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The Weekend Round-Up: June 30 – July 3

Look Here (and there) at the National Building Museum


Happy Weekend!

Check out these go-to posts with info for ongoing fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: 12th – 14th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Through Monday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free
The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival just began, once again celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions along stretches of the National Mall from 12th to 14th Streets.  In the spotlight this year are the Ozarks and Living Religions in the U.S. You can see and experience all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and much more — all free!  View the schedule of events to help plan your visit. View scenes from a past Folklife Festival here.

Look Here
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Opens Saturday
Admission: $10/adult, $7/age 3-17

The National Building Museum’s annual Summer Block Party begins this weekend. This year’s big installation that transforms the Great Hall into an immersive experience for visitors is Look Here, a spiral ramp with reflective fortune tellers (think the folded paper we played with as kids) and kaleidoscopes on the platform, offering new perspectives of the grand space. Check it out along with the museum’s new Brick City LEGO exhibition and other exhibits on view.

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.

Root for the Baysox
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Bowie, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats aren’t in town this weekend, but you can still enjoy a day at the ballpark — just on a smaller scale.  Minor league team Bowie Baysox take on the Somerset Patriots all weekend and there are fun promos, to boot. Friday is Pride Night, and Saturday and Sunday are both Independence Day celebrations with post-game fireworks.  Read more about Baysox games in this KFDC post.

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Gallery of Art for their monthly First Saturday, a special day-long affair with multiple free programs for kids of all ages! Read a book and play in Spanish and English at the bilingual Storytime. Become a work of art at a face painting station. Make your own art inspired by fireworks. Visit a pop-up library celebrating Leonardo da Vinci, cohosted with our friends from the DC Public Library, then view the only Leonardo da Vinci painting on view in the Americas. It all takes place in the East Building except for viewing da Vinci (that’s in the West Building).

Art Cart: Clothing Collage
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Create a clothing collage that represents who you are at the Hirshhorn’s program. Inspired by artist Billie Zangewa’s piece “A Vivid Imagination,” bring a shirt you no longer wear, cut it up, and transform it into a work of art with collage materials provided by the museum.

Children’s “Planet Power” Party
Where: Anacostia community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 1pm
Admission: Free

During this session of Culture Queen Kids Hour, the Grammy-nominated teaching artist cordially invites your royal children to create cultural holidays celebrating the people, milestones, and things that matter most to them through fun, interactive, and engaging music, movement, storytelling, and craft activities. Register in advance!

O Say Can You Play
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $10-15/child, $5/adult
Happy Birthday America! Celebrate Independence Day with this family-friendly outdoor program. Play traditional outdoor games and make a historic toy to bring home before sneaking a peek at rarely displayed objects from the Tudor Place Collection. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden after the program.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here. (PS: The museum is also hosting Portrait Gallery Kid for families on Monday, July 3.)

The Spirit of Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission:Tickets start at $15

The Washington Spirit is hosting Orlando Pride at Audi Field on Saturday evening. Cheer them on to help them keep winning to secure the playoff spot and home field advantage. Enjoy some amazing soccer play — and a fun, action-packed chance to support women in sports. Purchase tickets here.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, 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.

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

Enjoy activities that make this time of year so much fun. Start the weekend off on Friday with a free outdoor concert or an evening of fishing, then continue the fun on Saturday and Sunday with water play at a pool or sprayground. Cool off indoors at an exhibit. Feast on crabs or hit the beach to fulfill a seasonal must-do. Round it out it with a family movie under the stars. Get details about all of these summer diversions and even more in the 2023 Summer Guide.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor at the Plateau
When:  Through July 21
Tickets: $27.50

Starts this weekend! This big top spectacle of global proportions takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound, and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, back-flipping canines, twirling bicycles, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much much more.

Show Time
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

There’s all kinds of entertainment on local stages this weekend. Here’s what and where you can catch it (and you can find show details and any discount links here):
Nate the Great at Imagination Stage
The Fisherman and His Wife at Adventure Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King at the Kennedy Center
Arco Iris by Arts on the Horizon
Seussical: The Musical at Keegan Theatre
1776 at the Kennedy Center
* DinoRock presents Dinosaur Babies at The Puppet Co.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm.

Great Meadow Independence Day Celebration
Where: Great Meadow | The Plains, VA
When: July 2, 5pm
Admission: $50/car in advance, $60 at gate

Great Meadow, a 74-acre park and home of the Virginia Gold Cup races, is bringing back its famous fireworks show and activities for the 34th year a couple of days ahead of the 4th. Join for family games like cornhole toss, sack races, face painting, tug-of war, and more. The Flying Circus will provide an exciting air show, and there will be polo exhibitions along with hat and tailgate competitions with prizes for the most creative. Bring a picnic or purchase food on site — there will be food trucks and a beer garden. A spectacular fireworks display gets underway at dusk. BYO blankets and chairs for comfortable viewing (no umbrellas or tents, unless in reserved tailgate spaces.)

July 3rd Jam
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Monday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a pre-Independence Day celebration at the waterfront destination! Free and open to the public, the Yards Park boardwalk will host the Capitol Riverfront BID’s first ever July 3rd Jam in conjunction with the National Museum of the United States Navy to honor America’s Birthday. Enjoy outdoor activities and live music leading up to a performance from the U.S. Navy Band Commodores at 7pm. Stick around Yards Park to watch the Washington Nationals Freedom Fireworks following the baseball game. RSVP here.

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

This round-up of places to swim around the area will come in handy as temps rise. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

* Still  making plans for the 4th?  Check out the annual round-up of Independence Day celebrations around the area!
* This episode of The Daily about AI and American schools is a good listen.
* Love these memorable teenage scenes from shows and movies.
* Along those lines, this made me laugh.
* Extra 40% off sale at Anthro.
* Perfect summer accessory — and on sale.
* And then you can be this. 🙂

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Celebrate Summer & Creativity this Weekend at the National Gallery of Art’s First Saturday!


Looking for a place to beat the heat and get your 4th of July celebration started this weekend? Join the National Gallery of Art for their July First Saturday, a special day-long affair with multiple free programs for kids of all ages!

At this free festival, you can:
* Read a book and play in Spanish and English at the bilingual Storytime.
* Become a work of art at a face painting station.
* Make your own art inspired by fireworks
* Visit a pop-up library celebrating Leonardo da Vinci, cohosted with our friends from the DC Public Library, then
* View the only Leonardo da Vinci painting on view in the Americas (in the West Building)!

These activities will be offered throughout the East Building (+ one in the West) and don’t require registration. View more details and the full schedule of the day’s activities here.

First Saturday
Where: National Gallery of Art, East Building | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, July 1, 10am – 3pm
Admission: FREE!

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

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