August 28 Picnic & Movie: Epic. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. You are invited to watch a kid-friendly movie on the big screen under the stars. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and join in the fun! "Epic" is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio," "Epic" tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. FREE Leesylvania State Park Visitor Center, Woodbridge, VA.
August 28 #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: The Hackens Boys - Specializes in Top 40 country to classic superstars. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
August 29 Capital Dragon Boat Races. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dragon boat racing is an important part of the Chinese traditional culture, dating back more than 2,300 years. The regatta is an open competition, seeking participants of ages 12+. No experience is required and training sessions are being offered. Great fun to watch! FREE Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC.
August 29 through October 25 Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages. 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. $$ Crownsville, MD.
August 29 Music at the Marina - U.S. Army Band Downrange. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the popular music ensemble of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." Downrange enjoys popularity with its continuously up-to-date repertoire and inspirational signature patriotic showpieces. FREE Breakwater Marina Store, Woodbridge, VA.
August 30 Bethesda to Hollywood: Seabiscuit. 7:15 p.m. Rated PG13. True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. $$ ArcLight Cinemas, Bethesda, MD.
September 4 Movies on The Potomac. All ages. 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.
September 5 School for Players! 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. Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
September 5 Library of Congress National Book Festival. All ages. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Celebrate reading with more than 150 acclaimed 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, D.C. loc.gov/bookfest
September 7 77th Annual Labor Day Parade. All ages. 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.