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2014 Virginia Renaissance Faire
Weekends May 10-June 8, 2014. Family-focused, hands-on interactive educational entertainment brings Renaissance England to life. Theater, activities, music, foods, shops. Meet the young Queen Elizabeth I who just took her place on the throne! Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd., Spotsylvania, VA. ,, 703-508-5036.

Alexandria's Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 21, 2014; noon-7 p.m. Featuring local restaurants, Virginia wineries, live entertainment and children's activities. , 300 John Carlyle St., Old Town Alexandria, VA,

Big Train 2014
Come watch Bethesda Big Train--catch a game with family & friends. Small-town baseball at its best! Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, MD. , 301-379-9145.

Calleva River Tours
Enjoy the scenic Potomac River from a kayak, canoe or standup paddle board. Tours every Saturday, May-September. , 13015 Rileys Lock Rd., Poolesville, MD, 301-216-1248.

Celebrate Fairfax
June 6-8, 2014--With 25 acres of fun, there are plenty of activities and programs to excite people of all ages. Enjoy Carnival & KidWay Midway, Children's Avenue, Greenology, 8 stages of entertainment. Fairfax County Government Center ,

Clark's Elioak Farm
Petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Enchanted Forest attractions and Pine Tree Maze, playground, play area, picnic area, country store. Birthday parties and tours available. Open April 1 through the first weekend in November. , 10500 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.

The DC Jazz Festival
The 2014 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC June 24-29, 2014 with more than 125 dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. Jazz 'N Families Fundays, June 7-8. , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.

Earth Treks Climbing Centers
Offering the best rock climbing in the greater Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Indoor and outdoor climbing experiences. Locations in Rockville, Columbia & Timonium. , 800-CLIMB-UP.

City of Gaithersburg
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Culture
Agriculture and railroad history, Gaithersburg Community Museum. Wetlands at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm. 500+ acres of parkland throughout Gaithersburg including hiking/biking trails. , 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

Imagination Bethesda
A Children's Street Festival Celebrating the Arts! June 7, 2014; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Live entertainment, hands-on creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! The festival takes place on Auburn & Norfolk Avenues. , 301-215-6660.

Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.
Meet all 44 presidents and brush shoulders with some of your favorite celebrities and sports stars at Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. , 1001 F St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-942-7300.

Maryland Faerie Festival
May 10-11, 2014; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Artists, entertainers, activities, merchants. Celebrate the Faeries, and enjoy pageantry, magic, music and mischief. , Camp Ramblewood, 2564 Silver Rd., Darlington, MD, 888-607-9134.

George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first president of the United States, called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. Visit the mansion, tomb, plantation. Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the George Washington Parkway. , 703-780-2000.

The National Zoological Park
Smithsonian's National Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is home to more than 2,400 individual animals of 400 different species. , 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-3034.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Contemporary Fine Arts and Crafts. May 16-18, 2014. Free. Over 200 artists from around the world. Music and performance art. Artist demonstrations. Children's art tent. Noteworthy eats. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA, 703-471-9242.

Opera in the Outfield
The Kennedy Center presents a Free Simulcast of "The Magic Flute" on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. for an activities fair on the main concourse. , Nationals Stadium, Washington, DC,

Potomac Horse Center
Trail riding in Muddy Branch Park to the Potomac River & Blockhouse Point, riding lessons, birthday parties, pony rides, a summer day camp and more! , 14211 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, MD, 301-208-0200.

Taste of Reston
An event featuring two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on four stages and a Family Fun Zone! June 13-15, 2014. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,

Washington Revels
Workshops: PreK-grade 8; Performances: All ages. Thirty years of presenting year-round programs like "The Christmas Revels," "May Revels at Strathmore," After-school Workshops, Community Sings, Pub Sings, Concerts, Parades and more! , 301-587-3835.


Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts. ,

Destination DC
Make DC yours. Plan outings in your own backyard. The official tourism site of Washington, DC. , 202-789-7000.

Maryland Office of Tourism
Plan a Maryland vacation. A guide to history & heritage, state parks and more. ,

Vacation in Virginia
Fifty-one cool places for kids. Be a colonist, astronaut, solider, scientist. ,

Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Fun family day trips. ,