It’s Fall, y’all!

This time of year is bustling with activities and events as the DC Metro Area tries to capture the last bit of good weather before winter. We are in the sweet spot where the humidity has ended, but the sun gives us just enough warmth during the day to make a light jacket or a thick sweater the perfect outdoor wardrobe.

So let’s get out of the house and show off those Fall outfits! Whether you are looking to spend time with the kids, or get a few moments of adult fun, I have found some amazing and free activities in and around the DC area this Fall.

17 Free Activities to Try in the DC Metro Area this Fall

For the Family

Saturday, October 6: Fall Festival by Olde City Farm 

Location: Olde City Farm- 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington DC

Our annual Fall Festival will be back bigger and better! Fun workshops for adults and kids, DIY bouquets, music, food, locally made goods, and more! 

Sunday, October 7: 37th Annual KinderFest

Location: Watkins Regional Park- 301 Watkins Park Dr. Upper Marlboro MD

Families from all around the Washington metropolitan area are invited to participate in Kinderfest – a day focused on children featuring festivities, programs, and entertainment for the whole family. This annual fall festival for children is held at Watkins Regional Park on the first Sunday in October.

The event is free, but tickets are required for some activities and may be purchased at ticket booths for $0.50 cents each, cash only.

Saturday, October 13 to Sunday, October 14: Pumpkin Pop-Up with Old City Farm 

Location: Old City Farm- 1330 19th St. NW Washington DC

Join us for a weekend of Fall Activities with Old City Farm’s Patio PopUp! Sip while you shop––heirloom pumpkins, traditional pumpkins, and mums pair great with cider! Look for details for other fun fall festivities like live local music and more.

Saturday, October 20: Fall Celebration at Columbia Gardens

Location: Columbia Gardens- 3411 Arlington Boulevard Arlington VA 22201

Columbia Gardens invites the community for its 2018 Fall Celebration to enjoy fun activities for children and adults. Tree Stewards will be on-site for a tree planting demonstration (just in time for Fall).

We offer community events throughout the year with historical and seasonal activities for children and adults as well as delicious refreshments. All are welcome to attend 

Saturday, October 20: Air & Scare at the National Air and Space Museum 

Location: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center- 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly VA

Explore the spooky side of air and space at Air & Scare, our annual Halloween event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating.

Air & Scare is one of our most popular annual events.  Please be aware of high-volume attendance and allow for additional time for parking and security screening.

Please note: while the event is free, parking is $15. And for safety purposes, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age. .

Saturday, October 20: Fall Fest at Schrom Hills Park 

Greenbelt Recreation will be joining forces with the Public Works, Police, and Fire Departments to host our annual Fall Fest. Make plans now to stroll over to Schrom Hills Park and join us for hayrides, games, amusements, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, and live music. Plans are still developing and more information will be available at the event nears.

Sunday, October 21: Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Fall Fair by Chic Events DC 

Location: 1 Veterans Pl Silver Spring MD

Fall season is already here with its beautiful crisp weather, with the smell of hot apple cider and cinnamon in the air and most of us are already thinking about the soon approaching Thanksgiving and winter holidays!!

So what better way to start the season other than celebrating it with our arts and crafts vendors, checking out their beautiful holiday displays, tasting the delicious cookies and enjoying a hot chocolate or hot apple cider while the kids have fun decorating the little pumpkins!

Sunday, October 21: Harbor Halloween at the National Harbor

Location:  National Harbor- 165 Waterfront Street National Harbor MD 20745

Visit the National Harbor Plaza from 12pm to 2pm for DARCARS “Trunk or Treat” at participating stores and restaurants. Pick up your complimentary DARCARS trick or treat bag, while supplies last. Plus, enjoy special activities, including pumpkin decorating, a Halloween coloring station, and a fabulous family fall themed photo station. Hocus Pocus will be playing on the Big Screen, starting at 12:30pm.

Wednesday, October 24: MallOWeen by 

Location: Mall at Prince Georges- 3500 East-West Hwy Hyattsville

Get ready for some free, awesome family fun. Tots2Tweens is proud to present our annual MallOWeen event at the Mall at Prince George’s in Hyattsville, MD. This is a free, safe and indoor trick or treat event held inside the mall. Have a great family costume? We love to see those! Just the kiddos dressing up? That’s fine too. No time for that – no problem. Just stop by and you’ll get treats, too.

Thursday, October 25: Second Annual Fall Festival at the Farm at Kelly Miller by Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

Location: The Farm at Kelly Miller- 301 49th St. NE Washington DC

Come together for a day of community fun as we cut the ribbon on the gates of The Farm at Kelly Miller. Join Dreaming Out Loud with partners: Beet Street Gardens, City Blossoms, DC Central Kitchen, DC Department of Parks, Hustlerz 2 Harvesters, Kelly Miller Middle School, and residents, for our second annual Fall Festival. The event includes family friendly activities, food tastings, face paintings, cooking demos, and more!

Friday, October 26: Trick or Treat on the Towne

Location: Towne Centre at Laurel

Join us for Halloween Festivities! Visit Towne Centre at Laurel for Trick-or-Treating through the center. Children are encouraged to dress up for a spooktacular time!

Friday, October 26: 3RD ANNUAL FALL FEST by Relentless Society Foundation Inc

Location: 12808 Brooke Ln. Upper Marlboro MD

It’s that time once againg to have some Fall fun at Relentless Society’s 3rd Annual Fall Fest!

Come out and bring the kids in their costumes to enjoy some good food*, fun and trunk or treating.

Saturday, October 27: Pumpkin Walk through Greenbelt Trails

Come out and enjoy the beautiful decorated pumpkins on our Greenbelt Trails. A Greenbelt tradition!


Adult Fun

Sunday, October 14: Beauty, Art, Style, and Home Pop-up by Monica Byrd, LLC 
Location: Ivy City 1508 Okie St. NE Washington DC

Join the bash at DC’s luxury event venue, Ivy City. This event features networking with bloggers and influencers, beauty 101 sessions,s tyle workshops, DJ music, glam beauty bags, and pop-up shopping.

Thursday, October 18: Pumpkin Smash at Penn Quarter by City Tap House Penn Quarter 
Location: Penn Quarter- 901 9th St. NW

There is a silver lining to saying goodbye to summer: PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

Get into the autumn spirit at our annual “Pumpkin Smash” and sip on 10+ fall harvest beers or from our giant pumpkin keg with Flying Dog Brewery’s Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout infused with pumpkin spice latte.

If you’re feeling artistic, paint a pumpkin on our patio or indulge in hearty food specials in your best fall fashions.

Saturday, October 20: Prince Georges Fall Fest, Food Wine and Music Festival by Concerts for Causes Inc.

Location: Bowie Town Center- 15606 Emerald Way Bowie MD

Concerts for Causes Inc. Presents Fall Fest 2018, Food Wine and Music Festival. The largest event of it’s type in the area. Complimentary Wine tastings from the areas best wineries! Vendors, Great food, Exhibitors and Artisans, Two stages and many areas of music and other entertainment, Showcasing the best of what the county and surrounding areas has to offer. Benefiting Concerts for Causes raising funds to give musical instruments to students in under served communities.

Saturday, October 27: Fall into Fitness BootCamp With Fia & Lotus Fitness by Fia’s Fabulous Finds

Location: 806 Upshur St. NW Washington DC

Join Fia and Coach E for a one hour workout appropriate for all fitness levels! This fun one hour of exercise will include various exercises than can be modified based on your comfort level. If you have thrifted at Fia’s before, you already look FABULOUS. But lets come together to make sure you feel FABULOUS too. Just wear your workout clothes and bring a mat. We meet in front of the shop.

What events are you planning to attend this Fall?


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