With spring just around the corner, it’s time to really get out and explore with your crew. This weekend, kick back at a soccer open house for the under-9 set, groove along with a Duke Ellington-inspired jazz band, or slip on some green and march it out at a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Photo: Lil’ Kickers


Lil’ Kickers Open House
Soccer superstars swing by this free open house for all kids between 18 months and 9 years of age. Expect tons of fun, all the while helping promote a healthy lifestyle and developing social, emotional, and cognitive skills through sports and teamwork. Sun. Event details.

H Street

Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood
Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood is an interactive journey through Duke Ellington’s D.C.—from U Street and the Howard Theatre to Anacostia —come groove along with Duke’s jazz piano with a live jazz trio. Join amazing performers, as they discover how a local hero influenced the Harlem Renaissance, helped shape the cultural history of Washington D.C., and became an international star. Featuring D.C. artists Krislynn Perry, Brian Thorne, and Wes Felton. Sat. Event details.


Apollo on the Move
For the first time ever, the spacecraft that carried the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon and back, can be seen at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia is temporarily in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where it will undergo conservation treatment. Kids will have the rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to learn about the work in progress and talk to experts preserving this historic spacecraft for future generations. Sat. Event details.

Metro Center

Dance Dance with Mr. G
The National welomes the 2015 Latin Grammy Award winner for Best Children’s Album. Audiences will delight in dancing to the music while enhancing their language skills during his exciting bilingual performance. Sat. Event details.


Go Green! St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a day of family fun events, including a classic car show, a dog show and a packed parade (filled with elected officials, the Irish Ambassador, military commanders, scouts, and high school bands). Don’t forget to outfit the fam in something green! Sat. Event details.

National Mall

Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebratioon
Ring in the Persian New Year at the Freer|Sackler’s ninth annual Nowruz celebration! With free attractions for all ages (think: storytelling, calligrapy, live music, and yummy noshes), this year’s festival is held in the Sackler and adjacent Ripley Center as the Freer undergoes renovation. Sun. Event details.

What is your plan for the weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady