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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/ 2/2009

Cool Happenings for Cooler Temperatures

By Ann Posegate

Wx and the City

* Weekend Forecast | Redskins-Bucs Forecast | Amazing D.C. Sunrise *

Foliage begins to emerge in D.C. last October. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Fall speaks of festivals, foliage and refreshing weather around the D.C. area. As you plan out your season, here are several outdoor events to keep in mind during comfortable weather, and a few indoor alternatives for those inevitable cold, rainy days.


--View the region's fall foliage... Get the latest foliage updates for Maryland and Virginia. has a list of popular places to see fall foliage within a short distance of the D.C. area.

--Visit or volunteer at a community garden in the District or surrounding areas.

--Have a blast in the past at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

--Support a cause by running in a fall road race or cheering from the sidelines.

--Find your way through a corn maze in Maryland or Virginia (for an extra challenge, visit Lawyers Moonlight Maze at night).

--Check out a ghost tour at the National Building Museum, in Old Town Alexandria or other locations.

--Visit a pumpkin patch (map) for pumpkins and fall festivals (or if you're really excited about pumpkins, check out the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event near Rehoboth, Del.).

--Pick your own apples in Maryland and Virginia.

--Bring the kids to Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 23-25.

--Grab a few friends and check out the area's Oktoberfests.

A Few Indoor Options

--Celebrate culture at the National Museum of the American Indian's Four Anniversaries and Gala Events.

--Find a concert with the Washington Concert Preview and Going Out Guide.

--Attend Green Festival D.C., Oct. 10-11.

--Marvel at artists' creativity during FotoWeek D.C., Nov. 7-14.

--Browse the Kennedy Center's family-friendly fall calendar.

You can stay up-to-date with Washington Post Weekend throughout the fall.

By Ann Posegate  | October 2, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  Posegate, Wx and the City  
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