WASHINGTON - As Father's Day approaches, kids of all ages are likely scrambling to plan the perfect outing. Luckily, WTOP has a few suggestions. Drink some wine, listen to jazz or buy new records.
Get a Taste of Reston this weekend at the 22nd annual foodie event. Voted the best food festival in Northern Virginia, the shindig features nearly 30 restaurants, carnival rides, food donations, cooking demos and live entertainment. Admission is free, but the carnival portion requires tickets. Check out the website or call 703-707-9045 for more information. Festival hours change daily: Friday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Beer, bourbon and barbecue come together Friday through Sunday for a perfect union of deliciousness at the National Harbor. With 60 beers and 40 bourdons to choose from, this promises to be one of the best parties all summer. Tickets and times vary per day, so check out the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival website before making plans.
Teen musicians duke it out Saturday at Artisphere's inaugural battle of the bands. The show kicks off at 6 p.m. and will feature eight high school bands from across the D.C. region. The entire event is produced and executed by teens participating in Artisphere's Teen Work Experience Program. Audience members will pick the winner, which gets 32 hours of professional recording time at 4Mile Studios in Arlington. Tickets are $5. Buy online or call 703-875-1100.
LUMEN8Anacostia is wrapping up its three-month festival in Southeast D.C. Saturday with a closing night blowout. Free entertainment includes a Chuck Brown tribute, food trucks, pop-up shops and tons of art. Uniontown Bar and Grill and Big Chair Café will also be hosting after-parties. Check the website for a complete list of times and events.
What better way to celebrate dad than by taking him to the D.C. Record Fair at the Fillmore Silver Spring? Browse through the collections of 40 vinyl vendors, listen to guest DJs and swing by the bloody mary bar. Early bird entry is $5 from 11 a.m. to noon and regular admission is $2 from noon to 5 p.m.
If your father likes wine or jazz, pack up the family and head to the Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Live music and food pair up with 17 Virginia wine vendors for a day of drinking in the sun. VIP tickets are $45, tasting tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and non-tasting tickets are $10. Buy online.
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