What better way to celebrate spring (finally!) than with a festival focused on improving the environment. Enter GreenFest, featuring music, workshops and speakers for the entire family. Other fresh air fun? An exploration of city water transfromers, a Day Out with Thomas the Train (needs no explanation), and a not-so-scary raptor festival are all on deck. Pile on the sunscreen and pack your umbrellas!

Photo: Gaithersburg


The 3rd annual Montgomery County GreenFest features music, films, speakers, exhibitors and workshops all focused on building community and improving the environment. Relax to local musicians, visit the Art Zone and the Electric Vehicle and Car Show, or grab a bite to eat at a food truck. SatEvent


Day Out with Thomas
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. Kids can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Baltimore. Sat.-SunEvent


Water Discovery Day
Give your water baby something to get excited for at this family-focused community fun day! Drop by to get to know your H2O and meet Alexandria’s water transformers. Go behind the water cycle scene at the AlexRnew block party as you explore, learn and create. SatEvent


Raptor Festival
Experience the thrill of seeing real owls, hawks, eagles and other predators up close and face to face! Explore the world of these beautiful birds through all kinds of games and crafts, flight demonstrations and presentations from local experts. Meadowside Nature Center’s mascot Otus the Owl will be there to greet you, too! Don’t forget your camera. SatEvent


Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Come by for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. Callaloo Puppets and Maria Broom delight with entertainment. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Celebrity readers include Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander. SatEvent


Walk it Out for Animals
Demonstrate your devotion to animal welfare with every step you take. Have fun and raise life-saving funds for critical medical care, food, shelter, training and adoption services for thousands of animals in need at this fun walk. There will also be crafts, a photo booth, balloon artist, and doggy costume contest. SatEvent

Have any outdoor plans this weekend? Tell us about them in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady