Is Your Home Ready for Freezing Weather?

You’re ready for the holidays, but are you prepared for the freezing weather that comes with the season?  Keep yourself and your home warm, safe and cozy this winter by following these tips that my friend Scott Keenum from Fitzgerald Financial group emailed me:

  1. Protect your pipes. Protect your pipes from bursting this winter by insulating them if needed. Pipes that run through exterior walls are particularly at risk, but those that run through uninsulated attics or crawlspaces can also freeze.
  2. Clear the gutters. Inspect and clean your gutters and drains to avoid ice from building up and leaking water into your home.
  3. Seal air leaks. Inspect your home’s interior for cracks. Open cracks or leaks allow warm air to escape, so seal them up and keep the warm air in.  
  4. Get your fireplace ready. If your chimney hasn’t been cleaned in a while, call a chimney sweep to remove any dangerous soot or buildup. If you don’t plan to use your chimney, make sure the damper is closed.
  5. Maintain your furnace. Clean your furnace once a year to remove build-up and improve efficiency.
  6. Cover your windows. Don’t let heat escape through your windows. Use your blinds or drapes to add a layer of insulation.  
  7. Change outdoors bulbs. Clean all light fixtures and replace burnt-out bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
  8. Bring in the outdoors. Cold temperatures, snow or ice can damage outdoor furniture and grills. Bring them in if possible, or purchase covers to protect them from the elements.
Wishing you a safe and warm winter season. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we
can help you in any way. ~Scott Kapinos



Jingle Bell Run

Dec 1, Ellicott City: The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason!

Symphony of LIghts

Now- Dec 30, Columbia: Enjoy a drive through the Howard County General Hospital Symphony of Lights, a time-honored holiday tradition, in the comfort of your car. This family-oriented spectacular offers a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 300,000 bulbs.

Natural Holiday Sale

Dec 1, Columbia: Come enjoy our annual Holiday Sale- fun for the whole family! Browse locally crafted natural gifts while enjoying music and refreshments. Children will enjoy creating whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of our naturalists!

Celebration in the Woods

Various dates, Columbia: Join the Inner Arbor Trust and Downtown Columbia Partnership for Celebration in the Woods, a joyous, seasonal celebration of winter in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. Stop in for crafts, performances, and to enjoy our artist-created trees.

Downtown Holiday Market

Now-Dec 23, DC: Celebrating its fourteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.

Nationals Winterfest

Dec 1&2, DC: Winterfest is coming home - to Nationals Park - for the holidays! The annual weekend-long festival is a celebration of baseball and the holidays with presents and Presidents. This year's Nativity scene includes both indoor and outdoor programs so fans can enjoy many of your favorite activities from last year along with several new additions only available at Nationals Park.


Now-Jan 1, DC: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with two dazzling laser light shows set to music. 

A Jazz Family Christmas

Dec 1, DC: Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music! This year, Jason Moran will be joined by Booker T. Jones and James Francies, among others. This perennially sold-out event will be recorded for future broadcast on NPR and streaming online.

Holiday Boat Parade

Dec 1, DC: Join us as we celebrate the holidays and see the beautifully decorated boats pass by. Get into the spirit as you decorate ornaments. Warm up by our fire pit and visit our lighted Christmas Tree. Go ice skating and bring the whole family to meet Santa and make memories during this annual DC tradition.

Georgetown Glow

Dec 1-Jan 6, DC: Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region's only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. Set against the historic backdrop of DC's oldest neighborhood, it's a whole new way to shine.

MetroCooking DC

Dec 1&2, DC:  Join us for the 13th annual MetroCooking DC Show! The ultimate foodie outing returns to the Washington Convention Center. Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or expert entertainer, the two-day culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts. Enjoy cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs. Sample from over 50 local restaurants in the Grand Tasting Pavilion.Learn new techniques and tips in the Taste Talk Workshops. Sharpen your skills in the pop-up cooking school. Meet your favorite James Beard award-winning chef and see them whip up delicious dishes live on the James Beard Stage. Plus, shop from hundreds of specialty food vendors in the exhibitor marketplace! Chances are, you’ll discover a new favorite hot sauce!

Christmas Bazaar

Dec 1, DC: The SWEA Washington DC Christmas Bazaar is a popular event and kick starts the season. Talented artisans and vendors offer everything from gifts, crafts, textiles, books and homemade bread to Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware, and our Swedish delicacies, such as “fika” and “glögg”, is certain to get you in the spirit of the season. The event ends with the traditional caroling by our Swedish St Lucia Procession.


Nov 30-Dec 2, DC: Each December, the Heurich House Museum celebrates the winter season and honors the Heurich family’s German heritage with a holiday artisan market in our garden. This holiday shopping event features goods from over 40 local artisans from DC, Maryland, and Virginia and a tour of our seasonally decorated historic house.


Now-Jan 6, Bethesda: This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season!

Winter Wonderland

Dec 1, Bethesda: Celebrate the holiday season in Veterans Park in downtown Bethesda with a variety of performances, live ice sculpting, a visit from Santa Claus and more!

USNA Glee Club Messiah

Dec 1&2, Annapolis: Continuing a long-standing tradition, the USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Christmas Village

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: Coming to the Inner Harbor from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve in 2018, Christmas Village will feature 50 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world!

Festival of Wreaths

Now-Dec 2, Westminster: The Festival of Wreaths has been a Westminster holiday tradition for 21 years. This silent auction of more than 150 uniquely decorated theme wreaths is always a hit. Come and see all the amazing creatively on display. Vote for your favorite wreaths. While you are here you can bid on wreaths for yourself and as gifts for others.

Miracle on 34th Street

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: Over the years, many visitors from around the world have visited the lights on 34th street and left many messages in the books that the Hosier’s, the lovely couple who started it all, leave on their porch for people to sign and share. The street has been nationally recognized by Nightline, The Travel Channel, the Maryland Lottery, and Home and Garden to name a few. Some of the favorites are the hub cap Christmas tree, bike rim snowmen, overhead trains, and the Big Red Lighted Crab.

Holiday in the Park

Now-Jan 1 select days, Bowie: Holiday in the Park is back at Six Flags America. It's the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.

A Christmas Carol

Now-Dec 30, Olney: Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended  – in his own words – and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Adapted from Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see.

Joshua Bell

Nov 30, Dec 2, Baltimore: One of today's hottest young conductors, Romanian-born Cristian Măcelaru is joined by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell in Saint-Saëns' technically brilliant Violin Concerto No. 3 and Ravel's hair-raising Tzigane, perfectly designed to show off Bell's sheer talent. Vaughan Williams' dramatic Symphony No. 4, one of the most revered symphonies of the 20th century, is also on the program.


Movie with Orchestra: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nov 2-3, Baltimore: Experience Tim Burton’s 1993 animated musical fantasy film accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in this unique movie-going experience!

Maryland Corn Maze

Now-Nov 4, Gambrills: LAST WEEKEND! This 8 Acre Corn Maze is one of the Largest in Maryland... plus it's got UNICORNS! Bigger is always better when it comes to corn mazes! If you are going to get lost... why not do it right!?!? Find all 10 posts in our corn maze and enter to win this season's GRAND PRIZE!  Get the family... call your friends... come choose a flag... grab a map... and explore all 8 acres today!

Out of the Darkness Walk

Nov 3, Baltimore: When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Charm City Fringe Festival

Nov 1-11, Baltimore: Voted "Best Eclectic Festival" by Baltimore Magazine, Charm City Fringe Festival celebrates cutting-edge and quirky theater and performing arts throughout 11 days of performances across multiple venues in the Bromo Arts District.

Songs for a New World

Nov 2-25, Baltimore: Spotlighters Theatre presents the stories and characters of today.  With a rousing score that blends elements of pop, gospel and jazz, featuring tight harmonies and darling vocals, Songs for a New World transports its audience, as each character ‑‑ in their own way ‑‑ takes hold of that one moment and enters a new world.

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival

Nov 3, Baltimore: The Festival returns to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at West Shore Park! The festival includes live music, oysters, beer & wine, local vendors, and family-friendly activities. Returning this year is the Oyster Shucking Contest, pinning professional Oyster Shuckers against each other and the clock! Learn about oysters, their vital role to keeping our waters clean, how they grow, and where they come from.

Annapolis By Candlelight

Nov 2-3, Annapolis: Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses on its popular tour.  Visitors see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings constructed in the 20th, 19th and 18th century.  Each house is a reminder of the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Maryland’s capital city and illustrates the practical and aesthetic benefits of effective historic preservation.


Now-Nov 25, Baltimore: Having grown up side-by-side in small-town working class America, best friends go from fun-loving schoolchildren to saloon-loving adults who work together on a steel manufacturing line. In a tight-knit community like this one, however, it takes but one fracture in it's core for the breaking point of friendship to be tested. Inspired by field research and first-person testimonials collected in Reading, PA, this is an unflinching, intensely researched slice of life drama. Presented by Everyman Theatre.

Union Market Drive-In

Nov 2, DC: Hocus Pocus is the final movie of the season. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

Nov 1-Apr 28, 2019, DC: In the Hirshhorn’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date, three major installations from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse series will come together for the artist’s DC debut. A Mexican Canadian artist known for straddling the line between art, technology, and design, Lozano-Hemmer will fill the Museum’s entire Second Level with immersive environments that use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. Over the course of six months, Pulse will animate the vital signs of hundreds of thousands of participants.

Beetlejuice, the Musical

Now-Nov 18, DC: The National Theatre presents the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. It’s true – great theatre IS dead! See for yourself!

Anything Goes

Nov 2-Dec 23, DC: Arena Stage presents this quintessential American musical. The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, heiress Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter. It’s the perfect night out at the theater.

DMV Black Restaurant Week

Nov 4-11, Various locations:Culture. Education. Good Food.

Anne of Green Gables

Nov 1-4, Columbia: River Hill High School presents this beloved story which has been enchanting the hearts of readers for over a century. Come support our local students!

Try It Out Comedy: PG-Rated Comedy Showcase

Nov 3, Columbia: Try It Out Comedy Showcase features 10 stand-up comics. Some old, some new, some slightly used, all funny. PG-Rated and appropriate for ages 16-100. 

Family Fridays Under the Dome: We Are Aliens

Nov 2, Columbia: Treat your family to unique shows at Robinson Nature Center's NatureSphere planetarium. Each program features a full-dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation.


Now-Nov 25, DC: Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is proudly presented by The Kennedy Center. From the Tony Award®–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s.



Clarendon Day 2018

Sept 22, DC: Clarendon Day is one of Arlington’s best loved and most diverse street festivals, and this year we’ll have our traditional festival areas, and we’re cooking up new ideas as well.  As always, we’ll have performance stages with live music and entertainment, a Kids Zone play area, Arts and Crafts vendors, Business and Nonprofit Exhibitors from Clarendon and the region, and plenty of great food from local and regional restaurants.

DC State Fair

Sept 23, DC: The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the region’s agricultural and artistic talents. We strive to hold a creative, collaborative and sustainable event that is accessible and inviting to District residents and visitors alike. In 2018, our efforts to increase the sustainability of the Fair will focus on reducing waste, which benefits the environment and public health. There will be entertainment, contests, vendors, a pet parade and more!

Elton John

Sept 21-22, DC: Head to the Capital One Arena for Elton John's farewell tour!

Museum Day

Sept 22, various locations: Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

Weiner 500

Sept 22, DC: Food, music dog adoptions and the 7th Annual Weiner 500! Dogs will race in heats of up to 8 dogs each, with a championship race for the winners of each heat!


Sept 23, DC: Visitors can kick off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at “ZooFiesta: Un día de diversión animal para toda la familia.” There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America. Animal keepers will host talks, feedings and demonstrations highlighting a variety of animals native to the region, including Andean bears, sloths, golden lion tamarins, Panamanian golden frogs and more. Visitors have an opportunity to meet Zoo scientists who are working to save native species and learn about their research.

Taste of Georgetown

Sept 23, DC: Washington, D.C.’s most anticipated epicurean festival will be celebrating its 25th year with creative tastes from more than 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. This foodie event takes place in the heart of Georgetown, on K Street NW, between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. This longstanding event in Georgetown benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center’s mission to support the homeless.

Walkingtown DC

Now-Sept 23, DC: This popular annual event takes place annually and introduces residents and visitors to the art, culture, and history of Washington, DC through a series of "bite-size" lunchtime tours, after-work "happy hour" tours, and longer weekend tours.  WalkingTown DC connects you to well-known and unfamiliar places, from Congress Heights to Herring Hill, St. Paul's Rock Creek Parish to Dupont Circle. Tours are led by historians, licensed tour guides, community leaders and business owners, enthusiasts and docents, who all donate their time and expertise for this annual festival.

DC Fashion Week

Now-Sept 23, DC: Come see the ever popular Fashion Week, showcasing Emerging Designers' Spring/Summer 2019 collections!


Sept 22, DC: For the second year, we’re combining our two popular events, the Freedom 5K and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun: Homecoming. During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the Cottage home. This year we welcome everyone back “home” to join us for a full day of activities where you can run, walk, and play like Lincoln. Come for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around for both!

Born Yesterday

Sept 21-Oct 21, DC: In this sharp-edged satire, Ford's Theatre presents the opportunistic tycoon Harry Brock who arrives in Washington with his naive girlfriend, Billie Dawn, to game the political system. With the help of an idealistic reporter, Billie wisens up and fights back to end the corruption.


Sept 18-Nov 11, VA: A chance encounter at a London train stop changes the course of life for two people in this hit Broadway play by Tony Award®-winning playwright Simon Stephens, presented by Signature Theatre. After mistaking him for someone else, Georgie finds herself improbably drawn to the much older Alex. Their instant connection ignites a tender, funny and intimate journey in an electric new play directed by Joe Calarco.

Out of the Darkness Walk Annapolis

Sept 21, Annapolis: When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. The Annapolis walk starts at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

Ain't Misbehavin

Sept 14-Nov 4, Columbia: ‘This joint will be jumpin’ with Ain’t Misbehavin’,  one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and a Tony Award winner for Best Musical. The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club with his infectious swing music. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and powerful energy of this ‘American original’ with music made famous from uptown clubs to Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood!

Savage Mill Ghost Tours

Now-Nov 24, Savage: This fall, schedule a ghost tour at Historic Savage Mill.  Discover the Mill’s haunted history, where restless spirits continue to roam the halls.  Join our resident historian for an hour long guided ghost tour. The tour includes both indoor and outdoor settings.

Maryland Corn Maze

Sept 22-Nov 4, Gambrills: In addition to the 8 acre corn maze... you can make your own butter, buy pumpkins, take a hayride, pedal carts, sling shots, the play house, the hay jump, the junior jump, our corn kernel box, and much more!


Sept 20-23, Ocean City: The weather is beautiful and there's plenty to do at Ocean City, MD's biggest and best festival. Enjoy four fun-filled days of arts and crafts, delicious food, hayrides, kids activities and musical entertainment. Plus, Sunfest hosts big musical headliners every year!

Beethoven Eroica Symphony

Sept 21-23, Baltimore and Bethesda: Marin Alsop opens the season with Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony, a work that changed the course of music history. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner wrote his New Morning for the World for orchestra and narrator, capturing some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most eloquent words. Presented at Strathmore and the Meyerhoff.

2018 Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race

Sept 21-24, Annapolis: The 9th Annual "Classic" offers an informal opportunity for wooden boats of all different sizes and designs to join together and compete in a low-key race against other wooden vessels.

