FREE & Cheap THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND *Including HALLOWEEN Activities*

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FREE and Cheap

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE & Cheap Things To Do 

THIS WEEKEND

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

October 25 & 26, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

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Kids Euro FestivalKids Euro Festival 2014
Through Sunday, November 9th    80+ FREE Events!
Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting more than 80 free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. There are performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, and more… and it’s all brought to you by the 28 European Union Member States. It’s like a trip to Europe — but you don’t need a passport! ON SUNDAY, Theatre Mala Scena at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE! This show uses miming and circus arts to tell the story of an unusual girl who was born with needles all around her body. Although she tries desperately to fit in with everybody else, she struggles to find a place in society. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2014 and presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Croatia.

Saturday Morning at the National - Tom Dougherty: Classic Clowning
The National Theatre
Saturday, October 25∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!

As lead clown for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Tom Dougherty delights families with classic and contemporary visual comedy expressed through his unique and engaging character. Weaving circus skills and theatrical style, Tom creates an atmosphere of play that invites everyone to join in the fun!

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Suburban Nursery School
Saturday, October 25∙  10:00 am   $5 per person – Children Under 2 FREE!

If your little one can’t go one block without pointing out every pick-up, trash, or fire truck they see, then they won’t know how to contain themselves at this annual event. Multiple vehicles (in the past they’ve even had a paper shredding truck and a pink dump truck!) will be parked in the nursery school’s lot, ready to be poked and prodded by kids of all ages. If all that truck crawling works up an appetite in your kiddo, no worries—this year marks the addition of food trucks to the lot. Don’t miss Pumpkin Decorating ∙ Halloween Bake Sale ∙ Toy Raffle [Note: Kids in costume get a free raffle ticket] ∙ Bounce House & Face Painting too!

Family Program: Buds Story Time
Rock Creek Park – Nature Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Buds is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 4 years). Buds will be held in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center one Saturday per month. The story time will feature four to five tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project. Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring the trails on their own after the Buds program has concluded.

HarvestFestHarvest Festival
National Geographic
Saturday, October 25 ∙  10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival, DC’s official Food Day celebration and part of the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibition! Watch demonstrations by local chefs for both kids and adults, ride a smoothie-bike, taste healthy and delicious treats, explore a mini-farmers market complete with a produce scavenger hunt, explore your inner artist with fruit and veggie watercolor painting, and much more. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

56th Annual Washington International Horse Show – Kids’ Day
Verizon Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙  10:00 am ∙ FREE!
More than a dozen hands-on educational and fun activities are available, including pony rides, the Animal Planet Horseless Horse Show, horseshoe painting, face painting, pony brushing lessons, plus giveaways from Paisley Pony magazine and Georgetown Cupcake, while supplies last. Klinger, the famous U.S. Army Caisson Platoon horse, will be a special guest. And there’s even a pony kissing booth!

Target Family Night: Chocolate City Rocks presents Jali D, Uncle Devin, and Bab Ras D
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This for the kids edition features live performances by critically acclaimed musicians, children entertainers, and educators and is hosted by Risikat Okedeyi.

KIDS INTERNATIONAL DISCOVERY (KID) MUSEUM GRAND OPENING!
Davis Library in Bethesda, Maryland
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
Bring your family and friends and enjoy a variety of unique, hands-on activities, including digital light painting, creative computing and video game design, kite-making and kite flying, animation, electronic music production, cardboard construction, and Tinkertoy and Lego building. You’ll be able to play with kid-friendly drones, observe our cool 3D printer, make circuit boards, experiment with a wind table, check out a soldering demonstration, and see our inaugural kite exhibit, Kites, Flying Machines, and Life in the Air.

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***Washington D.C.***


FREE Tours By FootGhosts of Georgetown Walking Tour
Start: Old Stone House at 3051 M St NW / End: 36th and Prospect Street NW
Cost: Name Your Own Price!
Is this tour family friendly? Yes! We share with you stories of curses, eerie coincidences, and of course a few haunted houses. We aren’t ghost hunters, we’re historians – so we’ll be taking you through the darker side of Georgetown, but we do not have any one jump out at you! More humor than screams, this is fun for all ages!

 

FALL FUN DAY
Mount Vernon Triangle
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Fall Fun Day! This morning, we want to highlight everything we have going on for the kids! Starting at 10, we will have free mini-pumpkin painting on the plaza. At 10:30, mini-monsters trick-or-treating K Street begins with retailers World Class Cuts, Vida Fitness, Mandu, Taylor Gourmet, sweetgreen, Capital One, Safeway,Chipotle Mexican Grill and FRESHFARM Markets all participating. Walk the red carpet when you’re done for photo ops and free polaroid (we have the new gen!) of your mini-monster. Busboys and Poets will also be hosting eco “Jugs into Jack-O-Lanterns” painting during the morning AND we have face painting starting at 11. 5th Street Ace Hardware will be providing free popcorn and will have sidewalk chalk out for the kids. FRESHFARM will also be bringing crowd-pleasing musicianRoss Farquhar to the plaza for his great country/bluegrass entertainment. While you’re at the plaza with your kids next week, stop by to talk to Cheryl Zandt, who will have information about Jrs. Clubhouse, her indoor playground/studio initiative that is in the final weeks of crowdfunding.

PUMPKINS IN THE PARK!
Canal Park
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
The fun, hosted by Capitol Riverfront BID, includes small pumpkins and decorating tools, face painting, and a performance by Mr. Skip at 12:00pm! All kids and kids-at-heart are welcome to join.

FALL FESTIVAL
Whole Foods Market Tenley
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Parents, bring the kids to trick or treat throughout the store and get a sneak peek of some of our favorite holiday offerings. You can also sip hot apple cider on the porch while you listen to local band South Rail and youngsters create painted pumpkins with a featured local Etsy artist, Elizabeth Korson.

DPR presents a Boo-tiful, Bubbling Cauldron of Halloween Events for All, complete listing HERE:

Halloween Party
Takoma Community Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Youth will have a variety of activities including games, a haunted house and refreshments. Ages: 12 and under

Halloween Parade
Stead Recreation Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
In conjunction with the Moms of Logan Circle (MLC), participants will parade around the community/neighbor in costumes from Stead to Logan Circle. Come dressed as your favorite scary character and show off your Halloween costume during a fun Halloween parade at the Stead Recreation Center. Ages: 5 and under

Haunted Chocolate House: A Workshop for Children
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ $3- $15
Enjoy a Spooktacular family-friendly tour through the historic gardens. After the tour, children participate in a chilling chocolate workshop to create 3-D haunted chocolate houses to take home (one per child registered). Ages 5+

Holla-ween Boogie (Costume Dance Party!)
Joy of Motion Dance Center – Friendship Heights
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5- $10
Bring the whole family to Joy of Motion Dance Center’s costume dance party! This event is appropriate for all ages. A portion of the proceeds go to support JOMDC’s community outreach initiatives.

***Maryland***

Monster Mash!
National Children’s Museum
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ Included with Admission
Wear your favorite costume for a day of non-spooky fun at National Children’s Museum’s Monster Mash! We’re planning special Halloween programming, including a dance party, and such hands-on activities as making masks, bats, spiders and paper bag pumpkins and much more! If that’s not enough, the Museum’s theatre staff will debut a brand new show: The Adventures of L.G. and I.F. I.F. will show L.G. what can happen when we use our imaginations to play. No tablets, no phones, no TVs required. Just imagination and you!

Calabash Carnage Family Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Celebrate Halloween with the Brentwood Arts Exchange! Your family is invited to join us for a pumpkin carving workshop. Use your imagination and create your own pumpkin designs. Admisssion is FREE, $5/pumpkin

FALL FROLIC 2014
Glen Echo Park
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
For the kids, there will be pumpkin decorating and face painting ($1 fee for pumpkin; $1 and $2 for face painting). All other craft activities and trick-or-treating are FREE!
Adults will enjoy strolling through the Park’s open studios and galleries, including Glen Echo Pottery, the Art Glass Center, Photoworks, Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, and more.
It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone!

HALLOWEEN IN DOWNTOWN FREDERICK
Downtown Frederick 
Saturday, October 26 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Bring the kids for an afternoon of trick-or-treating and spooky Halloween activities hosted by your favorite Downtown Frederick businesses!

National Harbor Halloween-FlyerHalloween Celebration
National Harbor
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 11:00 am
A Spooktacular family event where the whole family can enjoy…
- Trick-or-treating at select stores and restaurants
- Kids (12 and under) dressed in costume will qualify for a free child’s ride on The Capital Wheel (with adult purchase)
- A Pumpkin Patch at the Miller Farms Farmer’s Market!
- A showing of Hocus Pocus on the Plaza Big Screen (movie will begin at 11:15 AM)

Annual Howl-loween Party
The Black Dog
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Make new friends and enjoy a scenic tour of the Harbor.
The Meet and Greet is from 12pm – 1pm. At 1pm, you and your pup will proceed down the ramp to National Plaza, pass the Gaylord Hotel, and make your way down Fleet Street and American Way. You’ll end up back at the Black Dog, where prizes will be awarded!
All dogs must be leashed or they cannot walk.

***Virginia***

ANNANDALE FALL FESTIVAL
Safeway parking lot
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale attended by over 10,000 people. The Annandale Fall Festival will offer something for everyone in the family, and will be held in conjunction with the annual parade for a fun-filled day! In the Food & Entertainment Zone, Rock, County, & Jazz Bands along with costumed international dancers, will entertain. Japanese, Thai, Nigerian, Caribbean, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin cuisines will be represented along with the perennial favorites such as barbeque, burgers and fried chicken, funnel cakes, snow cones, home baked good, cotton candy, Kettle Corn, and Jaguar Joe Coffee. In the Community Market you can SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP with over one hundred vendors to include numerous artisan handcrafts. The ever popular Pet Vendors will again feature a broad range of clever pet accessories, dog trainers & walkers, and gourmet pet food. Children’s books & toys, endearing marionettes, herbal wraps & wreaths, garden accessories, quality giftware from major manufacturers, silks, handbags, exquisite hair jewelry, fashion accessories, and professional stylists will fill-out the Community Market. You can begin and complete your holiday shopping in this market. In the Kid’s Zone a full day of fun awaits. The Toddler Play Area will be back with age appropriate games such as the Bubble Booth and the Lil’ Pirate Moon Bounce. Puppet Shows are scheduled for your entertainment in The Secret Garden. The ever popular Obstacle Course & Bungee Jump are planned along with interactive & inflatable games. You can also test your racing skills with the Nationwide NASCAR’s Driving Simulator.

FALLoween
Market Common Clarendon
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Come for free fall fun and entertainment at Market Common Clarendon and enjoy 3 hours of trick-or- treating, a petting zoo, face painting, the festive photo stop, pumpkin decorating, treats and tastes from restaurants and retailers and much more! Don’t miss featured musical performances are by DC-region favorites, Mr. Knick Knack at 10 a.m., and Rocknoceros at 11:45 a.m.Williams-Sonoma will be handing out apple cider samples along with Nicecream Factory who will feature their fall flavor for sampling! For the adults, Bluemercury will have $5 facials, Ann Taylor will be scheduling private stylings with 15% off all day and Indian food tastings on the second level terrace at Zaika.

2014_halloween_bannerTRICK OR TREAT WITH THE BOO-TIQUES
Old Town Boutique District
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
On Saturday, October 25, start trick-or-treating early and stop by the dozens of shops of the Old Town Boutique District dishing out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.! Also stop by Pink & Brown for its 5th Annual Costume Contest! Plus, Kids 10 & under eat free from the children’s menu Saturday with the purchase of one adult at Union Street Public House!
The fun continues on Sunday for your furry friends. Join The Dog Park for an afternoon of Doggy Trick or Treating! Click here to download a map of participating boutiques.

Trick or Treat! at Reston Town Center
Reston Town Center 
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission
Trick or Treat! at Reston Town Center, Costumed children can visit participating retailers and the Information Center for treats and goodies. Look for the pumpkin flyer in the window!

FAMILY DAY — FAMILY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EVENT
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Museum for a special Halloween event. Crafts, games and a magic show are just the beginning of this annual fun, festive (not the least bit spooky) event for ages 1-10.

TRICK-OR-TREAT @ THE ROW
Pentagon Row
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Join us for a bewitching day of trick-or-treating fun for you and your wee ones. Put on your best costumes and take a stroll by any of the participating merchants on Saturday, October 25th between 1pm and 5pm for treats* and more! Additional offers are listed below. *Free treats are while supplies last.

18TH ANNUAL DEL RAY HALLOWEEN PARADE
Del Ray
Saturday, October 26 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Grab Your Ghosts and Goblins and Head to The Avenue. It’s Time for the Halloween Parade.
One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions is coming soon–the Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade–on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m. Please note that both judging for Best Decorated Stroller and registration for Best Pet Costume will begin at 1:30 p.m. The parade begins at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. The Parade and all activities are free!

AIR & SCARE
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE but Parking $15 until 6:00 pm
See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors can check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars or Ghostbusters character. Air & Scare is fun for the whole family! Read SMITHSONIAN AIR & SCARE 2013 REVIEW from Thrifty Contributor, Renita H.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL 2014
Falls Church Community Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ $ 2 per child, ages 2 and up
The carnival has been a popular event for children for more than 30 years. Infants through sixth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, crafts, a haunted house, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. Entrance fee is $2 per child ages 2 and up, and free for adults and children under 2 years old

Haunted Trail at the Workhouse
Workhouse Arts Center
Through Saturday, November 1 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5-$10
Strange things are happening in Lorton. One by one, citizens are succumbing to an unidentified infection that mutates them into empty drones with a single purpose: to convert more and more humans to a growing Horde. Self-appointed militias are assigning un-infected persons to safe zones until the situation can be contained. Safe passage is not guaranteed.The trail takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please note that this is an outdoor trail and may not be appropriate for everyone. This trail is rated PG-13 and recommended for teens 13+.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

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Kids International Discovery (KID) Museum GRAND OPENING!

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KID MUSEUM - Grand Opening

Celebrate the Opening of KID Museum

Sunday, October 26, 2014

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Robots will draw, toys will fly and electronic circuits will make music when KID Museum opens its doors on Sunday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Davis Library in Bethesda, Maryland! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a variety of unique, hands-on activities, including digital light painting, creative computing and video game design, kite-making and kite flying, animation, electronic music production, cardboard construction, and Tinkertoy and Lego building.  You’ll be able to play with kid-friendly drones, observe our cool 3D printer, make circuit boards, experiment with a wind table, check out a soldering demonstration, and see our inaugural kite exhibit, Kites, Flying Machines, and Life in the Air.  All for FREE!

We’ll also have information on annual memberships and, if you’d like to grab a bite to eat, there will be food trucks on site.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

 

Do You Want to Go to Disney World?
At the Grand Opening on Sunday, October 26, KID Museum will hold a drawing for a one-week stay in December at the Westgate Town Center Resort just minutes from Disney World.  The two-bedroom villa has a sleeping capacity of six.  Come to the Grand Opening and enter your chance to win!

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An emerging interactive children’s museum in Montgomery County, MD where kids of all ages can explore the world. The museum will focus on exploring world cultures; science, technology and the arts; and social responsibility and volunteerism.
Our mission is to cultivate the 3Cs: creativity, curiosity and compassion. The museum will be a place that invites the world in and encourages children to go out in the world and make a difference. Our goal is to inspire passion and inquiry and to demonstrate that learning can be a constant adventure.

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KID Museum at Davis Library
6400 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD  20817 [Directions]
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Glen Echo’s Fall Frolic 2014

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Fall Frolic is the Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual Halloween-themed family event. It’s open to the public, and visitors of all ages are invited to the Park to explore the arts through hands-on crafts, Halloween activities, trick-or-treating and visiting open studios. It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone!

For the kids, there will be pumpkin decorating and face painting ($1 fee for pumpkin; $1 and $2 for face painting). All other craft activities and trick-or-treating are FREE!

Adults will enjoy strolling through the Park’s open studios and galleries, including Glen Echo Pottery, the Art Glass Center, Photoworks, Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, and more.

The Halloween celebration will conclude with a costume parade through the Park at 3:30 p.m. (weather-permitting)

DON’T MISS THE PUMPKIN PLAYOFFS!!

Pumpkin themed kiddie games with prizes!

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Activities and Daytime Performances

  • Pumpkin Decorating, 1 to 4 pm, Spanish Ballroom, $1
  • Decorate Trick or Treat bags, 1 to 4 pm, Spanish Ballroom, FREE
  • Face painting, 1 to 3:30 pm, Spanish Ballroom, $1/$2
  • Make a friendly ghost or a spooky decoration, 1 to 4 pm, Spanish Ballroom, FREE
  • Join the Pumpkin Playoffs and earn prizes, 1 to 3:30 pm, FREE
  • Trick-or-Treating at studios, galleries and theaters, 1 to 3:30 pm, FREE
  • Costume Parade through the Park (weather permitting), 3:30 pm, FREE

Open Galleries & Artist Demonstrations

  • Art Glass Center at Glen Echo, studio exhibit and sales, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Glassworks, studio demonstrations and sales, 12 to 4 pm
  • Glen Echo Pottery, gallery exhibit and sales, 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Jordan Bruns Studio, open studio and art sales, 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Popcorn Gallery, Silverworks presents 5 years of SilverWorks: A Celebration of Techniques, 12 pm to 6 pm
  • Photoworks Studio presents Photo Slam: 2013 Winners’ Exhibition, 1 pm to 4 pm, and a Master Lecture Series with Frank Van Riper, 1 to 2pm
  • SilverWorks Studio & Gallery, open studio and art sales, 10 am to 6 pm

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Happenings in Metro Washington DC – Oct. 23-29, 2014

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Culture Capital

Arts & Entertainment:

Happenings in Metro DC

October 23 – 29, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Culture Capital - Starry NightStarry, Starry Night: with StoneLion Puppet Theatre
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Thursday, October 23 & Friday, October 24 ∙ 10:15 am – 11:15 am – 12:15 pm ∙ $5-$8
Blast into space with wacky Professor Van Gogo for an incredible celestial voyage! This imaginative introduction to stargazing includes star stories brought to life by StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s hand and rod puppets. After the show, we invite you to visit the Explore the Universe Gallery. Ages 3-8.

Verbal Gymnastics with John Johnson
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thursday, October 23 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE!
This popular monthly spoken word program for adults uses body movement, poetry, and theatrical elements designed to spark inner creativity, reflection, and overall well-being.

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
National Archives
Thursday, October 23 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. Author Michael Blanding, in his book The Map Thief, describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a once considered respectable antiquarian map dealer, who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing will follow the program.

Washington National Opera presents Highlights from La bohème
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, October 23 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy a free preview of musical highlights from La Bohème, featuring members of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and other artists from the WNO production in the Opera House this November.

NSO Pops: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton / John Mauceri, conductor
Presented by: National Symphony Orchestra
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, October 23 – Saturday, October 25 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20-$88
Danny Elfman has composed unforgettable scores for director Tim Burton’s weirdly wonderful worlds of Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Alice in Wonderland, and more. John Mauceri conducts his music with visuals from Burton’s films.

Gerdan
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, October 24 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The D.C. ensemble performs its own blend of world music inspired by its native Ukrainian roots, bringing together the old with the new in an exciting repertoire of Eastern European folk music.

KC Jazz Club: Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, October 24 ∙  7:30 pm and 9:30 pm∙ $26-$32
A legendary drummer who began playing with groups fronted by Cannonball Adderley and Oscar Peterson in the 1950s and ’60s, Louis Hayes brings his Jazz Communicators for an evening of vibrant, creative music

From The Top: Live with Host Christopher O’Riley
Presented by: Washington Performing Arts
Venue: GW Lisner Auditorium
Friday, October 24 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $15- $30
What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on over 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners, From the Top, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of America’s best pre-college classical musicians. Expect to see and hear remarkable students from the D.C. area.

Harvest Festival
National Geographic
Saturday, October 25 ∙  10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate all things food at the Harvest Festival, DC’s official Food Day celebration and part of the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibition! Watch demonstrations by local chefs for both kids and adults, ride a smoothie-bike, taste healthy and delicious treats, explore a mini-farmers market complete with a produce scavenger hunt, explore your inner artist with fruit and veggie watercolor painting, and much more. Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Saturday Art Workshops (Ages 5-7)
Kreeger Museum
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $15- $20
Young artists use wooden twigs and sticks to create 2D and 3D compositions. They learn visual and additive sculptural techniques while discussing the natural environment and the importance of trees in our landscape.

East of the River Photography Project
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, October 25∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE!
Local artist Bruce McNeil leads program participants in a photography shoot along the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River. Photos taken will be included in a documentary project about the Anacostia watershed. Be a part of this eco-friendly art project. Bring your digital camera and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Transportation will be provided by the museum. Participants should meet first inside the museum.

Haunted Chocolate House: A Workshop for Children
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ $3- $15
Enjoy a Spooktacular family-friendly tour through the historic gardens. After the tour, children participate in a chilling chocolate workshop to create 3-D haunted chocolate houses to take home (one per child registered). Ages 5+

¡Tum Tica!: A Story of Music and Family
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Saturday, October 25 ∙  3:00 pm ∙ $10-$12
When a grandfather and his U.S.-born grandchild travel south to Colombia they discover their family history and culture through music – a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and African rhythms that make up Latin American beats. Puppets of famous Latin American musicians and singers enliven this entertaining voyage.
Una historia de música y familia
A Bilingual Presentation
World Premiere
By Cecilia Cackley
Directed by Tom Mallan
Music by Cecilia Cackley and Diana Sáez
Puppets by Wit’s End Puppets

Author Talk: Rashin Kheiriyeh
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The museum celebrates October National Book Month with this family program featuring prize-winning children’s author and artist Rashin Kheiriyeh. Kheiriyeh talks about how she became an author and reads her book Two Parrots, a children’s story inspired by Rumi, the great 13th century Iranian poet. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Target Family Night: Chocolate City Rocks presents Jali D, Uncle Devin, and Bab Ras D
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This for the kids edition features live performances by critically acclaimed musicians, children entertainers, and educators and is hosted by Risikat Okedeyi.

Holla-ween Boogie (Costume Dance Party!)
Joy of Motion Dance Center – Friendship Heights
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5- $10
Bring the whole family to Joy of Motion Dance Center’s costume dance party! This event is appropriate for all ages. A portion of the proceeds go to support JOMDC’s community outreach initiatives.

English Country Dance in DC
Dumbarton House
Sunday, October 26 ∙  1:00 pm ∙ $5
English Country Dance is a social, folk dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century and was popular well into the Baroque and Regency eras. All are welcome – no experience necessary, just the desire to have fun.

Culture Capital - Halloween WhodunitNSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm ∙ $15-$18
There’s a mystery in the Concert Hall on All Hallows’ Eve! For this frightfully fun concert, don your freaky-deakiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. Age 5+

Schubert-Impromptus, Op. 90
Presented by: Washington Performing Arts
Venue: Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ $20
In his acclaimed What Makes It Great? series, former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow “gets audiences in tune with classical music at a deeper level than they ever thought possible” (Los Angeles Times). In a three-part format, Kapilow unravels and explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience. Next, pianist Yuliya Gorenman performs the piece in its entirety, followed by a Q&A with the audience and performers.

Theatre Mala Scena
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This show uses miming and circus arts to tell the story of an unusual girl who was born with needles all around her body. Although she tries desperately to fit in with everybody else, she struggles to find a place in society.

Concert: Alexander and Natalia Shonert
National Gallery of Art
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place in the West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court. Alexander Shonert, violinist, Natalia Shonert, pianist; Music by Czech composers.

Shannon Dunne Dance
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Monday, October 27 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The company performs old style Irish dance in a hilarious modern day theatrical context.

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, October 28 ∙  10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child.

Exploring Mars: The Next Generation – Student Matinee
National Geographic
Tuesday, October 28 ∙ 10:15 am ∙ $10
“Don’t ever give up on your dream. I wanted to build interstellar vehicles, and now I am as close to that as possible by building vehicles that go to other planets.”—Kobie Boykins Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Kobie Boykins graduated Cum Laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, before becoming a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There, he worked on the Mars Pathfinder Mission and later designed and built the solar arrays that powered the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Most recently, Boykins was responsible for the design of the actuators on Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, which safely landed on Mars on August 6, 2012, and he is the supervisor of Curiosity’s mobility and remote sensing teams. Curiosity is already making important discoveries about Mars’ ability to support life in its distant past. Boykins’ other projects have included work on the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, making measurements by satellite of the Earth’s oceans. Join him for an up-to-the-minute report on NASA’s latest mission to explore the Red Planet. Recommended for grades 3–6.

Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, October 28 ∙  11:15 am ∙ $0-$10
This lively guided walk traces the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood across the five-and-a-half-acre landscape. Learn how Tudor Place’s design reflects its Federal-period origins and changes in land use over time. See where orchards, stables, and grazing land made way for lawns, fountains and garden “rooms.” Identify varieties cultivated here over time, and see how four owners over six generations cared for and embellished their land as Georgetown and the Federal city grew around it.

Laurent Piron’s Magicalement Drole
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Tuesday, October 28 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Highly skilled magic, comedy, and a bit of craziness come together for a dynamic performance that won’t soon be forgotten!

Zombie Parasites!
National Geographic
Wednesday, October 29 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $24 
What if, unbeknownst to you, someone—or something—was controlling your behavior for its own nefarious ends? This nightmare scenario gets acted out over and over across the natural world, from insects to fish—even mammals—as mind-sucking parasites compel their hosts to nurture and protect them. For a close-up look at this horrifying (but fascinating!) phenomenon, science writer Carl Zimmer (author of Parasite Rex and a National Geographic blogger) will join photographer Anand Varma for an evening of unbelievably stunning, and sometimes shocking, photography and weird (but true) science.
Get in the Halloween spirit! Dress as a zombie for a chance to win a prize.

***Maryland***


Stuart Little

Adventure Theatre MTC
Through Sunday, October 26 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount Tickets]
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
Based on the Award Winning Book by E.B. White ∙ Adapted for the Stage by Joseph Robinette ∙ Directed by Colin Hovde ∙ Starring Chris Dinolfo ∙ Recommended for All Ages

Photo by Brian Mengini

Photo by Brian Mengini

Rennie Harris Puremovement
Publick Playhouse
Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $10-$20
For more than twenty years, the recognized king of hip hop Rennie Harris Puremovement has performed to capacity audiences in theatres in the U.S. and abroad, presenting Hip Hop in works that display the rich cultural traditions of the genre, serving as a voice for a new generation, and crumbling negative stereotypes. The program includes “Something to do with Love, Volume 1” the first part of a trilogy that Harris says, “reflects the trials and tribulations of our relationships with our friends, families and lovers as a way of tracking our spiritual growth.” Experience the dazzling virtuosity and vibrant athleticism of this celebrated dance company as they dance to Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Parliament Funkadelics, Groove Collective, and more. (Performance geared for families, but may contain profanity).

 

***Virginia***

Haunted Trail at the Workhouse
Workhouse Arts Center
Friday, October 24 – Saturday, November 1 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $5-$10
Strange things are happening in Lorton. One by one, citizens are succumbing to an unidentified infection that mutates them into empty drones with a single purpose: to convert more and more humans to a growing Horde. Self-appointed militias are assigning un-infected persons to safe zones until the situation can be contained. Safe passage is not guaranteed.The trail takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please note that this is an outdoor trail and may not be appropriate for everyone. This trail is rated PG-13 and recommended for teens 13+.

The Monster Who Ate My Peas
The Alden
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $10-$15
ArtsPower’s newest musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of willpower.

”When I Was Your Age…” #SomeThingsNeverChange
Presented by: Potomac Harmony Chorus
Venue: Thomas Jefferson Community Center
Saturday, October 25 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $15-$20
An afternoon of a cappella barbershop entertainment for our original theatrical and concert performance. This funny and poignant look at the mother/daughter relationship through many generations will feature your favorite a cappella hits from across the decades. This year’s show will feature two special guest barbershop quartets — GQ and Sound Advice — in addition to Potomac Harmony’s beloved chapter quartets!

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Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm ∙ $5-$15
Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia takes young audiences on a magical under-the-sea adventure in this one-of-a-kind live glow-in-the-dark musical! Fishy friends Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel discover a treasure map, thus beginning their remarkable journey of underwater discovery. Jam-packed with music ranging from swing to R&B to big band, this charming story appeals to audiences of all ages and is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye!

Music for Dance
Presented by: Arlington Philharmonic
Venue: Washington-Lee High School
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join us for the opening concert of our 2014-2015 season, “Music for Dance!” Repertoire includes a variety of dance pieces by Fauré, Kodály, and Ginastera and features DC-based violinist Emil Chudnovsky performing the celebrated Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Considered one of the most challenging and hauntingly beautiful pieces in violin literature, this performance is not to be missed!

The Big Meow
Presented by: Jane Franklin Dance
Venue: Athenaeum
Sunday, October 26 ∙ 4:30 pm ∙ $10-$15
The Big Meow, is family-friendly performance inspired by the book by Elizabeth Spires. It is the story of an ever-hopeful fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a “loud as a lion’s roar” meow. The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging. These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength.

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Halloween 2014 BOO!

Looking for SPOOK-TACULAR FUN in Metro DC this Halloween? We’ve gathered together Halloween events for families and adults to enjoy. From zombies to haunted houses, from harvest festivals to concerts and everything in between. CultureCapital.com’s Boo! will put the TREAT in your Trick or Treating.

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WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW 2014 – FREE KIDS’ DAY!

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Washington International Horse Show - Kids Day

56th Annual

Washington International Horse Show

Kids’ Day, a FREE family-friendly event!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

10 AM to 2 PM

Verizon Center - 601 F St NW, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20004 [Directions]

More than 1,000 children and families will be on hand for Washington International Horse Show  Kids’ Day — a free, fun, family-friendly event created by WIHS to share the joy of horses with the local community and teach kids and their families about horses and equestrian sport. Kids’ Day will be held Saturday from 10am-2pm with activities both inside Verizon Center and on F Street between 7th and 8th Streets in front of the Hotel Monaco.

More than a dozen hands-on educational and fun activities are available, including pony rides, the Animal Planet Horseless Horse Show, horseshoe painting, face painting, pony brushing lessons, plus giveaways from Paisley Pony magazine and Georgetown Cupcake, while supplies last. Klinger, the famous U.S. Army Caisson Platoon horse, will be a special guest. And there’s even a pony kissing booth!

Check in at the Animal Planet Horseless Horse Show to receive a ticket voucher, which can be exchanged for a ticket to the horse show performance of choice (day/night) at the Verizon Center Box Office.

Thrifty Friends:  If you have a young horse enthusiast, children ages 3-12 are admitted FREE to all daytime performances before 5pm. You might also consider purchasing tickets for Barn Night 2014. There’s a Military Discount all week with military ID. View the complete WIHS schedule here.

 

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The Washington International Horse Show’s mission is, by means of a horse show and exhibitions, to promote a greater interest and education of all things equestrian, and to achieve the highest standards of equestrian sport. Through the horse show, WIHS engages and supports charitable causes and the Washington, DC community.

Held annually at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, the Washington International is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show.

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Beep-beep: Truck Touch Fun at Suburban Nursery School {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

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If your little one can’t go one block without pointing out every pick-up, trash, or fire truck they see, then they won’t know how to contain themselves at this annual event. Multiple vehicles (in the past they’ve even had a paper shredding truck and a pink dump truck!) will be parked in the nursery school’s lot, ready to be poked and prodded by kids of all ages. If all that truck crawling works up an appetite in your kiddo, no worries—this year marks the addition of food trucks to the lot. During the Truck Touch Fun at Suburban Nursery School, don’t miss Pumpkin Decorating ∙ Halloween Bake Sale ∙ Toy Raffle [Note: Kids in costume get a free raffle ticket] ∙ Bounce House & Face Painting too! More information here.

Suburban Nursery School at Concord Park

7210 Hidden Creek Road ∙ Bethesda, Maryland 20817 [Directions]

Saturday, October 25, 2014

10am – 2pm

Cost: $5 per person

Children Under 2 FREE!

All proceeds go to support creative programming for the children at Suburban Nursery School.

***Giveaway Details***

DC Thrifty Mom appreciates the opportunity to provide my Thrifty Friends with fun and exciting experiences.  I am excited to promote Suburban Nursery School’s Truck Touch and offer one lucky DC Thrifty Mom follower a family 4-pack of tickets to the event on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm.

This giveaway is non-transferable and you must be at least 18 years old to enter. Since this is a Flash Giveaway, I will notify the winner by 8:00 am on Friday, October 24 and you will have 2 hours to respond before notifying the runner-up.

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Silver Spring Mocha Moms Annual Preschool Fair ∙ Occupy Schools™

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Silver Spring Mocha Moms

Annual Preschool Fair

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10:45 am – 12:45 pm

East County Community Center Gymnasium

3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, Maryland [Directions]

Silver Spring Mocha Moms are hosting their Annual Preschool Fair. Come out and learn about the preschools in their community. This event is a convenient way to get introduced to the local preschool environment. Learn about the schools’ curriculum, staff, tuition, application procedures and more! Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Silver Spring Mocha Moms: [email protected]

Participating Schools:

The Barrie School
The Blissett School
Evergreen School
Grace Episcopal Day School
Green Acres School
Jamon Montessori Day School
Sandy Spring Friends School
Silver Spring Day School
Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy
Spring Knolls
St. John the Evangelist School

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Occupy Schools

Occupy Schools™

Our Mission

  • To promote and foster parent involvement and engagement in the academic lives of their children.
  • To encourage parents to be strong advocates for the education of their children, as well as other children in their communities.
  • To help close the minority achievement gap in the United States.

Occupy Schools is a bold, national initiative launched in Fall 2012 to empower parents to be active, involved and engaged in their children’s schools and to send a clear message that parents are partners in their children’s education. Occupy Schools™ starts where academic success begins – at home – where our mothers and fathers pledge to build strong educational foundations for their families. It will continue into schools and communities across the country, as parents from all walks of life commit to spending more time in their children’s schools, communicating regularly with teachers, sharing ideas and exchanging information with administrators, and holding themselves and others accountable for providing children with the type of high quality education they deserve.

The “Occupy” movement in America has taken on a life of its own in recent months. Yet, Occupy Schools™ is not about pitching tents and protesting. It’s about letting it be known that not only do we care about the education our children are receiving, we are willing to DO something about it. We pledge to be active and involved parents who serve as advocates for our children and for the children in our communities.

Occupy Schools™ was born out of a deep desire and relentless passion to improve the educational outcomes of our children. In early 2012, Mocha Moms, Inc. was invited to participate on a conference call with Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, to discuss released findings of a study conducted by the Department of Education. Among other findings, the study reported that African-American students:

  • Have less access to challenging courses in high school;
  • Are taught by lower-paid and less experienced teachers; and
  • Are over three times more likely to be suspended or expelled from school when compared to white students.

This is UNACCEPTABLE and it ENDS NOW. We are going to do our part to put an end to these devastating statistics. Studies show that regardless of the school or the school district, academic outcomes improve for children whose parents have positive and frequent communication with teachers, are actively involved in the PTA, attend school activities and field trips, regularly monitor homework assignments, and who are actively engaged in the school community. Change begins with us. It’s time to act. It is time for us to Occupy Schools™.

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FREE Pumpkin Carving Party!

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Pumpkin Carving Party

Stop by the NoMa pumpkin patch on Thursday, October 23, and carve a free pumpkin, check out the cutest petting zoo in the city, and enjoy a live bluegrass band! The NoMa BID will be providing pumpkins and carving tools for the first 300 people. Please click here to reserve a pumpkin. Carvers may bring their own carving tools.

Note: NoMa BID will have extra pumpkins that’ll be available on a first come, first serve basis for attendees.

Don’t want to get your hands in pumpkin guts? No problem! Hear the Page County Ramblers perform live music, get your face painted, and join a candy scavenger hunt starting at 5 PM. Plus get something delicious, seasonal and (for the over 21 crowd) alcoholic from Union Kitchen, who will be selling food on site.

Details:
Thursday, October 23 ∙ 4-7 PM
1100 First Street, NE (Corner of First and Pierce Streets, NE)
Closest Metro: Union Station or NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)
This event is FREE and open to the public
Tweet @NoMaBID to hype your favorite jack-o-lantern pattern
In the event of inclimate weather, the event will be held on Friday, October 24

Live music, petting zoo, candy scavenger hunt, pumpkins and carving utensils are free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The mini petting zoo will feature cute critters such as bunnies, chicks, sheep and more.

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Located just north of Capitol Hill and Union Station, the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) was created by the District of Columbia City Council and approved by the Mayor in March 2007. The BID supports the emergence of NoMa as one of the District’s most exciting mixed-use neighborhoods. Through a special assessment collected from property owners in a 35-block area, the BID is helping to make NoMa more beautiful, friendly, and attractive for businesses, residents, and visitors. Its main tasks include:

  • Providing cleaning and safety services
  • Promoting NoMa through marketing and community events
  • Coordinating public and private investments and services
  • Enhancing the community by promoting employment and community projects with NoMa neighbors.

