The Weekend Round-Up: August 15-17

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There’s never a lack of things to do in DC, and this round-up (plus this list of ongoing activities) are proof of that. Happy Weekend!

All’s Fair…
Where: Montgomery and Prince William Counties
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Varies

You’ve got a couple more days to hit the Montgomery and Prince William County Fairs. Enjoy carnival rides and games, 4-H exhibits, pig races, pony rides, fair food, and more. See this post about county fair season for details on both and this one for a peek at the fun in MoCo, where we had a fantastic time last year.

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

The Nats are playing at home this weekend as they host the Pirates. There are games tonight and Saturday evening at 7:05pm, and on Sunday at 5:05pm. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack, and be among the first 25,000 fans to get there Sunday to receive a Racing President Bill Bobblehead.

Swing Among the Sculptures
Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
When: Friday, 5-8:30
Admission: Free

There are only three more Jazz in the Garden sessions left this summer, and tonight’s will feature the big-band swing music of Swingtopia. Plan for a picnic dinner — bring your own or purchase food and beverages from the Pavilion Café and its carts located around the Garden. Note: you can’t BYO alcohol, but you can buy it there.

Pokémon World Championships
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

More than 500 elite Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players from more than 30 countries will compete for the ultimate title of Pokémon World Champion in this invitation-only tournament. And thousands of Pokémon competitors, supporters, and fans from around the world will converge on the Washington Convention Center for it. Intense Pokémon TCG and video game battles, Pokémon cosplay, costumed characters, and energetic Opening and Closing Ceremonies will add color to the family-friendly, international event.

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

Relish in the season with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Outdoor concerts, water fun, movies under the stars, and more. From Jazz in the Garden on Friday evenings to Sunday night family movies at the National Harbor to open swim at local pools, the Summer 2014 guide has the scoop on where and when you can experience the joys of summer.

Meet Denard Span
Where: Tyson’s Corner Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Want to meet a Washington National? Denard Span, outfielder for our home team, will be at Tysons Corner Center on Saturday for a throwing lesson and meet & greet on the new Plaza! And for families that want to make a day of it, a new Shake Shack opened this past week, and Movies on the Green begins at 8pm with a screening of Jaws.

Colonial Tobacco Harvest
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/children & seniors

All summer the colonial farm family at Claude Moore has carefully tended their vital tobacco crop, which they use to pay rent and to purchase goods not produced on the farm. Now that the tobacco leaves have ripened, harvest time is here. Help the family clean the leaves and watch how they cut and split the stems. Help gather the cut plants and hang them on tobacco sticks to cure. The program is both educational and fun. Weather permitting, so you might want to call ahead if conditions outside are questionable.

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

* Curtains close after this weekend on Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, an orchestral concert tour for Pokemon’s video game music, is at Warner Theatre Friday and Saturday evenings
* Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs is on the Main Stage at The Puppet Co.
* Christiana Drapkin: Bop Goes the Weasel! is this week’s free Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre

Chikasha Poya-We Are Chickasaw Festival
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Friday & Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal heritage and history with two days of food, hands-on activities, and performances, including dancing, singing, storytelling, and other cultural arts such as beading, woodwork, pottery, weaving, and more. Join the celebration and get to know the Chickasaw people. Find the schedule of events and activities here.

Ice Cream at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $17/adults, $8/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

Get a glimpse of culinary life in the 18th century through ice cream making demos every Saturday in August at Mount Vernon. Visitors can watch as costumed staff make one of George Washington’s favorite desserts using reproduction period equipment to emulate ice cream-making process of the olden times. Look for a ticket discount on Certifikid.

(Green) Spring in Your Step
Where: Green Spring Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

I just posted about this tucked away treasure in Alexandria, and it’s a great one to check out. The beautiful grounds are comprised of 26 areas, mostly gardens, that are fantastic to explore. Be sure to stop in the Horticultural Center to pick up scavenger hunt instructions for the kids — they’ll have a blast looking for items and completing fun tasks along your tour.

Big Fun at the Big Maze
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $5/age 3-11 members; $16/adult, $13/age 3-11 non-members

Just a couple of weeks left to experience this super cool installation at one of our favorite museums. It looms up to 18 feet high in the Great Hall and measures 60 feet by 60 feet. Within there are twists and turns and dead ends, all formed by finely constructed walls of maple plywood at varying heights. Navigating it is a blast, especially for the kids, and viewed from upper levels, it’s like a work of art. Read more about it and get a glimpse here.

Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
Admission: Free

During this session of the National Gallery of Art’s Children’s Film Program, join them for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Get Out
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If this stretch of sublime weather continues, get out and take advantage — go on a hike, explore a garden, play in the trees, row on the river, visit animals at a farm or the Zoo. This post has a loooong list of ideas for al fresco fun.

DC United vs. Colorado Rapids
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 8pm (parking lot opens at 4pm)
Admission: Ticket prices vary

End the weekend with some soccer action as the DC United host the Colorado Rapids Sunday evening. But get there early for activities at the Lot 8 Tailgate — you can enter to win an autographed jersey, plus Chris Pontius and Jaime Moreno will be there. Food Trucks will be open at 6pm, and gates open at 7pm.


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2 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: August 15-17

  1. Leslie

    The Nats Sunday game vs the Pirates is at 5:05 not 1:35. Thanks.

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