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June in Washington
Plan a visit during this jam-packed month, and take advantage of some of Washington’s most-loved events including the National Capital Barbecue Battle and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. By Emily Leaman
Comments () | Published April 3, 2009

June 5 through 7: Celebrate Fairfax! Festival
Check out more than 400 vendors, artisans, and family activities at this annual community festival at the Fairfax County Government Center. Concerts will be held on five stages throughout the grounds, with performances by Blues Traveler, the Fixx, and more. If you have kids in tow, head over to the Children’s Avenue tent, where they can visit a petting zoo, climbing wall, musical stage, and model-train exhibit. Tickets are on sale here starting May 5 at early-bird prices. The event runs Friday 6 PM to midnight, Saturday 10 AM to midnight, Sunday 10 to 6.

June 5 through 14: Capital Pride
This festival celebrates Washington’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities and their cultural and civil-rights achievements. Now in its 34th year, the event includes educational opportunities and civic and social events, including an interfaith service (June 9), a comedy showcase (June 10), and a bachelor and bachelorette auction (June 11). The event culminates with a parade through DC’s Dupont and Logan circles on Saturday starting at 6:30 PM and a street festival on Sunday along Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest. Closest Metro stop for the parade: Dupont Circle (Red Line); closest for the festival: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter (Yellow and Green).

June 5 through 15: Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
This tribute to one of Washington’s music legends is now in its fifth year. Local and international jazz artists converge to play concerts at venues around the city. This year’s festival, which is themed Celebrating New Orleans, will culminate on June 15 with the presentation of a lifetime-achievement award to New Orleans jazz hero Ellis Marsalis. A concert featuring Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Dr. Billy Taylor will accompany the award ceremony. While tickets are required for some events, many are free, including three performances—two of which are all-day extravaganzas—on the National Mall.

June 6: Imagination Bethesda

Geared toward kids under 13, this street festival includes face painters, dance troupes, and hands-on art activities. Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street. Free. 11 to 4. Closest Metro: Bethesda (Red Line).

June 6 and 7: Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk
Each year in June, museums near DC’s Dupont Circle team up to offer free admission to their exhibits and family-friendly activities. This year, the group is partnering with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association to organize bike tours between the museums and facilitate bike parking. Participating museums are Anderson House, Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Phillips Collection, the Textile Museum, Dumbarton House, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the Woodrow Wilson House. Hours for each museum vary, so check the Web sites before heading out. Closest Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line).

June 6 and 7: Dance Africa

DC’s Dance Place celebrates African dance and music with this annual festival. In addition to visual arts, food, clothing, and crafts, dance performances will be held at 3 and 8 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Matinee tickets are $25 ($20 in advance), evening tickets $30 ($25 in advance), $10 for those under 18 at all performances. Closest Metro: Brookland-CUA (Red Line).

June 6 and 7: Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor

Now in its second year, National Harbor’s nosh-and-sip fest includes kids’ cooking demonstrations and activities, seminars and demonstrations with guest chefs, a Belgian-beer cafe, and samples of boutique wines and artisanal fare, such as cheese, bread, chocolate, coffee, teas, and ice cream. Special events, such as a pirate cruise and clambake, will also be on tap. Tickets, which give you unlimited tastings, are available here at early-bird prices ranging from $15 to $65; children under six are free. The event runs Saturday from noon to 8 and Sunday from noon to 6.

June 7: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Children’s Festival

Grab your kids and head over to the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center for the ASO’s Children’s Festival, featuring musical selections from The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and more. Kids can also participate in art activities and an “instrument petting zoo.” Ticket are $5, and the event runs from 2 to 4 PM. Closest Metro: Pentagon (Blue and Yellow lines), then take the 7A Metrobus toward Landmark and get off at North Beauregard Street and Fillmore Avenue.

June 12 and 13: Reston Town Center Taste of the Town

One of Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festivals, Reston’s Taste of the Town, at Reston Town Center, offers tastings from area eateries, live music, a beer-and-wine garden, and kid-friendly activities and games. Admission and parking are free, but tastings require tickets. Friday 3 to 11, Saturday noon to 11.

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