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Five Things for Today: August 17, 2021

Batman costumes on display at the 2019 Awesome Con

 

1. Awesome Con, the annual convention celebrating pop culture and geekdom, is returning to DC this weekend!  Held at the Washington Convention Center,  it’s running Friday – Sunday, and tickets start at $15/day.  We’ve been a few times, and it is always a blast with fantastic guest panels (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd this year!), comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. There’s something for all ages, including a whole Awesome Con Jr. area with programming especially for kids.

 

2. You can add another Smithsonian to your museum rotation this weekend:  The Hirshhorn reopens on Friday, August 20!  Hours will be 10am – 5:30pm Wednesday – Sunday, and no timed-entry passes will be required.  In the meantime, get kids excited about going back to the modern art museum with some online projects especially for little artists

 

3. The National Children’s Museum will start welcoming visitors again on September 2!  It will be open Thursday – Sunday with two timed sessions each day: a morning session from 9:30am – 12:30pm, and an afternoon session from 1:30-4:30pm. Tickets are now available — reserve yours here!  And read more about the museum in this KFDC write-up from its brief opening in early 2020.

 

4. How to help Haiti earthquake victims. How to help Afghan refugees resettle in the DC area. And more ways to help the country in crisis.

 

5. He may not be a Nat anymore, but you still gotta love this slide.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 13-15

Play in the trees at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for all kinds of ongoing & seasonal fun:
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Pick-Your-Own Ops
* Local Hikes with Kids
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Indoor Outings
* Bike Rides
* Peaceful Places
* Baltimore with Kids

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

Summer is whizzing by, so take advantage of all the activities exclusive to 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.

All’s Fair
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.

Nats + Braves + Smithsonian
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Fri 7:05pm, Sat 6:05pm, & Sun 1:05pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

There’s more than just baseball at Nats games this weekend. As they host the Braves at home, the Nationals will also celebrate 175 years of the Smithsonian. Each day, one of the iconic museums (or Zoo) will be featured during pregame and in-game breaks, and fans will have opportunities to win fun prizes. Friday will focus on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Saturday is the National Postal Museum, and Sunday is all about kids’ fave the National Zoo! There is also a Nationals Kids Lunch Box Giveaway for the first 10,000 fans 12 and under that day.

Step Afrika! @ Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom DC
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free
Step Afrika! is kicking off their 2021-2022 season with a three-day celebration at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Join the dance company along with amazing step teams as they take over the REACH. Take classes in stepping, the South African gumboot dance, and more from world-class artists.  While you’re there, plan to visit Victura Park — the pop-up wine garden and cafe on the grounds of The REACH is a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice day. (Note: Victura Park is also open n Sunday.)

Movie Time
Where: Miracle Theater | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $6/matinee, $8/after 5pm

Catch a cheap movie with the fam at the Miracle Theater on Capitol Hill. Playing this weekend: On Friday, Space Jam: A New Legacy at 4:30pm and F9 The Fast Saga at 7:30pm. On Saturday, In the Heights at 4pm and F9 The Fast Saga at 7:30pm. On Sunday, Space Jam: A New Legacy at 2pm and F9 The Fast Saga at 4:40pm. Plan o lunch or dinner before or after the film — Barracks Row is full of family-friendly places to get a bite, and there are even more close to nearby Eastern Market.

Last Call for Music by the River
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 7-9pm
Admission: Free

It’s the final performances of the Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series. JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience will be playing the last show on the boardwalk stage. Bring the kiddos early to play in the water features. Or enjoy free Friday Night Fishing hosted by Anacostia Riverkeeper at Diamond Teague Pier (1520 First Street, SE), then head over to hear the music. BYO food for a picnic, but note that no outside alcohol is allowed (wine, beer, and seltzer will be available for sale). If not fully vaccinated and over the age of 18, they ask that masks are worn.

Final Days of Forces of Nature
Where: Renwick Gallery | Downtown Dc
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last chance to visit the fantastic Forces of Nature at the Renwick. The exhibition consists of striking and intricate works that take up entire galleries and make you want to examine them from all angles. Even little ones will dig seeing the big pieces that sparkle, look like giant flowers, resemble a rain storm, and sometimes make you feel like you’re within the art.

Big Dig Potato Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child or $12/adult

Most people don’t know that store bought potatoes are usually last year’s harvest and are amazed by the flavor and texture of freshly harvested potatoes! At Great Country, you can take a wagon ride out to the fields to dig up your own potato treasures (and maybe get a little help from a tractor make it easier). 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.

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. 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. Read more about the park in this recent post and  this ones from several years back.  And if you can’t get in this weekend, I highly recommend reserving ahead for another time.

Sunflower Spectacular
Where: Butler’s Orchard | Germantown, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10 (free for children under 2)

It’s the final weekend of Butler’s celebration of sunflower season. Stroll through two football fields of sunflowers and stop at the props they’ve set up along the way for perfect Insta-worthy photos. Admission also includes 5 acres of farm fun and access to the pick-your-own fields!

Free Theatre in the Park
Where: FRESHFARM Market | National Landing, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Synetic Theatre for a free pop-up performance of their family theater classic The Miraculous Magical Balloon. Expressed through body and facial masks, pantomime illusions, and dazzling choreography, it tells a story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk, full of toys, tricks, and surprises. This show is beloved by audiences of all ages. (PS: It will be performed at parks around Arlington into the fall!)

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!

Family Patio Party
Where: The Lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Sunday, 10am & 12pm
Admission: $20/child (free for members)

There’s a new kid on the (cinder)block at The Lane, the play space and hang out hun for families, and all are invited to celebrate the arrival and help give the new mural a proper welcome. While you’re there, enjoy family photoshoot mini sessions, ice cream, foursquare, sidewalk chalk, open play inside, a special art project, and more! Two-hour time slots are available at 10am and 12pm — sign up in advance!

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Where: Rhode Island Center | Logan Circle, DC

When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets start at $34.90/adult, $19.90/child
Step into more than 300 of Van Gogh’s sketches, drawings, and paintings for an intimate understanding of the Post-Impressionist genius and his work. Floor-to-ceiling digital projections, made possible by state-of-the-art video mapping technology, offer visitors a socially distanced, hands-free immersive art experience. All ages are welcome to explore this exhibition. Rhode Island Center is located at 524 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Fashion + FUN
Where: Georgetown Park | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday, 5-9pm | Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: $28/adult, $19/age 4-15 (get a discount!)

Go “Inside the Wardrobe” at this new art installation/fashion funhouse in Georgetown. The 20,000 square foot space contains more than 20 exhibits/spaces, all them wildly creative, fashion-inspired, interactive, even kind of trippy.  You can try on paper doll cutouts, play with size in a fun house, get a close look at beautiful handiwork, take pics in whimsical and delightful settings, strut the catwalk, and much more. Read more about it and see some snaps from a visit there in this KFDC post!

Circus Vasquez
Where: Tysons III | Tysons, VA
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: $25-45

Enjoy some thrilling family entertainment at this circus that I learn about on Goldstar. Here’s their description: “Circo Hermanos Vazquez will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Delivering their best show yet with a turbo-charged take on the traditional circus that’s sure to thrill audiences of all ages. From graceful dancers and daring trapeze artists to a hilarious clown. This gasp-inducing performance gathers tons of amazing world known talent under the big top for a huge dose of family fun.” (Note: Reviews of it mentioned the show is mostly in Spanish.)

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $12

Enjoy a musical show especially for kids as Sonia De Los Santos and The Okee Dokee Brothers perform at Wolf Trap’s delightful outdoor theatre surrounded by trees and nature. Friendship is at the heart of the joyful collaboration between the Mexican songstress and the Americana folk duo. The bilingual program includes both old and new songs that span the musical traditions of North America and illustrates the collective power of singing together and learning from each other. Recommended for ages 3-12.

Olney Outdoors: Paper Dreams
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am & 12pm
Admission: Free

Olney Theatre is presenting Theatre for Young Audiences outdoors this summer, and this weekend is “Paper Dreams,” one of Imagination Stage’s original shows for little ones. Best for ages 1-7, it will be at Olney Theatre’s outdoor Root Family Stage through August 15.  Purchase tickets in advance. If you are vaccinated, masks are encouraged but not required. Those who have not been vaccinated should follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask.

Fairytales in the Sun
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am, 2pm, & 4:30pm | Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $20.50 (look for a discount)

Adventure Theatre is presenting live, in-person family entertainment again! Two one-act plays, The Flood in the Future by Lyra Yang and From Cinders to Ella by Michelle Lynch, will be performed outside in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn. Covid protocols will be followed. BYO blanket or chair.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $27+

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 28th year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

ABBA the Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission:

Some shows are way more fun to sing and dance along to than others, and this tribute concert is sure to be one of them. It’s full of iconic hits including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and of course “Dancing Queen.” Bring the kids to hear music from the past or make it a date night at the lovely outdoor venue.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Children’s Museum, which was only open briefly before Covid, will celebrate its grand reopening on September 2!
* KinderCare, which now has locations in Glover Park and Foggy Bottom, shared a guest post on how to navigate family feelings about returning to school.
* DC Way soccer leagues for boys and girls launch in September.
* Just bought this little contraption recommended by Wirecutter in a new attempt to ward off mosquitos, which are especially bad in DC this summer.
* How the Pandemic Ends Now
* Subway melodies around the world.

 

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Five Things for Today: August 11, 2021

Enjoy free entertainment at The Wharf’s Transit Pier on Wednesday and Thursday evenings

 

1.The Wharf at the southwest waterfront has been hosting a couple of free, family-friendly series this summer: Concerts on Wednesdays, movies on Thursdays.   This week pop/rock band Hijynx will be performing, and Ratatouille will be shown on the big outdoor screen — be sure to register in advance for the film!  Plan to grab a bite to enjoy with (or before) the entertainment — our easy faves are Lupo Marino, Falafel Inc., and Grazie Grazie, and there are a bunch of other places there offering tasty fare. (PS:  The Wharf is also a fun daytime destination — more about it here.)

 

2. Step Afrika! is kicking off their 2021-2022 season with a three-day celebration at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, which takes place outdoors this summer, this Thursday – Saturday, August 12-15.  Join in the celebration and enjoy their lively perscussive performances.  Access is first-come, first-served — no tickets or check-in required — and may be restricted due to capacity.

 

3. Just learned from DCist there’s a new pop-up disc golf course at RFK! We love playing (as discussed in this old post along with more about the game and another great place to in the area).

 

4. From the Washington Post’s On Parenting blog, The delta variant and kids: Parents’ questions answered.

 

5. The official Ted Lasso biscuits.

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The 2021 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 you can get the lowdown on this year’s events around the area below. Happy Fairin’!

Howard County Fair
The 75th 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.
When: August 7-14, 9:30am – 11pm daily, though activity times vary, so be sure to check schedules.
Where: 2210 Fairground Road | West Friendship, MD
Cost: Admission is $5-7/age 10+, $3/seniors, free/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 few 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.
When: August 13-21, times vary by day so check the schedule 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.
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 $8-12/age 14-59, $7-8/seniors and age 5-13, free/4 & under. Look 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. 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.
When: August 18-22, 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.
When: September 9-12, hours vary by day.
Where: Showplace Arena | Upper Marlboro, MD.
Cost: Admission is $6/age 12+, $5/age 6-11, 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
When: September 15-19, check the website for hours.
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds | 1450 General’s Highway, Crownsville, MD
Cost: Admission is $10/age 9+,free/8 & under. Rides and games cost extra.

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 6-8

Enjoy time outdoors and watch airplanes at Gravelly Point

 

Ideas galore for seasonal and ongoing activities are in these posts:
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Indoor Outings
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Bike Rides
Baltimore with Kids

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 Inside Out 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.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience Opens
Where: Rhode Island Center | Logan Circle, DC

When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Tickets start at $34.90/adult, $19.90/child
Step into more than 300 of Van Gogh’s sketches, drawings, and paintings for an intimate understanding of the Post-Impressionist genius and his work. Floor-to-ceiling digital projections, made possible by state-of-the-art video mapping technology, offer visitors a socially distanced, hands-free immersive art experience. All ages are welcome to explore this exhibition. Rhode Island Center is located at 524 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

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

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. When you’re done, head right down the boardwalk to Yards Park for the Friday Night Concert or get a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Live Music by the River
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 7-9pm
Admission: Free

Kick of the weekend with some music in the fresh air.  The 7 Deadlies will be playing this week’s Friday Night Concert the Yards Park.  Bring the kiddos early to play in the water features, then head over to hear the music. BYO food for a picnic, but note that no outside alcohol is allowed (wine, beer, and seltzer will be available for sale). If not fully vaccinated and over the age of 18, they ask that masks are worn.

Sunflower Spectacular
Where: Butler’s Orchard | Germantown, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10 (free for children under 2)

It’s the first of two weekends of Butler’s celebration of sunflower season. Stroll through two football fields of sunflowers and stop at the props they’ve set up along the way for perfect Insta-worthy photos. Admission also includes 5 acres of farm fun and access to the pick-your-own fields!

No Tickets Required
Where: Museums in DC & VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Timed-entry tickets are no longer needed at many reopened museums. You can now just pop in to the National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, Air & Space Udvar-Hazy Center, American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Renwick Gallery, National Museum of the America Indian, National Museum of Asian Art/Freer Gallery,  National Museum of African Art, Anacostia Community Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.

Last Weekend for Awhile
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last chance to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts before it closes for renovations. Works span the centuries, from the 16th to the present in a variety of mediums, highlighting women artists all over the world. And admission through the weekend is free!

Howard County Fair
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds | West Friendship, MD
When: Begins Saturday
Admission: $5/ages 10 and up, $2/seniors, free for under 10

County Fair season around the area kicks off with the 75th 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.

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 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.

Anyone for Tennis?
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. Note that tickets are very limited.

Water Lantern Festival
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $25.99/adult, $11.99/age 8-14, free/7 & under

Water Lantern Festival brings together people from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in a memorable night. 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.

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 2-4. 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!

A Brief Shakespeare Festival
Where: Veterans Amphitheater | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 6pm
Admission: $25

Join the City of Fairfax Theatre company for a dinner theatre whirlwind of Shakespeare performances from and for all ages. The Brief Shakespeare Festival consists of three groups of student actors performing some of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Each group will perform two, 15-minute versions of different plays while playing several characters each. Each production will be bookended with monologues, sonnets or scenes performed by adults. There will be music, food, laughs, tears, magic, love, and more.

Fashion + FUN
Where: Georgetown Park | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday, 5-9pm | Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: $28/adult, $19/age 4-15

Go “Inside the Wardrobe” at this new art installation/fashion funhouse in Georgetown. The 20,000 square foot space contains more than 20 exhibits/spaces, all them wildly creative, fashion-inspired, interactive, even kind of trippy.  You can try on paper doll cutouts, play with size in a fun house, get a close look at beautiful handiwork, take pics in whimsical and delightful settings, strut the catwalk, and much more. Read more about it and see some snaps from a visit there in this KFDC post!

Olney Outdoors: Paper Dreams
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am & 12pm
Admission: Free

Olney Theatre is presenting Theatre for Young Audiences outdoors this summer, and this weekend is “Paper Dreams,” one of Imagination Stage’s original shows for little ones. Best for ages 1-7, it will be at Olney Theatre’s outdoor Root Family Stage through August 15.  Purchase tickets in advance. If you are vaccinated, masks are encouraged but not required. Those who have not been vaccinated should follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask.

Fairytales in the Sun
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am, 2pm, & 4:30pm | Sunday, 11am & 2pm
Admission: $20.50 (look for a discount)

Adventure Theatre is presenting live, in-person family entertainment again! Two one-act plays, The Flood in the Future by Lyra Yang and From Cinders to Ella by Michelle Lynch, will be performed outside in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn. Covid protocols will be followed. BYO blanket or chair.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $27+

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Think Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The awesome weather looks like it will continue, so get outside this weekend! There’s no shortage of places and activities around the area for adventures in the great outdoors. This round-up has tons of ideas for al fresco fun.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Metro Washington Summer Restaurant Week begins Monday, August 9, and runs through Sunday, August 15!
* Many DC Area theatres will require proof of vaccination from audience members.
* The beloved Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods is back at Wolf Trap!
* Also at Wolf Trap…the Children’s Heart Foundation will be hosting the Congenital Heart Walk there on September 12.
* Just finished The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and really enjoyed it. Now onto Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. What books have you read lately?
* The 30 Best Comedies on Hulu Right Now.
* We’re in Sun Valley, ID right now, and it’s fantastic for a family vacation. I’ve been sharing some sharing some snaps on Instagram for anyone interested.

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