1. Awesome Con, the convention celebrating pop culture and geekdom, is coming to DC this weekend, June 3-5. For three days at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, there will be an amazing assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, appearances by pop culture stars, and more. There is so much for all ages, including a whole Awesome Con Jr. area with programming especially for younger kids. It all takes place on Friday, 1-8pm; Saturday, 10am – 7pm; and Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Admission starts at $18/child, $45/adult online, and $27/child, $60/adult at the door. We’ve been several times, so can tell you from experience that it is, well, awesome. Get a glimpse of past events here and here. And see what other big events and festivals are coming to the area this summer.
2. Tomorrow, June 2, watch a flick where you usually look for the DC United score! Audi Field will transform into an outdoor cinema as Movies on the Pitch presents a film on the stadium’s Jumbotron screen. The monthly summer series kicks off with Spider Man: No Way Home — gates open at 5:30pm, and the family-friendly experience begins at 7pm. Reserve free, general admission tickets in advance. Concessions will be available for purchase. This will also take place on June 30 (Sing 2), July 28 (A Quiet Place 2), and August 25 (In the Heights). And for more opportunities to enjoy the big screen under the stars, see the KFDC Summer Guide.
3. Looking for entertainment for little ones? The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park presents Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs June 2 – July 3. Their Tiny Tots series for really little ones, where the lights stay on and doors remain open, has also returned with performances of The Apple Tree. Even better, discount tickets to both are available through Goldstar for the Mainstage production here, and for Tiny Tots here. (PS: You can read a KFDC review of Little Red Riding Hood from a bunch of years back here.)
4. Plan for KidFree time: 11 New and Newly Reopened Rooftop Bars for Summer Fun in DC rounded up by Washingtonian.
5. 78 Long Minutes — This NY Times article published over the weekend is an incredibly powerful read and scroll (you’ll see what I mean). Everyone should see it and share it… and keep the fight for gun control reform going.