All the world (er, all of D.C.) is a stage this weekend. Get in the spotlight at the Capital Fringe Festival’s “Balloon Play” where kids can come to play with or pop magical balloon creations. If music is your muse, swing by Hillwood Estate’s Bastille Day celebration where baroque tunes will be wafting through the garden or check out the ukulele demos at Lake Anne. If stage fright was a problem before, it won’t be after this weekend.



A Performance That Will Blow You Away
Picture this: Balloons fill a stage and become puppets, scenery, musical instruments, games, and more under the lighthearted touch of three talented clown performers. If this sounds like whimsical fun for kids and kids-at-heart, you’d be correct. Presented as a part of the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, this is one show that you’ll soon not forget. Sat.-Sun., 12:45 pm. Penn Quarter. $17. 5 and up. Event details.

Have a Baroque Blast at Hillwood Estate
At Hillwood’s French Festival, you and your crew can frolic with costumed nobility in white wigs, get down with the dancers to live baroque music like they did back in the day and stroll the estate gardens. When you get hungry, stroll to the cafe for all manners of macarons. Sat., 10 am-5 pm. Van Ness. Adults/$18; Kids 6-18/$5; Kids under 6/Free. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Moon and Stars Campfire
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a mid-summer night s’mores and meadow walk for celestial gazing. You are living large. Sat., 8:30 pm. Chantilly. $6. 4 and up. Event details.

Strum Fun! Ukulele Festival at Lake Anne
Ukulele fans young and old head to the waterfront at Lake Anne for this free annual festival, which features performances by several internationally known and local ukulele musicians, music demonstrations, a public jam session, festival vendors, and other family friendly activities. Sat., 5:30 pm. Reston. Free. All. Event details.

Duck, Duck…Splash!
Remember what it was like to run through the sprinklers in the backyard? Relive the feeling at Ticonderoga Farm where they’ll be bringing on the water works. Bonus activities: Bring a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors, the pillow bounce, hayride, and swinging bridge. Sat.-Sun. Chantilly. All. Event details.


Junior Jams: Mr. Jon and Friends
Swing on down to FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom for some award-winning musical family fun with Mr. Jon, whose folk-based songs with titles such as “I Like Counting,” are written just for the kiddos. Sat., 10:30 am. Kensington. $8. 0-7. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Capital Fringe Festival