Fall Calendar

Although DC is known for Spring, Fall is my favorite time. As the crisp bite of autumn begins to take the edge off the Summer heat, the locals crawl back out from their air-conditioned haze and wander to the many fall festivals that punctuate each weekend. Here are a few of the fun things to look forward to:

Upcoming Events:

September 2: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks: Grandmasters of American Comedy - Smithsonian Associates - For more than seven decades, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks made America laugh—either through their remarkable solo careers or their legendary partnership. Discover the extraordinary comic talents...

September 4: Brownies: Outdoor Adventurers – Tudor Place - Discover bugs, birds and wildlife living at Tudor Place while on an outdoor adventure. Brownies become garden detectives as they identify different species of bugs and birds, learn how to care for out

September 9: Tudor Nights: Sanitary Solutions – Hygiene in the Peter Household – Tudor Place - Discover how ideas about personal hygiene evolved through records and artifacts left behind by the Peter family during their 200-year ownership of Tudor Place. Join Tudor Place’s new curator, Rob DeHa

September 10: Tudor Tots: Back to School – Tudor Place - Children 18 months to 4 years old and their caregivers are invited to join Tudor Place for story time, craft and sing-a-long. Participants will enjoy a group reading of a back to school themed book, w

September 13: "I'm Ready for My Close-up": Favorite Movies and Their Times - Smithsonian Associates - Some moments in movies never leave us: the piercing eyes of a private eye, a raft hurtling down the rapids, that little black dress, the close-up of a fading movie star. In a 5-session film...

September 17: Tudor Tots: Celebrating Family – Tudor Place - Children 18 months to 4 years old and their caregivers are invited to join Tudor Place for story time, craft and sing-a-long. Participants will enjoy a group reading of a book celebrating all the wond

September 21: Free Landmark Lecture: Women and Slavery in Georgetown – Tudor Place - Elsa Mendoza, Assistant Curator, Georgetown Slavery Archive, Georgetown University will speak about women and slavery at Georgetown, and will examine women’s unique roles in the history of slavery in

September 22: 29th Annual Garden Party – Tudor Place - What:              The garden will be sprinkled with twinkle lights as you move about the 5 ½ acre site, meeting old friends and making new ones along the way. Enjoy champagne in the North Garden, win

September 24: Tudor Tots: Changing Seasons – Tudor Place - Children 18 months to 4 years old and their caregivers are invited to join Tudor Place for story time, craft and sing-a-long. Participants will enjoy a group reading of a book investigating the end of

September 25: Cadettes: Tudor Trees – Tudor Place - At Tudor Place, we care for trees that are over 200 years old.  In this program, learn about what is involved in caring for these trees.  Explore the connection between people and trees and how to ide

October 16: Daisies: Garden Explorers – Tudor Place - Daisies are invited on an exciting exploration of Tudor Place’s 5 ½ acres to discover how resources are used wisely. Participants will read and discuss Clover’s story as a group, learn how to protect

October 19: Free Landmark Lecture: Oak Hill Cemetery – Tudor Place - -century garden park cemetery founded by William W. Corcoran in 1849, rests on 22 acres of land in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC. Its grounds include historic monuments, buildings, pathways

October 21: Tudor Nights: Cocoa, Colonialism and the Chocolate Pots of Tudor Place – Tudor Place - Mesoamericans consumed chocolate for thousands of years before the Spanish brought it to Europe, where it gained wide popularity. Come and learn how Mesoamerican chocolate consumption practices influe

November 6: Brownies: Be the Architect – Tudor Place - What does it mean to be an Architect? An Inventor?  Explore the history of Tudor Place’s architecture, put your own inventing skills to the test and earn your Inventor Badge! This program is perfect f

November 16: Free Landmark Lecture: The Peabody Room Collection: Three Centuries of Georgetown Art – Tudor Place - Since 1935, the Georgetown Neighborhood Library’s Peabody Room has served as a repository of books, photographs, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, artifacts, and artworks that document the 270-year histo

November 20: Juniors: The Roaring Twenties – Tudor Place - Travel back in time to learn about the women who lived and worked at Tudor Place in the 1920s. Create a 1920s character, plan a living history party and earn the Playing the Past Badge. This program i

Seasonal Picks:

Find your lake retreat at Seneca Creek and Black Hill
Black Hill Regional Park

Golf at Hains Point
East Potomac Golf Course

Go on a Safari in suburban Virginia
Roer's Zoofari

A few of our finds from a recent fossil hunting expedition along the mighty Potomac

Collect Fossils Near Washington, DC
Purse (Nanjemoy WMA)

The Huntley Meadows Boardwalk Trail is the best place to observe migrating waterfowl and other birds.

Go Birding on the Huntley Meadows Boardwalk
Huntley Meadows Park

A peacock struts in the Frying Pan Park barnyard.

Take your sweet time at Frying Pan Park
Frying Pan Farm Park - Parking Lot

The trail out to the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is 3/4 mile each way.

Explore DC’s last great swamp, Dyke Marsh Habitat
Dyke Marsh Trail

A girl shades her eyes as she looks out over the gardens in front of a plantation house at Oatlands Plantation in rural Virginia

Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens
Oatlands Plantation Lane

Hike the Gathland State Park trails
Gathland State Park

A boy enjoys the view of the Virginia Countryside from Ambassador Whitehouse Overlook in Sky Meadows State Park.

Hike Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park

The marina at Lake Accotink.

Lake Accotink Park Vacation!
Lake Accotink Park

3 hours at Raven Rocks Trailhead on the Virginia State Line
Raven Rocks Trailhead

A lily flower blooms in Green Spring Garden

DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks

The Sierra Club bridge in Prince William Forest National Park

Best kid-friendly hikes in DC

mountain bike

10 Badass Mountain Biking Trails near Washington, DC

Hike the Potomac: 30 Best Places to Explore Along the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail

Free Saturday Morning Live at The National Theater DC
1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Stroll Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy

Discover art & history in Occoquan
Occoquan Historic District

Smithsonian and Beyond! Best museums along the National Mall
600 Independence Ave SW

Tour Baltimore’s B-Side
1415 Key Hwy

Wander Mawavi (Prince William Forest Park), the largest National Park in the DMV
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center

Explore Burke Lake
Burke Lake Park

Get lost in Meadowlark Gardens
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens & Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Fall Festival at Cox Farms
Cox Farms

Apple Gala & Cider Fest
Great Country Farms

Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park
Peirce Mill

The Maryland Renaissance Festival at Revel Grove
Maryland Renaissance Festival (MDRF)