Images of fresh produce may not be what you’d pair with mention of a Barbeque Battle, but when there’s a great giveaway hosted by a produce company that will be offering tastings of their products at the event, it makes perfect sense. Besides, a fresh salad is a perfect complement to a meaty barbeque dish!
The 25th Annual Giant National Capitol Barbeque Battle is returning to DC this weekend, June 24-25, for two days of food and fun for all ages. It’s one of the largest and most popular culinary festivals in the country, welcoming over 100,000 visitors each year to enjoy festivities ranging from cooking demos to live entertainment to celebrity appearances to food tastings and, of course, the competition to distinguish the best barbeque around.
BrightFarms will be among the booths in the Local Flavors Tent showcasing their products and offering samples of their fresh produce. The company uses sustainable greenhouse farming to supply grocery stores with fresh lettuce greens, tomatoes, and herbs year-round to meet the growing demand for local produce. Here in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area, they work solely with Giant grocery stores to deliver produce — farm to shelf within 24 hours — from their greenhouse facility located in Culpeper, VA. This conserves nutrients, keeping items fresh. Taste and freshness go hand-in-hand; fresher will taste better! And BrightFarms is not just proud to be local, but also non-GMO and pesticide-free.
If you plan on attending the Barbeque Battle, be sure to stop by the BrightFarms booth and mention KidFriendly DC — they will provide you with a package of their locally grown salad to take home! In the meantime, you can enter their giveaway below for a chance to win tickets to the event this weekend along with a other great prizes.
As for the rest of the Barbeque Battle, non-stop entertainment will include 30 bands on three stages, plus appearances from celebrity chefs, TV cooking personalities and cookbook authors, representatives from the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, Nationals, D.C. United and the Washington and Baltimore arena football teams, Valor and Brigade. Attendees can also enjoy return of the popular Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest and fan-favorite Joey Chestnut, who broke the world record by eating 73 and a half hotdogs in 10 minutes at last year’s event.
The 25th Annual Giant National Capitol Barbeque Battle takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd & 7th Streets. Hours are Saturday, June 24, 11am – 9pm and Sunday, June 25, 11am – 9pm. Tickets start at $12/adult for one-day admission ($20 for two-day), kids 12 and under are free.
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Giveaway: For a chance to win 4 Tickets to the 25th Annual Giant National Capitol Barbeque Battle from BrightFarms simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite barbeque dish. Get an extra entry by commenting on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page as well. This giveaway will run through 8pm on Thursday, June 22, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter.
This post is sponsored by BrightFarms, however, I only promote products, events, places, and programs that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.
Dads’ big day is coming up this weekend, and if you’re still looking for ways to celebrate it, you’ve got lots of great options. From live entertainment to outdoor pursuits, special events to everyday fun, freebies to splurges, here are some ideas to help make Father’s Day fantastic.
Brunch on the Baselines
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: June 18, 12-4pm
Admission: $35-70/adult, $20/child
The Nats may not be in town on Father’s Day, but you can still watch them and enjoy a fun meal with the fam at the ballpark. An all-inclusive brunch will be held on the baselines at Nationals Park, where guests of all ages can enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink event while watching the Nationals play the New York Mets in New York City (on the big screen, obvi). The brunch menu includes tater tots, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, a Bloody Mary bar, mimosas, beer, coffee, and juices. And a great present for dads who are Nats fans: Tickets to a behind-the-scenes tour of Nationals Park!
Jazz It Up
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Through June 18
Admission: Varies by show
If Dad is a jazz fan, this is the ultimate way to make his day. The annual DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists at venues all around the city over a week. And on Father’s Day weekend, DCJazzFest at The Yards is a three-day blowout of music and good times.
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon, DC
When: June 16, 17, & 18
Admission: Starts at $35/day, free for 10 and under free
For dads who really dig pop culture, this is the event for them! The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention is bringing a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC for the weekend. All kinds of cool programs, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans of all ages are expected to make this the best Awecome Con yet. And on Sunday, there will be special Father’s Day activities to show of appreciation for the awesome dads in attendance. The first 500 dads to attend on June 18 will receive a free, limited edition T-Shirt, and giveaways are scheduled throughout the day. Geek dads of all ages can enjoy events including a Q&A with Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics; a classic arcade of nostalgic games; a panel hosted by GeekDad teaching parents how to encourage curiosity in the next generation; and more. Kids ages 10 and under can get in free with the code KIDFRIENDLYDC.
Take Dad Out to the Minors
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Bowie, MD
When: Father’s Day Weekend
Just because the Nats aren’t in town, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some Father’s Day baseball. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the New Hampshire Fisher Cats all weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy, too, post-game fireworks and giveaways among them. On Sunday, take Dad early to meet your favorite players during a pre-game Meet The Team Autograph and Photo event from 12:30-1pm. You can also bring gloves and a baseball and head out onto the field to Play Catch with Dad before the game from 12:30-1pm. After the game, all fans and Dads are invited to run the bases!
Free in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: June 17
Admission: Starts at $42, Dads are FREE!
For adventurous dads who love the outdoors, particular being in the trees, an afternoon in the aerial adventure forest of the Adventure Park at Sandy Springs is the perfect way to spend the day — especially when admission is on them. Get dad’s ticket free when accompanied by a paid climber using the promo code DAD17. (FYI: This is one of our very favorite adventures in the area — read more about it here.)
Where: Tyler Elementary School | Capitol Hill, DC
When: June 18
Kick it with DC Way on Father’s Day — the goal of this festival is to gather parents and children to play soccer, socialize, and have fun! It’s a great chance to introduce kids to the magnificent game of soccer, test your own skills, participate in fun competitions, and ask the DC Way coach questions regarding the game and sports in general. Festival programs will include multiple games and activities such as soccer tennis, a parents vs. children challenge, best strike contest, and more.
Father’s Day at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens | Mount Vernon, VA
When: June 17-18, 8am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adult, $10/ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under
Spend the day with the Father of our Country! This coming weekend, guests can enjoy a meet-and-greet and photo ops with “General Washington” as well as a special “Father to the First Family” program. And at George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, located three miles from the estate, demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making in the reconstructed 18th-century facility.
Lunch & Brews
Where: The Brig | Capitol Hill, DC
When: June 18
Admission: Cost of your meal
Celebrate Dad this year in the fantastic outdoor public beer garden. The Brig, located on Barracks Row in Captiol Hill, is the largest outdoor patio in SE with space for over 200 guests. Even better, it’s family friendly, and dogs are welcome, too. Join the fun on the patio for a delicious lunch that Dad is sure to love.
Father’s Day Fish-a- Rama
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: June 18
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult
Treat Dad to a fun-filled weekend with BBQ and catch-and-release fishing. Guests can compete in the Fish-a-Rama contest, fishing for catfish, bass, and blue gill in the stocked ponds, and prizes are on the line for the largest fish hooked and the most fish caught during the power hour. Bring your own pole and gear to fish (no drag hooks). GCF has worms for purchase in the country store. The amusement continues on the five-acre farm-style playground featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat slide, corn bin, animal barnyard and loads more fun for all.
Where: Medieval Times | Hanover, MD
When: Through June 18
Admission: $59.95/adult, $36.95/child, FREE for dads
Treat Dad like a king at Medieval Times, where they’re inviting families large and small to celebrate dads in an epic way: Dinner theatre featuring a grand battle of steel and steed and a four-course meal fit for a king. It’s like their own personal Game of Thrones adventure! The best part: Dads are FREE with the purchase of a full priced adult admission — be sure to use code DAD17.
BBQ & Bowl
Where: Pinstripes | Georgetown, DC
When: June 18, 9:30am – 4pm
Admission: $36/adult, $15/child, free for 5 and under
Give your favorite grill master a break this Father’s Day and treat Dad to a backyard barbecue brunch. Pinstripes’ grand brunch buffet includes made-to-order omelets, bottomless mimosas, a waffle bar, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, salad bar, and a chocolate fountain and delectable dessert station. Plus, they’re grilling summer favorites like BBQ ribs, Italian sausage, pesto. And book a lane for some bowling or bocce after your meal!
Father’s Day Kite Flight
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: June 18
Admission: $10/non-member child, $7/member child, $5/adult
At Tudor Place, celebrate dad with a special family program. Build and fly your own mini-kite on the grand South Lawn. Tour the 5 ½-acre garden, craft your own mini kite using recycled materials, make family buttons, take part in a kite race, and bring home a prize! This program is recommended for families with kids ages 6-12.
Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: All the time
Admission: Varies by locale
Celebrate the day and dad on the trail! See flowers in bloom, tramp in places with scenic views, walk and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. Bring along a picnic for lunch al fresco, too. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hit the trail with kids.
Go With the Flow
Where: Around the DMV
Admission: Varies by locale
Spend quality time with the man of the hour on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also row from the Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Quiet Waters Park showcases beautiful nature in Annapolis that you can view from the South River. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45 ($2-3). See this round-up for even more places to put in and flow.
A Boatload of Fun
Where: Solomons Island, MD
When: Father’s Day weekend (or anytime)
Admission: Rates vary by boat & time
If you’re up for a bigger boating excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island. We did this for Mother’s Day a few years ago and had a blast. Make a whole day of it there, and plan on dinner at one of the waterside restaurants when you’re back on land.
Where: Parks Around the DMV
When: Father’s Day weekend (or anytime)
Admission: Varies by locale (usually free)
Celebrate the day by hitting the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a day outdoors with the family. We’ve enjoyed outings at Calvert Road Park in College Park, Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, and Burke Lake Park. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses are set up in pretty parks with opportunities for more recreation at all of them. Bring along a picnic for lunch in the fresh air, too.
A Grand Feast
Where: Crab houses around MD
When: June 18
Admission: Cost of the meal
Steamed crabs, cold beer, scenic waterside views… that’s a recipe for a great Father’s Day for at least one dad I know. The 2017 Summer Guide has several suggestions on where to feast on Maryland’s best dish. I recommend making reservations if possible — this is always a popular way to celebrate.
*Gift Idea* Quicken Loans National PGA Tournament
Where: TPC Potomac | Potomac, MD
When: June 26 – July 2
Admission: Ticket prices/options vary
Have a dad in your life who loves golf? Tickets to the Quicken Loans National are a perfect gift! The premier PGA TOUR tournament begins in Potomac, MD, just a week after Father’s Day. Along with the golf action on the course, there will be plenty to enjoy off of it, including numerous programs for families and kids.
The eclectic mix of happenings around DC this weekend encompasses everything under the rainbow! Explore cool rides, join a huge community festival, celebrate Capital Pride, root for the home team, watch (or enter) a cycling race, dance with faeries, enjoy some jazz or the blues….read on for details on all of these and many more ways to . Happy Weekend!
Keep on Truckin’
Where: RFK Stadium, Lot 7 | Kingman Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
The Truck Touch event that easily takes the title as Mac Daddy of them all. This is the 9th year that the DC Department of Public Works welcomes guests to climb aboard, honk the horn, work the gears, and explore all kinds of neat vehicles that serve our city. There will also be opportunities to test ride Segways, spec out a helicopter, and sit atop police horses. Read more about it and see images from a past Truck Touch here (and be sure to note that it was posted a few years ago, so the dates don’t confuse you).
Where: Fairfax County Government Center | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: $8-12/adult, $4-5/youth, free for 2 and under
The annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival has something for everyone — live music (Bush, Everclear, and Sunday Brew are headlining), carnival rides, children’s activities, art, food vendors, and much more to keep guests entertained throughout the weekend. For more details, along with the full musical line-up, see the Celebrate Fairfax website.
