After a week of routine—wake up, eat breakfast, go to school/work, come home, sleep…repeat—it’s time to shake things up a bit. This weekend go out on a limb and try something new. Check out a mesmerizing puppet magic show, jam out with an Americana Folk band, or celebrate the last weekend of Black History Month at a festival or themed walking tour.

Photo: Alex Griffin


Milo the Magnificent
In the Jim Henson Foundation Grant awarded “Milo the Magnificent,” Milo, an aspiring magician – and puppet – will charm kids and adults. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned. Each performance will be followed by a meet and greet with the artists. Sat. Event Details.

National Harbor

Big Apple Circus
Children will love the wildly creative acts of strength at this year’s show, featuring performers (literally) bouncing off the walls in trampoline acts; double wide trapeze acts with seven high-flying performers and two catchers; a gravity-defying horizontal juggling act; and, of course, the beloved rescue horses and dogs, and more! Sat. Event Details.


Feel the Heritage Festival
celebrate Arlington’s rich African-American history at the 27th annual Feel the Heritage Festival. This free Black History Month event will feature live music and dance, dozens of vendors, free activities for kids, delicious food, a cook-off competition, Hall of History with photos and artifacts for Arlington’s historically African-American neighborhoods and organizations and more. Sat. Event Details.

Sandy Spring

Black History Month Winter Walking Tour
Take a guided tour of the grounds and buildings of Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and discover the role enslaved labor played on this 19th century farm. Explore how the enslaved could have nature for escape and evasion while seeking freedom. This guided tour includes exterior space and a natural trail. Sat. Event Details.


Okee Dokee Brothers
As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Now, as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music and hope that it will inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. Sat. Event Details.

National Mall

Artful Afternoons: Women Artists
Join the National Museum of American History for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by the art studio Sunday afternoons where they can choose from any of our four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon’s theme, “Women Artists.” Sat. Event Details.

Penn Quarter

Science Saturday at Law Enforcement Museum
Visit the Museum for a fun-filled afternoon of science activities in the Learning Center. This month’s theme is Fibers and Textiles. Practice your investigative skills with crime scene fiber pick-up, uncover the identities of textiles with a liquid test, and create your own fiber magnifier! Fibers and Textiles introduces participants to chemistry, optics, and engineering through engaging activities suitable for all types of learners. Feel free to stay for the full duration or drop by for one or two activities. Sat. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady