Stay awake for the Perseid Meteor Shower on August 13. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Stay awake for the Perseid Meteor Shower on August 13. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Best Things to Do in DC in August with Kids

As August rolls into town, we're seeing a magnificent uptick in family-friendly things to do in DC, including fairs, outdoor movies, and so many campfire evenings we can smell the s'mores from here. The coolest event this month has to be the screening of Apollo 13 (PG), paired with viewing the Perseid Meteor show in Observatory Park. That's next-level parent-child memory making... and it's free!

We're also all in for peaches, potatoes, and the county fairs in Arlington, Gaithersburg, and Manassas. Awesome Con arrives downtown on August 20 for a weekend full of geeky fun, and Vienna's Kids on the Green hosts puppets and story times on Tuesdays. Raga and Step Afrika! commandeer the Kennedy Center, and, oh look! Free Comic Book Day is this month, too.

So when you're ready to towel off after a busy day at the sprayground or swimming pool, scrutinize our ever-expanding calendar of things to do in DC and dive in to August. We'll see you under the stars!

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Great Country Farms
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Great Country Farms Harvest Festival

Great Country Farms
upcoming events
(Wed Sep 1, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Great Country Farms Corn Maze and Apple Harvest

Thomas Jefferson Community Center

Washington DC - Citywide

Various locations

Crystal City Water Park
upcoming events
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Fri Oct 1, 2021) Fridays at the Fountain

Lake Fairfax Park
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 23, 2021) Colors of the Forest

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Lake Fairfax Park
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 23, 2021) Colors of the Forest
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Georgetown French Market
Wisconsin Avenue - 10:00 AM Pick
Movies in the Park
Virginia Highlands Park - 6:00 PM Pick
Story Pirates Story Creation Zone
Online Link to Be Provided - 7:00 PM Pick
Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Leesburg Animal Park - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides