Family-friendly, free, offbeat things to do in DC this weekend – NBC4 Washington

It’s a lovely weekend to live in the metropolitan area – even sweeter than usual because Sunday is National Ice Cream Day.

Get in touch with the offbeat side of the metropolitan area by watching a theater show at Capital Fringe Fest, a Farthing bike race through Frederick, Maryland, or an Elvis Meets WWE sitcom.

Looking to get the whole family out for free or on the cheap? Head to the Capital One Arena on Friday night for a hockey fight with potential players. On Sunday, the Fiesta Asia Street Fair will feature dance, performances, and food from over 20 Asian cultures, as well as activities for children.

The festival is also located a very short distance from the National Gallery of Art, which showcases the last weekend of the Afro-Atlantic History Exhibition.

Things to do in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia this weekend

Fight Club Elvis Birthday
Friday and Saturday
Gala Spanish Theater (3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC)

This self-described “strange cultural phenomenon” comes to the Spanish Gala theatre. Celebrity impersonators will battle unexpected matches in this Creative Alliance sitcom. Tickets start at $28. If you can’t do it this week, the spectacle might be worth a visit to Baltimore next weekend.

Capital Fringe Festival
From 14 to 17 July and from 21 to 24 July

The Fringe Theater Festival is back for another summer and has grown since its inception in 2006. Shows range from comedies like “EGO/DEATH” by Natalie Parks to dramas like Urban Idyll’s “Green Machine.” Performances are at multiple locations in Georgetown and tickets can be purchased online.

Here’s the festival preview.

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The hockey development camp brawl hosted by the capitals
Friday 15th July at 6pm
Capital One Square (601 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004)

Inviting all hockey fans to an open house brawl and development camp at Capital One Stadium. Participants will be able to watch the prospects of the Capitals snowboard, jump in the photo booth, enter raffles and win prizes, as well as test out the season ticket locations for the upcoming season. Entry to the event is free and open to the public. Capitals are asking those interested in attending to secure their place and respond here.

Lake Arbor Jazz Festival
Wednesday 13 July to Sunday 17 July
Lake Arbor Community Center (10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, MD 20721)

Get ready for a festival full of great R&B and contemporary jazz. Described on their website as “a great weekend of music you’ll never want to miss,” the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival offers a variety of jazz musicians and plenty of events to enjoy with the whole family. The main performances of the festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Lake Arbor Community Center, however, a variety of events are offered throughout the week at the various locations listed here.

On Saturday there is a high-wheel bike race with competitors from all over the country and parts of Europe. Tommy McFly reports from News4.

National Race for High Wheels Cluster Towers
On Saturday, July 16, the viewing party starts at 11 a.m., and the races start at noon
101 N Court Street, Frederick, Maryland

Farthing Penny – those old, big front wheel bikes – aren’t Frederick’s leftovers this weekend. Competitors in this one-of-a-kind race will compete for a national title. A free, family-friendly viewing party outside City Hall will feature music from Dapper DJs as well as food, wine, and beer for purchase.

Mount Vernon Arts Family Day
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
George Washington Mount Vernon (3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121)

Transition into a world of 18th century art at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Arts and crafts shows, music seminars and more will be available in all different areas of the property.

A sensory portion of the event will take place on Saturdays only from 9-11am. This time will be devoted to creating a relaxing experience for guests who may request or prefer a quieter version of the event.

Summer Reggae Wine & Music Festival
Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17, 10am-6pm
Linganore Winecellars (13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mount Airy, Maryland)

Reggae fans and wine connoisseurs alike can enjoy this festival featuring 19 different wines and a live band per day. The event also includes food and shopping from over 40 local vendors, and full bottle sales of wine flavors that visitors love. Tickets start at $32.50.

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Fiesta Asia Street Gallery
Saturday 16 July from 11 am to 7 pm
400 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Spend this weekend celebrating Asian heritage with the Fiesta Asia Street Fair, the largest pan-Asian festival in the greater metropolitan area. The festival features more than 1,000 artists, craftsmen and organizations and spans more than 20 diverse Asian cultures. The event is free and open to the public.

Irish Annapolis Festival
Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds (1450 Public Highway, Crownsville, Maryland)

Don’t forget to wear green for the return of the Annapolis Irish Festival! Experience unique activities such as ax throwing, escape rooms, meeting Irish dogs and more, all while enjoying a variety of food and drink options. Tickets should be purchased as soon as possible, as the organizers anticipate a completely sold out event. Entry is free for children under 12, but a children’s ticket is still required to enter.

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National harbor river cleaning
Saturday 16 July from 3 to 6 pm
National Harbor Roundabout (137 National Plaza Suite 200, Oxon Hill, MD 20745)

Help keep the Potomac Rivers clean by participating in the Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s monthly river cleanup. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in cleaning up pollution on beaches. Gloves, trash bags and other cleaning supplies will be provided at the registration table prior to the event. Registration will open 30 minutes prior to the event start time and is located in the National Harbor Carousel parking lot. Prior to registration, volunteers must sign this waiver.

Plants are alive! Kokidama Workshop
Saturday 16 July from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
3 Stars Brewing Company (6400 Chillum Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20012)

Bring out the gardener in you at a kokedama workshop hosted by the local farming movement Cultivate the City. Learn step-by-step how to grow and maintain Japanese ball moss from local gardeners. The price of entry to the event includes the cost of supplies necessary to participate, such as moss, string, soil and plants.

Project Walker Redds and N2N Shows
Sunday 17 July from 4 to 6 pm
Fairwood Community Park (12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie 20720)

The Fairwood Community Park Performance and Music Festival series returns with a summer collection filled with diverse music genres. This Sunday, the festival showcases the unique voices of Project Walker Redds and N2N. Entry to the festival’s musical entertainment is free and open to crowds of all ages.

The American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words
July 15 – August 28
The Arena Theater (1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC)

For the rest of the summer, Arena Theater will be showing American Prophet, a musical centered on the sermons and writings of Frederick Douglass. Audience members can learn about Douglas’ rise as an abolitionist through new melodies and original text. Shows will be available at several times of the day and tickets can be purchased online.

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Final Weekend: Afro-Atlantic History
During July 17, 10am-5pm
National Gallery of Art (6th St NW & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC)

Visit the National Gallery of Art for the last week of Afro-Atlantic History, an exhibition of more than 130 artworks by artists in the African diaspora. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and chronological media. Admission to the National Gallery of Art is free.

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