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The Weekend Round-Up:
June 23-25


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

Happy Summer!
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Celebrate the first official weekend of summer with activities that are quintessentially exclusive to this time of year. Catch an outdoor concert or movie under the stars. Enjoy some water fun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Check out a special seasonal exhibit. Do some crabbing (the feasting kind). Take a spin on a carousel or mini train.  And so much more. Some activities are highlighted here, but see the 2023 KFDC Guide to Summer Around DC for even more summer favorites.

Solstice Saturday
Where: Smithsonian Museums | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – midnight
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian is marking the first Saturday of summer — Solstice Saturday — by staying open late and hosting parties, programs, performances, and more. See cultural dances at the National American Indian Museum, go to a Glow Night Arcade Party at the Arts & Industries Building, catch a DJ set in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, take an evening tour of the Peacock Room at the National Museum of Asian Art, and much more. Go here for details and schedules and note that some events may require free tickets.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10:30am
Tickets: $12

It’s the first weekend of Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods.  The annual summer series presents over 70 family-friendly performances from late June through mid-August. And it’s all on a stage nestled in a shady grove in the woods.  The productions are geared toward younger children, but all are welcome. See what’s playing this weekend.  And read a KFDC review of the series from a past summer here (it’s an old post, but the series is still very much the same).

Barbecue Battle
Where: 3rd-7th Streets |  Pennsylvania Ave NW, DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: Starts at $20/adults, free/12 & under
Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other to compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), 13 bands on four stages, cooking demos, kids’ fun featuring 90s-inspired activities, games, crafts & more!  It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Off the Beaten Museum Path
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by museum

With rain in the forecast, it’s a good time to explore some museums that are off the well trodden path of the National Mall. If you don’t veer from it now and then, you could miss out on some other amazing exhibits and experiences that aren’t as well known. Check out this round-up of some museums in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

Columbia Heights Day
Where: 11th St NW btwn Park & Irving | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Whether or not you live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, you’re invited to bring the fam out for a fun, free day of excitement and activities to help celebrate the community. In its 15th year, the event brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food vendors, live music, carnival-style entertainment, tents full of fun and unique vendors, and 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.

One Journey Festival
Where: National Cathedral | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free, but reserve tickets 

All are welcome to join this event that celebrates the talents, stories, and contributions of refugees and other displaced people around the world. This family-friendly festival brings people together through modern-day shared languages of humanity: art, food, music, dance, storytelling, soccer, fashion, and technology. Reserve free tickets here.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 even at historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

Astronomy Festival
Where: 6th-7th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 6-11pm
Admission: Free
Presented in association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday events, get an eyeful of the night sky and a chance to mingle with astronomers at the Annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. This free public stargazing event features optical and radio telescope observations of the sun, star clusters, and colorful double stars. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, and astronomical image exhibits.

The Great Zucchini
Where: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park  | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10-10:45am
Admission: Free
Catch a free magic show courtesy of Fairfax County Parks! The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini’s show keeps children on the edge of their seats. Watch how animated and excited the children get when they yell “Wake up Zucchini” when he accidentally falls asleep during the show or when he turns tissue paper into colorful rainbow streamers, or when his puppet, Ruffles the Rabbit, keeps coming out of the hat without him noticing.

Blue Sky Puppets Theater
Where: Burke Lake Park | Fairfax Station, VA
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

Part of Fairfax County’s free summer entertainment series, this peppery show features Rufus, a shy little dog who has been lost from his owner. He’s been stuck out in the rain and he hasn’t had much to eat in two weeks. He meets the audience and asks for their help.

Fairy House Scavenger Hunt
Where: Meadowside Nature Center | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-12:30pm
Admission: $7
Celebrate International Fairy Day with a self-led fairy house scavenger hunt. BYO fairy wings and flit down the trail to find the hidden dwellings. Eachhouse will provide a clue that unlocks the power of the magical flower fairy growing spell! Then, bring back your answer to the nature center and create a wildflower seed bomb to unleash beauty wherever you roam.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40
DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Concincatti on Saturday. As always, I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there (and maybe 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.

The World & Me: Pollinator Celebration with MISTER G
Where: National Museum of Natural History | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

The National Museum of Natural History is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and USDA for a morning celebrating pollinators and learning about our connections to pollinators and plants with interactive activities and a concert with MISTER G!  It’s all free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

Festival of Freedom
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The Washington Revels welcome all to celebrate the rich cultural history of Glen Echo Park in a day-long festival featuring live musical performances, storytelling and video booth, children’s activities, carousel rides, and more. View the full schedule of events here.

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

It’s summer, so head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families.
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park or Flag Ponds Nature Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

Take Your Pick
Where: Area Farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Cherries, blueberries, and peaches are available for picking at some local farms. If you want to gather your own, check out this list of places that offer pick-your-own (note that not all farms have all fruits, so be sure to read descriptions… one that definitely does and we love to go to is Homestead Farms). And it’s always a good idea to check websites or call for updates to confirm availability when you plan to go.

* The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, which has been closed over a year for renovations, reopens in July, and you can reserve tickets for tours now.
* In case you haven’t seen it yet, the Women’s World Cup roster — and it includes four Washington Spirit players!
* The world’s 50 best restaurants.
* A psychiatrist on her teen patients…and Taylor Swift.
* This scavenger hunt game looks like a great summer activity for kids. This family set looks fun, too.
* How adorable are these popsicle molds? And these!
* The 2023 Audubon Photography Awards winners and honorable mentions.
* This is fun 🤣
* Would you rather…

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 16-19


Happy Weekend!  Happy Juneteenth! And a very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

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

Celebrate Dad
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
It’s a special day for the dads this weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re still looking for ideas, from ballgames to big feasts to outdoor recreation to Juneteenth celebrations. See a whole round-up of them in this post, some of which are included below.

Rock on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with  live music in the fresh air. The Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park begins on Friday evening. Uncle Jesse is playing this first installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the grassy spaces or dance on the boardwalk — all with the backdrop of scenic river views.

Juneteeth Celebrations
Where: Around the DC area
When Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1965, Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday in 2021 — though it’s been celebrated at some places around the area for many years. While the actual day is June 19, there are events to celebrate it all weekend long leading up to the day. This round-up details the best ones for families, from festivals to museum programs to live entertainment to  significant sites, and an enlightening hike. A couple are listed here, too.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $45/adult, $13/child

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests (Lord of the Rings fans, Elijah Wood, Sean Austin, and Andy Serkis will be there), and exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is one fun event. We’ve been and have had a blast checking out games, toys, comics, art, tv and movie memorabilia, and more. And the cosplay is fantastic. Costumes encouraged.

Portside in Old Town Summer Festival
Where: Old Town Waterfront | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 6-9pm & Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole fam to this free festival on Alexandria’s waterfront. Enjoy an array of live music, local craft beer from Port City Brewing Company for adult, and fun for tall ages. Saturday will have more for kids with an eclectic musical lineup, local food, hands-on art and history activities, and more.

Capital Book Fest
Where: Ronald Reagan Building | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the fam for a book fest with a variety of activities for young readers. Coinciding with the Juneteenth Weekend s, the Children’s Book Festival will offer a family-friendly day filled with engaging, educational activities and an exciting lineup of local, award-winning authorsAuthor readings, book-making and illustration workshops, a STEAM station from the National Children’s Museum, and thrilling rounds of Double Dutch are part of the fun. DC Public Library’s Discover Summer Program will also host book giveaways, bookmark making, and more.  Plus, thousands of gently-used books for all ages will be on sale for $6 or less provided by Carpe Librum, benefitting Turning the Page.

Juneteenth Community Day
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

In celebration of Juneteenth 2023, the NMAAHC returns to its perennial theme, “Senses of Freedom: The Taste, Sound, and Experience of an African American Celebration.” During thisJuneteenth Community Day visitors can explore the gifts of gardening and the culinary arts, hear stories, listen to music, and discover their inner artist with crafts for all ages. The public is invited to visit the Museum’s galleries, grounds, and Sweet Home Cafe to create memories and learn more about this historic holiday both inside and outside the museum. Outdoor festivities do not require tickets, but be sure to reserve free passes to go inside.

Pride Family Day
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Pride with Glen Echo Park on Saturday, where there will be festivities for the whole family. Check out an interactive chalk maze designed by Chalk Riot. Ride the carousel for free (while comp tickets last; otherwise $2/ride or $5/all day). Pick up a carousel-themed craft activity bag for all ages (while supplies last). Enjoy snacks and specialty Glen Echo Park Root Beer. Plan to see a show while you’re there at The Puppet Co. or Adventure Theatre. The playground, picnic area, Glen Echo Park Aquarium (book tickets in advance), and a variety of art galleries throughout the park will be open, too!

All Aboard
Where: Tall Ship Providence | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Starts at $17/age 3-13, $20/age 14+

The historic tall ship, Providence, just sailed into Old Town Alexandria and will be docked at the waterfront through the end of the year. You can learn all about it and get an on a living history tours of the ship as well as sunset and specialty sails. Tours start at $17/age 3-13, $20/age 14+, and sails are $39/age 3-13, $49/age 14+. Visit the website to learn more and book tickets.

Innovations in Flight Outdoor Aviation Display
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free passes required (note parking is $15)

Head out to the Chantilly arm of the National Air & Soace Museum for this special program. View over 50 vintage, modern, and commercial aircraft that will fly in for the day and be on display outside the museum. You can even go into some of the cockpits and cabins and talk with pilots. Along with the outdoor display, museum educators will show how to spot and identify aircraft landing at Dulles Airport.

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at (look for discount)

The Nats are hosting the Marlins all weekend. Catch a game on Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. There will be a Racing Presidents bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, and kids can run the bases after the game on Sunday. Be sure to  check out these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

National Ice Cream Fest
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: $10-60

I scream, you scream, we all scream for the National Ice Cream Fest happening at National Harbor on Saturday. With vendors competing in various categories for the title of best ice cream, you’ll have the chance to taste and judge the delicious creations. Along with ice cream samplings there will be more entertainment, including live music by the Legwarmers.

Peter and the Wolf
Where: The Clarice | College Park, MD
When: Saturday, 2pm
Part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, this event is a combination of orchestral performance and narrated story telling.  In Prokofiev’s beloved symphonic fairy tale, the young Peter goes out into the forest — against his grandfather’s advice. Join Peter as he makes friends with whimsical forest creatures and faces a ferocious gray wolf, all to the sounds of the symphonny.

Where: Woodstock Equestrian Special Park | Beallsville, MD
When: Saturday,
Admission: $20/car

Get down and dirty, jumping, slipping, and sliding in giant mud pits! Cook up a mud pie, make mud art, and play games! This muddy fun will be great for the whole family. This is a rain or shine event.

United vs Salt Lake
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Real Salt Lake. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are conveniently located and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Little Critters Nature Play
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Drop in with little ones for hands-on activities and story time at the Zoo! Have a wild time exploring animals and the natural world through creative, free-choice activity stations in a brand-new indoor/outdoor classroom. Dig for horseshoe crabs in the sand table, make lunch for a bird in the mud kitchens, or just join for a story or two. Read Aloud Storytimes take place at 10am 11am, and 12pm. The play area is designed for ages 0-5 and their caregivers and families, but all ages are welcome. Parents and guardians must remain with their children. (PS: The Zoo is fun for older kids, too… read more about it in this KFDC post.)

The Fisherman and His Wife
Where: Adventure Theater | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through August 6
Tickets: $20.50

Enjoy some children’s theater… A fisherman hits the jackpot when he stumbles upon a magic talking fish in this interactive adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s classic story. The simple, sweet fisherman is content to continue his way of life, but his ambitious wife is determined to take advantage of their good fortune. Narrated by Scat, the magical fish with a flair for jazz, this couple discovers the consequences of being greedy with the help of the audience. Recommended for all ages.

Seussical: The Musical
Where: Keegan Theatre | Northwest DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 7pm | Sunday, 3pm
Tickets: $25/youth, $60/adult

A fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza for all ages, SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination — Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos in a musical adventure which tests the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community. Recommended for all ages.

Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $60-150+ (look for discount)

It’s the final weekend for the Broadway musical… Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go. Recommended for ages 8+.

The Enigmatist
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through July 2
Tickets: $35-89 (look for discount)

An immersive, interactive experience of puzzles and cryptology! Renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong brings his popular in-person show to the Kennedy Center. Recommended for ages 8+.

Step Afrika! Step Xplosion
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 7pm
Tickets: $35-75

Strathmore is marking Juneteenth with Step Xplosion, a celebration of the art form of stepping by Step Afrika! Honoring its rich roots in the African American fraternity and sorority experience, this show emphasizes the presence of stepping in the daily and future lives of students. This year’s collaborative production will feature the local premiere of The Movement, a new work choreographed by longstanding Step Afrika! performer Conrad Kelly II. Featuring dynamic performances from some of the most exciting and innovative step teams, Xplosion is a MUST NOT MISS event!

Freedom Day Celebration
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Juneteenth at National Harbor and visit the Freedom Day Black-Owned Marketplace in the Capital Canopy. Support the community and check out a variety of businesses, food vendors and stick around for the cultural performances starting at 5pm on the Plaza Stage.

* The Library of Congress announced the author lineup for the National Book Festival taking place August 12.
* There are just a few weeks left to see One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection before it closes July 16.
* 25 easy Father’s Day dinner ideas
* Hanna Andersson has a big swimwear sale happening right now.
* A perfect beachy vacation dress.
* New Yorker’s best books they read this week.
* Who else is psyched about this?
* In honor of Father’s Day… 🙂


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