The Weekend Round-Up: July 25-27

A summer evening at Yards Park

A summer evening at Yards Park



You’d never know it was July in DC with this mild weather we’ve been having lately; we can usually cook eggs on the sidewalks this time of year. Looks like it’s going to continue through the weekend, so along with the recs below, be sure to browse The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. And take a peek at The Great Indoors list while you’re at it – just in case. Happy Weekend!

Reggae on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with free music in the fresh air. Reggae band Jah Works will be performing 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 from nearby eateries and food truck vendors.

Tennis, Anyone?
Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, gates open at 9am
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the on-court excitement along with some special events as the Citi Open Tennis Tournament swings into action this weekend. Saturday is the first day of qualifying rounds as well as National Parks Community Day featuring activities and entertainment for families, including tennis clinics, games, face painters, pet adoptions, local mascots, and more.

Montgomery County Farm Tour
Where: Montgomery County farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Learn about agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food as Montgomery County celebrates the 24th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Activities will vary from farm to farm, but several will have hayrides, pony rides, music, animals to visit, and other activities planned (you can find a listing here – be sure to scroll down the page). All farms will be open Saturday, and some will reopen on Sunday, so be sure to check the website for the schedule before you go.

Discover the Moon Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Friday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the museum on the National Mall for a variety of fun and educational activities celebrating Earth’s Moon. Guests can interact one-on-one with scientists active in lunar research, learn about current and past lunar missions and spacecraft, see images of the lunar surface in 3-D, and much more! See the full schedule of activities here.

Summer Fun
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 all be enjoyed this weekend. The Summer 2014 guide has the whole scoop on all of them.

Big Fun at the Big Maze
Where: National Building Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10/adult, $5/age 3-11 members; $16/adult, $13/age 3-11 non-members

You only have five more weeks to experience this super cool installation at one of our favorite museums. It looms up to 18 feet high in the Great Hall and measures 60 feet by 60 feet. Within there are twists and turns and dead ends, all formed by finely constructed walls of maple plywood at varying heights. Navigating it is a blast, especially for the kids, and viewed from upper levels, it’s like a work of art. Read more about it and get a glimpse here.

Pirate Fest
Where: Lake Fairfax
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Arrrrr, mateys! Celebrate Virginia’s seafaring past at this new festival at Lake Fairfax. Join with Ships Company Chanteymen singing traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes, and pirate ditties. Explore up close the quarter scale ship called the “Lion” and learn sailor skills. Experience the life of a sailor first hand with lots of fun activity stations, including a pirate-themed tour boat ride. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter a costume contest. Learn about global trade in the 18th century, and discover the luxury goods from international ports that compelled pirates to sail the seven seas. For more about what you’ll encounter there, go here.

Christmas in July
Where: Union Street, Old Town Alexandria
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Get into the holiday spirit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they land their sleigh at Union Street for a little Christmas in July. Enjoy special activities for kids including storytelling & cookies at Union Street Public House, photos & face painting at The Christmas Attic, plus Christmas in July sales at The Christmas Attic and drink specials at Union Street Public House for adults ALL day!

Take ‘em out to the Ballgame
Where: Bethesda & Bowie
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Just because the Nats aren’t in town, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch some good baseball action. Minor league team Bowie Baysox and summer collegiate teams Bethesda Big Train and Rockville Express are all playing this weekend. It’s Fan Appreciation Night for the Big Train on Friday, plus their playing the express on Saturday. Over in Bowie, catch a fireworks show along with the action on the field. For game times and tickets, visit the Bethesda Big Train website and Bowie Baysox websites.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Be hugely entertained by The BFG at Imagination Stage (look for discount tickets)
* It’s the opening weekend for Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs at The Puppet Co. and Mother Moose Caboose and Penguin’s Playground are the featured Tiny Tots shows
* Encore Stage & Studio’s Once Upon a Mattress is on stage this weekend.
* Younger audiences will love Mouse on the Move, also at Imagination Stage
* Enjoy Disney’s the Lion King at the Kennedy Center
* Catch a colorful show as Pinkalicious is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* See a performance of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets amid the trees at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
* Take a musical journey with AndyRoo & the AndyRooniverse on Saturday morning at Jammin’ Java

Stories in Art
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Children ages 4-7 can pack their imaginations and travel to the National Gallery of Art. This week’s session of the series that explore Italy through art will focus on the works of Giotto. There are several time slots available each day. Sign-in will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10am on Saturday and at 11:00am on Sunday, and will continue until all spaces are filled. And they do often fill up, so plan to get there early to register.

Artful Conversations
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Artful Conversations for kids ages 8-11 is also on again this weekend. Guests will observe a work of art, then participate in a discussion about it. Sessions are on Saturday at 11am and 1pm, and Sunday at 12pm and 2pm. Sign-in takes place in the West Building Rotunda beginning at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday and will continue until all spaces are filled.

Parents Day on the Farm
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10.95, free for one parent per paid child

For the first time ever in recognition of Parents Day, Ticonderoga will be waiving the cost of admission for one parent per paid child. They will also have some family directed games as well as the usual “Amazing Farm Fun” hayrides, animals, slides, giant jumping pillow, panda puzzle, and so much more! Read more about Ticonderoga here.

National Dance Day
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Saturday, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

This celebration of the art of dance began a few years ago (read more background along with my ode to one of my favorite associated shows) and has become an annual happening. The free, two-hour celebration will feature performances by AXIS Dance Company, dance lessons, and talent from Dizzy Feet Foundation, including Jenna Elfman and hip-hop dancer Fik-Shun The celebration takes place in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer.


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