There are two equally awesome ways to approach this weekend. You can roller coaster your way through (weeeeeeeee!) or take things nice and easy, carousel-style. Whichever you choose–fast and furious or slow and steady–there are a ton of fun activities to fill up the days, including a music-heavy festival, a butterfly exhibit, and more!

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Celebrate Fairfax
This annual festival features concerts on various stages with headliners like Better Than Ezra, Smash Mouth and more. The festival features an abundance of other attractions like a petting zoo, carnival rides and a karaoke championship along with nightly fireworks and plenty of great food. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Riverdale Park Summer Concert Series
Start your summer weekends off right with live musical performances from some of the area’s most talented artists every Friday night beginning the end of May and running through August. From pop rock and folk acts to Latin- and Swing-themed nights, there is something for everyone playing down in Riverdale Park Station’s Bear Square this summer. Riverdale Park Station offers plenty of surface parking. Fri. Event Details.


Author Storytime With Nina Halper
Join Loyalty Bookstore for a wonderful author storytime with Nina Halper and her book “Sabra: The Long-Legged Goofy Mixed Saluki.” There may even be a special doggy visitor for pets and pictures and cuddles! Sat. Event Details.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday Picnic
Celebrate world-renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with us! Come and visit the only Frank Lloyd Wright House open to visitors in the D.C. region – the small but magnificent Pope-Leighey House. Join the al fresco fun on the lawn of Pope-Leighey while you enjoy a local jazz group and take open house tours of this hidden architectural gem. Sun. Event Details.

Glen Echo

Saturday Art Explorers
Saturday Art Explorers offers drop-in arts activities for ages 10 and under with an adult. Explore visual arts projects inspired by Park programs and create your own unique crafts. Programs are offered every Saturday morning between 10am and 1pm; most activities last about half an hour. No pre-registration necessary—just show up! Sat. Event Details.

Silver Spring

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit
Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Interact with hundreds of native and exotic butterflies North America, Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. Visitors can experience nature in motion as butterflies soar throughout the conservatory. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady