It’s showtime. ladies and gentlemen. It’s showtime! This weekend is full of top acts, including a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it circus, unique tot-friendly performances and a one of a kind musical showcase featuring an Indian violinist and a progressive hip-hop artist. You’ll want a front row seat to this Friday-through-Sunday!

Photo: Kevin Beaty via flickr

National Harbor

Universoul Circus
Acclaimed UniverSoul Circus brings their big top filled with big time fun to National Harbor. Families will witness an amazing array of international human and animal talent including Roller Skaters (Ethiopia), Elephants (USA), Hand Vaulting (Gabon, Guinea, Ethiopia), and more! Fri.-SunEvent details.

National Mall

Preschool Pioneer: A Different Kind of Shark Week
Long before Shark Week, there was John Singleton Copley’s painting, Watson and the Shark. Join the museum to learn about the world of sharks and re-enact this dramatic shark story. SatEvent details.


Listen, Wilhelmina
Wilhelmina, Wallis, and Winston the Wombats are ready for their very first concert at Wolf Trap! The stage! The instruments! The maestro! But what is the audience supposed to do? With help from Ranger Nat, these three wombat friends learn how much fun music-making can be when they open their ears to listen. This interactive mini-musical is a perfect way to introduce children to the concert experience. Fri.-SatEvent details.


Hip-Hop Meets the Music of India
Indian Violinist Nistha Raj and Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon present a collaboration that mixes genres of music native to each of their cultural upbringings, Hindustani Classical music and acoustic Hip-Hop and D.C.’s Go-Go. SunEvent details.


Mess Zone and Clay Play
Visit the BGE Studio Workshop and spark your child’s imagination through fun, hands-on art projects that you work on together! This summer’s projects are designed to get you excited – and learning – as you explore art! Enter the Mess Zone as you work together to paint and create art. Or get your hands dirty digging and playing during a Clay Play activity. Not crazy about getting messy? That’s okay! There are other activities to enjoy as well. Fri.-SunEvent details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady