The Weekend Round-Up: April 7-9

Springtime in DC 🌷


Happy Weekend!

Link up to all kinds of ideas for ongoing fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Drive-In Movie Time
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 8pm (lot opens 6:45pm)
Admission: $20/car, walk-ups are free

Union Market’s annual Drive-in Movie Series begins this weekend, kicking off with WALL-E on the big outdoor screen. Watch the flick from the comfort of your car (or walk up and sit in the fresh air) in the UM parking lot. Get there early to enjoy a yummy meal from one of the many market vendors. Advance purchase is recommended. (PS: The series will continue on the first and third Friday of every month through July 21.)

Egg-cellent Outings
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:; Varies by place

Egg hunts, bunny visits, and more seasonal activities are happening all around the area. There are also attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. Find them at these places: Great Country Farms – Butler’s Orchard –  NoVa Parks – Clark’s Elioak Farm.

Fairies in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5 suggested donation

Guaranteed to delight, the annual exhibit of fairy and gnome houses at Annmarie Sculpture Garden begins on Friday!  This year, more than 100 homes for spritely creatures will be displayed throughout the grounds. Viewing them (and more art) as you walk along a trail through the woods is a wonderful adventure for all ages. Plan for play time in the adorable Fairy Lolly, and stop in the Arts Center for more creative works. Read more about and get a glimpse of it all here and here. (FYI – Annmarie is fantastic anytime, fairy houses or not!)

Bluebells at the Bend
Where: Riverbend Park | Great Falls, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm & 12-2pm
Admission: $8/advance, $10/at event

Celebrate the Virginia Bluebells as they blanket the banks of the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. This annual festival is back after a Covid hiatus and will have  wildflower walks, live animals, exhibitors, live music, crafts, and food trucks. There are two ticketed sessions, and you can save a couple of dollars by registering in advance online. Read more about Riverbend in this KFDC post. And to see what else is going on at other Fairfax County Parks, go here.

Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: April 8, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Riverfront community for Petalpalooza! This day-long signature event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be a blast, with live music, art activities, an array of cuisines, and lots of family- and pet-friendly activities. The evening will cap off with a fireworks show over the Anacostia River.

Bunny Hop Parade
Where: Stead Park | Washington, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am –12:30pm
Admission: Free
Put on your spring bonnet or bunny ears and join Friends of Stead Park and Foundry UMC to gather eggs, make crafts, play games, do yoga with Kaydee Dahlin, take selfies with the Bunny, and enjoy treats. Be sure to RSVP to reserve a spot.

Where: Torpedo Factory | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday,12-4pm
Admission: Free

An event for lovers of art and furry friends, BunnyFest will feature art inspired by rabbits, interactive hands-on art activities, and demonstrations. Rabbits from Friends of Rabbits, a nonprofit rabbit rescue, will be there for guests to see. And, of course, all three floors of the Art Center are open to explore.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

There’s all kinds of entertainment on local stages this weekend. Here’s what and where you can catch it (and you can find show details and any discount links here):
* My Fair Lady at National Theatre
* The Washington Ballet: Aurora’s Wedding at Capital One Hall
* The Hula Hoopin’ Queen at Imagination Stage
Wake Up, Brother Bear at Imagination Stage
* Sleeping Beauty at The Puppet Co.
* Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches at ArenaStage
* King Lear at Klein Theater (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 22
Admission: Varies by event (some free)

This international festival celebrating the world’s rivers is running at the Kennedy Center until Earth Day. All kinds of performances and events will be presented by talent from across the globe. Performing and visual artists, authors, chefs, filmmakers, climate experts, and more fascinating people will help carve an artistic path throughout the Kennedy Center with world-class performances, exhibitions, films, talks, workshops, and more events — see the website for the full schedule.

River Island
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 14
Admission: Free

A RiverRun festivity that kids, especially, will enjoy, this immersive environment created by award-winning author and illustrator Edwin Fontánez, welcomes visitors to explore the lush landscapes of Puerto Rico, an island with more than 220 rivers. River Island features a bilingual play space for children and a fanciful recreation of a traditional dwelling perfect for a photo op.

DC United vs Columbus Crew
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $28 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Columbus Crew. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. You could even make a longer outing of it and go to Petalpalooza before the match to enjoy some extra fun!

Caps vs Panthers
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $39 (look for discount)

Hockey is happening on Saturday evening, too. Watch the on-ice action as the Caps host the Florida Panthers. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Hill Country BBQ, Shake Shack, Jaleo, and Carmine’s.

Spring Yoga
Where: Takoma Park Library | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 11am
Admission: Free
Calling all tweens, teens, and adults who like to move and breathe! Join Ms. Elisa, RYT 200, for a free yoga class at Takoma Park Library. This is the first in a series of three that will take place this Sunday, April 23, and May 7. All levels are welcome, and mats are available. Be sure to register in advance as space is limited.

Bloom Town
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Varies by locale
Admission: Varies by locale

The cherry blossom peak may have passed, but there are more big blooms to enjoy around the DC area, a couple of them literally coming now. Bluebells are blanketing the grounds around the area, wisteria is brightening up local scenery, and azaleas may be on their way, too.  And the best places to see them are fab for more than just the flowers. This post has details on where to go for those and other big blooms coming up.

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Spring Break has begun in the DC area, so if you’re looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained over while the kids are off from school, this annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas. (Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.)

* A divine installation at the Textile Museum.
* Join Wolf Trap Foundation & Green Hedges School for a FREE children’s workshop on April 14!
* The Dr. Seuss Experience, an interactive immersion into the wondrous world of the author’s books, opens this weekend.
* If you’re looking for something KidFree to do on Saturday, the DC Beer Fest is happening.
* Easter meals around DC, including family-friendly feasts.
* 40 fun Easter baskets without candy.
* Best movies of 2023 so far, according to Washington Post.
* Speaking of movies, I can’t wait to see this!
* Love this whole outfit, from the shirt to the jeans to he sandals.
* Perfect! 😂

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