10+ things to do on a mild and sunny August weekend in the DC area – NBC4 Washington

We are in the middle of August, but there are signs that autumn is approaching: milder and less humid air will be here for the weekend, the National Gallery Nights have announced their intention to return and the football is officially back.

The Commanders face the Panthers in their first preseason game on Saturday — the first game since the Washington Football Team declared, “new name, who dis?” Tickets are as low as $30 as we write this newsletter; the game will also air on NBC4. Here is our pre-season guide.

DC United will also have a game this weekend; Check out this free watch party at The Wharf.

What’s left on your list of summer must-haves? If corn dogs and Ferris wheels top the list, look no further than the Prince William County Fair and the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. They both take place from Friday August 12 to Saturday August 20.

We also have ideas for outdoor movies, barbecues and swimming spots.

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Something virtual to do

NMAAHC Block Party
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture presents a hip-hop block party with live performances and presentations. The in-person event has reached capacity, but those interested can watch live.

Things To Do This Weekend in DC

Georgetown Slavery and Emancipation Guided Walking Tour
Meet at 3276 M Street NW, Washington, DC (former Dean & DeLuca space)
Saturday, 10 a.m.

Georgetown was once a hub of the slave trade, but the history of the neighborhood’s first black residents is often hidden. Edward J. Ingebretsen, a professor at Georgetown University, seeks to share their stories with this tour.

Tickets are free, but you can donate if you wish. Proceeds benefit Washington DC History & Culture nonprofit programs.

Unicorn Kids Club
Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children are invited to celebrate what makes them special by participating in crafts and story time. The event is aimed at children from 5 to 13 years old. It’s free, but registration is recommended.

Free choice
DC United Game Watch Party
Saturday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pearl Street, Southwest DC

Head to Pearl Street to see the DC United v New England game on a 14ft jumbotron screen. Arrive early to take a seat on the terrace of Kirwan’s Irish Pub, enter a raffle to win DC United goodies, or stop in to watch the game from 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Those 21 and over can sit in the pub.

Free choice
DC WaveFestival
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
K at Eye Street NW, between 13th and 14the Streets, Washington, DC

Enjoy free food and fitness classes while bands play in Franklin Park. This free community event can also help you connect with wellness services or get a COVID-19 booster shot. There will also be free backpacks and school supplies.

Let’s skate DC at The Wharf
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The platform

Groove and slide at The Wharf ice rink – or stop by to see all the action. Free entry. Skate rentals will be available for children, it will cost $10.

Things To Do This Weekend in Maryland

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
August 12 to 20
Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, Maryland

Head to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds this weekend or the next for rides and more. General admission starts at $12 and kids 11 and under are free. Free parking and shuttle services from the Lakeforest Mall are available.

Enterprise Golf Course Grand Reopening Event
Friday, 9 a.m.
Corporate Golf Course, Riverdale, Maryland

This golf course run by the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation celebrates its return after a complete renovation.

Players of any size group are welcome to tee off at 9 a.m. Friday. It costs $80 per player or $40 for members. A continental breakfast will be offered. Make reservations with [email protected] or [email protected]

First Commanders Pre-Season Game
Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m.
FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

As fans prepare for the return of football season, the Washington Commanders are back with three preseason games this month. The Commanders will face the Carolina Panthers this Saturday in their first preseason game of the year. Tickets are available for purchase online starting at $30. The game will also air on NBC4.

Free choice
Silver Spring International Food and Craft Show
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Silver Spring Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland

Enjoy an afternoon of international cuisine, crafts and music at Veterans Plaza this Sunday. More than 60 artisans will gather that evening while a DJ will play international music. The event is free and open to the public.

Things To Do This Weekend in Northern Virginia

Prince William County Fair
August 12 to 20
Manassas, Virginia

The Prince William County Fair returns for another summer of rides, games and live shows. The fair features a live concert by country artist Tracy Byrd on August 18. Discounted advance tickets are available at the fairgrounds.

Films of the national landing in the park
Friday, 6 p.m.
Virginia Highlands Park, Arlington, Virginia

Pack a picnic (maybe a pizza picnic!) and catch the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at Virginia Highlands Park (on softball field #3). The film is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Food trucks will also be on site.

Lake Anne Cardboard Board Regatta
Saturday, August 13, 1 p.m.
Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Virginia

Celebrate Reston and support the Reston Museum for this regatta event. Participating teams of all ages build and decorate their own cardboard floating boats. Register to become a participant or simply sail to watch the event from the historic Lake Anne Plaza.

TASTE Leesburg
Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
Downtown Leesburg, Virginia

Discover what Leesburg has to offer with food and drink vendors, interactive art exhibits, and two stages with live music. Free entry. Drink tickets can be purchased online.

Alexandria sidewalk sale
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Support independent shops in Alexandria by visiting this summer sale. More than 40 local boutiques will offer discounted summer items. Shop while live music plays on different areas of the sidewalk. The event is free and open to the public.

Correction: This article incorrectly stated which film would be shown at Virginia Highlands Park on Saturday. “Encanto” will air on August 19.

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