The Weekend Round-Up: August 12-14

Enjoy scenic river views on a hike at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve


Happy Weekend!

Quick links for all kinds of ongoing & seasonal fun:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

Fair Play
Where: Montgomery, Prince William, & Howard Counties | MD & VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Montgomery and Prince William kick off their annual fests that are chock full of amusement for everyone in the fam. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. You can also find it in Howard County, where the fair is on for its final couple of days. This post has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Sidewalk Art Party
Where: The Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 7-10pm
Admission: Free

Find early discounts and specials in select studios throughout the Torpedo Factory on the eve of the 2022 Alexandria Sidewalk Sale (see below). Discover new art to love with a visit to Artist Row, featuring local artists from across the DMV, and take part in a massive sidewalk chalk mural party on the Waterfront side of the art center. Plan on dinner out, too — there are lots of  family-friendly places to get a bite nearby.

!Viva Cultura! Festival
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This festival promises to be packed with fun and excitement! Enjoy the cultural experience celebrating Latino music, food, family entertainment, and an artisans’ market. Musical performances, folklore dance groups, kids activities, sweet and savory treats, and much more will be part of the festivities.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take advantage of the great weather this weekend on the trail. Walk in places with scenic views, maybe pick a route that leads to a place to swim, and savor a sunny day outdoors. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods (and more) with the kids. Some specific recs for right now:  Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean,VA; Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County, MD (swimming ops!), Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, VA; Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA; and Calvert Cliffs State Park in Calvert County (beach fun, too!).

Ice Cream-Making Demo
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Head to Peirce Mill to learn all about the frozen treat brought over from France by Dolley Madison. Watch the ingredients being poured into the dasher, learn about the brine that freezes the cream, and take a turn cranking the handle to make old-fashioned ice cream. A historic recipe by Thomas Jefferson with a modern adaptation will be available to take away. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Alexandria Sidewalk Sale
Where: Del Ray and Old Town
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

The streets of Alexandria will buzz with shoppers grabbing great deals during the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. This year’s event includes more than 40 Alexandria boutiques stepping out of their storefronts and offering deeply discounted summer merchandise, plus live music activations on King Streetto provide a soundtrack to your strolling and shopping.  Visit the website to for a map of participating stores.

Adventure in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by age

There are still spots open at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring this weekend. Kids as young as five years old can experience thrills on the ropes courses and zip lines in the park’s aerial adventure forest, the largest in North America (ad best around the area, imo). Children ages 5-6 with an adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do much more. It may seem like a pricey venture, but it’s so worth it. Trust me. See more about the park in this post from last summer and  this ones from several years back. And if you can’t get in this weekend, I highly recommend reserving ahead for another time.

Peach Fuzzitval
Where: Great Country Farm | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $14/child & $16/Adult

It’s the second weekend celebrating peak peach picking season at Great Country Farms! Along with tons of fun activities, you can also learn how the peaches are grown and used in food and drink and enjoy the results as well. Kick off each morning with fresh apple cider donuts , then later on get the whole family involved in peach eating and peach pit spitting contests and family water games. All the fun farm attractions will be open, and there will also be live music to entertain the crowd.

Second Saturday Sungazing
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)

Head out to the Chantilly arm of the Air & Space Museum and play astronomer. Join staff outside the museum entrance to observe the Sun safely with a filtered telescope. Get a close look at a variety of features on the Sun during this program that occurs the second Saturday of every month. If clouds are blocking the view of the sky, go inside the museum’s Space Hangar to see images of the Sun taken by a satellite.

Carpe Librum
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Shop a pop-up bookstore on Saturday.  Browse through thousands of books all under $6 in a nice, outdoor setting.  There’s something for everyone — children’s books, teen reads, brand-new bestsellers in amazing condition, classic vintage hardbacks, and more.  Look for it in the southern block of the Canal Park.  And plan for some time to let the kids play in the sprays while you’re there.

Entertainment in NoVa Parks
Where: Fairfax Parks | Fairfax, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Enjoy music and more live performances in Northern Virginia parks! The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series has a bunch of shows happening this weekend at parks all around the county. Bring along picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. See what’s on the schedule here.

Let’s Skate DC
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free (rentals $10 for kids)

Get rolling at The Wharf, where there’s a free outdoor roller skating rink on the Transit Pier.  Go for a spin in the fresh air, vibe out to great music, and watch incredible skate performances by professionals. The rink will operate on Saturday from 10am-2pm and 7-10pm, and on Sunday from 3-7pm. Admission is free for all ages. Skate rentals are available for children only (size 12 junior – 6); adults need to bring their own skates.

Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Catholic University | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: $15-20, free/age 12 & under

Bring the fam out for fun, fresh air, and Pro Ultimate Frisbee! See some exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze takes on Philadelphia Phoenix in a playoff game! Concession will be for sale, and it’s supposed to be a beautiful evening, so make a night of enjoying a different kind of sporting event.

Nats vs. Padres
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are back home and hosting the Padres this weekend. Catch them on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:05pm) and Sunday afternoon (12:05pm). Goveaways include a clear fanny pack for the first 25,000 fans on Friday and pencil cases for young guests the other days.  Don’t forget about the Kids Eat Free summer promo, plus they can run the bases after the Sunday game.  Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Where: Rock Hall, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Buccaneers and landlubbers of all ages! Head out to the Eastern Shore for a fun, unique experience. This town-wide family-friendly event will be loaded with kids activities, shows, and costume contests. Check out the website for details and schedules. Pirate attire is highly encouraged!

Joys of Summer
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Take advantage of all the activities that come with the season! See a special museum exhibit. Have some water-inspired fun. Enjoy free music outdoors and movies under the stars. Go with the flow on local waterways. Hit the beach. Feast on seasonal treats. And so much more. Details on all of these summer joys in DC can be found here.

Bikes, Wheels, and Wings Show
Where: Culpepper, VA
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free to spectate

If you feel the need for speed, the Bikes, Wings & Wheels Show may just be the event for you. At this open event all petrol-heads are welcome to come out and show off their cars while World War II warbirds surround the infield. All kinds of vehicles will be on display — antiques, hot rods, exotics, imports, and moderns. Plus there will be live music, raffles, the new Doris Mae IPA beer from Flying Ace Brewery, and a chance to take flight on a WWII Warbird.

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center.  This weekend, explore activities and projects inspired by the musical Show Way (running through Aug. 21). Get creative as you share your love for an influential woman in your life, map your migration story, offer guidance to the world, and more. Sessions begin at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm and are first come, first served. you can also try dropping in anytime from 11am – 4:30pm to work on a short digital project or a collaborative community artwork.

C&O Canal Boat Tours
Where: C&O Canal | Georgetown, DC
When: Starting Friday
Admission: $15/adult, $10/senior, $8/child

Take a one-hour guided historical tours along the first mile of the C&O Canal National Historical Park that starts in Georgetown. Learn about the fascinating history, technology, and culture of the Canal, and the surprising stories of the people who lived, worked and played nearby over the past two centuries, while you enjoy a cruise on the water and the surrounding scenery. (Note: These are offered Wednesday – Sunday through October.)

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through August 21
Tickets: $25 

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.

Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Through August 28
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

See a show on strings!  Rod puppets convey the classic tale of rags to riches, love at first sight (twice!), and getting what we all deserve. Don’t miss this fan favorite production, or your magical midnight curfew! Recommended for ages 5+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through September 4
Tickets: $65-150 (look for discount)

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over.

* The National Children’s Museum is celebrating one year in their new downtown space with a One-der Party — and you’re invited!
* Just a reminder that the Regal Summer Movie Express is still running through September 7, showing flicks for kids on many Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am for just $2!
* Expert advice on how to budget for a kitchen renovation.
* Looking for a funny and sweet easy series to watch? Check out Uncoupling on Netflix! Neil Patrick Harris is charming as ever.
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* In case you haven’t see it yet… sportsmanship at its best.


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