Welcome to Summer, D.C.! The vacationers are arriving, the air is hot and heavy, and the kids are Out. Of. School! What’s a parent to do to keep it cool this weekend? Take your pick from a family day of dueling pianos, a family-friendly wine festival, a free truck touch, and more from our “cool list,” and we guarantee you’ll be the coolest family in town.



Hit the 35th Annual Herndon Festival 
Head to Herndon for the annual outdoor festival that’s been kicking off summertime for decades. There will be two fireworks displays, an arts and craft show, business expo, 10K/5K races and fitness expo, and a Kids’ Alley where the littles can get their hands dirty. Held at Downtown Herndon, Station St. and Lynn St. Free; Carnival tickets available for purchase. Fri. from 5-11 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Glen Echo

Catch Tiny Tots at 10
The morning has already peaked-out in your living room, and cabin fever is setting in. Where should you go? What should you do? No, don’t run! Just load ’em up and head over to The Puppet Co.’s Playhouse for a 30 minute show designed especially for kids ages 0-4. Held at The Puppet Co., 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $5. Sun. at 10 a.m. Ages 0-4. Event details.


Rock the Madagascar Festival
Take a journey to the world’s fourth biggest island—no passport needed! Listen to lively music, dance to the rhythm of the tropics, taste the food, and hangout with a lemur. Held at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., SE. $5-$15. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.

National Harbor

Family Day at Bobby McKee’s Dueling Piano Bar
Go on. You know you’ve always wondered what would happen if you showed up at a bar with your double stroller and Baby Bjorn. You’re in a safe zone during Family Days at Bobby McKee’s Dueling Piano Bar at National Harbor. Once a month, they keep it clean and turn on the excitement with family-friendly dueling pianos. Held at Bobby McKee’s Dueling Piano Bar, 172 Fleet St. Sat. from 1 to 3:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
Now we’re talking! Head to the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival in Centreville for wine tastings, food trucks, entertainment, and kid programming (including Becky the Balloon Lady and a juggling performance). Held at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr. Pricing varies by pre-purchase, designated drivers, and ages; See website for details. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat., and 5 p.m. on Sun. Event details.

Foggy Bottom

It’s Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!
Learn about differences amongst us through differences in sound at this NSO Teddy Bear Concert (really, you can let them bring their teddies). Kids and stuffed animals alike will hear the unique sounds of a garden hose, funnel horn, a grownup violin and a baby one, and trombones in three sizes! Held at The Kennedy Center, Family Theatre, 2700 F Street, NW. $20. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. & Sun. at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Event details.


Get Hands On at a Free Truck Touch
Kids can climb into their favorite vehicle at this gratis truck touch sponsored by HoopEd Nation. Also on the docket: face painting, bouncy house, sports games, and a bake sale. The entire family will enjoy this VANtastic event. Held at Grace Episcopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave. Free. Sat. from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.

What are you and your cool cats up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey