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The Weekend Round-Up: June 30 – July 3

Look Here (and there) at the National Building Museum


Happy Weekend!

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

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

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

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

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Docks | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free

Join Anacostia Riverkeeper for their summer Friday fishing program — all ages are welcome! All essentials are provided: rods, reels, bait, and lessons for first time fishers. Staff are there to answer any questions and help with casting, tips, and tricks. Be sure to register and fill out a waiver if you plan to go! When you’re done, head right down the boardwalk to Yards Park for the Friday Night Concert or get a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and more fruits and veggies are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Five Things: June 28, 2023


1. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins tomorrow!  From June 29 – July 4 and July 6-9, the annual event will celebrate living cultural heritage and community traditions along stretches of the National Mall from 12th to 14th Streets.  In the spotlight this year are the Ozarks and Living Religions in the U.S. You can see and experience all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and much more — all free!  View the schedule of events to help plan your visit.


2. This Saturday, for the first time in over 50 years, you can swim in the Anacostia River.  Splash! hosted by Anacostia Riverkeeper welcomes registered participants for 20-minute swims in an area at Kingman Island that has passed recreational water quality standards. Learn more about it here, and be sure to register — spots are filling up fast!


3. Fun will be bubbling up at CityCenterDC starting this Saturday as BubbleWorks returns to the The Plaza in the downtown neighborhood.  The immersive installation surrounds guests in a fantasy world of bubbles and lively music at the top of every hour Sunday – Thursday, 1-7pm and Friday – Saturday 1-8pm, all during the month of July.


4. I just saw this beautiful movie and can’t recommend it enough. It’s only in theaters right now, and playing at just a few around the area. I watched it at E Street, but also recommend The Alamo, where you can enjoy a meal along with the film.


5. An awesome pre-K birthday party invite.


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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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Five Things: June 20, 2023

Horses and a view of the Lincoln Memorial


1. You can now visit horses on the National Mall!  The U.S. Park Police Mounted Unit just opened brand new horse stables to house their equine team along with an Education Center, where the public can learn about the horses and their history. The U.S. Park Police Horse Stables & Education Center are located just south of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool across Independence Avenue from the MLK Memorial. Center hours are 9am – 5pm Thursday – Sunday, but you might see the horses in fenced in areas outside on other days. Admission is free.


2. This coming weekend, celebrate the first Saturday of summer at Smithsonian Solstice Saturday.  Several museums will be staying open late — three of them until midnight — and hosting special programs open to the public.  See dance performances 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.  And on top of all of this, Hofstra University’s annual Astronomy Festival will be taking place on the National Mall from 6th to 7th Streets from 6-11pm.


3. Washingtonian shared its Best of Washington 2023.  Anything you strongly agree or disagree with?


4. Just finished and recommend this suspenseful book. And downloaded samples of this much raved about novel and this recently published book to decide which I’ll read next. (Any other recommendations?)


5. An interesting watch, especially if you’re a Wes Anderson fan.

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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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