There’s power in numbers, so let’s all cross our fingers that any threat of rain passes D.C. over this weekend. Sunny skies will be warmly welcomed since some of the coolest happenings are outdoors—from Fishing Lessons on the Anacostia River to a Bowie Baysox Family Campout and a huge sidewalk sale along the 14th Street Corridor. Plus, an old school 4-H Fair and Carnival is posting up in Fairfax County (and they’re bringing their porkers and candy apples with them). What if it does start to drizzle? Well, we slip on the kids’ slickers, pop up our umbrellas, and keep on rolling—that’s another thing we love about these events…they’re rain or shine!



Night Fishing
Who says you need to travel to the ‘burbs to learn to fish? The Earth Conservation Corps and Anacoatia Riverkeeper have teamed up to bring summer fishing clinics to novices of all ages (seasoned wranglers are also welcome) in D.C.’s side of the Anacostia. Get there early; the workshop is first come first serve, and mini-fishers under 18 must be accompanied by a big fish (aka an adult). Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Navy Yard. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale and Festival
Now in its 14th year, this annual event is much more than a sidewalk sale. Sure, you’ll be able to snag a boatload of deals from over 100 shops and boutiques that run along the 14th Street corridor, but you and the family can also check out some great live performances, breeze by some awesome art displays and snag a slew of freebies including candy samples from Artfully Chocolate and Kingsbury Confection. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 11:30 pm. Logan Circle. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Northern Virginia

65th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival
Looking for a truly old-fashioned carnival to take the kids to? You know—with candy apples, hard-to-win-but-still-fun games, and livestock exhibits. This just might be the answer to your nostalgia cravings. With all of this, plus rides…plus tractor pull contests…plus live entertainment, there really is some classic fun for everyone in the family. Fri., Sat., and Sun., 10:00 am. Herndon, Va. Free. All Ages.  Event Details.

Friendship Firehouse Festival
Mini firetruck aficionados will have a blast at this annual festival, featuring displays of antique fire equipment, live music, and craft booths. The Friendship Firehouse Museum (originally built as a working firehouse in 1855) will also be open for walkthroughs. Sat., 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Old Town Alexandria. Free. All Ages. Event Details.


Baysox Family Campout
Not yet ready for campgrounds camping? No problem! After the Bowie Baysox take on the Portland Sea Dogs at 7:05 pm, families can pitch their tents right on the field for an awesome night under the stars (sans bear sightings). Kids can run the bases, check out the fireworks show, and watch the family-friendly movie playing on the video board. Fri., 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Bowie, Md. $10. All Ages. Event Details.

Story Times at Montpelier
Anything is cooler when it’s done at a mansion. Here, kids enjoy fun stories themed around nature and adventure, followed by a hands-on history activity…all held on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion, a sprawling historical landmark built on 70 acres of parkland in the late 1700′s. Sat., 10:00 am. Laurel, Md. Free. Ages 3 – 6.  Event Details.

What will you be doing this weekend to keep your little ones entertained? 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Creative Commons.