It’s finally starting to feel like fall outside, and we know you’re eager to take it all in. Although severe weather across the region may cancel outdoor events, don’t worry, there is still plenty of fun in store for the weekend. From breathtaking acrobatics under the big top to inspiring Native contemporary art, be sure to check out these events happening September 22–24.
Because the forecast calls for a lot of rain this weekend, you will want to check whether the outdoor events listed below are still happening before venturing out.
September 22–23, 6–8:30 p.m.
Do your kids crave a little extra challenge from their corn maze? At Great Country Farms, your family can take on the quintessential fall task in the dark. Finish off the night with cider and s’mores by the fire. 34345 Snickersville Tpk., Bluemont, $14–$16
September 22, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bring the lawn chairs and blankets for this family-friendly event that takes over Old Town Fairfax every fourth Friday of the month, through October. Rock out to your favorite hits from the ’90s and ’00s with live music from Uncle Jesse. And don’t forget your appetite. The event will feature gourmet food and a beer garden. Old Town Square: 10415 North St., Fairfax, free admission, food and beer extra
Celebrate Erntedank, or “Harvest Thanks,” at Lovettsville’s signature event. Traditional German flavor and fresh traditions shine through at the two-day festival, which boasts activities like wiener dog races, stein hoisting competitions, and a parade through town. 6 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Lovettsville, price varies by activity
September 22 through January 15, 2024
The National Gallery of Art unveils its new exhibition, The Land Carries Our Ancestors: Contemporary Art by Native Americans, curated by prolific visual artist and member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. The exhibition will feature the work of nearly 50 Native artists from across the U.S., emphasizing the experiences of Indigenous peoples, and their right to self-expression. The National Gallery of Art: East Building, 4th Street at Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, free
September 23, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
More than 100 vendors will sell jewelry, toys, photography, and fine art at this annual festival. Food will include barbecue, crab cakes, and ice cream. Historic Main St., Warrenton, free admission, food extra
September 23, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Washington Capitals will host the team’s inaugural charity garage sale, benefiting the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Fans had better check their pocketbooks before heading to this event. Only credit cards will be accepted. The Capitals will sell bobbleheads, T-shirts, and posters. And after you get done shopping, stick around to see the team practice for the home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 13 at Capital One Arena. Medstar Capitals Iceplex: 627 N. Glebe Rd., Ste. 800, Arlington, free
September 23–24, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
At Mosaic, you’ll be able to explore vintage goods and artisanal curios from more than 90 vendors or pick up fresh produce to complement your autumnal feast. You can even get cocktails to go from participating locations, so you can sip while you stroll. Plus, the kids will love the games corner, bounce house, and the paint-a-pumpkin station. Live music includes the Vienna Singing Princesses and School of Rock House Band. 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, free admission, complimentary shuttle from Dunn Loring Metro Station, food and beer tickets extra
September 23, 2–5 p.m.
The Boro’s annual Oktoberfest returns with German food, a polka band, and of course a biergarten serving pumpkin and other traditional beers. The first 150 people receive a branded beer mug. 8350 Broad St., Tysons, free
September 23, 7 p.m.
The Disney Channel–born pop rock sensation made up of brothers Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas will showcase five albums in one night. Cross your fingers for crowd favorites like “Year 3000” and “Sucker” to appear on the setlist. Capital One Arena: 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC, starting at $89.95
Through September 24
Become a Parisian for the night at this one-of-a-kind musical while you still have the chance. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s film of the same name, Moulin Rouge! The Musical will take its final curtain call this weekend at the Kennedy Center, before traveling to the next leg of its U.S. tour in Pittsburgh. The Kennedy Center: 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC, starting at $45, recommended for ages 12 and up
Through October 22
Step into an awe-inspiring world of wonder at Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring production: ECHO. Highlighting the symbiotic relationship between humans and animals, this show of death-defying feats follows the fictional character Future, as she discovers the bonds that tie humanity to our planet. Under the Big Top: 8025 Galleria Dr., Tysons, starting at $49
Through November 4
Floral motifs meet fierce masculinity in David Amoroso’s latest exhibition. Amoroso’s pop art challenges the stereotypes and binaries associated with masculinity, aiming to alter the viewer’s perception of the subjects of his art. Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, free
Feature image of Cirque du Soleil’s ECHO by Jean-François Savaria
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