Finding ways to make daddy-o the center of attention this Father’s Day shouldn’t be too difficult, thanks to the host of cool events happening this weekend. Whether pop wants to take a bike ride for a good cause, nosh on barbecue, or gawk at hotrods, let him choose the fun for the whole family. You will not be disappointed.



Kidical Mass Kick-Off Bike Ride
Grab your kids and their wheels for the Kidical Mass Rockville kick-off ride to Carmen’s Italian Ice and back! Kidical Mass rides are designed for families with young children, and parents with kids on their own bikes or cruising in the trailer, bike seat, or any other family biking set-up are welcome. The ride is three miles, using multi-use trails, a quiet residential street, and a bike lane, and no man, woman, or child will be left behind! Sat., 10 am-11:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Chow Down at Taste of Reston
Live entertainment, carnival rides, and a ton of food–what more could you ask for? Keep the entire family entertained at this two-day supersize festival filled to the brim with fun. Word to the wise: come with an empty belly. Fri.-Sat. $20/24 food tickets; $20/24 carnival tickets. All ages. Event details.


Rhode Island Row Block Party
Rhode Island Row has the perfect family-friendly way to kick off summer—a block party with live music, beer (for non-driving grown-ups), barbeque, and a slew of free family activities including face painting and balloon twisting. Sat., 5 pm-8 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Cheers NoVa Brewfest for the Whole Family
More than 85 breweries show off their best brews (including the intricacies and details of how each is made) at this popular outdoor festival. Bonus: Youcan bring the kids along—there will be live music, face painting, temp tattoos, moonbounces, rock climbing, and more. Sat.-Sun., 11 am-7 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Capitol Hill

Speed Racers: Washington Soap Box Derby
They aren’t old enough to drive a real car, but these kid racers don’t mind. Join 60 soap box derby racers as they compete in Capitol Hill for a coveted spot at the World Championships. If you have a car-lover in your family, it will be hard for them to not want to get behind a boxcar wheel after witnessing these races. Sat., 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Zero Prostate Cancer Family Run/Walk
This family-friendly run/walk features a 4 mile run/walk, 1 mile walk, 200 yard Kids Superhero Dash for Dad (rock those superhero capes!), and a virtual Snooze for Dudes program. The event aims to raise awareness and money to help end prostate cancer. Bonus: strollers and dogs are allowed to participate in the run-walk. Sun., 8 am-2 pm. All ages. Event details.

Dupont Circle

Kid’s Story Hour: Chu’s Day at the Beach!
Cool off with the adorable summer fun tale of Chu (a snuggly baby panda) and his family as they go to the beach! Super cute with beautiful illustrations, Chu’s Day at the Beach, is sure to have you wanting to pack up for a weekend by the shore. Sun.1 pm-2 pm. All ages. Event details.

What is topping your weekend to-do list? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: SLO County Bike Coalition via Flickr