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The Weekend Round-Up: September 8-9

Root for the home team as the Nats take on the Marlins this weekend

 

If you’re looking for a festival this weekend, you’ve got your pick. They celebrate everything from museum exhibits to autumn to a city neighborhood to jazz.  You can also check out a local kids’ theatre, sample some ice cream, or go to the ol’ ball game. Here are details on all of these pursuits, and for even more ideas see the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Get Festive
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Various by festival
Fall may not have officially begun, but you can celebrate the season and then some at one of several festivals happening this weekend, from city neighborhoods to country farms. The annual Adams Morgan Day Festival is on Sunday, Renn Fest gets medieval on weekends through October, and a couple of farms are welcoming visitors for all kinds of fun. Get details on all of them in this post about fall festivals.

1001 Inventions Family Festival
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy a day of family fun surrounding the exhibition 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. National Geographic staff and local vendors will lead workshops and hands-on activities. There will also be arts and crafts bazaar, dance and musical performances, vendor displays, raffles, photo ops, and a spire building competition. Plan to grab a bite from food trucks that will be on site.

ImagiFest
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Saturday, 9am – 3:30pm
Admission: Free
See what’s new at the children’s theatre company in Bethesda and enjoy activities for the whole family. Sample classes; take a tour of Suess on the Loose, one of the season’s upcoming shows, preview Mouse on the Move and P. Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical, get the kids’ faces painted, and more. Registration for sample classes and the tour is recommended, go here to sign up.

Family Day at Fairgrounds
Where: Half Street Fairgrounds
When: Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Head to the Navy Yard neighborhood for a day full of family activities, including carnival rides and games, bouncy fun, live children’s entertainment, and more. Concession will be for sale by some of the area’s best food trucks parked there.

Free Family Film Shorts
Where: E Street Cinema
When: Saturday, 11:30am
Admission: Free
It’s the 9th year of the DC Shorts Film Festival, the largest short film event on the East Coast. Already underway, 140 films from 27 nations will be featured, included a showcase of family-friendly mini flicks this weekend and next. Most appropriate for kids ages 8 and up, eight featured shorts explore a variety of themes that the audience will enjoy. Read descriptions and see previews of the films here.

The DC Scoop
Where: Union Market
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free
I scream, you scream… about a sweet event that the whole family will love — if you all love ice cream, that is. The District’s best ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and custard vendors are having a taste-off to determine the best scoop in the city. And the public is invited to sample them all!

All That Rosslyn Jazz
Where: Gateway Park
When: Saturday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free
Head across the Key Bridge from the city for this free annual music festival. Enjoy a great line-up of jazz acts, including Joshua Redmond (scheduled to perform at 5:45). Along wit the music, there wil be a street festival nearby on Lee Highway featuring both art and food vendors. Festival parking is available for $5 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at 1911 North Fort Myer Drive. The parking entrance is on North Moore Street. Or, take Metro to the Rosslyn station (orange/blue) and walk a few blocks to the event.

GameFest 2.0
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Reboot your system and play at the museum before The Art of Video Games exhibit closes. Test your skills with a new live-action game from Spontaneous Art, or challenge a buddy to onscreen video games. Craft activities, scavenger hunts, and music will keep guests moving all day, from one level to the next! Don’t miss two presentations in the McEvoy Auditorium: Level Up at 12pm and Electronic Gaming Before Pong at 2pm.

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $10
The Nats are hosting the Florida Marlins this weekend, with an evening game on Friday and afternoon games on Saturday on Sunday. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo and enjoy other extras on Sunday, like Kids Run the Show, and stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out.

Textile Arts
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free
Drop in to spend a Saturday afternoon creating your very own dragon puppet with ribbon, paper, and glue. Will your dragon be gentle or fierce? Scaly or smooth? Bring your creative dragon ideas along.

Super Science Saturday
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
The Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum hosts a special program on the second Saturday of every month, and this weekend it’ll be all about living and working in space. Visitors can enjoy hands-on demos and activities related to space life. And the permanent exhibits – a hangar full of amazing air and spacecraft – are worth a trip out there themselves.

Folksy in Takoma Park
Where: Takoma Park Middle School
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Folk music and performances from around the world will be on seven stages at the 35th annual festival, some even welcoming the audience to join in. The Grassy Nook Stage will offer activities for children — folksinging, musical games and dancing, storytelling, and more. And a crafts show and sale will showcase the works of local artisans. Pack snacks or purchase food from vendors there.

Portraits of Flags
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free
On Saturday, children ages 5 and up can explore flags as art during the Be the Artist youth program. Participants will take a brief guided tour of the related exhibition, 1812: A Nation Emerges, listen to a children’s story or short gallery talk, and create a piece of art. On Sunday, kids can drop in to listen to a story about flags and the War of 1812.

Ocean Origami
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Stop in for the museum’s Second Saturday Arts and Sciences Program. This month, guests can learn how the ocean is a global system essential to all life — including their own! They’ll also find out more about the threats to the ocean’s health and how they can use their connection to the ocean to help preserve it for future generations. For hands-on fun, they can create ocean origami to take home.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 31 – September 3

A Friday evening concert at Yards Park is a great way to wind down summer

 

It’s Labor Day weekend aka the unofficial end of summer. But just because the season is ending, that doesn’t mean the fun is over. If you’re spending the holiday weekend in town, here are some great ways you and the kids can enjoy it. And don’t forget you can find even more ideas on the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Season Finales
Where: Various locales
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
This weekend is the last of many pursuits that we’ve been enjoying all summer long – outdoor swimming, concerts and movies under the stars, mini-golf at the museum among them. If you’re hoping to get in one final jazz show in the Sculpture Garden, round of golf at the Building Museum, or day at an outdoor public pool, then check out this post, which has details on all of those diversions and more.

Hear the Blues
Where: Carter Barron Amphitheater
When: Saturday, 12-7:30pm
Admission: Free
Head to the outdoor stage in Rock Creek Park for the 24th Annual DC Blues Festival. Along with the line-up of performers, there will be musical workshops throughout the day, where both children and adults can learn about Blues music. Kids will especially enjoy the opportunity to try making their own music at an instrument petting zoo. View the schedule of both musical acts and extra fun here.

Page-to-Stage Festival
Where: Various venues
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free
More than 40 theater companies will present readings and rehearsals of plays and musicals during the Kennedy Center’s 11th annual Page-to-Stage Festival. And they are all free and open to the public. Performances will take place at several venues around DC, and there are a couple that kids will enjoy, including “Orphie and the Book Heroes” at 12pm and a reading of “How to Catch a Leprechaun” by Virginia Children’s Theatre Company at 6pm, both at the Kennedy Center on Saturday. See the full schedule here (scroll all the way down the page).

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
It’s your last chance to catch “Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” at The Puppet Co. and Adventure Theatre’s “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” – both close their curtains after this weekend. You can also take little ones to see a Tiny Tots show at 10am both Saturday and Sunday. And Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” is wowing audiences at National Harbor — see an afternoon show with the kids or save it for a date night.

See Crabs Run!
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: $10, free for kids 12 and under
In partnership with the Crabs for Kids Foundation, the Annapolis Maritime Museum is hosting the First Annual Annapolis Crab Derby. There will be live crab races, live music, a magic show, a crab-picking contest, human crab crawl races and more. Tickets are limited, so go get them here.

Labor Day Concert at the Capitol
Where: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Free
The National Symphony Orchestra continues its annual Labor Day Weekend tradition with a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the show will include patriotic classics as well as music that highlights the American landscape. Gates open to the public at 3pm, and if you 8pm show is too late, you can catch the open dress rehearsal at 3:30pm. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Eisenhower Theatre. You can call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202.416.8114 after 1pm for updates.

The Ol’ Ballgame
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $10
The Nats are hosting the Cardinals this weekend, with an evening game on Friday and afternoon games on Saturday on Sunday. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo and enjoy other extras on Sunday, like Kids Run the Show, and stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Where: Roosevelt Center
When: Friday through Monday
Admission: Free (rides, activities, concession cost extra)
There’s something for everyone at this shindig in Greenbelt happening all weekend – carnival ries, art shows, live entertainment, crafts and activities for kids, a talent show, and more. It all begins today with the carnival part opening this evening from 6pm – 10pm. Over the weekend it’ll be open Saturday 11am – 9:30pm, Sunday 12-9:30pm, and Monday, 11am – 6pm.

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

Drop in 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 first lady Dolley Madison, who lived in the White House during the war of 1812.

Bring on Fall
Where: Various locales
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Autumn hasn’t quite begun (heck, it’s going to be in the 90’s this weekend), but it’s right around the corner, and you can start getting into the spirit of it at festivals that celebrate the season with all kinds of fun and excitement. This weekend you can find them at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and one or two local farms, but you can read about all that are upcoming in this post about fall celebrations.




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The Weekend Round-Up: August 24-26

A jousting match at last year's Ren Fest

 

And just like that summer break is nearly over (for us, anyway).  But there’s still time to savor the all the fun that comes with this time of year… and then some.  This list has details, and don’t forget to check the Everyday Play page for even more ideas.  Happy Weekend!

Ren Fest
Where: Revel Grove in Crownsville, Md.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $17/ages 16 and up, $8/ages 7-15, free for 6 and under
Huzzah! One of my very favorite annual events begins this weekend: The Maryland Renaissance Festival! Take a day trip back to medieval times at the annual faire. Besides the amazing variety of entertainment — jousting matches, cheeky comedy shows, fire eaters and sword swallowers, juggling acts, Celtic music, and much more — walking among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in puffy shirts in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead is an interesting little jaunt back in time that any age can enjoy (well, maybe not the mead). The faire runs every weekend through October 21, and you can save on admission the first nine days it’s open.  Get a little more background on the event here and here, both previous posts about my love of Ren Fest.

Savor Summer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
There’s not much time left to enjoy some of the best activities of the season. Outdoor pools and spraygrounds, music and movies in the open air, mini golf and carousels rides at local parks and museums , or a good ol’ crab feast. This post has all the inspiration you need to get the most out of the last of summer.

Greenberg Train and Toy Show
Where: Dulles Expo Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $7/ages 13 and up, free for 12 and under
Train enthusiasts young and old will have plenty to be excited about at the largest traveling expo in the northeast showcasing model trains. There will be intricately crafted model train displays, hundreds of tables with model train paraphernalia, a mini train for kids to ride, and a variety of workshops and demos, and more.

How ‘Bout them Apples?
Where: Area farms
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
The apple picking season has begun! Several farms in the area have opened their orchards for guests to start gathering. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities was just posted last night. And I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the fruits are available.

Tortoise and Hare Day
Where: Port Discovery
When: Saturday,
Admission: $13.95/ages 2 and up
Find out if “slow and steady” really wins the race at the Baltimore children’s museum this weekend. The annual Tortoise and Hare day features a few special programs: Create your own rabbit ears, FutureVet, Mr. Norman, and Wildlife Adventures – Animal Crackers. Of course, you can also enjoy the host of other fun for kids that Port Discovery offers.

Battle of Bladensburg: Bicentennial Celebration
Where: Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free
All ages are invited to celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial. The new Battle of Bladensburg Visitors Center is hosting a day of family activities, music, re-enactments, demonstrations by 1812 soldiers, and more.

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
See a Tiny Tots shows for little ones or “Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” at The Puppet Co. Adventure Theatre presents “If You Give a Moose a Muffin.” See a free jazz concert at the National Building Museum on Sunday at 2pm. And Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” is wowing audiences at National Harbor — see an afternoon show with the kids or save it for a date night.

BlackRock Open House
Where: BlackRock Theatre
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free
The theatre in Gaithersburg is hosting its annual open house to showcase its offerings for all ages. Meet the faculty and sample a class, take a tour of the venue, do some arts & crafts, and find out what shows are on the schedule for the coming season.

Make a Topical Stamp Collection
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 12-3:30pm
Admission: Free
Drop by to start your own stamp collection focusing on favorite topics, such as art, animals, or transportation. All ages are invited to learn stamp basics such as the parts of postage stamps, stamp vocabulary, and the variety of topics featured on stamps. Youngsters will also enjoy designing their own stamp.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Where: Wolf Trap
When: Saturday, 7:15pm
Admission: $15-38
The Wolf Trap hills are alive with the sound of music and this Oscar-winning movie, which will be shown on huge screens. A hilarious host leads the audience through various sing-a-longs, a costume contest, and other fun activities. This annual event is a popular one at the venue every summer!

Dance DC Festival
Where: Various venues
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Free
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is hosting its Ninth Annual Dance DC Festival, August 2012. This festival highlights rich traditions from cultures across the globe, presenting an array of folk and traditional music and dance groups from the area. Performances will take place at several venues aorund the area – go here for the schedule and locations. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Suggested time of arrival is half an hour before the show begins.

Wags n’ Whiskers
Where: Village at Shirlington
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Animal lovers of all ages are invited to join the Fifth Annual Wags n’ Whiskers, a community-oriented event for animal enthusiasts and their four-legged friends. The afternoon animal extravaganza will feature pet adoptions, pet contests, demonstrations, exhibitions, pet portrait photos, live music, and children’s activities. including face painting, balloon animals, and more. The merchants at Village at Shirlington will also host in-store specials, promotions and free giveaways.

Portrait Story Day: Georgia O’Keefe
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday 1-4pm & Sunday 2-5pm
Admission: Free
Drop in 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 Georgia O’Keeffe, who revolutionized flower paintings in the 1920s with her unique, close-up style.


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The Weekend Round-Up: August 17-19

Studying a large tree nymph butterfly at Brookside Garden's "Wings of Fancy" exhibit

 

Summer break is flying by quickly, but you’ve got some great options this weekend to savor it.  And don’t forget to check the Everyday Play page for even more ongoing activities. Happy Weekend!

Fancy This
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $6/adults, $4/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under

Experience the amazing “Wings of Fancy” butterfly garden, stroll the beautiful grounds, play in the Children’s Garden, see turtles in the pond, and enjoy a lovely day in an even lovelier place. I just wrote about our visit to Brookside yesterday, you can read all about our adventure here.

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
See a Tiny Tots shows for little ones or “Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” at The Puppet Co. and look for a discount on tickets here. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is on the Imagination Stage.  Adventure Theatre presents “If You Give a Moose a Muffin.”And Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” is wowing audiences at National Harbor — see an afternoon show with the kids or save it for a date night.

Summer Fun
Where: All around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Get your summer on this weekend with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year — outdoor swimming, spray ground play, concerts under the stars, movies al fresco. Go here for the full scoop on these joys of summer.

Ice Cream at George’s Place
Where: Mount Vernon Estate
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $15/adults, $7/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under
Get a glimpse of culinary life in the 18th century through chocolate-ice cream making demonstrations every Saturday in August at Mount Vernon. Visitors can watch as costumed staff make one of George Washington’s favorite desserts using reproduction period equipment to emulate ice cream-making process of the olden times. Guests will receive an adapted 18th-century recipe for ice cream that they can make at home using plastic bags. For those who don’t want to wait to indulge, ice cream is available for sale at Mount Vernon’s food court.

SunWise
Where: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free
Head to Launch Zone at the National Harbor for a summer of sun safety! The National Children’s Museum, along with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SunWise program, have put together fantastic programs designed to encourage kids to be “sun wise” this summer. Learn about UVB rays and SPF through exciting activities, such as participating in an experiment involving a color-changing Frisbee and making your own UV color-changing bracelet. Visitors can also make sun visors and participate in a sun-sensitive paper activity.

County Fairs
Where: Montgomery and Prince William Counties
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Varies
You’ve got two more days to enjoy both the Montgomery and Prince William County Fairs. Enjoy carnival rides and games, 4-H exhibits, pig races, pony rides, fair food, and more. See this post about county fair season for details on both.

Rock Creek Recreation
Where: Rock Creek Park
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Get a nature fix, visit and ride ponies, take a hike, or see a planetarium show. All of this is possible at Rock Creek Park on weekends. Kids ages 2.5 and up can take a 15-minute pony ride through the woods – I recommend calling ahead to book. The nature center is open 9am – 5pm, and today is Planetarium Movie Madness, so there will be a movie or planetarium presentation every hour from 10am – 4pm (all free!). Read more about all these activities this post from a few months back.

Youth Open Mic Poetry
Where: Busboys & Poets
When: Saturday, 5-7pm
Admission: $5
Join the Anacostia Community Museum and Bus Boys & Poets Restaurant for an evening of spoken word as young poets speak about their experiences, heart, and minds. This program takes  place at the 5th & K Street NW location on the third Saturday of every month.

Big Time Rush
Where: Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion
When: Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $25
The boy band from the Nickelodeon show is going to be playing on Sunday evening. I don’t know much about them, but we caught a performance during a big festival on the Ellipse last year, and the fans were going wild. Goldstar currently has a good discount on select seats.

Nats vs. Mets
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday 7:05pm, Saturday 7:05pm, & Sunday 1:35pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10
The Nats are hosting the Mets this weekend, with evening games on Friday and Saturday and an afternoon game on Sunday. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo and enjoy other extras on Sunday — the first 15,000 fans will receive a Michael Morse bobblehead, and you can stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free
Drop in 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 African American painter Jacob Lawrence.

DC United vs. Philadelphia Union
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at

Put a little sports action into your weekend at a soccer match on Saturday evening as the DC United takes on the Philadelphia Union. It’s a Dwayne De Rosario bobblehead night – the first 7,500 fans inside RFK will receive the freebie. Family Packs are also available for purchase until 5pm today.

Concert in the Great Hall
Where: National Building Museum
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free
The National Building Museum and the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) have teamed up to present free concerts every Sunday at 2 pm this August. The concerts, featuring some of the best youth ensembles on the scene, will be held in the Museum’s majestic Great Hall. While you’re there, try to get in a round of Mini-Golf!

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 10-12

On the shores of Maine

 

Greetings from Vacationland!  We may not be in DC right now, but I’ve still got you covered on family fun there for the next few days.  Happy Weekend! (And p.s. – KidFriendly DC is realllly close to hitting 2,000 “likes” on Facebook, so if you don’t already follow, help me reach it! You’ll also get extra updates about local happenings, deals, and more there.)

Fair Game
Where: Arlington, Montgomery, Prince William, and Howard Counties
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by fair
Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races. Yes, it’s county fair season, and you have your pick of four going on right now. This post from a couple of days ago has the scoop on all of the county fun.

Shenandoah Riverfest
Where: Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the Shenandoah at Riverfest, a family event designed to connect the community with the river. The festival will feature canoe rides along the South Fork off the Shenandoah River; live bluegrass music; fly fishing demos; environmental and wild animals displays; and more. View the day’s  schedule here – the public is invited to enjoy it all for free!

Super Science Saturday: Helicopters
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15
The Dulles arm of the Air & Space Museum hosts its own special program on the second Saturday of every month, and this weekend it’ll be all about helicopters. Visitors can enjoy hands-on demos and activities related to the subject. And the permanent exhibits – a hangar full of amazing air and space craft – are worth a trip out there themselves.

Show Time
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
See a Tiny Tots shows for little ones or “Snow White and the 7 Dwarves” at The Puppet Co. and look for a discount on tickets here. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is on the Imagination Stage.  Adventure Theatre presents “If You Give a Moose a Muffin.” And Justin Roberts is performing at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods on Saturday.

Irish Festival
Where: Waterfront Park in Alexandria
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free
Head to Old Town for a day of fun and music, featuring Pat Garvey, Brook Yoder, Pat Carroll, the City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums, the Washington Scottish Pipes & Drums, and the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes & Drums. There will also be performances by the Boyle School of Irish Dance, the Culkin School of Irish Dance, the O’Neill-James School of Irish Dance, and the Celtic Rhythm School of Irish Dance. Great vendors will have a variety of Irish items, arts & crafts, and traditional festival foods.

East Coast Dance Concert
Where: Carter Barron Amphitheater
When: Saturday, 7:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Admission: Free
The biggest free hip-hop and urban dance concert on the east coast is happening this weekend Rock Creek Park’s entertainment venue. The event will be hosted by Culture Shock Inc., a professional dance company that serves as a nonprofit youth outreach organization, and will feature their own professional and youth teams as well as dance groups from all over the world.

National Bowling Day
Where: Alleys around the area
When: Saturday
Admission: Free
It seems there is a “national day” for just about everything these days, and this Saturday it’s for bowling. Hit a local lane and go for the strike… or just have fun knocking down some pins. Everyone in America can bowl free at participating centers – go here to find one near you.

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Inspired by India: A Family Celebration
Where: Freer-Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate the art and culture of the Indian subcontinent with a free all-day family event. Watch classical kathak dancing, listen to traditional Indian flute music, and make a rakhi bracelet. Watch artists create Indian rangoli (rice powder) paintings, and join exhibition tours of Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran.

All Kids Can CREATE
Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Library
When: All weekend
Admission: Free
A new art exhibit is now on display at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library. And this is no ordinary exhibit – it’s an incredible show of artwork by youth aged 5-15, with and without disabilities, from across the nation, who were motivated by the theme “What Inspires Me.” Over 100 artworks were selected from children of all abilities – including some with autism, cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder, and other challenges – to represent each U.S. state. The exhibit will be on display at the library through August 26. The MLK Jr. Memorial Library is located at

Facing History: Be the Artist
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free
Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore portraiture in depth as they take a brief guided tour of an exhibition, this week focusing on the work of Georgia O’Keefe; listen to a children’s story or short gallery talk; and create a piece of art using some of the same materials or concepts. The event is free, but space is limited, so registration is required.

Airmail Day
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: Sunday, 1-3pm
Admission: $4/adult, $3/seniors, $2/child, free for 2 and under
Celebrate the anniversary of the first Airmail flight out of the College Park Airport by creating your own stamp and airmail bag at the nearby museum. While you’re there, view the old airplanes and other relics of flight on display, and enjoy the many interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for kids.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: 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 sculptor Patience L. Wright.

Supra Cool Art
Where: Hirshhorn Museum
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Admission: Free
This weekend is your last chance to experience, Suprasensorial, the Hirshhorn’s unique, interactive exhibit that experiments with light and space. The walk through doesn’t take very long, so plan on another activity while you’re on the Mall.

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