We get it! Getting everyone back-to-school ready and out-the-door is exhausting. Good news! There are plenty of ways to relax this weekend, from free movie flicks to an outdoor sing-along to a campfire in the woods. If your crew is still yearning for all-things summer (and there are still officially a few weeks left), we’ve scouted out some of the last remaining festivals of the season so you can get your (moon) bounce on and your face painted (for free!).
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The Sustainability Fair
The 10th Annual Sustainability Fair will be held at the Fairmont Washington in the hotel’s Colonnade Room. This event showcases the eco, health and safety initiatives of over 30 DC-based organizations as well as the hotel’s own environmental program, including the American Forests, DC Beekeepers Alliance, DC Central Kitchen, DC Fire and EMS, Department of Energy and Environment, US Green Building Council, World Wildlife Fund and more. Fri. Event details.
Campfire and Nature Walk
Discover the natural beauty of Cabin John Regional Park at dusk! Join expert naturalists for a campfire in the woods and a twilight nature walk. Feel free to bring your own hot dogs or food to warm over the fire; Cabin John Regional Park will provide s’mores. Please pre-register for all participants 2 & older. Fri. Event details.
Round House Theatre Open House
Celebrate the reopening of Round House Theatre with fun, food and festivities. Starting at 11:30 a.m., enjoy live performances in the renovated theatre and lobby, refreshments in the expanded bar and bistro, theatre workshops in the new multipurpose room, and more. Free and open to the public, this event is staged with fun for the whole family, with games and crafts all day. Sat. Event details.
A Free Movie and Face Painting
Enjoy a free screening of Incredibles 2 at King Farm Village Center. The fun, family event will begin at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin promptly start at 7:30 p.m. Families need to bring their own bean bags, beach chairs or blankets to watch the movie. The first 100 kids to check in at the King Farm Village Center registration table will receive a goody bag. Free popcorn and snow cones will be provided as well as complimentary face painting and balloon art. Fri. Event details.
Dumbarton House’s Dolley Days
Dumbarton House Museum in Georgetown is offering free, self-guided tours featuring special collection and archive documents related to the Madisons. On Saturday bring the family and play historic lawn games, make ice cream, and enjoy kids’ activities. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Family Day Dueling Piano Show
Spend your Saturday on the right beat by enjoying an afternoon of live music. Admission is just $20 for ages 2 and up and includes show tickets with an all you can eat lunch buffet and fountain beverages. Sat. Event details.
17th Street Festival
Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets presents the 10th Annual 17th Street festival. The festival includes a wide variety of vendors, including artists, makers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, politicians, and kids activities. The festival also features a Kids Zone which will include an inflatable slide, snow cones, and activities. Sat. Event details.
Explore the Children’s Museum of DC for Free
This free festival celebrates all the Children’s Museum of Washington has to offer. Enjoy the petting zoo, courtesy of Cowboy Barry’s Farm, the free face painting, double dutch lessons from DC Retro Jumpers, story time and The Uncle Devin Show’s Percussion Playground presented by Groovy Nate. Sat. Event details.
Sing-along with the Sound of Music
Celebrating over 50 years, the classic family film,, Sound of Music, returns to the screen in technicolor…with a twist! Sing-slong with the movie using on-screen lyrics and become the star of the show. Lederhosen and veils welcome! A costume contest precedes the performance. This is the original film and is not accompanied by an orchestra (original soundtrack). Sat. Event details.
World Heritage Festival
Taste delicious ethnic food, get refreshed with a scoop of ice cream or shaved ice or even a fresh smoothie while enjoying a cultural show on the main stage. More than 60 artists will be displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between. Other vendors include area nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and local businesses. The kid’s zone has activities and games throughout the day. Sat. Event details.
Free Flicks at The Shakespeare Theatre Company
You don’t have to sit in the heat to enjoy a free movie this summer. The Shakespeare Theatre Company is offering free movies all weekend long, so escape the heat and enjoy a classic film or an animated flick that’s fun for the whole family. Reservations are not required, but encouraged. Sun. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers