Whoever said Friday the 13th wasn’t a lucky day, never encounter a weekend like this. Ushering in a few amazing days filled with everything from a huge celebration of Asian culture to a cozy s’mores campfire cook-off, this Friday the 13th is shaping up to be a real treat.


Photo: Freer|Sackler


National Mall

IlluminAsia Festival
Get ready to travel far lands without the jetlag! The IlluminAsia festival will transform the Freer|Sackler museums’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations, live music by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, and creations by local and international artists. Sat.-SunEvent

Silver Spring

Gourmet S’mores Campfire Cook-Off
Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers are just the beginning of this sweet family event! Stap by for an evening of s’mores, music, and intense competition. Campfires are lit at 5 p.m. and attendees are welcome to BYO dinner to cook-on-a-stick. After dinner, you can roast marshmallows and join along in a sing-a-long ’round the campfire. Sat. Event


Intro to Djembe Drumming and Drum Circle
If kiddo drums to his own beat, let them join other beginner drummers for an introduction to djembe drumming skills and improvisation. Included in this class is a chance to put your new skills to the test playing as a group in a community drum circle. FriEvent

Southern Avenue

The Washington Ballet: Ballet 101
Little one doing a lot of twirling and leaping around the house? Bring him or her to this introduction to classical masterworks. The performance features brief introductions to each work that will guide the audience. A performance that will please both those new to ballet performance and balletomanes. Sat.-Sun. Event


Clothes Call: Kid’s Consignment Sale
You’ll want to arrive early to this semi-annual Children’s Consignment Sale sponsored by Grace Weekday Preschool. You’ll find all types of infant & children’s clothing, toys, furniture and maternity items at wallet friendly prices. Sat. Event


Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Make your daily family walk a little more interesting by taking your stroll to the Bethesda Row Arts Festival. Being one of the leading fine art and craft festivals in the mid-Atlantic, the fest features 190 juried museum-quality artists taking over Elm Street, Woodmont Avenue and Bethesda Avenue. There really is something for every arts aficionado–young and old. Sat. Event

What do you have planned for the weekend? Do share in the comments section. 

-Ayren Jackson-Cannady