The approaching Cinco de Mayo holiday (May 5) isn’t the only thing that makes this weekend worthy of a Jarabe jig. Truck touch season officially kicks off in Cheverly Md., the National Cathedral gets a major (but temporary) floral makeover for its spring fest, and a funk music parade marches down U Street. Where is your sombrero?


Dwight Sipler


Vrooom! Truck Touch Awesomeness
The parking lot of Cheverly United Methodist Church (just 10 minutes from downtown D.C.) will be bumper-to-bumper packed with construction vehicles, rescue autos, a race car, a helicopter and more. Kids (and you!) can sit in the driver’s seat, honk the horn, kick the tires and pretend to be a real driver (or pilot). In addition to the main motor attractions, there will be kiddie games, a bounce house, face painting and delicious food for sale. Sat., 10 am-2 pm. Cheverly. $5; Free/18 months and under. All. Event details.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Moo, Baa, Neigh
The horns section gets the farm treatment at this Music Box Series for kids and their grown-ups. A clarinet quintet celebrates the barnyard noises of sheep, pigs, horses, cows with some sprightly music by Mozart. Sat., 10 am-11:30 am. North Bethesda. $10. 6 months-3 years old. Event details.

Can You Dig It? Archaeology Day at Needwood Mansion
Needwood Mansion opens its doors for a day of interactive learning and fun, including a simulated archaeology dig for kids, mansion tours and exhibits, storytelling, old-time games and cool crafts. Sat., 10 am-3 pm. Deerwood. $8/person; $15/family. All. Event details.


Grow Time: A Flower-Focused Spring Festival
Everything comes up roses at the National Cathedral Flower Mart, an outdoor festival designed for garden enthusiasts of all ages. In addition to the hawking of annuals and perennials, there will be garden tours, musical performances and gourmet food. Kids will enjoy the festival’s rock wall, moon bounce, Ferris wheel and old school carousel. Who is the “flower child” now? Fri.-Sat., 10 am. Tenleytown. Free. All. Event details.

Free Your Mind (and Your Feet!) at The Mighty Funk Parade
Unlike any other parade your family has witnessed in the District, this event features dancers, marching bands, and drum corps—each with a bold, funk music tilt. Hear beat-boxers and junkyard drummers, see pot-bangers and clappers and kids on their parents’ shoulders. Pre-parade, check out the numerous food and art vendors posted up along U Street. Sat., 12 pm. U Street. Free. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Set Your Clocks for Yappy Hour
Dogs get first bill at this free Clarendon Cinco de Mayo family (and pooch) fest. Kids will love dragging Spike into the photo booth, while listening to fun DJ music; and you’ll lap up that frozen Margarita like its going out of style. Participating restaurants will serve snacks and free doggy treats for all. Leash up and let’s go! Sat., 3 pm-5 pm. Arlington. Free. All. Event details.

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

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Dwight Sipler via Creative Commons.