If you want to tour the District this weekend, we suggest you skip the Mall and head over to Dupont Circle for the 30th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk. Nine museums will open their doors for free for this weekend celebration, including Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, the Phillips Collection and the Woodrow Wilson House. There will be special programs at each museum for the whole family to enjoy. Watch a sheep shearing at the Textile Museum, listen to period music in the gardens at Dumbarton, or take part in Jazz 'n Family Fun Days at the Phillips Collection. To learn more, go to dkmuseums.com.
The Washington Folk Festival is back, bringing with it more than 450 of the area's best musicians, storytellers, dancers, crafters and culture bearers. Now in its 33rd year, the festival will take place at the historic Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.). Seven stages will be set up and will showcase a rich smorgasbord of live music from performers including Speedy Tolliver, Little Bit a Blues, Sunshine Skiffle Band and the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. There will also be several music and dance workshops in the newly restored Spanish Ballroom as well as a bustling craft market in the Bumper Car Pavilion. Your children can even listen to tall tales at the Storytelling Stage while you're at a workshop.
This free festival will be held rain or shine from noon to 7 p.m. More information is available at washingtonfolkfestival.org.
If folk music isn't your thing, why not head over to the 20th Annual Taste of Georgetown for festive food activities? This is one of the best foodie festivals around with more than 60 signature dishes from neighboring restaurants, a first-ever "Iron Chef"-style showdown featuring some of Georgetown's hottest chefs, and an expansive craft beer and wine pavilion.
This longstanding festival is hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District and benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center's services supporting the homeless. For the first time, there will be an emphasis on unique craft brews for you brew-lovers and plenty of live music and jazz talents.
For just $5 you'll receive one tasting; $20 gets you five tastings. To purchase your tickets and to find out more, go to tasteofgeorgetown.com. The festival will take place on Wisconsin Avenue between M and K streets Northwest.