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First I’ll start by apologizing for leaving you hanging with the events last weekend. I was on vacation for the week in Virginia Beach. We had a fantastic time and needed some time to unwind. Though it rained every day, we did get to see The Dark Knight Rises on IMAX at the Virginia Marine Science Museum and Aquarium – featuring a 9 story high screen in a 300 seat theater. I highly recommend you find an IMAX near you to see this movie. In fact I’ve taken the guesswork out of your hands. Below is a list of IMAX theaters in Northern Virginia and DC.

There you go, no excuses! Especially since this weekend is supposed to be a mix between the sun and gloom. If you decide to save the movie for a later date, enjoy some of these fantastic outdoor, mostly free, and family-friendly events around Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC.


Friday Family Movie Night: Friday, August 17, 8:30-10:00pm

FREE. Bring your children, blankets, and popcorn to Harris Pavilion in Manassas, VA for an outdoor screening of The Smurfshttp://harrispavilion.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?event_id=1321&view=Event&style=List&calendar=harrisp&view=Month

Totem: Cirque Du Soleil: Wednesday, August 15-Sunday, October 7, Times Vary by Date

Starting at around $40, come out to the National Harbor in Oxen Hill, MD for an experience like no other. http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/totem/tickets/washington.aspx

Wine Down: Friday, August 17, 5:00-8:00pm

The Winery at La Grange welcomes you to “wine down” with your favorite glass of wine or sangria. http://www.wineryatlagrange.com/events.htm

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival: Saturday, August 18, Session 1: 11:00am-3:00pm; Session 2: 5:00-9:00pm

Starting at around $40 and located at the National Harbor. Get Crackin’! http://www.mdcrabfest.com/

Sunset Cruise at Lake Accotink Park: Saturday, August 18, 7:00-8:00pm

$6/person. Soak up the sunset and relax as you cruise the beautiful shoreline of Lake Accotink. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lake-accotink/events.htm

Toast to the Tunes at Tarara Winery: Saturday, August 18, 6:00-9:30pm

$15/person. Children under 7 FREE. Listen to Shane Gamble, original music then “Into the Great Wide Open” a Tom Petty experience and enjoy some artisan wines! http://www.visitloudoun.org/Events/2012-Toast-to-the-Tunes-Summer-Concerts-at-Tarara-Winery10

Crystal Screen: Rom Com: Sunday, August 19, After Sunset

FREE. Take the Metro to the Crystal City stop and cozy up at the courtyard at 1850 Bell Street for Love Actually. (one of my personal faves!) http://crystalcity.org/do/crystal-screen-rom-com

Canine Cruise at lake accotink park: Sunday, August 19, 7:00pm

$6/person. Dogs FREE. Treat your canine companion to a special cruise aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch-friendly pontoon boat. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lake-accotink/events.htm

Forecast (courtesy accuweather.com)

Friday, August 16

An afternoon thunderstorm 92º Lo 66º

Saturday, August 17

Not as warm with a shower 81º Lo 60º

Sunday, August 18

Turning cloudy 78º Lo 57º