Picture the best rave party you've ever been to. Now times it by 10 and you've got LivingSocial's first ever rave run -- and tickets go on sale Friday morning, so buy early at livingsocial.com because prices will go up closer to the event.
Run -- and dance -- five kilometers, or 3.1 miles, through the streets of D.C. on Friday, Nov. 9 while wearing your best glow-in-the-dark clothes, glow bands and sticks, flashlights and headlights.
The run is sponsored by Mercy Corps, a global aid organization that provides relief to countries experiencing economic collapse or natural disasters. Almost all of the proceeds will help bring 1,000 solar lanterns to a Somalian community that does not have access to electricity.
The race begins at RFK Stadium (2400 E. Capitol St. SE) and ends with a swag, post-race shindig at Stadium Armory.
Looking for something to do with your kids this weekend? Head over to the Durant Arts Center (1605 Cameron St., Alexandria) for the Kaleidoscope for Kids Art Festival. The festival boasts 17 exciting, hands-on events ranging from theater and music to art and dance. Your kids can paint a sweet BMW car, learn how to make a book, craft kaleidoscopes and participate in origami workshops.
Acclaimed performance groups like the Arlington-based Synetic Theater and renowned children's songwriting program Kid Pan Alley will also be at the festival.
Kaleidoscope for Kids is brought to you by Access Through the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization based in Alexandria. The festival is part of a bigger initiative to draw attention to the importance of the performing arts.
Go to artskaleidoscope.org for ticket information and times.
Walk your dog for a good cause at the second annual D.C. Walk for the Animals and Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday. Help the Washington Humane Society raise $70,000 by bringing your pooch to Marie Reed Elementary School (2200 Champlain St. NW) and walking one mile around the historic Adam's Morgan neighborhood. Your donation will go toward WHS programs such as pet adoption, animal rescue and pet training.
There will also be a community festival featuring local vendors, fun games for kids, contests and more. The festival starts at 10 a.m., and the walk begins at noon. Go to support.washhumane.org to sign up. Registration costs $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 4-12 and is free for children 3 and under.