Get ready for a fairy tale weekend! From a prince-and-princess-themed party at the railroad museum and a cherry blossom march, to historical celebrations and a Japanese culture festival, this is family fun fit for royalty.

Photo: Barney Moss via Flickr


Royal Adventure Days at the Railroad
Iron your best princess dress or break out your space suit as you journey to several royal kingdoms to participate in snow making, rocket building, making mice friends, mining for jewels, racing magic carpets, exploring colors in bubbles, archery, and designing a lantern. And, of course, train rides are available too. Sat.-SunEvent details.

National Archives

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
The Cherry Blossoms may have bloomed a little early this year, but the annual parade celebrating the pretty little flowers is still happening—rain or shine! If you’re coming with kids, arrive early (9-ish) to scope out and set up a viewing spot along the parade route. Little ones will appreciate the up-close look at the decorated floats and huge helium balloons. SatEvent details.

Capitol Riverfront

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Festival
The biggest Japanese street party in the nation, this festival stretches six blocks and includes Japanese performances on three stages and over 200 martial artists demonstrating their skills throughout the day. Other participants include Japanese and Asian restaurants, interactive cultural exhibits and vendors selling Japanese products. SatEvent details.

Metro Center

D.C. Emancipation Day Celebration
A parade, concert, truck touch and fireworks highlight this year’s Emancipation Day festivities. What’s Emancipation Day? It’s the day that marks marks the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in D.C. Definitely something worth celebrating! SatEvent details.


Frederick County Bell and History Day
Held each spring at the opening of the museum season in Frederick County, Md, Bell and History Day features special events, tours, music and living history programs. The Frederick County History Bell (it’s HUGE) will be rung during a performance. Bonus: Many of the Frederick County Museums (including kid faves like the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum) are offering free admission. SatEvent details.


Anacostia River Festival
This year’s Anacostia River Festival celebrates “connecting people to parks” in recognition of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration. Activities include: kayaking, boating, fishing workshops, hands-on art projects, musical performances, bike parades, and more! SunEvent details.

How is your weekend looking? Tell us your plans in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady