Everything Fun You Can Do in DC This Weekend

Listen to live music at PorchFest, compete in a stein-hoisting competition, and have a fun fall weekend.

This weekend is all about embracing the fall. Take in the crisp air while you enjoy live music at Adams Morgan PorchFest. Or check out a local fall festival before high tailing it to the nearest orchard for apple picking. No matter how you want to celebrate the season, there’s plenty of fun things to do in DC this weekend that will ensure you take full advantage.

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2
Georgetown
Celebrate the changing of the season this weekend at Fall Fest at Georgetown Park. Hosted by NeighborsDC, the party will take place every weekend throughout the month of October. Snap a photo in front of the beautiful pumpkin installation at the front entrance then check out all the small business vendors inside that will be selling home goods, jewelry, treats like hot apple cider, and more.
Cost: Free

Celebrate Oktoberfest all around town

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2
Various locations
Before Oktoberfest festivities wind down, there are a handful of celebrations around the city you can hit up this weekend. Visit NoMa’s Wunter Garden for its eighth annual Oktoberfest complete with German food, live bands, Bavarian games, and more. Or head down to The Wharf and celebrate with Polka dancing lessons, a stein hoisting competition, and plenty of German fare.
Cost: Free

Pick out the perfect pumpkin

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2
Various locations
Whether you’re looking to decorate your place for the spooky season or in the mood for some homemade pumpkin pie, it’s the perfect time to take a weekend jaunt to a pumpkin patch. Luckily, there are a few spots just a short drive away from the DC area. Visit Cox Farms in Virginia to find the perfect pumpkin then stay for their family-friendly Fall Festival, or check out Wayside Farm Fun in Fairfax County and explore the 10-acre corn maze and other activities. Plus, animal lovers can check out Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park.
Cost: Prices vary

Saturday, October 1
Adams Morgan
In the quirky neighborhood of Adams Morgan, the first Saturday in October is synonymous with PorchFest. The front porches of historic homes and local businesses will become stages for local musicians, so you can enjoy a free celebration of music—from folk to rock, and soul to pop—as you bop from house to house all around the neighborhood.
Cost: Free

Saturday, October 1
U Street Corridor
The ‘70s are having a moment, so it’s only right that you channel that into your nightlife plans. Put on your best disco-inspired outfit and go to the 9:30 Club for Gimme Gimme Disco, a DJ-based dance party that will play your favorite ABBA hits along with tunes from The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Cher, and more.
Cost: $25

Saturday, October 1
Georgia Avenue NW
This weekend, Open Streets Georgia Avenue will return for its third year. From 9 am to 3 pm, a three-mile stretch of the street will be closed to cars to encourage walkers, bikers, and scooter-ers to enjoy the neighborhood. The event also features hourly programmed classes and demonstrations throughout seven activation zones along the route including yoga, drum circles, double dutch, and more.
Cost: Free

Sunday, October 2
Columbia Heights
Visit Underground Comedy this weekend for a good laugh at the Wonderland Ballroom. The weekly event makes a perfect date night as you laugh along with some of DC’s best comedians. The event is free, but since seating is limited, be sure to arrive with plenty of time before the 8 pm start to snag good seats.
Cost: Free

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Oyin Adedoyin is a Baltimore-area freelance journalist with previous experience at The Wall Street JournalPolitico, and The Baltimore Sun. On the off chance that she’s not writing, you can probably find her nose buried in a good book or learning new songs on the ukulele. Follow her on Twitter @Oyin_Adedoyin_.