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AUG   31   Wednesday


Kids Fun at Stonebridge. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 tp 11 a.m. Join us for fun entertainment near the fountain. Bring a blanket or chairs. This week features: The Bubbas. FREE Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA.
Little Tots Summer Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., every other Wednesday. Join us for fun and lively family entertainment on the Plaza stage. Bring your little tot's swimsuit and a towel for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event! Today's entertainment: Rocknoceros. FREE Fairfax Corner, Fairfax, VA.
Time for Tots: "A Butterfly is Patient". 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. Today's story is "A Butterfly is Patient" by Dianna Hutts Aston. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Trail Mix Day. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Join us for a short end of summer hike! We will finish in the classroom with a make your own trail mix snack! Parents need not worry, this trail mix will be peanut-free! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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September

SEP   1   Thursday


Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Multi-layered and upbeat music showcases a universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. Today: Diamond Alley. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

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SEP   2   Friday


Jazz in the Garden. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8:30 p.m. The free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles-salsa, blues fusion, boogaloo, Brazilian jazz, celtic alternative, eclectic cabaret, and more-every Friday evening Entertaining tonight: Fred Hughes Trio (Jazz Piano). FREE National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.

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SEP   3   Saturday


Birds, Butterflies and Wildflowers. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a family-friendly field trip to see birds, butterflies and wildflowers. The BRCES includes diverse wildlife habitats, including meadows, streams and heavily forested slopes. Bring binoculars if you have them. Preregister online. FREE Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Purcellville, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Movie Under the Stars. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for "Karate Kid" on the big screen near the fountain. Bring blanket or chairs! FREE Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA.
Shake Up Your Saturday: Shakespeare & Celebrities. Kids ages 5 to 7, 10 to 11 a.m.; kids ages 8 to 14, 11 to noon. Shakespeare isn't the only author who became famous. Come take a look at the ways Shakespeare and Jane Austen became celebrities. Shakespeare's plays are for everyone! Preregister online. FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Summer on the Square: Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Saturday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kidz Korner will offer a variety of children's activities and entertainment in Old Town Square. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel for fun in the splash pad following the event! Sept. 3 - Eric Energy; Sept. 10 - Mr. Skip; Sept. 17 - Oh Susannah; Sept. 24 - Peter McCory and his One Man Band. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Virginia Scottish Games. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to athletic competitions, the Virginia Scottish Games includes piping & drumming, highland dancing, and fiddling competitions along with sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show. a variety of vendors & crafters, clan and society exhibits, a living history encampment, children's activities, live entertainment and plenty of Scottish food and drink. $$ Great Meadow, The Plains, VA.

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SEP   4   Sunday


"Pray, Eat, Love" Community Picnic. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Let's make a difference together! The whole community is invited to a morning of prayer, fun, and community service. A music-filled worship service is followed by a hands-on service project for all ages. FREE National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC.
Creature Feature. Kids ages 1+. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Join a naturalist every Sunday to learn about the animals who live in and around Wheaton Regional Park. Discover the amazing adaptations and features of the different animals on display in the nature center. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Movies on the Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of the many dining establishments at National Harbor and spend the evening outdoors watching a movie. It's fun for all ages! Tonight: Tomorrowland. $$ National Plaza, National Harbor Waterfront, MD.
Sundays in September. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 6 p.m. Bring chairs and or blankets to sit on! Sept. 4 - 7th Position Trombone Quartet; Sept. 11 - US Navy Jazz Ensemble `Commodores'; Sept. 18 - US Navy Rock Band `Cruisers'; Sept. 25 - Main Sreet Community Band. Weather permitting. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

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SEP   5   Monday


Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   6   Tuesday


Backyard Concert Series. All ages. (family-friendly event). 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Brazilian jazz music with Encantada. They deliver a polished, high-energy show combining sultry bossa nova with classic, propulsive samba and baiao rhythms that bring the audience to their feet. Julie Mack sings some songs in their original Portuguese, but conveys the song's story in English, making this truly "enchanting" music accessible to all. FREE Diamond Farms Park, 857 Quince Orchard Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD.

