Looking for something fun (and inexpensive!) to do over the weekend? You’re in luck! This weekend is jammed packed with fun activities, many of them free! Here is a list of Restaurant/Food Promotions and Family Activities in the DC area, all happening today through Sunday! Be sure to check out our Guide to Pumpkin Patches in the DC Metro Area, to find one that your family will love!
Sampling Saturdays at Auntie Anne’s
Over the next four weeks, Auntie Anne’s stores nationwide will participate in Sampling Saturdays by providing bite-sized samples of their featured pretzel (tomorrow, 10/20, they are featuring Pretzel Dogs). In addition to receiving the sample, guests will be provided with scratch-off cards to try their luck at winning instant prizes, including free Signature Pretzels and free 21-ounce fountain drinks.
Reserve your FREE Cafe-Size Bacon Tomato Mac & Three Cheese at Corner Bakery Cafe
There are still openings! Register now for a time and location to enjoy your FREE tasting. Tastings begin this Friday, October 19th. DC Metro readers, there are participating locations in Northern Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, & Sterling), Maryland (Baltimore, Bethesda, Germantown, Gaithersburg, Pikesville, Towson), and the District.
Buy 1 Big Mac or Quarter Pounder, Get 1 for $0.01 at DC McDonalds
Through Saturday, October 20, buy 1 Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese, and get the second one for a penny! Also, tweet DC McDonalds & tell them if you are a
#BigMac fan or #QPCfan – the winning team gets a prize!
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Subs at Subway
Throughout the month of October, Subway is offering a FREE 6″ sub when you purchase any 6″ sub and drink, before 9 AM. This means, you can grab your morning cup o’ Joe along with a breakfast sandwich, and get your lunch for free! To find a Subway near you, click here.
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Sriracha Chicken at Pei Wei
Pei Wei is announcing their new Sriracha Chicken, and offering a Buy One, Get One Free offer. To get your coupon, sign into your Pei Wei Market account.
Free Popcorn at Angelika Film Center
To celebrate their recent opening, Angelika Film Center Mosaic in Fairfax, VA is offering a coupon for free popcorn. No additional purchase necessary. They offer free ample parking and are walking distance to the Dunn-Loring Metro Stop. Coupon expires on October 31, 2012.
Free Appetizer at T.G.I. Friday’s
Get a free appetizer just for downloading TGI Friday’s mobile app. You will find it in the Happenings section of the mobile app. Already have the app? Your coupon’s waiting for you in the Happenings section, too.
25% Off Any Purchase at Einstein Bros Bagels
Receive 25% off any purchase at Einstein Bros Bagels or FREE bagel poppers with any beverage purchase. Limit one coupon per person. This coupon expires October 22, 2012.
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Sandwich or Smoothie at Burger King
Burger King released a number of printable coupons for Buy 1, Get 1 Free Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches, Whoppers, Original Chicken Sandwiches, and Real Fruit Smoothies. These coupons expire on November 4, 2012.
Free Iced Latte at Wawa
On the road this weekend? Be sure to sign up for Wawa’s email list to get a coupon for a free 16 oz. iced latte!
Free Breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe
Want coupons & deals from Mimi’s? Sign up for their eClub! You’ll get a FREE breakfast (with the purchase of a breakfast entree) just for signing up!
Family Entertainment in Washington, DC
Loudoun Farm Color Tour
This weekend, October 20 & 21, from 10 AM – 4 PM, head to Loudoun County to enjoy the breathtaking Fall colors! The Loudoun Fall Color Tour attracts thousands of visitors from across the country to the beautiful Loudoun Valleys, with views of the Blue Ridge, Short Hill and Sugarloaf Mountains; all just minutes west of Washington Dulles International Airport. The Fall Color Tour is held annually and is a free self-guided tour showcasing local, active farms in the county. The weekend event is also used as a teaching mechanism to inform consumers of what products are grown and available locally. No admission cost!
Aldie Harvest Festival
Winner of Visit Loudoun’s 2010 Tourism Event of the Year, the Aldie Harvest Festival features food, entertainment, vendors, crafts, bake sales, and more. Children will enjoy face painting, a moon bounce, and pony rides. Historic Aldie Mill will feature historic lectures and miller Mike Devine will be demonstrating grinding using water power from the mill’s twin water wheels. Aldie Mill will also be hosting the Civil War reenactors from the 17th Mississippi Regiment. The Blacksmith Guild will be demonstrating their craft and selling wrought iron items. No admission cost – there is a $5 suggested parking donation.
Fall Harvest Days at Frying Pan Farm Park
This weekend, Saturday, October 20 (from 10 AM – 3 PM) and Sunday, October 21 (from 11 AM – 3 PM), head to Frying Pan Farm Park to watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals, and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3), bring a pair of long pants, long sleeve shirt and a pair of panty hose to make your own scarecrow ($5), or visit the Fall Carnival. The Fall carnival will be open Friday, October 19th (from 6PM-10 PM); Saturday, October 20 (from Noon – 10 PM); and Sunday, October 21 (from Noon – 7 PM). Rides take 3-5 tickets each, and regular ticket prices are $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount multi-ride passes availble for Sunday afternoon. There is no admission cost or reservation required.
Pumpkin Picking at Wegmeyer Farms
They are open Thursday- Sunday from 10 to 6 each day. As always, there is no admission fee and pumpkins are 50 cents per pound. The corn maze is open when the farm is open weather permitting, and the cost is $5 per person (2 and under free). Their scenic and fun educational hayride will be running all day on Saturday and Sunday. The charge per person is $5 (2 and under free). For those that want to do both the hayride and corn maze, the discounted price is $8 total.
Apple Picking at Marker Miller Orchards
Available for pick your own this week: Ida Red, Stayman, Granny Smith, Nittany, Rome, York, and Fuji. There are also plenty of pumpkins to choose from. Inside the market we have 13 varieties of apples, winter squash, turnips, and sweet corn. The weather is perfect for apple cider donuts, fresh made fudge, and hot apple cider!
Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival
Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10 AM – 5 PM, head to Butler’s Orchard for their Pumpkin Festival. Festival admission is $11.00/person, and children 2 and under are free. They offer a corn bin, hayrides, straw maze, corn hole, giant slides, pumpkin coach, pumpkin polls, jump in the hayloft, pedal tractors, pumpkinland, and much more!
Loudoun County Farmers’ Markets
Over the weekend, Loudoun County offers a number of wonderful Farmers’ Markets throughout the area. I attended the Leesburg Market last weekend, and was very pleasantly surprised to find the wealth of fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables they offered! While prices are comparable (or a little more expensive) than you would find in our nearby grocery stores, the produce is definitely fresher and lasts considerably longer. For more information and to find a Farmers’ Market near you, click here.