This weekend, the DMV is heating up in more ways than one! Sure, the weather may climb above 90 degrees, but we’re not letting that slow us down when there are so many fun things going on. Slather on the sunscreen, pack some water bottles and venture to a garden festival, or escape the heat at an air-conditioned concert or museum exhibit. Read on for all the details.

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Washington D.C.

Ladybug Release
Ladybugs are beneficial insects—they help control aphids and act as a natural pesticide for plants in place of chemicals. You’re invited to watch as ladybugs are released into the National Museum of the American Indian’s field of corn, squash and beans. Fri. Event details.

123 Andres at the National Theatre
Rock out to a live show by local DC favorites and Latin Grammy Award winners 123 Andrés. Your whole crew will love their eclectic mix of Spanish and English lyrics, Latin rhythms and singable tunes. Sat. Event details.

Lotus & Water Lily Festival
During this two-day festival, you’ll have the opportunity to watch performances from cultures around the world, play family-friendly games, make arts and crafts and see the beautiful lotuses and water lilies in full bloom. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Silver Spring

Brookside Gardens 50th Anniversary
Join the friends of the garden for a short presentation commemorating Brookside Gardens’ 50th Anniversary, with light refreshments to follow. Gather with community members and leaders to commemorate this milestone anniversary. Then, engage with the gardens on a self-guided stroll, soaking in the beauty and serenity of the landscapes and water features! Fri. Event details.


Learn About the Mysterious Dinosaurs
In the Dinosaur Mysteries exhibit, you’re the paleontologist. Over a dozen full size dinosaurs roam this exhibit hall. Walk under, over and through a landscape filled with dig pits, a field lab, excavation sites and other areas of discovery. Sun. Event details.

Sail on a Pirate Ship
Climb aboard the pirate ship Fearless for an interactive adventure sailing out of the Ann Street Pier in Fells Point. With its lively crew, you will learn to talk, dance and play games like a pirate, blast enemies with water cannons and navigate treacherous waters to discover vast treasures. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Susie Foresman