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SEP   7   Wednesday


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SEP   8   Thursday


Adventure Kids: KD Puppets. Kids ages 6 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with KD Puppets! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
American Roots Music Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 7 p.m. The summer concert series celebrates American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even zydeco. Limited seating, bring your own blnaket or chair. Tonight's entertainment: The Brummy Brothers (bluegrass-roots rock). FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 10 p.m. The Prince George's County Fair is Maryland's oldest fair dating back to 1842. The event includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests, and much more. $$ Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Multi-layered and upbeat music showcases a universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. Today: Ken Kolodner Trio. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

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SEP   9   Friday


"One Gold Coin - Una moneda de oro". Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. When the wise old healer Dona Teresa comes to Regalo, she carries a gold coin that brings magic to everyone that holds it. But who does the magic help more? The person who keeps it or the one that gives it away? This interactive play about the power of giving is performed in English and Spanish by three actors with help from everyone in the audience. Tickets online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 10 p.m. The Prince George's County Fair is Maryland's oldest fair dating back to 1842. The event includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests, and much more. $$ Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD.
The Christmas Revels: Children & Teen Auditions. Grades 3-5 and 9-12. By appointment. Seeking a diverse cast of strong and enthusiastic performers, for the 34th annual Christmas Revels. Seen by over 10,000 people each December, The Christmas Revels is a festive, colorful celebration of the Winter Solstice. Join our diverse, multigenerational cast ages 8-85! Eight performances at GW Lisner Auditorium in DC on December 10-18. FREE Washington Revels, Silver Spring, MD.

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SEP   10   Saturday


"One Gold Coin - Una moneda de oro". Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. When the wise old healer Dona Teresa comes to Regalo, she carries a gold coin that brings magic to everyone that holds it. But who does the magic help more? The person who keeps it or the one that gives it away? This interactive play about the power of giving is performed in English and Spanish by three actors with help from everyone in the audience. Tickets online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
Fall Garden Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fall is a great time to plant, meet numerous local plant and garden craft vendors to satisfy your gardening needs. A silent auction, bake sale, live music, food and kids' activity tent add to the festivities. Come and support one of Virginia's most innovative public gardens. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Family Day at President Lincoln's Cottage. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore a Civil War Encampment, play at the petting zoo, arts and crafts, picnic on the grounds, tour the cottage and listen the the live military band. A day inspired by the Lincoln family ans their life at the Soldiers' Home. RSVP online. FREE Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, DC.
Family Fit & Fun Open House. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You pick location - Bethesda or Potomac! This Open House will feature Zumba. Great fun for the whole family! FREE My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
Family Fit & Fun Open House. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You pick location - Bethesda or Potomac! This Open House will feature Zumba. Great fun for the whole family! FREE My Gym, Potomac, MD.
Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 6 p.m. The juried festival will feature over 100 exhibiting artists and artisans, Maryland craft breweries, food vendors, as well as a variety of performances, including music and dance. FREE Farragut & Gallatin Streets, Hyattsville, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Prince George's County Fair is Maryland's oldest fair dating back to 1842. The event includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests, and much more. $$ Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD.
Summer on the Square: Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Saturday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kidz Korner will offer a variety of children's activities and entertainment in Old Town Square. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel for fun in the splash pad following the event! Sept. 10 - Mr. Skip; Sept. 17 - Oh Susannah; Sept. 24 - Peter McCory and his One Man Band. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
The Christmas Revels: Children & Teen Auditions. Grades 3-5 and 9-12. By appointment. Seeking a diverse cast of strong and enthusiastic performers, for the 34th annual Christmas Revels. Seen by over 10,000 people each December, The Christmas Revels is a festive, colorful celebration of the Winter Solstice. Join our diverse, multigenerational cast ages 8-85! Eight performances at GW Lisner Auditorium in DC on December 10-18. FREE Washington Revels, Silver Spring, MD.
Tomato Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. It's the perfect time to celebrate all things tomato - from zesty sauce and heirloom varieties to inspired chef creations. Enjoy cooking competitions, tomato-themed promotions and displays, live music and even a spaghetti eating contest. Tomato-themed activities for the kids! FREE North Bethesda Market, North Bethesda, MD.
Virginia Indian Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. This exploration of the history and lives of Virginia's First Families includes many hands-on activities. Visitors will shoot a bow and arrow, throw a spear, help build a dugout canoe, and learn to use ancient tools. There will be stories told, demonstrations of primitive technology, and a chance to enjoy traditional dancing featuring the Rappahannocks. Arts and crafts by Virginia tribes and food available as well. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   11   Sunday


