Congratulations! You’ve hit the weekend jackpot. From a kid-centric arts and crafts festival and a birthday bash for Martha Washington (George Washington’s wife), to a fishing derby for little reelers and a ballet production of Pocahontas, winning big is pretty much guaranteed!

Photo: Imagination Bethesda


Imagination Bethesda
Musical performances and professional children’s entertainers will light up the stage, while hands-on art & craft activities will line the streets along Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. The festival will host more than 20 local businesses and arts organizations that will provide a variety of hands-on art and craft activities to entertain and energize the 10-and-under crowd. Additionally, the festival will feature face painters, balloons, a stilt walker, free giveaways and more. Imagination Bethesda is a free event.” SatEvent details.


To the Clouds
On their very first trip through the water cycle, a drop of rain is eager to see what lies ahead. Along the way, we all get a closer look at some amazing things: colorful flowers, the warm sun, and perhaps even a whale! As the voyage is completed and the raindrop goes back to their home in the clouds, they look forward to once again returning to their friends on earth. Through movement, puppetry, and found object animation, this interactive world-premiere for babies and toddlers is driven by a soundtrack of classical music and creates a captivating world of transformation. Fri.-SatEvent details.

National Mall

Urban Kids Fishing Derby D.C.
Urban American Outdoors TV (UAOTV) along with partnering host, the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife, NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People, National Wildlife Federation, and the Bureau of Land Management will host the 4th Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby is a catch & release derby and it is free. It will officially kick off National Boating and Fishing Week. SatEvent details.

Montgomery County

Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre Presents Pocahontas
Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre will celebrate its 10th year anniversary with “Pocahontas,” a ballet adaptation of the story of the princess heroine of the Powhatan and of Jamestown. While the story is over 400 years old, Artistic Director and choreographer Fran Ichijo interprets the highlights of the historical accounts of both settler John Smith and of the Sacred Oral History of the Mappatoni Tribe of Virginia – a balancing act. You are sure to enjoy the beautiful dancing, exquisite costumes, and family-friendly content of the story portrayed through this classical ballet, including the Grand “Pas de Deux” from the ballet “Sylvia.” SatEvent details.

Mount Vernon

Martha Washington Birthday Celebration
Wish the former First Lady a happy birthday! Lady Washington will greet guests on the Mansion’s piazza. In the afternoon, observe a moving naturalization ceremony in front of the Washingtons’ home. SatEvent details.

National Cathedral

One Journey Festival
The One Journey Festival is a day-long celebration of the courage, culture, and contributions of our global displaced brothers and sisters. The free and family-friendly festival will build connections among cultures as we celebrate refugee talents, stories, and accomplishments through the shared languages of humanity: food, fashion, music, and dance. Celebrities, including Jose Andres and Ger Duany will participate by speaking with refugee chefs and artists in the hopes of reaching a broad American audience – and encouraging them to think differently about this vibrant population. There will also be a kids corner with activities geared specifically for younger children.” SatEvent details.

What do you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady