9/15-9/24 The Great Frederick Fair
Cost: Adults $8, children under 11 free.
Blending amusement park hype with agriculture, this Maryland fest, which runs from September 15 to 23, is a can’t-miss. While the Frederick Fair has all the quintessential fair elements—the rides, the yummy treats, the performances and the livestock—kids can also expect to see farm and garden demos, a pedal pull (where children can see what a tractor pull is like), as well as harness racing. For animal lovers, there are horse and pony shows, horseshoeing demonstrations, dairy cattle shows and rabbit juggling.
9/18 The World’s Most Stunning Shells at the National Museum of Natural History 6:30pm-8pm
Q?rius Theater, Ground Floor
This fall we offer opportunities to look more closely at some of the objects in our acclaimed Objects of Wonder exhibition. In this program, we’ll focus on the array of cowrie shells featured in the gallery.
Marine biologist Chris Meyer will take you on a 30 year journey pursuing cowrie shells all over the world. Throughout human history, people have collected cowrie shells because of their exquisite beauty. The polished shells’ diversity and intricate patterns make them truly objects of wonder. The shells have been used in ceremony and fortune telling, as ornamentation, currency, and status symbols, and as a model group for scientific study. Come see these shells and learn why they are so spectacularly colored, what they can teach us about biodiversity, rarity and value, and participate in testing your own perception of beauty. We will address the impacts, benefits and ethics of collecting animals from the wild, for study, collections, and appreciation of our natural world. Learn how they have inspired Chris’s research and appreciation for the natural world and help us answer the question: “Why do we collect things?”
This program is part of the Beyond the Exhibition series, which features the content, curators, and conversations inspiring new and developing exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural History.
Visit the Objects of Wonder exhibition on the second floor of the National Museum of Natural History to view stunning cowrie shells. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
9/20 UpCycle Tinker Time 3:30pm-5pm at the Durant Arts Center
All ages (an adult must accompany children ages 12 and younger)
$5/person or $15 max for a family (Annual Members tinker for free)
Tinker with us on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5p and Saturdays from 10:30a – 12:30p.
Explore our unique collection of materials in our studio space and create your own thing. There will be wire, glue, tape – you name it – to hold your work together, and we’ll have a nice selection of mark making supplies available as well.
Thursday Alexandria Homeschoolers Park Day at Collingwood Park weekly
9/21 Family Night at Old Country Buffet 4pm-9pm
Not only do kid’s 4-11 eat for only $1.99 from 4:00 p.m. to close, but they also get to enjoy treats like cotton candy, soft serve ice cream and all the desserts Mom can handle.
9/21 Back to the Future screening at National Harbor 7pm
9/22 The Princess Bride Quote-Along 7pm at the Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Rd)
Admission and popcorn are free.“B.Y.O.N.A.B” (Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Beverage).
Prop bags are $5 each. Supplies are limited and advance purchase is recommended.
“The Princess Bride” as a quote-along? As you wish! You already know the movie by heart, so join your friends for a night of nostalgia and interactive fun at this screening of the 1987 beloved adventure movie. Look out for Rodents of Unusual Size, six-fingered men and the Dread Pirate Roberts. Inconceivable!
9/23 Museum Day Live
Cost: Free, but ticket must be downloaded from the site.
Museum Day Live! falls on September 23 this year. For those not familiar, it’s an annual event across the country, hosted by Smithsonian magazine, where one free Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people at participating museums. In our neck of the woods, Newseum, Smithsonian Art Gallery, and the Renwick Art Gallery at the Smithsonian Art Gallery will all be participating. Starting August 25, the free tickets can be downloaded from the site.
9/23 Fall Festival 10am-3pm at Beatley Library
Join Beatley Central Library as we celebrate our 5th annual Fall Festival and Open House. This year we will be featuring food trucks, children’s activities, glitter tattoos, photo booth, Steel Pan Jam, cat adoption, Games in the Garden, a How-To Fair and more.
9/23 Aida 5pm-9pm at Nationals Ballpark
Celebrate the tenth season of free live opera simulcasts by joining Washington National Opera at Nationals Park for Aida on Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. for pre-opera activities.