The weather is forecasting to be nice this weekend- high 80’s and mostly sunny!  It is a great time to take advantage of the fun activities going on.

Saturday, June 25th

Fifth Annual Del Ray Music Festival

10am – 10pm @ Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria

The Del Ray Music Festival includes music, food, games, and a chance to ring in the summer with your friends and neighbors.  The festival features a variety of music which have included reggae, jazz, blues, swing, folk, country, Celtic, and rock. The majority of the musicians who take the stage are residents of the neighborhood.  In addition to the music, the day features games for the kids and adults and food from neighborhood favorites.  This event is free!

DC Caribbean Carnival

11am – 5pm @ the Georgia Avenue corridor, Washington, DC

The 19th Annual DC Caribbean Carnival is this Saturday!  First up is the Caribbean Style Mardi Gras Parade with costumed masqueraders representing the Caribbean, Latin America and the Diaspora.  This year’s parade begins at 11am on Kansas at Georgia Avenue, NW and ends at Barry Place, NW across from the Howard University Campus leading to the Festival.  The Carnival Festival is from 12pm – 8pm at the Howard Center Parking facility on Georgia Avenue at Bryant Street, NW.  The venue will be transformed into a “Tropical Arena” with international foods, crafts and live performances from local and international artists.  Festival admission is $10, and seniors and children under 12 years are free.

Swing into Summer Family Day

11:30am – 3pm @ National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Start your summer by joining the museum for a fun-filled day of hands-on art activities, special performances, and tours of the related exhibitions.

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Johnny Appleseed & Ratatouille

12pm @ National Archives, Washington, DC

The National Archives is celebrating a new What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? exhibition that opened June 10. See a short Disney film about Johnny Appleseed, and the Oscar-winning film about a rat named Remy who wants to be a Parisian chef.

Children’s Book Reading

2pm – 4:3-pm @ Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC

Author and presidential historian, Jane Hampton Cook, will be at the to sign copies of her new book, “What Does the President Look Like?” from 2pm to 4:30pm and will do a reading of the book at 3:30pm.

This inaugural book reading will be fun for the whole family as kids will explore Presidential history in a new and interesting way.

A special raffle will take place after the reading and all participates will receive 10% off their museum store purchases on the day of the event. For more information, please contact the museum store at 202-829-0436 Ext. 31231.

Teen Flash Mob

3pm @ Central Library, Arlington

Celebrate the end of school and kick-off the Teen Summer Reading Program! Bowen McCauley dancers will teach teens the dance at 3pm.  The dance will be set to ABBA’s “Mamma Mia”, and will occur at 4pm.  Wolftrap Foundation for the Performing Arts will be there having dance contests and giving away some tickets to their production of Mamma Mia! For rising 6th-12th graders.

Native American Indian Campfire
6:30pm – 7:45pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

The whole family is invited to the fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, to include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. There is a $5 fee per person due at registration; $20 max per family.  Register at  Program #: 642951-I

Sounds of the Night Campfire

8pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA

Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens of the night around a campfire.  You will also be able to make s’mores.  It iwll be canceled if it rains.  For more information call the park at 703-941-1065.

Great American Backyard Campout
Camp out in your backyard, parks, campgrounds or even your balcony! No site is too big or too small to spend a night sleeping under the stars.  Check out this post by Natural Capital for details abut where to camp locally!

Sunday, June 26th

National Harbor Family Movie Sundays
8:37pm @ National Harbor, MD

Every Sunday from June 26th – September 4th there will be free movies every Sunday just after sunset at National Harbor.  This week’s movie is Grown Ups.  Bring a lawn chair, and leave your coolers and food/beverages at home.  There will also be kids activities before the movies!