Looking for instant fun this weekend? Just stop by one of the many festivals setting up shop around town. From an arts and crafts themed fest to a long-standing folk festival, there’s something for everyone in your crew. There are other standout activities, too, to help you ring in the month of June. Read on and click through to learn about what’s happening.

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Imagination Bethesda
Organized and managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the festival will host more than 20 local businesses and arts organizations that will provide a variety of hands-on art and craft activities to entertain and energize the 12-and-under crowd. Additionally, the festival will feature face painters, balloonists, free giveaways and more. Imagination Bethesda is held rain or shine. Sat. Event Details.

Glen Echo

39th Annual Washington Folk Festival
The Washington Folk Festival returns to Glen Echo Park with music of all kinds, participatory dancing, a fine crafts market, and storytelling. Hosting more than 450 performers on seven stages, the free festival celebrates the diverse American and international music styles to be found throughout the Washington area among the local and talented performers. Revel in the joy of folk traditions, old and new. The festival takes place rain or shine. Sat. Event Details.


Creative Dance Class Drop-in
Leap, skip, twirl! This class inspires imagination by introducing different dance styles, exploring new ways of moving, and encouraging original dance making. With its focus on dance fundamentals, this class is a perfect start to the future study of any dance technique class. Sat. Event Details.


Maker Faire
Maker Faire NoVa is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy making, experimenting, learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. This family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness offers hands-on activities, demonstrations, workshops, and speakers. Glimpse the future and get inspired! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Books in Bloom
This year, award-winning chef and globally-renowned humanitarian Chef José Andrés will headline Books in Bloom, joining an incredible lineup of bestselling authors. The daylong festival will feature a plethora of children’s activities, such as balloon animal making, glitter tattoos, face painting, lawn games and much more. Sun. Event Details.


The Jungle Book
A timeless tale of a boy lost in the dense jungle of India, Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” contains themes of respect, communication, integrity, and curiosity. While it may seem far from the world of ballet, Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Fran Ichijo proved in this original adaptation that classic and modern dance is the perfect medium to express the jungle animals’ unique and colorful way that they communicate, each with their own unique dance of life. This is a not-to-be-missed colorful show for young and old! Sun. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady