Best Things To Do in Washington, DC in October with Kids

Rides and more fall activities await at Leesburg Animal Park this October. Photo courtesy of Leesburg Animal Park
Rides and more fall activities await at Leesburg Animal Park this October. Photo courtesy of Leesburg Animal Park

Time for all things pumpkin, apples, and ghosts! October is packing a spooky punch in DC with the return of the Halloween Lantern Paradepumpkin patches aplenty, lots of Halloween events, and many other fun things to in Washington, DC with kids. There are tons of fall festivals going on, and the DC event calendar is percolating daily with more things to do with the family.

Check out an amazing light show this month, listen to a free National Symphony Orchestra concert, go trick-or-treating in the pool, or get a taste of Turkish culture at the DC Wharf.

Read on for all our top picks for things to do in Washington, DC this October with kids.

Places featured in this article:


Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Burke Nursery and Garden Centre

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Montgomery County Agricultural Center - various times Pick
Prince William County Fair
The Fairgrounds - various times Pick
Arlington County Fair
Thomas Jefferson Community Center - various times Pick
Mount Vernon Nights - Grist Mill Park
Grist Mill Park - various times Pick
Design Zone at the National Children's Museum
National Children’s Museum - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides