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Info and Tips for the Nationals World Series Victory Parade on Saturday


Fight Finished. Now it’s time to celebrate our Washington Nationals!!!

Mayor Bowser announced that a victory parade and rally will take place this Saturday, November 2, from 2pm to 5pm. The parade will begin at Constitution Avenue & 15th Street NW, then proceed down Constitution to Pennsylvania Avenue & 3rd Street NW. That’s just past the large intersection near the National Gallery of Art, DC Courthouse, and Capitol grounds.

Getting There
Obviously, streets will be closed off, and lots of people will be coming into the District, so parking and getting around by car will be very difficult. I recommend getting there by public transportation, bike, scooter, or the shoe leather express.

The closest Metro stops to the parade route and rally are Archives/Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green line and Gallery Place on the Red/Yellow/Green lines, Metro Center on the Red/Blue/Orange lines, and Federal Triangle on the Blue/Orange line, Farragut North on the Red line, and Smithsonian on Blue/Orange. A bit farther and possibly less crowded are L’Enfant Plaza on Yellow/Green/Blue/Orange, Judiciary Square on Red, and Federal Center SW on Blue/Orange. It’ll be a nice day, perfect for some extra walking.

Metrobus is also a great option. The A30’s all service that general area, and the D-6 goes right through Penn Quarter. And keep in mind that some buses will be rerouted due to street closures, so be sure to check on that.

It’s a good time to take advantage of Capital Bikeshare, Jump Bikes, and scooters (for kids who are big enough) — see this Curbed DC article for info.

Being There
It’s always tricky to figure out the best place to stake out a spot for an event like this. (I remember our crew trying to be strategic about the Caps celebration and realizing when we got there lots of other people had the same idea we did!)

Generally, if you want to catch the parade, definitely line up on Constitution Ave. And if you care more about the rally, go straight to the ending point around Pennsylvania & 3rd. Of course, you can do both and start on Constitution, then head to the rally area, but there likely will be a crush of people doing the same. Either way, get there early if you want a good spot. I’d say at least an hour ahead. There are always big screens set up, so you should be able to see what’s going on from wherever you are, though sometimes you need to get a good spot for a good view of those, too.

Gear Up
Wear your Nats best! Modell’s and Dick’s have World Series commemorative gear, but I hear it’s selling fast! Of course, you can also purchase at the Nationals Team Stores at Nationals Park. Surely, there will be vendors selling items at the event on Saturday, too.

Fuel Up
Celebrating will make you hungry, so plan to have a meal before or after the parade and rally. There are loads of great, family-friendly places not too far from the event area. Here are some recommendations: Jaleo, Teasim, Hill Country Barbeque, Pi Pizzeria, Carmine’s, District Chophouse, Protein Bar, and Pret a Manger. Find even more on Open Table.

More Info
You can get alerts about the event by texting “NATS” to 888-777 or visit the District government’s event page for the parade to stay up to date on details (though right now there aren’t any there).

* If I hear further information and think of any other important tips, I’ll add them here, so check back before Saturday.

* For more to do while you’re downtown, be sure to check the Weekend Round-Up and, of course, the rest of the blog to find nearby activities.

* And because I am so, so, SO excited for our Nats and it’s #TBT as I post this and I’m a total sap and can’t pick just a few, here are a bunch of photos of our Nats fandom over the years. 🙂
















































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2019 Independence Day Celebrations Around DC


What better place to celebrate Independence Day than in our nation’s capital? This is where the actual Declaration of Independence is housed (and will be read!), and celebrations take place among some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. But the excitement doesn’t stop there. From fireworks over the city and concerts at the Capitol to special events at George Washington’s house to neighborhood parades and ballpark fun, there are loads of ways to revel on July 4th (and 3rd!). Here are details on a bunch of them. Happy Independence Day!

National Independence Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th-17th Streets | DC
When: July 4, 11:45am
Admission: Free

Many national holidays get a parade in DC, and July 4th is no exception. Scores of spectators are expected to line the Constitution Avenue sidewalks to watch the procession celebrating Independence Day make its way from 7th to 17th Streets. Marching bands, floats, giant balloons, equestrian groups, drill teams, and military units will be among the pageantry. Stake out your spot along the route early, as this event attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers every year.

An American Celebration
Where: Mount Vernon | Mount Vernon, VA
When: July 4, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18-20/adult, $11-12/age 6-11, free/5 & under

The home of George Washington salutes the first commander-in-chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event. Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.” See the full schedule of events here.

A Capitol Fourth
Where: West Lawn on the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: July 4, 8pm; gates open at 3pm
Admission: Free

The annual Independence Day concert airing live on PBS, A Capitol Fourth will feature great musical pageantry. John Stamos will be back to host this year’s show, which will include performances by Carole King, Vanessa Carlton, Vanessa Williams, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, MusiCorps, and many more exciting acts. A special treat for the entire family will be Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover, Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street on hand to celebrate America’s birthday, as the Sesame Street Muppets perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the groundbreaking children’s television series. Get there early to stake out a spot! (KFDC tip: You can also enjoy the show with less crowds at the dress rehearsal on July 3 – same time and place!)

Fourth of July Musical Salute
Where: The District Wharf | Southwest DC
When: July 4, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

It’s a star-spangled day at The Wharf. There will be live music throughout the day on the Pearl Street, Fish Market, and Transit Pier stages. Let the kids splash in the fountains, rock on bench swings by the water, enjoy an afternoon lunch at the waterfront, then snag a spot on one of the piers or rooftop bars for some of the best fireworks viewing the city has to offer. Read more about The Wharf in this KFDC post.

Salute to America and Fireworks
Where: Lincoln Memorial & West Potomac Park, DC
When: July 4, 6:30 – 9:30
Admission: Free

Festivities on the National Mall will be a bit different from previous years. Instead of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival going on all day and a concert and fireworks happening in the evening, there will be a Salute to America by the President honoring America’s armed forces with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and much more (tickets required). Later, fireworks will take place at West Potomac Park.

America’s Pastime
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: July 3, 6:05pm & July 4, 11:05am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

A day at the ballpark is about as all-American as it gets when it comes to sports, and you can experience it and celebrate the holiday at Nationals Park. Kick off Independence Day on July 3rd, when the Nats play the Marlins and enjoy a postgame fireworks show. The July 4th game is all part of the Patriotic Series. Before you go, be sure to check this post for tips to save on a Nats game.

Fourth of July at the National Archives
Where: National Archives | National Mall, DC
When: July 4, 8am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Catch the annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. It starts at 10am, but doors open an 8am am, and the first 1,000 guests will receive a special T-shirt. After that, celebrate like it it’s 1776! Enjoy family activities, story time, crafts, and more! Meet John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

Neighborhood Parades
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Most on July 4, times vary
Admission: Free

Keep it close to home at a community celebration. You likely are aware of July 4th events taking place in your neighborhood or nearby, but if you’re still looking for a hyperlocal fête, check out this list of parades around town.

Hang out on the LAWN
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: July 4 (through September 3)
Admission: $16/adult, $13/child

It’s not an Independence Day celebration per se, but the Building Museum’s big annual Summer Block Party installation opens July 4th and will make for a fun and unique to do that day. Lawn will feature a vast, sloping green space set on a graceful incline and dotted with clusters of communal lounging areas. Visitors can enjoy refreshments and lawn games like croquet, bocce ball, and dominoes. A scaffolding tower that reaches the height of the Museum’s third floor will offer never-before-seen views of the Great Hall, column capitals, and sculptural busts lining the roof.

Visionary Pets on Parade
Where: American Visionary Arts Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: July 4, 9-10am
Admission: Free

Dress your pet & strut your stuff — or just go to watch the animal fun. Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome to this best dog-gone parade in town. It will be followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! Pets must be leashed or carried. H20, pet cooling station, and baggies provided. Free and open to the public, and no advanced registration is required to participate or watch.

July 4th Celebration
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home | Petworth, DC
When: 4-9:30pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to join the 8th annual July 4th Celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Enjoy live entertainment, catch and release fishing, face painting, bouncy fun, an obstacle course, and crafts. Concessions will also be for sale and plentiful.

Family Fireworks Cruise
Where: Washington Marina | Southwest DC
When: July 4, 6:45pm
Admission: $159 (look for a discount)

View the breathtaking Independence Day fireworks display from the comfort of the boat, FREEDOM. This relaxing, family-friendly cruise with the National Ferry Corporation along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers offers front row seats to the stunning display in the sky, fun raffles, and complimentary hot dogs, chips, and an array of cookies & brownies for desert. There will also be a complimentary champagne toast for the adults during the fireworks show, plus a full bar with beverages available for purchase. Last year’s fireworks cruise sold out, so book your cruise soon.

Summer Rooftop BBQ
Where: The Eaton Hotel | Downtown DC
When: July 4, 4-8pm
Admission: $22/adult, $10/child

Wild Days, The Eaton Hotel’s indoor/outdoor rooftop music venue, is hosting a BBQ with a special menu for the holiday — and kids are welcome, too. The gathering aims to bring together members of the community around a selection of DJs, tasty food, and cocktails overlooking all of K street, inspired by the diversity and originality of DC.

Falls Church 4th of July Celebration
Where: George Mason High School | Fairfax, VA
When: July 4, 6-10pm
Admission: Free

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual free July 4th Celebration at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike). Grab a bit fro food trucks starting at 6pm. Musical entertainment begins at 7pm with a live performance, and fireworks follow at 9:20pm. Blankets and flat-based chairs are allowed for seating on the field. Food and drinks will be sold on site.

McLean 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Langley High School | McLean, VA
When: July 4
Admission: Free

McLean’s annual Independence Day Celebration is at Langley High School this year. Gates open at 6pm, and the fireworks show begins at sunset, approximately 9:15pm. In addition to the large fireworks display, patrons can come early to enjoy musical entertainment by a local disc jockey, as well as food trucks selling a variety of entrees and snacks.


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Independence Day Celebrations Around DC



What better place to celebrate Independence Day than in our nation’s capital? This is where the actual Declaration of Independence is housed (and will be read!), and celebrations take place among some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. But the excitement doesn’t stop there. From fireworks on the National Mall and concerts at the Capitol to special events at George Washington’s house to neighborhood parades and ballpark fun, there are loads of ways to revel on July 4th (and 3rd!). Here are details on a bunch of them. Happy Independence Day!

National Independence Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th-17th Streets | DC
When: July 4, 11:45am
Admission: Free

Many national holidays get a parade in DC, and July 4th is no exception. Scores of spectators are expected to line the Constitution Avenue sidewalks to watch the procession celebrating Independence Day make its way from 7th to 17th Streets. Marching bands, floats, giant balloons, equestrian groups, drill teams, and military units will be among the pageantry. Stake out your spot along the route early, as this event attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers every year.

Independence Day Celebration on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: July 4, all day (and evening)
Admission: Free

After the parade (even earlier for some), the National Mall will begin filling up for a day of July 4th festivities — the Smithsonian Folklife Festival from 7th to 12th Streets, Junior Ranger activities, concerts, and more. And the grand finale of it all: At 9:09pm, the sky above will explode with color when the amazing iconic fireworks display. Fireworks will be launched from the Reflecting Pool area, so plan accordingly. *If you want to view the fireworks without having to head to the Mall, see these suggestions from WTOP for other vantage points to view the display.

A Capitol Fourth
Where: West Lawn on the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: July 4, 8pm; gates open at 3pm
Admission: Free

Down past the other end of the Mall, A Capitol Fourth, the annual Independence Day concert that airs live on PBS, will feature even more musical pageantry. John Stamos will be back to host this year’s show, which will include performances by The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, Jimmy Buffet, Andy Grammer, The Temptations, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, and many more exciting acts. (KFDC tip: Enjoy the show with less crowds at the dress rehearsal on July 3 – same time and place!)

An American Celebration
Where: Mount Vernon | Mount Vernon, VA
When: July 4, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18-20/adult, $11-12/age 6-11, free/5 & under

The home of George Washington salutes the first commander-in-chief with a dazzling display of made-for-daytime fireworks during its annual Independence Day event. Visitors will be treated to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River. The event also includes an inspirational naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, a special wreathlaying ceremony, and a visit from the “first” first couple, “General and Mrs. Washington.” See the full schedule of events here.

4th of July Summer Party
Where: The District Wharf | Southwest DC
When: July 4, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

The Wharf is ringing in 242 years of American independence with a kid-friendly party on Transit Pier. The celebration starts at 12pm with live music from local kids’ band Rocknoceros that will have little ones rolling with laughter. Listen and watch, or queue up for face painting, games, and a waterslide on the pier. For the adults in the crowd, the Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden opens at 1pm for drinks and snacks, and Thongband will play live, patriotic music at 2pm!

Fourth of July at the National Archives
Where: National Archives | National Mall, DC
When: June 30 – July 4
Admission: Free

The celebration starts early at the National Archives with special activities everyday starting this Saturday — see the schedule for details. On the July 4th holiday, catch the annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. There will also be historical guests, patriotic music, and family activities before and after that.

America’s Pastime
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: July 3, 6:05pm & July 4, 11:05am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

A day at the ballpark is about as all-American as it gets when it comes to sports, and you can experience it and celebrate the holiday at Nationals Park. Kick off Independence Day on July 3rd, when the Nats play the Red Sox and enjoy a postgame fireworks show. The July 4th game is all part of the Patriotic Series. Before you go, be sure to check this post for tips to save on a Nats game.

Better than fireworks may be the looks of awe and joy as kids watch them

Neighborhood Parades
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Most on July 4, times vary
Admission: Free

Keep it close to home at a community celebration. You likely are aware of July 4th events taking place in your neighborhood or nearby, but if you’re still looking for a hyperlocal fête, check out this list of parades around town. (Note that the list is from 2016, but the information is largely the same, and all of the links lead to this year’s events.)

Fourth of July at Cedar Hill
Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site | Anacostia, DC
When: July 4, 9am – 9:30pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service to honor history and to celebrate 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass and celebrate Independence Day with special activities. See living history actors recreate Douglass giving his famous speech “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”, where he challenged America’s celebration of freedom while many people still remained enslaved. Earn a limited edition bicentennial Jr. Ranger badge, enjoy live musical performances, and tour Douglass’ home. Visitors can also experience the power of place by viewing the fireworks on the National Mall from Cedar Hill, just like Douglass would have.

July 4th Climb & Celebration
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: July 4
Admission: $56/age 12+, $47/age 7-11, $12/age 5-6

Spend the holiday in the trees and enjoy a day of climbing, zip lining, and American spirit before you head out to see fireworks. They’ll have an All-American playlist to keep you in the patriotic mood. Don’t forget to wear your red, white and blue!

Falls Church 4th of July Celebration
Where: George Mason High School | Fairfax, VA
When: July 4, 7pm
Admission: Free

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual free July 4th Celebration at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike). Musical entertainment begins at 7pm with a live performance, and fireworks follow at 9:20pm. Blankets and flat-based chairs are allowed for seating on the field. Food and drinks will be sold on site.

Star-Spangled Spectacular
Where: Oregon Ridge State Park | Cockeysville, MD
When: July 3
Admission: $22-25/adult, $11-15/child

For something a little different than the usual DC July 4th festivities, head north to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD, on Tuesday. You can spread out a blanket or set up chairs on the sloping green lawn amidst a gorgeous setting as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs their Star-Spangled Spectacular, culminating with a magnificent fireworks display. The starbursts in the sky as a live symphony plays is truly magical. The park opens at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm both days. Be sure to note these parking instructions, as on–site parking is $15, but you can park off site and take a shuttle for free.

McLean 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Churchill Road Elementary School | McLean, VA
When: July 4
Admission: Free

McLean’s annual Independence Day Celebration returns to Churchill Road Elementary School. The fireworks show begins at sunset, approximately 9:15pm. In addition to the large fireworks display, patrons can come early to enjoy musical entertainment by a local disc jockey, as well as food trucks selling a variety of entrees and snacks.

Crabs & Ice Cream
Where: Brookland’s Finest | Brookland, DC
When: July 4
Admission: The cost of your eats & treats

Brookland’s Finest will be celebrating the holiday with a crab feast and a local ice cream pop-up. The restaurant will serve Maryland blue crabs with sweet corn, red potatoes, and andouille sausage in a spicy Old Bay broth with flights of Right Proper Brewery beers for from 11am – 10:30pm. Top it off with some ice cream! Bri’s Brookland Creamery will serve $4 scoops of ice cream ($3 for kids scoop) on the patio from 12-5pm, featuring brown sugar vanilla, strawberry, cookies & cream, chocolate brownie, and mint chocolate chunk flavors.

Picnic Baskets to Celebrate
Where: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken | DC & VA
When: Pick Up July 4
Cost: $55

More like a how to celebrate than a where, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is offering a special summer picnic basket at their DC and Virginia locations. Each basket includes Astro’s signature fried chicken, cole slaw, cheddar biscuits, and, of course, doughnuts. Astro’s ‘USA doughnuts’ are included in the package along with Peach Cobbler and Creme Brûlée Doughnuts. It will be available for pick up on July 4 from 8am – 5pm at G Street and from 8am – 8pm at Falls Church. Pre-orders must be placed online by 3pm on July 3. Limited quantities of baskets will be available for walk-ins.


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 7-10

ALL CAPS (and summer ready) at CityCenter





I don’t even follow hockey, but am still excited about tonight’s game. Hence, the info for a Thursday evening viewing party included below. And there’s way more to be amped about over the next few days — Capital Pride, a festival full of 90’s faves, lots of other live music, awesome art, cycling races & cycle repairs, summer fun, the Nats, and more. So, Rock the Red along with a… Happy Weekend!

ALL CAPS
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Thursday, 8-10:30pm
Admission: Free

If you weren’t among the lucky thousands who scored tickets to the Game 5 watch party at Capital One Arena in the 10 minutes before they sold out, you can join another fun viewing party at The Wharf. They are rocking the red at the Southwest waterfront and showing the game on a large LED screen on Pearl Street. Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants, then watch the historic hockey game and cheer on the Caps! (FYI: You can also watch the game outside the Capitol One Arena on large screens located at G and 8th streets NW at 8pm. It’s guaranteed to be packed.)

Celebrate Fairfax
Where: Fairfax County Government Center | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: $8-22/adult, $5/youth, free/2 & under

The annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival has something for everyone — live music, carnival rides, children’s activities, art, food vendors, and much more to keep guests entertained throughout the weekend. And with Good Charlotte, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, and Cracker headlining, you get a little time trip back to the 90’s, too! More details, along with the full musical line-up, see the Celebrate Fairfax website.

Celebrate Capital Pride
Where: Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, & Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Capital Pride at the annual parade that’s expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators! The procession steps off at 4:30pm at 22nd & P Streets NW and will wind its way through Dupont, Logan, and other areas of NW. It’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. Sunday’s family-friendly festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW, will feature three stages of live entertainment and host 300 exhibitors, including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services. It’s all a fun and fabulous opportunity to show support for the LGBTA community and join the celebration!

Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival
Where: Kingman Island | Hill East, DC
When: Saturday 12-9pm
Admission: $35, free for ages 10 & under

The 9th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival will feature great entertainment and plenty more revelry. The celebration of local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River features a whole day and evening of performances by local bluegrass and folk acts on multiple stages. Fuel up with DC’s favorite food trucks and beer from Sierra Nevada and Atlas Brew Works. For kiddos, Living Classrooms and a Kids Zone will have activities just for them. Kingman Island is located on the Anacostia River at 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE (at the entrance to RFK Stadium). Read more about Kingman & Heritage Islands in this KFDC post.

Joys of Summer
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed this weekend, and the 2018 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the whole scoop on all of them.

To Future Women
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Be part of a twenty-year-long art project! Part art and part time-capsule, Georgia Saxelby’s To Future Women invites you — and thousands from across the globe — to write a letter to women of future generations in this pop-up interactive installation. Archived for 20 years, the letters will be re-exhibited in 2037 on the 20th anniversary of the Women’s March. (I love this so much!) Plan to stay for the children’s Check It Out program, and on Sunday for a Rosie Revere, Engineer STORYTIME.

Maryland Faerie Festival
Where: Darlington, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $5/ages 3-12, $15/ages 13-99

Indulge little faerie dreams at the annual festival inspired by faerie folklore and literature. Apparently, it’s kind of like Renn Fest on a much smaller scale with facets that will delight children, especially those who believe in faeries. Treasure hunts, craft projects, nature walks, and acrobats are some of the activities kids (and adults) will enjoy. Art, crafts, musical performances, and jewelry vendors will appeal to the bigger faeries in the crowd.

Solo Sensory-Friendly Screening
Where: Regal Rockville Center Stadium | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $6.50

Join the Rebellion with a Sensory-Friendly Screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The newest My Way Matinee from Regal gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie once a month with the sound turned down and the lights turned up. Watch the trailer for the movie here.

Armed Forces Cycling Classic
Where: Throughout Clarendon & Crystal City, VA
When: Saturday, 11:30am & Sunday, 11:15am
Admission: Free

The official race is for adults, but kids ages 9 and under can get in on the cycling, too – there are special races just for them along with the main event. The Saturday kids races will take place in Clarendon at 11:30am, and Sunday’s will be held in Crystal City also around 11:30am. Multiple heats for different age groups will vary in distance; the older the kids, the further they ride. Participants must bring their own helmets and bikes, and trikes are welcome, too. Online registration has ended, but you can still sign up kids day of.

DC Jazz Fest
Where: Venues around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

The first weekend of the annual DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists at venues all around the city. Bring the kids for some afternoon jazz or make it a date night at a show in the evening. See the full schedule of concerts on the website to help you plan.

Tinner Hill Blues Festival
Where: Various locales | Falls Church, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $25/adult, kids are free

From blues in restaurants to Cherry Hill Park, and gospel on Tinner Hill, it’s three days of music and blues-related events for all ages all over the City of Falls Church. The 25th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival will bring loads of activities along with the live music, including fun for young festival-goers. Kids can enjoy a blues reading, films, and an instrument petting zoo. See the website for details on all of it.

Free Bike Repair
Where: Anacostia Neighborhood Library | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 12-2:30pm
Admission: Free

Need a two-wheel fix? Volunteers from The Bike House, Gearin’ Up Bicycles, Phoenix Bikes, and Velocity Coop will provide bike repair services at no cost to the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library on Saturday. This program will take place n select Saturdays this summer, so look out for other dates if you can’t make this one!

Nats vs. Giants
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets prices vary

It’s a weekend of home games for the Nats as they host the Giants. There are games Friday (7:05pm), Saturday (12:05pm), and Sunday (4:05pm). Check for special promos here. And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

As the Wheel Turns
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10a – 4pm
Admission: Free

Learn about the power of water and its connection to food on a mill tour with Friends of Peirce Mill or a National Park Service Ranger at this historic site in Rock Creek Park. Ages are welcome to drop in. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10 & $6

Sleeping Beauty is the Main Stage production at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small. And little ones will enjoy Teddy Bear’s Picnic, this weekend’s featured Tiny Tots show on Saturday — the lights stay on, doors remain open, and performances are short for newbie theatre-goers.

Ever in the Glades
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $20

This show for the T(w)een Scene is recommended for ages 12+. On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five teenagers struggle to survive in a land where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. When one of the kids returns from juvenile detention to help the rest escape to the mainland, it seems their prayers have been answered. There’s only one problem: they need a boat, and they need it before the adults catch wind of their plan and end it—or end them.

Alice
Where: Theatre on the Run | Arlington, VA 22206
When: Saturday, 3pm & 7pm & Sunday, 3pm
Admission: $20/adult, $10/child

Why does a girl need to create a Wonderland, and what happens there? This family dance and theater show, starring the young performers of Momentum Dance Theatre’s Jazz Hip Hop Academy, will tell the tale through this production. Running time in 2 hours.

Kennedy Street Festival
Where: Kennedy & 3rd-8th Streets | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate new and old businesses, buildings, and more on Kennedy Street NW. Now in its 5th year, this year’s festival is sure to be their best yet. The street will not be closed for the event, but they’ll have a whole host of vendors, entertainment, and activities available to enjoy on sidewalks, at storefronts, and in parking lots. Especially for kids will be a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and more.

Planetary Pendant Shrinky Dink Craft
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5

Join the museum for the months Weekend Walk-in, a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop in the AVAM classroom! During this session, design and draw your own planets on magical Shrinky-Dink plastic. Supplies & boundless inspiration provided.

Books in Bloom
Where: Downtown Columbia Lakefront | Columbia, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The 2nd annual Books in Bloom festival will feature a world-class lineup of children’s authors and activities for families to enjoy, including roaming interactive flower carts, glitter tattoos, face painting, balloon artists, story time, and a puppet show. The event will also bring together some of the country’s best and brightest writers for a daylong festival celebrating the joy of books and reading.

End-of-Year Bash
Where: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center | Potomac, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $15-20/child, free for parents

This fundraiser for Washington Hebrew Congregation focuses on ages 1-6. Families can enjoy rides, inflatables, games, entertainment, face painters, food, and much more! Wristbands are $15 each until Friday, June 8 at 4pm. Regular price is $20.

El Reto Descubre el Bosque
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 2:30-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Corazón Latino, an organization that hosts outdoors events for multicultural families in the DMV, for an afternoon of activities for kids and adults — be ready to observe, learn, dance, eat, and make new friends!  Learn from Entomologists (scientists who study insects!) and engage in civic science using iNaturalist and iTree. Together with scientists and educators, Descubre el Bosque (Discover the Forest) and talk about ways to address issues around an invasive beetle known as the emerald ash borer. Take action as civic scientists to help protect our trees and our communities and learn how to take part in forest restoration. End the day with a boat tour along the Anacostia river with the support of the Anacostia Riverkeeper and Hispanic Access Foundation.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries, cherries, even spinach are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. 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.

Out in DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Capital Pride isn’t the only thing bringing peops out this weekend. The area is full of great places to enjoy being outside. You can read about them in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. (But if weather has you seeking shelter, check out The Great Indoors post instead.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* Capitol Hill Cooperative Nursery School welcomes the community to the 2nd Annual Family Night at the Miracle Theatre on Monday, June 11! Watch the movie SING and enjoy tacos from Santa Rosa Taqueria plus more treats & surprises! Doors open at 5:30pm, show begins at 6:15pm. Single tickets are $15, a family package is $48.
* See a rainbow in Penn Quarter as the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrate Pride Week with a lighting display on their F, G, and 7th Streets NW building facades this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.
* Saturday, apparently, is National Rosé Day. (And if some random person designates a random day as a national holiday, then it’s practically our duty to celebrate, right?? 😉 )
* Some info that may be of interest to many.

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