There’s no reason to be a backseat driver with your weekend. From a firehouse tour and a kindie rock concert  to a massive back to school sale and a spruced up production of Alice in Wonderland, take your Fri.–Sat. plans by the horns and enjoy the ride.
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Alexandria

Friendship Firehouse Festival
Ring the alarm! Mini firetruck aficionados will have a blast at this annual festival, featuring displays of antique fire equipment, live music, and craft booths. The Friendship Firehouse Museum (originally built as a working firehouse in 1855) will also. Sat., 9 am-2 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ashburn

Playful Pop with Andrew and Polly
Award-winning kids’ musicians Andrew & Polly make their D.C. area debutwith this show filled with music that’s sweet and quirky, imaginative and fun. Don’t expect to just sit there and listen. Using anything from banana-concealed kazoos to Japanese synthizers, Andrew & Polly encourage audience participation through improvisation. Sat., 6 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Alexandria

A Haven for Back to School Shopping
If you’re thinking about back to school shopping (or, heck, just need some retail therapy) swing by the Old Town and Del Ray sections of Alexandria for an annual sidewalk sale that boasts some deeply discounted merchandise. Some standouts include children’s boutiques The Purple Goose and 529 Consign, which will each offer 50% off summer clothing, shoes and accessories. Sat.-Sun., 9 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bowie

Rocknoceros Rocks with the Baysox
Jam out with the kids to the upbeat pop tunes of Rocknoceros, a band made up of three family-friendly (and silly) musicians—Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie—who are all born-and-bred Northern Virginians. Sat., 4 pm. Free with baseball game admission. All ages. Event details.

Arlington

Signature Theater’s Open House Bash
Signature Theatre opens its doors for its annual Open House, an all-day extravaganza full of live performances and arts events across five different stage. Kid friendly activities include a family cabaret featuring Disney show tunes, a Broadway sing-a-long, and a moonbounce (!!). Sun., 12 pm-8:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Vienna

Pushcart Players: Alice in Wonderland
A dream…a story…an adventure! Pushcart Players brings the fantastical tale of Alice in Wonderland to life! Filled with Lewis Carroll’s brilliant nonsense, madcap characters, and Pushcart’s whimsical music and design, this production offers a precious moment of theatre that young viewers will remember forever. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 am-11:30 am. $10. 4 and up. Event details.

How do you plan on steering this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady