Every week I pick out the best culinary and social events happening on the weekends in the DC area.  I choose the fun, exciting and enlightening events.  This week is no different.  You can visit the White House Garden, continue celebrating Oktoberfest and have a nice weekend out at Mount Vernon.

Tucker ready to relax - He barked TGIF
Tucker ready to relax - He barked TGIF

White House Garden Tours

Saturday-Sunday (October 17-18)

This weekend they are opening up the White House gardens for visitors to see.  The tour includes all of the Gardens except for the new Kitchen Garden.  Although the Kitchen Garden will be able to be seen from a distance.  Tickets are first come first serve each morning starting at 8AM.  Remember tickets are one per person each person has to be present to pick up tickets.  Tickets are available in the Ellipse Pavilion on 15th and E.

Tours are available on Saturday, October 17, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and  Sunday, October 18, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon

Saturday-Sunday (October 17-18)

The four-acre George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site celebrates the harvest season with FREE horse-drawn wagon rides, a straw bale maze, an opportunity to meet “General Washington,” and the chance to learn how to dance 18th-century-style! Plus outdoor cooking demonstrations and concessions.

Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Oktoberfest at the Doener Bistro

Friday-Sunday (October 16-18)

Doener Bistro invites the public to it’s second annual Oktoberfest celebration, featuring live music, food and activities. Special offerings include beersteins, weisswurst, pretzels, Bavarian meat loaf, brezel and more…  Don’t forget about the Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest Bier on tap.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday

Location: 202-A Harrison Street, SE.  Leesburg, VA, 20175

Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins

Heartland Orchards

3064 Hartland Lane,  Markham, VA 22643



Homestead Farm

15600 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837



Larriland Farm

2415 Woodbine Road | Woodbine, MD 21797



Have a great weekend.


Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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