The last weekend in May is on tap to be just as fantastic for the fam as the first one was. Start things off at a free festival in Herndon featuring rides, zany performers and a cool model railway. Next up? Block-buffs get their fix at a pre-lunch LEGO open build session. And don’t let the weekend go by without a trip to Folk Fest for a story and a sweet song. Thanks for the memories, “Month of May”!


Northern Virginia

Stay All Day: Herndon Festival 2014
Touted as the largest in all of NoVa, this free festival should be added to your spring bucket list…stat. In addition to live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides, 10K/5K races, and a model railway exhibit, there will be not one but TWO fireworks shows (May 29 and May 31 at dusk). Parking is limited, but a free shuttle bus is available if you park further away from the fun. Fri.-Sun. Herndon. Free. All. Event details.

Dancing Orangutans Star in ‘Sunny and Licorice’
Got a theater buff in your brood? Then this play for kids ages 0-6 is a must-see. Sunny and Licorice tells the story of orangutan roommates who don’t quite get along. The one thing they do have in common is music. You’ll have to check out this production to see how toe tapping tunes bring this odd couple together. Fri.-Sun. Alexandria. $8; Free/kids under 12 months. 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. Archives. Free. All. Event details.

Step Afrika! is Electric (Literally)
This one-of-a-kind dance production features troupe Step Afrika! as they stomp, tap, and kick their way to…well lights. During the show, they’ll show how their energetic moves can be used to power electrical energy. You’ll certainly leave wondering how you can harness the movements of your own little busy bodies. Sat. Brookland. All. Event details.


Get Your Music Fix at Folk Fest
Folk music and folklore (think: fun storytelling) take center stage at the annual Washington Folk Festival. With dozens of bands, musicians, and dancers set to perform, there won’t be a still body in the house. Local talent will represent folk cultures from around the world. But that’s not all—there will also be storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors on hand to keep the family busy and entertained. Sat.-Sun. Glen Echo. Free. All. Event details.

Calling All Lego-Maniacs!
LEGO lovers are invited to drop in for this public library open session. Little ones can leave their LEGO stash at home—the library will be supplying the blocks. All they need to bring is their creativity. After building the castle/car/fort/boat/whatever of their dreams, pull out your Smartphone and snap a pic, as the blocks can’t leave the library. Sat., 10:30 am-11:30 am. Damascus. Free. 6 and up. Event details.

How does your family plan on making the most of the last weekend in May? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Herndon Festival via Facebook