Pop is tops. Especially this weekend when the regularly scheduled host of fun activities is sprinkled with happenings that cater specifically to dad’s whims. From a massive family bike ride and a rock-inspired classical music concert, to a Star Wars-themed yoga session and a soap box derby race, there’s plenty that will bring a smile to your main man.



Kidical Mass Rockville Family Bicycle
Celebrate family bicycling for transportation and recreation at this ride that will go from Thomas Farm Community Center to Carmen’s Italian Ice (and the park across the street) and back. The route is 1.5 miles each way and will use multi-use paths, quiet residential streets and a short distance on a bike lane. Families with kids of all abilities, whether in a trailer, on a tag-along, or on their own two wheels, are welcome. Sat., 10 am-1 pm. Rockville. Free. All. Event details.

Lakeside Bach to Rock
Jam out at this free, family-friendly concert where you’ll enjoy the lake view and the beat of the local (kid) talent. Feel free to bring strollers, your dog, and the grandparents for some quality fun time outdoors and celebrate the beginning of an unforgettable summer. Sat., 6 pm-8 pm. Gaithersburg. Free. All. Event details.


Speed Racers: Washington Soap Box Derby
They aren’t old enough drive a real car, but these kid racers don’t mind. Join 60 soap box derby racers as they compete in Capitol Hill for a coveted spot at the World Championships. If you have a car-lover in your family, it will be hard for them to not want to get behind a boxcar wheel after witnessing these races. Sat., 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Capitol Hill. Free. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Free Friday Family Flick: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”
Who doesn’t love a little bit of magic on a Friday night? When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price, is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bed knob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England. Fri. McLean. Free. All. Event details.

Tinner Hill Blues Festival
Blues, BBQ and brew team up at this family-friendly festival, featuring sounds from the likes of Teeny Tucker, Mississippi Heat, Baatin, Tom Principato, Cathy Ponton King, David Cole, Michael Roach, and Ursula Ricks. There will also be a slew of vendors, contests, demos, and FOOD. Kids can cool off at the blues books library for story time or while strolling the flea and farmer’s markets on site. Sat. Falls Church. All. Event details.

Father’s Day Star Wars Family Yoga
Leave your light sabers at home as you learn about your bodies and breath through poses named for your favorite characters (i.e. Darth Vader Breath, R2D2’s arm balance, Downward Wookie, and handstands like Luke). Padawans ages 3-9 are invited with an adult to share a unique yoga experience that will leave them with a sense of fun, calm and connection…as well as a new way to enjoy yoga! Sun., 1:15 pm-2:15 pm. Alexandria. $25/parent-child pair; $5/per additional family member. 3-9. Event details.

What’s on your to-do list this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of SLO County Bicycle Coalition via Creative Commons