. Kids ages 6 to 10. 3 to 4 p.m. Drop-off your child at Lawrence Park for an hour of animal adventure and fun. Topics vary. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Feeding Day. Kids ages 2+. 2 to 3 p.m. Help a naturalist feed display animals at the park. Make a birdfeeder to take home. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Harvest Happenings. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fall fun! Petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, art & crafts, kid's games. Entertainment by the Amazing Kevin and Kidsinger Jim. $$ McLean Community Center, McLean, VA.
Hidden Oaks' Treasure Hunt. Kids ages 3+. 2 to 4 p.m. Groups leave every 15 minutes. Follow your treasure map to collect clues and find natural treasures on the trails. Children must attend with a registered adult. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Innovation Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual celebration of invention, creativity, imagination and innovation will explore how today's inventors are creating the world of our future. Festival activities also include displays, presentations, hands-on activities, expert talks and demonstrations. FREE National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Pohick's 70th Annual Country Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the historic grounds for a day of fun and relaxation. The Fair includes games, booths, barbecue, homemade apple butter, historic church tours, living history reenactors, organ concerts, live music, pony rides, and much more. FREE Historic Pohick Church, Lorton, VA.
St. Jude Walk/Run. All ages (family-friendly event). Registration 8 a.m., opening ceremony 9 a.m. The end to childhood cancer starts with you. Supporters in 58 communities will join together in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during September's Childhhod Cancer Awareness Month to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This walk/run helps raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. $$ Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC.
The Great Frederick Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features live entertainment, tractor pulls, carnival rides, an equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, educational activities, contests, food and lots more. FREE Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD.
The Hero of Everything. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Hero of Everything is a fresh, fun, and interactive way for kids and families to explore the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself, all by being part of the action of a superhero play for heroes of all ages. Tickets online. $$ Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.

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SEP   27   Sunday


Annual Turkish Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrating authentic Turkish art and culture with a rich variety of live musical and folk dance performances underscoring Turkey's unique ties with the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucuses and Central Asia. Also feature hands-on activities for kids, art demonstrations, guest speakers, arts and crafts vendors and Turkish cuisine. FREE Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC.
Fall for the Book. All ages (family-friendly event). Locations and times vary. This week-long regional celebration of literature and the arts with events at George Mason University and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers. FREE FREE Fairfax, VA.
Lunar Eclipse. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 10 p.m. Meet at Poplar Ford to view a full lunar eclipse without the distraction of bright lights. Bring a blanket, a warm beverage and a chair if you want to sit. We'll supply the s'mores and facts and stories about the moon and eclipses. Preregsiter. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine.Crownsville, MD.
Microscopic Monsters. Kids ages 7+. 3 to 4 p.m. Use a microscope to discover the invisible organisms that make Walney pond their home and learn why such tiny creatures are so important. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Movies on The Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. National Harbor hosts a year-round line up of amazing events and super-fun attractions - right on the gorgeous waterfront. Sept. 27 James and the Giant Peach. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.
Nature Photography for Teens. Kids ages 14+. 1 to 3 p.m. In this two-hour indoor/outdoor workshop, learn how to compose pictures, work with different kinds of light, and find the right angles to best capture the world outside. Share your favorite photos from the workshop to the "Get to Know" gallery maintained by Montgomery Parks! Bring your own camera. Preregister. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
September Storytimes: Autumn's Symphony. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday, enjoy stories about the insects and birds of September and learn how to recognize some of the sounds they make. We'll hear a different story, then take a short walk to listen and look for our musical friends. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
The Hero of Everything. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Hero of Everything is a fresh, fun, and interactive way for kids and families to explore the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself, all by being part of the action of a superhero play for heroes of all ages. Tickets online. $$ Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, Silver Spring, MD.

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SEP   28   Monday


Fall Nature Quest. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10 to 11 a.m. Kids explore field to stream and everything in between. Learn about many local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
Fall for the Book. All ages (family-friendly event). Locations and times vary. This week-long regional celebration of literature and the arts with events at George Mason University and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers. FREE FREE Fairfax, VA.
Little Acorns - Fall. Kids ages 2 to 3. 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Kids and their accompanying adult share nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Topic this week: Spinning Spiders. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.

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SEP   29   Tuesday


Fall for the Book. All ages (family-friendly event). Locations and times vary. This week-long regional celebration of literature and the arts with events at George Mason University and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers. FREE FREE Fairfax, VA.
Full Moon Family Hike. Kids ages 2+. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The light of the moon will help guide us along the way during an evening hike through the woods. We'll look and listen for nocturnal wildlife. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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SEP   30   Wednesday


Fall for the Book. All ages (family-friendly event). Locations and times vary. This week-long regional celebration of literature and the arts with events at George Mason University and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers. FREE FREE Fairfax, VA.
Family Fitness. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Join WillPower Fitness each Wednesday on the Plaza for a 30-minute fitness class for children and families, followed by a kid's TV show. FREE National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.

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October

OCT   1   Thursday


Fall for the Book. All ages (family-friendly event). Locations and times vary. This week-long regional celebration of literature and the arts with events at George Mason University and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers. FREE FREE Fairfax, VA.

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OCT   2   Friday


Fall for the Book. All ages (family-friendly event). Locations and times vary. This week-long regional celebration of literature and the arts with events at George Mason University and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers. FREE FREE Fairfax, VA.

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OCT   3   Saturday


Fall for the Book. All ages (family-friendly event). Locations and times vary. This week-long regional celebration of literature and the arts with events at George Mason University and at multiple locations throughout the capital region. The festival connects readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers. FREE FREE Fairfax, VA.