School is out, summer is almost officially in, and it’s Father’s Day. All great reasons to celebrate, and this round-up is full of ways to do it. Happy Weekend! And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
If you’re still in need of plans for dad’s big day, there are so many great ways to celebrate. There are activities and offerings especially for the occasion, special events that coincide with the date, and everyday outings that can be made special with a few extra touches and great company. See this post with a bunch of ideas to help plan your day.
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
Whne: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $35/day, free for 10 and under
The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is going to be one fun event. More details here, but note that the chance to enter the giveaway has ended.
Jazz It Up
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free on Friday, starts at $49/day Sat/Sun
The annual DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists at venues all around the city over a whole week. And it culminates this weekend at The Yards with a three-day blowout of music and good times.
Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Join Anacostia Riverkeeper at the dock at Diamond Teague Park for catch and release fishing. This Friday evening kicks off the series that will take place every Friday through August 25. Rods, reels, bait, and instruction are all free. No registration required — just show up! Diamond Teague Park is located at on the Anacostia River, between Nationals Park and Yards Park.
Joys of Summer
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale
The calendar may not say so, but it’s summer for all intents and purposes, so celebrate with one — or several — of the many activities exclusive to the season. Swim under the sky, catch a concert beneath the stars, see a special exhibit, play at a water park, and more. For the whole gamut of seasonal fun, check out the 2017 Summer Guide.
Spy Fiction Writer’s Workshop
Where: International Spy Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $30, $25/members
The shadow world of spying has captured the imagination of authors for centuries. Kids ages 9-14 can join this writing workshop for young spies led by Melissa Mahle, former CIA intelligence officer and author of Anatolia Steppe: Lost in Petra and Camp Secret. Learn from her hands-on work in disguise, surveillance, and spy gadgetry and be the one to develop a plot and storyline that grips readers’ attention and quickens their pulses. Dinner included.
Where: Theatres Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* It’s opening weekend for Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre
* See a classic on stage as the Kennedy Center presents The Sound of Music
* See another classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents The Wizard of Oz
* And Panda Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo
* Creative Cauldron has a production of The Wizard of Oz on their stage, too
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch running at the Kennedy Center is recommended for ages 12 and up
* Make it a KidFree outing at a performance of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The School for Lies
* Catch Shakespeare in the Park As the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings The Tempest to PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, MD
Taste of Reston
Where: Reston Town Center | Reston, VA
When: Friday, 3-11pm & Saturday, 12-11pm
Admission: Free (purchase tickets for tastings)
The largest outdoor food festival in NoVA has also been named “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine for several years. Reston Town Center will be bustling for two days with restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, a Wine ‘n Dine area, and the Family Fun Zone featuring activities, interactive games, demonstrations, and arts & crafts for all ages.
Strawberry Fields in Petworth
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 4-8pm
Okay, maybe not fields, but a Strawberry Festival is even better! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church welcomes all to enjoy free family to celebrate the season, including two bounce houses, face painting, crafts, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, and tours of Rock Creek Cemetery (where the church is located). Food, including strawberries and strawberry shortcakes, can be purchased there. Located in Petworth DC, the main entrance to the grounds is on Rock Creek Church Road NW & Webster St NW.
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1–5 pm
Drop in to experience innovation and creative expression in the world we build for ourselves through activities designed and facilitated by the National Building Museum’s Teen Council. Complete a digital scavenger hunt that connects you to the collections and historic building and share your vision of DC’s future through collage-making. A teens-only workshop and hangout space will be available. Some activities require exhibition tickets, but high school students receive free admission with a valid school I.D.
Columbia Heights Day Festival
Where: 11th Street Park btw Park & Irving | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Whether or not you live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, you’re invited to bring the fam out for a fun, free day of excitement and activities to help celebrate the community. In its 12th year, Columbia Heights Day brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food vendors, live music and entertainment, a beer garden, and tents full of fun and unique vendors, and more!
Shaw Open House
Where: Shaw Neighborhood, DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Everyone from arts enthusiasts and the health conscious to foodies and families are invited to Shaw Main Streets Open House for tastes from some of DC’s best restaurants and bars and fun family-friendly experiences at distinctive retail and art establishments in central Shaw. Attendees can look forward to an afternoon full of discounts, fun and freebies, including fun prizes for the kids, cocktail samples, lots of free bites and an array of specially curated experiences.
Innovations in Flight Family Day
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Head to the Chantilly arm of the Air & Space Museum for a special Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display. See military, recreational, and home-built aircraft as well as classic automobiles. Enjoy presentations, demonstrations, special tours, and hands-on activities for all ages.
Celebrate the Inka Road
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Learn how to dress a llama, see how the Inka engineered a bridge out of grass, and participate in an interactive weaving project. This festival will transport you to the Andes with live performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities found along the Inka Road. A pop-up planetarium featuring the constellations of Inka sky culture will be available courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. For lovers of Andean music and dance, Tradiciones Bolivianas and Centro Cultural Bolivia will perform throughout the weekend.
Columbia Pike Blues Fest
Where: Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-8:30pm
Enjoy food and beverages, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities as you spend the day on Arlington’s oldest and newest Main Street—in one of its most diverse, vibrant communities—listening to quintessential American music that will make it impossible not to get up and dance. The Blues Festival covers three blocks at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive. So put on your dancing shoes, grab friends and family and head to the Pike for a day of great music, food, art and fun!
Where: Walker Miller Regional Park | District Heights, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Bring the whole family to celebrate this historic date and enjoy free concerts, exhibits, and activities honoring African American culture. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom — the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the name.
Around The World Cultural Food Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
The largest cultural food festival in the DMV brings together diverse, authentic, living traditions from different countries around the world. With a mission to preserve and strengthen the culture of each country while presenting it to the public, all the participants have a chance to learn from one another and understand the cultural differences and similarities. And the public will have the opportunity to learn, to eat, to dance, to shop, to witness these vibrantly connected cultures and create their own connections with each and every single country presented in the event.
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child, free for 3 and under
Homemade pickles prepared from the kitchen garden will preserve the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family’s crops and bring flavor to the family’s meals in the coming year. Help the farm wife pickle vegetables as she combines salt, water and homemade vinegar. Enjoy samples, too!
DC Way Soccer Festival
Where: Tyler Elementary School Field
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
The goal of this festival is to gather parents & children to play soccer, socialize, and have fun! It’s a great chance to introduce your child to the magnificent game of soccer, test your own skills, participate in fun competitions, and ask the DC Way coach all the questions regarding the game — and sports in general. Festival programs will include multiple games & activities such as soccer tennis, a parents vs. children challenge, best strike contest, and more. Bring the kids and let them fall in love with the game of soccer.
**More Good Stuff to Know**
* The next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt by Watson Adventures is June 24 at the National Gallery of Art. These tend to sell out so reserve your spots soon!
* In case you haven’t heard (or seen it all over local Instagram feeds) yet, XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is the must-experience exhibit in DC this summer.
* I’ve already declared myself a big fan of Joselito, and it looks like I’m in good foodie company. Give it a taste if you haven’t yet!
* Watch the sky Friday night shortly after 9pm, as a rocket launch from Wallops Island creates colorful clouds (if it’s not scrubbed due to weather like the several previous attempts).