The Weekend Round-Up: June 26-28


From big, exciting events to mellower pursuits, you’ve got your pick of ways to enjoy the weekend. And with a mixed forecast, the list of indoor activities and post about outdoor places are good ones to keep on hand, too. Happy Weekend!

Smithonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall near the American Indian Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The annual Festival celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions is underway. Visitors of all ages will have ample opportunity to discover and explore the culture of Peru through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums in case of rain.

Lovin’ Summer
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 be enjoyed all weekend long (as long as the weather cooperates, anyway). Get the full scoop on all of these joys of summer.

National Capital Barbeque Battle
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue NW
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: $15/adults, free for ages 12 and under

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Safeway National Capital Barbeque Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other as they compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), live music, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 9th to 14th Streets.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales in Montgomery County
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Be sure to check the list of places on the website, as some are only participating for one day.

World Police & Fire Games
Where: Various DC-Metro locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the start of the second largest multi-sport event in the world! The World Police and Fire Games include over 60 sports and first-responder-specific activities will take place throughout Fairfax County and the general DC Metro area from June 26 – July 5. Watch challenges like the firemen’s ladder climb & muster and police service dog events. Visit the website for details on events and locations.

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

* Cat-ch Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude at Adventure Theatre
* The Chamber Dance Company is performing a special Family Matinee show on
* Fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre at Tysons
* Experience Double Trouble on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will live Aquarium, just opening at the Bethesda theater
* Curtis Blues: Delta Blues kicks off the summer season of the Saturday Morning at the National series
* Take the fam to Shakespeare in the park as Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Snow White and the 7 Dwarves is the current main stage production
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* The Imagination Movers are playing a special concert at the Maryland Zoo on Sunday
* IMPOSSIBLE: A Happenstance Circus opens this weekend at the Round House Theatre
* Rocknocerous is playing an album release show on Saturday morning at Jammin’ Java

Magic of Spying
Where: International Spy Museum
When: Saturday, 2-3pm
Admission: $10

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Where: Wakefield Park – Annandale, VA
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free for spectators

Want to see some amazing skating tricks and skills or show off some of your (or your kids’) own? SkateFest is an epic event full of skateboarding, free gear, and a ton of the most legendary prizes to ever hit the DC Metro area. The weekend celebrates Go Skateboarding Day with family friendly activities for all ages: music, games, food, giveaways, skateboard vendor tents, and Sk8 For A Cause, a Skate Competition all to benefit Children’s National Medical Center. Friday is a registration/prelim day with some extra activities, and the main festival take place on Saturday. See the online schedule for specifics.

Beachy Keen
Where: Flag Ponds Nature Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6/car

It looks like we’ll have at least one nice day this weekend, so why not hit the beach? There are several places within day trip-distance from DC that are great for sand and surf…and fossil hunting. (That’s right, many spots in the Calvert Cliffs area are well known for shark teeth finds.) We just spent a day at Flag Ponds Nature Park and loved it. This new post has all the details, plus a bit of info about another fave (though a pricey one) out that way, Brownie’s Beach.

Big Screen, Baby
Where: Local movie theaters
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary by theater

Give the kids some screen time at a movie! Catch an IMAX at the Natural History or Air & Space Museums — Dinosaurs Alive! 3D is sure to enthrall dino lovers. We recently saw Inside Out and Pitch Perfect 2 and loved both (you won’t stop singing the tunes from the latter). And Max and Jurassic World are some other family films out right now. Find out what’s playing at a theater near you.

Savor Alexandria
Where: Oronoco Bay Park
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival may sound like a grown-up event – and the main festivity is, for the most part – but there will be activities for little ones, too. The festival will showcase some of the best of Alexandria’s restaurants and Virginia wineries. And to complement it all will be live entertainment, a children’s corner (moon bounce, arts & crafts, and more), and cooking demos. While admission is free, you will need to purchase tickets to sample food and wine – $20 for 8 tickets, $20 for the wine garden. Rain or shine.

Feasting on Film
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

Give the kids a taste of documentaries at the National Gallery. In these screenings, children from around the world invite you into their homes, food, community, and culture through a series of delicious documentary shorts films from the series There’s No Food Like My Food, which documents customs and cuisine from across the continents.

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

Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about American Olympic swimmer, Gertrude Ederle – the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926, and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.

Ah Love Kids Who Cook Competition
Where: Mosaic District
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy some culinary fun with cause! With a portion of the day’s sales benefiting nonprofit Martha’s Table, Ah Love Kids Who Cook will bring teams of kids ages 8-12 together for some fun cooking competition led by panels of judges from the culinary industry and mentors to help the children as they explore the different available ingredients. Through each one-hour round of competition kids will be asked to make an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. More importantly they’ll learn about healthy food options, being creative with food, and helping others who don’t have enough to eat.


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5 Responses to The Weekend Round-Up: June 26-28

  1. Danielle

    Why is the Friday Fishing not showing up on this post but is in the early newsletter.

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      It’s been removed – although promoted as “every Friday,” it’s off for a couple of weeks. Apologies for confusion!

  2. Ashley

    Since when is Ted 2 (or the original Ted for that matter) considered family entertainment?!

  3. Ashley

    No problem 🙂

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