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The Weekend Round-Up:
June 21-23

 

Check out boats from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts chock full of ideas for fun around DC:
* 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

Happy (Official) Summer!
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s the first weekend of official summer, so enjoy some 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 2024 KFDC Guide to Summer Around DC for even more summer faves.

Clipper Round the World (& at The Wharf)
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Through June 25
Admission: Free
Check out some cool boats as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes a stop in DC. The fleet has just completed seven of the eight legs in their 40,000nm, 11-month circumnavigation, and they will be at The Wharf through early next week. From Friday – Sunday, you can take a tour of a stripped down ocean racing yacht — go above and below deck with the Race Crew that have called these yachts home for the past eight months. Stop by the Clipper Race Fanzone set up nearby the boats to learn more about the racing adventure.

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

It’s the first Friday Night Fishing session of the season! 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 — space is limited.

Folger Grand Reopening
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Friday, 1-9pm | Saturday, 11am – 9pm | Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free
The Folger Shakespeare Library is welcoming visitors again after a four-year renovation, and they’re celebrating with a grand reopening this weekend. Explore new, fascinating exhibition galleries and see the beautiful historic Reading Room, play jumbo lawn games, grab a bite from local food trucks, chat with guides about the new space, and browse the gift shop. In the evening, catch a performance of Metamorphoses at 8pm (tickets starting at $20). Read more about the renovated Folger in this brand new KFDC post.

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, special programs, performances, and more. All of the National Mall museums will have extended hours, with the National Museum of Asian Art and the National Museum of African Art staying open until midnight. Go here for details and schedules and note that some events may require free tickets.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Where: Adventure Theater | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $25

Adventure Theatre’s play based on the beloved book opens this weekend…  Toddler Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie cannot tell her father what is wrong. Recommended for all ages.

Extraordinary Cinema: Elemental
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. At the center of the intergenerational, heartwarming film, Elemental is a story of inclusion and welcome—and a family building a new life and thriving community while they learn, together and with the help of friends, how to have the strength to burn bright.

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).

Baseball Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the 2024 baseball season with the Postal Museum’s family festival highlighting the exhibit Baseball: America’s Home Run. The event will offer fun for all ages with activity stations, crafts, book read-alouds, and live performances from bilingual children’s music duo 123 Andrés. Read more about the museum in this KFDC post.

Moonshot Studio
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Get creative at this studio within The REACH at the Kennedy Center, where all are groups are welcome and encouraged to partake in various art projects and activities. This weekend, the hands-on activities in Moonshot Studio explore the five elements of Hip Hop Culture: DJing, MCing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and Knowledge.

Inside Info
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
One word: Heatwave. These posts are always good to keep in your back pocket, and they’ll be especially useful on this hot, hot weekend: The Great Indoors list, the round-up of off-the-beaten-path museums in DC, ideas for fun and games inside, and the post highlighting museums in MD & VA.

Splash & Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free
For outdoor fun where you can still stay cool, head to the water. You can splash and swim at a bunch of places, in a bunch of  ways around the area.  Spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks are open and welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2024 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, waterparks here, and beaches/lakes/swimming holes here.

Miss Nelson is Missing
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $9.50-36.50

It’s opening weekend for Imagination Stage’s new show… The students of Smedley Elementary School’s Room 207 are not just badly behaved–they’re the “worst kids of all!” No matter what their sweet and caring teacher Miss Nelson tries, they simply won’t listen (or stop throwing paper airplanes across the room). Fed up with their behavior, Miss Nelson leaves her class in the hands of dreaded substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp, infamous for bringing “woe to those who misbehave.” Terrified of “the Swamp,” the kids must work together and with Detective McSmogg to find their kindhearted teacher and win her back. Recommended for ages 4+.

Pinocchio
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $15

This classic on strings closes after this weekend…  Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $40-70

Last chance to see this play based on the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

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!

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.

Sound Scene 2024: Solstice
Where: Hirshhorn museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
This free sound and sensory arts festival featuring local and worldwide artists welcomes all ages to engage with interactive audio art installations, small group workshops, and live performances on the longest night of the year. Hold the cosmos in your hands with a “sonified” star experience. Harness the power of the sun as you build a solar synth, an alt-energy-powered electronic instrument. Receive a personalized celestial serenade inspired by planetary movements and the melodies of eighteenth-century. Enjoy South Indian classical music. Dive into the world of EEG-based sound workshops, where music responds to the power of your mind.

Family Activity: Sampler Bookmarks
Where: DAR Museum | Downtown DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

Take kids to a fun-filled time of creativity and crafting, where they can make their very own sampler bookmarks to take home.  Knowledgeable educators will guide them through the process, providing all the materials needed to create a unique and personalized bookmark. Recommended for ages 7+. Registration recommended.

Create by the Creek 
Where: Peirce Barn | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Create by the Creek is a day-long celebration of art and community in Rock Creek Park. Join for free workshops taught by local artists, organized by the Washington Studio School. Or borrow some art supplies and find a quiet spot to draw in Rock Creek Creek Park. There will also be milling And read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Bugapalooza!
Where: National Museum of Health & Medicine | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free
It’s 2024 Bug Week at the museum and the public is invited to join museum staff to discover which bugs are bizarre, beneficial, or downright deadly. Learn how to battle the bugs or use them to your advantage. Bug costumes are encouraged! Plan to tour the rest of the museum whole you’re there — but be sure to read more about it first if you’re with young children.

Astronomy Festival
Where: 7th-9th 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.

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40
DC United is home this weekend with a match against Houston 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 a bite to eat before the match — see recs for family-friendly eats in the area.

Kid’s Jellyfish Terrarium Workshop
Where: PlantHouse | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10-11am
Admission: $22

Children can let their imagination soar as they create their very own jellyfish terrariums. Using rocks, sand, air plants, and a variety of decor pieces, kids will craft unique underwater scenes that will captivate and inspire. All materials and expert guidance from staff are included. Recommended for ages 5-12.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* See the new round-up of shows coming to local stages this summer (includes ticket discounts).
* If you’re looking for weekday activities indoors now that kids are on break from school (and because it’s insanely hot out), be sure to check these regularly occurring programs at DC museums.
* A tried-and-true beat-the-heat activity: See a movie!  The Alamo is a great place to catch a flick along with a good meal.
* Futbol fans: Where to watch the Euro Cup around DC.
* The Library of Congress announced the full author line-up for the National Book Festival taking place August 24.
* No cook recipes for a heatwave.
* Something like this will be handy for the hot days, too.
* I’ve mentioned it before, but Acorns is worth sharing again. It’s a neat, easy way to invest and save money, offering bonuses when you buy certain brands and the option to invest “spare change” from credit card purchases — we’ve been signed up for a few years now!
* One of the best family games in a travel set — perfect to bring on vacation.
* Like Birks, but with flair. (And so many more sandal options.)
* Can’t wait to watch this new documentary and this docuseries about two of the GOATS.
* JGL does TS 💖

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The Weekend Round-Up: July 14-16

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links for activities galore around the DC area:
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Swim Spots
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* 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.

Horse Around
Where: Horse Stables & Education Center | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

To celebrate one year since opening, the U.S Park Police Horse Stables and Education Center is hosting a special open house to meet-and-greet the Mounted Unit’s horses and officers who call the stables home. Explore the Education Center to learn all about the history of the Mounted Unit, and volunteers will be on hand to share facts and answer questions about the horses and their mission. Receive a free, commemorative cookie while supplies last.

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

Join the museum for an early celebration of Pollinator Week! See pollinator specimens up close, meet scientists and horticulturists studying and providing habitats for local pollinators, create your own print inspired by pollinators, and more! Smithsonian Gardens and USDA Forest Service will be there to share about pollinators, too. Drop in to the event at any time.

Capital Book Fest
Where: Wilson Plaza | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join local non-profit, Turning the Page, for a day of learning and fun! Over a dozen children’s authors and illustrators, including many from the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC. Authors and illustrators will be bringing their books and fun art activities for families to take home. Wilson Plaza is located outside the Ronald Reagan Building in Downtown DC.

Columbia Heights Day
Where: Harriet Tubman Elementary | 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 free day of activities to help celebrate the diverse, fun, and quirky neighborhood. In its 16th year, the event brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food, live music and carnival entertainment, a beer garden, and tents full of fun and unique vendors.

Summer Time
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It still may not be official on the calendar, but when it comes to local recreation, summer has arrived. Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all around the area this weekend. The 2024 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on all of it.

Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to celebrate this historic date and enjoy free concerts, exhibits, and activities honoring African American culture. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom — the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the name. Be sure to enjoy all of the wonderful offerings at Watkins while you’re there.

MudFest
Where: Woodstock Equestrian Special Park | Bealesville, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
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.

Taste of the DMV Festival
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. 3rd-7th St NW, DC
When: Saturday, 12-7pm
Admission: $10/age 11+, free/10 & under

Savor the day at this festival that showcases the foods of DC area! The gastronomic adventure features over 200 vendors, including food trucks, food booths, and some non-food vendors. Over 40 acts on multiple stages will bring entertainment, and a beer garden with multiple vendors will be fun for adults. This is an all-ages events, kids 10 and under get in free.

