13 Fall Events Your Family Won't Want To Miss


You've already tackled the summer experience of family bonding. Now, it's time to find something fun for the fall. IKO suggests looking no further than your own backyard: 

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians

Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, 2016

This “fur-tastic” musical follows Londoners Roger and Anita and their canine companions, Pongo and Perdita. All’s quiet while raising 101 puppies until fur-obsessed Cruella de Vil plots to steal them. Visit Way Off Broadway Theatre in Frederick, Maryland. 

LEGO Store Grand Opening

Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 11 a.m. (Sunday)

“Your little LEGO lover will be in heaven…when a new store opens its doors in Pentagon City [Virginia]. Guests will...help a real LEGO Master Builder construct a huge 8’ LEGO model of Jay, one of the main characters from LEGO NINJAGO. All participants will receive a certificate of achievement.”

Martinsville Uptown Farmers Market

Oct. 1 to Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays

This open-air farmers market is located in Martinsville, Virginia. Vendors will provide seasonal fruits and vegetables, crafts, farm-fresh eggs and herbs, jams and jellies, plants and flowers, baked goods, honey, and more. Now’s your family’s chance to eat healthy and shop local.


Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Tuesdays and Christmas Day

This free educational event is for children ages 6 to 12. It incorporates traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, history, and creativity at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

The 37th Annual Great American Food Fest

Oct. 5, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Travel to Chesapeake, Virginia, to sample the coast's best food and drink, including clam chowder, BBQ pork and chicken, corn on the cob, and hush puppies. Top off your family bonding experience with fireworks and live entertainment.

Look Up! Culpeper Air Fest

Oct. 8, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Take advantage of family bonding as this event “pays tribute to the services and sacrifices veterans have made to secure our nation’s freedom.” Watch World War II aircrafts, including T-6 “Texans,” launch from Culpeper Regional Airport in Elkwood, Virginia, and soar in formation down the Potomac River. Guests can also see the world’s only privately owned Harrier, aerobatic aircrafts, and vintage warbirds.

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Oct. 8-9, 2016 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Celebrate fall in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with hayrides, moon bounces, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, movie character meet-and-greets, and a trick-or-treat trail.

Virginia Children’s Book Festival

Oct. 13-15, 2016

Presented by Longwood University, this event “brings together authors and illustrators with exciting, dynamic programs to foster the enjoyment of reading.” Guest authors include Neal Shusterman of The Accelerati Trilogy, John Rocco of Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, Elly MacKay of Butterfly Park, and more.

Wild Animals of Your National Parks for Teens

Oct. 20, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Ready to explore the world of wild animals? Join Cunningham Falls State Park Ranger Mark Spurrier as he brings native birds of prey and reptiles to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial in Middletown, Maryland. Register here.

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy this scary-cute Halloween haunt with more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, jugglers, musicians, a hay maze, and a scarecrow field at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 

Not-So-Scary Family Halloween Party

Oct. 29, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Adventure Park U.S.A. in Monrovia, Maryland, is inviting your favorite cartoon characters to trick-or-treat. Costumes are encouraged, and kids of all ages can enjoy games, contests, rides, laser tag, a rope course, and great food. Buy your tickets online to save a few extra dollars today!

Ashland Train Day

Nov. 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This family-friendly event will have games, music, a locomotive moon bounce, model trains, railroad-related vendors, food, and mascots Cinder and Tender Bear. Your children can hop aboard a free train ride through Virginia’s premier tracks while donning bib overalls, a bandana, and an engineer hat.

Voyage of Time: The IMAX® Experience

Nov. 6 to Nov. 10, 2016 at 4:10 p.m.

This exclusive release of a unique film at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., merges art and science into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The documentary celebrates life and the history of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world and beyond.

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From everyone at IKO Community Management, happy fall!