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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.

Cinderella
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.

Six
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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* 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.
* These 5 recipes for hot weather sounds yummy and super easy to make.
* The 10 best places to live in the world, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
* In case you haven’t see it yet… sportsmanship at its best.

 

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Five Things: August 11, 2022

Dog days at Congressional Cemetery

 

1. How about a movie in the cemetery?  Tomorrow evening, August 12, catch a showing of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at Congressional Cemetery as part of their summer Cinematery series.  Gates open at 7pm, and the film begins at sunset.  Admission is $10/adult, $5/child.  See what Common Sense Media says about the film here.  And PS: Congressional Cemetery is a cool place to visit anytime with gravesites of notable people, lovely peaceful paths to stroll, geocaching opportunities, and a chance to let doggies have a blast running around off leash. Read more about it here.

2. Did you know the Skating Pavilion at Anacostia Park in Southeast DC offers free skate rentals?  They are available Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm through Labor Day.  At other times, you can BYO skates to roll around the rink.  And there’s even more recreation to enjoy at the park — a biking/running/skating trail, three playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, large fields for playing and picnicking, and all of it with scenic views of the Anacostia River.  Read more about Anacostia Park in this KFDC post.

 

3. DC Restaurant Week, when you can get a great deal on meals at hundreds of DC area restaurants, is August 15-22.  See which places are participating, get a look at the menus, and make reservations — they tend to book up fast!

 

4. We just returned from our trip to Greece, and I wanted to share three items that I used everyday and am so happy I had with me:  A belt bag… mine is very similar to this one; a light, airy white blouse like this that can be worn as a beach cover up, open or knotted over an outfit, or just as a blouse with pants or shorts; and my new favorite sunscreen from Trader Joe’s (it’s not on the website, but still in the stores… I just stocked up in case they take it off shelves after this summer).

 

5. All of the Smartless episodes are awesome, but this one is a particularly fun listen, because the actor/musician truly rocks.

 

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The 2022 County Fair Season Around the DC Area

 

Where do you get carnival rides and games, farm animals, the junk food gamut, live entertainment, pony rides, piglet races, and wares for sale all in once place? Down at the county fair. The season for them runs from early August through mid-September, and this post has the lowdown on this year’s events around the area. Happy Fairin’!

 

Howard County Fair
The 76th annual fair begins this coming weekend, and you have through next Saturday to enjoy rides, magic shows, musical entertainment in the evenings, pig races and pony rides, the Kids & Critters barn, Demolition Derby, a pro rodeo, and more. Most of the rides cost extra, and packages are available, so be sure to check out the website to see what’s available if you plan to go.
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When: August 6-13, ground open 8am – 10pm daily, though most exhibits open at 10am, and activity times vary, so be sure to check schedules.
Where: 2210 Fairground Road | West Friendship, MD
Cost: $10/ages 13+, $5/seniors, free for under 10. Rides and games are extra.

 

Montgomery County Fair
This fair is a family fave. (You can get a glimpse of one of our experiences there and read a review from a several years ago), so trust me when I say that there is so much to do, you have to see the schedule on the website for yourself to get the full scope. Highlights include lots of 4-H exhibits and demos, including opportunities to visit with some of the animals; animal races, pony rides, a KidZone with interactive games and activities, tons of carnival and kiddie rides, arts & crafts, monster trucks and a demolition derby, and much more.
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When: August 12-20, times vary by day so check the website for specifics.
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds | 501 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD.
Cost: Admission is $12/advance $15/at gate for age 12+, free/11 & under. Tickets for rides cost extra. A one-day all-u-can-ride carnival wristband is available for $20/online until 8/14, $30/on site. And note that parking is $10 at the fairgrounds, but FREE parking and shuttle bus service are available from Lakeforest Mall, located at Lost Knife Rd. and Odenhal Ave.

 

Prince William County Fair
Virginia’s largest annual county fair includes 4-H exhibits, rides, contests (think pie eating and water balloon tossing), animal shows, craft demos, the Children’s Barn, Kid’s Zone, live performances, and more. Note that August 9 is Kid’s Friday when all admissions are $6. And there are other special days with all kinds of promos, so be sure to check the schedule for details.
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When: August 13-21, Hours vary by day, so check the daily schedules.
Where: Prince William County Fairgrounds | 10624 Dumfries, Manassas, VA.
Cost: Admission is $6-12/age 14-64, $4-8/seniors and age 5-13, free/4 & under. Check for package deals and daily specials, too!

 

Arlington County Fair
We’ve been to this fair and have had a great time. It’s big enough for a fun-filled day, but not so huge that it’s overwhelming, and you feel rushed to get to everything. There are carnival rides for everyone from toddlers to adults, and the kids especially loved the pony rides and piglet races when they were younger. You can also check out competitive exhibits, enjoy live entertainment, cheer on a variety of racing animals, view outdoor movies, and take little ones to the Kids’ Court for moon bouncing, face painting, a beer garden for adults, and more.
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When: August 17-21, hours vary by day, so check the schedule for specifics.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center | 3501 Second St., Arlington, VA. Get parking/shuttle information here.
Cost: Admission is FREE. But, of course, you need to buy tickets for rides and other activities: $1/ticket, $20/24 tickets, $40/48 tickets. There is an online special of 72 ride tickets for $55.

 

Prince George’s County Fair
A variety of entertainment and attractions for all ages — 4-H exhibits magic and dance shows, pig and duck races, a horse pull competition, a chain saw artist, a K-9 show, and much more.
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When: September 8-11, hours vary by day.
Where: Showplace Arena | 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD.
Cost: Admission is $6/age 13-54, $5/age 6-12 & 55+, free/5 & under. Rides and games are extra.

 

Anne Arundel County Fair
Carnival rides and games, animal exhibits, monster trucks, pony rides, garden tractor pulls, pig races, pie eating contests, a talent show, live music and much more.
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When: September 14-18, check the website for hours.
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds | 1450 General’s Highway, Crownsville, MD
Cost: Admission is $10/age 10+, free/9 & under. Rides and games cost extra.

 

The Great Frederick Fair
Rounding out the county fair season, this one in Frederick has many of the same offerings as the others, so if you can’t make it to a fair earlier in the season (or even if you can), keep this one on your radar. There are agricultural events, rides and games, live performances, a Kids Zone with free entertainment, and much more.
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When: September 16-24, 4-10pm the first day, then 9am – 10pm daily
Where: Frederick Fairgrounds | 797 E Patrick Street, Frederick, MD
Cost: $10/age 11+, free/10 & under. Tickets for rides and some activities are extra.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 5-7

Always a fave…the Multiverse walkway at the National Gallery of Art

 

Happy Weekend!

Ideas galore for seasonal and ongoing activities are in these posts:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places

Fairfax County 4-H Fair & Carnival
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $10 parking + tickets for rides, etc.
Head on down to the 4-H fair! Through Sunday, enjoy carnival rides, amusements, treats, farm animals and rabbits, rides and displays, horse and dog shows, the tractor pull, kids crafts and face painting, plus plenty of good food, drinks and live music. Held at Frying Pan Farm Park, hours for the many activities vary by day, so be sure to check the website before you go.

Music & Stamps Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate artist Rafael Lopez’s new Mariachi stamps with a Family Day next weekend. Music, crafts, stories, stamps, and more will be available throughout the day. If anyone needs to step away from the festivities, a Take-A-Break space will be available throughout the program. Recommended for ages 0-10 (though anyone can join), no advanced registration is required. Read more about the National Postal Museum here.

Sunflower Planting
Where: 8th & Virginia Ave, SE | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join the Capitol Riverfront BID to celebrate and enrich the vibrant street connecting Capitol Hill and Capitol Riverfront. Help revitalize and enhance the future Emblem Plaza just past Barracks Row with a sunflower planting this Saturday. The plaza is in the design phase, but when it’s finished, there will be space for small public gatherings, new planting beds, and a pop-up café. Coffee and pastries will be served while supplies last. We hope to see you there!

Friendship Firehouse Festival
Where: Friendship Firehouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free

This annual family event hosted by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association invites the public to enjoy the history of the fire department at the historic Friendship Firehouse. The popular event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants, and live music.  The Festival will be the last opportunity to see Friendship’s 1851 hand-operated suction engine – elaborately decorated with the company’s clasped-hands insignia – before it is sent for conservation treatment. Kids will receive free toy Friendship firefighting helmets.

DC Funk Parade Festival
Where: U Street Corridor | DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The DC Funk Parade is back in Festival format on Saturday! Four activation sites along the U Street corridor will feature live, outdoor music. CHeck the website to see where you can experiece “The Magic of Music” and an authentic cultural experience that is a 20+ year DC tradition.

Howard County Fair
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds | West Friendship, MD
When: Begins Saturday
Admission: $10/ages 13+, $5/seniors, free for under 10

County Fair season is starting around the area with the 76th annual Howard County Fair, and you have through next Saturday to enjoy rides, magic shows, musical entertainment in the evenings, pig races and pony rides, the Kids & Critters barn, Demolition Derby, a pro rodeo, and more. Most of the rides cost extra, and packages are available, so be sure to check out the website to see what’s available if you plan to go.

BrickFair
Where: Dulles Expo Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $20/all day, $13/afternoon

The nation’s largest LEGO Fan Festival will be enthralling guests of all ages this weekend. BrickFair brings together LEGO enthusiasts from across the country to showcase their amazing brick constructions, from tiny intricate works to elaborate, towering creations. Hundreds of exhibitors will be there to display their designs, along with vendors selling all things LEGO — T-shirts, hats, mini figures, models, and more. And guests can use it all as inspiration to do some building there themselves, plus enjoy all kinds of fun hands-on activities.

Entertainment in NoVa Parks
Where: Fairfax Parks | Fairfax, VA
When: hroughout 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 all parks all around the county. Bring a picnic dinner, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. See what’s on the schedule here.

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

Summer fun around the area continues! Keep the seasonal pursuits going with a variety of options: Catch an outdoor movie or concert.  Head to a farm for peach picking. Enjoy some water fun, either at an outdoor pool,  sprayground, or water park. Feast on crabs. See a seasonal exhibition like The Playhouse at the Building Museum or Fairies in the Garden at Annmarie Sculpture Garden. And so much more.  This post has all the details you need on all these summer joys.

Water Lantern Festival
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $26-36/adult, $22-26/age 8-14, free/7 & under

The Water Lantern Festival brings together people from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in a memorable event. Create your own paper lantern — write down some of your hopes and dreams, or a letter to a loved one — and see the beauty of it joining thousands of lanterns and the lights reflecting upon the water. Admission prices are for advance purchase, on site cost is $41 for adults.

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: Rock Creek Park Tennis Center | Rock Creek, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

There’s more on-court excitement as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament wraps up this weekend. With the quarterfinals on Friday, the semis on Saturday, and the championship matches on Sunday, the event is sure to serve up some excellent tennis.

Citi Open Watch Party – CANCELED
Where: City Ridge | Northwest, DC
When: Saturday, 2-11pm
Admission: Free

If you can’t get to the matches, join the City Ridge community to view them and enjoy more fun, too! Gather with friends and family on the Great Lawn to watch the 2022 Citi Open women’s and men’s semifinals and women’s doubles final on Saturday. Cheer on your favorite players on the big screen while playing oversized outdoor games and participating in the Citi Open Trivia Contest with a chance to win tickets to Sunday’s finals! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. BYO blanket and chairs for the ultimate watch party experience as seating will not be provided. See the website for the day’s schedule and to register for free.

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

Celebrate 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 a peach pancake breakfast, 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. And across the way at Bluemont Vineyard, enjoy special peach drinks and wine.

The Time is Ripe
Where: Farms around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Along with peaches, blueberries, blackberries, and a few more fruits and veggies are among the produce that’s ripe right now.  And most area farms have something ready for harvest and welcome guests to come pick ’em themselves. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen, hat, and water also recommended.

Exhibit This
Where: Museums & venues around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by exhibit

There are some extraordinary installations and delightful annual exhibits at our museums and galleries right now. Go to The Playhouse at the Building Museum, explore Ase: Afro Frequencies at ARTECHOUSE, see Fairies in the Garden, immerse in the work of Yayoi Kusama, make a wish, explore King Tut’s tomb at Nat Geo, or take the kids to play at the Botanic Garden.

DC vs. New York
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

DC United is home again this weekend with a match against New York FC on Saturday evening. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walk from there. Plan to grab dinner before the match— El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there. Purchase match tickets here.

Tax Free Shopping
Where: Throughout VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free (but plan to spend, obvi!)
Are you ready to do some back-to-school shopping? This weekend will be a good time to start! Virginia is taking a sales tax holiday August 5-7. During that time, all school supplies that is $20 or less per item and qualifying clothing and footwear that is $100 or less per item will be tax free!  There are also tax waivers on other home appliances and accessories —  details here.

ABBA The Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Sunday, 8pm
Tickets: $37+

Sweden’s ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling audiences with fantastic performances of ABBA’s iconic hits including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.”

Mr. Poppers Penguins
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through August 7
Tickets: $14

It’s the final weekend to catch this show…  Mr. Popper’s Penguins have waddled onto Imagination Stage, delighting audiences as only these loveable creatures can. The whimsical tale about dreaming as big as an Antarctic adventure, even in bleak times, sends a timely message to kids and adults alike. Recommended for ages 3-10.  Read a full review of the show here.

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.

Cinderella
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.

Six
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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The Air & Space Museum in DC just announced it will partially repoen October 14 after many months’ renovation!
* We’ve been in Greece for the past week+ — some pics on IG, if you’d like to see.
* This is really cool and satisfying to view.
* A legendary area restaurant is returning!
Go read the latest Humans of New York series — and have tissues handy.
* I usually cringe at public proposals, but this one is pretty awesome.
* 10 Happy Things for August from my lovely friend and stellar photographer Darcy

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Music & Stamps Family Day at the National Postal Museum this Saturday!

 

Save the date for this coming Saturday, August 6!  The National Postal Museum is hosting its first in-person Family Day in over two years — and if it’s anything like its pre-pandemic events, it’s sure to be a festive, well organized, and super fun time.

The United States Postal Service recently issued a series of five postage stamps depicting mariachi musicians. Designed by the Postal Museum’s Guest Artist, Rafael Lopez, the stamps joyfully celebrate the vibrant colors and sounds of mariachi music and Mexican culture.

This weekend, you can join Rafael for Music & Stamps Family Day, a celebration of Latinx music and the new mariachi stamps.  He’ll be at the museum leading visitors through stories, musical performances, crafts, and games.

Keeping visitor comfort in mind, a Take-A-Break space will be available throughout the program for anyone who needs to step away from the festivities. And, of course, the rest of the museum is fantastic to explore — I’ve always recommended it as an especially great one with young children.

Music & Stamps Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, DC
When: Saturday, August 6, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

 

This post is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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