The Weekend Round-Up: July 26-28

Kick up the sports action at a DC United match on Saturday evening

Kick up the sports action at a DC United match on Saturday evening

I’m letting optimism rule and counting on this spell of sublime weather to last, thus highlighting the list of outdoor ideas along with these special events. Happy Weekend!

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 1-11pm
Admission: Free

This celebration of the art of dance began a few years ago (read more background along with my ode to one of my favorite associated shows) and has become an annual happening. The free, all day event features outdoor dance performances, interactive dance routines and lessons, live music, and “Dancing Under the Stars,” with performances by Dizzy Feet Foundation, Hip-Hop troupe Culture Shock professional and youth companies, celebrated dance/tap duo the Manzari Brothers, Grammy®-winning Arturo O’Farrill with his big band the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra joined by special guest timbalero Tito Rodriguez, Jr., and many more. The celebration takes place on the Kennedy Center’s South Plaza, and includes a 6pm performance on the Millennium Stage.

DC United vs. New England Revolution
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Put a kick into your weekend at a soccer match. The DC United is taking on the New England Revolution on Saturday evening. Tickets are still available, and there’s a special promo going on right now: 2 ticket + 2 beers for $49. You can also purchase seats through Ticketmaster. And be sure to stop in the VW Garage before the match through half-time for tons of fun activities for all ages!

Citi Open Tennis Tournament
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds as well as National Parks Community Day featuring activities and entertainment for families, including tennis clinics, games, face painters, inflatables, story time with the DC Public Library, meet and greets with the tournament mascots, and more.

Shark Weekend
Where: DC National Aquarium
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $9.95/adult, $4.95/ages 3-11, $8.95/seniors

Shark Weekend returns for its 14th year at National Aquarium in Washington, DC. Celebrate by getting up close and personal with several shark species and learning from leading experts on the history, lives, and habits of one of the world’s most fascinating ocean dwellers. Participate in a scavenger hunt, have your face painted like your favorite shark, touch an actual shark tooth, and more! The Aquarium is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW in the lower level of the Dept. of Commerce building.

Montgomery County Farm Tour
Where: Montgomery County farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Head to Montgomery County to celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 24th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Activities will vary from farm to farm, but several will have hayrides, pony rides, music, animals to visit, and other activities planned (find a list of descriptions here). All farms will be open Saturday, and some will reopen on Sunday, so be sure to check the website for the schedule before you go.

Farm Tour
Where: Red Wiggler Farm
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

This unique farm hires adults with developmental disabilities to grow USDA certified organic produce. The produce is distributed and sold through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, including distributions to Group Homes for adults with disabilities AND to the local food bank. They also bring on over 1,000 students and youth with and without disabilities to learn about farming and the environment, and to work side by side with people who may be different then them to grow food for the community. They will be participating in the Montgomery County Farm Tour with activities for all ages, and market stands featuring Banner Bees and the Red Wiggler Farm Stand. They recommend bringing a blanket and picnic basket and finding a spot to enjoy lunch at the farm.

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

Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun. Activities exclusive to the season can all be enjoyed this weekend. The Summer 2013 guide has the whole scoop on all of them.

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

Encore Stage & Studio’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical is in its second and final weekend. See Peter Pan and Wendy or Mouse on the Move at Imagination Stage. Catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Dinosaur Babies are entertaining young audiences at The Puppet Co. for the final weekend. You can also head to the venue early on Saturday & Sunday for Tiny Tots, puppet show performances especially for little ones.Pushkov Players will be at Wolf Trap’s Children’s-Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday at 10:30am. Dave Brewer and the Pre-K Kings are playing the 11am show at Jammin’ Java on Sunday. Molly Moore’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance. And the Capital Fringe Festival is on for one last weekend with a few shows that kids can enjoy, too.

Family Game Day
Where: Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

One of best game shops (if not the best) in the city is hosting a Family Game Day with NorthStar Games on Saturday. Recommended for ages 6 and up (but everyone is welcome), guests can play games like Wits & Wagers Family, Say Anything Family, Crappy Birthday, and NorthStar’s new card game Clubs. Labyrinth is located at 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, just steps from the Eastern Market Metro.

Melon Out!
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $8.95, free for under 2

It’s a weekend devoted to watermelons at Ticonderoga Farms. On Saturday, show off your watermelon eating skills in a contest to beat the clock! Both days, grab a slice at the concessions to go along with a picnic lunch. And, of course, don’t miss the rest of the farm attractions – hayrides, a cow pull, the fantastic jumping pillow, Virginia’s longest swinging bridge, tons of slides, and much, much more! For a glimpse of all there is to do there, see this post about one of our previous visits there.

Drop-In Art Workshops
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

The National Gallery of Art presents its Summer Drop-In Series again this weekend with art sessions for kids that are both educational and fun. Stories in Art, geared toward ages 4-7,will explore the work of Edward Hicks with a book reading, examination of his art, and a related project. Artful Conversations, designed for ages 8-11, uses observation and discussion to explore the theme See-Wonder Sound. Several time slots are available each day, and sign-in will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am on Fridays and Saturdays and at 11am on Sundays, and will continue until all spaces are filled.

Nats vs. Mets
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Mets with a double header on Friday (1:35pm & 7:05pm) and afternoon games on Saturday (3:05pm) and Sunday (1:35pm). Stay after on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the infield after the final out. And before you go, read about the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, which for just $15 offers tons of cool benefits for kids 12 and under. And I hope all of the games are as exciting as the one I caught on Thursday afternoon — a nailbiter, indeed, but a fantastic win!

Stamp Collecting Saturday
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Guests can start their own stamp collections focusing on favorite topics such as art, animals, or transportation at the Activity Cart! No reservation is required for joining the activity. Just drop by and make a memorable souvenir to take home.

Grrr…It’s Global Tiger Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Show your stripes and celebrate Asia’s top predator at the National Zoo on Sunday with great cat keepers, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute researchers, tiger conservation specialists, and the Zoo’s Sumatran tigers. See the tigers get treat throughout the day, meet a tiger keeper and other experts in the field, and enjoy a performance by a children’s dance group representing the Embassy of Russia.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about baseball legend Jackie Robinson. And read a little more about what to expect in this post about our experience at the program.

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