Army Birthday Festival
Where National Museum of the US Army | Fort Belvoir, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free tickets required

The U.S. Army is celebrating its 249th Birthday with a free festival of fun activities for all ages. Experience live music, fun games, gaming, animals, parachutes, tanks, virtual reality ride simulators. You also will have access to the museums. Extra special happenings include a Twilight Tattoo show at the end, Selfies with Soldiers, Army birthday cupcakes and Souvenirs (limited supply). Tickets are FREE on website and required for entry and activities.

Innovations in Flight
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Head out to the Chantilly arm of the National Air & Space 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. If tickets are sold out for the outdoor part, there still will be activities inside.

Hill Family Biking: Kidical Mass – Team Ride
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 4-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Hill Family Biking for their monthly group ride! This one is all about sports teams… if you’re on a team or love watching one, wear your team gear and join for a tour of ball fields around Capitol Hill ending at Watkins where there is a splash pad and playground — and popsicles for all the riders.

Spirit & Juneteenth
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm (gates open 6pm)
Admission: Start at $15 (look for discount)

The Washington Spirit host the San Diego Wave on Saturday and will also be celebrating Juneteenth and Black culture in DC. Along with the exciting action on the field, fans can enjoy storytelling and entertainment centered around local Black organizations, community leaders, and performers.

Pinocchio
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through June 23
Admission: $15

Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: Through June 23
Admission: $40-70

Based on the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
Where: Klein Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through June 16
Admission: $35-119

A brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of five following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water, and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $13
The Nats are hosting the Marlins all weekend. Catch a game on Friday at 6:45pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. There are special promos and activities for a couple of them, including a Mike Rizzo Bobblehead giveaway on Friday and a bear plush giveaway for kids on Sunday.

Columbia Pike Blues Fest
Where: Arlington, VA
When: Saturday
Admission: Free (some activities are extra)


The largest annual Blues fest in the DC area celebrates women in blues this year. The event will feature performances by many local and regional blues bands and artists along with more family-friendly activities. Interact with the Arlington Art Truck, and enjoy food, beverages, arts, and a KidsZone.

Arrrgh, Mateys!
Where: Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake | Annapolis, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $26-32, $16/ages 2 and under

Something fun to celebrate the end of the school year and start of summer…  Set sail on the high seas in Annapolis for a jolly good adventure!  Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake will take little buccaneers on a search for buried treasure. Several time slots are available throughout the day, and you can call in advance to reserve. Read more about the adventure in this KFDC post from awhile back.

Go for a Spin…or Tee Up!
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Thoughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Summer brings some extra delights to several parks and other places around the area that are already great outdoor places to hang with the kids. Go for whirl on a mini train or carousel, take a swing at mini golf, or even ride a Ferris Wheel. The KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Watch Barbie on the Jumbotron at Audi Field on Thursday evening at this session of Movies on the Pitch.
* And this family movie opens this weekend!
* There’s a giveaway going on for a chance to win tickets to Knuffle Bunny: A Precautionary Tale, opening at Adventure Theatre next week.
* In case you missed it last weekend, there’s a new round-up of high school graduation gift ideas… which could also be going away to college presents for later this summer. (Many of them would make great gifts for other occasions, too.)
* The U.S. Botanic Garden just announced that it will stay open until 8pm on the third Thursday of the month this summer — June 20, July 18, and August 15.
* The 15 best hotels and resorts for families in the US, according to Afar Magazine.
* Love a pair of easy, breezy pants for summer, even better in a fun print.
* A great sale on vacation styles at Athleta.  Some of my travel go-tos are from the brand.
* A potential Father’s Day gift that can be delivered quickly. Or keep it simple (and sweet) with this.
* This documentary is on my weekend watch list.
* Just ordered this for travels this summer.
* Dad Jokes Ruined By Gentle Parenting 😄

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 7-9

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts to help you get out for local fun:
* Local Hikes with Kids
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Celebrate Pride
Where: Throughout DC
When: Saturday, 3-7:30pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Capital Pride at several events around the city this weekend! The annual parade that always draws thousands of spectators  starts at 14th & T NW and rolls right down 14th to Pennsylvania Ave. It’s sure to be a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. This year there is a Flashback Tea Dance afterwards from 3-9pm — tickets required.  Sunday’s family-friendly festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW, will feature multiple stages of live entertainment and host loads of exhibitors, including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services. It’s all a fun and fabulous opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ+ community and join the celebration!

Ballet on The Plaza
Where: CityCenter | Downtown DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free
Enjoy some delightful entertainment amid the downtown bustle. CityCenter is teaming up with The Washington Ballet to bring joy to DC with free live ballet performances. The Washington Ballet company dancers grace the plaza stage, each evening featuring a unique program of classical ballet and contemporary works, including choreography by new Artistic Director Edwaard Liang.

Nats vs. Braves
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are at home and hosting the Braves all weekend, and there are some fun things going on along with the baseball action. On Friday, there’s a Flo-rida concert following the game, and all Nats game-goers and stay to see it. There’s a Nats soccer jersey giveaway on Saturday.  On Sunday, kids can run the bases after the game.

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

For baseball on a smaller scale, local summer collegiate baseball team, Bethesda Big Train, are playing games at home onn Friday evening and Sunday morning. On Friday, RODA, the car servicing company  just introduced on the blog, will be there with swag giveaways for attendees. And the Sunday game is early, at 10am, to accommodate the youngest fans. It’s a special Grandparents Day with Homer plushie doll (Big Train’s mascot), colored chalk boxes, and other giveaways for the first 100 kid fans, plus there will be ice cream treats for purchase and a chance to run the cases after the game. Buy tickets for the Friday evening game here and the Sunday morning game here..

Family Walk in the Woods (Bilingual Walk, Too!)
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday, 9-10am
Admission: $12/member family; $20/nonmember family

Join expert naturalists on a leisurely walk through the habitats at Woodend. Explore the wonders of trees, meadows, streams, insects, birds, and everything Woodend has to offer! Read more about Woodend in this KFDC post.

Joys of Summer
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, crab feasts, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed this weekend, and the 2024 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the whole scoop on all of them.

Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair
Where: Waterfront Park | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

This free fair features over 90 local and regional artists and crafters showcasing works in various mediums — pottery, stationery, fabrics, paintings, jewelry, photography, and more. Along with the arts to browse and shop, there will be children’s entertainment and activities, food and sweets, beer and cider, music, and more fun!

Innovative Housing Showcase
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

This showcase by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) welcomes visitors to engage in new, innovative, and affordable housing technologies from vendors across the U.S. raise awareness of innovative and affordable housing designs and technologies that have the potential to increase housing supply, lower the cost of construction, increase energy efficiency and resilience, and reduce housing expenses for owners and renters. Families and their children are invited to attend.

Grow the Garden Party
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the expansion of the Washington Youth Garden at the National Arboretum. There will be hands-on garden and art activities, live music from East of the River Steel Band, local food trucks, and more. Bring a blanket and picnic or enjoy lunch from one of the food truck fenders. This free event takes place in the Washington Youth Garden and is open to all. Read about the Washington youth Garden in this KFDC post.

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

Dop in for the Hirhshorn’s weekly program for young art enthusiasts… Have you ever seen a work of art that covers an entire room (even the floors!)? Get inspired by artist Barbara Kruger and create a mini-installation in a box. Take a close look at Kruger’s work, Belief+Doubt, then design your own work using paper, string, and more. See what other regularly occurring programs you can enjoy at our local museums!

Hill Family Biking Open House
Where: Stanton Park | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Hill Family Biking, the group that organizes big family-friendly bike rides in and around Capitol Hill every month, is hosting an Open House this Saturday morning. Meet up in Stanton Park to share ideas and learn how you can get involved. They’ll have coffee, donuts, stickers, and more fun! See what other events that have coming up here.

Resolve & Resolution
Where: Merchant Park | Dumfries, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

In June 1774, Prince William County citizens protested the British parliament’s passage of the “Intolerable Acts” by drafting and signing the Prince William Resolves. Commemorate this momentous step towards independence by attending a free family-friendly program marking the 250th anniversary. Festivities inclide an immersive play reenacting the historic debate, children’s activities, puppet shows, tours of Dumfries and the Weems-Botts Museum, food, music and more!

Pride on the Pier
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2pm – 9pm
Admission: Free
Pride on the Pier extends the city’s annual celebration of the LGBTQ community to the Wharf with an array of free activities and entertainment. District Pier will buzz with DJs, dancing, and family fun for all ages. A Pride Fireworks display at 9pm will cap it all off. While you’re there, take advantage of even more that The Wharf has to offer, like a splash pad, paddling rentals, swings, and scenic views — read about it all in this KFDC post.

Pinocchio
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through June 23
Admission: $15

Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: Through June 23
Admission: $40-70

Based on the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
Where: Klein Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through June 16
Admission: $35-119

A brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of five following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water, and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Splash & Swim
Where: Around the DC area
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: Free

‘Tis the season for water!  And you can enjoy it at a bunch of places, in a bunch of  ways around the area.  Spray parks, outdoor pools, and waterparks are open and welcoming guests to splash around and cool off.  The 2024 KFDC Summer Guide has details on where to go for water play — see info for sprays here, outdoor pools here, waterparks here, and beaches/lakes/swimming holes here.

Family Bike Ride
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

There’s a quick link to bike routes above, but this is a stronger recommendation to get out for a family ride — it should be great weather for it! And you’ve got your pick of good rides around the area. Take in the summer scenery, get some exercise, and enjoy some QT together. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this route is particularly ideal with kids.

MTB in the DMV
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Add some extra adventure to a bike ride and go mountain biking. There are several MTB trails to ride around the area, a few miles even right here in the District at Fort Dupont Park in Anacostia — a good place for newer mountain bikers. Cosco Regional Park in PG County and Schaffer Farms in Gaithersburg are also great for those just starting. And you can find even more recommendations for all levels in this round-up of local MTB spots. [Note: This activity is better for older kids with more experience riding.]

Out in DC
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Capital Pride isn’t the only thing bringing peops out this weekend. The area is full of great places to enjoy being outside. You can read about them in The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. (But if weather has you seeking shelter, check out The Great Indoors post instead.)

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Looking for things to do with teens in DC? Here are ideas suggested from a actual DC teen!  And here’s one more suggested by me (and my other teen).
* RODA, a new car maintenance and repair company, offers the most convenient service I’ve ever experienced — and they currently have a great Summer Special!
* The American Art Museum is hosting Art in the AM for littles ages 0-5 on Tuesday at 10:30am — register in advance.
* 18 fantastic family travel destinations — and where to stay there.
NY Times’ Wirecutter says these wireless earbuds are the best.
Deciding on my next read and just downloaded samples of this novel, this rec from Darcy, and this book ahead of our summer travels. Any other recs?
It’s swim season, and there are so many floaties options for kiddos! And everything from simple to fabulous for adult.
* A pretty summer blouse.
* Father’s Day gift idea… just in time for DC summer.
* From that little toddler in front of the Capitol up on the blog header… to this.💕

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The Weekend Round-Up:
May 31 – June 2

 

 

The above photo is an indication of what we’ll be doing this weekend (and I’m getting teary just writing this), but there’s so much going on for those of you looking for fun ways to spend some QT with your kids. Savor every second because it really does fly…

Happy Weekend…and Happy Graduation to the Class of 2024! ❤️

Find ideas for ongoing local fun in these go-to posts:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Extraordinary Cinema: Jurassic Park
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: Free

One of summer’s best activities is watching movies outdoors, and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage film series kicks off this weekend with a screening of Jurassic Park. Every Friday through August 30, enjoy a free outdoor film starting at sundown projected on The REACH video wall. Bring blanket and food for a picnic and make a fun, family evening of it!

DC Truck Touch
Where: RFK Lot 8 | Southeast DC
When: Saturday, 8am -2pm
Admission: Free

The Truck Touch event that easily is the Mac Daddy of them all is happening on Saturday. The DC Department of Public Works welcomes guests to climb aboard and explore all kinds of cool vehicles. There will also be demos of electric cars, more kids activities, and maybe even opportunities for test rides.  RFK Lot 8 is located at 2400 East Capitol Street SE – enter off of Independence Avenue SE.  Reserve a spot in advance here.  And get a glimpse of a past DC Truck Touch here.

Fiesta Asia Street Fair
Where: Entrance at 400 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Rescheduled from May 17-18…  Celebrate Asian heritage at the annual street fair presented by the Asia Heritage Foundation and Passport DC. This showcase of Asian art and culture will include music and dance performances, martial arts demos, a parade, yummy food, a marketplace, hands-on activities, and more.  While admission is free, be prepared to spend on food and in the marketplace. Reserve free tickets here.

Seize the Season
Where: Around the DC Area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Enjoy summer fun with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. See Bettelejuice under the stars at Congressional Cemetery.  Attend the U.S. Air Force Band’s first summer concert at National Harbor. Stay cool at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or waterpark. Take kiddos to the new Mindbender Mansion exhibition at the National Building Museum. Go berry picking. Ride mini-trains at Cabin John and Wheaton Regional Parks. And much, much more! See the 2024 Summer  Guide for details on all of these great pursuits.

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

This round-up of places to swim around the area is a good one to heck out on what’s forecast to be a beautiful weekend. 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!

Pinocchio
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through June 23
Admission: $15

Celebrate 50 years of Allan Steven’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, we are delighted to bring the original rod-puppets back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale. Run time approximately 50 minutes. Recommended for ages 4+.

Long Way Down
Where: Olney Theatre
When: Through June 23
Admission: $40-70

Based o the award-winning novel by local author Jason Reynolds… Growing up, Will’s big brother taught him three iron-clad rules of how to behave when gun violence claims someone close: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. Get revenge. So when his brother is himself gunned down, Will is determined to follow the code and gets in the elevator on the top floor of his apartment building, armed and ready to hit the streets in search of vengeance. What happens on the way down is an emotional hip-hop journey through the cycles of violence that have plagued Will’s family and too many others. Rated PG.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
Where: Klein Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through June 16
Admission: $35-119

A brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of five following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water, and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Pride Family Day
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Pride with your chosen family at SAAM. Start the day with a performance by DC’s Different Drummers, followed by GenOUT, the youth chorus of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. Then move your body to the Brazilian beats of Batalá Washington. Make rainbow-themed crafts, and kids ages 12 and under can get their faces painted. Enjoy special treats from the Courtyard Café and explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt to learn more about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to American art.

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

It’s the NGA’s monthly series that presents activities for all ages the first Saturday of the month.  Little ones can enjoy story time, have their faces painted, and play in a space just for them.  And everyone can get creative with some drop-in art making and sketching, visit the pop-up library, and of course, check out the exhibits.

Black Birders STEAM Day
Where: NMAAHC | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Zoological Park to celebrate Black birders, birds, and nature. Participate in bird walks on the National Mall, learn about Black birders and ornithologists, learn how to participate in Black Birders Week activities, and engage in hands-on STEAM lessons guided by Smithsonian educators.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult, free/2 & under

It’s another weekend  of the longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County. Enjoy lots of fun activities for all ages, including  live music, farm contests, wagon rides, great food, and fun games for the whole fam. As if that’s not enough to keep the everyone entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. Get tickets in advance!

RiverFest & Craft Show
Where: Historic Downtown Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This festival celebrates Occoquan’s rich history and heritage on the river. The town will close its streets ad fill up with more than 250 artisans, makers, and creators — and festival-goers can shop for everything from accessories to wood crafts to fine art to children’s items. The Whatever Floats Your Boat Parade on Sunday will showcase decorated river vessels paddling the 1/2-mile along the coastline, and kayaks and paddle boards will also be available to rent for some fun on the river. No admission fee at the gate. There is a shuttle fee is $8 round trip, or 2 for $15. Shuttle passes can be pre-purchased here.

All Aboard…BOAT Tram Day
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 12-3
Admission:

Join the National Capitol Trolley useum for All Aboard! to learn about our boat tram from Blackpool, England. Your admission ticket includes a ride on the boat and participation in a craft activity.

Glover Park Day
Where: Guy Mason Rec Center | Glover Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to the annual outdoor festival celebrates the Glover Park neighborhood. Started over 30 years ago, the event has grown over the years to offer the neighborhood a chance to enjoy the outdoors together, spend time with family and friends, listen to good music, and enjoy local businesses and restaurants. Lots of kids’ activities and treats, too.

Family Day: Delicious Deli
Where: Capital Jewish Museum
When: Sunday, 9:30am – 1pm
Admission: Free
Join the Capital Jewish Museum for a morning of creating, learning, and crafting to celebrate the Jewish Deli, family style. Read with children’s book authors Pamela Ehrenberg, Erica Perl, and Alan Silberberg; braid challah with Paula Shoyer; and take action on food insecurity with MAZON. Enjoy specialty crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt to guide even the littlest learners through the Museum. Note that registration for this event does not include tickets to the special exhibition “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli. You can enjoy these activities on their own or reserve your tickets to the exhibition here.

Planet Maryland
Where: Elm Street Urban Park | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Join this family-fun event that brings together the best of Bethesda’s restaurants and eateries serving up small dishes of cutting-edge and creative plant-based cuisine! With a multicultural array of food choices, there will be something for everyone. Along with the tasty fun, there will be a Kids’ Korner, complete with a Mad Science show, Henna character art, face painting, and environmental DIY crafts; there will be a pie-eating contest, Canine Courtyard, Bier Garten, giveaways, music, and more.

World Heritage Festival
Where: Veterans Plaza | Silver Spring, MD
When: Sunday, 1-7pm
Admission: Free

Explore cultures across the globe at the World Heritage Festival. Taste delicious ethnic food, while getting refreshed with a scoop of ice cream, shaved ice, or even a fresh smoothie. Enjoy a beautiful cultural performance and shop from more than 60 vendors displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors include area nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and local businesses. A kids zone will have activities and games throughout the day.

Reap the Fruits (& Veggies)
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Strawberries, cherries, even spinach 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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* It’s going to be a perfect weekend for this.
* There will be some road closures in Arlington this weekend for the Armed Forces Cycling Classic.
* The National Zoo will welcome new pandas later this year!
* The National Gallery of Art introduced a new Paint & Play feature on their website — a fun activity to keep in mind for kids this summer!
* 28 books to read this summer.
* Excellent, affordable dining options in the DC area.
* Spruce up your outdoor spaces… so many good deals to help with that. We have and love this set.
* Also recommend this mosquito repeller.
* Such a pretty “mom of graduate” (or other summer occasion) dress.
* Love this DC graduation gift Owen received from a friend.
* Deciphering your daughter’s “MOM” texts. (I feel this.)
* Best graduation speeches that everyone should hear.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 24-27

Statues honoring every branch of the military at National Harbor

 

Happy Long Weekend!

Find ideas for ongoing local fun in these go-to posts:
* The Great Indoors
* 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

Unofficial Summer
Where: Throughout the DC area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

The season may not be official on the calendar, but summer fun has begun, and much more starts this weekend!  Jump in at an outdoor pool, enjoy music in the fresh air, play in the sprays, see a movie under the stars, paddle local waterways, see a special exhibit, and pursue even more seasonal joys. The 2024 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the scoop on where and when to experience it all.

Jump In, DC!
Where: Anacostia Pool | Anacostia, DC
When: Friday, 3pm
Admission: Free

As outdoor pool season is about to begin, join Mayor Bowser and DCDPR for their annual pool party and celebration. Enjoy free food, giveaways, and the first splash of the summer! The rest of DC’s public pools will open on Saturday.

The Spirit of Women’s Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $15
Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, are playing at Audi Field on Friday evening against Seattle Reign. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports. Plan for a pre- match  meal nearby — see my recs for family-friendly spots in the area.

Big Bounce America
Where: Rosecroft Raceway | Fort Washington, MD
When: Starting Saturday – June 9
Admission: Starts at $22

Boing! Big Bounce America, the world’s largest bounce house, is returning to the DC area starting this weekend. The biggest touring inflatable event includes four massive inflatable attractions: the newly expanded 24,000-square foot World’s Largest Bounce House; Sport Slam featuring a customized sports arena; the brand-new deep sea foam party inflatable OctoBlast; the 900-foot-long obstacle course named The Giant; and a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE.  Three-hour sessions for varying age groups — 3 & under, 7 & under, 15 & under, and 16 & older — are $22 for the youngest group, $38 for older kids, and $48 for 16+. Reserve tickets here.

Pixar Putt
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Starting Saturday (through August 3)
Admission: $32/child, $34/adult, $108/family 4-pack

Play some putt-putt at The Wharf! Pixar Putt, a mini golf course inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films, is popping up at the southwest waterfront from March 25 to August 3. Note that tee times are age 18+ after 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tour Memorials on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day Weekend, pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country by visiting the memorials on the National Mall that honor them.  A loop of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial including the nearby Vietnam Women’s MemorialKorean War Veterans Memorial, and WWII Memorial makes for a good walk.  On Monday, there will be a Memorial Day observance at the Wall at 1pm and at the Korean Memorial at 4:45pm.

Nats vs Mariners
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $16 

The Nats are home for a weekend series hosting the Mariners. Catch a game on Friday at 6:45pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. There will be a Lane “Train” bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, plus there are all kinds of ongoing cool offerings for kids — see them all here!

ViVa! Vienna!
Where: Historic Downtown Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Join the family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment will be part of the all-ages fun. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

While you’re at ViVa Vienna, stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (look for a deal)
DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Chicago on Saturday evening. As always, I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult, especially when the Nats are also playing. Take Metro to the Navy Yard and plan to walk from there (and maybe grab dinner before the match) — see my recs for family-friendly spots in the area.

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

The long weekend is a great time to 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, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday,, 11am & 2pm 
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)
It’s the last weekend to see this production…   Journey into the Appalachian Mountains in this award-winning musical that deftly weaves four traditional tales and original music into a keepsake quilt of mountain lore and wisdom for the whole family. Jack who lands himself a job despite his foolishness. “Catskins” is a spunky Appalachian Cinderella. “The Enchanted Tree” is a beauty-and-the-beast love story between a lost girl and a frightening crow. And in a zany, sung-through “Sow and Her Three Pigs” plucky Nancy the pig outsmarts the hungry fox. This play with music incorporates singing, mountain dances, music, and puppets to create a highly theatrical storytelling style.

Cirque du Soleil – Corteo
Where: Eagle Bank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: $49-169 (look for discount)

The clown Mauro envisions that his own burial will take place amid a carnival atmosphere and be attended by tender angels. The show contrasts the grand with the intimate, the silly with the tragic, and the beauty of perfection with the appeal of imperfection. It also emphasizes the strength and vulnerability of the clown as well as his knowledge and generosity to represent the aspect of humanity that exists in each of us. Corteo is guided through a timeless ceremony in which fantasy teases reality with music, which is both poetic and mischievous.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
Where: Klein Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through June 16
Admission: $35-119

A brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of five following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water, and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult, free/2 & under

It’s weekend #2 of the longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including  live music, farm contests, wagon rides, great food, and fun games for the whole fam. As if that’s not enough to keep the everyone entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. Get tickets in advance!

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

There’s even more strawberries activity to enjoy as the fruits are are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come pick their own. Check out this post for some of the best places to go. 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.

Flowers of Remembrance Day
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Memorial Day and those who have sacrificed for our country, members of the public are invited to place a flower at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Flowers will be provided (do not bring your own), and visitors will also have an opportunity to place a flower on headstones throughout the cemetery.

Salute to Service
Where: Theater at MGM | National Harbor, MD
When: Sunday, 7:30-9pm
Admission: Free
The United States Air Force Band is playing a special Memorial Day concert on Sunday. They will perform alongside famed duo The War and Treaty, a husband-and-wife team who blend soul, country, and gospel influences in their music.  All ages are welcome to enjoy this free concert!

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8-9:30pm, gates open at 5pm
(or Saturday for the dress rehearsal)
Admission: Free

Why watch on TV when you can be there in person? Yes, the public is once again welcome to the National Memorial Day Concert! Taking place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm, the concert will be hosted by  Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinese, and an all-star line-up of artists will join the National Symphony Orchestra and several military music ensembles in honoring those who have served and sacrificed. If you’re planning to go, the FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. KFDC Tip: If you can’t make Sunday’s show or don’t want to deal with the crowds, Saturday’s dress rehearsal is also always open to the public — gates open at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Monday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served — special Memorial Day remembrance events ae once again open to the public. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am, and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery here.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th-17th St | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The annual National Memorial Day Parade celebrates and honors American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

Notes of Remembrance
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Monday, 5pm
Admission: Free

ON Memorial Day, buglers stationed at 11 sites across the National Mall and surrounding areas will play a coordinated “Taps” performance. The a bugle song is one of remembrance for servicemembers traditionally played by the U.S. Armed Forces. The public is invited to share in the event — see the locations where it will take place here.

Hike+
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy a family hike — then extend (and elevate) the day with some some snacks (or a whole meal) and sips after.  A few awesome combos for that: Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery. Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.  Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn.  Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness BreweryPatuxent River State Park and Waredaca Brewery.  See a whole post with info for all of them here.

Disc Golfin’
Where: Courses around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a nice spring day outdoors with the family. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses, many of them set up in scenic places, are lovely this time of year. This post has info about our fave in College Park, and there are also great courses at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Patapsco Valley State Park near Baltimore, and Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA.

Feeling Crabby?
Where: Eastern Shore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

Kick off summer is with one of the area’s best offerings: Blue crabs!  Enjoying the seasonal treat at a waterfront crab house is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is popular with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. Kentmorr on Kent Island has a great beach scene. And you can find even more recommendations for getting crabby in the Summer Guide.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The current forecast indicates a lot of rain this weekend, so a few posts to keep in your back pocket: The Great Indoors list, ideas for fun and games inside, the round-up of off-the-beaten-path museums in DC, and one of museums in MD & VA.
* The Folger Shakespeare Theatre is reopening on June 21 after being closed for several years’ renovation — and timed-entry tickets to visit can be reserved now!
* Where to eat and drink in DC this Memorial Day weekend.
* The most anticipated movies of the summer, according to Washington Post.
* And this one is now streaming, and it’s really good!
* Some great sales going on: 30% off at adidas (cool kids’ slides), up to 60% off at West Elm (pretty pillows), 20% off shorts & swim at H&M (the cutest kids wear), 40% off sale at Anthro (perfect summer dress), 30% off at Backcountry (great blankets), and up to 40% off at Container Store.
* Perfect for the beach (and beyond) — and on major sale. Throw some of these in, too. And find many more awesome steals in Amazon’s Memorial Day Sale.
* A really great listen this week.
* Shared some news 🥰

 

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