Soular Sundays ∙ Community Event ∙ Marvin Gaye Park ∙ REVIEW


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Soular Sundays REVIEW

DC Thrifty Mom

Guest Thrifty Correspondent:

Octavia H.

Event: Soular Sundays at Marvin Gaye Park

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014 – attended from 1-6 PM

Arrival/Parking:  There is parking on the street and metro accessibility, with a short ride on the metrobus U8, from either the Minnesota Avenue or Capitol Heights stations.  Plan your visit using Metro’s Trip Planner.

Venue:  Riverside Market and Marvin Gaye Park
5200 Foote St. NE  ∙ (corner of Division Avenue & Foote Street) ∙ Washington DC 20019-6657

Cost: FREE Admission

Ages: Something for all ages. Great for families!

Food: Vegan food, soul food, lemonade and baked goods.

Photo Courtesy of Octavia

Photo Courtesy of Octavia H.

Don’t miss: Dj Jahsonic, lots of vendors with vintage jewelry, handmade items, and the best kale lemonade! Kid-friendly vendors & face painting, massages, yoga, belly dancer, caporeia.

I wish I’d known: It’s a very lively cultural event filled with beautiful people and live music and great information. A great community building event that is growing! Every other Sunday, I see some of the same people and activities mixed with lots of new stuff!

Kids’ response: The kids love it and some are apart of the event! They have a space to run around at the park, relax on a blanket, or play on the playground.

Insider Tip: Bring a blanket, kids toys and be prepared to relax in the park and be entertained!

~Guest Thrifty Correspondent, Octavia H.  All thoughts, opinions, and comments are her own.


Thank you, Octavia, for volunteering to be a Guest Thrifty Correspondent and introducing me to Soular Sundays at Marvin Gaye Park. Sharing your insight makes the DC Thrifty Mom community aware of this community event that many will consider before it ends for the season on Sunday, September 14th, 2014.

If you are attending an event and are interested in volunteering to share a review as a Guest Thrifty Correspondent, email me at [email protected]

National Children’s Museum ∙ August 2014 Special Programs & Discounts


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National Children’s Museum

August 2014 Special Programs


Elmo’s Birthday Bash!

SATURDAY, August 2 ∙ 10:00 am

Celebrate Elmo’s birthday with cake and special activities.
Dance party on the world map at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. with Elmo and friends!

Pet Vet at Marbles

FutureVet® with Banfield® Pet Hospital

SUNDAY, August 3 ∙ 1:00 pm

A licensed veterinarian will teach children all about the exciting world of veterinary medicine!
Your children will learn about what it means to be a responsible pet owner and what doctors look for when they examine your pets.
Children will receive a program diploma, stethoscope and goodie bag during “graduation.”
Space and supplies limited. Activities included with Museum admission.

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The Uncle Devin Show

SATURDAY, August 9 ∙ 12:00 pm

Your favorite drummer and percussionist returns to the NCM Theatre!
Dance, sing, and boogie down with Uncle Devin during this fun and rhythmic performance.

Eat Your Math Homework

Eat Your Math Homework

featuring Ann McCallum

SUNDAY, August 10 ∙ 1:00 pm

Join local educator Ann McCallum as she brings science and math to our taste buds through her stories “Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds” and “Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds.” You’re sure to have some new ideas for the dinner table after this fun presentation!

Lucky's Tap Dancing Feet



by Quynn Johnson
SATURDAY, August 16 ∙ 1:00 pm

Author and dancer Quynn Johnson joins us in the NCM Theatre to share her story about a horse who dreams of tap dancing. Following the reading, children will have a chance to try on their own tap dancing shoes!


Free Family Night sponsored by GEICO

THURSDAY, August 21 ∙ 5:00 pm

Young performers take the stage! This special Free Family Night features a theater showcase with acting, dancing, public speaking, costume design, hair, make-up and drama by Timeless Visual Works – The Inspirational Film Theater & Publishing Company!
Enjoy free admission to the museum for your whole family, as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. Sponsored by GEICO. Please note: tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NCM box office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. The museum will close for half an hour at 4:30 p.m. to give staff time to prepare for the event.

The Honorable Baba-C

Storytime with The Honorable Baba C

SATURDAY, August 23 ∙ 12:00 & 2:00 pm

Join master griot and storyteller The Honorable Baba C for a fun and memorable cultural experience the whole family will enjoy.


NOTE: NCM is OPEN for Labor Day – Monday, September 1, 2014


***Admission & Ticket Info***

No separate tickets are required for the above events. Purchase your Museum general admission tickets online here or in-person at the box office. If you purchase your tickets online, please plan to show a valid photo identification AND your printed ticket or e-ticket (on your smartphone) when checking in at our front desk.

When planning your visit, please check our calendar to see if timed entry will be in effect. We implement our timed entry policy on days when we expect the Museum to reach capacity.

Standard admission is $10 per child or adult, and there is no cost of admission for infants 12 months or younger. NCM members enjoy free admission year-round. Senior tickets (age 65 and over) are available for $8 with valid identification.

Military Discount

Active duty military personnel and their families will receive $1 off each admission (valid for up to four people) on Saturday and Sunday. Please bring a valid military ID to redeem the discount. Tickets must be purchased in person at the NCM box office.

AAA Discount

AAA members and their families will receive $1 off admission with valid identification. Tickets must be purchased in person at the NCM box office.

Other Discounts

Sesame Place Season Pass members receive $2 off admission with valid identification. Tickets must be purchased in person at the NCM box office.

Admission Policies

All ticket sales are final.

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Children’s National∙Cooking For Your Health: Kids in the Kitchen


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Summer Series: Kids in the Kitchen

3 consecutive days. August 5th, 6th and 7th from 11:30am-2:30pm

This three-day, kids-only class will immerse kids in kitchen! Day 1 will explore gluten-free baking including discussing different types of gluten-free baking products. The kids will get hands on experience baking cookies, cupcakes and muffins. Day 2 will teach kids about making finger foods to share with friends! Recipes include chicken fingers, fish sticks, mozzarella sticks, veggie chips and mini pizzas. Day 3 will be all about fun! We’ll learn how to make delicious works of art that are tasty too! Ages 6 and up.
Cost: $5/day ($15 total for all 3 days)

Click Here to Register


Nutrition & Gluten-Free Baking

Monthly – please check website for upcoming dates

Curious about the dozens and dozens of gluten-free flours on the marketplace? This class will look at some of the most popular gluten-free flour replacements (white rice flour, brown rice flour, almond flour, teff, millet, coconut flour, sorghum flour, soy flour, etc) and teach parents and kids how to convert their favorite baking recipes into gluten-free alternatives. Furthermore, the course will look at the nutritional properties of each of the gluten-free ingredients and explore how to boost nutrition in household recipe favorites. The class will also look at gluten-free all-purpose flours and help participants decide which blend is thebest for their family. Multiple baked goods will be cooked and served.
Cost: $5


All classes are held at the Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Health
System’s main campus. 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010.
Children’s National opened the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex on June 5, 2013. The complex allows Children’s National to provide quality diabetes care with the help of its state-of-the-art outpatient treatment rooms and an education center, where families can participate in simulation labs to learn about proper nutrition and physical exercise – the keys to diabetes management. The complex was made possible through a partnership with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.


Cooking For Your Health

Fun, tasty and educational classes geared towards living with
Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease and gluten-related conditions.



Culture Capital

Arts & Entertainment:

Family Friendly Events in Metro DC

July 31 – August 6, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Gallery Talk: Van Gogh’s Late Works
National Gallery of Art
Thursday, July 31 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Conversations with curators and educators given by Anne Hoeningswald and Diane Arkin, National Gallery of Art (50 minutes); West Building Main Floor, Rotunda

Move This World (for Youth)
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Friday, August 1 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Performance troupe Move This World leads an interactive empowerment workshop based on the themes in the Ubuhle exhibition related to self-esteem, independence, and empowerment. The group uses gesturing and body movement as a platform for participants to attain a sense of self-empowerment.

Visual Arts Exhibition featuring 2015 Artist Fellowship Program Opening Reception
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Friday, August 1 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This free exhibition presents some of the District’s finest visual artists competing for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ FY15 Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) grant. Through the AFP, District-based artists may be awarded up to $10,000 in unrestricted support for FY 2015. Each artist has submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective. The gathering of these artworks in the District’s first operated public gallery captures the broad scope of the dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for artists to express their visions to the public. Many works are available for purchase.

6th Annual Washington International Piano Festival
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, Aug 1 & Saturday, Aug 2 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Washington International Piano Festival (WIPF) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance and teaching of classical music at the highest standard. The goal of the festival is to provide the best learning experience for young aspiring concert pianists, teachers, amateurs, and piano lovers of all ages by combining an intensive educational program with an outstanding concert series. All participants have the opportunity to work with prominent piano pedagogues in daily one-on-one private lessons and to participate in recitals, educational workshops, lectures, and master classes that focus on both piano solo and piano ensemble repertoire. The festival presents its Young Pianist Showcase featuring award-winning local talent.

Art on 8th: DC Casineros
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Friday, August 1 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join the DC Casineros’ company of community DJs and dancers for an evening of Son, Songo, Timba, Guaguanco, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, and Rumba – expect to be up on your feet!

Free Summer Saturdays – Family Workshop: Animal Maquettes
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday, August 2 ∙ FREE!
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., North Atrium
Inspired by Albert Paley’s maquettes, families work together to create their own animal displays.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design’s Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is free every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.
11 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.: Guided Tours

Community Leaders Are Readers: The South African Spoken Word Tradition
Presented by Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Saturday, August 2 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
In conjunction with the exhibition Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, this special edition of “Community Leaders are Readers” focuses on South African languages. Local artist Akua Allrich talks about the tonal rhythms found in African speech patterns and their relationship to poetry and music. A participatory art workshop follows.

Jazz Music with Freddie Dunn Jr
Dance Place
Saturday, Aug 2 – 8:00 pm & Sunday, Aug 3 – 7:00 pm ∙ $15-$20
Starring the Freddie Dunn Quartet as well as virtuosic solos by the man himself, join Freddie Dunn Jr. for an evening of jazz music and the refreshing sounds of cool trumpet. Trumpeter Freddie Dunn, Jr. was raised in northern New Jersey, and cut his eye teeth in the frenetic music scenes of New York and New Jersey. A champion of the jazz cause and a believer in taking the music to the people Freddie has recently become involved in organizing and performing street shows in MD, DC and VA. With his latest endeavor, Save the Jazz, he hopes to raise awareness, and interest in Jazz music of all stripes here in Washington, D.C.

Free Community Day: August 2014
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, August 3 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA! Visit us on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore our current exhibitions as well as our permanent collection. EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW Total Art: Contemporary Video Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships

Orrin Star
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Monday, August 4  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Orrin Star is an award-winning guitarist and mandolin player who combines hot picking, cool singing, and good humor. He boasts a repertoire which ranges from bluegrass standards and little-known folk gems to Celtic fiddle tunes and blues.

Silk Road Dance Company
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Tuesday, August 5  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The award-winning Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents traditional and contemporary women’s dances from the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Founded by Artistic Director Laurel Victoria Gray in 1995, the ensemble’s performances offer a unique glimpse of the life, culture, and art of little known regions.

George Washington Carver Trail
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Wednesday, August 6 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE!
Join an environmentalist for a walk through an urban forest. Learn how to read the story of the land which nature tells. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

Phil Wiggins and Friends
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Wednesday, August 6  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Phil Wiggins began his musical career with some of Washington’s leading blues artists including Archie Edwards and John Jackson. He attributes his style to his years spent accompanying slide guitarist and gospel singer Flora Molton. His harmonica sound developed from listening to piano and horn players, as well as the music of Sonny Terry, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton and Junior Wells.

Jane Austen Film Fest: Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Dumbarton House
Wednesday, August 6 ∙ 8:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name published in 1813. The story is about five sisters – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet – in Georgian England whose lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood.


Backyard Theater for Children: Asanga Domask/Serendib Dance in Rhythm of Lanka 
Thursday, July 31 ∙ 9:30 & 11:30 am ∙ $8
Enjoy Sri Lankan traditional dance, an art form built over thousands of years, Elaborate costumes, traditional music, and powerful yet elegant movements take viewers of all ages on a historic journey.
This performance is presented by CityDance.

Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Thursday, July 31 – Sunday, August 3 ∙ various show times ∙ $10
What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This tongue-in-cheek version of two children’s favorites uses humor and music to explore our fear of things we don’t understand. This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. The show continues through Sunday, August 31.

The Tempest
Olney Theatre Center
Thursday, July 31 – Sunday, August 3 ∙ various show times ∙ $20
A tremendous tempest causes a shipwreck and scatters a cargo of noblemen across a mysterious island. Little do they know that Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, is at the helm of all magic and mystery. In Shakespeare’s last and most magical tale, fairies and spells unwind villains’ desires, tie lovers together, and unknot past wrongs.
Shakespeare’s glorious tale of magical creatures, love and forgiveness on a faraway island is sure to captivate in our outdoor space, the Root Family Stage. In celebration of their 65th consecutive year of touring, we’ll be returning to an old format we’ve used in the past, in which National Players veterans compose half of the cast of this professional show, mentoring current National Players who take the younger roles.
(Recommended for ages 8 and up. Children 10 and under are FREE.)

Pinkalicious – The Musical
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, Aug 2 through Monday, Aug 4 ∙ various show times ∙ $10.50-$19 
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann∙ Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Music by John Gregor ∙ Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Directed by Carl Menninger ∙ Starring Felicia Curry ∙ All Ages.  The show continues through Sunday, August 31.  Check for discount ticket availability.

Southside Mt. Rainier Music & Skateboarding Series
Presented by Brentwood Arts Exchange
Mt. Rainier Skate Park
Saturday, August 2 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Fill your summer Saturdays with skateboarding, music, grillin’, and chillin’! Check out the Southside Music and Skateboarding Series from 1-4 pm at Mt. Rainier Skate Park in Mt. Rainier, MD. See you there!

Tiny Tots: Baby Bear’s Birthday
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Wednesday, August 6 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
You are invited to a BIG birthday bash! Please join Baby Bear as all of his special Teddy Bear friends perform their very best circus tricks as a great, big birthday surprise. And Mama Bear has an even bigger surprise in store…A HUGE SURPRISE FOR EVERYONE!

Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Cathy Ponton King
Wednesday, August 6 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
DC native Cathy Ponton King swings: ‘Nawlins-flavored jazzy blues, good old fashioned rock ‘n roll, tender ballads and original nuggets of singer-songwriter gold. The UMD alumna and former journalist infuses her stage show with wit and verve, armed with a Fender Telecaster and a drive to rock like Muddy Waters taught her.

Movies at Montpelier: Where The Wild Things Are (2009)
Montpelier Arts Center
Wednesday, August 6 ∙ 8:30 pm ∙ FREE!
A free outdoor movie featuring the film adaptation of the beloved children’s book.
A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants. Max – following an incident with Claire (his sister) and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him – runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.


Dark Star Park Day
Presented by Arlington Cultural Affairs
Dark Star Park
Friday, August 1 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE!
Join us for a celebratory proclamation at the artwork that launched Arlington Public Art – Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park. See the shadow alignment that happens once a year, marking the day in 1860 when William Ross acquired the land that would become Rosslyn.
Shadow alignment at 9:32 am.

Signature’s Open House
Signature Theatre
Saturday, August 2 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join Signature Theatre for an Open House including special ticket offers, free performances every fifteen minutes, kids’ activities and more!

Mestey Films Productions presents: ”The Ice Queen”
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, August 2 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $9-$12 
Being the Ice Queen is not easy! Our story unfolds as the sister of the mysterious Ice Queen and Charles (a Wise Man) is determined to find her true love. But, it won’t be an easy task, as who can really understand the Ice Queen? When Jack Frost enters the picture, new twists and turns evolve! Will the Ice Queen and Jack Frost make the perfect pair and live happily ever after? “Chill Out” this Summer with this new original fairytale by Vianlix Mestey! This show continues every Saturday at 1:00 pm through Aug 9.

Mount Vernon Nights: Town Mountain (Bluegrass)
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, August 2 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers.

The Music Box
Presented by Synetic Theater
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, August 6  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ $5-$15
The Music Box is a collection of short stories set to music and brought to life in Synetic Theater’s unique movement theater style, which includes pantomime, imagination, illusions and physical comedy. A surly janitor and an uptight businessman discover a magical mask, two cowboys in the wild west tame a bull on the loose, two road workers try to catch a butterfly in an attempt to capture the heart of a girl, and—not to be missed—the classic invisible wall. Synetic Theater is D.C.’s premiere physical theater company. These performances are appropriate for children ages 5-12 years old.


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Hometown Pass - Locals Ride FREE!

“Our Free Hometown Pass is the best way to entertain visiting friends and family!”

Introducing the Historic Tours of America Hometown Pass Program

All Residents within the District of Columbia as well as within a 50 mile radius of the District can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest.

These tours include*: DC Duck Tours Old Town Trolley Tours ∙ Monuments by Moonlight Tour

*One resident receives free admission per accompanying full fare adult paid guest.

Certain restrictions may apply.

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And take advantage of this program when visiting family and friends in these locations:

Boston ∙ Key West ∙ San Diego ∙ Savannah ∙ St. Augustine 

Sign up today for this

FREE Hometown Pass Membership!

Membership Terms

  • Each Hometown pass holder receives free admission some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a guest who has purchased A FULL FARE adult ticket.
  • Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth.
  • Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons.
  • In order to take advantage of this incredible offer, you must sign up in advance and present your Hometown Pass along with a valid photo id at ticket booth.
  • In order to sign up, each person must have a unique email address. Duplicate or shared emails will not be accepted in the system.
  • printed copy of your Hometown Pass must be presented with your photo ID in order to receive our Hometown Pass offer.

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Phone: (305) 293-7249

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Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival ∙ HATFest at Gateway DC ∙ Aug 2 & 3



Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival

Saturday, August 2-3 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Gateway DC @ St. Elizabeth’s East
2700 MLK Jr. Avenue, SE

The Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeths East is now the Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival at Gateway DC (#HATFestDC). 

Hear, see, create, learn, taste, dance and interact at the city’s first Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival at Gateway DC – Ward 8’s new innovative urban park and future technological hub at St. Elizabeths East. The first HATFestDC scheduled for August 2-3 from 1 to 6 p.m., is designed to inspire families and creative entrepreneurs through unique and up-close interaction with the work and processes behind the creative economy of the nation’s capital. With a theme of “Humanities, Arts & Technology at Work,” HATFestDC will demonstrate how to thrive in creative fields, while inspiring both adults and youth to build projects and programs with H.A.T. (humanities, arts, and technology) disciplines at the center.

The weekend will feature a main performance area, FREE performances by Y’anna Crawley and Clifton Ross of BET’s Sunday’s Best and R&B artist – Reesa Renee, and five mini pavilions focused on music, visual arts and graphic design, food, technology and children’s activities. Concurrently, each area will include interactive workshops, readings, artist talks and panel discussions, robotics, art creation, theatrical performances and chef demonstrations. There will even be over 50 vendor spaces, designed to provide area entrepreneurs a chance to authentically connect and establish relationships with potential consumers.

This kick-off event features an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops that will be fun for the entire family! See the details below.

Humanities Arts & Technology Festival - Schedule

The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival

St. Elizabeths East | 2700 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, WDC 20032

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-705-4604

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DC Africa Festival 2014 ∙ FREE ∙ Register TODAY!


5th Annual DC Africa Festival

5th Annual DC Africa Festival

Sunday, August 3, 2014

12pm – 6pm

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – Woodrow Wilson Plaza

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

FREE but registration required

Each year, the Mayor’s Annual Africa Festival celebrates diverse communities of the District’s African diaspora through art, culture, food, history, and music. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has fast become one of the District’s most anticipated cultural events drawing thousands of attendees. The event stands as a unique testament to the unprecedented growth and presence of the District’s African residents. It further echoes the goals of OAA’s (Office on African Affairs)  Multicultural Awareness and Community Building Program –celebrating the varied identities of African people; promoting the different cultures within the District’s African community; and encouraging all District residents to learn about African heritage, customs, and history.

Find details below, RSVP for DC Africa Festival 2014 soon and don’t miss this momentous event!

DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs

The mission of the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) is to ensure that the full range of health, education, employment, social services, safety, business and economic development information, services and opportunities are accessible to the District’s African immigrant communities. By serving as the liaison between the District’s African immigrant communities, District government agencies and the Mayor, OAA aims to:

  1. Improve the quality of life of the District’s diverse African born constituencies and their children;
  2. Increase civic and public engagement in the District’s African immigrant communities; and
  3. Support community development.


Connect with DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs:

2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20009 
Phone: (202) 727-5634
Fax: (202) 727-2357
TTY: 711

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Things To Do (FREE & Cheap!) in the Washington DC Metro Area: July 26 & 27


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DC Thrifty Mom’s

Things To Do (FREE & Cheap!) in the 

Washington DC Metro Area:

July 26 & 27, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair
July 26th – August 1st, 2014 ∙ FREE Admission! [Fee for parking & some entertainment]
This year we will be celebrating our 118th year where we are known for a traditional Country Fair experience. We are proud of our exhibitors, entertainment, animal shows, food, and, exhibits. We want to continue this tradition by bringing a wide variety of old traditions but bring you some new ones. Back by popular demand this year you will see the Racing Pigs, Wild West Night, Car Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Racing, Tractor Pull, Chain Saw Carver, and much more. NEW THIS YEAR Monster Truck Show! Please check out our schedule for dates and times.

Citi Open – National Parks Community Day
William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center - 16th & Kennedy Streets, NW
Saturday ∙ 9 am – 1 pm
This all-day event will include a DPR family fun zone, tennis clinics, face painters, pet adoptions, local mascots, and much more!

NOVA Medical & Urgent Care Center – Leesburg
Saturday ∙ 9 am – 1 pm ∙ FREE!
Parents, show your kids that a trip to the doctor’s office isn’t scary… It can be fun!
Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll to our special interactive Teddy Bear Clinic. They’ll get to play doctor for Teddy’s annual check-up and learn about routine medical procedures and equipment like x-rays, thermometers, tongue depressors, and stethoscopes. View event highlights.

Saturday Morning at the National Mary Ann Jung: Pee Wee Pirates
The National Theatre
Saturday ∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!
Ahoy there, maties! Set sail with Captain Jean, the Pirate Queen, on a rollicking ’round the world adventure in sailing! In this fast-moving show, kids volunteer for duty hoisting the rigging, swabbing the deck, and looking for land while learning details of foreign cultures the world over.

Growing Edible Gardens & Organic Food with your Kids
Wangari Gardens - Kenyon Street and Park Road, NW
Saturday ∙ 10 am – 12 pm
Have you explored planting an edible organic garden with your kids yet?
Come learn some basics on why growing organic is important, what resources are available in DC to grow with your kids and pick up some seeds to get started.   Don’t Miss It!! Summer is here so the time is right to get your hands in the dirt and have some fun. Options for all types of living styles will be explored.  Certified urban agriculture aficionados and youth camp organizers will share their love for organic food and how to grow it simply in a way that includes your kids as co-learners in a session that highlights the interdependence of us all with Mother Earth.  Please dress comfortably and ready to get hands in the dirt.  Every child will take a transplant or seedling home and seeds.  Materials will be provided.  Very interactive!

Christmas in July
Union Street in Alexandria
Saturday ∙ 10 am – 3 pm ∙ FREE Activities for the kids!
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Union Street for a little Christmas in July. Enjoy these FREE activities for the kids: 10am-12pm Storytelling & Cookies at Union Street Public House; 12pm-3pm Photos & Facepainting at The Christmas Attic; Plus Christmas in July sales at The Christmas Attic and drink specials at Union Street Public House for the adults ALL day!

Washington Youth Garden – Family Garden Day
National Arboretum
Saturday ∙  10 am – 12:30 pm   $5+
Family Garden Days is an interactive family gardening, nutrition education, and cooking program.  It is designed to bring families together at the Washington Youth Garden to share in a communal experience of learning how to grow and prepare fruits and vegetables, maintain an organic garden, and prepare healthy meals.  Tailored to beginning gardeners and those looking to enhance their food and wellness practices, the program is an exciting opportunity for families to grow awareness, appreciation and connections to their food sources and engage in healthy life affirming outdoor activities!  Participating families harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden for cooking demos as well as to prepare and enjoy at home. Next family garden day scheduled for August 9.

Stories in Art (4-7): The Golden Artist: Giotto
National Gallery of Art – West Building Rotunda
Signup Begins: Saturday 10:00am & Sunday  11:00 am [continues until all spaces are filled]   FREE!
Meet a shepherd boy named Giotto who becomes a famous artist, and discover how he made his paintings with gold.
Stories in Art introduces children ages 4 to 7 to artists through careful looking, storytelling, and hands-on experimentation. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. Each program is approximately 60 minutes.

Artful Conversations (Ages 8-11) - See–Wonder–Compare
National Gallery of Art – West Building Rotunda
Signup Begins: Saturday 10:00am & Sunday  11:00 am [continues until all spaces are filled]   FREE!
Artful Conversations uses observation and discussion to explore works of art in the collection. Led by museum educators, each conversation focuses on one work of art in the galleries. Designed for children ages 8 to 11 and adults to participate in together, this program provides a model for families to explore works of art together. Each conversation is approximately 70 minutes. As a courtesy to the group, we will only accept sign-in for children in the age ranges listed.

Farm Tour & Harvest Sale 2014
Montgomery County
Saturday & Sunday ∙ 10 am – 4 pm ∙ [Except Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard 12 - 6pm]
Montgomery County will celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 25th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale. Spend a day or two in the country petting farm animals, going on a hay ride or enjoying a freshly-picked lunch by a scenic pond. Support the local agricultural economy by purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and more at one of seventeen participating farms. Check out the Let’s Talk Live segment that NewsChannel8 broadcast about the tour.

Arts in the Park
Fairfax County – various locations
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 am  ∙  FREE!
Arts in the Parks is a FREE family fun alternative to Saturday & Wednesday morning cartoons & video games. It serves to entertain children, teach them the importance of protecting our natural resources, introduce them to live entertainment in an informal kid friendly atmosphere, and forge a connection between kids and parks.
For most children, Arts in the Parks is their first exposure to live entertainment, and for practically all of the young watchers, it’s their first chance to join professionals on stage. So they remember and forever associate the delightful experiences with parks.

Today’s Arts in the Park schedule includes:

Blue Sky Puppet Theater * Burke Lake Park Amphitheater

The GoodLife Theater * E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater

Paul Hadfield ‘The Funny Guy’ * Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater

The grandsons, jr. * Mason District Park Amphitheater

Pirate Fest
Lake Fairfax Park
Saturday ∙ 10 am – 6 pm  Advance Tickets: $10 -  Gate: $12 - Water Mine Pass Holders: $6
This new festival celebrates Virginia’s seafaring past.  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 our many fun activity stations, including a pirate-themed tour boat ride. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter our 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. Rain or Shine!

Children’s Talk and Tour
Saturday ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5 – Advanced registration requested
This event takes place in the Mansion.
Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition. Get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. The program includes a hands-on activity. Only children require tickets – their guardians do not need a ticket.

Free Summer Saturdays: Sketching Workshop
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday ∙ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Galleries and Bridge

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design’s Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is free every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.
This week, participate in a Sketching Workshop.
11 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.: Guided Tours

GIGS and Kidzbill present Junior Jams: Rainbow Rock
FNDTN Gallery & Liveroom
Saturday ∙  10:30 am  ∙ Tickets: $6 Advanced // $8 Doors (Cash Only!)
Get ready to rock the rainbow with this interactive performance! The Rainbow Lady (Kate Moran), joined by some of her friends, Guitarmony Gus (Derek Evry), Sgt. Bam Sam (Sam Carolla), Captain Toe Tappin (Kevin de Souza), Princess Fiddlesticks (Lynn Rovelli), or Bassious Berry (Matt Berry), to make up the Rainbow Band, will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children’s tunes. Just as they have at fun family venues like the National Childrens’ Museum and across the D.C. area, these talented tunesters will keep you bopping in your socks until you just can’t rock anymore! Always on hand, inside the box of fun, tambourines, shakers and more for your little one to join in the fun, and if they are feeling like completing their rock star appearance, how about a nice little temporary Rainbow tattoo, from none other than Pattycake Patty (Patty Moran) or the lovely Rockin Rox Anna (Anna Goist)!! Are you ready to rock the rainbow?!

Jammin Java’s Tot Rock!
[Doors Open at 10am]
Saturday ∙  10:30 am  ∙ AndyRoo & the AndyRooniverse  ∙ General Admission (and seating) $8

The AndyRooniverse is made of the expanding landscape of every child’s imagination! Join AndyRoo on a musical journey to a town of animals, where you’ll encounter Silly Sal the Salamander, monkeys climbing trees, big balloons and an affable platypus.
AndyRoo & the AndyRooniverse is the children’s music project of singer-songwriter Andrew Karnavas. He has been a featured performer on Radio Disney AM 1590, with PBS Kids at SXSW, and on the Kids Country Stage with Radio Disney at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. His debut album Welcome to the AndyRooniverse was recorded in part at the #1 ranked children’s museum in the USA, the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Sunday ∙  10:30 am  ∙ The Not-Its!  ∙ General Admission (and seating) $8 – Family 4-Pack for $25
Meet The Not-Its!, A rockin’ band from Seattle making music for children and their parents. Their debut album, We Are The Not-Its!, took the kindie rock scene by storm, receiving a Fids & Kamily Music Award for one of the best family music albums of 2009—unprecedented for a freshman release. And with the buzz generated by their newest album KidQuake!, it’s clear they are on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families love.
Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of ‘90s Sub Pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within fantastic pop gems. The Not-Its! may also be the nation’s best-dressed kids’ band, sporting skinny pink ties and fluffy pink tutus that appeal to kids’ discerning fashion sense. Their high-energy stage performances are guaranteed to get audiences on their feet and jumping around with delight.
The Not-Its! continue to rock the socks off the greater Seattle area, as well as across the nation!

Storytime Live! Come and Meet Curious George
Kiddie Academy of DC West End
Saturday ∙ 11 am – 4 pm ∙ FREE and open to everyone–bring a friend or two!
At Kiddie Academy, reading together is an essential part of preparing for school and for life. Join us for Storytime LIVE! where Curious George jumps off the page and visits the classroom in person! Find the participating academy near you here.

Kids Tour of the Korean Memorial
Saturday & Sunday ∙ 11 am – 12pm  & 2 pm – 3pm ∙ FREE!
Have you ever seen a nine foot tall soldier? Come learn about the forgotten war and earn a Junior Ranger badge!

MUSTER THE MILITIAS - Open House Weekend
Saturday & Sunday ∙ various locations in DC-Maryland-Virginia ∙ FREE!
Sound the drums and muster the militias!  Prepare yourself for the British invasion and enjoy FREE admission and special public programs commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. View the participating regional museums here.

DC PUBLIC LIBRARY Activities -  Find FREE things to do for kids in every library in D.C.:

Healthy Eating on a Budget ∙ Southwest Library ∙ Saturday, 11am - Sapna Batheja, MS, RD, LD of UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences, will discuss shopping for healthful foods on a budget. Make time afterward to see the library’s garden, and help harvest a sample of vegetables to take home!

Batman Days ∙ Rosedale Library  ∙ Saturday, 11am - To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in comics, Rosedale is doing a special two-day program all about Batman! For Saturday, we’ll be having an all-day Batman celebration, which includes a special story time all about Batman, special themed crafts, and the showing of a few Batman movies! Don’t forget to wear your Batman and other Bat-family shirts and costumes!

Free Bike Clinics  ∙ Anacostia Library  ∙ Saturday, 12pm – LAST CHANCE! Volunteers from The Bike House collective and Capitol Hill Bikes will provide bike repair services at no cost for the public outside of Anacostia Neighborhood Library on the second and fourth Saturdays through July from noon to 2:30 p.m. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will also be on hand to provide advice and connect bicyclists with resources. All ages are welcome!

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre ∙ Northeast Library  ∙ Saturday, 1:30pm - Follow Rufus through his adventures in science class with Dr. Science.  Blue Sky Puppet Theatre presents an interactive puppet show incorporating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Full STEAM Ahead! ∙  Juanita E. Thornton / Shepherd Park Library  ∙ Saturday, 3:30pm - Fun, inquiry-based, hands-on experiments and literacy activities to spark your child’s natural interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  Best for children ages 5-12 years old.

Super Sunday Fun-Day ∙ Chevy Chase Library  ∙ Sunday, 1pm - Come play with us! We will provide classic board and card games, as well as Duplo blocks! All day Sunday (1-5 p.m.) in the Children’s Room.

Family M.E.S.S. ∙ William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library  ∙ Sunday, 1pm - Family Math, Engineering and Science Sundays is a bi-weekly program that encourages children 3-12 to learn more about the world around them through experiments, building and other activities. Parental/caregiver participation is suggested.

Family Funday Sunday ∙  Mt. Pleasant Library ∙ Sunday, 2pm - A variety of family friendly programs that may include dance, music, movement, movies, sign language and much more. Recommended for ages 0-12.

I Made It Myself ∙  Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library ∙ Sunday, 2pm – All ages arts and crafts.

STEAM Team ∙  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library ∙ Sunday, 2pm – Are you interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and/or Mathematics? Join us to design, construct, discover, create, and so much more! Ages 6-12.

Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! ∙ Juanita E. Thornton / Shepherd Park Library  ∙ Sunday, 2pm – Sing, shake and sound out rhythms while trying regional Latin dances and practicing Spanish words. Dance to La Bamba, discover the colors in Spanish and meet friends of all kinds, including an iguana named Juana! For ages birth — 5.

Fizz, Boom, Read! ∙ Palisades Library ∙ Sunday, 2:30pm - This year’s Summer Reading theme is Fizz, Boom, Read!  Join us throughout the summer to explore and get creative with STEAM-related crafts every Sunday from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Digital Storytime ∙ Cleveland Park Library ∙ Sunday, 3:30pm - Digital Storytime incorporates the library’s digital resources into traditional storytime elements. We will read digital books, listen to music, and use educational apps. All books and music will be available in the library’s collection for patrons to check out.

View your neighbor library schedule here!

5th Annual Summer Block Party
Village at Leesburg
Saturday ∙ 3pm – 8pm  FREE!
Don’t miss THE family event of the summer with non-stop music, carnival rides, street entertainers, games and great food! Main Stage near Fountain Court 3 p.m.   Ted Garber – Blues Americana Rock 4 p.m.  ATA Elite Martial Arts demo 4:20 p.m.  Newton’s Firnas – Pop Rock 5:20 p.m.  Unicycling Fire Juggler 5:40 p.m.  MUDLARK – Rock & Blues 6:40 p.m.  The Frisbee Guy* 7 p.m. Christian Lopez Band – Folk Country Rock *Register at the Village at Leesburg Tent for the chance to win great prizes and receive your FREE Village at Leesburg Flying Frisbee Disk, while supplies last, to test your skills with the Frisbee Guy! More music on the Plow & Hearth Patio and near BurgerFi Food & Drinks Beer Gardens located at King Pinz and Finnegan’s. Village at Leesburg eateries will serve up dining and beverage specials Top area food trucks including Roaming Rotisserie,  Mill’s Funnel Cakes, Doug The Food Dude, Good Grubbin’ and Reata BBQ will offer specialty foods. FREE Family Fun Cool off with splash-tastic activities — water balloon battle and inflatables. Carnival Rides – Ferris Wheel, Dixie Twister and Flying Dragon 26 foot rock climbing wall XTreme gaming truck Balloon artist Glitter tattoo artists Sidewalk sales, in-store specials, samplings and more Arts in the Village Gallery ATA Elite

Bowie Baysox – Celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary with Superhero Night & Rock With Rocknoceros
Kiddie Academy of DC West End
Saturday ∙ pregame concert 4 pm – Game at 6:35 pm
$12 in advance or $14 the day of the concert, includes a general admission seat ticket for the Baysox game.
The fun for kids and family will begin at 4:00 p.m. when the stadium gates open for the concert. Rocknoceros is scheduled to perform at 4:15 p.m. Regular stadium gates will open after the concert at 5:30 p.m.
During Superhero Night, the Baysox will celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary. Batman, the Batmobile and more of your favorite superheroes will be in attendance, presented by the Alliance for Consumer Education. Fans will be able to take pictures with all their favorite superheroes during a special meet-and-greet session. Be sure to also dress up as your favorite superhero and cheer them on as they help fight crime on the field during in-game promotions.

National Dance Day
Kennedy Center
Saturday ∙ 5 pm – 7 pm ∙ A FREE Millennium Stage Performance
The Kennedy Center and Dizzy Feet Foundation, in conjunction with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, present a free, two-hour celebration featuring performances by AXIS Dance Company, dance lessons, and talent from Dizzy Feet Foundation including Jenna Elfman and hip-hop dancer Fik-Shun in honor of National Dance Day. AXIS offers a program of physically integrated dance, evolving from collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Council on Independent Living Conference. This performance is supported by the Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Jenna Elfman and Fik-Shun will lead patrons in dance routines and demonstrations.

Fort Dupont Summer Theater Concerts
Saturday ∙ Gates open at 5:30 pm – Concert starts at 7 pm  FREE!
The Boys And Girls Club of Greater Washington
Tribute to Luther Vandross featuring William ‘Smooth Wardlaw’

The Petworth Jazz Project
Lawn of Petworth Recreation Center 
Saturday ∙ 6 pm ∙ FREE!
All Shows: Kids performance first, then jazz!
Tonight: 6pm: Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres & 7pm: Herb Scott and Friends

Beltsville CC Summer Concerts: The Billy Hedrick Band
Beltsville Community Center
Saturday ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Oldies: The Best Feel Good Music
M-NCPPC & the Beltsville Recreation Council invite you to bring your family and friends to enjoy FREE musical performances. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit comfortably!

Mount Vernon Nights: Alexandria Kleztet (Jazz/Jewish)
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Alexandria Kleztet has been combining traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with diverse influences for more than a decade. New arrangements of traditional melodies and original songs by members of the band draw upon jazz, classical, world beat, rock and other musical genres to create a unique and entertaining sound.

Summer Concert
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
Saturday ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE but donation of $5/person requested
We invite you to come enjoy a balmy evening this summer on the lawn of Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Concerts are held every other Saturday from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Picnickers are more than welcome to bring an evening meal, although alcohol is not permitted. Tonight’s performer: Local 12 (Rock/Blues)

Tom Principato – Free Summer Concert
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in Washington, D.C. He is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery.

Prince George’s Summer Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Saturday ∙ Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Sunday ∙ Publick Playhouse ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Please join us for edge-of-your-seat storytelling with an incredible cast of characters. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has young lovers, fairies, clowns and a talking wall, guaranteed to entertain the whole family! Be transported by live music, magical movement and Shakespeare’s enchanting poetry…all under the stars. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a FREE performance!

Bethesda’s Outdoor Movie
Saturday ∙ 9:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy the last night of downtown Bethesda’s 9th annual outdoor movie series! Show times begin at 9pm at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. Tonight’s show: Top Gun

FREE Family Sundays
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Sunday ∙ 9:30 am – 4 pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy our Free Family Sundays with a one-hour canoe, kayak, or paddle boat rental! Please note: Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Parents Day!
Ticonderoga Farms
Sunday ∙ 10 am – 5 pm ∙ Special Event Admission Price: $10.95 per person
For the first time ever in recognition of Parents Day on July 27th, 2014 we will be allowing one parent per paying child FREE! We will 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!

Harriet the Spy 50th Anniversary
Avalon Theatre
Sunday ∙ 9:30 am – 4 pm ∙ $5 for non-members / $3 for members
Calling all super spies! As a partner of Politics & Prose’s Summer Sleuths’ reading program, the Avalon will present a special screening of HARRIET THE SPY to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Louise Fitzhugh’s classic novel. PG - 101 min – Review from Common Sense Media.

Tiny Tots: Penguin’s Playground
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Sunday ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Join us for an awesome Arctic Adventure exploring a super-secret playground, hidden at the very bottom of the world. Be there as playful, multi-talented penguins join their friends at the South Pole!

Da’Originalz featuring “Beet Ya Feets”
Anacostia Community Museum – Program Room
Sunday ∙ 1 pm – 3 pm ∙ FREE!
Hip Hop dancers Da’Originalz guide participants in creating their own form of self-expression through original dance movements. Join in this fun workshop, demonstration, and group practice session.

Sunday Concerts: Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir
National Building Museum
Sunday ∙  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   FREE – Drop in program!
Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir showcases uniquely talented young voices in their own distinctive style of high energy performances. Presented in collaboration with Washington Performing Arts. Visit THE BIG MAZE, there is a fee for this event.

Family Sundays
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday ∙  2pm – 2:45 pm   FREE!
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday, enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. JULY’s Theme: Textures - July 27: Object Lesson, Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Untitled (Water)

Washington Mystics vs. Atlanta Dream
Verizon Center
Sunday ∙ 4 pm ∙ $19+ [Discount Code: Mystics]
Go Mystics!

Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park – Tom Principato
Presented by The Alden
McLean Central Park Gazebo
Sunday ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Tom Principato is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery.

NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place in the Concert Hall.
The orchestra, featuring the winner of the Concerto Competition, performs Debussy’sNocturnes (Nuages and Fêtes) and Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 2 “London.”

Movies on the Potomac – Musicals: Annie
National Harbor
Sunday ∙ movies start at 6:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Meet us at the Plaza’s big screen for a FREE evening of ocean breezes and all-ages fun! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show!

Arts on the Waterfront
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Sunday ∙ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join us at the Waterfront with a great day of arts on the waterfront! There will be plenty of music and entertainment from jazz to rock–even a puppet show. Refreshments will be available for sale.

Concert on the Green
Great Falls
Sunday ∙ 6 pm – 8 pm ∙ FREE!
Come out with your picnic baskets and chairs for an entertaining evening of live, free music! Today: The Morrison Brothers - The premier country/rock act in the Washington D.C. area, soon to be a national contender.

Summer Movies at Stonebridge
Potomac Town Center
Sunday 7:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge every Sunday at 7 pm through August on the Jumbo Tron!  Tonight’s Feature: The Blind Side


Visit the Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.

Enjoy your weekend!


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What’s Happening Today… FRIDAY, July 25, 2014!


Happy Friday

It’s FRIDAY…July 25, 2014!

Here are a few events scheduled today…

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.


National Air and Space Museum

10am – 3pm

Celebrate National Carousel Day!

The Carousel at National Harbor

11am – 6pm



National Museum of Natural History

11am – 2pm




 1pm – 3pm


Batman Days ∙ Rosedale Library

Google Maker Camp ∙ Francis A. Gregory Library

Science at the Cinema  ∙ Georgetown Library

Clouds In a Bubble ∙ Cleveland Park Library



Diamond Teague Park

5pm – 8pm



National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

5pm – 8:30pm


Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market



Discount code: Mystics

Verizon Center


Visit the CALENDAR for additional suggestions.

ENJOY your Friday!


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Muster the Militias Weekend: DC Region War of 1812 Commemoration


War of 1812 - MD DC VA

Muster the Militias

Open House Weekend

Friday, July 25  - Sunday, July 27, 2014

The British are Coming!

Sound the drums and muster the militias!  Prepare yourself for the British invasion and enjoy FREE admission and special public programs commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.  The following regional museums are participating.  Contact the museum for information on individual opening hours and programs.


Dumbarton House Museum: Free admission on Saturday and Sunday, including the special exhibit “Homefront 1812: Friends, Family and Foe.”  Georgetown War of 1812 Walking Tour ($15) and Children’s Tea and Talk with American Girl Author Valerie Tripp ($40) on Sunday.

Historical Congressional Cemetery: Free War of 1812 tours on Saturday every hour between 11 am and 3 pm.   Tours leave on the hour beginning at 11 am, with the last tour leaving at 2 pm.

National Museum of American History: On Friday join in folding a full-size 30 x 42-foot replica of the Star-Spangled Banner in Flag Hall.  Get a sense of the true size of the flag that Francis Scott Key saw wave over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, when he wrote our national anthem.

Octagon Museum: Special Open House Hours from noon-4 on Saturday and Sunday.

White House Historical Association Guided tours of Decatur House from 10am-3pm on Sunday. Explore the home of the War of 1812 naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. and view a special War of 1812 exhibit.


Darnall’s Chance House Museum: Free admission on Sunday includes free tours of the house and  the “John Hodges and War of 1812″ exhibit.

Maryland Milestones/ATHA: “Bursting in Air” Art Event on Saturday the 26th, a festive, one-of-a-kind event where artists will transform the Hyattsville Route 1 Overpass into a captivating landmark through public art and festivities. 

Riversdale House Museum: Riversdale will be open for FREE guided tours and special family activities on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27.


Carlyle House Historic Park:  Free admission on Saturday the 26th from 1-4 p.m.  William Herbert, who lived here during the War, was a member of Alexandria’s Committee of Vigilance, responsible for monitoring the approach of British troops.

Gadsby’s Tavern MuseumOn Saturday, learn about Triplett’s Tavern and take in some period dancing! Free admission from 10 – 5 p.m.,with period dancing from 1-5 p.m. On Sunday, families will be inspired as Junior Docents grades 4-7 give tours of the Museum from 1–4 p.m. Tour concludes with a special boat-building craft. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 5-12.

The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum: Free admission Saturday from 10-5 p.m., including the opportunity to see a traveling exhibit on the War of 1812 created by the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary MuseumFree admission Saturday from 10 – 5 p.m., with guided tours highlighting the impact of the War of 1812 on this family-run business.

Alexandria War of 1812 Walking Tours, courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 1865.  A new tour begins every 30 minutes from 1-5 p.m. at the corner of King and Fairfax Streets on Market Square.  This 10-block tour takes guests past War of 1812-related sites while telling the tale of the British occupation of Alexandria in August of 1814.