Celebrate with Dad This Weekend
It’s Father’s Day weekend and there’s plenty for you and Dad to do from food events and music to a bike ride, yoga and car show. And, if you don’t have dinner reservations yet, check out our Father’s Day dining guide. There are also free outdoor movies in Farragut Square and Rosslyn on Friday and at National Harbor on Sunday.
If you’re traveling on Metro this weekend, be prepared to wait. There will be work on all six lines. Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 20 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 12-15 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont and every 6-8 minutes between Medical Center and Silver Spring from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Taste of Reston
The Taste of Reston is the largest two-day outdoor food festival in the area with 22 vendors including BBQ pork sliders from American Tap Room; pot stickers, vegetable summer rolls, spicy peanut noodles and combination plates from Big Bowl; buffalo wings and bites from Buffalo Wing Factory, bruschetta chicken, gazpacho and berry shortcake from Clyde’s; chicken and waffles, lettuce wraps and crab tots from M&S; crab cake sandwiches, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and French fries from McCormick and Schmick; chocolate covered strawberries from Melting Pot; bahn mi sliders and homemade dog bones from Mon Ami Gabi; hummus and pits from Neyla Mediterranean Bisto; ice cream from Nitro’s Creamery; Virginia cheesesteaks from Tavern 64; burgers and root beer floats from Ted’s Bulletin; and crab dogs from Vinifera Wine bar & Bistro among others. There’s also cooking demonstrations, a kid’s zone and live entertainment on three stages. There’s also a three-day carnival.
June 19 from 3-11 p.m., June 20 from noon-11 p.m. and June 21 (carnival only) from 1 a.m.-8 p.m. at Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston, Va. Admission is FREE, but all-you-can-ride carnival wristbands are $20 in advance or $25 at the carnival. Individual ride tickets are 24 for $20 in advance and each ride takes 3-5 tickets.
National Martini Day
During the Roaring 20s, D.C.’s bright young things were partying as if their lives depended on it and business moguls were making K Street a hub for the city’s movers and shakers. The drink of choice during that era was the American-invented martini. Celebrate National Martini Day made however you like it – shaken or stirred with vodka, vermouth, olives or cocktail onions. Get one 25-cent cocktail with any food purchase.
June 19 from opening to close at DC Coast, 1401 K St. NW. Limit one 25-cent martini with the purchase of any food item at the bar or dining room.
The Art of Walt Disney
The scores from such iconic Disney films as Fantasia and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are cultural touchstones, making The Art of Walt Disney — a jazz performance of melodies from the Disney canon featuring soprano saxophonist Jamison Williams — an exciting night of nostalgia and experimentation.
June 19 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Admission is FREE!
Chicha! A Peruvian Dance Party
Part of the Smithsonian at 8 series, Chicha! A Peruvian Dance Party celebrates all things Peruvian — particularly chicha, an urban music genre originating in Peru that combines a variety of global sounds like South American cumbias and psychedelic surf guitars with local Andean melodies. Lima’s DJ Sabroso and local DJ Kristy la rAt will spin chichi beats while you sample Peruvian beers and pisco cocktails at a cash bar and get a taste of the country from local food trucks. Also, try your hand at the traditional art of silk-screening.
June 19 starting from 8-11 p.m. at Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave. SW. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP admission, with an extra hour from 7-8 p.m., small bites, an open bar and sampling of Peruvian piscos is $33 in advance and $60 at the door.
Silver Spring Blues Festival
The seventh annual Silver Spring Blues Festival is an all-day blues block party on two stages and makes for a fun, free day of local music, featuring headliners King Solomon Hicks’ Band of Brothers. Appearing on the Market Stage at the Fenton Street Market is Miles Spicer & Pearle Bailes at 10 a.m., a harmonica workshop at 11 a.m., Rick Franklin at noon, Jackson & Oziel at 1 p.m. and the Archie Edwards Blues Ensemble at 2 p.m. On the Fountain State at on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring is School of Rock at 3 p.m., the Lisa Lim Band at 4 p.m., Nadien Rae & the Allstars at 5 p.m., the Billy Thompson band at 6 p.m., Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark at 7 p.m. and the King Solomon Hick’s Band of Brothers at 8 p.m.
June 20 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Admission is FREE!
Innovations in Flight
The Smithsonian celebrates Innovations in Flight with its annual family day and outdoor aviation display. More than 50 vintage, recreations, military and home-built aircraft will be on display outside the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Pilots will be with their aircraft to answer questions, and in same cases visitors can sit inside the cockpit. Other activities include a vintage car display, a United Airlines Boeing 777 you can enter, World War II reenactors, as well as talks and hands-on activities such as planting a victory garden a paper airplane design challenge, and building your own sled kite.
June 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. Admission is FREE, but parking is $15 per vehicle.
As a pre-Father’s Day celebration, Shinola and Loudon County’s Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. are teaming up with a free American whiskey tasting.
June 20 from noon-4 p.m. at Shinola, 1534 14th St. NW. Admission is FREE!
If you don’t have Father’s Day plans yet, you could take your dad to Broga Riide, an event that combines bicycles, yoga and beer. First comes the guided bike ride with Two Wheel Valet, which begins at Dupont Circle and ends at Dock5 at Union Market — where the yoga hour will commence with Grip the Mat. Then, attendees can treat themselves to post-exercise drinks and snacks.
June 21 from noon-4 p.m. at Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. Tickets are $18 for one or $15 if you take your dad or a friend.
Celebrate Father’s Day in style amongst heavy machinery and horsepower at Crystal City BID’s Crystal Car Father’s Day auto show. In addition to sports and classic autos, there will be electric vehicles, displays from area sports car clubs, muscle cars and a beer garden.
June 19 from 2-6 p.m. at 220 20th St. S., Arlington. Admission is FREE!
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