Lucky you! Thanks to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, there’s an extra day dedicated to weekend fun (er, relaxation). Translation: You don’t have to pick and choose between all of the great kid-friendly activities going on. From a strawberry festival half-day trip and a host of Memorial Day parades, to the grand opening of D.C.’s first and only permanent Ferris wheel and a free picnic-perfect jazz concert, you have 24 more hours to squeeze it all in!
A “Berry” Good Family Festival
You don’t have to be head-over-heels-in-love with strawberries to enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend festival. The Delaplane Strawberry Festival features live music, games, pony/hay rides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, an antique car showcase, arts and crafts. And, yes, there will be a bunch of strawberry-themed foods. The festival is held right off the Appalachian Trail (just one hour west of D.C.), so the hikers in your crew can indulge in the fun and food before hitting the trail. Sat-Sun, 10 am-5 pm. Delaplane. $15-$20/car. All. Event details.
United States Marine Band (with Fireworks!)
Kick off the summer season with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, who will be performing for free in Wolf Trap National Park. As if listening to the POTUS’ personal band wasn’t cool enough—there will also be a fireworks show immediately following the performance. Insider secret: Come early to scope out a spot, as the park closes once it has reached capacity. Sun, 8 pm. Vienna. Free. All. Event details.
Fun for All: Mount Vernon at Sunset
George Washington’s once-home will host a laid back Sunset Celebration. While the kids form their own parade on a wagon ride you can stroll the grounds at sunset with a glass of wine, soak in the quiet and stroll by lantern-light. Sat-Sun, 6 pm-9 pm. Mount Vernon. $18/adults; $12/kids 6-12 years old; Free/5 and under. All. Event details.
Jazz in the Sculpture Garden
Cap off a crazy week (and get ready for the weekend!) with a picnic at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden where every Friday during the summer a different jazz band will be featured. Throw out a blanket and bring snacks to nosh on while listening to everything from boogaloo to big-band swing. Fri, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. National Archives. Free. All. Event details.
Spin Master: Capital Wheel Grand Opening
If you’ve driven past Maryland’s National Harbor recently, you may have noticed a new addition to the harbor skyline. A 175-foot Ferris wheel sits at the end of a pier, overlooking the Potomac River and awaiting its first mini-thrill seekers on May 23. Fri, 10 am. National Harbor. $15/adults; $11.25/kids 3-11; Free/kids 2 and under. Event details.
March On, Maryland
For more of that small town feel to your Memorial Day celebration head into Rockville for the annual Hometown Holidays festival. This event features something the whole family will want to get down and enjoy. Featuring over 30 live music performances, a Memorial Day parade, Taste of Rockville and tons of kid’s activities, the fun starts on Saturday and lasts all through the weekend. Sat-Sun. Rockville. Free. Event details.
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