Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fair, Free Music, Step Afrika Highlight Weekend Activities!


Happy Weekend!

Looking for fun things to do this weekend? Lots up, I tell you.

First, I'll start with a couple of things that require venturing out of county, in the event you're up for a little driving or subwaying (spell check is telling me subwaying is not a word; well it should be!). First up, the Arlington County Fair is in town. It started yesterday and runs through Sunday Aug. 12. My favorite thing about the Arlington County fair, and the reason I always mention it is it's FREE. So, you can walk around, see the sites, buy an elephant ear (my favorite; I'm a midwestern girl and we're elephant ear people) or a funnel cake, or check out the free entertainment. They have piglet racing (always fun to watch), basketball trick performances by the Harlem Wizards and outdoor movies (the Muppets on Friday; and Hunger Games on Saturday). A kids court features free inflatables to bounce in and free face painting. There's also an indoor exhibit hall, where companies give out fun trinkets (my kids got some cool games with magnetic balls one year). So, it's worth venturing out of county, if you ask me. Unfortunately, the rides are very expensive, and they never seem to offer bracelet discounts (I guess you can't have everything). More information on the fair is at the website: http://arlingtoncountyfair.us/
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Next up, if you like Live Music and food truck vendors, you'll love Truckeroo. This fun event takes place in DC on Friday, Aug. 10. For more information, visit their site: http://www.truckeroodc.com. On Sunday, the National Building Museum is starting it's Sunday concert series at 2 pm in the Great Hall. This is a FREE event and will feature Step Afrika!, the nation's leading step troupe. Learn more on their website: http://www.nbm.org/programs-lectures/series/summer-concerts.html. 

Now, if you want to stay closer to home this weekend, there's always FREE  music Friday night at the Montpelier Mansion. The music starts at 7:30 pm and will feature Caribbean, Reggae, Calypso and Soca music. If you love train and carousel rides, check out Fantastic Fridays at Watkins Park, where you can get unlimited rides from 5:30 to 8:30 for just $5 per person.

On Saturday, there is FREE swim for 6-12 year olds at PG County Parks pools, after 4 pm. Call your closest pool for their closing times. On Saturday morning, there's a baseball clinic sponsored by the Washington Nationals in Bowie from 9 am to noon at the Baysox stadium. You can call  301-446-6800 for more information. At 10:30, is a FREE nature program at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Laurel. It's for 5-7 year olds.

On Sunday, you can learn archery from the Parks & Recs department. Lessons are held at the Adelphi Manor archery range, and only cost $5 for county residents. If you want more to do or more information on the events listed in this post, please check out our calendar.

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Hyattsville Mom

p.s. I'll be back on Monday with a contest.

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