This weekend is going to be awesome! No, really–Awesome Con, a ginormous superhero convention is rolling into town and calling all wannabe bad guy regulators. But the awesomeness doesn’t stop there! An imax Star Trek screening, Imagination Stage in Bethesda, and a ridiculously fun family volunteer opportunity are also on deck.


Capitol Hill

Awesome Con
With a name like that, why wouldn’t you want to check this event out? AwesomeCon, D.C.’s largest pop culture convention, brings superhero activities, spell-casting ‘classes,’ a science fair, and props like Captain America’s shield to town. Kids can interact with stars like Bill Nye the Science Guy, the creators behind kid-friendly comic publisher Aw Yeah Comics!, or learn about the coolest developments in science from the professionals at NASA and the Smithsonian. Fri-Sun. $35-$45; free/kids 10 and under. All ages. Event details.

Falls Church

Family Volunteer Opp: Stop Hunger Now
Looking for a fun way to volunteer with the kids? You are invited to join other members of our community in working together to assemble and package 20,000+ meals to combat hunger around the world. During the meal packaging event, there will be a children’s festival taking place outside. The festival features activities teaching children about food insecurity in our community and worldwide. This event is free, includes food at no cost, and is open to the public. Sun., 1 pm-5 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

National Mall

Star Trek: Smithsonian’s Sci-Fi Sunday Screening Series
See STAR TREK on the big screen for one day only during the Smithsonian Sci-Fi Sunday Screening Series at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum! Sun., 4:15 pm-6 pm. $15. 10 and up. Event details.


Monkey Tales
During this performance, families explore the world of folk tales using four tools: body, voice, imagination, and teamwork. Audiences will leave the storytelling performance dancing like a monkey and roaring like a tiger! Sat., 9:30 am-10:30 am. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.


Imagination Stage
Musical performances and professional children’s entertainers will light up the stage at the 22nd annual Imagination Bethesda festival, while hands-on art & craft activities will line the streets along Elm St. and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Organized and managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the festival will host 20 local businesses and arts organizations that will provide a variety of hands-on art and craft activities to energize the crowd.  Sat., 10 am-3 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

North Bethesda

Market Home and Garden Market
North Bethesda Market will host its first Home and Garden Market, a free outdoor event for the family Saturdays in June. Shop for plants, find decor and enjoy music and lunch. Sat., 10 am-2 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

What is the most awesome thing you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady