Did someone say cider doughnuts? Get ready for this fall tradition with corn mazes, hayrides and more!
You can feel it in the air . . . fall is almost here!
It's absolutely my favorite season! I LOVE the changing leaves, the return of pumpkin spice everything and the falling temperatures. I'm sooo over DC’s heat and humidity. I also have very fond memories of visiting my godfather in Michigan and picking pumpkins and crisp, delicious apples at a neighboring farm.
Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to Michigan to experience this fabulous fall tradition. You can find plenty of pumpkins and apples at the always incredible Eastern Market or one of the many local farmers markets, but there are many legit farms within driving distance where you can pick your own pumpkins and apples for a real-deal farm experience.
Whether you're looking for a family-friendly experience with hayrides and other bells and whistles, or a no frills farm visit, you'll find the perfect one to visit from the six we've scouted.
Did we forget your favorite? Let us know!
The best ice cream in the area, minus the brain freeze
**This article has been updated**
During these dog days of summer (basically any day ending in -y in DC), there’s nothing like a sweet and delicious frozen treat to cool you down. With so many spots for summertime scoops, we've compiled a handy list of 10 local places to sample some of the best frozen confections in the city!
Spring is arguably the most beautiful (though certainly the most fleeting) time of year in DC even if the weather can be a bit finicky. Rain or shine, there are plenty of ways to make the most of this precious time before the days get meltingly hot.
From the long-awaited Yayoi Kusama exhibition to city-wide cherry blossom celebrations, open-air concerts and interactive art and plays, we've curated some off the most awesome -- and unexpected -- things to do in DC this spring.
Happy holidays! Felices Fiestas! Joyeuses Fêtes! Chag Sameach!
Bundle up this year to celebrate the holiday season in DC! From live music, a toasty bonfire, movie marathons, and festive performances, we've curated 50-plus ways to have the best season ever.
A guide to holiday markets, where to see holiday lights + displays, and raise a glass at holiday-themed bars
With Thanksgiving officially over, let the holiday celebrations begin!
There are so many holiday markets, tree lightings and light displays, and holiday bars in DC that it can be hard to keep track of everything.
Luckily, we've done all the hard work for you and compiled a MEGA list of local markets to support area businesses and makers, spots for boozy holiday cocktails, and where to see holiday lights to make your season merry and bright.
For even more ways to get into the holiday spirit, stay tuned for our monthly Wanderlist of curated awesome things (holiday and non-holiday alike) that will be coming out in a few days.
We Take a Look at Smithsonian Arts & Industries' Past As New Exhibit Focuses on the FUTURES
The Past Meets the Future at Second Oldest Smithsonian Museum
Before there was a Smithsonian African American History Museum, an Air and Space Museum, or even a National Zoo, the Arts and Industries Building was the place to be. It was built to be America's national museum for which it's earned the nickname the "Mother of Museums."
The museum is reopening after almost 20 years with FUTURES, a one-of-a-kind, forward-facing exhibit that asks us to imagine what the future could look like.
But as AIB looks ahead, we want to take a look back at how the museum got its start.
FUTURES Exhibit Sneak Peek: Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building Set to Re-Open With Robots, AI + Flying Cars
The Smithsonian Arts & Industries building - the lovely red-brick building next the Smithsonian Castle - has stood empty and quietly anonymous since 2004, but this weekend, the doors will be thrown open and everyone is invited! It will temporarily reopen—in honor of the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary—with “FUTURES, " an ambitious forward-focused exhibit with an epic opening weekend celebration from November 19 - 20.
AIB has championed innovation since it first opened in 1881. Known as the Palace of Invention, it showcased Edison's electric light bulb before Congress or the White House; displayed a pair of space rockets outside its entrance during construction of the National Air and Space Museum and displayed a moon rock months after the lunar landing.
The past meets "what's next?" as Its newest exhibit asks us to imagine what the future could look like. It doesn't prescribe answers (that would be impossible after all); instead the exhibit is about igniting our collective curiosity to dream bigger. “What we’re trying to do in this exhibition is come not from a place of authority, but of curiosity,” says AIB director Rachel Goslin. “Our goal isn’t to educate you about something—it’s to help you ask informed questions and explore many different possible answers.”
There's a lot of tech, so interactivity is a big focus, but so too are the concepts of inclusivity and accessibility and how they'll influence how we'll live, work and play. As FUTURES shows, the future is for everyone, not just the one-percenters.
Here's a sneek peek at some of the 150 objects in the FUTURES exhibit.
Doesn't it feel like the leaves are just starting to turn and we're already rushing head-first into the holiday season?!
This month kicks off an open-air night market, a three-day art festival, a theatre performance on bikes, the premiere of the Britney Spears musical and numerous events to enjoy the great outdoors before the chill drives us indoors. Also on tap, DMV Black Restaurant Week, a live magazine show, tweed bike ride, and the appearance of holiday markets and decor all across the city.
Read on for all the events (30+) you need to add to your November calendar!
The season of apple cider donuts, haunted trails, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin spice is upon us! There’s nothing quite like the season of fall, and DC is full of things to see and do!
The weather is warm enough that you can spend all day sipping glasses of vino on a rooftop deck yet with enough chill to enough a mug of mulled wine. Spooky season also means activities like ghost tours, and Halloween costume shopping are back, which we can collectively agree is one of the best things about fall.
So, from vibrant foliage to festivals and free and interactive museums to explore, we've scouted a ton of awesome things (40+!) to do this month. Outdoor movies, Porchfest and Porchfest SE music crawls, salsa under the stars, Alma Thomas happy hour, hike and hops, and more!
Catch the DMV-based band live at the DITR fall music festival on Oct 9!
The Washington DC region has one of the best music scenes in the country Whether you prefer jazz, go-go, hardcore punk, hip-hop, dance or anything in between, you can go out and hear a new local band in a different genre -- and in a different venue! -- every night of the week if you're so inclined.
Back in our music journo-wannbe days with DC Music Download, we got to meet a lot of amazing local established bands and rising stars. One of our favorites continues to be RDGLDGRN who will be headlining the Down in the Reeds all-day music festival on Oct 9 at the Parks at Walter Reed. RDGLDGRN have worked with music legends Pharrell Williams and Dave Grohl, liken themselves to a hip hop-centric version of Daft Punk, and throw one hell of a KARNIVAL-like show.
Besides they're music, we love that these guys are hometown-proud and continue to live in the area and perform locally, despite having the kind of national profile that would have caused many others to leave for so-called greener pastures. For these DMV boys, there's nothing like home, jamming with friends and a Go Go beat.
We're re-sharing an interview we did with them a few years ago so that you can get to get them before checking them out for yourself at DITR!
Curious? There's more!
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it