Where: Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, & Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 4:30-7:30pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Celebrate Capital Pride at the annual parade that’s expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators! The procession steps off at 4:30pm at 22nd & P Streets NW and will wind its way through Dupont, Logan, and other areas of NW. It’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. Sunday’s family-friendly festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW, will feature three stages of live entertainment and will host 300 exhibitors, including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services. It’s all a fun and fabulous opportunity to show support for the LGBTA community and join the celebration.
Where: Venues around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show
The first weekend of the annual DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists at venues all around the city. Bring the kids for some afternoon jazz or make it a date night at a show in the evening. See the full schedule of concerts to help you plan.
Armed Forces Cycling Classic
Where: Throughout Clarendon & Crystal City, VA
When: Saturday, 11:30am & Sunday, 11:15am
The official race is for adults, but kids ages 9 and under can get in on the cycling, too – there are special races just for them along with the main event. The Saturday kids races will take place in Clarendon at 11:30am, and Sunday’s will be held in Crystal City also around 11:30am. Multiple heats for different age groups will vary in distance; the older the kids, the further they ride. Participants must bring their own helmets and bikes, and trikes are welcome, too. Online registration has ended, but yo can still sign up kids day of.
Maryland Faerie Festival
Where: Darlington, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $5/ages 3-12, $15/ages 13-99
Indulge little faerie dreams at the annual festival inspired by faerie folklore and literature. Apparently, it’s kind of like Renn Fest on a much smaller scale with facets that will delight children, especially those who believe in faeries. Treasure hunts, craft projects, nature walks, and acrobats are some of the activities kids (and adults) will enjoy. Art, crafts, musical performances, and jewelry vendors will appeal to the bigger faeries in the crowd.
Nats vs. Rangers
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are hosting the Rangers this weekend with games Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 12:05pm, and on Sunday at 4pm. There’s a Tanner Roark bobblehead giveaway on Friday, and Saturday is Pups in the Park, when canine fans are welcome! If you’re planning on catching a some baseball, be sure to check these KFDC tips for doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.
Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright!
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 10amm – 3pm
Celebrate what would be Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with a special family day at the Building Museum. Visitors can create stained glass ornaments in Wright’s signature style, build paper models of the Research Tower at the Johnson Wax Headquarters, “visit” iconic Wright buildings via Google Cardboard, and test how much load cantilevers can bear. The Museum will also host drop-in “lightning talks” and offer discounts on Wright-themed products in the museum shop.
Happy 45th, CHAW!
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Capitol Hill, DC
CHAW is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a day of fun for the whole family. Join a fun run/walk, enjoy music from the NSO, shop a ceramics sale, see student music and dance recitals, and catch special performances by Washington Improv, Taffety Punk Theatre, and Light Switch Dance Theatre.
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:30am
Children ages 5-12 are invited to explore all kinds of musical instruments at the DC Youth Orchestra’s Musical Instrument Petting Zoo! The program is designed to provide every child in the DC region the opportunity to become familiar with the instruments of the orchestra and to introduce them to DCYOP. A variety of musical instruments will be available to check out, from string, wind, and brass sections.
Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/Cinderella, $6/Tiny Tots
Its the final weekend to see Cinderella on the Main Stage at the Glen Echo puppet theatre. And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show, a produtcion for really little ones, on Saturday at 10am.
Tinner Hill Blues Festival
Where: Various locales | Falls Church, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Varies by day
From blues in restaurants to Cherry Hill Park, and gospel on Tinner Hill, it’s three days of music and blues-related events for all ages all over the City of Falls Church. The 24th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival will bring loads of activities along with the live music, including fun for young festival-goers. Kids can enjoy a blues reading, films, and an instrument petting zoo. See the website for details on all of it.
Imagine, Inspire, Ignite, and Engage: Family Day
Where: National Academy of Sciences | National Mall area, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) for a day of family fun. Explore Igniting the Imagination: Selections from the Collection of the Mazza Museum, an exhibition featuring original artwork from picture books relating to science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. Read the books in which the artwork appears and enjoy hands-on activities inspired by them — make a city construction site, dissect a log, play with objects from nature, and make a balloon rocket. Best for families with children ages 3-8.
