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The Weekend Round-Up: June 2-4

Saturday is National Trails Day...take a hike!

Saturday is National Trails Day…take a hike!



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Special events and activities over the next few days span the recreation and entertainment spectrum. Discover the night sky, get folksy or jazz it up, browse an arts & crafts show, enjoy a community festival, immerse in digital art, catch an Ultimate game, shop for locally made pottery, drink wine… and there are many more possibilities for good times. Details on all of the above are below. Happy Weekend!

Astronomy Night on the Mall
Where: 15th & Constitution NW | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 6-11pm
Admission: Free

Get an eyeful of the night sky and a chance to mingle with astronomers at the 8th Annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. This free public stargazing event features solar, optical, and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, demonstrations, hand-outs, posters, banners, and videos. There will also be planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome and speakers from scientific and educational organizations.

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

Enjoy summer fun with a host of activities that only occur this time of year. Catch an open-air concert at one of several series in the area. Stay cool at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. See a movie under the stars. Check out a seasonal exhibit. Go berry picking. Ride mini-trains and carousels at local parks. And much, much more. Check the Summer 2017 Guide for details on all of these great pursuits.

Imagination Bethesda
Where: Woodmont & Elm Street | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The 23rd annual Imagination Bethesda is back on Saturday. Musical performances and professional children’s entertainers will light up the stage, while hands-on art & craft activities will line the streets along Elm St. and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Face painters bring butterflies and pirates to life and live entertainment will have the whole gang dancing, and more.

Washington Folk Festival
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Get folksy at Glen Echo Park this weekend, as the 37th annual 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.

Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show
Where: Downtown Historic Occoquan, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free

Get ready for a weekend full of art, crafts, entertainment, and family fun. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the Town of Occoquan’s 48th Annual Arts and Crafts Show. Along with the creative items for sale by more than 300 contemporary and country crafters, there will be live entertainment, a DJ, food, and a Kidz Corner.

Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days
Where: The Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 12-7pm
Admission: Free

Leading up to the DC Jazz Festival starting next week and part of The Phillips Collection’s Museum Walk events, there will be special performances and activities for guests, especially young ones. Enjoy both the art and live jazz throughout the museum, including musicians improvising to paintings in the galleries. Kids enjoy storytime, meet some of the artists, visit an instrument petting zoo, create their own masterpieces to take home, and view the permanent collection, too. Read more about the event and museum in this post about one of our experiences there.

Immerse in Art & Technology
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child ($25/evening adults only)

The debut exhibit from ARTECHOUSE, a brand new digital art space, is a must-experience for all ages. Consisting of 10 interactive and immersive installations, XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a virtual playground of technology and light. And you’ll have a blast experiencing it. Read more about the exhibit in this new KFDC review.

Walk the Museum Walk
Where: Dupont-Kalorama Neighborhoods, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Get off the Mall and explore the many museums in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood during its 33rd annual Museum Walk Weekend. (You can also check out the Obama’s future neighborhood!) See the exhibits and enjoy special programs for free at seven diverse museums, including The Phillips Collection, Dumbarton House, Anderson House, and Woodrow Wilson House. If you don’t want to use the shoe leather express, there will be a free shuttle running between sites.

Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival
Where: Bull Run Park | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $30/adults, $10/kids

A wine fest might sound like a grown-ups-only event, but this one offers plenty of fun for kids, too. Chef demos, food truck fare, live music, and a whole family area with activities especially for children are among the festivities. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunity for wine tasting, too!

Strawberry Festival
Where: Sandy Spring Museum | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission:

The Sandy Spring Museum is hosting its 36th Annual Strawberry Festival. Taking place throughout the Museum’s 7 acres along Route 108, the event will feature live music and entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and activities for children of all ages, including games, crafts, pony rides, strawberry shortcake, and much more!

Red Rover: Mission to Mars
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Join the Air & Space Museum in Chantilly for Making STEM Magic, a weekly program that introduces young visitors to engineering in a fun and creative way. On Saturdays this month Red Rover: Mission to Mars is the theme, and guests will learn more about NASA’s mobile labs and construct their own rolling rovers in the June design challenge.

Happy Trails
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Saturday is National Trails Day, and you can celebrate by taking part in one of many special events around the area. Take a hike, do some volunteer trail maintenance, go bird watching, and more. Find an event for your family on the National Trails Day website. Or if you just want to hit the trail for a hike, check out this post about great walks in the woods with kids.

Trails Celebration
Where: Anacostia Park | Anacostia, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of National Trails Day, skate, bike, run, or hike your way into Anacostia Park along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Start your excursion at the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion or at Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, MD, and enjoy “pit stops” along the way! With about 20 miles of scenic trail between both starting points, visitors that can make it to both ends and collect stamps or stickers from each pit stop win a prize! Pit stops will also offer interactive activities such as a scenic boat ride on the Anacostia River leaving from the Anacostia Aquatic Center at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm; experience close encounters with various aquatic wildlife that live in the Anacostia River; learn to fish with guided lessons; get bike tune-ups; feel the pelts of animals you may see on the trail; receive health screenings; participate in outdoor stretching and exercising lessons; and much more! Read more about Anacostia Park in this KFDC post.

Weekend Walk-in
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5

Join the AVAM, one of the most wonderful, wacky museums around for a hands-on, drop-in art-making workshop! The education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of their beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration are provided!

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/Cinderella, $6/Tiny Tots

Cinderella is the Main Stage production at the Glen Echo puppet theatre with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots show on Saturday at 10am

A Jumpin’ June Festival
Where: The Explore! Mission Mobile Pad | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Explore!, the Children’s Museum program currently hosted at the National Portrait Gallery, welcomes you to a free backyard festival, where they are celebrating movement. Go get the wiggles out and enjoy family-friendly activities, meet new neighbors, and learn what Explore! has in store for the summer. There will be space-relate activities, hip-hop dance demos, arts & crafts, hola hoops and jump ropes, and more. Families and children of all ages welcome; dress for outdoor weather. Light snacks and drinks will be provided

SCOUT Bags Pop-Up
Where: Scout Headquarters | Georgetown, DC
When: Friday & Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join SCOUT for their first pop-up shop at the national headquarters in Georgetown. Shop the entire collection of locally designed bags and accessories perfect for the pool, beach, BBQ, and beyond! Each day will feature special promotions, plus attendees will be entered in a raffle to win prizes from SCOUT and other local businesses. The SCOUT headquarters are located at 1027 33rd Street NW in Georgetown.

Noyes Storybook Parade
Where: Kensington Town Hall | Kensington, MD
When: Saturday, 9:30-10:30am
Admission: Free

The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation invites families to be part of the Storybook Parade in support of the Noyes Children’s Library in Kensington. Children and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook character and bring musical instruments (including drums, triangles and cymbals) to march in the parade. Classic characters, such as The Cat in the Hat, Winnie the Pooh, and Dorothy and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, will also be participating. Lemonade and cookies will follow the parade. Rain date June 4.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Where: Btwn 14th and 15th Street NW | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for a morning on the Mall to gather together, hear speakers, and build and paint orange kites to help raise awareness about gun violence both on the June 3 and throughout the summer. Wear orange and meet on the grassy knoll between 14th and 15th Streets.

Local Pottery Pop-Up
Where: Hollow Work Ceramics Studio | Near Northeast, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Over 20 ceramicists from DC, Maryland, and Virginia will be displaying and selling their work at this unique one day event. This Pop Up will have a spectacular selection of handmade pottery available in a broad spectrum of styles, surfaces and colors, both functional and decorative. This will be an enormous gathering of local artists. If you are a pottery fan, this is not to be missed. And if you’re not, you will be! Hollow Work Ceramics Studio is located at at 803 7th street (rear alley) NE, just off of H Street.

Catch the Ultimate Breeze
Where: Gallaudet University | Northeast, DC
When: Sunday, 5:30pm
Admission: $14, free for 12 and under

Bring the kids out for fun, fresh air, and Pro Ultimate Frisbee! Not only will you get to see exciting Frisbee action as local team DC Breeze take on the New York Empire, kids can join a free youth clinic (for ages 6-17) before the game at 5pm (FYI: they offer this at every home game.) And while your kids are learning Ultimate out on the field, you can enjoy food and drink specials and listen to a live band to get ready for the game.

***More Good Stuff to Know***
* You have through Friday, June 2, to enter for a chance to win a week of half-day soccer camp with DC Way. Enter here!
* You can also try to win tickets to see Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook on stage at Adventure Theatre June 23 – August 14.
* Suburban Snapshots is accepting submissions of photos that capture the struggle to coexist with other living beings. (Check out her examples…so funny and relatable.)
* City Golf Adventures will be hosting a mini golf course pop up at Canal Park this coming week, June 7-10.
* If you haven’t had a riverside meal or margarita(s) at Cantina Marina on the Southwest Waterfront, make a plan to go — sans kids.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 26-29

High five, it's a 3-day weekend!  (Okay, so they're comparing hand sizes, but yay for the weekend, anyway!)

High five, it’s a 3-day weekend! (Okay, they’re comparing hand sizes, but, still, yay for the weekend!)



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Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer, when some of the season’s best activities begin — swimming under the sky, splashing around in spray parks, catching music and movies in the open air. Along with these staples of the warm months, there are many special events going on over the next few days — holiday tributes and observances, a celebration of JFK, a strawberry fest among them. And, of course, there are ongoing activities galore to help enjoy some quality time with the kids. Happy Weekend!

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It may not be official on the calendar, but “summer” is underway! Water fun, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin in DC. Start the weekend with free music at the Yards Park’s first concert of season or Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall. Make a splash at a public pool or a sprayground, see a family flick outdoors at National Harbor on Sunday night, and so much more. The KFDC 2017 Guide to Summer in DC has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of summer.

Celebrate JFK at 100
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 12–10pm
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center welcomes the public to a free Open House in celebration of John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday. Explore and experience the performing arts in the halls, theaters, and plazas of the Kennedy Center through more than 30 free performances, activities, and events for all ages and tastes, featuring artists from the DC region, across the U.S., and abroad.

Memorials Tour
Where: National Mall, DC
When: All Weekend
Admission: Free

Tributes to those who have served our country will take place at the many memorials and monuments on the National Mall throughout the weekend. Times vary, but you can look for schedules on the National Park Service website. The Mall will likely be crowded, so plan accordingly.

May the Force be with Nationals
Where: Nationals Park | Navy Yard, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are playing at home for the holiday weekend, and you can catch games against the Padres on Friday (7:05pm), Saturday (4:05pm), and Sunday (1:35pm). Saturday is Star Wars Day when there will be costumed characters and special nods to the Force. Be sure to check out KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank. And if you go on Sunday, plan to stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children can loop the infield after the last out.

El Galeón Ship Tour
Where: City Marina | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child, free for under 5

El Galeón, a full-size reconstructed Spanish sailing vessel used in early Colonial times, will be docked at the City Marina in Old Town Alexandria as she makes a stop there on a journey up and down the East Coast. Visitors are welcome to tour five of the six decks of the 16th century Spanish galleon replica. Advance tickets are available online.

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Where: Sky Meadows State Park | Delaplane, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $25/car

Spend Memorial Day weekend at the 24th Annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival! In addition to having delicious, gourmet-sized strawberries for sale, the festival features live music, a corn hole tournament, children’s games, hayrides, pony rides, a 4-H petting zoo, crafts, strolling entertainers, a 5k trail run, and much more.  

Hometown Holidays
Where: Rockville Town Square | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

A music festival, the Taste of Rockville, and Memorial Day events make up most of the festivities at the Rockville Town Center this weekend. Kids activities, food, and more fun will also be part of the lineup. View the website for the complete schedule of events.

Homefront Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $5/child, $7/adult

Recall the role of the transit industry during wartime in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy Tilley the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production of Kansas City Public Service. The special exhibit, Homefront Street Cars, will also be on view.

Blast Off!
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

Join the Air & Space Museum in Chantilly for Making STEM Magic, a weekly program that introduces young visitors to engineering in a fun and creative way. On Saturdays this month Blast Off!: Propulsion is the theme, and guests will earn about rockets and propulsion in the May design challenge.

The Jungle Book
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $15-30

This weekend is the last chance to see the show about Mowgli, a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Recommended for ages 4 and up, there are performances both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm and 4pm.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12/Cinderella, $6/Tiny Tots

Cinderella is the Main Stage production at the Glen Echo puppet theatre with performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Old McDonald’s Farm is the featured Tiny Tots show on Saturday at 10am

Market Days
Where: Central Farm Markets | Rockville & Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 1:30pm
Admission: Free

Visit these farmers markets that help support local communities with activities, events, and programming that help to educate, give back, and fight hunger. Shop for seasonal produce and more, and don’t miss the Kids Club with activities for children ages 4 and up from 10am – 12pm — this week they can enjoy a rainbow craft project while supplies lasts. The Pike Central Farm Market is on Saturday in the REI parking lot, and the Bethesda Central Farm Market is on Sunday in Downtown Bethesda.

All Aboard for a Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. To satisfy popular demand, expect an occasional sighting of Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, VA.

Fool For All
Where: Gallaudet University Theatre | Northeast DC
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the Faction of Fools Theatre Company for the 8th Annual “Fool For All” One-Day Fest: Tales of Chaos & Cannoli. Among the festivities that celebrate Commedia is a kid’s workshop offering a primer on the theatre tradition. Participants will learn about stock characters, how the plays are made, and even get to make a mask they can take home!

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. 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.

Go with the Flow
Where: Waterways around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by boathouse

Enjoy the weekend on the water, where you can paddle and explore. A bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, rowboats, and pontoons. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go, and you can also paddle from nearby Thompson Boathouse and Ballpark Boathouse next to Yards Park. Bladensburg Waterfront Park also has vessels for rent along with free pontoon boat tours on weekends from 5-5:45. If you’re up for a bigger excursion, you can rent your own pontoon at Solomons Island. And you can see where else you can explore by water in this round-up of great places to row.

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8-9:30pm, gates open at 5pm
(or Saturday for the dress rehearsal)
Admission: Free

Why watch on TV when you can be there in person? The 2017 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. Laurence Fishburn is hosting the event this year, and an all-star line-up of artists will join the National Symphony Orchestra in honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country. If you’re planning to go, the FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. KFDC Tip: If you can’t make Sunday’s show or don’t want to deal with the crowds, Saturday’s dress rehearsal is also always open to the public — gates open at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm & Monday, 9:30am – 5pm
Admission: $14.95/ages 2 and up

Bring the whole family to the children’s museum in Baltimore for a fun-filled Memorial Day Weekend. On Sunday, enjoy lively music from Mr. Norman, enjoy the signature story time, and learn about rhythm at an interactive Jingle Jangle Music Time! On Monday, the Museum is OPEN, and you can kick off the unofficial start to summer with with Mr. Daveed at the interactive Percussion Garden, create a shrinky dink dog tag in honor of those who’ve served, enjoy the lively Jingle Jangle Music Time, and much more.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Monday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am, and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery here.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The annual National Memorial Day Parade celebrates and honors American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

We Remember
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall, DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will teach people how to preserve veterans’ keepsakes. In the program “We Remember,” experts from the museum and the Library of Congress will advise visitors on how to care for letters, photographs, medals, uniforms and other memorabilia from family members. Informal information sessions will be held throughout the event, which will take place in the Potomac Atrium. Visitors are invited to bring their objects to the museum for caretaking advice.

***More Good Stuff to Know***
* Plan ahead for the Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show taking place next weekend, June 3-4!
* Check out Lunch Squares, a brand new blog by a local mom, with kid-friendly lunch box recipes and more based on seasonal fruits and veggies.
* Read about and get a glimpse of Luray Caverns, one of the region’s most spectacular natural landmarks.
* Did you know May is Bike Month? It is — and Public Bikes is celebrating with a great sale!
* No Monsters in My Bed recently posted a round-up of cute tops for summer!


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The Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show is Less Than Two Weeks Away, June 3-4!

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This post is sponsored by the Town of Occoquan, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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