Saturday, October 3rd
Art on the Avenue @ Del Ray (Alexandria)
Del Ray’s annual multicultural arts festival features over 325 area artists and craftspeople, international food, three stages of live music, artist demonstrations, a pie-baking contest, plus a children’s entertainment stage, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, and other craft projects. Free DASH bus transportation is provided from the Braddock Road Metro station.
Family Day: William Wiley @ Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC)
Artist William Wiley performs his own music, and families can attend Improv for Kids workshops, play the pinball machines, create pinball paintings, and design buttons.
National Pharmacy Month Open House @ Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (Alexandria)
Visitors can take free tours, learning about the special properties of herbs and botanicals, like lavender and dragon’s blood, while discovering the important role the apothecary played in early Alexandria, plus children can participate in hands-on crafts for children and take a coloring activity book created for families.
The Jimmies @ Jammin Java (Vienna)
After two years of filming elaborate dance numbers, miniature candy-carnivals, tap-dancing robots, and poolside chickens, New York’s underground rock band for kids, The Jimmies, unveils its much-anticipated Trying Funny Stuff DVD.
Peter Yarrow @ Kennedy Center (DC)
Legendary singer, songwriter, and best-selling children’s author Peter Yarrow (of 60s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary fame) performs on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and then signs copies of his new book, Day Is Done, in front of the Kennedy Center Hall of States gift shop. With illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Melissa Sweet, this picture book version of Yarrow’s song “Day is Done” is a celebration of the loving bond between parent and child.
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest @ Fairfax Gov Center (Fairfax, VA)
The 17th annual Fall for Fairfax KidsFest offers a full day of activities and entertainment such as scarecrow making, KidZone activities, pumpkin painting, hay rides, a petting zoo, model trains, pony rides, live performances, and much, much more.
Sunday, October 4th
Diwali Mela 2009 Indian Cultural Celebration @ Patriot Center (Fairfax, VA)
The Association of United Hindu Jain Temples of Washington Metro Area invites families to celebrate the “Festival of Light” (Diwali), with a cultural program; food; vendors selling clothing, jewelry, books, and more; and children’s entertainment.
Catch the Buzz @ Colvin Run Mill (Great Falls)
Beekeepers Toni Burnham and Patrick Standiford talk about and demonstrate the process involved in the honey harvest. Then families can sample honey on cornbread made from the Mill’s cornmeal. An observation hive with live bees is available for viewing, plus learn honey facts and history, get stickers, and take home a recipe with fresh ground cornmeal.
The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish @ Classika (Arlington)
Based on an old folktale later retold by the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, this flowing combination of poetry, evocative music, acting, and dancing tells the tale of a poor fisherman who catches a magical golden fish which promises him a great ransom if freed. Freeing the fish out of kindness, the fisherman finds himself at the receiving end of his shrewish wife’s anger, and the story continues into a tale of magic, greed, and the value of kindness.