As we officially enter October, celebrate the season with some fun fall festivals taking place this weekend! We recommend checking out some of the Oktoberfest events.
Washington, DC Events:
The Last Paddle
Key Bridge Boathouse, Washington DC
Time: Sunday from 3pm to 5pm
The Last Paddle is an afternoon of on-the-water fun for all ages at Key Bridge Boathouse. Join Potomac Riverkeeper for kayaking, canoeing, or stand up paddle boarding! Get there early and participate in a guided paddle led by a local river expert. Afterwards, join Potomac Riverkeeper at Clyde’s in Georgetown for a meet-and-greet ($10 gift certificates will be awarded to all participants upon paddle completion).
Annual School Fair
Washington DC Convention Center
Time: Sunday at 2pm
The Annual BSF Independent School Fair is for families in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. There will be table top exhibitors to assist and inform attendees of the admissions process, making available scholarship grants and providing essential services that allow students to focus on their education, complete high school and enter college. Also, The Uncle Devin Show at 5:00pm is a live, interactive musical experience for children five and over by renowned drummer Devin Walker
Southwest DC Arts Festival
Southwest Waterfront, Washington DC
Time: Friday-Sunday, times vary
The Southwest DC Arts Festival brings the DC community together to celebrate the arts at the Southwest Waterfront. The event includes a central market, music, dance, film screenings, walking tours, and more.
Fells Point Wicked History Pub Tour
731 S. Broadway St., Baltimore
Time: Saturday, 5pm to 7pm
Join Baltimore Wicked History as they take you back to when Fell’s Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teeming with sailors, ladies of the night and immigrants looking for a better life. You’re invited to come see the scandalous side of our beloved neighborhood.
Annapolis Fringe Festival
West Street & Up (through the Arts & Entertainment District), Annapolis
Time: Friday & Saturday, noon to 8pm; Sunday, noon to 6pm
Fringe Festival focuses on the performing arts. Theater, dance, puppetry, spoken word and the like, make up the Fringe core. Festivals often include film and visual arts elements. Fringes don’t have a focus on a single discipline or genre — they are a performing-arts smorgasbord!
Chessie Jam Children’s Music Festival
Pier Six Pavilion
731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
Time: Saturday, 12pm to 6pm
On Saturday, “Chessie Jam,” a live children’s music festival, will hit Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. Join the fun while we sing and dance to performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Justin Roberts and Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba.
Six Flags America Fright Fest 2014
13710 Central Ave., Bowie
Time: Thru November 2nd, Saturday & Sunday from 12pm to 6pm
Cost: $34.99 – $47.99 – Contact Your Concierge for discounted admission!
Experience Maryland’s most horrific Halloween event, Fright Fest, weekends through November 2nd. Six Flags America will unearth frightful fun for the entire family during our most popular event of the year. Enjoy the spookiness of Thrills by Day and the terror of Fright by Night! There is tons of family fun with Thrills by Day, noon to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday with Halloween-themed shows for the family and trick or treating for kids. Fright By Night begins when the sun goes down & the ghouls come out. Watch as the park transforms from “Thrills by Day” to “Fright by Night.”
Maryland Renaissance Festival
1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis
Time: Now thru October 19th
Cost: Adults $17, Children $8
Join in all the fun as they recreate a 16th century English village accompanied by crafts, pubs, jousting and more! This is one the whole family will love!
Manassas Fall Jubilee
Historic Downtown Manassas
Time: Saturday from 10am to 5pm
Historic Manassas celebrates fall with its Annual Fall Festival, the Manassas Fall Jubilee! The family-friendly event features live music and entertainment, hand-made crafts and a variety of foods. This year’s Jubilee will have over 100 booths, wine tastings in the Wine Garden, a Beer Garden, lumberjack performances, a farmer’s market, children’s rides and activities, and a pumpkin patch!
Fall for Fairfax Festival
Fairfax County Government Center
Time: Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 5pm
Fall for Fairfax Festival is Northern Virginia’s largest fall festival including more than 100 interactive activities including a train ride, kids climbing wall, pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, inflatables and dozens of children’s performances! The event exhibits and programs focusing on education, sports and fitness, the environment, public safety and personal health.
Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tours at Mt Vernon
Mount Verenon Estate
Time: Friday-Sunday, from 6pm to 9pm
Cost: $38 Friday/Sunday & $44 Saturday
Historic interpreters and colonial-attired 18th-century “friends of the Washingtons” will discuss the successes and failures of George Washington’s wine endeavors. The tour will highlight the mansion’s spirits case, as well as the basement’s brick vaults – an area of the Mansion not open to the public at any other time of the year.
Oktoberfest at Capital City Brewing Company
Shirlington Village, Arlington
Time: Saturday, from 12pm to 7pm
Sample more than 60 beers and a variety of foods, while enjoying lively German entertainment. The event is for 21+, but The Shirlington Library will host kids’ events in conjunction!
Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest
Fort Belvoir Fremont Field, Fort Belvoir
Time: Friday-Sunday, times vary
Oktoberfest is a festival, highlighting authentic German food, beverages, music and dancing! The annual festival includes authentic German food and beer, carnival rides, live entertainment, kids’ activities and more. Friends and families can enjoy the Krazy Krieger 5K challenge, the Volksmarch 10K Walk, kinder korner activities, prize raffles at sponsor tables and more!
Concerts at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.
- Upcoming: Marc Anthony, Verizon Center, October 10th
Sports at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.
- Washington Nationals vs. NL Wild Cards, Nats Park, Friday and Saturday
- Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers, Camden Yards, Friday and Sunday
- Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks, Fed Ex Field, Monday
Theatre at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.
- Evita, The Kennedy Center, Thru October 19th
Movies Opening this Weekend:
Duration: 145 min. | Genre: Suspense, Thriller
On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Duration: 96 min. | Genre: Horror, Thriller
The demonic doll from “The Conjuring” gets her very own feature in this horror spin-off. In the prequel, a satanic cult has conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing will compare to the sinister doll, Anabelle.
Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard
The Good Lie
Duration: 112 min | Genre: Drama
Fifteen years after being orphaned by the civil war in Sudan, 3,600 displaced refugees known as “The Lost Boys” get a shot at a new life thanks to a massive humanitarian effort that aims to bring them to America. Given the chance to resettle in America, the Sudanese refugees arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoli, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal