A great weekend is written all over the walls (er, the sidewalks!). Need proof? Check out Del Ray’s first chalk drawing festival, embassy hop through the European Union’s Passport D.C. tour, or cheer on a band of lake leaping pups.

MN-LaBellaStrada2Photo: Del Ray Montessori School


Chalk it Up at La Bella Strada
Inspired by Italian street painting, this outdoor festival to benefit the Del Ray Montessori School, is sure to bring out the oohhs and ahhs! Watch while artists, sponsored by local businesses, create vibrant, large-scale chalk paintings directly on the sidewalks of Mount Vernon Avenue. Sat., 9 am-3 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Dupont Circle

Tour Europe in a Day
No passport? No problem! The Embassies of the European Union and the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States will open their doors to the public, offering a rare look at the diverse EU cultures. From Italy to Bulgaria and France to Portugal, you and the family get a peek at exhibits, performances, food and hands on activities that transport you to the countries you may never see in personSat., 10 am-4 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


ArtsPower in Chicken Dance
ArtsPower’s newest musical portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert. But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks who seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest? Sat., 2 pm-3 pm. $10-$15. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Don’t miss downtown Bethesda’s two-day arts celebration, with local and national vendors (including more than 130 artists), food, and a kid’s corner during both days of the event! If art makes you want to dance, you’re in luck–live music from every genre imaginable will be played along Del Ray Avenue. Sat., 10 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Judiciary Square

Family Afternoon: Re-ball! Redux
Discover how Dupont Underground’s open design competition—called Re-Ball!—turned the raw materials of the BEACH into a new, site-specific installation. Learn about the winning design, then, using some of the materials the artists used (including those translucent plastic spheres), create your own installation design plan and make a small model to take home. Bonus: Participants will receive a voucher to view the competition winner at the Dupont Underground. Sat., 1 pm-4 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Dock Diving Dog Competition
Hang out with man’s best friend at Lake Anne during this school spectacle. World Champion dogs from the Chesapeake Dock Diving Dog Club will dazzle visitors with their amazing leaps and jumps into the lake. Sat., 1 pm-4 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady