This weekend is meant for venturing out of the air conditioning and exploring the city (and beyond) thanks to cooler temperatures (yay for summer rains). Enjoy an outdoor sing-a-long at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-woods at Wolf Trap, fresh peaches at a not-so-distant country farm or an evening fishing on the Potomac. Prefer to spend the summer season indoors? Check out the annual BrickFair (in town for two days only) or a mock World Fair.

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National Harbor

Light the Night at the Water Lantern Festival
Design-your-own lantern at this evening festival where participants write messages of hope, love, happiness, peace and healing on tiny vessels they release into the harbor. This magical night is filled with food, games, music and more. You don’t need to pay an entry fee to enjoy the glow of thousands of lights on the water; grab a bench or table on the pier for a lantern-lit picnic. Sat. Event details.


Be Mesmerized by DC’s Own Houdini, The Great Zucchini
Prepare to laugh-yourself-silly with DC’s favorite comedic magician, The Great Zucchini. Known for his wacky facial expressions and his goofy demeanor, this show is sure to delight children young and old. And, abracadabra!, all adult ticket-holders enjoy enjoy happy hour prices on cider, beer, wine and cocktails. Sun. Event Details.


Build a Better Weekend at the BrickFair
The largest Lego fan festival in the United States is coming to Dulles! From miniature models to life-sized brick creations, this annual 2-day event is a want-to-be-brick-builder’s dream. On-site activities include a Stay-and-Play Lego building zone, a bounce house, a putt-putt miniature golf course and more. Strollers are not permitted at this event. Sat. and Sun. Event details. 


Friday Night Fishing
Cast off at Diamond League Park with Anacostia Riverkeeper’s catch-and-release fishing lessons. The DC sunset provides the perfect backdrop for a Friday evening unwind with the fishes. The Riverkeepers provide the gear, bait and instruction. Fri. Event details. 


Build an Epic Fort
Design and create forts worthy of defending a city at this hands-on workshop. Kids 7 and up will investigate how and why forts were built in Arlington during the Civil War and then break up into teams to create their own. Registration is required through Arlington’s Park service. Sat. Event details. 


Sing-Along with The Okee Dokee Brothers
Tap your toes and clap your hands with this sing-your-heart-out show filled with campfire-worthy dittties from the Grammy-winning duo, The Okee Dokee Brothers. Cool summer mornings are the perfect time to enjoy Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, an outdoor stage tucked in the trees at Wolf Trap National Park. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestial in Concert with the NSO
Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on huge HD screens. Fri. Event details. 


Totally Trucks
Grab the wheel at Reston Association’s annual touch-a-truck event. Police and fire vehicles will also be on display.All participants receive a complimentary construction hat. Enjoy a horn-free hour from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. This event is rain or shine. Fri. Event details.

Foggy Bottom

World’s Fair
Experience the excitement, innovation, and wonder of a 1900s World Fair. Learn about inventions that thrilled fairgoers and taste the snacks made popular by these grand events. Celebrate cultures around the world by exploring the booths of local embassies and cultural centers. Sun. Event details.


Worth the Drive: Peach Daze Fuzztival
What’s the Fuzz? Learn how peaches are grown, trimmed and thinned to maximize production on an orchard tour at Great Country Farms. After picking your own peaches, enjoy peach slushies, peach pies, peach bread, peach ice cream and roasted peach and arugula flatbread pizza in the Roosteraunt, the on-site restaurant. Try golden pancakes right off the griddle, topped with freshly sliced peaches and whipped cream. Pancakes will be served from 9am-10:30am, and are included in Farm Admission. Sat and Sun. Event details. 

Chevy Chase

Where the Wild Things Walk
Join an Audubon Naturalist Society Master Naturalist on a walk through the woods on the first Saturday of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. Topics include all things wild and wooded, including deer, fungi, trees, insects and birds. Come prepared to hike in sneakers and don’t forget your water bottle. All ages are welcome. Meet at the gazebo by the main house. Sat. Event details. 

The Federal Triangle

Get Folksy with Fox and Branch
Sing, clap, dance and play rhythm instruments with the folkish duo, Fox and Branch. This performance is a part of The National’s Saturday morning series, which is geared toward children 4-10 years, but all ages are always welcome. These performances take place in the Helen Hayes Gallery on the second floor of the theatre. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Two performances Sat. Event details.

—Meghan Meyers