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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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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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The Weekend Round-Up: July 29-31

Catch a Nats game  — and possibly a gorgeous sunset, too!

 

Happy Weekend!

Links to keep handy for local fun and recreation ideas:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Nighttime Adventures
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 7-11pm
Admission: $70-85
Hang in Natural History after hours!  Kids ages 8-14 and their adult chaperones can join other night owls in this unique experience held on Friday evenings through August 12.  Wander through the museum’s galleries to explore the Earth’s past, discover the wonders of the ocean, and more, all guided by the fun and challenging “Adaptation Game” filled with activities to complete.  Cost is per person (adults, too) and includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, interactive exploration, and a pre-packaged individually wrapped snack.

Movies in the Park
Where: Virginia Highlands Park | National Landing, VA
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Free

The National Landing BID will host its first Movies in the Park of the season, with a showing of The First Lego Movie. Arrive anytime after 6pm to grab a bite to eat at the food trucks or pack a picnic! The movie begins at 7pm.

SAAM Arcade
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DCa
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 7pm
Admission: Free

The annual SAAM Arcade is back! The museum’s Kogod Courtyard will be full of new games from indie developers, classic arcade games, and more. Join the celebration of Color, Line, and Form and the ways these essential art elements show up in video games and interactives. Test out some new games and replay some of the beloved older ones. A special scavenger hunt that connects video games and SAAM’s collections will also be available. See more about the American Art Museum in this KFDC post.

Nats vs. Cards
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are back home and hosting the Cardinals this weekend. Catch them on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:05pm) and Sunday afternoon (1:05pm). There’s a new Kids Eat Free summer promo, and kids can run the bases after the Sunday game. Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Make the most of quintessential summer activities around DC!  Enjoy an open air concert at one of the many series in the area. Hit the beach.  See a movie under the stars. Enjoy a special museum program. Get wet at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or waterpark. Feast on crabs. Ride mini trains and carousels at local parks. And so much more.  More info for all of these pursuits is in the KFDC Summer Guide.

Serve Up Some Tennis Fun
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center | Rock Creek, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the annual Citi Open Tennis Tournament returns to DC and swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds, and they’ll continue on Sunday. Among the many great players this year are Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, and the legendary Venus Williams!

The Office Experience
Where: Woodies Building | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $35-42

Take a tour of Dunder Mifflin…a re-created version of it, anyway. The just opened The Office Experience immerses you in the world of Michael Scott, Jim & Pam, Dwight, Angela, and the rest of their colleagues and friends. Explore re-created sets loaded with authentic, fun details; recall so many funny moments from the show; play actual games and put yourself into iconic scenes for both awesome photo ops and great laughs. The kids and I got a sneak peek of it, and we all thought it was a hoot! If your crew are Office fans, they’ll love it, too.

Otakon
Where: Washington Convention Center | Downtown DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $40, free/ages 8 & under

This weekend-long convention is a celebration of Asian pop culture — think anime, mange, video games, etc. — and its fandom. There are tons of fun opportunities for all ages. Pore over all kinds of manga, see some amazing costumes (and where one yourself), play video games, check out other kids of games and battles, join a dance party, bring little ones to the Ota-chan area where there are activities just for them… and so much more!

Out and About
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The forecast indicates that this weekend’s weather is making up big time for last, so take advantage and enjoy some adventures outside. The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has ideas galore for doing just that.

All Ages Dueling Pianos
Where: Bobby McKey’s | National Harbor, MD
When: Saturday, 3:30-6pm (doors open at 2pm)
Admission: $27.50 – $32.50

The whole crew can enjoy an afternoon of music and fun at this dueling piano shows. The two hours of all-request live music paired with a lunch buffet is a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day. And this is a performance where kids are encouraged to wiggle in their seats, dance in the aisles, and sing along!

Last Call for Laurie Anderson: The Weather
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This weekend is the last chance to check out the fantastic Laurie Anderson: The Weather exhibit at the Hirshhorn. The collection of multimedia works includes beautiful abstract paintings, captivating stories, interesting photography, original instruments, spoken word video sculptures, and much more. Most striking of them all is an entire black and white gallery hand painted by Anderson with sketches, quotes, poems, and passages — and you’ll want to examine all of them.

See the Sunflowers
Where: McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Relatively cooler weather this weekend will make it a good time to see  the sunflower bloom at McKee-Beshers. Nine fields showcase 30 acres of flowers — and it’s such a happy scene. Read more about it and see pics from a previous bloom here and view some from 2020 here.  Sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, and water highly recommended. KFDC Tip: If you plan to go, pair it with a PYO blackberries outing at Homestead Farms, which is just minutes away. Or stop by Rocklands Farm Winery, also nearby.

Take a Hike
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

The milder weather will make it a great time to hit the trail.  And while there’s a link up top for a round-up of local hikes,  specific recs are also helpful: Fountainhead Regional Park in Lorton, VA (paddling ops, too!); Turkey Run Park in McLean, VA; Riverbend Park also in McLean, VA;  Prince William Forest Park  in Triangle, VA;  Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD (more padling ops!); and Patapsco Valley State Park near Baltimore, MD (swimming ops too!).

Toy Story in Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $28

The National Symphony Orchestra brings Toy Story in Concert to Wolf Trap, featuring the Oscar and Grammy-winning score by Randy Newman as the full feature film is projected in HD onto screen in-house and on the lawn. Ever wonder what toys do when people aren’t around? Toy Story answers that question with a fun-filled journey through the eyes of two rival toys—Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Bring along a picnic dinner or plan to purchase food there.

Special Art-Making Event
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $15

Guatemalan artist Ubaldo Sanchez will make one last visit to KID Museum to demonstrate the colorful practice of sawdust carpet making (Alfombra de Aserrín). Sanchez will guide visitors through the steps of sawdust carpet art, from design to completion. (Check out a time-lapse video that shows the process.) At the end of his visit, kids and adults will experience the ephemeral aspect of this artwork by destroying the sawdust carpet together.This all takes place at KID Museum’s brand new space at Bethesda Metro Center. Other activities, including Robot Tech Arena, Big Build Maze, Wonder Forest of Lights Exhibit, and much more will also be accessible. Tickets are timed entry, and advance online purchase is recommended.

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

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)

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.

United vs. Orlando 
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

DC United is home this weekend with a match against Orlando FC on Sunday. 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 after 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.

Plan Ahead: Music & Stamps Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, August 6, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Save the date for an in-person program at the National Postal Museum! 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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Since this Round-Up is out early, here’s something for Thursday evening:  A Quiet Place 2 will be the featured film at Movies on the Pitch, the free summer series at Audi Field. Starts at 7pm, reserve tix in advance.
* AdMo Vibe, a series of free, outdoor concerts, will feature local artists in Kalorama Park on Columbia Road, NW on Wednesday evenings throughout August (excluding August 17) from 6-7:30pm.
* Check out the newest resident in the National Statuary Hall at the Capitol.
Just finished reading and loved Crying in H-Mart and now starting on this much recommended book this much recommended book.
* This salad looks perfect for summer and tomato season.
* Love some light, flowy pants for summer — like these.
* Hahaha…relatable!
* We just kicked off a couple of weeks vacay in Greece if you want to see pics and follow along!
 

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 22-24

This hot weekend will be a good time to see some old friends in the museums

 

Happy Weekend!

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

Stay Cool at the Pool
Where: Select Public Pools in DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

With a heat wave on the way, Mayor Bowser and DC DPR are extending hours at some of the District’s public pools, one in every ward. The pools will be open from 10am – 8pm all weekend. See the locations where you can swim into the evening here.

The Great Indoors
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This list of over 100 ideas for adventures around the area that take place indoors is always a good one to keep handy in the summer (or any time of year, really), but especially this weekend as temps soar. Many are well known attractions, but sometimes we need reminders about even the most obvious spots. You’ll likely find lots of nice surprises listed, too!

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.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert
Where: Wolf TRap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday, 8pm
Admission: $37-67

Relive the magic of year six in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert. With this film, based on the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale of Harry’s obsession with a mysterious potions book accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen in HD!

Free Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a PG-rated free performances of Much Ado About Nothing on Olney THeatre’s Root Family Stage… War has ended and soldiers return home to forget their sorrows. It looks like love is in the air, except between Beatrice and Benedick, who are determined not to fall in love and get married. Their friends Hero and Claudio along with others conspire to set them up whether they like it or not, but ill intentions may threaten to break up more than one couple in this play. Tricks, mistaken identity, and a clueless night watchman are on the horizon in this “will they/won’t they” comedy that features one of Shakespeare’s wittiest couples. Reserve free tickets here.

Alethia Tanner Day
Where: Alethia Tanner Park | NoMa, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate NoMa’s beautiful new(ish) Alethia Tanner Park and the remarkable legacy of the park’s namesake.Alethia Tanner was enslaved woman who purchased her freedom and dozens of other’s with money she earned by selling produce at outdoor markets. She continued to help the Black community and became a champion of education for Blacks in the District. This day-long event will honor Alethia’s spirit of entrepreneurialism with the inclusion of a pop-up outdoor market, Neighbors DC, featuring all women of color-vendors and makers. Other festivities include a DJ and live music, Double Dutch lessons and demos, a poetry writing workshop, vegetable planting activities Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Seize the Summer Days
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Summer is zooming by, so seize the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. From outdoor concerts and movies to water-inspired fun to special exhibits to tasty feasts, there are so many ways to enjoy the season.  Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2022 Summer Guide.

Swim in Nature
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

If you want enjoy the outdoors, but still stay cool, head to a swimming spot in nature instead of the pool. This round-up of places to swim around the area inclues beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip.

Lotus and Water Lily Festival
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Garden | Northeast DC
When: Daily, 8am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The  lotus flower and water lily bloom is peaking at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and I can assure you it is spectacular.  Along with the flowers, there will be activities to celebrate the bloom, including garden tours, ranger talks, a live animal show, reptile adventures, and mariachi music.   See scenes from a past bloom here and learn about a great way to combine a visit with another activity here.   And this post has more general info and background on Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Sea of Sunflowers
Where: McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get your cameras ready for one eye-popping bloom! The sunflowers at McKee-Beshers are reaching their peak, and visitors are welcome to take in the happy scene. Nine fields showcase 30 acres of flowers — and they should be blooming for at least couple of weeks. Read more about it and see pics from a previous bloom here and view some from last year’s here.  Sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, and water highly recommended. KFDC Tip: If you plan to go, pair it with a PYO blackberries outing at Homestead Farms, which is just minutes away. Or stop by Rocklands Farm Winery, also nearby.

Music & Water Play
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 7-9pm
Admission: Free

There are only two more chances to enjoy live music by the river at The Yards Friday night concert series.  Broad Sound, a local pop/rock/RnB band will be providing the entertainment. Plan for dinner there — food and drinks will be available for purchase, there are lots of dining options nearby, or you can BYO picnic.  Go early to let the kids play in the water features (and dip your feet to stay cool, too) or let them splash around while the music plays — you can still hear it from that part of the park!

Insectival
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Lusby, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: $8

Buzz on down to Calvert County as Annmarie Sculpture Garden celebrates and investigates insects through educational and artsy activities, crafts, demos, challenges, and fun photo ops. Be sure to explore the rest of the gardens and art center while you’re there — artistic delights and play abound! Read more about Annmarie here and view scenes from a visit here.

Montgomery County Farm Tour
Where: Area Farms | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free
Learn about agricultural heritage, see local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food as Montgomery County celebrates its Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Activities will vary from farm to farm, but fruit, veggies, and flower picking;  animals to visit; farm made brews and cider to purchase are just some that will be offered. There are 19 participating farms, but not all will be open both days, so be sure to check the brochure for schedules before you go.

The Outdoors Inside
Where: US Botanic Garden | Capitol Area, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Going to the US Botanic Garden during extreme heat is kind of like pulling a fast one on the weather gods — you can experience the outdoors without breaking a sweat.  Explore the different plant collections as you walk amid woodland flora, desert areas, and tropical rainforest (one of the the most stunning spaces in DC). And the current Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World exhibit has interesting interactive elements that all ages will enjoy. Read more about the  USBG here and here.

Nature Calling
Where: Nature centers around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

For another way to get a dose of the outside world in the cool comfort of the indoors, head to a nature center. There are several great ones around the area that offer engaging exhibits, including live creatures. Rock Creek Nature Center in DC,  Buddie Ford in Alexandria (Saturday only), Watkins in Upper Marlboro, Potomac Overlook in Arlington, Long Branch in Arlington, and Brookside in Silver Spring all make for a great outing.

The Playhouse
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $7/age 3-17
The Building Museum’s annual Summer Block Party features The Playhouse , an Elizabethan-inspired festival stage in the cool comfort of the museum’s Great Hall. Along with marveling at the installation (and the rest of the museum), you can enjoy Shakespearean activities like stage combat demos and hands-on fun during the day, and in the evenings, there will be performances of the enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the Folger Shakespeare Theatre (look for a discount on tickets for the play). And PS: If you think Shakespeare and kids don’t mix, think again! Read about some of our experiences with it here and here.

Time for a Tour
Where: Old Post Office Tower | Downtown DC
When: Daily, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

See the city from a new vantage point at the Old Post Office Tower. Located within the Waldorf Astoria at 12th & Pennsylvania, NW, it’s free to visit and go up to the observation deck of one of the tallest structures in DC. This new post about a recent visit has info for visiting, and be sure to read it for details on accessing the entrance.

Super, Awesome, & Amazing Fun
Where: The St. James | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday (see hours below)
Admission: See below

If the kids have a lot of energy to burn, but you don’t want to endure the heat, take them to play at the St. James. The Super, Awesome, and Amazing (that’s the actual name of it) activity center is filled with all kinds of climbing structures, trampolines, and obstacle courses. Kids can don harnesses and clip onto wires to climb, rappel, navigate walkways 20 feet above the ground, plus bounce, flip, swing, and execute acrobatic moves. There’s also an indoor waterpark where they can splash and slide and play out of the sun — and it’s just as super awesome. The activity center is open 9am – 8pm, admission is $15/hour, $27/two hours. The waterpark is open 10am – 6pm, admission is $20/two hours.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Where: Synetic Theater | Crystal City, VA
When:  Through July 24
Tickets: $20-60

This weekend is the last chance to catch this show at Synetic Theater, the home of American Physical Theater…  This playful adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy — a fantastical, darkly playful game of love, mistaken identity, and the supernatural — was honored with nine Helen Hayes Award Nominations when it was first produced in 2010, taking home the award for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Resident Play.  Side note: I’m excited to see this —  Synetic’s shows are always wonderful!

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through July 24
Admission: $27.50+ (look for discount)

Only a few more days to  experience this  world-class, live entertainment attraction  at National Harbor.  The production celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities, blending circus arts, theater, and music — a fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Shakespeare in the Park
Where: Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park | Ellicott City, MD
When: Through July 24
Admission: $54/adult, $27/age 19-25, free/kids

See a Shakespeare play in the park! The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is bringing back its annual Shakespeare in the Ruins at the picturesque Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. This summer, see Much Ado About Nothing under the stars. Note that one kid is free with every adult.  Bring along a picnic to enjoy as you watch the play — there are no food vendors, but you can BYO fare, beer, and wine.

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

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)

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.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

DC United is home this weekend with a match against Montreal — and it’s in the evening, so it won’t be under the blazing sun. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there. You can even grab dinner first — 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.

Kidz Bop Live 2022
Where: Jiffy Lube Live | Bristow, VA
When: Sunday, 4pm
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)

Kidz Bop Live 2022 is back and bigger than ever! The ultimate pop concert for kids (and grown ups, too!) is coming, and it’s all new for 2022. Sing and dance along with the Kidz Bop Kids as they perform today’s biggest hits, live on stage, including “Good 4 U” and “Dance Monkey.”

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Tips for staying cool and safe in a heat wave.
* These no cook recipes will help, too.
* Tickets are still available for Hamilton, coming to the Kennedy Center in August — and you might be able to find a discount for them.
* In case you missed the hearing Thursday.  (Watch the whole thing here.)
* Family travel experiences that cater to kids’ obsessions.
* Talking to teens about birth control.
*
A funny Countdown.

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 15-17

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to all kinds of ideas  for local fun:
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

Summer Time
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Summer is whizzing by, so enjoy the season while you can with activities that only occur this time of year. Start off the weekend with a free outdoor concert, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool, sprayground, or waterpark. Or take it indoors at a special exhibit. Wind it all up with crab feast or a movie under the stars. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2022 Summer Guide.

Rock Out on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Take a little time trip back twenty years at the Yards Park’s Friday Night Concert series — So Fetch, a 2000’s tribute band will be performing. Stake out a spot in the grass to enjoy the show (or dance on the boardwalk) and plan for dinner there, too — food and drinks will also be available for purchase or you can BYO picnic.  Go early to let the kids play in the water features and run around in the grassy areas.  It’s a fun time for the whole fam!

Keep on Truckin’
Where: RFK Lot 8 | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 1pm
Admission: Free

This Truck Touch event easily takes the title as Mac Daddy of them all. Back for the first time since Covid, 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 also may be opportunities to test ride Segways, spec out a helicopter, and sit atop police horses (there have been in the past). Along with the vehicular fun, enjoy tennis, basketball and fitness activities. Get an idea of what to expect and see images from a past Truck Touch here (and be sure to note that it was posted several years ago, so the dates don’t confuse you).

Fiesta Asia Street Fair
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. 3rd – 6th Streets, NW DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Asian heritage at the annual street fair presented by the Asia Heritage Foundation and Passport DC. This showcase of Asian art and culture will include music and dance performances, martial arts demos, a parade, yummy food, a marketplace, hands-on activities, and more.  While admission is free, be prepared to spend on food and in the marketplace.

Jolly Shows Carnival
Where: Montgomery Mall | Bethesda, MD
When: Through July 17
Admission: Varies — see ticket info here

A carnival has rolled into town! Through this weekend, the parking lot of Montgomery Mall is full of rides and games and more amusement for all ages.

May the Force Be with the Nats
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

How about some Star Wars with your baseball? You might run into Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Storm Troopers, or Princess Leia at the ballpark on Saturday. Along with roving characters, the game will feature lots of Star Wars themed fun. FYI: Fans are encouraged to dress in Star Wars garb! Get there early — 10,000 fans will receive a Juan “Solo” STAR WARS bobblehead. If you can’t make it to Star Wars Saturday, you can catch the Nats Friday (7:05pm) or Sunday (1:35pm), when you can take little ones for a pre-game read-along with Sean Doolittle in the Kennedy and Roosevelt Rooms (12:15-1:15pm), and kids can run the bases after the game.  See what other promos are happening here.  And be sure to check this post for tips to save on a Nats game.

Baysox Star Wars Saturday
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Bowie, MD
When: Saturday, 6:35pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Force will be also with the Bowie Baysox this weekend when the team hosts Star Wars Night on Saturday, as the Baysox take on the Akron RubberDucks. The event will feature characters in costumes, light saber battles on the field, and more themed fun. A fireworks extravaganza will light up the sky after the game. Fans are welcome to dress for the occasion, too.  There are also games on Friday and Sunday.  Read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Blackberries, raspberries, and more fruits and veggies are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

High Wheelin’
Where: Frederick, MD
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Penny farthing, anyone?  Get a curbside seat to America’s only high wheel race in historic downtown Frederick, MD. The National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race is a unique event that celebrates the history of bikes.  Watch the fun along the .4 mile route and plan to enjoy more time in the Frederick — the downtown area is great to stroll, eat, and shop!

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

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 (look for discount)

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.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

It’s the final weekend to see this show on string at The Puppet Co… We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through July 24
Admission: $27.50+ (look for discount)

Now running!  The world-class, live entertainment attraction is back at National Harbor .  The production celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities, blending circus arts, theater, and music — a fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When:  Through July 24
Tickets: $20-60

Synetic Theater, the home of American Physical Theater, presents this playful adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy. This fantastical, darkly playful game of love, mistaken identity, and the supernatural was honored with nine Helen Hayes Award Nominations when it was first produced in 2010, taking home the award for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Resident Play.  Side note: I’m excited to see this —  Synetic’s shows are always wonderful!

Six
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through September 4
Tickets: $65-150

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.

Shakespeare in the Park
Where: Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park | Ellicott City, MD
When: Through July 24
Admission: $54/adult, $27/age 19-25, free/kids

See a Shakespeare play in the park! The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is bringing back its annual Shakespeare in the Ruins at the picturesque Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. This summer, see Much Ado About Nothing under the stars. Note that one kid is free with every adult.  Bring along a picnic to enjoy as you watch the play — there are no food vendors, but you can BYO fare, beer, and wine.

Star-Spangled Centennial
Where: The Anthem | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 5pm, 6pm, 8-10pm
Admission: Free

The U.S. Army Band is celebrating their centennial year and performing a free live concert at The Anthem. Join for an evening of music, storytelling, and a celebration of service featuring classical, jazz, pop/rock, and country music. Before the free concert, watch the The U.S. Army Drill and Fife & Drum Corps perform for free at 5pm and 6pm on District Pier.

 

Spirit in the City
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Cheer on our local women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, as they host Orlando Pride at Audi Field on Sunday. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports! Purchase tickets here.

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.

Word Up
Where: Planet Word | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Passes are still available for this weekend to visit Planet Word, the outstanding museum all about language.  It’s full of fun and interesting exhibits, most of them interactive, with something for all ages to enjoy — including wonderful bits of magic. Our whole family loves it! Admission is free, but you need to reserve timed-entry passes.  Be sure to read a KFDC write-up about it before you go!

Nature & Recreation in Annapolis
Where: Quiet Waters Park
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6/car

Head east to explore a new park. We recently discovered Quiet Waters, kind of by accident, and it made for a fantastic outdoorsy Mother’s Day. Hike in the woods under a leafy canopy, paddle the South River, take in scenic vistas, and even view some art. Read more the locale in this new post.

Charm City Fun, Hon!
Where: Around Baltimore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Not only is it nice to get a change of metro area scenery sometimes, Baltimore, our sister city just a 45-minute drive away, is full of fantastic, family-friendly things to do. This post has info about all of them, including big attractions, suggestions for places to eat, and neighborhoods to explore.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Gallery of Art is bringing back in-person Storytime for children. The first one will be this coming Monday, July 18, at 10am.
* Even though Prime Day has passed, you still may want to check out these recs for Amazon items to snag.
* The Library of Congress has announced the author lineup for this year’s National Book Festival, and as always, it is excellent!
* The Greater DC Diaper Bank just launched a WIPEOUT SUMMER campaign with a goal of collecting $5,000 worth of baby wipes. See how you can contribute.
* Have you heard about the 4,000 beagles being rescued in VA? Learn more and find out how you can help.
* Very important: Cornhole Tips
* For your next picnic, how about a Snacklebox?
* Teenage Pro Tips

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