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!
Free Appetizer or Dessert at Chili’s
Visitor must “Like” Chili’s on Facebook, fill out the form, click go to app (you can select “only me” when they ask if they can share posts on your wall), then get a Free Appetizer or Dessert Coupon.
Free Chips and Queso at California Tortilla
On Friday, October 26th, California Tortilla is giving FREE Chips and Queso (or salsa) to anyone who makes a purchase and says the secret password “Cal Tort’s Queso is Golden.” Not only that, but they will also give you a miner’s hat.* Who doesn’t want free chips and queso and a miner’s hat? Plus, post a picture of you, your kid or your dog wearing said Gold Rush Miner’s Hat and you might win a prize — or at least make everyone laugh.
Buy One, Get One Free at Pei Wei
Print out this Sriracha Fanatic Card. Show the barcoded card each time you purchase Sriracha Chicken, through November 4th. After your third scan, you will receive a Buy 1, Get 1 Free offer, via email.
Sampling Saturdays at Auntie Anne’s
Over the next four weeks, Auntie Anne’s stores nationwide will participate in Sampling Saturdays by providing samples (tomorrow, 10/20, they are featuring their lemonade). 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.
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Subs at Subway
This is the last weekend to take advantage of this deal! 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.
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
Marine Corps Marathon for Kids!
The Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run presented by The Washington Post will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in the Pentagon North Parking Lot. Nearly 3,600 children ages 5-12 will participate in the one-mile just-for-fun event. All participants receive a t-shirt, medal and snacks at the finish line. The Kids Run hosts six separate starting times. An individual young runner’s designated wave is indicated on the official participant bib as noted by color, start time and bib number.
Fall Family Day at the White House
On Saturday, October 27, there will be lots of fun, family activities throughout DC. Activities include making carnival masks at the Art Museum of the Americas (OAS); an art safari at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; making beeswax candles, season-themed magnetic puzzles, and colonial toys at the DAR Museum; a scavenger hunt at the Octagon House; a scavenger hunt through the Renwick Gallery; family-themed activities at the White House Visitor Center.
Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days, October 27 and 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price this weekend only. Fall Harvest Family Days are included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.
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
This Saturday is their Pumpkin Festival!! Come out and find “the great pumpkin” in their pumpkin patch. They have pick your own apples available: Yorks, Romes, Stayman, and Nittany. In the market we have 12 varieties of apples to choose from (on Friday, Pink Lady will be available). They also have many desserts made with pumpkin to celebrate the day: pumpkin carrot cake, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bars, and of course pumpkin pies!
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.