DC Metro Kids Weekend Events: Oct. 22-24

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We’re flying through Oct. Before you know it, Halloween will be here!  In the meantime, we’re filling our weekends with pumpkin trains, fall festivals and spooky scavenger hunts. Looking for something a little different? There are also outdoor yoga lessons, free concerts and a dogfest fit for pooches. Scroll down for more ways to get in on the best of autumn.

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DogFest Washington DC 

Canine Companions DogFest is coming to Reston, so grab your dog and get ready to have a tail-waggin’ good time! Can’t make it in person? Furry friends and their families are invited to join for a dog-gone day of fun, festivities, contests, dog demonstrations, and more. Can’t make it in-person? There are virtual activities, too. Sat. Event details. 

Outdoor Yoga at the Wharf
Unwind with an hour-long vinyasa outdoor yoga session taught by District Flow Yoga every at the Wharf. Enjoy waterfront views and fresh air as you shed the stress of the day or greet the new one. Sun. Event details. 

Rock the Park 
The new and improved Franklin Park host its inaugural concert series every Sat. during the month of Oct. This free, family-friendly outdoor music series features a diverse line-up of live music and DJ sets from local favorites to international headliners and covers a wide spectrum of genres including jazz, soul, R&B, reggae, hip-hop, electronic and soulful house music. Sat. Event details. 

Reston Fall Festival
The event featured a range of autumn activities, including several moon bounces, a petting zoo, and the Reston Farm Garden Market Express Train for both adults and children to ride. The Market will offer the best seasonal products available for purchase, ranging from chrysanthemums, pansies, fresh produce, natural jams, organic honey, and farm-fresh goodies and local apple cider. Sun. Event details. 

Fall Fun at Cox Farms
This epic annual event is BACK! You’ll find a world-famous hayride, giant slides, fun tunnels, a milking demo, hands-on farm chores, a music stage and more at this local tradition. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

The Pumpkin Patch Express
The spooky season is upon us, and to celebrate here at the B&O, the Mile One Express becomes the Pumpkin Patch Express! Take a Halloween-decorated train ride out to the B&O’s pumpkin patch, located at the site of the First Mile Stable. After choosing their pumpkin, touring the stable, and meeting the horses, kids will take the train back to the B&O, where they can decorate their pumpkins, play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy a fall snack, receive tokens to use on our children’s rides! Sat. Event details. 


Disney’s Big Draw Festival
Disney hosts the world’s largest drawing festival online. This year’s theme, Make the Change, highlights exciting and creative ways to live sustainably and create a healthier world. Three different sessions are available- check website for details. Sat. Event details. 

The Online Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Are you prepared to Zoom with ghosts? Kids and adults team up to explore real places that are said to be haunted, and you’ll learn the tales of the ghosts who linger there. You’ll follow a trail of clues across eerie websites, in search of answers to tricky questions. Ghost-plagued places include the Hollywood Hotel where Marilyn Monroe and other celeb ghosts haven’t checked out; the White House in search of presidential ghosts, and the Salem Witch Trial Memorial where you’ll learn the chilling fate of Giles Corey, just to name a few. Sat. Event details. 

Diwali Lights of India Festival 
Tune in to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights with the kids. You’ll enjoy classic, fusion and folk dances, cooking demons, cultural convos and more. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers