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The Weekend Round-Up: June 21-23

A paddling excursion is a great way to enjoy the first weekend of summer!


Happy Weekend!

Summer Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Summer officially starts this weekend, so celebrate by doing something seasonal! Enjoy a concert in the fresh air or watch a movie under the stars. Jump in at an outdoor pool or splash around at a spray park. Take a ride on a mini train or a spin on a carousel. Go paddling on local waterways. Eat some crabs. Details on all of these summer treats are in 2019 Guide to the Best of Summer in DC.

Pop-up Putt-Putt
Where: 1401 Wilson Blvd. | Rosslyn, VA
When: Friday, 5-9pm & Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $3

The Rosslyn BID is bringing a favorite summer pastime for all ages to the heart of the neighborhood’s urban core. The pop-up will be open Fridays and Saturdays from June 21 through the end of August/beginning of September. Children and adults can enjoy the outdoor nine-hole mini-golf course decorated with recreations of Rosslyn landmarks including Dark Star Park, Key Bridge, Potomac Tower, and others. An indoor cafe includes classic full-size video and carnival games, as well as a vintage-inspired Candy BAR with penny candy, novelty ice creams and more. Alcoholic beverages including craft beer, wine and sangria will be available for purchase. 

Community Weekend
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm (& 6-10pm on Saturday)
Admission: Free

Explore Japanese culture and animals in Japanese art with activities for all ages! Drop in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building for an array of artistic and cultural activities, including Taiko drumming, origami lessons, hands-on art making, Japanese folktales, DJ performances, and more! The museum will also stay open late on Saturday for a special evening program with a sake tasting, sketching, kimono demonstrations, and a live scoring of Japanese short films.

Barbeque Battle
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: Start at $12/adults, free/12 & under

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other to compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), 30 bands on three stages, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Kidchella
Where: Badlands | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 8pm
Admission: $20/age 3+, $12.50/under 3, $5/adult

Badlands is celebrating its second birthday, and all are welcome to join for some “Kidchella” fun. Special festivities will include live bands and DJ’s, face painting, hair wraps and accessories, flower crowns, tattoos, sweet treats, games and prizes, and even more fun surprises. Enjoy this, along with its regular offerings and play space.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission:

It’s the first weekend of Wolf Trap’s summer entertainment series for kids that takes place outdoors in the woods. At this show, Experiential Theater Company creates a hands-on dramatic adventure of Aesop’s Fables — if you’re “in the room,” you’re in the show! Bring along a picnic to enjoy after the performance.

The Cat in the Hat
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $20

It’s the opening weekend for Adventure Theatre’s summer production, an adaption of a childhood classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mom find when she gets home…?

Matilda the Musical
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $54-99

Starting on Friday, Matilda Wormwood is coming to Olney Theatre for month-long run. Born to parents who prize their own ignorance and disdain books, learning, and any information they can’t get from television, Matilda somehow manages to emerge…a genius. Maybe even a magical one. However, she and the rest of the school are under the tyrannical rule of a deliciously devious villain, principal Agatha Trunchbull. Matilda embraces the fearful and terrifying moments of childhood with humor, hard-earned optimism, and astoundingly witty musical numbers. Songs like “Miracle,” “Naughty,” and “Revolting Children” will ring true to adults, and belong in the survival kit of any child making their way through pre-adolescence and beyond.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $18+ (look for a ticket deal)

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 24th year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $12

This weekend is the last chance to see a puppet version of the fairytale classic, Cinderella. Set in the elegance of 17th-century France, the show combines elaborate costumes of the Comédie-Française and Offenbach’s “Gaiety Parisian” to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. Recommended for ages 5+. On Sunday, really little onescan enjoy Old MacDonald’s Farm, this week’s Tiny Tots show where the lights on and doors open and makes it a gentle experience for the youngest theatre-goers.

Kids Pizza Making Class 
Where: Matchbox locations around the DMV
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $32/child

Round up your mini chefs for a kids pizza party at Matchbox, featuring a hands-on pizza making class (complete with chef hat), a tour of a kitchen, and a round of mimosas for parents. Tickets are $32 per child, and are available for most of the local Matchbox locations.

Kids Book Signing
Where: Little Birdies Boutique | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Bring the kiddos to Little Birdies Boutique in Georgetown (1526 Wisconsin Ave) to meet author Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara for a special in-store signing of her little people big dreams book series. Plan to do some shopping while you’re there, too!

Taste the Phillipines
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free, but tasting tickets are $4.50-$5.50

Head to the scenic District Pier at The Wharf to feast on delectable Filipino cuisine from celebrated chefs!
This fun, family-friendly foodie fest includes cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, music, giveaways, prizes, and activities for kids. (Note: Each tasting portion is a couple of bites.)

Solstice Saturday
Where: Smithsonian Museums in DC
When: Saturday — until midnight!
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian is marking the first Saturday of summer — Solstice Saturday — by staying open late and hosting parties, programs, and performances. The National Museums of American History, Natural History, African American History & Culture, the American Indian, Arts & Industry, African Art, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Freer|Sackler Gallery will be open until midnight welcoming visitors to the free festivities. Air & Space will be open until 7:30pm then hosting a star party at 11:30pm. And there will be a kid-friendly dance party and more activities at the National Zoo from 6-10pm. Visit the website to see where and when all of the festivities are happening!

Astronomy Festival
Where: 12th and Jefferson Dr. SW | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 6-11pm
Admission: Free

Presented in association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday events, get an eyeful of the night sky and a chance to mingle with astronomers at the 9th Annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. This free public stargazing event features solar, optical, and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, demonstrations, hand-outs, posters, banners, and videos. There will also be planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome and speakers from scientific and educational organizations.

Well Ray Del Ray Fitness Festival
Where: Mt. Vernon Ave. | Dely Ray, Alexandria
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

The free, family-friendly event is a celebration of the health and wellness lifestyle movement. Over 75 health and lifestyle inspired vendors will provide a variety of activities to allow festival-goers the opportunity to explore, heal, taste and move in achieving a healthy life. Wellness and holistic health practitioners will offer services ranging from therapeutic treatments such as massages to acupuncture, physical therapy and nutritional counseling, health screenings, meditation, and more.

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

There are a couple of home games for the Nats as they host the Braves. Catch them on Friday (7:05pm) and Sunday (1:35pm). Get a Max Scherzer Bobblehead on Saturday if you’re among the first 25,000 fans on Friday and a Screech Hooded Towel for the first 10,000 fans ages 12 & under on Sunday. And before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

Airborne: Kids Free Play Workshop
Where: Two Merriweather | Columbia, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9:30-11:30am
Admission: Free

Join an art-filled morning with your children among AIRBORNE, the MD AIR Program Exhibition. Enjoy coloring and paint tables, a reading library, touch and feel stations and an augmented reality showcase. RSVP and find more information on programming throughout the entire weekend. This will take place on the 5th floor of Two Merriweather located at 10960 Grantchester Way in Columbia, MD.

Create your Own Hero: Comics Character Design
Where: Bonjour Books DC | Kensington, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: $15.99

Kids aged 8-12 are invited to this special workshop with visiting French artist Karim Friha, creator of Rise of the Zelphire, a super-cool steampunk fantasy story about a group of young people with strange powers, newly translated to English by Lion Forge (originally in French from Gallimard). Friha will share how he sketches and creates characters, and help the young artists design their own heroes, and inspire them to dream up new, fantastical worlds. The artist will inscribe book copies at the end of the event! Tickets required.

Mud Day
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5, free/members & kids under 4

Celebrate International Mud Day with an afternoon of family-friendly muddy mayhem. Explore squishy art projects, play in the mud kitchen, create a terrarium, paint with mud, and cavort in a giant mud pit! Snack vendors will be on site. Rinse-off stations will be available, but bring extra clothes and prepare for a muddy car ride home!

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: ArtJamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15

Get messy like a street artist at a Kidz Graffiti Party. Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own master pieces on the ArtJamz walls.The lounge will be open for accompanying parents, and they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artists. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall.

Go With the Flow
Where: Around the DMV
Admission: Varies by locale

Paddle your way into summer! 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. Quiet Waters Park showcases beautiful nature in Annapolis that you can view from the South River. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45 ($2-3). See this round-up for even more places to put in and flow.

Get the Blues
Where: Homestead Farm | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $3

Blueberries are currently ripe for the picking at Homestead Farm (along with tart cherries, too!). While admission to the farm is free, it’s $3 to access the patches. BYO container or purchase one there. Be sure to visit the goats and pigs while you’re at the farm. Read more about Homestead here, and for more places to PYO, see this post.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Don’t miss the chance to enter two ticket giveaways going on right now, for Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre and The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre.
* This summer’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival is going to be very different from previous year.
* The Washington Post has launched By the Way, featuring travel tips from locals in 50 destinations around the world.
* Just bought this for Sasha to bring to sleep away camp (and kind of want a set for myself, too 🙂 ).
* Bombay Street Food just opened a second location on Barracks Row (8th Street SE) on Capitol Hill, and it is yummy!


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 14-16

Fun at The Wharf where DC JazzFest will present free entertainment this weekend


Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Seasonal Treats
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It still may not be official on the calendar, but when it comes to local recreation, summer has arrived. 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 all around the area this weekend. Some are listed in this round-up, and the 2019 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on the rest.

Father’s Day Weekend Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s a special day for the dads this weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re still looking for ideas, from made-for-the-day events to DIY pursuits. See a whole round-up of them in this post, some of which are included below.

Infinite Space
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $16/adult, $8/age 2+

The newest exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, Infinite Space explores the concept of infinity and “invites visitors to open their senses to the endless transformation and infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine.” Six immersive installations will delight and amaze and some will make you feel like you’re floating in, well, Infinite Space. Family-friendly hours are 10am -5pm, and evening hours 5:30-11:30pm for ages 21+ when exhibit-themed cocktails are served make for a fun date night.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with some live music in the fresh air. The Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park is underway, and the Shane Gamble Band playing this installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the fountains and grassy spaces, and take in the scenic river views.

Chinatown Community Festival
Where: Chinatown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am -2pm
Admission: Free

Experience the tastes, sights, and sounds of Asian & Pacific Islander cultures! Free food samples, lively cultural performances, fitness demonstrations, face painting, henna design, K Make-up, Asian arts & crafts, free bike repair and much more. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

Keep on Truckin’
Where: RFK Stadium, Lot 8 | Kingman Park, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 1pm
Admission: Free

The Truck Touch event that easily takes the title as Mac Daddy of them all. This is the 12th year that the DC Department of Public Works welcomes guests to climb aboard, honk the horn, work the gears, and explore all kinds of neat vehicles that serve our city. There also are usually opportunities to test ride Segways, spec out a helicopter, and sit atop police horses. Read more about it and see images from a past Truck Touch here (and be sure to note that it was posted a few years ago, so the dates don’t confuse you).

Grand Re-Opening Weekend
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $17.95

After many months of renovations, Port Discovery and its BIG new exhibits will be fully open for play, learning, and family adventures. Celebrate and soar to new heights on a four-story SkyClimber. Set sail and explore the seas on a life-sized (and giant!) cargo ship. Enjoy new family seating, updated restrooms, and more! See the website for the schedule of activities each day. (KFDC Tip: Port Discovery is a good museum to consider for membership; just a couple of visits for a family of four makes it worth it!)

May the Force Be with the Nats
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks all weekend. Saturday is Star Wars Day at Nationals Park, when the stadium transforms into a galaxy far, far away. Characters from Star Wars will pose for photos with fans, stage live combats, and participate in the Presidents Race. Plus, there will be an Obi “Sean” Kenobi bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans. There will be post-game fireworks on Friday night. You can also plan to spend actual Father’s Day, Sunday, at the ball park as the Nats play the Arizona Diamondbacks. There won’t be any galactic extras, but straight-up baseball is always a good time.

Jazz it Up
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2-10pm
Admission: Free

DC JazzFest lands at The Wharf on Father’s Day Weekend for two days of world class jazz, music education, beer and wine gardens, and a diverse marketplace experience. Enjoy free concerts on District and Transit Piers starting at 2pm or make a weekend of it with VIP festival passes. On Friday and Saturday, the festival also includes ticketed shows at the Anthem — catch Snarky Puppy and Jose James on Friday or Jon Batiste & Stay Human on Saturday. Even more jazz performances will be presented at other venues around DC, see the schedule on the DC JazzFest website. And for more about The Wharf, see this KFDC post.

Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper MArlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

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. Be sure to enjoy all of the wonderful offerings at Watkins while you’re there.

Pop-Up Father’s Day Card Workshop
Where: National Postal Museum | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Make a card for your father figure with the museum’s fun craft supplies! They’ll provide a bountiful spread of patterned papers and rubber stamps, 3-D embellishments, special cut-out scissors, washi tape, stickers and markers of every color. You just bring you own creative instincts to design a one-of-a-kind card. And I can tell you from lots of experience over the years that the card-making workshops at the NPM are always fun for all ages!

Movie at the Museum: Ponyo
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:15am & Sunday, 11:15am
Admission: Free

Families are invited to enjoy a film that will appeal to both young and adult audiences. Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film. Recommended for ages 4+.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $12

See a puppet version of the fairytale classic, Cinderella, set in the elegance of 17th-century France that combines elaborate costumes of the Comédie-Française and Offenbach’s “Gaiety Parisian” to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. Recommended for ages 5+. Really little ones will enjoy Panda-Monium, this week’s Tiny Tots show that keeps the lights on and doors open and makes it a gentle experience for the youngest theatre-goers.

By the People Festival
Where: Various locations around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This festival that launched last year brings visual art, performing art, and dialogue to all around DC. Completely free and open to the public, works interpret the festival’s founding themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Expect everything from large-scale installations to performances to speakers to augmented reality. By The People will always push the envelope, “creating new and thrilling ways for anyone to fan their creative spark by experiencing world-class art.” See the website for the schedule and locations.

Smokin’ Saturday
Where: Cox Farms | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the farm for their weekly gathering of food and fun! Visit friendly critters, play on the wooden climbing structures, enjoy pulled pork from the smoker and other tasty eats, listen to live music, take a ride to Foamhenge, and frolic around the grounds. Visit the website for timing and more details.

Shaw Open House
Where: Throughout the Shaw neighborhood, DC
When: Saturday,1-5pm
Admission: Free

Dozens of businesses in the Shaw neighborhood are opening their doors for free samples, discounts, and entertainment on Saturday, — and the first 100 people to sign in receive $25 in “Shawbucks” to spend at the participating businesses! Check in at Grand Cata to receive an Open House “Passport,” then embark on an afternoon of discounts, free treats like samples of Capital Burger’s Boozy Milkshakes, quiche and a sip from Convivial, coffee from Le Columbe, and much more in addition to a photo booth and other fun activities throughout the neighborhood.  All passport holders will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and experiences from participating businesses, including an overnight stay at Marriott, gift cards for dining and shopping, gift baskets, artwork, and more. 

Lily Ponds Live
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is hosting the first installment of the Lily Ponds Live! concert series at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. This free concert will feature live jazz from the Kenny Rittenhouse Quartet, food trucks will be available. and there will be family activity stations sponsored by other local non-profits.

Pizza + Picasso Art Night
Where: Makeshift | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 5-7pm
Admission: $24.50 (+ $45 with add-on)

Join Makeshift for Pizza + Picasso Art Night — all ages welcome. They’ll provide the dinner and art + craft supplies, you just bring the kids! There are two options for this event: 1) Stop by with your kid(s)! Each child ages 1+ requires a ticket. Adults join and eat free. 2) Turn art night into a date night! Makeshift has partnered with District Sitter to offer babysitting services throughout the event. The cost is $45 for 2 hours of dedicated babysitting services for up to 2 kids AT MAKESHIFT. Your children will be assigned a sitter who will help them participate in the pizza + art activities and watch them throughout the event, while you head out for a couple of hours! Be sure to select this optional Add-On at checkout. Minimum age for babysitting services is 6 months.

Father’s Day Fish-a-Rama
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Sunday
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Treat Dad to a fun-filled weekend with BBQ and catch-and-release fishing. Guests can compete in the Fish-a-Rama contest, fishing for catfish, bass, and blue gill in the stocked ponds, and prizes are on the line for the largest fish hooked and the most fish caught during the power hour. Bring your own pole and gear to fish (no drag hooks). GCF has worms for purchase in the country store. The amusement continues on the five-acre farm-style playground featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat slide, corn bin, animal barnyard and loads more fun for all.

LGBTQ+ Pride Flag Postcard Workshop
Where: National Postal Museum | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

It’s another opportunity to get creative at the Postal museum, this time to make rainbow pride flag postcards out of canceled stamps and participate in a scavenger hunt featuring famous LBGTQ+ figures on stamps. All ages are welcome to join this activity that takes place every Sunday in June. Plan to explore the rest of the museum while you’re there — read more about it in this KFDC post.

Women’s World Cup Watch
Where: Wheaton Sports Pavilion | Wheaton, MD
When: Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Varies

Join Montgomery Parks’ for free a watch party and open house during the FIFA Women’s World Cup match between USA and Chile. Doors open at 11:30am with kick-off slated for 12pm. The powerhouse matchup will be shown on a blow-up big-screen in a family-friendly atmosphere. Food trucks will be on-site offering refreshments for purchase. This WaPo article has suggestions for even more places to watch the big fútbol tourney, some of them family-friendly.

Family Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: $19.50/adult, $17.50/child

The fun, unique activity for families has you on a mission competing against other teams to find art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies, with the help of clever Harry Potter-themed clues. And while the website says it’s for ages 10 and up, kids younger than that definitely can partake, too! This KFDC post has more about this awesome adventure.

Soccer Festival
Where: Tyler Elementary School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 3-5pm
Admission: Free

Kick it with DC Way on Father’s Day — the goal of this festival is to gather parents and children to play soccer, socialize, and have fun! Festival programs will include multiple games and activities, kids vs. parents games, and obstacle courses. Plus, participants will also get a special gift.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The Best Places in the Dc Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is probably my favorite KFDC post and always a good one to keep handy.
* Currently at the National Archives, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women.
* See what’s coming to Arena Stage for 2019/20, it’s 70th anniversary season.
* Homewood Suites in the Navy Yard hosts a rooftop happy hour before Nats games and offers some great special Nationals packages for guests.
* I’ve been hearing good things about this book and just put it on my summer reading list.
* 13 Goals.


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 7-9

Rediscover and celebrate a Eastern Market this weekend!


Happy Weekend!

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 2019 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the whole scoop on all of them.

Dinosaurs are Back in DC
Where: National Museum of National History | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

After a five-year hiatus during renovations, the dinosaurs have returned to Natural History Museum. The new David H. Koch Hall of Fossils–Deep Time opens to the public on Saturday, and there will be a special ceremony and activities to celebrate. The first 300 visitors will be able to attend the 10:15am opening ceremony, and all are welcome to check out the exhibition after, though be prepared for long lines. Of course, the rest of the museum is wonderful to explore, too. Oh, and guests are encouraged to come in costume!

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 loads of 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!

Celebrate Fairfax
Where: Fairfax County Government Center | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: $10-20/adult, $4-5/youth, free/2 & under

The annual Celebrate Fairfax! festival brings a whole weekend of fun June 7-9 with 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 Better Than Ezra and Smash Mouth headlining, you get a little time trip back to the 90’s, too!

Women’s World Cup Watch
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

If you want to watch the Women’s World Cup with other fútbol fanatics, a bunch of places around the area will be featuring the matches. Check out this Washington Post article for places to watch the tournament, including some family-friendly spots and viewing parties.

Community Celebration
Where: The Fields at RFK | Hill East, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

All are invited to join Events DC and Mayor Bowser as they host a ribbon cutting ceremony and community celebration to unveil the three new recreational playing fields at RFK. Festivities will include two youth clinics provided by D.C. United’s Training Academy and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, complimentary food trucks, a steel drum band, activations hosted by DC Fray, and more! Kids can sign up for the clinics onsite. There will also be a special appearance by D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney 🙌 .

Rediscover Eastern Market
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Eastern Market is DC’s oldest, continually operating, public fresh food market. Located in the heart of historic Capitol Hill, it’s a destination for fresh food, hand-made arts & crafts, and events, and has served as a community hub for 146 years. In 2007, Eastern Market suffered a devastating fire, but was restored and reopened to great fanfare in June 2009. A decade later, all are welcome to come celebrate the 10-year milestone. There will be live performances by Kidsinger Jim and the Eastern Senior High School Marching Band, free workout sessions, and, of course, the whole wonderful market to stroll, shop, and enjoy, both indoors and out!

SoundHealth: Second Saturday
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am & 11:30am
Admission: Free

ReVision Dance Company’s Family Friendly Creative Movement class focuses on developmentally appropriate movement, music, and dance activities. Adults and children have fun moving together in activities that encourage self-expression and socialization while supporting emotional and cognitive development. Most enjoyed by ages 0–3.

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.

Pride on the Pier
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2pm – 9pm
Admission: Free

Pride on the Pier extends the city’s annual celebration of LGBTQ visibility to the Wharf with an exciting array of free activities and entertainment. District Pier will offer DJs, dancing, and other entertainment, including a family-friendly kid’s zone. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 and older. And don’t miss D.C.’s first Pride fireworks display presented by Compass. While you’re there, take advantage of even more that The Wharf has to offer — read more about it in this KFDC post.

Tinner Hill Blues Festival
Where: Various locales | Falls Church, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $30/adult, $5/age 7-16, free/6 & under

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 26th 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.

As the Wheel Turns
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 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.

Cinderella on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $12

This version of the fairytale classic is set in the elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comédie-Française and Offenbach’s “Gaiety Parisian” to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival, and performed by invitation at the Center for Puppetry Arts, in Atlanta. Recommended for ages 5+.

Step Afrika 25th Anniversary Celebration
Where: Hartke Theatre | Catholic University, DC
When: Saturday, 2pm/8pm & Sunday, 4pm
Admission: $45-60

Step Afrika! celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season several performances featuring the company’s most celebrated choreography and the world premiere of a contemporary stepping piece, “Thula.”   Each performance celebrates 25 years of stepping while paying homage to the company’s deep connections to South African dance, music, and culture.

Rumpus Room
Where: Black Cat | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday,
Admission: $12-15

It’s the School’s (almost) out for Summer edition of the Rumpus Room! The family-friendly daytime dance party transforms the club environment (think disco balls, lights, and, of course, music) into safe family-friendly fun. Prepare for a dance floor filled with little ones, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and caregivers. The soundtrack for Rumpus Room is always a PG mix of popular dance hits, classics, children’s songs and more, all at a kid-friendly volume. Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under, but older siblings are welcome! No adults admitted without a child. Maximum 3 children per adult. Infants and crawling children enter free. Purchase tickets online here.

Shavuot Ice Cream Social
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 3-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Chabad at the Hill Center for a Shavuot Ice Cream Social! Meet other kids, hear the 10 Commandments, enjoy Shavuot games and prizes, and have lots of Jewish holiday fun. The whole family welcome!RSVP appreciated.

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***
* Smorgasburg is coming to the Navy Yard.
* Christina Applegate’s foundation, Right Action for Women, provides advanced screening assistance to women with an increased risk of breast cancer (something I just learned about from her recent interview on Fresh Air).
* This experience coming to DC in the fall looks really cool.
* There’s a new Destinations from DC page with links to write-ups about some of the places we’ve visited over the years that make for fun, easy getaways.
* The Durells in Corfu is one of the most delightful series I have watched…ever.


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 24-27

Attend a special Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday


Happy Long Weekend!

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

It may not be official on the calendar, but “summer” is underway! Water fun, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin in DC. Start the weekend with free music at Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall or another seasonal music series. Make a splash at an outdoor public pool or a sprayground, see a family flick outdoors at National Harbor on Sunday night, and so much more. The 2019 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of season that start Memorial Day weekend.

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

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots 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 jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters.

Digital Bookmobile
Where: Chevy Chase Library & Rec Center | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

This unique exhibit traveling from coast to coast presents an interactive reading experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available through DC libraries. Explore digital services available at public libraries and learn how to browse and borrow from the collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Library staff and eReading experts will be on hand, and tours are free and open to the community.

Escape Velocity
Where: Gaylord National Resort | National Harbor, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $25-100/adult, $10/age 11-16, free/10 & under 

Pop culture meets science at this convention presented by the Museum of Science Fiction. Expect cutting-edge technology and panels on science and pop culture, hands-on STEAM activities for kids, cosplay and evening events for adults, plus astronauts, authors, artists, gaming, drone-racing, and more. There’s plenty that appeals to all ages.

Beast Coast Parkour Festival
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday,
Admission: $35/day, $60/two days

Beast Coast Parkour is bringing the world’s largest Parkour festival to Rosslyn’s Gateway Park where to practice, train, and demonstrate their high-octane sport and art. Beginners and experienced Parkour’ers alike are encouraged to attend — along with demos there will be seminars and speakers tailored for all levels of expertise.

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

Strawberries 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.

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

The Nats are hosting the Marlins this long weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field. There will be fireworks on Friday, Saturday is a Captain Zimmerman Bobblehead giveaway, the 10,0000 kids can get a Scherzer jersey on Sunday + it’s Pups in the Park, and seniors can stroll the bases after the game on Monday. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

* It’s your last chance to join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* The Reluctant Dragon at Keegan Theatre closes after this weekend.
* Create your own adventure to Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday.

Homefront Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Recall the role of the transit industry during wartime in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy Tilley the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production of Kansas City Public Service. The special exhibit, Homefront Street Cars, will also be on view.

ViVa! Vienna!
Where: Historic Downtown Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Join the family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment will be part of the all-ages fun. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

While you’re at Viva Vienna, stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: ArtJamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15

Get messy like a street artist at a Kidz Graffiti Party. Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own master pieces on the ArtJamz walls.The lounge will be open for accompanying parents, and they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artists. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall.

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8-9:30pm, gates open at 5pm
(or Saturday for the dress rehearsal)
Admission: Free

Why watch on TV when you can be there in person? The 2019 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. On the consert’s 30th Anniversary, Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Tony-nominated actress Mary McCormack are hosting, and an all-star line-up of artists, including Patti LaBelle, Alison Kraus, and Gavin DeGraw, will join the National Symphony Orchestra in honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country. If you’re planning to go, the FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. KFDC Tip: If you can’t make Sunday’s show or don’t want to deal with the crowds, Saturday’s dress rehearsal is also always open to the public — gates open at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Monday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am, and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery here.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The annual National Memorial Day Parade celebrates and honors American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like the weather is going to be quite pleasant for most of the long weekend, so plan on some adventures outside! The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is loaded with ideas for doing just that — all of them written about from firsthand experience. But if the forecast takes an unexpected swing (or you just want shelter and AC), The Great Indoors lists over 100 suggestions for outings that take place inside.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This weekend, the Capital Wheel invites active and retired military and up to 4 family members to enjoy a free ride as a way of honoring their dedication, service, and sacrifice.
* If you’re still looking for kid coverage and a fun activity on the DCPS day off on Tuesday, 5/28, DC Way is hosting a one-day camp!
* Discount tickets are available to set sail aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship’s Family Treasure Hunt Cruise.
* Guess which city was named the best for parks by the Trust of Public Lands?
* Él Bebe in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is a great place to go for a family-friendly pre- or post-baseball or soccer game (or, really, anytime) bite.
* The second season of Fleabag is now available. (And if you haven’t seen the first one, give a watch!)
* Organizing Corps 2020 is an effort to train 1,000 local and diverse field organizers for the eventual Democratic nominee in order to beat Trump in 2020. Learn more about them and consider supporting their work!
* This is a lovely read.


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