"One Gold Coin - Una moneda de oro". Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (sensory-friendly performance). When the wise old healer Dona Teresa comes to Regalo, she carries a gold coin that brings magic to everyone that holds it. But who does the magic help more? The person who keeps it ot the one that gives it away? This interactive play about the power of giving is performed in English and Spanish by three actors with help from everyone in the audience. Tickets online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
CASA Training. 6 to 9 p.m. Apply now for our CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Pre-Service Training. Participants will learn best practices when advocating for a youth in foster care and will continue on their way to becoming a CASA volunteer. Preregister online. FREE Hyattsville Administrative Building, Hyattsville, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Meet Your Trees!. Kids ages 7+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet Your Trees! A "We're Going Wild" Family Nature Walk. Trail guide Alex Darr will offer tips and tricks for identifying our local trees by observing basic characteristics and a few other secrets trees can reveal. Preregister online. FREE Meet at Coach House parking lot, 17165 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA.
Movies on the Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of the many dining establishments at National Harbor and spend the evening outdoors watching a movie. It's fun for all ages! Tonight: Wreck It Ralph. $$ National Plaza, National Harbor Waterfront, MD.
Prince George's County Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Prince George's County Fair is Maryland's oldest fair dating back to 1842. The event includes carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, beautiful baby contests, and much more. $$ Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD.
Sundays in September. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 6 p.m. Bring chairs and or blankets to sit on! Sept. 11 - US Navy Jazz Ensemble `Commodores'; Sept. 18 - US Navy Rock Band `Cruisers'; Sept. 25 - Main Sreet Community Band. Weather permitting. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
The Christmas Revels: Children & Teen Auditions. Grades 3-5 and 9-12. By appointment. Seeking a diverse cast of strong and enthusiastic performers, for the 34th annual Christmas Revels. Seen by over 10,000 people each December, The Christmas Revels is a festive, colorful celebration of the Winter Solstice. Join our diverse, multigenerational cast ages 8-85! Eight performances at GW Lisner Auditorium in DC on December 10-18. FREE Washington Revels, Silver Spring, MD.

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SEP   12   Monday


Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join our new year-round Nature Playgroup which is to be held each month. Your preschooler will enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles, and you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Explore nature sensory bins, play games, activities even go for a garden walk. Theme for September: "Pollinators Everywhere." Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   13   Tuesday


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SEP   14   Wednesday


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SEP   15   Thursday


Gadget Girl. Exclsuive Girl Scout event. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Women have changed the world-even the shadow world of spying. Explore the role of female spies throughout history in a Girl Scout scavenger hunt through the Museum. Then, Girl Scout "recruits" will build their own spy alarm and signaling device using basic electronics. Tickets online. $$ International Spy Museum, Washington, DC.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Multi-layered and upbeat music showcases a universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. Today: The Crimestoppers. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

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SEP   16   Friday


"One Gold Coin - Una moneda de oro". Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. When the wise old healer Dona Teresa comes to Regalo, she carries a gold coin that brings magic to everyone that holds it. But who does the magic help more? The person who keeps it or the one that gives it away? This interactive play about the power of giving is performed in English and Spanish by three actors with help from everyone in the audience. Tickets online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
Family Fun Movie Night. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? How about a movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Featuring: Kung Fu Panda 3. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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SEP   17   Saturday


"One Gold Coin - Una moneda de oro". Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. When the wise old healer Dona Teresa comes to Regalo, she carries a gold coin that brings magic to everyone that holds it. But who does the magic help more? The person who keeps it or the one that gives it away? This interactive play about the power of giving is performed in English and Spanish by three actors with help from everyone in the audience. Tickets online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
14th Annual King Street Art Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 250 leading local and national artists will line the streets. Enjoy a variety of performances and kids activities, including live music, hands-on activities and art happenings. The Art League's popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser returns too! FREE King Street between Washington and Union streets, Old Town Alexandria, VA.
23rd Annual Artsfest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 165 artist booths, 30 performers on two stages, activities for kids in the Discovery Tent, Studio School, and the Zany Zone, great food, wine & beer and lots more! Street performers, including stilt walkers, mimes, living statues, balloon artists, bubble artists, and strolling artists, found throughout the festival! $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
A Tangle of Tales. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. Three favorite folk tales from around the world come to life with a touch of the familiar and a taste of the new. Using a variety of puppet styles, "The Frog Prince" from Germany, "Three Billy Goats Gruff" from Scandinavia and "The Three Little Pigs" from England are each told with refreshing wit and wisdom. In between each of the tales there is a whole menagerie of zany characters to see and enjoy. Tickets online. $$ Alden Theatre, McLean, VA.
Deals, Deals, Deals. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fairfax County Mothers of Multiples invites you to their huge semi-annual consignment sale. More than 200 families are consigning. More than 38,000 items and most are $5.00 or less. Clothes for all ages and all seasons; outerwear; shoes; toys & books; kid furniture; baby accessories and equipment; maternity supplies and more! FREE The nZone, Chatilly, VA.
Family Fun: Monarch Migration Challenge. Kids ages 5 to 11. 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the magnificent monarch butterfly lifecycle and migration by participating in our site-wide event. Make your way through the obstacles in the Monarch Migration Course as a caterpillar and finish the course as a caterpillar and finish the course as a butterfly. Get ready to run, sing, play games and get creative. Find out what you can do to help monarchs. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Family Workshop: Afghan Fighter Kites. Kids ages 6 to 12. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Visit Turquoise Mountain with teaching artist Mukhtar Ziarmal and learn about kite fighting, a popular activity for kids in Afghanistan. Then, return to the classroom to collaborate with family and friends on constructing and decorating your own kite. Preregister online. FREE Freer and Sackler Galleries, Sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom, Washington, DC.
Fiesta DC Latino Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. It is an annual celebration of Latino culture that features a Parade of Nations that displays and preserves the Native Latino cultural dance troupes as well as contemporary local groups from civic organizations, schools and performers. FREE Constitution Ave., between 7th & 14th., Washington, DC.
Joe's Day at The Mall. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join Joe's Movement Emporium's artist groups and teaching artists for a familiy-friendly day of arts and crafts, movement demonstrations and mini-lessons! Featuring yoga, dance, upcylcing art projects and more! FREE The Mall at Prince Georges, Hyattsville, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Strathmore: Children's Talk & Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition and a hands-on activity. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Summer on the Square: Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Saturday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kidz Korner will offer a variety of children's activities and entertainment in Old Town Square. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel for fun in the splash pad following the event! Sept. 17 - Oh Susannah; Sept. 24 - Peter McCory and his One Man Band. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00 - Old MacDonald's Farm. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons these show offer a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Shorter shows (about 30 minutes), no dark room or load noises and the theater doors stay open. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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SEP   18   Sunday


"One Gold Coin - Una moneda de oro". Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. When the wise old healer Dona Teresa comes to Regalo, she carries a gold coin that brings magic to everyone that holds it. But who does the magic help more? The person who keeps it or the one that gives it away? This interactive play about the power of giving is performed in English and Spanish by three actors with help from everyone in the audience. Tickets online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
14th Annual King Street Art Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 250 leading local and national artists will line the streets. Enjoy a variety of performances and kids activities, including live music, hands-on activities and art happenings. The Art League's popular Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser returns too! FREE King Street between Washington and Union streets, Old Town Alexandria, VA.
23rd Annual Artsfest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 165 artist booths, 30 performers on two stages, activities for kids in the Discovery Tent, Studio School, and the Zany Zone, great food, wine & beer and lots more! Street performers, including stilt walkers, mimes, living statues, balloon artists, bubble artists, and strolling artists, found throughout the festival! $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
5K/10K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). Check-in 8 a.m. Courses offer rolling hills throughout the Mt. Washington neighborhood. You can run or walk the 5K (3.1 miles) course. The 10K (6.2 miles) is more challenging and features cash prizes. The 1 Mile Family The Sinai Hospital Auxiliary hosts the 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. This interactive, themed walk has lots of fun surprises! Preregister online. $$ Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD.
Family Workshop: Afghan Fighter Kites. Kids ages 6 to 12. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Visit Turquoise Mountain with teaching artist Mukhtar Ziarmal and learn about kite fighting, a popular activity for kids in Afghanistan. Then, return to the classroom to collaborate with family and friends on constructing and decorating your own kite. Preregister online. FREE Freer and Sackler Galleries, Sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom, Washington, DC.
Fiesta DC Latino Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is an annual celebration of Latino culture that features a Parade of Nations that displays and preserves the Native Latino cultural dance troupes as well as contemporary local groups from civic organizations, schools and performers. Parade: September 17, 1 p.m. at Constitution Ave, between 7th & 14th. FREE Penn. Ave NW between 3rd & 7th Sts., Washington, DC.
Kids@Katzen Family Day. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Family Day Kids@Katzen offers children and their parents a unique opportunity to engage with our current exhibitions through hands-on art projects. Participants are given an age appropriate tour, regularly by a local artist themselves, then create their own work inspired by the exhibit. Tickets online. $$ Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Movies on the Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of the many dining establishments at National Harbor and spend the evening outdoors watching a movie. It's fun for all ages! Tonight: Zootopia. $$ National Plaza, National Harbor Waterfront, MD.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sundays in September. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 6 p.m. Bring chairs and or blankets to sit on! Sept. 18 - US Navy Rock Band `Cruisers'; Sept. 25 - Main Sreet Community Band. Weather permitting. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

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SEP   19   Monday


Celebrate International "Talk Like a Pirate Day". All ages (family-friendly event). 3 to 6 p.m. Visitors can take "pirate talk" lessons and make eye patches and hooks. Author Mary Quattlebaum reads from her book, "Pirate vs. Pirate" at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., Steve Buckley will be reading his book, Steve Buckley will be reading his book, "Blackbear the Pirate." While admission is free, those who pre-register at 301-258-6160 will receive a free copy of Buckley's book. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Children's Performance Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The Children's Performance Series, are held on the first and third Mondays of the month. There is ample parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St. Featuring: Good Gollie It's Mollie. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   20   Tuesday


Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   21   Wednesday


Tiny Tots @ 10:00 - Old MacDonald's Farm. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons these show offer a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Shorter shows (about 30 minutes), no dark room or load noises and the theater doors stay open. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   22   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Kidsigner Jim. Kids ages 6 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with Kidsinger Jim! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
American Roots Music Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 7 p.m. The summer concert series celebrates American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even zydeco. Limited seating, bring your own blnaket or chair. Tonight's entertainment: Bobby Thompson (blues). FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Multi-layered and upbeat music showcases a universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. Today: Savory Truffle. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   23   Friday


Baltimore Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The 21st annual Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of local and national renowned authors, such as Carl Hiaasen, Terry McMillan, D. Watkins, Becky Albertalli and more, speaking on 12 stages. For 2016, festival goers can enjoy the new Paws & Pages Stage and interact with furry new friends, or check out the cooking demos, poetry, workshops, panel discussions, children's activities, live music, local food and more! FREE Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. All ages (family friendly event). Dates and times vary. Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, across the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie can't tell her father what's wrong. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Rock the Block. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. You don't want to miss out on this brand new concert series! Food is available for sale. Bring chairs and or blankets to sit on! Kids - wear swim suits and bring towels. Enjoy the new spray pad! Today: The Hackens Boys. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   24   Saturday


7th Annual Great Pumpkin Race and Fun Run. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. Benefits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Walk, jog, or run in either the 5k race or the 1 mile Family Fun Run. Unlike other races, the Great Pumpkin Race participants traverse a cross-country course through fields of autumnal glory at Summers Farm! All participants will receive a ticket for one free admission to Summers Farm valid on race day. Preregistration required. $$ Summers Farm, Frederick, MD.
8th Annual Play Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teen Volunteers 8 a.m. to 4.p.m. (Montgomery County Approved event for SSL hours). Why play? People who give themselves time to play are less stressed, happier, healthier and feel better after they played. So people of all ages come out and play! Volunteers contact theplaylady@gmail.com. FREE Takoma Park Middle School, Silver Spring, MD.
Backyard Movie Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). Activities begin at 5 p.m., movie starts at sundown. 2016 DTC Backyard Movie Fest is hosted by both Dulles Town Center & Lerner Residential. A blanket or lawn chair for an evening under the stars is encouraged. Tonight: Zootopia. FREE Dulles Town Commons next to Hadley's Park, Dulles, VA.
Baltimore Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The 21st annual Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of local and national renowned authors, such as Carl Hiaasen, Terry McMillan, D. Watkins, Becky Albertalli and more, speaking on 12 stages. For 2016, festival goers can enjoy the new Paws & Pages Stage and interact with furry new friends, or check out the cooking demos, poetry, workshops, panel discussions, children's activities, live music, local food and more! FREE Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
DC St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. All ages (family-friendly event). Check-in 8 a.m., Walk/Run starts at 9:30 a.m. The event will feature a scenic 5K, kids activities and live entertainment. Participants are encourage to form teams and raise funds to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Registration online. $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
Flowers Stink. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. In this exciting musical at the USBG in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life. FREE Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Fun & Wellness for the Whole Family. All ages (family-friednly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event centers on whole-body wellness for the entire family. Cancer Prevention - Group Exercise Classes - Improve Nutrition - Maintain Physical Fitness - Course Correct Eating Habits - Fun Family Activities - Health Screenings and more! FREE Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA.
Irish Folk Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 7:30 p.m. Four performance stages. Free but donations appreciated. Free parking. Gaelic games, Sessions, Irish language workshop and Irish craft-making. Rain or Shine. FREE Sherwood Center at Van Dyck Park, Fairfax, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
National Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The National Book Festival is a day for all to celebrate the joy and power of reading by connecting with their favorite authors and discovering new ones. Enjoy this annual day of fun and discovery! FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring over 300 arts and crafts vendors from across the country. Plus live entertainment, gourmet foods, kids activities and handmade goods! Rain or shine. FREE Historic Occoquan, Occoquan, VA.
Pohick Country Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the historic grounds for a day of fun and relaxation. The Fair includes games, booths, pony rides, moon bounce, barbecue, funnel cakes, homemade apple butter, historic church tours, Living History reenactors, organ concerts, live music, a classic car show, a Boy Scout camping and cooking demo and much more. FREE Historic Pohick Church, Lorton, VA.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer on the Square: Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Saturday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kidz Korner will offer a variety of children's activities and entertainment in Old Town Square. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel for fun in the splash pad following the event! Sept. 24 - Peter McCory and his One Man Band. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00 - Teddy Bear's Picnic. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons these show offer a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Shorter shows (about 30 minutes), no dark room or load noises and the theater doors stay open. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   25   Sunday


Baltimore Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The 21st annual Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of local and national renowned authors, such as Carl Hiaasen, Terry McMillan, D. Watkins, Becky Albertalli and more, speaking on 12 stages. For 2016, festival goers can enjoy the new Paws & Pages Stage and interact with furry new friends, or check out the cooking demos, poetry, workshops, panel discussions, children's activities, live music, local food and more! FREE Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.
Dan Zanes - Kids Pajama Jam Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m., doors open at 4 p.m. The best kind of kids' music doesn't sound like kids' music at all. It just sounds like music: authentic, unadulterated, and full of joy. Every Dan Zanes show is a party in which families and friends sing with gusto (and dance!) together. Tickets online. $$ AMP by Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .
Family Fun: Fall Flower Tea Party. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fall is a wonderful time for flowers. Join us for a garden stroll to learn fun fall flower facts. Make a small bouquet to take home and sample different flower teas. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Movies on the Potomac. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of the many dining establishments at National Harbor and spend the evening outdoors watching a movie. It's fun for all ages. Sept. 25: Viewer Poll. $$ National Plaza, National Harbor Waterfront, MD.
Occoquan Fall Arts & Crafts Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring over 300 arts and crafts vendors from across the country. Plus live entertainment, gourmet foods, kids activities and handmade goods! Rain or shine. FREE Historic Occoquan, Occoquan, VA.
Pinkalicious the Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents, and eventually develops Pinkititis-an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe! When her hue goes too far, Pinkalicious must find a way out of this predicament. Pinkalicious Cupcake Tea Party at 1:30 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance is at 4:30 p.m. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Prevent Cancer 5K Walk/Run. All ages (family-friendly event). Check-in 7:45 a.m. This untimed event is a great way to get moving or shake up your fitness routine. After the walk/run, explore a health fair and refuel with FREE healthy snacks, flu shots and cancer screenings! Preregister online, promo code EARLYBIRD for $5 off! $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sundays in September. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 6 p.m. Bring chairs and or blankets to sit on! Sept. 25 - Main Sreet Community Band. Weather permitting. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00 - Teddy Bear's Picnic. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons these show offer a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Shorter shows (about 30 minutes), no dark room or load noises and the theater doors stay open. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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SEP   26   Monday


Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.

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SEP   27   Tuesday


Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .
StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. All aboard for this enriching program that includes a 45-minute reading. Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex that houses interactive displays. Preregistration recommended. Story topic: Memories. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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SEP   28   Wednesday


Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .

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SEP   29   Thursday


Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Multi-layered and upbeat music showcases a universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. Today: The Hardway Connection. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

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SEP   30   Friday


Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.