Folk music, a wine fest that’s family-friendly, a brand new carousel, baseball, a strawberry celebration, and outdoor pursuits are all among this week’s recs for family fun. And you can find even more on this big list of Everyday Play. Happy Weekend!
Washington Folk Festival
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend, as the Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in Washington. All of the artists hail from the DC area, but cultures from around the nation, as well as the world, will be represented through music, dance, crafts, and stories. The public is invited to enjoy the festival that is renown in the folk community. Find more festival details here.
Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival
Where: Bull Run Park
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $30/adults, $7/kids
It sounds like a grown-ups-only event, but the Festival offers plenty of family fun, too. Chef demos, food truck fare, live music, and a whole Family Tent with activities especially for kids are among the festivities. Oh, and there will be plenty of opportunity for wine tasting, too.
The Ol’ Ballgame
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary
The Nats are hosting the Texas Rangers this weekend, with an evening game on Friday and afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo, and enjoy other extras on Sunday, like Kids Run the Bases after the last out and Kids Socks for the first 10,000 fans 12 and under to arrive. Tickets are still available for all of the games, and it’s not too late to get in on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club – this post has more details about it.
Where: Throughout the area
When: All Weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Outdoor concerts, water fun, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal fun has begun in DC. From Jazz in the Garden on Friday evenings to Sunday night family movies at the National Harbor to open swim at local pools, this Summer 2014 Guide has the scoop on where and when you can experience the joys of summer.
Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: The Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Kick off the weekend with free music in the fresh air. There will be a special Tour de Fat performance on the Yards Park boardwalk this evening. Catch the show along with great views of the Anacostia River from the comfort of a blanket spread out on the grass. Pack a picnic or purchase food there. BYOB is okay, too!
Carousel Grand Opening
Where: RIO Washingtonian
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free, but carousel reides are $3
The RIO Washingtonian Center in Gaitherburg is celebrating the grand opening of their brand new Carousel. Festivities will include family entertainment, a strolling Dixieland band, and much more throughout the day! While you’re there, enjoy some of the other RIO’s lakefront attractions, among them paddleboats, a trackless train, and a playground, all situated along the picturesque boardwalk and lake.
Row Your Boat
Where: Potomac & Anacostia Rivers
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse
It’s forecast to be a beautiful weekend, and a great way to enjoy will be on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and we recently rowed from the Ballpark Boathouse at Yards Park. Bladenburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45.
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult
The largest U-pick strawberry festival is this weekend, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillow, slides, a pedal cart track, rope swings mazes, a tractor tire mountain, Cow Train ($2), and animal encounters. Whew!
Tour de Fat
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
This big, whimsical bike festival starts with a ride/parade to Yards Park, where attendees can expect a festival jam-packed with entertainment, local vendors, and New Belgium beer (sponsor of the event). Costumes are heartily encouraged. Check-in for the parade is at 10am, and it starts rolling at 11am. The party at Yards Park runs from 12 -5pm. Tour de Fat is said to be family-friendly and welcomes kids. Games, live entertainment, and a dance contest will be part of the fun.
Operation Kind Kids
Where: National Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
It’s a celebration of kindness at the National Children’s Museum. Preschoolers and caregivers are invited to attend and discover new ways to incorporate kindness into their daily routines. The special event will feature a variety of activity stations, including opportunities to express what kindness means to them on a collage wall, pick a flower to share with someone in their life, take a family photo op, and take home KIND Healthy Grains snack bars and calendars to track kind acts. Admittance will be free with the cost of museum admission.
Where: Hadley’s Park
When: Sunday, 11am – 3:30pm
KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now). Is hosting Sports Festival 2014, an annual afternoon of activities and games for more than 300 ids and young adults with disabilities. Volunteers team up with KEEN athletes for events such as tug-of-war, obstacle course challenges, kick ball, and volleyball. This day celebrates 22 years that KEEN has provided free exercise and recreation programs for young people with developmental and/or physical disabilities.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Encore Stage & Studio’s newest production, The 12 Dancing Princesses, opens this weekend with performances Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday.
* See theatre on strings at The Puppet Co., where Pinocchio is on the main stage and Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show.
* Enjoy the NSO Family Concert: Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage at the Kennedy Center.
* Ellis Paul is playing the Saturday morning show “The Hero in You” at Jammin’ Java.
Where: Area farms
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by location
The pick-your-own season is well underway! Many local farms have opened their strawberry patches to the public, so you can get out there and reap the fruits. See this post for a list of area farms where you can gather your own strawberries, several offering much more than just picking.