New Orleans may be miles away from the District, but that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the celebratory mood of Mardi Gras all weekend long. Make a fancy mask at a Mardi Gras fete, feel the need for speed during a roller derby match, dance and sing at a kid-friendly rock concert, and more. Beads and beignets are totally optional.

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Let the Good Times Roll at Mardi Gras Family Day
Join in on the fun with this popular annual museum event featuring storytelling, face painting, mask-making, other hands-on activities, live performances, and more. Kids can also participate in the popular Art of Adornment workshop with artist Januwa Moja-Nelson, and get a complimentary picture all decked out in Januwa’s individual designs. Sat., 11 am-4 pm. Anacostia. Free. All ages. Event Details.

McLean

Meet ‘Fly Guy’
Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet? Find out in this quirky, kid-friendly production. Sun., 2 pm-3 pm. McLean. $15. 5 and up. Event Details.

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Jam with the D.C. Rollergirls
D.C.’s roller derby league will bring its hard-hitting, rough and tumble skate action to the district today. Expect a fast-paced contact team sport filled with speed, strategy, and athleticism. If kiddo doesn’t have a pair of skates now, they’ll likely beg you for a pair after this match. Sat., 3 pm. Stadium-Armory. $12; $6 kids 6-11; free/kids under 5. All ages. Event Details.

Chevy Chase

Boogie Woogie with the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours
Looking for a rock concert the whole family can enjoy? Look no further than the RTTs (also known as the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours), who are bringing their toe-tapping, award-winning, original roots rock to the Avalon. Everyone will want to dance along as they play their campy hits like “Snack Time” and “Turn it Up, Mommy.” Sat., 10 am-11 am. Chevy Chase. $9. Ages 2-6. Event Details.

H Street

Get Artsy at the Atlas
The arts take center stage in this three-week long festival fit for the whole family (through March 7). Intersections arts festival features more than 600 artists in over 100 performances. The program includes visual art, film screenings, literary readings and dance, musical and dramatic productions. And that doesn’t even include the 20 free café concerts. Take the family on Saturdays, when family-friendly performances and activities will be featured. Fri. H Street. All ages. Event Details.

Baltimore

A Musical Celebration of Black History Month
Celebrate African-American innovators with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during this family concert series program. You’ll here tunes from Duke Ellington and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Plus, the Baltimore City College Choir will lend their voices for a collection of African-American spirituals. Sat., 11 am. Baltimore. $29. All ages. Event Details.

What’s on your fun list for the weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: A. Strakey via Flickr