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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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Ideas to Make Father’s Day Extra Awesome for Dads (2023)

Show your ❤️ for dad this weekend!


Dads’ big day is coming up this weekend, and if you’re still looking for ways for the whole fam to celebrate it, you’ve got lots of options.  This round-up has a great mix of suggestions — with something to suit every honoree. Happy Father’s Day!

Take Dad Out to the Ballgame
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront & Shaw, DC
When: June 16-19
Admission: Ticket prices vary

For Dads who are Nats fans, take them to the ballpark for a game against the Marlins. They are playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so if the actual Father’s Day doesn’t work, you’ve got other options — and there are special promos and activities on some of them, including a Racing President’s bobblehead giveaway on Saturday.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon, DC
When: June 16-18
Admission: Starts at $45/day for adult, $15/kid, free/2 & under free

For dads who really dig pop culture, this is the event for them! The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC for the weekend. All kinds of cool programs, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans are in store. Geek dads of all ages can enjoy events including a Lord of the Rings panel with Elijah Wood, Sean Austin, and Andy Serkis; video and tabletop gaming; a whole cosplay area, and so much more!

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Celebrate the day and dad on the trail.  Tramp in places with scenic views, walk and explore history at interesting locales, try to spot wild creatures, and enjoy a day of active fun. Bring along a picnic for lunch al fresco, too. This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hit the trail with kids.

Hike & Sip (or Feast)
Where: Around the DC area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by place

These specific recommendations for hikes are great if you want to extend the day to include food and drinks to celebrate, too.  A few awesome combos for that:  Patuxent River State Park and Waredaca Brewery (how we celebrated last year), Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak WinerySugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain VineyardGreat Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s InnPatapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery.

Father’s Day Fish-a- Rama
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: June 18
Admission: $15/child, $17/adult

Treat Dad to a fun-filled day with BBQ and catch-and-release fishing. Guests can compete in the Fish-a-Rama contest, fishing for catfish, bass, and blue gill in the stocked ponds, and prizes are on the line for the largest fish hooked. Bring your own pole and gear to fish (no drag hooks). GCF has worms for purchase in the country store. The amusement continues on the five-acre farm-style playground featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat slide, corn bin, animal barnyard, and loads more fun for all.

Meal for the Man of the Hour
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Cost of your meal

You really can’t go wrong with plans focused around food and drink, and there are plenty of restaurants around DC to go out for a good, fun meal with the fam.  Here are a few of my recs:  Ivy City Smokehouse, All Purpose PizzeriaHank’s Oyster Bar, Martin’s Tavern, Cactus Cantina, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Tabard Inn. Be sure to make reservations.

United with Dad
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: June 17, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29 (look for a discount)

For dads who are fútbol fans, a DC United match is great way to celebrate. They’re hosting Real Salt Lake on Saturday evening, so you can catch the soccer action and also enjoy some fun on Sunday. Plan on dinner before the game or some fun after to make it even more special for dad — there are plenty of places for it in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. For a family meal, I recommend The Salt Line, All Purpose Pizza, El Bebe, Agua 301, and Due South. If you make it an adult outing and go for drinks after, try Dacha Beer Garden or Solace Outpost.

Tee Up
Where: Top Golf | National Harbor & Gaithersburg, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Starts at $27/bay
For dads who like to golf, plan a swing session for the whole fam that doesn’t require you to play all 9 or 18 holes, that’s also in a sheltered space, so you don’t have to worry about weather  At Top Golf, you drive balls from climate controlled sheltered bays, so you can still enjoy fresh air and be comfy.  Plus, there ’s a full service restaurant and bar (for parents, obvi) to make a full experience of it.  Be sure to reserve ahead as they likely weill fill up for Father’s Day.  And if you can’t snag a bay, think about giving a session there as a gift!

Axe Throwing
Where: Kick Axe Throwing | Northeast DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: $33/hour per person, $45/1.5 hour

For another kind game, how about axe throwing? Kids ages 8 and up can get in on the fun, so you can celebrate dad with a unique outing for the whole crew. And Kick Axe throwing is, well, throwing in treats for the man of the hour — a free beer and hot dog off the grill. Plus, there also will be drink special and other throw-back games like Connect4, card games, and more. Be sure to reserve in advance!

Juneteenth Celebrations
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout Father’s Day weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Father’s Day is one day before Juneteenth, and the weekend will be filled with events to commemorate the holiday, many of them great ways to celebrate dad. This round-up has details on where and when they are happening.

Fun in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: Ongoing
Admission: Starts at $48

For adventurous dads who love the outdoors, particularly being in the trees, an afternoon in the aerial adventure forest of the Adventure Park at Sandy Springs is the perfect way to spend the day — it is hands down the best aerial ropes course in the area.  There are still some tickets available for Sunday, but if you can’t score them for that day, think Father’s Day gift and reserve for another day! Read more about the Adventure Park  here.

Take Dad Out to the Minors
Where: Prince George’s Stadium | Bowie, MD
When: Throughout Father’s Day weekend
Admission: Starts at $16

The Nats aren’t the only team in town for some Father’s Day baseball. The Bowie Baysox, one of the local minor league teams, are hosting the Richmond Flying Squirrels all weekend, and there’s extra fun and special promos to enjoy — post-game fireworks, packages especially for Father’s Day, and giveaways among them.

Go With the Flow
Where: Around the DC area
Admission: Varies by locale

Spend quality time with the man of the hour on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go.   The Wharf is a great starting place for a paddling excursion.  Quiet Waters Park showcases beautiful nature in Annapolis that you can view from the South River. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent for a great all-day deal.  And if you want to go a little bigger, consider a Solomons Island pontoon boat rental (the post is about a Mother’s Day excursion, but can obvi be for Father’s Day, too).  For even more recommendations, see this round-up of places for recreation on the water.

Disc Golfin’
Where: Parks Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale (usually FREE)

Celebrate the day by hitting the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a day outdoors with the fam.  This post has info about our favorite in College Park, and there are also great courses at Patapsco Valey State Park in MD,  Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA,  Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD, and Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses are set up in pretty parks with opportunities for more recreation at all of them. Bring along a picnic for lunch in the fresh air, too.

A Grand Feast
Where: Crab houses around the area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Cost of your meal

Steamed crabs, cold beer, scenic views… that’s a recipe for a great Father’s Day for at least one dad I know. The 2023 Summer Guide has several suggestions on where to feast on Maryland’s best dish. I recommend making reservations if possible — this is always a popular way to celebrate.

***Gift Ideas***
* Fun mug
* Great board game
* Summer sandals
* Whiskey making kit
* A nice daypack
* Tickets to see Messi play!

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