I hope you’ve got a few minutes to spare. You’re going to need some extra time to get through this round-up, because the next few days are chock full of possibilities for fun — music by the river, a jaunt back in time, a fishing intro, cultural festivals, opera at the ballpark, live entertainment, and so much more. Plus, you can start getting your summer on a little early — the brand new 2015 Summer Guide has details on what’s going on. Happy Weekend!
Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park, SE DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
One of my favorite spring & summer activities starts up again this evening. The Yards Park’s Friday concert series kicks off their 2015 season with the R&B sounds of Jimi Smooth. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, or you can BYO and make a picnic dinner of it with the family. The fountains will be on, and there’s plenty of space for kids to frolic, and, of course, the boardwalk where everyone can dance!
18th Century Spring Market Fair
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm, McClean VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4:30pm
Admission: $8/adult, $3/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under
Celebrate the season in a fun and educational way at Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s 18th Century Spring Market Fair. Colonial Virginia event set in time period right before the American Revolution. Play games, listen to music and enjoy a children’s puppet theater. Watch the Blacksmith, Spinners and Cabinetmaker in action or make your own Corn Husk Doll. Meet the Farm family and neighbors, in costume and character. See heritage breed animals including turkeys, chickens and pigs. Browse herbs and flowering plants and shop for the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry, soaps and lotions. Lunch available for purchase includes spit roasted chicken, fresh vegetables, sausages, bread, cheeses, roasted olives and fruit pies. Cask ales, beers, wine and fresh ginger ale available at the Colonial Tavern.
Where: Fletcher’s Cove, NW DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Get the kids hooked on nature at this fishing event. All ages are invited to an action-packed day of fishing instruction and fun. Training and gear will be provided for participants to catch a fish. Activities aren’t limited to casting a line—guests can learn to test water quality and tie knots, do some fish art, identify bugs, join a scavenger hunt, and go for their Junior Ranger Badge.
Fiesta Asia Street Fair
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue, 3rd – 6th Streets, NW DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month 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, food, hands-on activities, and more. Especially for kids is the Kiddiz Cool Lounge with origami, sidewalk chalk, dragon making, story telling, Okinawan Drumming, bamboo dancing, and more. While admission is free, be prepared to spend on food and marketplace fun.
Opera in the Outfield
Where: Nationals Park, SE DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
How about opera where there’s usually baseball? The Washington National Opera presents Opera in the Outfield for the 7th year with a simulcast performance of Rossini’s romantic comedy Cinderella on Saturday evening. The show starts at 7pm, but gates open at 5pm for “pregame” activities for the entire family, including a royal parade, a costume dress-up station, photo ops with Cinderella characters and the Babe Ruth statue, face painting, chances to win prizes, and more. Get there early for a seat on the field, otherwise there will be plenty of seating in the stands.
Kids to Parks Day
Where: Parks around the area
Celebrate local, state, and national parks and public lands on Saturday in commemoration of the 5th Annual Kids to Parks Day. There are nearly 100 events happening across the DC region for kids and families to enjoy, which can be found on www.kidstoparks.org along with downloadable tips and activity guides to plan park adventures. And those who pledge to participate at the website will also have a chance to win a grand prize, a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera!
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Enjoy a spirited performance for young audiences (7+), Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, at the Kennedy Center
* Be enchanted by The Washington Ballet’s Alice (in wonderland) also at the Kennedy Center (look for a deal on select seats)
* The Creative Cauldron brings Once on this Island to the stage again this weekend
* Catch a performance of Sinbad: The Untold Tale at Imagination Stage
* The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Cinderella is the current main stage production
* And Teddy Bear’s Picnic is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* Rock out with Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning
Special Olympics Pep Rally
Where: National Postal Museum, NW DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
The National Postal Museum has teamed up with USPS in support of their letter writing campaign for the athletes of Special Olympics USA. At the “Pep Rally” event visitors will be given the opportunity to write letters of encouragement to the athletes representing our country at the games. The museum will supply the materials needed to create the letters including paper, postcards, pens, decorating supplies and a “how to guide,” and will ensure that the letters will be delivered to the team prior to the games in July. Visitors will receive a raffle ticket for every letter they write!
Family Volunteer Day
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, NE DC
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Spring into action and help get Kenilworth’s amazing Gardens ready for the season. Join the staff as they remove invasive plants, weed and mulch the entry gardens, and assist with other park projects. There is no set age limit, but parent supervision is required for ages 18 and younger.
Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Where: National Museum of the American Indian, SW DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
In its 9th year, this 3-day festival showcases Hawaiian artists, performers, and practitioners of traditional Hawaiian culture. This year’s theme is The Epic Journey of Pele and Hi’iaka, and you can follow it through a variety of programs this weekend, includes hula, chanting, traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, food demos, and hands-on activities for all ages.
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
The City of Gaithersburg welcomes you to their sixth annual literary event! Festivities will include the chance to see and meet some of the world’s best writers, from best-sellers to acclaimed up-and-comers; join in literary workshops; and a full day of fun at the Children’s Village. The Gaithersburg City Hall is located at 31 South Summit Avenue.
Victory Garden Puppet Program
Where: National Archives, NW DC
When: Saturday, 12pm
Join the National Archives Education team for a fun, interactive puppet show focusing on the Victory Gardens of World War II. Be sure to get your hands in the dirt with the other activities before or after the show. You can plant a vegetable to take with you and start a victory garden of your own once you get home or create your own shadow puppet, just like the ones used in the show.
Where: Lewinsville Park, Mclean VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
McLean’s annual festival to celebrate the city is extra special this time ‘round because it’s in its 100th year! The McClean Community Center is going all out for the event, making it bigger and better than ever with all kinds of amusements and rides, a marketplace, live entertainment, food truck, a history walk, petting zoo, balloon animals, tennis game, laser tag, and more! This will all take place at Lewinsville Park, located at 1659 Chain Bridge Road.
Armed Forces Day
Where: National Cryptologic Museum, Annapolis MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Honor and celebrate the men and women serving in our nation’s Armed Forces at the National Cryptologic Museum on Saturday. With a focus on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the event promises to be a day of fun and education for the whole family. Indoor and outdoor will include a chance to talk by ham radio, K-9 Unite demos, crafts with U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, live jazz from the U.S. Air Force Band, scavenger hunts, games, and more. Service members will be serving hot grilled food and drinks, and ice cream and cotton candy will be available for a sweet treat.
Enfants du Mond
Where: The French Academy, Chvey Chase DC
When: Saturday, 1:30-3pm
Admission: $25/child, $20 each for 2 or more children
Support children in Nepal as the kids enjoy a worldly experience at The French Academy. They are offering a Workshop for kids ages 3-13, and tuition will be donated to “Save the Children” in order to support emergency help: provide food and water, rebuild homes. Travel to different continents and learn vocabulary about countries, food, and animals. Dance and sing to celebrate the beautiful diversity of the world. Every child can bring a little object or some food from his/her heritage country to show others.
Taste of Arlington
Where: Downtown Ballston, VA
When: Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free, but you must purchase tickets to taste
Head across the river from DC for a day of food, fun, and more food. Over 50 Arlington restaurants will be offering samples of their fare at the annual street festival in downtown Ballston. And while the food is the main focus, there will be plenty more to enjoy, including live entertainment, art for sale, a Bark Park and World Pup Tourney, plus a KidZone with face-painting, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, carnival games & more. Tickets are available for purchase through the Taste of Arlington website, or you can buy them the day of the event. This all goes down on Wilson Blvd., from Glebe Road & N. Quincy & N. Stuart to 9th.
A Day in the Park
Where: Stead Park, NW DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Head to the park for a day of free concerts, games, crafts and fun. As part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival, the DCJCC is hosting this day of fun for families. Bring the kids to rock out to the music of Grammy-nominated duo The Pop Ups, winner of two Parent’s Choice® Awards; Latin Grammy-nominated Mister G performing in Spanish and English; and Jewish chick rock sensation Naomi Less. Jump on a moon bounce, get your face painted, play field games, and more!
Where: Tikvat Israel Congregation, Rockville
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Here’s a chance to get into the driver’s seat and explore all kinds of cool vehicles – a fire truck, ambulance, U-Haul and UPS trucks, stretch limo, Pepco cherry picker, and many more. If that sounds like it’ll appeal more to the kids, then go for the marketplace where vendors will be selling jewelry, books, doll clothes, among other items. Plan to have a bite there, as food will also be for sale.
Movie on the Potomac
Where: National Harbor, MD
When: Sunday, 8:30pm-ish
The National Harbor kicked off its summer (and spring) movie series last Sunday, showing free family-friendly flicks under the stars by the river. This time, you can wind down the weekend with a showing of Brave. Get there early and grab some dinner at one of the many eateries there.