The Weekend Round-Up: May 29-31

Getting the hoola on at last year's Tour de Fat

Getting the hoola on at last year’s Tour de Fat



A wacky (& wonderful) celebration of bikes, folk music, summer fun, a wine fest, a pop culture convention, live entertainment, and even more awesome activities are among your options for family fun this weekend. And you can find even more in the big list of Everyday Play. Happy Weekend!

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Outdoor concerts, water fun, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun in DC. Start the weekend with free music this evening at Jazz in the Garden or Rockin’ on the Riverfront, cool off at a public pool or a sprayground during the steamy days, see a family flick outdoors at National Harbor on Sunday night… and so much more. The KFDC 2015 Guide to Summer in DC has the scoop on where and when you can experience the joys of summer.

Tour de Fat
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

The celebration of all things bicycle is zany in the best way possible. There’s a bicycle parade, bicycle art, reconfigured bicycles to ride, a dance contest to win a bicycle, a car-for-bike swap, a bike-themed kids area, and bikes just…everywhere. There’s also beer! Registration for the parade starts at 10am, then the rest of the festivities kick off at 11am. Costumes encouraged.

Washington Folk Festival
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend, as the Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in Washington. All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation, as well as the world, will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $15/1-day pass, $25/2-day pass, free for kids 10 and under

This celebration of popular culture is DC’s comic-con, embracing all aspects of geekdom and pop culture. Expect a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, a Kids Zone, and appearance from more than fifty movie and television celebrity guests throughout the weekend. Kids will love the chance to draw along with noted comic book artists, attend Superhero University and make Superhero symbols and capes, see a wizard magic show, and participate in a kid’s costume contest and puppetry class.

Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival
Where: Bull Run Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $35/adults, $10/kids

A wine fest might sound like a grown-ups-only event, but this one offers plenty of fun for kids, too. Chef demos, food truck fare, live music, and a whole Family Tent with activities especially for children are among the festivities. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunity for wine tasting, too!

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Follow the yellow brick road to Adventure Theatre, where The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is in its final weekend
* Take little ones and their stuffed toys to the NSO Teddy Bear Concert, Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My! at the Kennedy Center
* The curtains are also about to close on Creative Cauldron’s Once on this Island
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Cinderella is the current main stage production
* And Old MacDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* Potted Potter, a hilarious show condensing all seven Harry Potter books, opens at the Lansburgh Theatre this weekend (look for a ticket deal)
* Rainbow Rock is playing a CD-Release show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning

The Capital Wheel Turns 1!
Where: National Harbor
When: Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Admission: Rides are $15/ages 12 and up, $11.25/child

It’s been one year since The Capital Wheel started spinning, and National Harbor is marking the occasion with a birthday party! Join the celebration that will include a DJ on the plaza, Buzz Bakery cupcakes for the first 500 riders, fun props in the Wheel’s gondolas for photo opps, and Golden Ticket giveaways all day.

DC United vs. Philadelphia Union
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 7pm (parking lot opens at 4pm)
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Kick it at a soccer game as the DC United host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening. Get there early for activities at the Lot 8 Tailgate, and be sure to stop by section 222 for a variety of kids activities. For some extra goodies just for young fans, join the Kids Club!

Behind-the-Scenes at the Ballpark
Where: Nationals Park
When: Sunday
Admission: $15/adults, $12/children

The Nats might not be playing at home, but you can still have a great day at Nationals Park on a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. That’s right, you can get access to areas that aren’t open to just anyone at any time. AND you get to go down to the field, sit in the dugouts, and hang out in the Nationals bullpen. Tours are available on most non-game days throughout the season, and when I last checked, tickets were still available for this Sunday! This KFDC post has the full scoop on this treat for any Nats fan.

Sample Spanish Immersion
Where: Creative Acts Learning Center
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Take a fun and interactive class designed to have your child using Spanish immediately. A new series of Spanish classes for kids is starting up on Capitol Hill, and you’re invited to sample one on Saturday. Before and after class interact with like minded parents over refreshments, tour the space, and talk to the instructor about the class. Sessions are introductory and 30 minutes long starting at 9:30am and 10:15am for 3-5 year olds, and 11am and 11:45am for 6-9 year olds. Secure your child’s spot by registering for the class on the website. The Center is located 631-B Pennsylvania Avenue SE on Capitol Hill.

Play with Zip
Where: Beauvoir Outdoors
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

I’m not recommending this because I just wrote about it. The National Cathedral Elementary School’s playground makes this round-up because it’s a fantastic place to take the kids to play. With lots of climbing and sliding structures and spaces for all ages, plus a super fun zipline(!), your whole crew will have a blast there.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult

The area’s largest U-pick strawberry festival is on for the second and final weekend – rain or shine. Get ready for loads of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, slides, a pedal cart track, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, Cow Train ($2), and animal encounters. Whew!

Go with the Flow
Where: Potomac, Anacostia, & Patuxent Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also row from the Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45. And if you’re up for a bigger excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island.

Take Your Pick
Where: Area Farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. However, it’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.


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5 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: May 29-31

  1. Todd

    This weekend is the Herndon Festival!:
    Herndon Festival – May 28-31, 2015. Downtown Herndon, Virginia. The free summer festival features live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children’s entertainment, a business exposition, 10k & 5k races, a Fitness expo, fireworks and more.

  2. Ginger

    Hi! In your blurb about Awesome Con, it says tickets are $15 for one day. Where did you get that info? When you go to the website and click tickets, the cheapest one is $31.73 for one day. I would love to go…for $15.

    Thanks!

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Ginger, my apologies! I must have mixed it up with another event. Hope it wasn’t an inconvenience to you.

  3. Aieysha

    Today’s event Awesome Con is not $15 for a one day pass. It varies from $31 to $42. You guys posted the wrong information.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Aieysha, apologies for this! I definitely posted the wrong info – must have gotten events confused. I hope it didn’t mess up any plans for you.

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