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Property Site:
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Bedrooms: 5
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This 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath is spacious, plenty of natural light, large deck to enjoy the outdoors, lots of storage, family room with wood burning fireplace, 8 x 10 shed and has numerous updates including: custom kitchen w/ maple cabinets, DuPont Zodiaq quartz counters and stainless steel appliances w/ large island; master and 1/2 bath; resurfaced wood floors throughout; fresh paint; 6 panel doors; brushed nickel hardware; banister on stairs, light fixtures in kitchen and bathrooms. Great location to Columbia trails, pools, shopping, commuter routes and close proximity to schools. Don't miss this move-in ready home!
Bedrooms: 4
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NextNOW Fest

Sept 7-8, College Park: An inspiring experience that celebrates imagination, creativity, and community. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and the country, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms and shapes our future. Co-curated with student groups and campus departments, this is an art festival at the creative hub of the performing arts at the University of Maryland.

Sweeney Todd

Sept 6-23, Columbia: The Rep Stage presents Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical thriller about the infamous demon barber of Fleet Street. The production features an ensemble of eight in an intimate setting laced with brilliant wit, diabolical humor, and extraordinary music.

DC Shorts

Sept 6-16, DC: The 2018 DC Shorts Film Festival showcases one of the largest collections of short films in the USA. Out of over 1200 entries from around the globe, 130 unique films in 18 showcases that reflect the 30 nations they represent will be shown. Enjoy the festival in person at venues in Washington, DC, or sit back and enjoy many of our selections in the comfort of your home, office with our Online Film Festival.

Cinderella! Cinderella!

Sept 8,9 & 14, Columbia: The Horowitz Center at HCC presents an adaptation has a new twist! Cinderella learns that magic isn’t the answer to her problems. Courage, kindness and self-confidence trump superficial beauty and an expensive wardrobe.  With rich verbal humor for adults and children, as well as delightful physical humor for even the youngest theatre goers, this play should not be missed!

In The Street

Sept 8, Frederick: For over 30 years, In The Street has been a proud Frederick tradition held along Market Street and Carroll Creek Urban Park and attracts crowds of over 75,000. The festival continues to invite attendees to explore historic downtown Frederick, while offering a sampling of the diverse food, entertainment, art and non-profit resources that thrive in Frederick County.

Maryland Seafood Festival

Sept 8-9, Annapolis: We’re celebrating over 50 years of food and fun at Sandy Point State Park with a weekend full of delicious seafood dishes, interactive cooking demonstrations, exciting competitions, kids activities and moreWhile you sample all of our tasty offerings, enjoy all of our maritime related exhibits, contests, and activities. The Festival also hosts loads of local shopping and vendor options and tons of kids activities.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival

Sept 8, Silver Spring: Featuring many jazz genres, including straight ahead, smooth, Latin, and other popular jazz forms, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival stars Dianne Reeves, Marcus Johnson, Akua Allrich and the Tribe, Charles Woods Quintet, and the amazing youth talent of the Jazz Academy of Music led by Paul Carr. In addition, there will be a wide selection of food vendors.

Color Columbia Plein Air 2018

Sept 8, Columbia: Mark your calendars and meet us outdoors, where you can breathe fresh air, hear the birds, and paint the scenery and diverse architectural elements around Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake.

27th Annual Howard County Police Pace

Sept 9, Columbia: The long-running 5K race and 1-mile walk/run supports families of Howard County officers killed or injured in the line of duty as well as provide scholarships and support the department with funding for special needs not met through the annual budget. The event will offer 50 performance awards, children’s activities and a chance to win prizes. In addition, the Howard County Police will display police cars, motorcycles, the horse-mounted unit and helicopter as well as equipment from specialty units.

Family Fridays Under the Dome

Sept 7, Columbia: Treat your family to unique shows at Robinson Nature Center's NatureSphere planetarium. Each program features a full-dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation.

Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere

Sept 7, Columbia: Treat your partner or friends to a unique Friday night experience of top notch astronomy and entertainment at the Robinson Nature Center. This program is held in the NatureSphere planetarium and features a full-dome movie preceded by an adult-level planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. 

Turn Me Loose

Sept 6-Oct 14, DC: The Arena Stage presents this intimate and no-holds-barred drama which chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance--“Scorchingly funny and brilliant” (The New York Times)


Sept 4-23, DC: Rampant ambition and minds unhinged. Owls shrieking and prophesies foretold. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is seen anew, set in an historic London asylum for this groundbreaking production presented by The Folger Theatre. Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation blends period music performed by Folger Consort with the tragedy of ambition run amok.

Nation's Escape Tri

Sept 9, DC: Join us for the 13th Annual Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C! Our Olympic distance Tri, sanctioned by the USAT, includes a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, a 40k bike course through DC, and a 10k run through Washington, D.C’s historical landmarks with a spectacular finish! 

45th Annual Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival

Sept 9, Catonsville: A landmark event for over 40 years, the Festival draws artisans from Maine to Florida showcasing the finest one-of-a-kind paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, fabric creations and more. We offer live music, a tremendous variety of food and unique beverages, and a KidZone with children’s activities.

Adams Morgan Day

Sept 9, DC: Get ready for our all-volunteer, grassroots celebration of Adams Morgan’s eclectic history, culture, businesses, and residents. Celebrating its 40th year this year, Adams Morgan Day is Washington’s longest running neighborhood festival. Join our family-friendly celebration with music, art and activities for all ages.

Chestertown Jazz Festival

Sept 5-10, Kent County: The Festival is an exciting collaboration between Rock Hall’s Mainstay Theater, Chestertown’s Garfield Center for the Arts and other key local influencers. The exciting musical event is a six-day jazz and blues extravaganza held each September. Experience Jazz and Blues while taking in the beauty of Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Maryland State Fair

Through Sept 3: Head to Timonium for the last weekend of the State Fair! Ride on the Midway, eat some cotton candy, check out the exhibition barns, and see some prize animals!

South Pacific

Now-Oct 7, Olney: With songs like Some Enchanted Evening and I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,  Olney Theatre tackles one of the most beloved of American musicals. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winner was ahead of its time with its unflinching look at racism and prejudice that, sadly, still resonates today. 

The Bridges of Madison County

Through Sept 2, DC: An acclaimed musical based on the best-selling novel, the Keegan Theatre presents a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross, this Tony Award-winner captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland and the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if…?”

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Various dates through Oct 21, Crownsville: Check out this unique festival that takes place every year near Annapolis, Md. Bring along the entire family and celebrate olde times with Renaissance-themed artisans, dazzling performances (including dances and musicians) and plenty of plate-filling food, like turkey legs. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish.

National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert

Sept 2, DC: NSO musicians Aaron Goldman and Craig Mulcahy, and Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist alumna Leah Hawkins join the National Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor JoAnn Falletta for the NSO's annual free Labor Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The program features patriotic classics, traditional melodies, popular songs, and a bevy of works by living composers.

Page to Stage New Play Festival

Sept 1-3, DC: Join more than 60 D.C.-area theater companies at the Kennedy Center for a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals in development by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers—some with scripts in hand, others almost fully staged. The free performances reflect the dynamic make-up of all corners of the city, whether you are a newcomer or a veteran to theater.

Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

Sept 1-2, DC: Mayor Muriel Bowser presents the Festival at the historic Lincoln Theatre. As part of 202Creates, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will close out the summer with a weekend of live music by local artists performing the sounds of DC. All performances are free and open to the public.

Anacostia Park Centennial Two Day Birthday Party

Aug 31-Sept 1, DC: Enjoy Yoga in the Park, River Rides on the Anacostia River, ranger led tours, painting, fishing, roller skating and so much more in this two day party!

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Aug 31-Sept 3, Greenbelt: The Greenbelt Labor Day Festival was started in 1955 as a way of raising funds to build a Youth Center. The weekend-long celebration includes amusement rides, carnival games, live bands and entertainment, food and refreshments, sports and recreation, art exhibits and activities, a used book sale and a parade!

National Book Festival

Sept 1, DC:  The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host this annual celebration of books of all kinds, from children’s stories to epic novels, curated by the Library of Congress. Authors will speak and answer questions about their work throughout the day, with the main stage featuring marquee names like Madeleine Albright, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham. The festival is free to attend!