Let’s jump right into Fall! We created a list of the best things to do in Washington D.C. this September so you can find awesome family-fun activities by simply scrolling. To make things even easier, add your favorite activities to your upcoming schedule on Pearachute so you don’t forget. Find the best Fall Festivals, family concerts, art exhibits, and more things to do in Washington D.C. this month.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Weekends through October 20th

10:00AM – 7:00PM @Revel Grove, Crownsville, MD

The festival offers the best variety of entertainment, fun for all ages, including exciting jousting matches, comedy shows, fire eaters, sword swallowers, tight rope walkers, jugglers, musical performances, puppetry, plus slides, play areas, and games.

Aladdin: Broadway Musical

September 7th

1:30PM or 7:30PM @The Kennedy Center

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical! It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

The Reach at the Kennedy Center

September 7th – 22th

10:00AM – 5:30PM @The Kennedy Center

From masterclasses and workshops to dance parties and DJ sets, the Opening Festival offers a first glimpse of the many varied and interactive ways that visitors will be able to experience art at The REACH.

Adams Morgan Day

September 8th

12:00PM – 6:00PM @Adams Morgan

A family-friendly celebration with music, art and activities for all ages. The Family Fun Zone features soccer, flag football, obstacle course games, corn hole, Connect Four, KanJam, Jenga and more.

Cirque du Soleil – VOLTA!

September 8th – 29th

3:30PM – 7:30PM @Tysons Corner, VA

Take the entire family to enjoy VOLTA! It’s a story about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible.

Live Concert Series on the Plaza

September 9th

12:00PM – 1:00PM @Ronald Reagan Building

Free lunchtime performances featuring the area’s most talented entertainers. Enjoy a variety of musical talents.

Happy Accidents: An Exhibit of Bob Ross Paintings

September 10th – October 15th

9:00AM – 5:00PM @Purcellville, VA

Ross’s long-running painting-instruction program ended when he died in 1995, but new generations get to see and learn about his signature soothing nature scenes.

Story time in the Explore! Family Space

Tuesday through Friday

2:00PM – 2:30PM @National Portrait Gallery

Enjoy this family space where you can play and learn about portraiture. The National Portrait Gallery opens its first-ever space dedicated to children. Kids can experiment with portraiture in an age-appropriate way to answer questions such as “What is a portrait?” “How do I see myself?” and “How do others see me?” 

City of Falls Church Festival

September 14th

10:00AM – 4:00PM @Falls Church, VA

Falls Church’s annual autumn tradition returns highlighting the area’s popular restaurants and featuring live entertainment, pony rides, children’s amusements, face painting, craft projects, businesses and civic organizations. Parents can enjoy a beer garden to sample local brews and spirits.


September 14th

9:00AM – 4:30PM @Reston, VA

ChalkFest Spectators and participants welcome to view drawings and participate!

KID Museum FutureFEST

September 15th

12:00PM – 5:00PM @Silver Spring, MD

Kids can spark their imagination and families can celebrate their collective power to invent the future through a variety of exhibits, demos, and live performances. Glimpse the future of Work & Play, Space & Exploration, Food & Sustainability, and more.

Cox Farm Fall Festival

September 14th – November 5th

10:00AM – 6:00PM @Centreville, VA

This incredible and enormous fall festival contains multiple slides, swings, games, mazes, pumpkins, picnics, live entertainment, farm animals, and much more. Little ones can enjoy the Kiddie Zone for kids 5 and under.

Family Fun Fest

September 15h

12:00PM – 4:00PM @Dulles Golf Center

Unlimited putt putt, driving range, batting cages, beach volleyball and a variety of fun sports activities—as well as food from Ford’s Fish Shack, libations, music from Bach to Rock and vendors! All proceeds support INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center

Fiesta at the Zoo

September 21st

11:00PM – 3:00PM @The National Zoo

Kick off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music and educational activities.

Weiner 500 Oktoberfest at the Wharf

September 21st

1:00PM – 5:00PM @The Wharf

Watch the speedy and adorable dogs compete for prizes and enjoy music, drinks (cold Oktoberfest beer)! All dogs can enter the contest for best-dressed! Plus, there will be local vendors and giveaways from DC’s best pet friendly businesses.

H Street Festival

September 21st

12:00PM – 7:00PM @H Street, NE DC

Enjoy live entertainment, including a kids stage; cool art exhibit, food trucks, crafts for sale by local vendors, fashion shows, dancin’ in the street; and children’s activities, including face painting, story telling, and moon bounces.

Family Workshop: Lego Build

September 21st

2:00PM – 4:00PM @The Building Museum

Learn about the engineering and design that goes into some of the tallest structures in our built environment. Families will construct their own design and reimagine Washington, D.C.’s skyline and then test their structure and consider its ability to withstand the forces that challenge tall buildings

The Taste of Georgetown

September 22nd

11:00AM – 4:00PM @Georgetown, NW DC

Try more than 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants along with beer and wine.

Free Movie at the National Harbor: Despicable Me 3

September 23rd

6:00PM @Oxon Hill, MD

Bring a blanket and some snacks and sit back and enjoy the free movie!

Peppa Pig Live

September 28th

12:00PM @Warner Theatre

Peppa Pig Live! is here with the ALL NEW action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises!

Turkish Festival

September 29th

11:00AM – 7:00PM @Freedom Plaza

Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine, live music, and folk dancing. The event includes vendors and games for kids, plus arts and crafts, a coffeehouse and fortune telling!

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