The Weekend Round-Up:
June 21-23


Check out boats from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race


Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts chock full of ideas for fun around DC:
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Happy (Official) Summer!
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s the first weekend of official summer, so enjoy some activities that are quintessentially 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 activities are highlighted here, but see the 2024 KFDC Guide to Summer Around DC for even more summer faves.

Clipper Round the World (& at The Wharf)
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Through June 25
Admission: Free
Check out some cool boats as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes a stop in DC. The fleet has just completed seven of the eight legs in their 40,000nm, 11-month circumnavigation, and they will be at The Wharf through early next week. From Friday – Sunday, you can take a tour of a stripped down ocean racing yacht — go above and below deck with the Race Crew that have called these yachts home for the past eight months. Stop by the Clipper Race Fanzone set up nearby the boats to learn more about the racing adventure.

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

It’s the first Friday Night Fishing session of the season! Join Anacostia Riverkeeper for their summer Friday fishing program — all ages are welcome.  All essentials are provided: rods, reels, bait, and lessons for first time fishers. Staff are there to answer any questions and help with casting, tips, and tricks. Be sure to register and fill out a waiver if you plan to go — space is limited.

Folger Grand Reopening
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Friday, 1-9pm | Saturday, 11am – 9pm | Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free
The Folger Shakespeare Library is welcoming visitors again after a four-year renovation, and they’re celebrating with a grand reopening this weekend. Explore new, fascinating exhibition galleries and see the beautiful historic Reading Room, play jumbo lawn games, grab a bite from local food trucks, chat with guides about the new space, and browse the gift shop. In the evening, catch a performance of Metamorphoses at 8pm (tickets starting at $20). Read more about the renovated Folger in this brand new KFDC post.

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, special programs, performances, and more. All of the National Mall museums will have extended hours, with the National Museum of Asian Art and the National Museum of African Art staying open until midnight. Go here for details and schedules and note that some events may require free tickets.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Where: Adventure Theater | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25

Adventure Theatre’s play based on the beloved book opens this weekend…  Toddler Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie cannot tell her father what is wrong. Recommended for all ages.

Extraordinary Cinema: Elemental
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a free film screenings outdoors on the REACH Video Wall. At the center of the intergenerational, heartwarming film, Elemental is a story of inclusion and welcome—and a family building a new life and thriving community while they learn, together and with the help of friends, how to have the strength to burn bright.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10:30am
Tickets: $12

It’s the first weekend of Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods.  The annual summer series presents over 70 family-friendly performances from late June through mid-August. And it’s all on a stage nestled in a shady grove in the woods.  The productions are geared toward younger children, but all are welcome. See what’s playing this weekend.  And read a KFDC review of the series from a past summer here (it’s an old post, but the series is still very much the same).

Baseball Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the 2024 baseball season with the Postal Museum’s family festival highlighting the exhibit Baseball: America’s Home Run. The event will offer fun for all ages with activity stations, crafts, book read-alouds, and live performances from bilingual children’s music duo 123 Andrés. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are groups are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. This weekend, the hands-on activities in Moonshot Studio explore the five elements of Hip Hop Culture: DJing, MCing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and Knowledge.

Inside Info
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
One word: Heatwave. These posts are always good to keep in your back pocket, and they’ll be especially useful on this hot, hot weekend: The Great Indoors list, the round-up of off-the-beaten-path museums in DC, ideas for fun and games inside, and the post highlighting museums in MD & VA.

Splash & Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free
For outdoor fun where you can still stay cool, head to the water. You can splash and swim at a bunch of places, in a bunch of  ways around the area.  Spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks are open and welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2024 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, waterparks here, and beaches/lakes/swimming holes here.

Miss Nelson is Missing
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $9.50-36.50

It’s opening weekend for Imagination Stage’s new show… The students of Smedley Elementary School’s Room 207 are not just badly behaved–they’re the “worst kids of all!” No matter what their sweet and caring teacher Miss Nelson tries, they simply won’t listen (or stop throwing paper airplanes across the room). Fed up with their behavior, Miss Nelson leaves her class in the hands of dreaded substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp, infamous for bringing “woe to those who misbehave.” Terrified of “the Swamp,” the kids must work together and with Detective McSmogg to find their kindhearted teacher and win her back. Recommended for ages 4+.

Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $15

This classic on strings closes after this weekend…  Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $40-70

Last chance to see this play based on the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

Pride Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate Pride with Glen Echo Park on Saturday, where there will be festivities for the whole family. Check out an interactive chalk maze designed by Chalk Riot. Ride the carousel for free (while comp tickets last; otherwise $2/ride or $5/all day). Pick up a carousel-themed craft activity bag for all ages (while supplies last). Enjoy snacks and specialty Glen Echo Park Root Beer. Plan to see a show while you’re there at The Puppet Co. or Adventure Theatre. The playground, picnic area, Glen Echo Park Aquarium (book tickets in advance), and a variety of art galleries throughout the park will be open, too!

Barbecue Battle
Where: 3rd-7th Streets |  Pennsylvania Ave NW, DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: Starts at $20/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 featuring 90s-inspired activities, games, crafts & more!  It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Sound Scene 2024: Solstice
Where: Hirshhorn museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
This free sound and sensory arts festival featuring local and worldwide artists welcomes all ages to engage with interactive audio art installations, small group workshops, and live performances on the longest night of the year. Hold the cosmos in your hands with a “sonified” star experience. Harness the power of the sun as you build a solar synth, an alt-energy-powered electronic instrument. Receive a personalized celestial serenade inspired by planetary movements and the melodies of eighteenth-century. Enjoy South Indian classical music. Dive into the world of EEG-based sound workshops, where music responds to the power of your mind.

Family Activity: Sampler Bookmarks
Where: DAR Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Take kids to a fun-filled time of creativity and crafting, where they can make their very own sampler bookmarks to take home.  Knowledgeable educators will guide them through the process, providing all the materials needed to create a unique and personalized bookmark. Recommended for ages 7+. Registration recommended.

Create by the Creek 
Where: Peirce Barn | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Create by the Creek is a day-long celebration of art and community in Rock Creek Park. Join for free workshops taught by local artists, organized by the Washington Studio School. Or borrow some art supplies and find a quiet spot to draw in Rock Creek Creek Park. There will also be milling And read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free
It’s 2024 Bug Week at the museum and the public is invited to join museum staff to discover which bugs are bizarre, beneficial, or downright deadly. Learn how to battle the bugs or use them to your advantage. Bug costumes are encouraged! Plan to tour the rest of the museum whole you’re there — but be sure to read more about it first if you’re with young children.

Astronomy Festival
Where: 7th-9th 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.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40
DC United is home this weekend with a match against Houston on Saturday. As always, 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 a bite to eat before the match — see recs for family-friendly eats in the area.

Kid’s Jellyfish Terrarium Workshop
Where: PlantHouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $22

Children can let their imagination soar as they create their very own jellyfish terrariums. Using rocks, sand, air plants, and a variety of decor pieces, kids will craft unique underwater scenes that will captivate and inspire. All materials and expert guidance from staff are included. Recommended for ages 5-12.

* See the new round-up of shows coming to local stages this summer (includes ticket discounts).
* If you’re looking for weekday activities indoors now that kids are on break from school (and because it’s insanely hot out), be sure to check these regularly occurring programs at DC museums.
* A tried-and-true beat-the-heat activity: See a movie!  The Alamo is a great place to catch a flick along with a good meal.
* Futbol fans: Where to watch the Euro Cup around DC.
* The Library of Congress announced the full author line-up for the National Book Festival taking place August 24.
* No cook recipes for a heatwave.
* Something like this will be handy for the hot days, too.
* I’ve mentioned it before, but Acorns is worth sharing again. It’s a neat, easy way to invest and save money, offering bonuses when you buy certain brands and the option to invest “spare change” from credit card purchases — we’ve been signed up for a few years now!
* One of the best family games in a travel set — perfect to bring on vacation.
* So many cute, easy breezy dresses, perfect for hot weather — and 50% off!
* Can’t wait to watch this new documentary and this docuseries about two of the GOATS.
* JGL does TS 💖

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