Look, we are all for going a little rebel every now and again. Eat dessert for dinner, stay up late on a school night, color on the walls…well, as long as they’re not your walls. This weekend, kids and grown-ups have two opportunities to show off their creativity using the city as their canvas–there’s a fun street painting festival in Reston and a new wall coloring room exhibition at the National Building Museum.Just remember: What happens on the sidewalk, stays on the sidewalk.

Photo: Shannon via Flickr


Lake Anne Chalk on the Water Festival
Chalk on the Water is a two-day street-painting festival where participants will create amazing street art. Registration is now open for individuals of all ages to let their inner artist shine and turn Lake Anne Plaza into a kaleidoscope of CHARK art. Sat.-SunEvent

Judiciary Square

Exhibition Opening: Wright on the Walls
Step inside the coloring room and make your mark right on the gallery walls. Add a splash of color to wall-size line drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings including homes, houses of worship, iconic windows and building ornaments, and even a gas station. Local artists Scott Clowney and Vlad Zabavskiy adapted images and architectural plans to create an experience that puts you inside a coloring book. Sat.-SunEvent

Rock Creek Park

Free Family Workshop at Peirce Mill
Attend a free family workshop and see an historic grist mill in action, right in the heart of Rock Creek Park! You’ll be grinding corn by hand and making your own miniature millstones. Kids can also play with water toys and have fun learning how mill wheels work. Sat. Event

Capitol Hill

CHAW 45th Birthday Party
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is turning 45 years old and you’re invited to the celebration. The festivities will start with a neighborhood Animal Alphabet Fun Run/Walk in the morning, which will take families and participants on a route past all the Alphabet Animal sculptures scattered on street signs throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Sat. Event


Children’s National Gluten-Free Education Day
The Education Day will be a full day conference with forums for children and adults that focus on cooking, health and nutrition as well as research/science concerning gluten-related conditions. And, of course, it will offer time to interact with gluten-free food manufacturers, bakeries and restaurants. SunEvent


Books and Brunch
Join Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) for an afternoon of family fun with books, brunch, kids activities, and read alouds of your favorite stories. The goal of RIF is to get as many books into kids’ hands as possible. SunEvent

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


–Ayren Jackson-Cannady