Washington Weekend Picks September 11 and 12

Alternative title: How APISS got its groove back.

Finally, I’m back with a good local round-up of lots of fun things for you and your families to do this weekend! Sorry I was not able to provide this over the summer.  Because until I am able to afford a hot assistant who looks like Troy Bolton, a housekeeper like Tony Micelli or a nanny who gives me jolly holidays, I’m much more dependable during the school year. Enjoy!


Kennedy Center Annual Open House Arts Festival and Multicultural Children’s Book Festival 12-4pm. This fun, free family day has a theme that celebrates Mexico, and will feature for kids an instrument petting zoo, Rocknoceros!, a humongous chalk art interactive activity, ballet dances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency, performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and other world-renowned musicians and more! There will also be also be tons of children’s authors on hand performing readings for the kids as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Festival on the rooftop level. Of special interest at the Open House is the Washinton National Opera’s special children’s performances at 3pm and 5pm.

Virginia Indian Festival in Fairfax 10am-4pm, Riverbend Visitor Center, 703-759-9018. “The Rappahannock dancers and drummers plus seven other area tribes will do live demonstrations, dance, and show and sell Indian crafts, pottery, and music. Help build a dug-out canoe, throw a spear, and shoot a bow and arrow. No reservations required. $8/adult, $5/child.”

Silver Spring Jazz Fest, full post here.


Adams Morgan Day Festival
Noon-7pm. Revisit the playground of your DC youth and 20-something years…with your kid. Live music on six stages (including a new DJ Pavillion this year where your tikes can shake their thang), cheap eats, art, shopping and an introduction to the funkiest ‘hood in the District. (OK, I should be totally banned from using any more dated slang. I sound about 65 years old.)

Takoma Park Folk Festival 11am-6:30pm at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road.
Family friendly folksiness is the vibe of this legendary event. There’s two entire stages devoted to musical and dance performances for kids and oodles of fun activities. A huge performance schedule, miles of good grub and crafts to admire and acquire.

Anacostia Community Boat House Youth River Day Free, 11am-3pm. “Learn how rowing and paddling build healthy bodies and a healthy river at a fun, free event for youth, adults, families, and kids of all ages!”

Patuxent National Wildlife Center Family Hunting and Fishing Day , Free, 1-4pm. “See how dogs help hunters retrieve wildlife, explore wildlife habitats with a guide, learn about wildlife conservation and hunting and fishing opportunities. Tie Flies to attract fish, view archery demonstrations, engage in craft activities for young children. Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract is located 1.4 miles east of the Baltimore-
Washington Parkway, off Route 198 east of Laurel. Call 301-776-3090 for more information or visit http://patuxent.fws.gov. Accommodations for individuals with  special needs are available with a two week advance notice.” THANKS KIM FOR THE RECOMMENDATION!

Yes, the Troy Bolton link goes to 17 Again and not High School Musical. He looked waaaay too young in those other pics. Even for a dirty old lady like me.  Hi Chris! xoxo


  1. LeticiaTechSavvyMama says

    Ha ha ha about the italicized comments at the end!  Glad to have you back and thank goodness that school has started!  TGIF!

  2. Glad to have you back.. Patuxent Wildlife Reguge has Hunting and Fishing Family day on Sunday 9/12 from 104…

  3. Thanks Kim!  I updated the post with your super suggestion!!

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