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The Weekend Round-Up:
June 28-30


Happy Weekend!

Easy links to inspo for local fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Through July 1
Admission: Free

The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival just began, this year celebrating Indigenous Voices of the Americas and the National Museum of the American Indian. See and experience all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and more — all free!  Check the schedule of events to help plan your visit.

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! Perfekt Blend 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 water features and grassy spaces, and dance on the boardwalk — all with the backdrop of scenic river views.

Extraordinary Cinema: Ratatouille
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Start the weekend with a free film screenings outdoors on the REACH Video Wall. In this charming, animated family fare, Remy is a rat who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef despite his family’s wishes. He teams up with Linguini, an inexperienced kitchen worker at a top Parisian restaurant.

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.

Super Nova Comic Con
Where: Dulles Town Center | Dulles, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Super Nova Comic Con is the place to be for fans, enthusiasts, and anyone looking to experience the magic of comics and anime. Dive into a treasure trove of comic and anime products, become immersed in riveting celebrity panels, and witness fantastic costume contests. Visitors, in or out of costume, can also participate in giveaways and surprises. Free of charge and open to all; no pre-registration is required.

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 you can see and where you can catch it (and you can find show details and any discount links here):
* Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale at Adventure Theatre
* Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap
* Miss Nelson is Missing at Imagination Stage
* The Kite Runner at the Kennedy Center
* Funny Girl at the Kennedy Center

Chinatown Park Festival
Where: Chinatown Park | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Join the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs for the Chinatown Park Festival. The event includes lively cultural performances, martial art demonstrations, family-friendly activities like face painting, henna, calligraphy, a clothing swap, raffles, Asian arts and crafts, and more! Chinatown Park is located at the corner of 5th & Mass Ave. NW

Metro Fest
Where: Springfield-Franconia Metro | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Metro is inviting transit lovers across the region to come together for a family-friendly celebration. The event will include arts and crafts, games, entertainment, snacks, water, and Metro-branded giveaways.

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

Who says a sculpture needs to be grounded? Explore the possibilities of suspense by creating a suspended sculpture using found materials inspired by artist Alexander Calder and his works in Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860-1960. Find the Art Cart on the Lower Level and pick up your suspension materials.

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 1.)

The Spirit of Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission:Tickets start at $15

The Washington Spirit are hosting North Carolina Courage at Audi Field on Saturday evening. Enjoy some amazing soccer play — and a fun, action-packed chance to support women in sports. The night will also include celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community as part of the annual Pride Night! Purchase tickets here.

Bethesda Big Train Baseball
Where: Shirley Povitch Field | Bethesda, MD
When:  Saturday, 7pm & Sunday, 10am
Admission: $15

Take kids out to a ball game with special features just for them!  Bethesda Big Train, a local summer collegiate team, brings baseball on a smaller scale.  And this Sunday, there’s an early start time and extra fun it’s Homer’s Birthday Party with Louie of the Baysox!  Giveaways include a Homer cake pops for first 100 kids 10 & under  and a box of color chalk for first 200 fans 12 & under. Kona Ice will be there for Ice Cream Sunday. And kids can run the bases after the game.

Pride in the Plaza
Where: Veteran’s Plaza | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

As Pride month winds down, keep the celebrating up at this event that welcomes all ages. Fun festivities include live performances, a voguing competition and the 2024 Drag Duels championship, activities for kids, a resource and vendors fair, and more!

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 2024 Summer Guide.

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 on the hot days. 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!

Enjoy an evening at the National Arboretum on Friday — hours are extended until 8pm on the 4th Friday of the month during summer.
* July 7 is a Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Artsreserve tickets now!
* An easy weekend beach getaway or even day trip.
* Did you know Groupon has deals on all kinds of  local activities and services?
* Tips for planning for 4th of July travel.
* What do you think should be the song of the summer?
* A dress to go with that summer song…I was intrigued by this one on social media, then saw someone wearing it IRL and loved it, so ordered for myself!
* REI has an awesome 4th of July sale going on. Some picks: A good deal on a Cannondale, this duffle with backpack straps (Owen has it, so we can vouch its’ great), kids footwear, these women’s water shoes, this hammock.
* And picks from a good home sale: This pretty cakestand, this unique wine rack, this fun pitcher, this mod sofa.  (Update: 50% off sale clothing, too!)
* In honor of the big debate… how to boat 😄

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 29-30

Whether for Jazz in the Garden, viewing art, or relaxing by the fountain, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a great summer hang out

Whether for Jazz in the Garden, viewing art, or relaxing by the fountain, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a great summer hang out


Along with this round-up of special events, don’t forget to check the list of outdoor faves in the area and the post full of indoor suggestions for even more family fun options. Happy Weekend!

