Washington, DC Weekend

This weekend: The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be on the National Mall through July 4th. Kick it off with the Jazz in the Garden Concert on Friday, which requires a (free) reservation.

Across the river, you can experience the unique sounds of DMV music culture in a Free Concert at Lubber Run or stop by Saturday or Sunday for the Free Concert Series at Tysons. It’s going to be hot, so you might also want to check out our Guide to DC Waterparks.

DC Events Community Calendar:

This Morning
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7/3 9a: Come frolic in the Fairy Lolly and explore our magical village of fairy houses and gnome homes, each lovingly created by children.

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7/3 10a: The Arts Council of Calvert County and the Calvert Marine Museum will sponsor a Maritime Art & Artifacts art show to celebrate the treasures of the Chesapeake Bay region. Explore first-hand the...

The Arts Council of Calvert County and the Calvert Marine Museum will sponsor a Maritime Art & Artifacts art show to celebrate the treasures of the Chesapeake Bay region. Explore first-hand the maritime culture and natural history of the Chesapeake Bay through artistic interpretations and specific examples of marine life for all ages. Weather permitting, local artists may choose to set up an easel to paint or draw on-site and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase certain pieces of art. Additionally, experience all the museum exhibits, including indoor & outdoor habitats for the North American river otter, indoor aquarium exhibits, the in-depth Maritime History Gallery, as well as, the Treasures from the Cliffs paleontology gallery.

More: choosecalvert.com

This Afternoon
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7/3 1p: What’s a toad’s favorite food? Join us to find out what turtles love to nibble or what a wiggly worm...

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7/3 4p: July 3rd - Big time professional fireworks display in Mt Airy, MD at the corner of Rt 27 and Twin Arch Shop Ctr (Mt AIry Fireman's Carnival Grounds). Gates open at 4:00 event starts at 5:00 w/live...

July 3rd - Big time professional fireworks display in Mt Airy, MD at the corner of Rt 27 and Twin Arch Shop Ctr (Mt AIry Fireman's Carnival Grounds). Gates open at 4:00 event starts at 5:00 w/live music, food vendors and fireworks! The event is free.



The vision of Ben Golueke (Mt Airy Liquors) and Chris Coleman (Mt Airy Eye Care) is what brought this amazing event to Mt Airy! It is designed to be a family friendly atmosphere with live music every year. A place to pitch a blanket along with a cooler of beverages, and celebrate our country's independence with our Mt Airy neighbors. An annual event our kids will look forward to and have lasting memories of.



We sincerely hope to bring our wonderful community together through this event and thank our incredible sponsors who are helping to make this vision a reality.\



This event is and will always be FREE.


More: mountairymd.org

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7/3 7p: The official weekly comedy show of Washington, DC's (and the Nation's) premier comedic resistance!

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7/3 8p: Every year the Town of Chesapeake Beach sponsors a fireworks display at the center of Town. The display is viewable along the Fishing Creek bridge, Kellam's field, Veteran's Memorial Park or at one...

Every year the Town of Chesapeake Beach sponsors a fireworks display at the center of Town. The display is viewable along the Fishing Creek bridge, Kellam's field, Veteran's Memorial Park or at one of our waterfront restaurants or resort. The fireworks are held at Dusk. Bring a blanket and a picnic for a family fun evening at Kellam's field. *glass containers and alcoholic beverages prohibited.

More: choosecalvert.com

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Indoor options:

If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can check out the recently opened Box of Delight at the NMAI or the soon-to-close Afro-Atlantic Histories at the NGA.

The Futures Exhibit at the newly reopened Arts and Industries Building is also worth a look. While you’re there, be sure to dive into the Hirshhorn (just next door) to see the excellent Laura Anderson exhibit. We did both a few weeks ago and they were pretty much empty. And, as always, take a look at our Summer Calendar to see the full list of seasonal events.

Also note that the National Archives underwent a significant renovation about 10 years ago. If that school group visit back in the 1990s is the last time you were there, you should duck in on the next rainy day.