The Weekend Round-Up: June 24-26

Teddy gets a view of the Mall, where there will be lots of fun happening this weekend


Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts full of ideas for activities around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: 7th – 12th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Back in person after two years, the event will once again celebrate living cultural heritage and community traditions, this year highlighting United Arab Emirates and Earth Optimism. Through June 27, then June 30 – July 4, all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and much more will be on the National Mall between 7th & 12th Streets NW from 11am – 6pm each day. Admission is free. Definitely make time to go — it’s always a fantastic event with so much for all ages to enjoy! View scenes from a past Folklife Festival here.

Mr. Poppers Penguins
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday, 4pm | Sunday 1:30pm
Tickets: $14

See a new show at Imagination Stage!  Mr. Popper, a painter of modest means, dreams of taking an Antarctic adventure. So he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box left on his doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon…the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! To feed all of these mouths, the imaginative Mr. Popper and his wife turn his talented penguins into a must-see traveling vaudeville act full of song and dance. But the rigors of performing take a toll on them all, and they must make a difficult decision. This musical play, featuring expert puppetry, depicts a wild and witty way to follow your dreams — and your convictions. Recommended for ages 3-10.

Encanto at The REACH
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Catch a children’s fave on the outdoor screen at the lovely grounds of The REACH at the Kennedy Center — presented in honor of World Refugee Day. Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

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

Get your summer on this weekend with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year. Catch an outdoor concert or movie under the stars. Enjoy some water fun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Check out a special seasonal exhibit. Do some crabbing (the feasting kind). Take a spin on a carousel or mini train, and so much more. Some are highlighted here, but see the 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC for the full scoop even more summer favorites.

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 a super fun way to start the weekend, and Pop/RnB band Pebble to Pearl is 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 grassy spaces, and take in the scenic river views.

Yappy Hour
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Here’s one for dog fams… Celebrate summer Fridays with a “Yappy” Hour at The Boro Sandlot. Treat yourself to a cool cocktail and visit the Bone Bar to get a special something for your puppy pal while you enjoy tunes spun by a local DJ. Commemorate the evening with a branded dog bag holder and picture paw-fect moment at the Instagram-worthy “BARK” display. And if you don’t have a four-legged friend of your own, the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue will be joining for a puppy playtime! Pet some cute pups while you learn about how you could foster your own.

Solstice Saturday
Where: Smithsonian Museums | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – midnight
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian is marking the first Saturday of summer — Solstice Saturday — by staying open late and hosting parties, programs, and performances, including a free concert on the National Mall hosted by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a late-night garden dance party with glow yoga, a wellness day, and more. The following museums will be open until midnight welcoming visitors to the free festivities: Smithsonian Castle & Haupt Garden, Arts & Industries Building, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of Asian Art, and the National Museum of Natural History. The Hirshhorn and National Museum of African American History and Culture will be open until 8pm.

Barbecue Battle
Where: 3-7th Streets | Pennsylvania Ave NW, 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 Barbecue 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), 13 bands on four stages, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
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. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

DC Tennis Festival
Where: Banneker Recreation Center | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Calling all Tennis players, enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning! Join DC DPR at Banneker Recreation Center to meet the DPR citywide tennis staff and their long-standing Tennis at Shiloh partners. Enjoy a full day of tennis activities, lessons, and more! RSVP in advance.

Georgetown Sweets Tour
Where: Throughout Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $35/person or $135 for 4 tickets

Discover Georgetown bakeries and independent retailers at the Georgetown Sweets Tour. Created as a way for DC area and visiting families to discover neighborhood bakeries and independent retailers, this experience takes you to 12 retail locations to pick up a different sweet from each one. By the end of the “tour” you’ll have 12 sweets (if you don’t eat them along the way, of course)!

Astronomy Festival
Where: 3rd-4th Streets | 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 Annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. This free public stargazing event features optical and radio telescope observations of the sun, star clusters, and colorful double stars. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, and astronomical image exhibits. This takes place at 3rd-4th Streets, SW, across from the National Museum of the American Indian.

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)

On stage at Adventure Theatre….   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

See a show on string at The Puppet Co… We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

Block Party
Where: Generation Hope
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $50/adult, $10/child

This family-friendly event will be held in the outdoor area of Generation Hope’s office and will include food, music, games, and activities for all ages. Come celebrate the summer with our families!

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Nashville SC on Saturday. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there (and maybe grab dinner after the match — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there). Purchase match tickets here.

Fairy Trail Grand Opening
Where: Piscataway Park | Accokeek, MD
When: Saturday, 6-8pm
Admission: $5-15

Celebrate the grand reopening of the Piscataway Park Fairy Trail near the summer solstice — a magical day for the fairy folk. The Forest Fairies of Piscataway Park are once again opening up their homes and inviting visitors into their world to learn about the forest they call home. This year they will take visitors on an enchanted adventure under the soil Full admission for fairies is $15 and will include wand making, wish bottles, soil activities, face painting, fairy dance class, special “Fairyologist” activity guides, and a popsicle. Partial admission for fairy-guardians is $5. Register in advance.

Take a Dip
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

As temps rise over the weekend, this round-up of non-pool places to swim around the area will be useful. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

It’s summer, so head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

Beachy Keen
Where: Several destinations in Maryland
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Do something quintessentially summer and hit the beach! You don’t have to go all the way to the ocean — there is sand and surf (and shark tooth hunting, in some places) within day trip distance from DC! Head a bit past Annapolis to Sandy Point, go to one of several spots in Calvert County, or make fossil hunting your main focus at the Purse Area in Charles, County. See the summer guide for details and links on all of these beaches.

Exhibit This
Where: Museums & venues around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by exhibit

There are some extraordinary installations and delightful annual exhibits at our museums and galleries right now. See Fairies in the Garden, immerse in the work of Yayoi Kusama, make a wish, explore King Tut’s tomb, take the kids to play at the Botanic Garden. Get details on all of these exhibits in the Summer Guide.

* The National Gallery of Art East Building reopens on June 30 after being closed several months for renovations.
* On Monday, June 27, the National Postal Museum is hosting a virtual program for kids on Diversity Awareness with Guest Artist Rafael Lopez & Guest Author Sonia Sotomayor.
* The next Movies on the Pitch at Audi Field on Thursday, June 30, will feature Sing 2. Watch it from the stadium’s field as it’s transformed into an outdoor cinema. Reserve free tickets through the link.
* Tom Sietsma’s 7 favorite places to eat right now.
* The planets are aligning, and you can still get a view of them over the next couple of days.
* How cool would it be to have one of these?
* My last pair broke after 10 years of wear, so I just ordered these to replace them. One of my favorite brands…on sale, too!
* This new series is a fun watch for tween ages and up. (FTR, I enjoyed it, too.)
* Very important summer bbq advice.
* A couple of late additions… Where to find abortion services and donate to abortion funds. Plus, some thoughts from a wise, beloved woman.


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