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The Weekend Round-Up:
September 8-10

Kick it at a DC United match!

 

Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas & inspo for ongoing activities:
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* The Great Indoors
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Peaceful Places

Family ‘Hoppy’ Hour with King Bullfrog
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission:  $10/child, $5/adult

Bring the family out to enjoy a Friday evening filled with live music perfect for all ages! This concert will be outdoors (weather permitting), perfect for little ones to run, dance, laugh, and play to the beat of their favorite songs!

Celebration of Textiles: Quilting DC
Where: GWU & Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole fam to celebrate DC’s quilting community at the museum during its 42nd annual Celebration of Textiles. Meet DC area quilters who are keeping traditions alive or innovating what a quilt can be. See other textile demonstrations of weaving, spinning and more throughout the day, and hit the dance floor for square-dancing lessons and live music fro a DJ. Get a sneak peek of our exhibition Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, too!

Kensington Train Show
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $7/adult, $2/child, $15/family

All aboard for the Kensington Train Show! Featuring model trains and more train inspired fun, it’s an event for the whole family. Marvel at local club National Capital Trackers’ “O” gauge electric trains that will literally include al the bells and whistles. Play an an I Spy Train Game and take a train themed StoryWalk. Enjoy a performances by Orleans Express on Saturday (11:30-1:30pm), and Matthew Dodd will share railroad songs and stories on Sunday, (1-4pm).

Food on the Fly
Where: National Air & Space Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Air & Space Museum for hands-on fun for all ages during this family day! What food do you eat when you’re on the move? How is it different on an airplane or in a spacecraft? Find out more about the history of food during flights through the air and in space. Register in advance!

United for Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (check for discount)

Check out some soccer action on Saturday evening. DC United is hosting San Jose Quakes at home. 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.

Capitol Hill Arts Walk
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free
Head to the Hill for a day of art and community!  Local artists and artisans will display their work in their own micro-galleries, in Capitol Hill home-studios, on porches, and in yards. Most will have work for sale. Stroll around to check it out all and enjoy some time in one of the city’s loveliest neighborhoods.View a map here of where you can find the art.

Game (Sale) Time
Where: Labyrinth | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 
Admission: Free (but plan to spend o good deals!)
Labyrinth is hosting its legendary annual Used Game Sale. The proceeds raised are used to buy games for local teachers’ classrooms, support the shop’s game class aftercare program, and add new games to the demo library. The sale includes live, silent, and blind auctions on the first day, and a rummage sale on the second day with prices dropping as the day progresses.

Steam Saturday
Where: National Building Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Saturday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free with museum admission ($7/child, $10/adult)

Kids in 2nd – 8th grade are invited to join the National Building Museum for STEAM activities related to their new Brick City exhibition. Each activity challenges children to think creatively and experimentally using principles of design thinking and engineering. From building with LEGO bricks to working with AI to plan a city, each child will solve problems large and small and come to a greater understanding of the built world around us. STEAM Saturdays occur monthly on the second Saturday.

Doggy Paddle DC
Where: Select public pools in DC
When: Sunday
Admission: Free but reserve a dog spot

Bring your pooch to the pool!  With the end of the outdoor swimming season (at most pools), this annual event provides dogs with a one-day opportunity to jump in the pools, enjoy a swim and play fun aquatics games. All dogs must have a valid and original DC Department of Health issued dog license (no photo copies) and tag to enter the pool. If an application for a license is needed you must have the required documentation (i.e. proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations; and proof of spaying/neutering). Dog licenses will be issued on site.

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: Saturday, 8am – 12:30pm
Admission: $79/adult, $39/age 8-17, free/7 & under

This closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through the District gives bicyclists ages 3 and up the opportunity to pedal past some of the capital’s most iconic sites with the city’s two-wheelin’ community. End up at a Finish Festival by the U.S. Capitol with beats, eats, and fun activities for all ages. BYO ride or rent bikes on-site for only $12, thanks to a partnership with Unlimited Biking — they can pick-up and drop-off their bike at the event finish line for a seamless experience, and youth pricing is available for young riders.

Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Weekends through October 20
Admission: $24/age 16+, $12/age 7-15, free/6 & under
The medieval time trip is going strong! You just can’t beat the amazing variety of entertainment — exciting jousting matches, cheeky comedy shows, fire eaters, sword swallowers, tight rope walkers and other balancing acts, jugglers, musical performances, puppetry, plus slides, play areas, games, and some of the best people-watching ever. It all takes place in Revel Grove, the charming location that resembles a 16th-century Tudor village. KFDC Tip: Admission prices go up after this weekend, so take advantage!

Nats vs Dodgers
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at 
There are home games for the Nats all weekend as they host the Dodgers. Catch them on Friday (7:05pm), Saturday (4:05pm), and Sunday (1:35pm). The Washington Ballet will make an appearance on Friday during the President’s Race, and kids can run the bases after the Sunday game. Before you go, get some KFDC tips on doing Nats game without breaking the bank.

Magic Mirror
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Fri, 10:30am | Sat & Sun, 11:30am & 1pm
Admission: $15

Magic Mirror is THe Puppet Co.’s special 40th Anniversary production! Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with lots of familiar fairy tales. Bring kiddos to join a journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods.

Prince George’s County Fair
Where: Showplace Arena |  Upper Marlboro, MD.

When: Through Sunday
Admission: $6/age 13-54, $5/age 6-12 & 55+, free/5 & under
Enjoy a variety of entertainment and attractions for all ages, including 4-H exhibits, magic and dance shows, pig and duck races, a horse pull competition, a chain saw artist, a K-9 show, and much more.

Block Party
Where: Capital Jewish Museum | Judiciary Square, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The Capital Jewish Museum which just opened a few months ago, is still celebating its launch and kicking off the Jewish New Year with a Block Party, and all are invited! Join them for live music and workshops from local band Minnush, pop-up programs and social justice activities hosted by community partners, wares by artisans & makers, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more!

DC State Fair
Where: Franklin Park | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Apparently, being an actual state isn’t a requirement to have a state fair. But this annual event in its 12th year is a free showcase of the District’s agricultural, culinary, and creative talents and a day-long celebration of all things homegrown. While inspired by time-honored state fair traditions — growing and gardening, animal husbandry, and deep-fried foods — it also honors the things that make the District unique. This fair holds competitions to find the tastiest mumbo sauce, best honey, and top local photogs.

Adams Morgan Day
Where: Throughout Adams Morgan, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate one of the city’s most diverse communities at the 44th Annual Adams Morgan Day, offering a day full of music, art, culture, dancing, and more. The family-friendly event will have activities for all ages, including free crafts, multiple stages of entertainment, all kinds of demos, a whole Family Fun Zone, and tons more. The 18th Street Pedestrian Zone is back for the day, too! More details and the schedule of performances are available on the website.

Takoma Park Folk Fest
Where: Takoma Park Middle School | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 6:30m
Admission: Free

Regroovinate at the annual Takoma Park Folk Festival, where folk music and performances from around the world will be on four stages. Along with the music, the family-friendly event features a crafts show and sale, showcasing the works of local artisans. Pack snacks or purchase food from vendors there. Rain or shine.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from DC
Where: Orchards & farms around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

We’re in the thick of apple season, and there are several spots around the region where you can pick your own. This round-up of area farms and orchards offering PYO opportunities has details. And I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the pickings are good the day you plan to go.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Plan for autumn fun with the annual round-up of Fall Festivals in the DC area!
* The final Movies on the Pitch at Audi Field is this coming Thursday, September 14 — get free tickets here for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
* Pizzeria Pupatella is partnering with the 21st Annual Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5k  on Saturday. Racers, their families, and the community are invited to stop by Pupatella in South Arlington following the race from 8-10pm to fuel up on discounted pizza + beverages, listen to live music, and connect with the APD/AFD teams for more opportunities to give back to a good cause.
Get artsy at local museums this weekend: Hirshhorn’s Art Cart and Portrait Gallery Weekend Workshops are great for kids!
Just shared a write-up about our Portugal trip, and packing recs are coming soon, but a sneak peek at a couple of them: This and these (or similar).
* 10 Happy Things for September

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The Weekend Round-Up:
September 1-4

 

Plan ahead for next weekend

 

 

Happy Long Weekend!

Easy links to all kinds of ideas for DC family activities:
* 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

Season Finales
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

This weekend is the last for some of the pursuits we’ve been enjoying all summer, outdoor swimming pools and special museum programs among them. If you’re hoping to explore Look Here at the Building Museum, see the fairy houses at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, or jump in at an outdoor public pool, then get on it this weekend! For details on these and other seasonal activities that will continue for a few more weeks, check out the 2023 Summer Guide.

Back to School Bike Ride
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free
Celebrate the new school year with a big group bike ride on Saturday! Hill Family Biking, which organizes monthly family-friendly group bike rides in and around Capitol Hill, is hosting a Back to School Ride. The “progressive bike party” will cruise by DCPS elementary schools in the neighborhood, starting at 10:30am at Maury Elementary (13th & C, NE). Participants can either begin there or join the ride at the school of their choice.  Younger bikers and their families are encouraged to join at Peabody Elementary (425 C Street NE), the halfway mark. The whole ride should be about 4-5 miles and will end at Watkins Watkins splash pad and athletic fields to cool off after the ride, play some games, and enjoy treats from the Maracas Ice Pops Trike. Anyone is welcome to join, not just Capitol Hill families!

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. Enjoy a story time for little ones, create sculptures from clay, try out the new Sketching Lab, browse the museum’s pop-up library, and, of course, tour the exhibits — all for FREE!

Virginia Scottish Games
Where: The Plains, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 9pm
Admission: $20-30/age 12+, $5/ages 5-12, free/under 5

Celebrate Scottish heritage at this annual fair featuring everything from music and dance to sports and games to food and cars, even Scottish dogs. Much of it will be showcased through competition, but there is plenty that all visitors can partake in, too. Two-day adult passes are available for $30.

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.

Horse Around on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Thursday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Stop by the Horse Stables Education Center on the National Mall to see the residents and learn about their history. The U.S. Park Police Mounted Unit opened the horse stables back in June to house their equine team, and the public is welcome to visit the Center Thursday to Sunday to get more insight. The stables are located just south of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool across Independence Avenue from the MLK Memorial. While the Center is open Thursday – Sunday, you might see the horses in fenced in areas outside on other days.

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

Kids’ programming is back at the Hirshhorn this Saturday with Art Cart.This session is inspired by the art work of Rachel Jones, who uses her paintings to show the thoughts and emotions we all have inside. Find the Art Cart on the Plaza outside and pick up colorful materials to get creative. Head inside, too, and explore the exhibits — and to cool off!

SummerFest
Where: Olney Theatre Center | Olney, MD
When: Saturday, 1-6pm
Admission: Free

Olney Theatre is winding down the summer season with free activities and performances happening all day. There will be backstage tours; Irish, Thai, Persian, and folk dancing; all kinds of musical performances; a book sale, food trucks, outdoor games, and an artist marketplace. All are welcome to join the fun!

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 7:05pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. There will be a mug giveaway on Friday, 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.

Hike & Hang
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the Weekend
Admission: Varies by place

There’s a link to a round-up of family hikes above, but sometimes it’s better to plan a hike around the après hike destination, places where you can relax and enjoy food and drinks, the kids can play, and the scenery adds to the enjoyment. A few awesome combos for that, where you can hike and hang: Patuxent River State Park and Waredaca BrewerySky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak WinerySugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain VineyardGreat Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s InnPatapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness Brewery.

Merriment Galore
Where: Maryland Renaissance Festival | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $24/adults, $21/seniors, $12/7-15, free/6 & under

Take a glorious day trip back to medieval times at Ren Fest, where there is something for everyone. Besides the amazing variety of entertainment — jousting matches, cheeky comedy shows, juggling acts, Celtic music, and much more — walking among knights, maidens, pirates, and villagers in a 16th-century village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead is an interesting little jaunt back in time that any age can enjoy.

Summer at the Reach
Where: The Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

It’s the last weekend for the Kennedy Center’s summer series,  where you can enjoy free programming at the The REACH. On Friday evening, see a screening of the documentary Washington Jazz and Art Institute: In Their Own Words at sundown. On Saturday from 1-5pm Step Afrika will be there for a demo performance and a class (3pm). Then from 6-11pm, enjoy happy hour with DJs, dancing, and lawn games. And the Moonshot Studio will be open with artsy fun for all on Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm.

Maryland State Fair
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds | Timonium-Lutherville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $5-10 (rides, games, etc. are extra)

If you missed the recent local county fairs or want to enjoy even more rides, games, live entertainment, 4-H exhibits, and carnival fun, head north to the Maryland State Fair. You can even see some thoroughbred horse racing!  The Fair will also be held September 7-10.

Labor Day Weekend Festivities
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

It’s an exciting weekend at Glen Echo. The annual Labor Day Art Show runs throughout the weekend with all kinds of art to check out. On Sunday and Monday, you can also enjoy the Social Dance Showcase, with live music and a variety of different dance styles. There will be short beginner lessons at the start of each dance, and all dances are open to people of all skill level. No partner required.

DC United vs Chicago
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $27

Kick it at a DC United match as they host Chicago on Saturday evening. Audi Field is a great stadium with excellent views of the action on the field as well as the city skyline. I recommend taking public transportation since parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood, grab dinner at one of the many eateries (El BebeThe Salt Line, and All Purpose are my top recs), then walk from there.

Joe Holiday Family Magic Show
Where: Capital Hilton | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 1-1:50pm
Admission: $10
Bring the whole family to watch as magician and illusionist, Joe Holiday, puts on an incredible fun-filled family magic show. Holiday is an expert at keeping the kids laughing and the adults amazed. Individuals of all ages are welcome at this show. And note that this is part of the DC Festival of Magic, a weekend showcasing the best magicians from all over the country. There will be even more performances geared toward adults — check them out here.

The Spirit of Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission:Tickets start at $15

The Washington Spirit are hosting the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday evening. Enjoy some amazing soccer play — and a fun, action-packed chance to support women in sports. While you’re there, you can  stop by the Community Corner in the southwest corner of the stadium to learn more about local organizations and businesses from Wards 6, 7, and 8. Purchase match tickets here.

How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Where: Farms & orchards around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

The apple picking season is underway! Several farms in the area have opened their orchards for guests to start gathering. This list of area farms and orchards offering pick-your-own opportunities has details on where you can harvest them. I always recommend calling ahead to be sure the fruits are available the day you plan to go.

Labor Day Concert at the Capitol
Where: U.S. Capitol Building West Lawn | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8pm
Admission: Free

The National Symphony Orchestra annual Labor Day concert returns to the West Lawn of the US Capitol! Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez wil lead the NSO as they perform classics by John Williams, Duke Ellington, Florence Price, Johannes Brahms along with modern masterworks by today’s most prolific composers. The concert also features Grammy winner Sharon Isbin, the first guitarist to be named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year. Gates open to the public at 3pm, and if the show is at 8pm is too late, you can catch the open dress rehearsal at 3:30pm.

Labor Day Parades
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Monday
Admission: Free

For some holiday pageantry on Monday, head to Maryland — both Gaithersburg and Kensington celebrate with Labor Day parades. The 80+ year tradition in Gaithersburg includes fire engines, high school marching bands, giant balloons, horses, and clowns in its procession through Olde Towne. Kensington is hosting its Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. Dance troupes, equestrian groups, fire trucks, circus performers will be part of the show making its way through town starting at 10am. The fun will continue afterward at a festival on Antique Row with live music, food vendors, crafts, and more.

Off the Beaten Museum Path
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by museum

Hot days this weekend will make it a great time to do some indoor exploring, maybe at a not-so-well-known place.  If you don’t veer from the well trodden path of the National Mall now and then, you could miss out on some amazing museum exhibits and experiences. Check out this round-up of some these places in DC that may not be on your museum radar — but should be.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s still time to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a free music lesson and more with International School of Music!
* Adventure Theatre is offering KFDC readers a discount on fall class, plus a chance to save on new shows!
* A fun way to discover Dupont Circle (and other parts of the city).
* The Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian is closing for renovations from September 5 – late spring 2024.
* The Kennedy Center is launching a ”Thank an Arts Teacher” campaign this September, and you can share your story.
* For peops with pups, Eater rounded up the top dog-friendly patios around DC.
* Just took advantage of J. Crew’s awesome Labor Day Sale and got this dress for a lot less than when I first mentioned it here. (Use code SHOPNOW.)
* Boden also has a great sale now — 30% off everything, including the cutest girls and boys clothes (and women’s, too).
* Ideas for a Labor Day menu.
* For real.

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The Weekend Round-Up:
August 25-27

 

Happy Weekend!

View these round-ups full of ideas for ongoing DC area 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

Huzzah for Ren Fest!
Where: Revel Grove | Crownsville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $24/adults, $21/seniors, $12/age 7-15

It’s time for merriment! And the Maryland Renaissance Festival is all about it. The wonderful trip back to medieval times is an event for everyone. Enjoy jousting matches, kids shows, comedy acts, tight rope walkers, jugglers, puppetry, Celtic music…and that’s just some of the live entertainment. There’s also a pirate playground, giant slide, labyrinth and games, and some of the best people watching opportunities ever. Walk among knights, maidens, pirates, and wizards in a 16th-century Tudor village as you chomp on turkey legs and down cups of mead. It all begins Saturday and will run every weekend through October 22. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance online, as they aren’t available on site. For more about Ren Fest, go hereherehereherehereherehereherehere, here, or  here. (Yeah, I kinda like it.) [Note: This originally said children age 15 and under were  admitted free opening weekend.  In past years they were, but now only ages 6 and under are free.]

Friday Night Concert…Encore (CANCELLED)
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront DC
When: Friday, 7-9pm
Admission: Free

The Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series is back with a bonus concert on the Yards Park boardwalk with a grand finale performance by local favorite The JoGo Project. Get there early to let the kids play in the water features, then head over to watch the show. Food and cold Corona-brand beverages will also be available for purchase. [UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to projected thunderstorms.]

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 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. All ages are welcome. Register in advance. When you’re done, head to the Friday Night Concert down the boardwalk!

Funky Friday
Where: Eastern Market C Street Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 4-10pm
Admission: Free

Eastern Market Main Street is hosting a mini-fair on C St SE. Grab a bite from one of the food vendors, put on some headphones and dance at the Silent Disco., and stop by the EMMS tent for a map of the Blue Ribbon Giveaway locations where every $5 spent will earn you an entry into a giveaway of a fun bundle of local goodies.

Back 2 School Festival
Where: Second Baptist Church | District Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 10am & 12pm
Admission: Free

The Greater Washington Urban League is hosting a Back to School festival to support DC families as they prepare to kick off the school year. Bring the whole family for wellness workshops; food stations, arts & crafts activities, and a voter registration drive. There will also be a backpack giveaway, but be sure to register to reserve one, as supplies are limited!

Maryland State Fair
Where: Timonium Fairgrounds | Timonium-Lutherville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $7-12 (rides, games, etc. are extra)

If you missed the recent local county fairs or want to enjoy even more rides, games, live entertainment, 4-H exhibits, and carnival fun, head north to the Maryland State Fair.  You can even see some  thoroughbred horse racing!  The Fair will be held this weekend and the weekends of August 31 – September 4 and  September 7-10.

Around the World Cultural Food Festival
Where: Oronoco Bay Park | Old Town Alexandria, VA,
When: Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Take a culinary trip around the world right in Alexandria.  The largest outdoor cultural food festival in the DC area celebrates intercultural diversity and brings together living traditions from countries around the world. Enjoy fare from ethnic food vendors, artisans and crafters, and lots of traditional performances. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

You’re the Sunflower…
Where: Montpelier Farm | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-7pm
Admission: $5

If you missed the sunflowers at McKee-Beshers earlier this summer, or you want to see vast swaths of yellow splendor again, this weekend is your chance. Montpelier Farm’s sunflower fields will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday. And you can bring home stems for $1 each.

Beyond Granite
Where: Around the National Mall
When: Through September 18
Admission: Free

This series of installations around the National Mall is “designed to create a more inclusive, equitable, and representative commemorative landscape.”  Beyond Granite features six evocative works in different areas of the Mall.  Some of them are interactive, and one is even a playground that welcomes visitors to play.  See more details and get a glimpse here.  A great way to see them all is by bike, but most aren’t too spread out for a walk. View the map of installation locations here.

Seize the Season
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Time is dwindling to enjoy some of the season’s best places and activities. Outdoor pools and spray parks, special museum programs and exhibits, music and movies in the open air, beach fun, mini golf and carousels rides, a good ol’ crab feast. Check out the Summer Guide to help you enjoy the best of the season as it winds down.

International Dog Day Celebration
Where: Pupatella Pizzeria | Arlington & Mosaic District, VA
When: Saturday
Admission: Free
Join Neapolitan pizzeria “PUP”atella on the patio for a special pet-friendly International Dog Day celebration in partnership with Bark & Boarding! They’ll be offering special drink promotions for pet owners on their dog-friendly patios all day, like $19 beer pitchers and $8 house cocktails while Bark & Boarding will be on-site sharing about their upcoming initiatives + providing ice cream treats for pets! The celebration will be happening all day at their S. Arlington and Mosaic locations.

Dog Day(s) of Summer
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place (but mostly free)

Saturday, August 26, is National Dog Day, so do something special with your pup this weekend! Washingtonian has a round-up of ways to celebrate. And I recommend a nice hike…some good spots with a pooch in tow: Rock Creek Park in Northwest DC, Riverbend Park in McLean, Roosevelt Island in DC (but accessed from the GW Parkway), Turkey Run Park in McLean, and Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. And Congressional Cemetery is our go-to spot to let our Teddydog run off-leash.

Family Fun at the Freer
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 2-3:30
Admission: Free

Join docents at the Free Gallery of Art in the Peacock Room and in the Japanese art exhibition Rinpa Screens for engaging and collaborative hands-on activities that are geared toward families with kids ages 5 and up. Exciting stories, scavenger hunts, sketching, and other activities will bring the whole family together to imagine, create, and learn.

Mango Soiree
Where: THEARC | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 12-2pm
Admission: $5

THEARC is hosting a cooking workshop where their former Market Champion Taylor Forsythe will teach you to make a refreshing vegan Mango crumble and coconut whipped cream using affordable ingredients. Celebrate summer flavors with these simple, yet delicious plant-based treats. The whole fam is welcome to this kid-friendly event!

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 Philadelphia 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.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $15

Terry Snyder’s Beauty and the Beast features half height marionettes, a projected magic mirror, and two storytellers guiding our audience through a sweet retelling of the original Beauty and the Beast tale. Will they fall in love in time to break the curse? Run time approximately 45 minutes.Recommended ages 4+.

Moulin Rouge: The Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through September 24
Admission: $45-199
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Recommended for ages 12+.

Cambodian Rock Band
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $66-105 

It’s 2008 and a father-daughter duo are heading to Phnom Penh; she to prosecute a notorious Cambodian war criminal, he 30 years after escaping then-Communist rule. In a psychedelic theatrical extravaganza set to some of the country’s most popular rock music, including from Dengue Fever, Cambodian Rock Band shines a light on the country’s vibrant ’70s rock scene and how an entire generation of musicians was purged by the Khmer Rouge, as it brings long-buried family secrets back to life. Recommended for teens and older.

National Cinema Day: $4 Movies!
Where: Movie theaters around DC 
When: Sunday
Admission: $4
Sunday is National Cinema Day, and many movie theaters around the area (and country, for that matter) will be offering tickets for just $4!  All Regal and AMC theaters are participating, as well as the Angelika (in DC and Mosaic), Landmark Theatres (E Street), and The Alamo.  (PS: If you haven’t yet seen Barbie, I highly recommend it!)

Wonderful World of Watkins
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free 

Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park – there is so much fun to be had at the PG County locale.  The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will have kiddos frolicking for hours. Be sure to stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals, and spend time at Watkins Nature Center to view even more cool creatures and birds.  Trails winding through the woods make for nice hikes, too!

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: $15

The Washington Spirit return to Audi Field after nearly a month to face the Portland Thorns in an epic regular season showdown between the 2021 and 2022 NWSL Champions. It is also Women’s Empowerment Night, a celebration of equality and inclusion for all women in soccer and beyond. (PS: Arrive early to enjoy $2 beers from 3:30-4:30pm.)

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

Something quintessentially summer to do this weekend: Seek out some cool spots to go for a swim.   This round-up has details on where to do that. 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.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
Apples are now available at some spots for PYO, and berries, peaches tomatoes, and a few others crops are some of the pick-your-own options at local farms right now.  This post has info on some good places to gather them.  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***
* There’s a new giveaway going on for a chance to win a free music lesson and more with International School of Music!
* Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week begins Monday, August 28, and runs through September 3.
* DCist has a guide on where to eat during the run.
* 15 Must-Try Coffee Shops Around DC
* Travel and Leisure’s 22 best family vacation in the US.
* A mouth-watering summer salad.
* Such a cute, simple bag from Uniqlo. Btw, did you know they have great kids section?
* Can’t wait to watch this! (On Netflix starting this weekend!)

 

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The Weekend Round-Up:
August 18-20

Peace out at Bartholdi Park, part of the US Botanic Garden

 

Happy Weekend!

Link up to loads of ideas for local fun in these go-to posts:
* 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

Summer Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: All weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Summer break is starting its wind-down as kids begin heading back to school on Monday (mine, anyway).  But plenty is still going on to enjoy the season… Spraygrounds, special exhibits, music and movies in the open air, beach fun, crab feasts, mini golf and carousel rides. The Guide to Summer in DC has all the inspo you need to eke the most out of the season.

Fair Play
Where: Arlington, Montgomery, and PW Counties | VA & MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

County fair season continues as Arlington’s annual fest is underway, and Montgomery and Prince William counties host their final days. All are chock full of amusement for everyone, with carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. This post has the whole scoop on all of the county fun.

Summer at the Reach
Where: The Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Enjoy free programming all weekend at the The REACH at the Kennedy Center. On Friday evening, see a screening of A League of Their Own at sundown. On Saturday, enjoy performances and activities by Youth Poet Laureate All Stars at the River Pavilion from 1-5pm, then happy hour with DJs, dancing, and lawn games from 6-11pm. And the Moonshot Studio will be open with artsy fun for all on Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm.

MTB in the DMV
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies, but mostly free

There’s a brand new post, written by our very own Owen, with recs for places to mountain bike around the area. As he says,”whether you already have a genuine interest in mountain biking, are thinking about getting into it (with or without kids), or you’re into the outdoors and looking for more ways to enjoy it, this round-up of places to MTB will help get you going.”

Peace Out
Where: Around DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

Sometimes you just want to go someplace that’s pretty and quiet, where you can chill out and think (or not), and enjoy your serene surroundings. This post has a round-up of of those very places, where you can find peace and calm, all of them right here in the city.

Big Dig Potato Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $12/child or $14/adult

Head to Great Country for take a wagon ride out to the fields to dig up your own potato treasures. After digging, play all day in the five-acre play area, with attractions including Putt Putt golf, the Farm Ninja Warrior obstacle course, mazes, swings, slides, animals to visit, and feed, and so much more! PYO peaches will also be available this weekend.

Chuck Brown Day
Where: Chuck Brown Memorial Park | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 2-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate a local musical legend that took the spirit and culture of DC across the world. BYO lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy an afternoon of free live entertainment with Rare Essence, Doug E Fresh, and the Chuck Brown Band will be performing. Bring the whole fam — there will also be a kids activities area, food trucks on site, and The Chuck Brown Foundation will be giving out free backpacks for the kids (starting at 1pm). Limited free parking will be available on the field at 24th & Franklin Streets NE.

Dolley Day
Where: Dumbarton House | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join Dumbarton House to celebrate the anniversary of Dolley Madison’s flight from the White House to Dumbarton House in 1814. On Saturday, Dolley herself will be there to share stories about her life and teach some of her favorite games! There will also be yard games and ice cream (one of Dolley’s favorite foods) available to add to the fun. The museum will be open for FREE self-guided tours with a special handout about Dolley.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through August 27
Admission: $15

Terry Snyder’s Beauty and the Beast features half height marionettes, a projected magic mirror, and two storytellers guiding our audience through a sweet retelling of the original Beauty and the Beast tale. Will they fall in love in time to break the curse? Run time approximately 45 minutes.Recommended ages 4+.

Moulin Rouge: The Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through September 24
Admission: $45-199
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Recommended for ages 12+.

Cambodian Rock Band
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $66-105 

It’s 2008 and a father-daughter duo are heading to Phnom Penh; she to prosecute a notorious Cambodian war criminal, he 30 years after escaping then-Communist rule. In a psychedelic theatrical extravaganza set to some of the country’s most popular rock music, including from Dengue Fever, Cambodian Rock Band shines a light on the country’s vibrant ’70s rock scene and how an entire generation of musicians was purged by the Khmer Rouge, as it brings long-buried family secrets back to life. Recommended for teens and older.

Guided Hike
Where: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday 10-11:30am
Admission: $8/age 6+, free/5 & under

Learn about the experience of 19th century freedom seekers and Montgomery County residents in a guided hike of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Discover techniques used for navigation, eluding detection, and finding food/shelter on the perilous journey. The hike covers two miles on a natural surface hiking trail, and the content is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Admission to the Woodlawn Museum is included.

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.

Sunflower Festival
Where: Summer Farms | Middletown,MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $19.50/age 3+

Escape to Summers Farm for their 4th Annual Sunflower Festival and enjoy the beauty of the 8-acre field glowing with thousands of blooms! Over 35 different varieties and colors make for very Instaworthy photos. Walk through, pick your own, take stunning pictures, sip a local drink in their spacious tent, and relax at the farm.

Savor the Bay
Where: City Dock & Susan Campbell Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15, free/12 & under
How about a day filled with delicious seafood, live entertainment, kids activities, food demos and competitions, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, contests? You can enjoy all that and more at the annual Maryland Seafood Festival. Even better, it all takes place right in charming Annapolis.

Family Day
Where: Oatlands Historic House & Garden | Leesburg, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $30/family

Join an afternoon of fun games, crafts, snacks, and activities, along with a scavenger hunt for the entire family. The Little Red School house (which is rarely open to the public) will be open for visits along with self-guided tours of the mansion. Bring along food to enjoy lunch in one of two picnic groves.

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies

Row, row, row your boat or kayak or canoe or SUP! Paddle season is flowing on, and the weather this weekend looks like it will be perfect to enjoy some time out on the water . Boating in DC has several locations in the District and a few NoVa Parks offer it, too. This post about places to go with the flow has more details.

Beachy Keen: Sand, Surf, & Fossils
Where: Around the area
When: Daily
Admission: Varies by beach

Summer calls for beach time, and there are several places within day trip-distance from DC that are nice for sand and surf — and maybe a little fossil hunting. Head out to Calvert Cliffs State Park or Flag Ponds Nature Park. Or go east to Sandy Point State Park. Play paleontologist and look for prehistoric fragments along the Potomac at the Purse Area in Charles County, MD (be sure to check the tide table).  You can also make a bigger trip out to Westmoreland State Park, about a two-hour drive away in Montross, VA, where you can hike, beach, fossil hunt, and even camp.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Alexandria Restaurant Week is on from now through August 27.
* See a little birthday celebration for Xiao Qi Ji at the National Zoo on Monday at 9am (they’ll be giving the giant panda a cake)!
Washingtonian has the 61 best dining deals around DC.
* 23 best Airbnb experiences around the world. (Have you ever booked an Airbnb experience? We did a sailing excursion in Greece, and it was fantastic!)
* Half-way through this book, and it’s an entertaining “beach read.”
* A friend just let me know about this great sale… and how cute is this?
* Ken Things Ryan Gossling Can’t Live Without.

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The Weekend Round-Up: August 11-13

Picking out new reads at a past National Book Festival

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts loaded with inspo 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

All’s Fair
Where: Montgomery, Prince William, & Howard Counties | MD & VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale
County fair season continues as Montgomery and Prince William kick off their annual fests that are chock full of amusement for everyone in the fam. Carnival rides and games, farm animals, live entertainment, pony rides, the junk food gamut, pig races, and so much more. You can also find it in Howard County, where the fair is on for its final couple of days. This post has the lowdon on all of the county fun.

National Book Festival
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt Vernon, DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 8pm
Admission: Free

Book enthusiasts, young and old, come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 70 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased, and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances. It’s a good idea to plan ahead if there are any authors you really want to see, so take a look at the complete list of them as well as the schedule — most presentations are first come-first served, and people line up early to get seats.

Nats vs A’s (& $5 Kids Tix!)
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are back home and hosting the Oakland Athletics this weekend. Catch them on Friday and Saturday evenings (7:05pm) and Sunday afternoon (1:35pm).  Kids tickets are just $5 for all of the games — purchase here!  There are also giveaways including Racing Presidents George & Tom Bobbleheads on Saturday and a kids book tag on Sunday, plus they can run the bases after the game.

Kids Workshop 
Where: Lowe’s locations around the DC area
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
Bring your mini-DIYer to Lowe’s for some building fun. Open the tailgate and unload the fun for this monthly Kids Workshop. Attendees can build their own little Pickup Truck toy using real tools. All participants will receive a kit with materials. Be sure to reserve a time slot! Walk-ins are welcome, but space is not guaranteed.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck
Where: Pentagon Row | Pentagon City, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free

Barbie may be all the rage right now, but Hello Kitty is a pop culture trend to be aware of this weekend. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be at Pentagon Row on Saturday, offering some supercute treats & merch (while supplies last). Stop by for a snack and to snag some fun items!

LEGO Discovery Center Opening Weekend
Where: Springfield Town Center| Springfield, VA
When: Ongoing
Admission: Starts at $28.99
The much anticipated LEGO Discovery Center just opened at Springfield Town Center.  I will start by letting you know tickets are sold out through August 13.  So, consider this a heads-up to reserve yours now for a future date.  The 32,000-square-foot is sure to delight and thrill LEGO enthusiasts. Launch rockets on a LEGO Space Mission, journey on the Imagination Express, explore a LEGO Mini World, take a workshop with a Master Model Builder, ride a dinosaur-themed carousel in DUPLO Park, experience 4D sensory cinema, and much more!  Read all about it in this guest post by KFDC Contributor Emily Moise.

Summer Sidewalk Sale
Where: Delray & Old Town | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free
Do some back-to-school (and more) shopping in Alexandria this weekend! This annual event features more than 40 boutiques stepping out of their storefronts and offering deeply discounted summer merchandise. In Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood, browse unique finds at the Del Ray Vintage & Flea Market and more. Plus, enjoy pop-up live music performances along King Street from 11am – 4pm as well as pop-up vendors along the 0 block of King Street. The Torpedo Factory in Old Town will also be participating — visit 71 studios and nine galleries to shop directly from the artists while they create!

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

Celebrate World Elephant Day with the museum and local author-illustrator Jennifer O’Connell through storytelling, art-making, exploration, and play! Jennifer will present her new picture book, Elephants Remember, at two different times (see schedule here. The book tells the true story of how conservationist Lawrence Anthony saved a herd of wild elephants by gaining the trust of the herd’s matriarch. Jennifer will show and discusses her process of researching, writing, and illustrating the book as well as share her painting of a life-size baby elephant and a cardboard cut-out of an adult African elephant ear.

Ice Cream-Making Demo
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free
Head to Peirce Mill to learn all about the frozen treat brought over from France by Dolley Madison. Watch the ingredients being poured into the dasher, learn about the brine that freezes the cream, and take a turn cranking the handle to make old-fashioned ice cream. A historic recipe by Thomas Jefferson with a modern adaptation will be available to take away. Read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Hip Hop Dance Open House
Elements Urban Arts Collective | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free but RSVP required

Get ready to groove, because the Elements Urban Arts Collective dance studio is turning up the heat with the most epic Hip Hop Dance Open House ever! Unleash your inner dancer and join the party as they celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop with class demos, activities, games, ciphers, and more. All ages welcome, but 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Peach Fuzzitval
Where: Great Country Farm | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $14/child & $16/Adult
It’s another weekend celebrating peak peach picking season at Great Country Farms! Along with tons of fun activities, you can also learn how the peaches are grown and used in food and drink and enjoy the results as well. Kick off each morning with fresh apple cider donuts , then later on get the whole family involved in peach eating and peach pit spitting contests and family water games. All the fun farm attractions will be open, and there will also be live music to entertain the crowd.

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
* Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* Cambodian Rock Band at Arena Stage
* Moulin Rouge: The Musical at the Kennedy Center
* The Play That Goes Wrong at The Kennedy Center
UniverSoul Circus at National Harbor

Summer Fun
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Take advantage of all the activities that come with the season! Have some water-inspired fun. See a special exhibit.  Enjoy free music outdoors and movies under the stars. Go with the flow on local waterways. Hit the beach. Feast on seasonal treats. And so much more. Details on all of this summer fun around DC can be found here.

King Bullfrog Concert in the Park
Where: Lincoln Pak | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 5-9pm
Admission: Free
King Bullfrog, the high-energy acoustic act playing folk, rock, and original music for kids and their grownups, is teaming up with the National Park Service to play a free concert in the park on Saturday. KFDC Tip: Grab some food at Eastern Market or Wine & Butter (across the street from the park) and enjoy a picnic in the park along with the show!

Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Where: Rock Hall, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free
Buccaneers and landlubbers of all ages! Head out to the Eastern Shore for a fun, unique experience. This town-wide family-friendly event will be loaded with kids activities, shows, and costume contests. Check out the website for details and schedules. Pirate attire is highly encouraged!

Entertainment in NoVa Parks
Where: Fairfax Parks | Fairfax, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
Enjoy music and more live performances in Northern Virginia parks! The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series has a bunch of shows happening this weekend at parks all around the county. Bring along picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers. See what’s on the schedule here.

C&O Canal Boat Tours
Where: C&O Canal | Georgetown, DC
When: Starting Friday
Admission: $15/adult, $10/senior, $8/child
Take a one-hour guided historical tours along the first mile of the C&O Canal National Historical Park that starts in Georgetown. Learn about the fascinating history, technology, and culture of the Canal, and the surprising stories of the people who lived, worked and played nearby over the past two centuries, while you enjoy a cruise on the water and the surrounding scenery. (Note: These are offered Wednesday – Sunday through October.)

Check Out this Library
Where: MLK Jr. Memorial Library | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

MLK Library is so much more than your typical library.  Along with books to browse and check out for all ages from all genres, there is a cafe, an exhibit space, study and meeting rooms, a large auditorium, a recording studio, a gorgeous rooftop terrace, and what little ones will love most: a SLIDE in the Children’s section to zip down. It’s a great place for all ages to visit, and this weekend it’ll be a great place to stay cool. Read more about the MLK Library in this KFDC post.

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

Hot temps this weekend calls for spots to cool off — so this round-up of places to swim around the area will come in handy. 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!

Family Feast
Where: All around DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: The cost of your meal

Sharing a fun meal out, is always a great (and tasty) family activity.  The linked post sharing KFDC picks for kid-friendly eats in DC includes all kinds of places for it, from nicer sit-down restaurants to fast casual eateries to neighborhood grab-and-go spots. So, make plans — and, in some cases, reservations — and bon appétit!

Think Outside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

From the looks of the forecast, this weekend if going to be perfect for outdoor adventures. And there are tons of options around the DC-Metro to have fun al fresco. Take a hike, go to a beach, hit a playground, explore a historical site, visit animals, or see what else there is to do under the blue skies in this post with tons of ideas for outdoor fun. (And for inside activities, The Great Indoors post list over 90 ideas!)

*** MORE GOOD STUFF***
* How to help those affected by the Maui wildfires.
* World Central Kitchen is also a great organization to donate to — they are in Maui providing meals for evacuees and first responders.
* Stock up during Maryland Tax Free Week, August 13-19.
* The National Postal Museum is presenting another Guest Artist Series virtual program this Wednesday, August 16.
* The annual DC Bike Ride, when 20 miles of streets are car-free for bikers, is on September 9, and you can register for tickets now.
* Wirecutter named this and this the best backpacks for young students.
* Great deals on trendy pants and jeans for teens.
* Speaking of teens, thank you to my daughter for introducing me to this delicious smelling, reasonably-priced, truly helpful lip balm.
* A great digital illustration/explanation of offsides by Washington Post.
* Swiftie dads 💙 (the comments, too!)

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