It’s Father’s Day weekend, so do dad a solid by letting him sleep in…but, just for a bit. From pilot talks and campfires to lightening bugs and folk festivals, there are dozens of pop-approved events going down in the DMV.

Photo: Jonathan Musser via flickr

National Mall

Papa Please Get the Moon for Me
Check out this special Hirshhorn program in celebration of dad. You’ll look at sculptor Kenneth Snelson’s Needle Tower, then imagine you can climb to the moon with a read-aloud of Papa Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric CarleFollowing the story, you’ll create a special take-home artwork. SunEvent details.


Innovations in Flight
Explore the engineering and design innovations that have taken place during the last century of flight. Talk with pilots of over 50 vintage and modern aircraft, on display outside the Museum for one day only. Discover the science behind flight through hands-on, STEM-based activities. SatEvent details.


Tunes 4 Tots Father’s Day Special
Get grooving for this special Father’s Day class for just $10 with free donuts, plus discounted beer. This is an outdoor event. SunEvent details.

Takoma Park

Takoma Park Folk Festival
NOW & THEN celebrates the 40th anniversary of the renowned Takoma Park Folk Festival, including its music, mission, and history. Several musicians will perform along with a multi-media program about the festival’s history, including photos, videos, and vintage festival posters. SatEvent details.

Mount Vernon

Father’s Day Weekend at Mount Vernon
Spend Father’s Day with the Father of Our Country! General Washington greets visitors and poses for photographs on Father’s Day weekend. Washington also discusses his role as husband, stepfather, and Father of Our Country in the program “Father to the First Family.” SatEvent details.


Lightening Bug Jubilee
Do you enjoy watching fireflies light up on hot summer nights? Come celebrate this tiny glowing creature and learn what you can do to help keep the light show around for generations.Enjoy sitting around an evening campfire, spark conversations with like-minded folks, and explore the night woods with a naturalist-guided hike. SunEvent details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady