The Weekend Round-Up:
August 18-20

Peace out at Bartholdi Park, part of the US Botanic Garden


Happy Weekend!

Link up to loads of ideas for local fun in these go-to posts:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Peaceful Places

Summer Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Summer break is starting its wind-down as kids begin heading back to school on Monday (mine, anyway).  But plenty is still going on to enjoy the season… Spraygrounds, special exhibits, music and movies in the open air, beach fun, crab feasts, mini golf and carousel rides. The Guide to Summer in DC has all the inspo you need to eke the most out of the season.

Fair Play
Where: Arlington, Montgomery, and PW Counties | VA & MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Arlington’s annual fest is underway, and Montgomery and Prince William counties host their final days. All are chock full of amusement for everyone, with carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. This post has the whole scoop on all of the county fun.

Summer at the Reach
Where: The Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Enjoy free programming all weekend at the The REACH at the Kennedy Center. On Friday evening, see a screening of A League of Their Own at sundown. On Saturday, enjoy performances and activities by Youth Poet Laureate All Stars at the River Pavilion from 1-5pm, then happy hour with DJs, dancing, and lawn games from 6-11pm. And the Moonshot Studio will be open with artsy fun for all on Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm.

MTB in the DMV
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies, but mostly free

There’s a brand new post, written by our very own Owen, with recs for places to mountain bike around the area. As he says,”whether you already have a genuine interest in mountain biking, are thinking about getting into it (with or without kids), or you’re into the outdoors and looking for more ways to enjoy it, this round-up of places to MTB will help get you going.”

Peace Out
Where: Around DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

Sometimes you just want to go someplace that’s pretty and quiet, where you can chill out and think (or not), and enjoy your serene surroundings. This post has a round-up of of those very places, where you can find peace and calm, all of them right here in the city.

Big Dig Potato Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $12/child or $14/adult

Head to Great Country for take a wagon ride out to the fields to dig up your own potato treasures. After digging, play all day in the five-acre play area, with attractions including Putt Putt golf, the Farm Ninja Warrior obstacle course, mazes, swings, slides, animals to visit, and feed, and so much more! PYO peaches will also be available this weekend.

Chuck Brown Day
Where: Chuck Brown Memorial Park | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate a local musical legend that took the spirit and culture of DC across the world. BYO lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy an afternoon of free live entertainment with Rare Essence, Doug E Fresh, and the Chuck Brown Band will be performing. Bring the whole fam — there will also be a kids activities area, food trucks on site, and The Chuck Brown Foundation will be giving out free backpacks for the kids (starting at 1pm). Limited free parking will be available on the field at 24th & Franklin Streets NE.

Dolley Day
Where: Dumbarton House | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join Dumbarton House to celebrate the anniversary of Dolley Madison’s flight from the White House to Dumbarton House in 1814. On Saturday, Dolley herself will be there to share stories about her life and teach some of her favorite games! There will also be yard games and ice cream (one of Dolley’s favorite foods) available to add to the fun. The museum will be open for FREE self-guided tours with a special handout about Dolley.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through August 27
Admission: $15

Terry Snyder’s Beauty and the Beast features half height marionettes, a projected magic mirror, and two storytellers guiding our audience through a sweet retelling of the original Beauty and the Beast tale. Will they fall in love in time to break the curse? Run time approximately 45 minutes.Recommended ages 4+.

Moulin Rouge: The Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through September 24
Admission: $45-199
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Recommended for ages 12+.

Cambodian Rock Band
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $66-105 

It’s 2008 and a father-daughter duo are heading to Phnom Penh; she to prosecute a notorious Cambodian war criminal, he 30 years after escaping then-Communist rule. In a psychedelic theatrical extravaganza set to some of the country’s most popular rock music, including from Dengue Fever, Cambodian Rock Band shines a light on the country’s vibrant ’70s rock scene and how an entire generation of musicians was purged by the Khmer Rouge, as it brings long-buried family secrets back to life. Recommended for teens and older.

Guided Hike
Where: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday 10-11:30am
Admission: $8/age 6+, free/5 & under

Learn about the experience of 19th century freedom seekers and Montgomery County residents in a guided hike of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Discover techniques used for navigation, eluding detection, and finding food/shelter on the perilous journey. The hike covers two miles on a natural surface hiking trail, and the content is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Admission to the Woodlawn Museum is included.

Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy a family hike — then extend (and elevate) the day with some some snacks (or a whole meal) and sips after.  A few awesome combos for that: Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery. Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.  Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn.  Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness BreweryPatuxent River State Park and Waredaca Brewery.

Sunflower Festival
Where: Summer Farms | Middletown,MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $19.50/age 3+

Escape to Summers Farm for their 4th Annual Sunflower Festival and enjoy the beauty of the 8-acre field glowing with thousands of blooms! Over 35 different varieties and colors make for very Instaworthy photos. Walk through, pick your own, take stunning pictures, sip a local drink in their spacious tent, and relax at the farm.

Savor the Bay
Where: City Dock & Susan Campbell Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free/12 & under
How about a day filled with delicious seafood, live entertainment, kids activities, food demos and competitions, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, contests? You can enjoy all that and more at the annual Maryland Seafood Festival. Even better, it all takes place right in charming Annapolis.

Family Day
Where: Oatlands Historic House & Garden | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $30/family

Join an afternoon of fun games, crafts, snacks, and activities, along with a scavenger hunt for the entire family. The Little Red School house (which is rarely open to the public) will be open for visits along with self-guided tours of the mansion. Bring along food to enjoy lunch in one of two picnic groves.

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Row, row, row your boat or kayak or canoe or SUP! Paddle season is flowing on, and the weather this weekend looks like it will be perfect to enjoy some time out on the water . Boating in DC has several locations in the District and a few NoVa Parks offer it, too. This post about places to go with the flow has more details.

Beachy Keen: Sand, Surf, & Fossils
Where: Around the area
When: Daily
Admission: Varies by beach

Summer calls for beach time, and there are several places within day trip-distance from DC that are nice for sand and surf — and maybe a little fossil hunting. Head out to Calvert Cliffs State Park or Flag Ponds Nature Park. Or go east to Sandy Point State Park. Play paleontologist and look for prehistoric fragments along the Potomac at the Purse Area in Charles County, MD (be sure to check the tide table).  You can also make a bigger trip out to Westmoreland State Park, about a two-hour drive away in Montross, VA, where you can hike, beach, fossil hunt, and even camp.

* Alexandria Restaurant Week is on from now through August 27.
* See a little birthday celebration for Xiao Qi Ji at the National Zoo on Monday at 9am (they’ll be giving the giant panda a cake)!
Washingtonian has the 61 best dining deals around DC.
* 23 best Airbnb experiences around the world. (Have you ever booked an Airbnb experience? We did a sailing excursion in Greece, and it was fantastic!)
* Half-way through this book, and it’s an entertaining “beach read.”
* A friend just let me know about this great sale… and how cute is this?
* Ken Things Ryan Gossling Can’t Live Without.

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