Books in Bloom
Where: Merriweather Park | Columbia, MD
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
The Downtown Columbia Partnership of Columbia, MD, is launching its inaugural book festival, Books In Bloom. Taking place at the Chrysalis in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, the event brings together some of the country’s best and brightest writers for a daylong celebration of the joy of books and reading. Activities just for kids include a storytime corner and children’s author tent. Visit the website to see which of your kids’ favorites will be there!
Red Rover: Mission to Mars
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
Join the Air & Space Museum in Chantilly for Making STEM Magic, a weekly program that introduces young visitors to engineering in a fun and creative way. On Saturdays this month Red Rover: Mission to Mars is the theme, and guests will learn more about NASA’s mobile labs and construct their own rolling rovers in the June design challenge.
Mmmm… Doughnut Pop-Up
Where: Toki Underground | H Street NE, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but be ready to buy food!
For what sounds like a delicious endeavor, Toki Underground will partner with Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken to host a one-day-only pop-up at the H Street ramen shop. The special menu will feature collaborative dishes, like a black sesame glazed doughnut, scallion biscuits & tonkotsu with Kimchi cream cheese, and a Toki Monster doughnut, which is made with a bourbon and angostura glaze with cured and spiced bacon bits. The menu is available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last, and guests will have the option of enjoying in the restaurant or ordering for take-out. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will also sell the Toki Monster doughnut at the G Street location in limited quantities on Sunday.
Rockville Community Day
Where: Thomas Farm Community Center | Rockville, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Join the Rockville Chamber of Commerce for this free, fun activity festival. With something for everyone in the family, there will be a truck touch, bounce house, obstacle course, healthy food samples, activity stations, and raffle prizes.
Where: Begins at I & 17th Streets NW | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 10am
Another Pride Weekend event, the March aims to mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities, their loved ones, and our allies to affirm and protect the rights, safety, and humanity of all. The March begins at 10am (line up at 9am) at I and 17th Streets NW and will end at the National Mall. You can hit the Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue from there.
Catching sprays from the fountain outside of the National Gallery of Art
Music outdoors, story time with the Redskins, a time trip to colonial days, cultural festivities, live entertainment, fun opportunities to support local non-profits, and much more. These are just some of the ways you can spend some QT with the kids over the next few days. Read on for even more. Happy Weekend!
Jazz it Up
Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 5–8:30pm
Start the weekend with live entertainment under in the fresh air. The free, outdoor summer music series kicks off this weekend with Brazlian Buegrass band Matuto. Spread out a blanket, pack a picnic dinner or purchase food and drinks there, and enjoy the tunes and the “summer” vibe. Note: BYO alcohol is not permitted, but adult drinks are available from the pavilion.
Where: Constitution Gardens | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – pm
Get the kids hooked on nature at this fishing event. All ages are invited to an action-packed day of fishing instruction and fun at the Department of Energy and Environment’s 9th Annual Family & Youth Casting Call. Training and gear will be provided for participants to catch a fish. Activities aren’t limited to casting a line — guests can learn to tie knots, do some fish art, enjoy games, and learn about the Potomac watershed and the wildlife that is such an exciting part of it. And PBS Kids’ Nature Cat will be there accompanied by Buddy Bison from the National Park Trust to celebrate Kids to Parks Day. Constitution Garden is located at 17th and Constitution Avenue NW (near the Vietnam Memorial).
Acton Children’s Business Fair
Where: 3400 Connecticut Ave | Cleveland Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Experience the power of young entrepreneurs! Shop the Acton Children’s Business Fair of Washington, DC, an outdoor market where children ages 6-14 become entrepreneurs for a day. Over 100 young entrepreneurs will be selling everything from animal books to poems, tomato plants and wiggly worms, homemade bread, iPhone screen repairs, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Most businesses will accept cash only, so plan accordingly.
Redskins Read Bookfair
Where: Barnes & Noble stores throughout the DMV
Stop by your local Barnes & Noble store for the Redskins Read Bookfair for a day of fun and a chance to meet Redskins celebrity readers, cheerleaders, and guest authors! A percentage of each purchase that day will benefit youth literacy programs in our community. Fans are encouraged to mention the Redskins Read Bookfair at checkout to participate. The voucher code (12118170) can also be used online at www.bn.com on the day of the event.
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their 7th annual literary event! Festivities will include the chance to see and meet some of the world’s best writers, from best-sellers to acclaimed up-and-comers; join in literary workshops; and a full day of fun at the Children’s Village. The Gaithersburg City Hall is located at 31 South Summit Avenue.
Playdate with a Purpose
Where: Vienna Town Green | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 8:30-11:30am
Want to have a morning of fun and support a great local organization? Join DC Diaper Bank at Playdate with a Purpose this Saturday, 8:30-11:30am, at Vienna Town Green! Enjoy performances by the Great Zucchini and Rainbow Rock, do some kid-friendly yoga, participate in the 1st Annual Diaper Bank Olympics, and learn about how DC Diaper Bank fights family poverty and how you can help.
2nd Annual Family Fun Festival
Where: Sibley Memorial Hospital | Palisades, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Sibley is hosting its 2nd Annual Family Fun Festival with games, health screenings, live music, snacks, Zumba, giveaways, and more! Bring diapers for the diaper drive to support families in need. And anyone who was born at Sibley can join others for a Sibley Baby Reunion! This will all take place in Parking Lot 2, across from Building A.
Spring Colonial Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $8/adult, $4/child, free for under 3
Celebrate spring at the first Colonial Market Fair of the season at this local living history working farm and National Park. The Spring Colonial Market Fair takes place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from 11 am until 4:30 pm. Play games, listen to music and interact with staff and volunteers in 18th century costume and character. Watch a children’s puppet theater and make your own corn husk doll. See spinning and candle making. Enjoy the heritage breed animals on site including Ossabow pigs, chickens, geese and turkeys. Herbs and flowering plants available for sale as well as soaps, candles, 18th century clothing and jewelry. Affordable, fun and educational event. Great family outing
Where: Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church | Potomac, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Celebrate Serbian culture and enjoy some family time at this three-day festival. There‘s something for everyone, including traditional Serbian cuisine, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items, and lots of family-friendly activities. Saint Luke’s is located at 10660 River Road in Potomac, MD.
Kids Tree Climb
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Kids have a chance to reach new heights and climb a tree like a professional arborist! While they might not rescue an eaglet, they will definitely have a great time. This invites youth ages 4–14 years to experience the thrill of ascending into a mature tree under the direct supervision of a professional, seasoned tree care worker (arborist)! They will be fully secured with a rope, saddle and safety gear.
Birds & Presidents at Rock Creek Park
Where: Rock Creek Nature Center | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 7am -3pm
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Nature Center on Saturday. Activities include bird walks, invasive plant removal, hands-on activities for kids of all ages, exhibits, information booths, a talk about Presidents in Rock Creek Park (1pm), and food.
Where: Lewinsville Park | McLean, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
McLean’s annual festival to celebrate the city has something for everyone in the fam. Enjoy carnival rides, food trucks, live entertainment, a petting zoo, exhibitor booths, free field games, a tennis clinic, Bubble Ball, laser tag, balloon animals, and more that will delight all ages.
Saturday Family Jazz Sessions
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am
Tickets: $10/advance, $12/at door
Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday morning singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. This fun, creative, kid-friendly series features music by a different performer each session. Improvisation is the theme this week, and Seth Kibel will lead the group in a class about makin’ it up as you go along.
Dragon Boat Fest
Where: Thompson Boathouse
When: Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am – 3:30pm
The Washington, DC Dragon Boat Festival is a two day celebration held along the Potomac River complete with cultural exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and of course… dragon boat racing. The event is sponsored by the Taiwan-U.S. Cultural Association to promote Taiwanese culture in the DC area through the sport of dragon boat racing.
Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Gallaudet University | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 6:30pm
Admission: $10/advance, $12.50/day of, free for 12 and under
Bring the kids out for fun, fresh air, and Pro Ultimate Frisbee! Not only will you get to see exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze take on the Montreal Royal, kids can join a free youth clinic (for ages 6-17) before the game at 5pm (FYI: they offer this at every home game.) And while your kids are learning Ultimate out on the field, you can enjoy food and drink specials and listen to a live band to get ready for the game.
Date Night: Smart People
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through May 21
Admission Tickets start at $41
Oh, this is good! The Arena Stage production is clever and captivating as it deals with race and what shapes our belief systems. The topic is explored through four smart, strong characters, their approaches to their professions, and interactions with each other. While it covers serious subject matter, the show is loaded with laugh-out-loud moments, bringing comic relief to tense situations. In the end, though, it leaves you thinking… and also wistful for a time when we thought, perhaps, we’d crossed some of those bridges.
Civil War Day
Where: Cherry Hill Park and Farmhouse | Falls Church, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Take a time trip at this family-friendly, living-history event depicting the Falls Church home front during the Civil War. Presentations with Civil War soldiers and civilian re-enactments will be among the festivities along with children’s activities, Civil War dancing, displays and relic exhibits, live music, tours, and more.
Zora & Amelia Pop-Up Shop
Where: Colony Club | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Shop a curated selection of items that have empowerment of girls and women in mind. Zora & Amelia is a new online store founded by a local mom after she joined the Women’s March with her daughter. This Saturday, you can browse in person products from established companies and budding entrepreneurs who want to show the world what a feminist looks like. This Pop-Up Shop is in partnership with playwelldc, a new local, women-owned business that provides prenatal, early childhood classes, and workshops for parents and caregivers.
Armed Forces Day
Where: National Cryptologic Museum | Annapolis MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Honor and celebrate the men and women serving in our nation’s Armed Forces at the National Cryptologic Museum on Saturday. The event promises to be a day of fun and education for the whole family. Indoor and outdoor activities will include a chance to talk by ham radio, K-9 Unit demos, knot tying workshops with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, special tours and photo ops, kids gamesto earn SNO cones, music, and more. Service members will be serving hot grilled food and drinks, and ice cream will be available for a sweet treat. Rain or shine.
Powell Elementary Spring Community Carnival
Where: Roosevelt High School | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Support a local elementary school and have fun at Powell Elementary’s 3rd annual Spring Community Carnival. Activities will include a dunk tank, climbing wall, moon bounces, carnival games and prizes for kids, food & treats, live performances, and more. Proceeds help fund field trips, classroom technology, classroom supplies, and other school-support activities. This will all take place on the Roosevelt football field located at 4301 13th St NW.
Celebrate Hawai`i: The Ahupua`a
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Explore Hawai’i’s unique land management system, the ahupua`a. This traditional environmental system managed the lands and the waters and extended into the air and out into the ocean. Learn the mele (songs) that went with each area of the ahupua`a and the stories that have been passed down.
Capitol Hill Classic
Where: Stanton Park | Capitol Hill, DC
Get some exercise and support DC public school at this annual race, one of my personal favorites, through the beautiful Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s fun and family-friendly with a couple of distances — 10k or 3k — including a fun run around Stanton Park for little ones.
Leveling the Playing Field Fundraiser
Where: Pyle Middle School | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 1-5pm
Join Leveling the Playing Field for a day full of fun activities and competitions with all proceeds going towards providing free sporting equipment to students in need in the DC area. Both kids and adults will be put on teams to compete against one another for some amazing prizes (sports tickets, memorabilia, and more!). Stations will include everything from relay and 3-legged races to water balloon and frisbee toss! All day you will be joined by some of the very kids who have benefited from Leveling the Playing Field’s equipment program and hear from a few of them about what sports mean to them. This event will take place in two shifts – 1-3pm & 3-5pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Where: Oatlands Historic House and Gardens | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $10 or $20/family
The Third Annual Oatlands Strawberry Festival promises an exciting day of fun for the entire family. Enjoy u-pick strawberries, hayrides, crafts, games, tours, more!
Taste of Arlington
Where: Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA
When: Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free, but pay for tasting tickets
The 30th annual Taste of Arlington transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music, and entertainment for all ages. This annual event features the cuisine of more than 50 Arlington restaurants, two concert stages with live music, an expanded Beer and Wine Garden with Deschutes Brewery’s Street Pub, a 5k race benefiting Girls on the Run, BarkPark, and a KidZone with a rock climbing wall and carnival games. This will all take place on Wilson Blvd. from Glebe Rd. to N. Quincy St.
Where: Northern Virginia 4-H Conference Center | Front Royal, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
This family-friendly FUNdraising event is a great opportunity to visit the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center and explore this beautiful piece of Front Royal. Free activities include face painting, performances from local artists, and making s’mores in the campfire circle. Pay-to-play fun will add to the thrill of the day — whiz down a ride on a 275-feet-long zip line or take a dip in theJunior Olympic size pool! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the 4-H Center, to include 10% of all food and beverage sales and select activity fees. Preregistration preferred, but tickets not required for admission on the day of.
Food Festival of the Americas
Where: Organization of American States | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Get a taste of Latin American culture at the Organization of the Women of the Americas’ fundraising event to collect funds for nonprofits in Latin America and the US helping women and children from vulnerable communities. The Festival will showcase cuisines, music, dance, and more cultural traditions from the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Observer members of the OAS. There will also be activities for children, including a piñata workshop, pasta jewelry making, and pizza decorating. While admission is free, you need to purchase tickets for food, drinks, and a raffle.
***More Good Stuff to Know***
* If you haven’t yet bookmarked the 2017 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC, go do it now. It has all you need to make the most of the warm season — which has already unofficially begun!
* Looking for a fun, active summer camp for kids? Check out DC Way Soccer — I can tell you from my kids’ experiences, it’s a fantastic program!
* Get some great dinner ideas from Not-So-SAHM’s 30 Days of Dinners, a list of her family’s evening meals for the past month with links to recipes. She doesn’t cook at home every night (because… who does?!), but the meals she makes always sound deeelish. And the ones I have made always are.
* It’s a great time to PYO strawberries! Find out some of the best places to reap the fruits here.
* If you want to shop for wonderful & whimsical art, mark your calendar for June 17. It’s the only day this summer that artist Jonathan Blum will be selling his paintings in DC at Eastern Market. His portraits are very distinct — and poignant in their own way. You’ve likely seen some of them around town, as they are beloved by Washingtonians. (We have an Ernie — you know, Bert’s friend — hanging in our kitchen!)
Leveling the Playing Field, the nonprofit organization dedicated to giving underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports, invites families to participate in the First Annual Field Day Fundraiser this Sunday, May 21! The event is an effort to support their mission of providing free sporting equipment to students in need in the DC area.
Since its launch in 2013, Leveling the Playing Field has distributed over two million dollars worth of sporting equipment to over 400 schools and youth development programs that serve low-income communities. They collect donations of used and new equipment from various sources, the community and sports organizations among them. Donations to LPF allow programs to allocate saved funds towards lowering registration fees, expanding scholarship programs, enhancing existing athletic programs and developing new ones.
Sunday’s Field Day is a great opportunity for the community to support LFP and have a ton of fun. Both kids and adults can participate in the games. Teams will compete against one another for some amazing prizes including sports tickets and memorabilia. Stations will include everything from relay and three-legged races to water balloon and Frisbee toss. And participants will be joined by some of the very kids who have benefited from LPF’s equipment program!
The event will take place in two shifts, from 1-3pm and 3-5pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration is $25/person, and you can sign up online in advance here or day of at the event.
This will all take place at Pyle Middle School located at 6311 Wilson Lane in Bethesda, MD. More information is available on the Leveling the Playing Field website.
And PS: They welcome volunteers to help out at their warehouse and with equipment drives, and there’s no age minimum, so it’s a great opportunity for family volunteering!