So much to experience on this summer weekend — DC’s biggest annual festival, carnival fun, music and theatre, museum programs, local heritage, and more! Details below and bonus ideas when your browse the blog. Happy Weekend!
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: National Mall
When: All weekend
The annual Festival celebrating living cultural heritage and community traditions is underway. Visitors of all ages will have ample opportunity to discover and explore the cultures of China and Kenya through special exhibits, workshops, performances, exhibits, demos, and more, including plenty of activities especially children. For specifics, see the festival schedule. And it all takes place right on the National Mall where you can easily pop into museums when you need a break from the heat.
DC Capitol Fair
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Friday 6-11pm & Saturday/Sunday 2-11pm
Admission: Starting at $4
RFK Stadium’s parking lot will be jam-packed with amusement through July 6 at the DC Capitol Fair. More than 100 rides, games, and attractions will be onsite, among them the Giant Wheel, Super Himalaya, Pirate Ship, and the Extreme. Live entertainment will include the Fearless Flores Circus, a magic and illusion show, hypnotist show, wolf show, lion and tiger show, full petting zoo, and more. All live entertainment and shows are free with fair admission. There will also camel and pony rides for an additional charge. Regular admission to the fair is as low as $4 per person with two-for-one admission discounts available online at www.rfkfair.com. Pay-One-Price unlimited rides wristbands are also available online at a $5-off discount before Friday’s opening. Individual ride tickets can be purchased at the event. Parking is free.
Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday 6pm & Saturday/Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free on Friday, starts at $20 Sat & Sun
This three-day blowout of music at Yards Park is part of the DC Jazz Festival. While great jazz performances will be the highlight, there will also be a marketplace, food and drink tastings, chef demos, and family-friendly activities. Not to mention the fountains and wade pool are always a hit with the kiddos.
Del Ray Music Festival
Where: Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields
When: Saturday, 12-9pm
Head to Alexandria to celebrate the rich diversity and talent of the Del Ray neighborhood with a day full of music and fun. Along with a varied line-up of live entertainment, the Festival will also feature food, games, and a chance to ring in the summer with the community.
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Friday & Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal history and heritage with two days of food, workshops and performances, all in the theme of “Through a New Lens.” Activities and demonstrations include Native dancers, singers, storytellers and booths showcasing bead work, pottery, flutes, the Choctaw language and tribal cooking. Hands-on activities for kids and families along with being able to meet Choctaw Nation princesses of all ages allow visitors to learn more about Choctaw culture.
Where: Various locales in Montgomery County
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Be sure to check the list of places on the website, as some are only participating for one day.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Be hugely entertained by The BFG, which just opened at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* “The Yojo Show: Choose to Read” is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* The Wizard of Oz is on the Main Stage, and Merlin’s Magic is the featured Tiny Tots shows at The Puppet Co.
* The Diggity Dudes are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.
Music with Little Miss Ann
Where: Room & Board
The Room & Board showroom will be hopping as Little Miss Ann performs her favorite tunes. Children will love her upbeat and interactive songs that promote positive messages. CDs, perfect for ages 2-6, will be available for signing and purchase. Kid-friendly sips and snacks will be provided following the performance. Room & Board is located at 1840 14th Street NW. RSVP here.
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity
Free concerts, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all weekend long. Get the full scoop on all of these joys of summer.
Watch the World Cup with the Kids
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free, but plan to spend on food and drinks
If you and the kiddos have World Cup fever and want to catch some matches with other fútbol fanatics, check out these suggestions for family-friendly places to watch the tournament. They include local restaurants and bars (that welcome kiddos during the day) as well as outdoor venues hosting special viewing parties, including one by the DC United.
Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday 1-4pm, Sunday, 2-5pm
Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn what Sierra Club founder John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt had in common.
Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 1pm
The National Gallery’ of Art is kicking off their Children’s Film Program for the summer. During this session, join them for for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of the two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. Recommended for ages 4 and up.