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FREE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN Metro Washington DC: Oct 18 & 19, 2014

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DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Things To Do 

THIS WEEKEND

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

October 18 & 19, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

***Washington D.C.***

Saturday Morning at the National - Molly Moores’ Midsummer Night’s Dream
The National Theatre
Saturday, October 18 ∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!

Set off on a wild adventure full of magic spells, mischievous fairies and mistaken love in Molly’s zany adaptation of Shakespeare’s 400-year old script. Under her expert guidance, kids take key roles in this beloved play set in an enchanted forest.

2014 Fall Garden Tours
White House
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission but ticket required!
During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.

St John’s Book Fair 2014
St John’s Episcopal Preschool 
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
Book Sale & Bake Sale ∙ Miss Patti Sing-Along (11:00 am) ∙ Crafts, Face Painting & Lunch Note: Book Sale only on Sunday

8th Annual Fall Fair – “Save the Music Program”
Mitchell Park, 23rd and S Streets, NW
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
With pumpkin decorating, musicians & dancers, international food, wagon-led hayrides for toddlers, crafts, face painting, moon bounce, games and much much more…INCLUDING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!

3rd Annual Hillcrest Day
Anne Beers Elementary School – Field
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
The community of Hillcrest warmly invites you to the 3rd Annual Hillcrest Day celebration. Join neighbors and friends for an exciting day of music and outdoor
fun! There’s something for everyone: MOONBOUNCE, ARTS & CRAFTS, FACE PAINTING, FOOD/DRINKS, INFLATABLE FIRE TRUCK SLIDE, PUMPKIN CARVE CONTEST, BOOK DRIVE, DJ/MUSIC, AND MUCH MORE…

Explore the Past: Textiles
DAR Museum
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Fall is a chilly time of year, so bundle up! Ever wonder where your clothes come from? Try your hand at making wool into yarn, explore a silkworm cocoon, and discover how people made clothing before there were factories. Drop-in, for all ages. This program is also part of the Neighbors to the President Consortium Fall Festival.

Portrait Story Days: Juliette Gordon Lowe
National Portrait Gallery – 1st Floor, education center, E151
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 1:00 pm & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about an influential person in the Portrait Gallery’s collection and create a piece of art inspired by his or her portrait.

Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround
Presented by: Dance Place
Venue: Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Acts of Arriving is an 8-hour, outdoor, traveling, multi-site performance project exploring and connecting specific Metro D.C. neighborhoods by examining the meaning and emergence of community through individual and collective engagement. The work combines movement with text, live music, and unique audience participation as an entry to delve into questions of “where are we from?” and “where are we now?” in real time. Also today: Daniel Burkholder presented by: Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage at 6:00 pm on the North Plaza.

Beijing Jinfang Student Art Troupe
Presented by:  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE but you must reserve tickets 
Join students from 80 schools across China for an exciting afternoon of traditional Chinese folk dance, music, theatre and Beijing Opera.

ImaginAsia: Archaeological Adventures
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – ImaginAsia classroom, sublevel 2
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
In this workshop, families take a focused, self-guided tour of Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips. A studio project in the classroom will allow participants to practice the same observational skills used in the galleries. For children ages 8 to 14 with adult companions. ***Special Event on Saturday, 1:00 pm - International Archaeology DayIn celebration of International Archaeology Day and Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips, discover what it’s like to work on an archaeological dig in the remote deserts of Arabia. At 1:15 pm, join docents in the exhibition to read original records and see treasures from an actual expedition in the 1950s. At 2 pm, families are invited to explore the exhibition and then participate in a hands-on learning project in the ImaginAsia classroom. At 3:15 pm, meet archaeologist Zaydoon Zaid, who has led expeditions in Yemen and was an advisor for Unearthing Arabia.

Rhythm Café: The Cultural World of Oscar Brown Jr.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz featuring the music of Oscar Brown Jr. Brown was not only a respected musician, but was also a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, and civil rights activist.

Adams Morgan PorchFest
Adams Morgan Neighborhood – 18 Street and Columbia Road, NW
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
It may never be easier to get up close and personal with the musical talent of Washington than at the second annual Adams Morgan PorchFest when the front porches of homes and a few local businesses are transformed into intimate performance spaces to be enjoyed by anyone who happens to stroll by. Inspired by similar PorchFest events across the country aimed at creating a family friendly, neighborhood-based alternative to the nightclub music scene, Adams Morgan’s version will span an eclectic range of styles from Brazilian, Irish and jazz, to indie rock, children’s music and even Egyptian Nubian folkloric.

Kinobe
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, October 19 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Born near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kinobe (Chi-no-bay) is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion.

***Maryland***

FREE FALL BALTIMORE IS BACK FOR 2014!
Various venues
Throughout October  ∙ FREE!
Free Fall Baltimore celebrates its ninth year by bringing wonderful free cultural activities to your doorstep. With more than 250 unique events anticipated, you’ll be able to find an exciting activity on almost every day in October. Note: All activities listed are FREE, but many events require advance registration. View the schedule here.

American Indian Festival
Patuxent River Park
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Celebrate the rich and diverse Native American Indian cultures and heritage! This event will feature live entertainment, storytelling, weaving, food sampling and interactive exhibits. Attend the event for a multitude of other exciting activities.
Multiple raffles include a hand-woven “Pendleton” blanket and a Native American style flute. (You must be present to win the raffle)

ECC Fall Festival
Early Childhood Center
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Games ∙ Prizes ∙ Food ∙ Entertainment ∙ Inflatable Bouncer ∙ Fun Run

Annual Fall Festival
SOUTH MOUNTAIN CREAMERY
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:00 am & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission & parking!
South Mountain Creamery’s goal is to INSTILL healthy eating habits, EDUCATE about the benefits of local agriculture, and PROVIDE a sustainable future for our children. Festival information here.

Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show
Glenview Mansion
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
The grounds of Glenview Mansion are transformed when more than 550 antique and classic automobiles go on display. From Packard to Ferrari, 30 car clubs are represented during this grand event while auto collectors and enthusiasts share the fond memories of the classic cars of yesteryear.

17th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Outdoors – Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues, Elm Street
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 11:00 am & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
The Bethesda Row Arts Festival transforms four blocks downtown Bethesda into an outdoor art gallery featuring fine arts and crafts for sale from 190 museum quality artists in the Bethesda Row area of Bethesda, Maryland. Here is a link to the Festival map showing artist booth locations, parking, dining, shopping and more. View the Official 2014 Festival Program

Aspen Hill Community Festival
Aspen Hill Library
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
The Friends of the Library, Aspen Hill Chapter, invite you to join us at the annual Aspen Hill Community Festival. Activities for children and adults all day, plus: 11 am and 12:15 pm – Kaydee Puppets ∙ 1:30 – Magician Tom Lilly ∙ 2:30 – Balloon Animals and Temporary Tattoos

Glen Echo Fire Department – Open House
Sunday, October 19 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE, with hope of a small donation
Featuring fire department apparatus to look at and sit in, hourly kitchen fire demonstrations, a junior fire-fighting training simulator, and more.
The department will have hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks available for the public to enjoy.

6th Annual World of Montgomery Festival
Westfield Wheaton
Sunday, October 19 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Celebrate the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families.

Family Nature Time
Black Hill Visitor Center
Sunday, October 19 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Mom and Dad, grab the kids and come out to play! We’ll have nature-y activities that families can do together. Drop in any time during program hours on the first and third Sundays of the month. Free! No registration required.

Family Sundays
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, October 19 ∙  2:00 pm   FREE!
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday, enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. OCTOBER’s Theme: Marvelous Matisse - October 19: Make a Portrait in Clay 

17TH ANNUAL PRESCHOOL FAIR
Presented by: MOMS Club of Potomac, Maryland
Venue: Parish Hall at St James’ Episcopal Church
Sunday, October 19 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Confused about which preschool is the right one for your child? Come learn more about local preschools in one place. This is truly one stop shopping! Over 30 preschools from the Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase and surrounding areas will be represented.
Goody bags available to the first 100 attendees! Admission is FREE for attendees and children are welcome. Activities available for children too!

***Virginia***

National Trademark Expo
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
More than 40 exhibitors and displays • Seminars for business and entrepreneurs • Children’s workshops • Costumed characters and inflatables • Small giveaways • Numerous activities. . . featuring registered trademarks!

2014 Loudoun County Fall Farm Tour
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 10:00 am
Come out and enjoy the flavors, colors, people and products of the Loudoun Valleys!

ACDS 25th Annual Country Market
Alexandria Country Day School
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE Admission!
A day of games, prizes, music, food, and fun! Highlights include a performance by The Great Zucchini at 1:00 pm, as well as a photo booth, face painting, dunking booth and pumpkin crafts. Food trucks Meggrolls and Melted will be here, and a Vendors Boutique features items from local businesses and a great opportunity for early holiday shopping. Admission is free. Tickets must be purchased for games and activities.

Farm Harvest Days & Carnival Fun
Frying Pan Farm Park
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:00 am & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE Admission & Parking!
Fall is a busy time on the farm! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun! Some activities may have fees.

GROOVY NATE
Doodlehopper 4 Kids – Falls Church
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:30 am∙ FREE Admission!
Groovy Nate is a children*s performer who blends music, puppetry, movement, and comedy into one groovy experience! The shows expose participants to various genres of music and encourage them to move, sing, and play!

Ghosts in the Park?
Potomac Overlook Regional Park – Nature Center
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE but reservation requested
Ghosts at Potomac Overlook?? For real?? Join us as we tour the park to explore the history of the park and the people who lived here over the past centuries. Recommended for visitors 8 years old and older. Meet at the Nature Center. Dress for the weather and please wear sturdy walking shoes.

1st Annual Tysons Fall Harvest Festival
Lerner Town Square at Tysons II
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE
Stroll through the arts and crafts booths and taste some of the fun flavors of Fall. It is all here for the reaping… bring your family and friends and carve out some special memories.

2014 Halloween Family Fun Day
Reston Community Center
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE
Bring the whole family plus the ‘four legged’ members to this event. We will have family entertainment, fashion show and activities.
Petoberfest is sponsored by NOVADog Magazine, Prince William SPCA & Unleashed.

PETOBERFEST
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
Saturday, October 18 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE
Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy sensational performances perfect for the whole family. Peter McCory, a famed one-man band, will put children in the Halloween spirit at 12:15 p.m., followed by a wonderful performance at 1:15 p.m. by Bob Brown’s Puppets in Monster Madness. Little ghosts and goblins up to the age of 8 will try their skill at winning candy and prizes when they play carnival games. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian, age 18 or older.

Arcadia Farm Fallfest Funtacular!
Arcadia Farm at Woodlawn
Sunday, October 19 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE, but they ask that you RSVP so they can plan properly.
This family friendly FREE festival features old fashioned games, cake walks, a pie eating contest, a pumpkin patch, chicken encounters, farm yoga, farm volunteering, live music, and fall donuts. Experience our educational farm stations, meet our staff, learn about compost and seed saving, commune with the Ladies (our laying hens), participate in a cooking demonstration, and take a guided tour through our Mobile Market, Woodlawn Mansion, and the Pope-Leighy House. Snacks and hot apple cider will be available. Bring a picnic blanket and make an afternoon of it!

Diwali Festival of Lights: Music and Dance
Presented by: Mudra Arts Center
Venue: Ashburn Library
Sunday, October 19 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Experience Indian cultural heritage through singing, music and dance. For all ages.

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***REMINDER - NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING LOTTERY 2014 IS NOW OPEN!
The ticket lottery for the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is now open until Monday, October 20 at 10 a.m. (ET). Enter the lottery now to obtain tickets to this annual event held on Thursday, December 4. Enter the ticket lottery HERE!

***DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? ∙ DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN {FLASH GIVEAWAY}
DC Thrifty Mom appreciates the opportunity to provide my Thrifty Friends with fun and exciting experiences. I am excited to promote Disney On Ice presents Frozen and offer one lucky DC Thrifty Mom follower a family 4-pack of tickets for the performance on Monday, October 27th at 3:00 PM. ENTER HERE!

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For a limited time, join the Gaylord’s email list and they will send you details about the exclusive offer and directions on how to take advantage of these special savings.
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NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

LIGHTING CEREMONY: 

Ticket Lottery 2014 is Now OPEN!

The ticket lottery for the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is now open until Monday, October 20 at 10 a.m. (ET). Enter the lottery now to obtain tickets to this annual event held on December 4. Enter the ticket lottery HERE!

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