Bear Awareness Day
Where: National Zoo
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Between Rusty the Red Panda’s adventures on the lam and the black bear appearance in Rock Creek Park earlier in the week, this event couldn’t come at a better time. Guests are invited to become more Bear Aware at the Zoo’s free family event celebrating bears of all kinds. There will be educational and fun activities for children, plus keeper talks and animal demonstrations. Learn how to bear-proof a camp site, compare bears from around the world, and take the Bear Awareness pledge.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: All weekend
Admission: Free

The annual Festival celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions is underway. Visitors of all ages will have ample opportunity to discover and explore it all through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums when you need a break from the heat.

Family Obstacle Course Challenge
Where: Brambleton Town Center
When: Saturday, 8am – 12pm
Admission: Starts at $10

If you missed the last KazokuFit family obstacle course race in DC, you have another opportunity to step up to the challenge this weekend. Families are encouraged to run, jump, crawl, climb, and, of course, have fun as they complete a course designed with all ages in mind. You can read more about KazokuFit here, and get specifics about this weekend’s race here.

Lovin’ Summer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all weekend long. Get the full scoop on all of these joys of summer.

Stamp Collecting Saturday
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop by the Postal Museum to make a memorable souvenir to bring home. Start your own collection of stamps focusing on favorite topics such as art, animals, princesses, or transportation at the Activity Cart. And while you’re there, be sure to tour the exhibits – many of them interactive and fun for kids of all ages.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

See Peter Pan and Wendy at Imagination Stage during its first weekend. Catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’s A Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre. Bathtub Pirates are entertaining young audiences at The Puppet Co. You can also head to the venue early on Saturday for Tiny Tots, puppet show performances especially for little ones. Enjoy ¡Mucha Música! A Musical Journey with Cantaré at this week’s Saturday Morning at the National. The Jammin’ with the Smithsonian series goes to Jammin’ Java Saturday morning as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band play the 10:30am show. And Dinorock is performing at Wolf Trap’s Children’s-Theatre-in-the-Woods.

“A” is for America
Where: A Town Bar & Grill
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
Admission: Free, but food and drinks cost extra

A-Town Bar and Grill is celebrating America this weekend with a pre-Independence Day bash. The Arlington community will come together to celebrate and honor the region’s brave active duty and veteran service members. The day-long, family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, face painting, photo booths, silent auctions, sparklers and other prizes and takeaways. The event aims to raise awareness for service members returning wounded from combat, as well as the continued attention and care they may need to integrate back into society. Proceeds raised will benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Where: LivingSocial’s 918 F Street
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $39/parent & child

Take advantage of this blossoming experience from LivingSocial’s 918 F Street: admission for one child and one parent to a hands-on lesson in the art of gardening. Kate Lee of Capital City Farm Co. will sow the seeds of excitement as kids use paint markers and googly eyes to decorate their own pot. Then — with Mom or Dad’s expert help — they’ll plant two edible herbs (think basil or oregano). Kids will learn all about growing healthy plants, the cycle of life through composting, and more — and you’ll have gotten your young environmentalist’s hands off the remote and into the dirt.

Unity Thunder Car Show
Where: Sheehy Nissan in Waldorf
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Sheehy Nissan in Waldorf and Unity Thunder Car Club will host the first annual Summer Unity Thunder Car show featuring as many as 50 hot rods and muscle cars.  Trophies will be awarded in a variety of categories including Best in Show, Most Chrome and Best Paint Job.  Winners will be determined by attendees and votes cost $1 with proceeds benefitting Race for the Cure. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary food and refreshments courtesy of Foster’s Grill. The event is FREE to the public. Two show vehicles will also be on display: 1948 replica Harley Davidson courtesy of Presidential Detailing and a 1969 Ford Mustang valued at $250,000 courtesy of National Dent Repair.

Get Kids Movin’
Where: National Harbor
When: Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Families can jump-start their summers with fitness, entertainment and an afternoon of health education during the fourth edition of Get Kids Movin’ at National Harbor, MD. Get Kids Movin’, presented by Sports Zone Elite and Think Brown INK, is an interactive afternoon that fights childhood obesity by engaging youth in music, fitness, entertainment, health and arts-related activities. Activities will include a performance by Chi Chi Monet, a fitness session with Nike Trainer Deanna Jefferson, moving with Beans-N-Frank “Edutainment” Puppet Duo, zumba with Kena Hodges of Zumba Fitness, dramatic performances from Dreams, a healthy eating cooking demo with Kitchen Cray, and much more.

Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts
Where: Strathmore’s CityDance Studio Theater 405
When: Sunday, 1pm & 3pm
Admission: $15

This show is part of the “Puppets Take Strathmore” festival running through August 17. From the internationally renowned masters of the marionette, this series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life is set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Stay after the 3PM show for a short presentation and Q&A with Cashore on how marionettes are brought to life. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday 1-4pm, Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about artist Alexander Calder.

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