Cool Fun for Fall
Crafts, music, antiques and tastings of local wine, bread and organic cheeses are the primary features at this weekend's Autumn Festival at Mount Airy Mansion. Crafters will show and sell pottery, watercolors, hand-carved instruments, jewelry and toys. Carl and Kathleen Botzmer will play and sing Appalachian mountain and Celtic music. Saturday at 1 p.m., there is a concert by Solazo, an Andean panpipe band that plays rumba, reggae and salsa; on Sunday at 1 p.m., Alkuone, flag performers from Belgium, will take the stage. Admission to the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is free. Tickets to Solazo and Alkuone are $2. Food, crafts and antiques will be for sale. Mount Airy Mansion is at 8714 Rosaryville Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-856-1954.
Marking the Middle Ages
Saxon, Norman and Viking reenactors are taking over the Marietta House Museum this weekend to depict life in the 11th through 15th centuries. In addition to battle reenactments by the various living history encampments, there will be educational displays, music, dancing, merchants and food. The "Medieval Faire" costs $5 for adults and $2 for ages 4 to 18. It is free to children 3 and younger. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-464-5291.
Rural Life on Display
Families can watch open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations at "Kids Day in the Kountry" on Saturday. Other activities include pony rides, hayrides and crafts for kids including pumpkin-painting, basket-weaving and toy tractor-making. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Patuxent Rural Life Museum at Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-6074.