That great weekend you’re about to have? You can chalk it up to, well, chalk! It’s Lake Anne’s annual Chalk on the Water festival where you and your family can spend the day creating a beautiful drawing. If art isn’t your thing, there are several other fun-filled festivals going down, plus cool book readings and movie showings.

Photo: Lake Anne Plaza


Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne
Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne 2018 is a two-day street art festival on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia where participants of all skill levels are invited to create beautiful chalk drawings right on the plaza. FriEvent details.


Celebration Fairfax!
The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival features 25 acres of amazing concerts, thrilling carnival rides, VIP experiences, crafts brew and local wines, family programming and nightly fireworks! Among the festival’s highlights are more than 120 performances on seven stages, with an exceptional line-up of national, regional and local artists. Rock out with top acts Good Charlotte, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, and Cracker. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Moonlight Movies at the Mansion
Summer is coming and that means it’s time for outdoor family fun! Grab a blanket and your kids and join us for Moonlight Movies at the Kentlands Mansion. Light concessions, beer, and wine for purchase (cash only). FriEvent details.


Family Fun Day at Dulles 28 Centre
Come party at Dulles 28 Centre near PetCo and Ulta Beauty. Enjoy D.J. music, free amusement rides, inflatables, games and giveaways. Enter to win prizes, and meet the Paw Patrol characters. This is a day of fun for the whole family! Come make memories at Dulles 28 Centre…rain or shine. FriEvent details.

Takoma Park

Anansi Theater Series
Take a journey to a folklore forest where you will meet Anansi, Tiger and Snake! Experience Caribbean culture with live music, acting and dance with The White House Studios (TWHS) performing arts and educational group. TWHS is showcasing Caribbean theatre in June 2018 during National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (NCAHM) for two shows with book and craft vendors – all at the Takoma Park Community Center. FriEvent details.


Books in Bloom
The Downtown Columbia Partnership proudly announces the second annual Books in Bloom book festival, Columbia, Maryland’s ultimate celebration of the joys of books and reading. Books in Bloom will bring together some of the country’s best and brightest authors for a daylong festival featuring readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, and a pop-up bookstore by Politics & Prose. Books in Bloom features critically acclaimed and best-selling authors participating in readings, panel discussions and other activities. Sun. Event details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady