Our favorite events this weekend have one thing in common. They each have an emphasis on the outdoors (they’re great, aren’t they?). Whether it’s a film fest held under the stars, a spur-of-the-moment hike, or a day camp filled with nature-themed crafts, make sure to pencil in some fresh air time into your family’s schedule.


Break it Down: Free Outdoor Concert for Kids
Market Common Clarendon hosts a free kid’s’ concert series each Friday on The Loop. Along with the star, Mr. Knick Knack!, there will be special performances by: The Bubbas (June 30), Oh Susannah! (July 14), Kidsinger Jim (August 4), and Tracey Eldridge (September 15). FriEvent

National Mall

50th Anniversary: Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The 50th anniversary of this event presents circus acts and school, acrobatics, food, musical performance, and art. Two main themes will emerge: circus fun and the effect of migration and immigration on America. Fri.-SunEvent


Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventures
Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock ‘n’ Roll musicians! She takes advice from a Zen Caterpillar and a wise Cheshire Cat. She has tea with the unwelcoming Mad Hatter, and argues with the childish Tweedledum and Tweedledee. When the vicious diva Red Queen tries to destroy her, Alice fights back only to find herself in a battle of the bands with the Jabberwocky, a many-headed monster who embodies all her fears and insecurities. FriEvent


Saturday Cinema
This free festival will take place on the first Saturday of every month from July – October, transforming John Carlyle Square Park in the Carlyle District of Alexandria into an outdoor movie theatre. The festival will launch on July 1st with Top Gun, heading into 4th of July celebrations. Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy some great flicks under the stars. (Alexandria based small business Nice Cream, will be on site on July 1 serving up their handcrafted ice cream.). Sat. Event


Dinorock: Favorite Dinos
This Grammy-nominated audience favorite returns and invites you to travel back in time to meet some of their favorite dinosaurs. In this interactive production using giant colorful puppets and original music, children learn the fascinating world of science, nature, and history. Fri-Sat. Event


Summer Down Under
With activities ranging from indoor miniature golf and science experiments to team building exercises and outrageous water play, your child will create new friendships, gain confidence, make personal growth strides, and embark on cognitive journeys like never before, all while building physical strength and endurance. And of course, there will be bouncing! Fri-Sun. Event

What do you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady