<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Worth the Trip]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/worth-the-trip http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 04:59:10 -0400Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:59:10 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week Returns Aug. 19-28]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:58:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_51088681-%281%29.jpg

More than 50 Alexandria eateries will serve discounted lunch and dinner dishes to food lovers during the area's annual Summer Restaurant Week from Aug. 19-28.

Participating restaurants will offer lunch for $10, $15 or $20 per person as well as a three-course dinner or dinner-for-two specials for $35.

Popular establishments, such as The Wharf, King Street Tavern and Chadwicks are among the dozens of featured restaurants. The week will highlight restaurants in all corners of the city, including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End.

"At a range of locales, from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites, guests will savor the flavors of Alexandria's distinctive collective of eateries," the Restaurant Week website says.

See the complete list of participating restaurants and their special menus here.

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<![CDATA[100 Things to Do This Summer in the DC Area]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:52:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/things-to-do-in-dc-summer1.jpg

You have three months to get outside, see the sights, host some barbecues and much more -- here are 100 ways to make the most of your summer. 

While you're out and about on your summer adventures, tweet or tag us in your photos using the hashtag #NBC4DC. We just may feature you on air or on NBC Washington's Instagram feed!

1. Make a splash in pools, water parks and lazy rivers! See the D.C. area's top 10 places to beat the heat

2. Pick strawberries or enjoy a strawberry dish. Head out in early June to a nearby patch such as Butler's Orchard in Germantown, Maryland. Check out strawberry recipes here.

3. Fire up the grill -- see tips and hamburger recipes to make your backyard BBQ sizzle.

4. Attend the AFI DOCS film festival, June 22-26. There are 90 films representing 30 countries on the slate of documentaries screening at the AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring).

5. Crack open some crabs. Check out the Chesapeake Crab Festival on June 25 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and then on Aug. 27 at Prince George's County's National Harbor. 

6. Dive into Shark Week. Tune into Discovery Channel for a marathon of all things shark starting June 26. 

7. Get welcomed to the jungle. Zipline and climb through Sandy Springs Adventure Park in Montgomery County, billed as the largest man-made outdoor climbing adventure in the world. 

8. Head for the beach. Check out the top beaches within an easy drive of the D.C. area. 

9. Sip fruit-infused water. It's like summer in a glass.

10. Catch a summer movie blockbuster. Buzzworthy movies heading to the box office this summer include "Central Intelligence" (June 17), "Independence Day: Resurgence" (June 24), "Free State of Jones" (June 24), "Ghostbusters" (July 15), and "Bad Moms" (July 29).

11. See an arena concert. Paul McCartney, Maroon 5, Fifth Harmony and Luke Bryan are among the stars coming to town this summer. Find more shows here.

12. Hit the golf course. Tiger Woods hosts the Quicken Loans National tournament in its return to Bethesda's Congressional Country Club, June 23-26. 

13. Take a road trip to the Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival, happening June 24-26, in Norfolk.

14. Hit up the Capital Fringe Music Festival, June 25-26. The outdoor music festival -- an offshoot of the Capital Fringe Festival, coming up later in the summer -- showcases live music performances, theater, dance and puppetry. 

15. Upgrade your snow cone. Shave ice is a popular Hawaiian dessert with a fine, snowy texture paired with a fruity, sweet taste.

16. Celebrate National Sunglasses Day. Sport your favorite summer shades June 27.

17. Forage from some of D.C.'s most beloved food trucks at the Fairgrounds (1201 Half St. SE). You still have three chances to catch the monthly food truck fest, Truckeroo, on July 8, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. 

18. Hit up a music festival. The West Coast may have Coachella, but there are plenty of great music festivals just a bus ride away from D.C., including ;Firefly Music Festival, June 16-19, in Dover, Delaware, and the Vans Warped Tour July 16 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland

19. Enjoy summer fruits. Check out delicious ways to snack up on nature's bounty! 

20. Take home a furry new friend. Hundreds of animal shelters will come together July 23 for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide animal adoption drive.

21. Have a lazy summer day. Stretch out, lounge -- and get your TV binge on! New seasons of "Orange is the New Black," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" will all be on Netflix in June. 

22. Take yourself out to the ballgame. Get tickets to a game at Nats Park.

23. Mix a summer drink. Start your mixology training with a refreshing, fruity cocktail.

24. Celebrate the '80s. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Pretty in Pink" turn 30, and are among the many free outdoor movies playing in the DMV this summer. And, yes, that's totally awesome! 

25. Catch plays, dance, music and "unclassifiable" live performances during the annual Capital Fringe Festival. This year's festival, happening July 7-31, includes shows all over the D.C. area.

26. Giddy up. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia offers guided horseback rides through the scenic Blue Ridge trails. 

27. Visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Pretty in Pink" turn 30, and are among the many free outdoor movies playing in the DMV this summer. And, yes, that's totally awesome! The National Mall turns into the Basque Country, starting June 29-July 4 and continuing July 7-10. 

28. Enjoy Rickey Month in July. Dubbed the official cocktail of D.C., the Rickey has been called "air conditioning in a glass."

29. Celebrate the Air and Space Museum's 40th birthday by spending All Night at the Museum. The iconic building on the mall will be open all night -- from 8:30 p.m. July 1 to 10 a.m. July 2 -- for one big, free party, although the 21+ event requires tickets. 

30. Stretch in the park. Here are some of the top outdoor yoga programs in the District with free classes through the summer. 

31. See "ICEBERGS" at the National Building Museum. From July 2 to Sept. 5, the museum will be transformed by massive icebergs built out of transparent polycarbonate panels. Visitors can climb an iceberg and see the "ocean floor" below.

32. Celebrate America. Grab some apple pie, check out a July 4 parade and get ready for the main event -- spectacular fireworks! Find an event near you.

33. Visit The Renwick Gallery. You have until July 10 to check out the larger-than-life installations of the WONDER exhibit on the museum's first floor. 

34. Take a day trip. Who said a staycation has to be boring? Head out to one of these exciting destinations in Maryland or Virginia

35. Kayak or paddle along the Potomac. You can rent stand-up paddleboards and kayaks at the Key Bridge Boathouse (3500 Water St. NW, beneath the Key Bridge) and Thompson Boat Center (2900 Virginia Ave. NW, near the Watergate).

36. Explore Theodore Roosevelt Island. The area is one of D.C.'s hidden gems, and honors our 26th president's love of the outdoors. Explore the trails through wooded swamplands or kayak around the island. 

37. Make a summer playlist. What tops your list of favorite summer jams

38. Stroll along the National Mall. Become a tourist for the day and see the monuments millions travel to see each year. 

39. Have a staring contest with a celebrity. The National Portrait Gallery's "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze" runs through July 10 and features Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams and more superstars giving their best "Blue Steel" pose. 

40. Set sail in Annapolis. Maryland's capital is a nautical heavyweight. Take in the gorgeous views, restaurants, bars, boats -- and all the crab cakes you can eat.  

41. Drink by the water. Cheers to the best waterfront bars from Georgetown to Annapolis.  

42. Slide the City. The world's longest water slide will take over Tysons Corner for one day only, July 16. 

43. Scream for ice cream. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day July 17 at one of the best ice cream spots in the DMV

44. Say hello to Bei Bei. Check up on D.C.'s cute panda cub at the National Zoo.

45. Take a hike. White Oak Canyon, Great Falls and Rock Creek Park offer scenic trails to take advantage of.

46. Go wild at an amusement park. Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens and Six Flags America are packed with monster coasters and huge water parks.

47. Go tubing. Float the day away on an inner tube, or turn up the adventure with a rafting, canoeing or kayaking expedition. 

48. Dance in Glen Echo Park. Prepare to sweat in style. 

49. Cool down with a popsicle. If you need some icy inspiration, we've rounded up a collection of popsicles perfect for the young and young at heart. 

50. Escape to Tilghman Island. This quaint Maryland island hosts a seafood festival July 16. 

51. Visit Brew at the Zoo. The Smithsonian National Zoo's annual beer fest will feature 70 craft breweries, live entertainment, plus the chance to meet and greet some animals July 21. 

52. See the horses of Chincoteague. The wild ponies make their annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 27.

53. Grab a wing. National Chicken Wing Day is July 29. Need we say more? 

54. Watch "Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens." Syfy's fourth installment (yes, FOURTH) of this thrilling-meets-ridiculous franchise premieres July 31.

55. Drink on the roof. You can enjoy the sunset while sipping a cocktail on one of these top D.C. rooftop bars

56. Camp next to a waterpark. Commune with nature and make a splash at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, Virginia.

57. Try making lobster rolls at home. Here are tons of recipes to inspire you to host a backyard lobster boil. 

58. Take advantage of tax-free shopping. Bookmark these dates: Aug. 5-7 (Virginia); Aug. 14-20 (Maryland).

59. Get Olympic fever! Tune in to see the world's best athletes take over Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics on NBC4, Aug. 5-21.

60. Go to a county fair ... and eat everything fried.

61. Get ready for football. The Redskins; preseason schedule starts Aug. 11.

62. Tour Luray Caverns. Discovered in 1878, gorgeous rock formations in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is a popular tourist attraction. Bonus: The cooler underground temperatures will help you chill on hot summer day. 

63. Make a wish. The Perseid meteor shower peaks on Aug. 12-13.

64. Find time for wine! Check out our picks for the Top 5 Virginia Wineries. Or indulge at a fest such as the Purcellville Wine & Food Festival on July 16.

65. Ride the Capital Wheel at National Harbor. Take in breathtaking views from 180 feet above the Potomac River. 

66. Try D.C.'s finest cuisine during Restaurant Week. Stretch your dollar, Aug. 15-21.

67. Hit a seafood dive. Baltimore, Annapolis and Ocean City are top contenders for fantastic seafood dives in the mid-Atlantic area.

68. Smell the flowers at the National Arboretum (3501 New York Ave. NE). Walk through the stunning gardens and woods for free until 5 p.m. each day. 

69. Feel the need for speed. Catch a drag race or NASCAR race at Dominion Raceway

70. Make a summer pie. Strawberry season is upon us -- along with plenty of other summer fruits -- so it may be tme to try a new recipe.

71. Dip your toes in the Yards Park fountain. Then dine on the waterfront or catch a free Friday summer concert.

72. Ride a bike. Explore one of D.C.'s many bike trails

73. Tour Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Catch a tour of the legendary abolitionist's home. 

74. Scour Eastern Market (225 7th St. SE) for fresh fruits and veggies, meats, treats and treasures. Local artists and vendors set up outside, as does a fantastic flea market (7th Street SE between C Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE). Top it all off with a stop at the absolutely perfect local gem Capitol Hill Books.

75. Check out the tall ships. Massive ships from around the world sail into Baltimore's Inner Harbor this summer. Visit Sail Baltimore's website for the full schedule.

76. Jump out of a plane at Skydive Orange. But if freefalling two miles above the ground isn't your thing, check out the indoor skydiving facility iFly in Ashburn, Virginia. 

77. Daytrip to Baltimore. Hang out at the Inner Harbor, see an Orioles game at Camden Yards and check out where Francis Scott Key made history when he wrote "The Star Spangled Banner."

78. Enjoy Jazz in the Garden. Local musicians serenade crowds at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden every Friday evening from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Find other free outdoor concerts right here.)

79. Make a shrimp dish. We've rounded up everything you want to know about making just about any kind of shrimp. 

80. Take a lunch/dinner cruise. See the D.C. monuments from the Potomac River on the Odyssey or Spirit of Washington.

81. Have a half smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl.

82. Take a DC Duck Sightseeing Tour. The 90-minute tour takes you around the city by sea and land in a double-duty vehicle built during World War II. 

83. Tour the International Spy Museum. Channel your inner James Bond and put your spy skills to the test. 

84. Paddle around the Tidal Basin. Get a workout and a beautiful view of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. 

85. Play in the sand at National Harbor. The Awakening sculpture is an interactive art installation of a bearded giant emerging from the sand.

86. Spend a day at Mount Vernon. See where George Washington called home, plus take in panoramic views of the Potomac River. 

87. Walk the C&O Canal Towpath. Take in nature and history along this Georgetown treasure. 

88. See the stars in Rock Creek Park. The Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium (5200 Glover Road NW) takes you around the universe -- for free. 

89. Take a break from 2016. Step back in time and explore Colonial Williamsburg

90. Take a stroll through the Historic Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE). More than 67,000 impactful Washingtonians have been buried in the 35-acre cemetery.

91. Swim in style. Hit up one of the pool parties at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I St. SW). 

92. Enjoy fresh air at Catoctin Mountain Park. Fish, horseback ride, rock climb, camp -- you can show off your inner outdoorsman here. 

93. Get a snack from a food boat. Nauti Foods serves up treats on the Potomac

94. Walk around the National Mall monuments at sunset. Stick around a little longer to take some beautiful nighttime photos.

95. Take a brew tour. D.C. Brew Tours' The Original D.C. Craft Brew Tour is a great way to sample the area's beer scene. Plus, your ticket also includes VIP tours of at least three of the four breweries you will visit on the.

96. Bask in some great views of the city at the top of the Washington Monument. It's definitely a tourist-y activity, but summer is the perfect time to head to the top of the tower for the beautiful photo-op. 

97. Visit a farmer's market. FRESHFARM Markets hosts tons of open-air farmers markets all around the city throughout the summer. 

98. Bid farewell to summer. Enjoy the sounds and the last of the summer days Sept. 5 at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. 

99. Relax on the Capitol lawn and take in music from the National Symphony Orchestra at D.C.'s free Labor Day Capitol Concert at the U.S. Capitol.

100. Celebrate H Street with food, music, vendors and plenty of neighborhood fun. This year's H Street Festival will take place Sept. 17, just before the official start of fall. 

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<![CDATA[Lebron James' 'The Wall' Holds Casting Calls in Md., Va.]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:38:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lebron+james+cleveland+contrato.jpg

Have you ever wanted to be on a game show? Well, here's your chance!

"The Wall," an NBC show executive produced by NBA star LeBron James, is holding casting calls in Maryland and Virginia next week.

The show is described as a cross between the "Price Is Right" game Plinko and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." 

In each episode, a 2-person team will answer trivia questions for a chance to win a "life-changing amount of cash," a press release from the show says. 

If you are interested in attending one of the four casting calls, sign up here

The casting calls will be held at the following times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 1
    3 p.m. until 7 p.m. 
    Alfred Street Baptist Church
    301 South Alfred Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 

  • Friday, Sept. 2
    3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
    Mount Ennon Baptist Church 
    9832 Piscataway Road 
    Clinton, Maryland 

  • Saturday, Sept. 3
    10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 
    First baptist Church of Glenarden
    600 WAtkins Park Drive
    Upper Marlboro, Maryland 

  • Monday, Sept. 5
    10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
    Maryland State Fair 
    2200 York Road 
    Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 

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<![CDATA[Summer Concert Guide: The Can't-Miss Music This Season]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:12:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/summer-concert-guide-composite-gettyImages.jpg

It's time for summer concert season. We know you're excited! Check out some noteworthy performances hitting the D.C. area this summer.


Wale, June 9

Billboard Magazine and 1800 Tequila host a Wale concert June 9 as a part of "Back to the Block," where musicians return to their hometowns for a concert. The show will be at ASIA DC (1720 I St. NW), and doors open at 8 p.m.

Twenty One Pilots, June 10

Twenty One Pilots will "Ride" to Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland) for a concert June 10. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $75 to $177.

Luke Bryan, June 10-11

Luke Bryan brings two nights of country tunes to Jiffy Lube Live (7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Virginia) June 10 and 11. The shows start at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $32 to $498 Friday and $59 to $515 Saturday.

Ellie Goulding, June 13

Dance to Ellie Goulding at Merriweather Post Pavilion June 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $56 to $275.

Dave Matthews Band, June 18

Stop by Jiffy Lube Live for a Dave Matthews Band concert June 18. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show range from $62 to $842.

Ziggy Marley, June 21

Relax to some reggae at the Fillmore Silver Spring (8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring) with a Ziggy Marley concert June 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, and tickets are $34.50.

Lil Uzi Vert, June 26-27

Lil Uzi Vert will perform two nights at the Fillmore. The June 26 show with special guests 21 Savage and YFN Lucci has sold out, but you can still catch Lil Uzi Vert June 27 for $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.


5 Seconds of Summer, July 8

Embrace your inner fangirl July 8 for 5 Seconds of Summer's concert at Jiffy Lube Live. Tickets are $25 to $195, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Monica, Melanie Fiona & Avant, July 16

Monica, Melanie Fiona & Avant present Love Stories: Chapter 1 at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St. NW) July 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $57 to $206.

Young Thug, July 21

Head to Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Road NE) for Young Thug's concert July 21. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 18+ show, and tickets are $42.60.

Fifth Harmony, July 29

As part of The 7/27 Tour, Fifth Harmony will take the stage at George Mason University's EagleBank Arena (4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, Virginia) July 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.75 to $257.18.

Billy Joel, July 30

The Piano Man is set to perform at Nationals Park (1500 S. Capitol St. SE) July 30. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $62 to $649.

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, July 31

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa unite for The High Road Tour. The duo performs at Jiffy Lube Live July 31, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 to $263.


G-Eazy, Aug. 4

G-Eazy performs with Logic at Jiffy Lube Live Aug. 4 on The Endless Summer Tour. Tickets to see the California rapper are $30 to $144.50.

Paul McCartney, Aug. 9-10

Spend a night listening to Paul McCartney at the Verizon Center (601 F St. NW) Aug. 9 or 10. Tickets to see the former Beatles member Tuesday or Wednesday are $68 to $4,675, and the shows start at 8 p.m.

Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson, Aug. 10

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson are teaming up for a concert at Wolf Trap (1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia) Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. Get tickets for $32 to $42 before they're "Gone, Gone, Gone."

Darius Rucker, Aug. 12

Darius Rucker stops by Jiffy Lube Live for The Good For a Good Time Tour Aug. 12. Tickets are $30.35 to $199, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Kenny Chesney, Aug. 18

Break out your cowboy boots Aug. 18 for the Kenny Chesney concert at Jiffy Lube Live. Get tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show for $30.25 to $292.

Drake, Aug. 19-20

If you're reading this, it's not too late to catch Drake's concerts at the Verizon Center Aug. 19 and 20. The shows start at 6:30 p.m.; tickets for Friday or Saturday are $115 to $2,028.

Train, Aug. 20

Train rolls into Merriweather Post Pavilion for a show Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $63 to $491.

Miranda Lambert, Aug. 25

Enjoy an evening of country at Miranda Lambert's concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion Aug. 25. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are $59 to $383.

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<![CDATA[Free Outdoor Movies in the DMV]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:08:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NoMa-125edited.jpg

Prep your picnic baskets, round up your friends and get ready for summer movie season in the DMV. As always, there are plenty of free outdoor movie series happening all around town, and lucky for you, we've taken the time to compile this nearly endless list. Scroll on for everything you need to know about where and when you can spend an evening in front of the big screen. 

NOTE: Film schedules are subject to change due to weather and such things. Please check with each movie series' official website to verify dates and times before you head out.


Adams Morgan Movie Nights -- Marie Reed Elementary School Field, corner of 18th Street NW and California Avenue NW. Movies begin half an hour after sunset.

May 24: "Selma"

May 31: "Rebel Without a Cause"

June 7: "School of Rock"

June 14: "Pretty in Pink"

June 21: "Inside Out"

Capitol Riverfront: Front Flicks -- Canal Park, 250 M St. SE. Movies begin at sunset.

June 2: "Ocean's Eleven"

June 9: "Inside Out"

June 16: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

June 23: "Hitch"

June 30: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

July 7: "Mean Girls"

July 14: "Jurassic World"

July 21: "Minions"

July 28: "Creed"

August 4: "Pitch Perfect 2"

Aug. 11: "The Martian"

Aug. 18: "Skyfall"

Georgetown Sunset Cinema -- Georgetown Waterfront Park, intersection of K and Water Streets and Cecil Pl. NW. Movies begin at sunset. 

July 5: "Planet of the Apes"

July 12: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

July 19: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

July 26: "Thelma & Louise"

Aug. 2: "Into the Wild"

Golden Triangle: Golden Cinema Series -- Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue NW and K Street NW. Movies begin at sunset.

May 20: "American President"

May 27: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

June 3: "Mars Attacks!"

June 10: "Dave"

June 17: "Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

June 24: "The Butler"

July 1: "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde"

July 8: "Clear and Present Danger"

July 15: "Manchurian Candidate"

July 22: "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

NoMa Family Film Night -- NoMa Junction at Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. Movies begin at sunset.

June 21: "Home"

July 19: "Up"

August 16: "Zootopia"

NoMa Summer Screen -- NoMa Junction at Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. Movies begin at sunset.

June 1: "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark"

June 8: "The Princess Bride"

June 15: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

June 22: "Jumanji"

June 29: "Fast Five"

July 6: "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"

July 13: "Life of Pi"

July 20: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

July 27: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

Aug. 3: "Apollo 13"

Aug. 10: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Aug. 17: "Jurassic Park"



Bethesda Outdoor Movies -- Woodmont Triangle, corner of Norfolk and Auburn avenues. Movies begin at 9 p.m.

July 26: "Pretty in Pink"

July 27: "Manhattan Murder Mystery"

July 28: "Brooklyn"

July 29: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

July 30: "Creed"

Strathmore Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival -- Strathmore Gudelsky Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda. Movies begin at 9 p.m. 

Aug. 20: "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back"

Aug. 21: "Minions"

Aug. 22: "The Wizard of Oz"

National Harbor Movies on the Potomac -- National Harbor Plaza, 137 National Plaza, Fort Washington. Thursday movies begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday movies begin at 6 p.m.

May 19: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

May 22: "Finding Nemo"

May 26: "Sleepless in Seattle"

May 29: "Monsters, Inc."

June 2: "Crazy, Stupid, Love"

June 5: "Meet the Robinsons"

June 9: "Interstellar"

June 12: "Toy Story 3"

June 16: "Hitch"

June 19: "Maleficent"

June 23: "Dirty Dancing"

June 26: "Minions"

June 30: TBD by online poll

July 3: "Surf's Up"

July 7: "Jurassic World"

July 10: "The Smurfs"

July 14: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

July 17: "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"

July 21: "Hot Pursuit"

July 24: "Brave"

July 28: "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

July 31: TBD by online poll

Aug. 4: "Remember the Titans"

Aug. 7: "Cars"

Aug. 11: "The Longest Yard"

Aug. 14: "The Karate Kid"

Aug. 18: "Zoolander"

Aug. 21: "Hook"

Aug. 25: TBD by online poll

Aug. 28: "Cool Runnings"

Sept. 1: "Casino Royale"

Sept. 4: "Tomorrowland"

Sept. 8: "Men in Black"

Sept. 11: "Wreck it Ralph"

Sept. 15: "Ocean's 11"

Sept. 18: "Zootopia"

Sept. 22: "Meet the Parents"

Sept. 25: TBD by online poll

Sept. 29: "Ocean's 12"

Summer Movies at The Wine Bin -- 8390 Main St., Ellicott City. Movies begin at 9 p.m. in May, June, July and August, and at 8 p.m. in September.

May 27: "Skyfall"

May 28: "Live and Let Die"

June 4: "Grease"

June 11: "Moonstruck"

June 18: "Sideways"

June 25: "Wedding Singer"

July 2: "Top Gun"

July 9: "Chef"

July 16: "Pitch Perfect"

July 23: "Raising Arizona"

July 30: "Adventures of Robin Hood"

Aug. 6: "Sixteen Candles"

Aug. 13: "To Catch a Thief"

Aug. 20: "Manchurian Candidate"

Aug. 27: "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"

Sept. 3: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

Sept. 10: "Cinema Paradiso"

Sept. 17: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Oct. 27: "Wizard of Oz"



Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival -- Waterfront Park, 1 Prince St., Alexandria. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

July 15: "Inside Out"

July 16: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Bush Tabernacle Summer Movie and Skate Nights -- 250 South Nursery Ave., Purcellville. Movies begin at 7 p.m.

June 24: "The Lego Movie"

July 1: "Maleficent"

July 8: "Earth to Echo"

July 15: "The Boxtrolls"

July 22: "Paddington"

July 29: "Mulan"

Aug. 5: "Toy Story 3"

Aug. 12: "Monsters University"

Aug. 19: "Into the Woods"

Aug. 26: "Big Hero 6"

Cinema Del Ray -- Mount Vernon Recreation Center Fields, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria. Movies begin at sunset.

May 21: "Inside Out"

June 18: "The Peanuts Movie"

July 16: "Toy Story"

Aug. 20: "Aladdin"

Sept. 17: "Kung Fu Panda 3"

Four Mile Summer Movie Series -- 4109 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Movies begin at sunset.

May 27: "Minions"

June 24: "The Goonies"

July 29: "Back to the Future"

Aug. 26: "Zootopia"

Lake Anne Summer Film Festival -- Lake Anne Plaza, 11404 Washington Plaza W., Reston. Movies begin at sunset. 

July 8: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

July 22: "Toy Story"

Aug. 12: "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Aug. 26: "Lady Sings the Blues"

Lovettsville's Movies on the Green -- Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. Movies begin at sunset.

June 10: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

June 24: "School of Rock"

July 8: "Princess Bride"

July 22: "Mary Poppins"

August 12: "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"

August 26: "The Peanuts Movie"

Mosaic District Films in the Park -- Strawberry Park, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax. Movies begin at 7 p.m.

June 3: "Finding Nemo"

June 10: "The Goonies"

June 17: "Back to the Future"

July 1: "Field of Dreams"

July 8: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

July 15: "Babe the Gallant Pig"

July 22: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

July 29: "The Princess and the Frog"

Aug. 5: "Cool Runnings"

Aug. 12: "Aladdin"

Aug. 19: "A League of Their Own"

Aug. 26: "Karate Kid"

Movies at Arlington Mill -- 909 S Dinwiddie St., Arlington. Movies begin at sunset.

Aug. 11: "Kung Fu Panda 3"

Aug. 18: "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials"

Sept. 1: "The Peanuts Movie"

Sept. 8: "Brooklyn"

Sept. 15: "He Named Me Malala"

Movies at Penrose Square -- 2501 9th Road S., Arlington. Movies begin at Sunset.

June 4: "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water"

June 11: "The Martian"

June 18: "Belle"

June 25: "The Fault in Our Stars"

July 2: "Juno"

July 9: "Fantastic Four"

July 16: "The Book Thief"

July 23: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

July 30: "Moulin Rouge"

Aug. 6: "Joy"

Aug. 13: "All That Jazz"

Aug. 20: "The Devil Wears Prada"

Aug. 27: "The Princess Bride"

Sept. 3: "Spotlight"

Sept. 10: "That Sugar Film"

Sept. 17: "Water"

Movies Under the Stars -- Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge. Movies begin at 7 p.m.

May 21: "Jurassic World"

May 28: "Hotel Transylvania 2"

June 4: "Snow White"

June 11: "The Good Dinosaur"

June 18: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"

June 25: "Minions"

July 2: "Shaun the Sheep"

July 9: "Planet 51"

July 16: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

July 23: "Open Season"

July 30: "Pixels"

Aug. 6: "Inside Out"

Aug. 13: "Max"

Aug. 20: "Gnomeo and Juliet"

Aug. 27: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

Sept. 3: "Karate Kid"

Sept. 10: "Zootopia"

Rossyln Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival -- Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington. Movies begin at 8 p.m.

June 3: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

June 10: "Beethoven 2"

June 17: "Eat, Pray, Love"

June 24: "Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark"

July 1: "Coming to America"

July 8: "Dirty Dancing"

July 15: "Finding Nemo"

July 22: "Casablanca"

July 29: "Top Gun"

Aug. 5: "Up"

Aug. 12: "Roman Holiday"

Aug. 19: "Casino Royale"

Aug. 26: "The Notebook"

Starlight Cinema Centreville -- 5875 Trinity Parkway, Centreville. Movies begin at sunset.

Aug. 6: "Minions"

Aug. 13: "Inside Out"

Aug. 20: "The Good Dinosaur"

Aug. 27: "Home"

Village at Leesburg Movies Under the Stars -- 1603 Village Market Blvd. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

June 15: "Hotel Transylvania"

June 29: "Despicable Me"

July 13: "Hook"

July 27: "Frozen"

Aug. 10: "Finding Nemo"

Aug. 24: "Inside Out"

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<![CDATA[County Fairs in the DMV: Find Yours Fast!]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:51:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/county+fairs.jpg

County fairs are a summertime staple, even in the busy DMV. Escape the city for a day trip to one of the surrounding areas, or celebrate your own county with fried food and carnival rides. You still have plenty of opportunities to head to the fairgrounds before the summer ends.


Arlington County Fair

When: Aug. 17-21

Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 Second St., Arlington)

This is the fair to go to if you don't have a car, since it's accessible via several Metrobuses and a shuttle from the Ballston Metro. The fair also offers a bike valet. (And, in fact, there's no space for car parking.) You can learn about the life of a dairy cow, enjoy a show by the Harlem wizards and watch piglets race to the finish line, among plenty of other activities. Submit your photos of the fair to the daily photo contest for a chance to win a prize pack to the 2017 fair. Admission is free.

Fairfax County 4H Fair and Carnival

When: Aug. 4-7

Where: Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon)

A classic county fair awaits in Fairfax County with loads of fried food, carnival rides, farm animals and tractor pulls. The folk rock Will Overman Band will perform a concert after the first day of the fair on Thursday night. Admission is free and parking is $7.

Fauquier County Fair

When: July 13-16

Where: Fauquier Fairgrounds (629 Old Auburn Rpad, Warrenton)

The Fauquier County Fair says it's "Shaking It Up" this summer with an entirely new fair schedule. If you're feeling competitive, try the pie-eating contest, the watermelon seed-spitting competition or the cornhole contest. If you're looking for old-fashioned fair fun, head to the barns to see lots of livestock, including cows, miniature horses and rabbits. Neal McCoy, the Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, will perform Saturday night. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Loudoun County Fair

When: July 25-30

Where: Loudoun County Fairgrounds (17758 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg)

Enjoy a livestock obstacle course, an Oreo-stacking contest and a rabbit hopping competition at the Loudoun County Fair. The fair will offer discounted tickets on several days. On Tuesday, first responders can enter for free; on Wednesday, kids are admitted for $1 until 4 p.m.; on Thursday, anyone 65 or older can enter for free until 4 p.m., and on Friday, a family of four or more can enter for $5 each until 4 p.m. Regular admission is $13 for adults and $5 for kids. 

Prince William County Fair

When: Aug. 12-20

Where: Prince William County Fairgrounds (10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas)

Tons of events and activities make the Prince William County Fair the largest in the state. Check out the cutest baby contest, marvel at statues carved with a chainsaw and take the chance to touch a sting ray. Each day of the fair features tons of daytime activities followed by a concert most evenings. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children if you buy them in advance through July 31.


Allegany County Fair

Where: Allegany County Fairgrounds (11490 Moss Ave., Cumberland)

Animals, rides and a demolition derby are on the schedule for the Allegany County Fair this year. Admission is only $1 for anyone who wants to attend.

Anne Arundel County Fair

When: Sept. 14-18

Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds (1493 General's Highway, Crownsville)

Live wood carving, scarecrow making, and tug of war are just three of the many attractions featured at the Anne Arundel County Fair this year. Admission is $16 for those age 16 and older, $5 for kids between 6 and 15, and free for children under age 5. Senior citizens 55 and over, disabled guests, and service members also receive free admission into the fair.

Charles County Fair

When: Sept. 15-18

Where: Charles County Fairgrounds (8400 Fairground Road, La Plata)

Guests at the Charles County Fair can expect a lineup of country and R&B music. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 11 and younger. Season passes are also available for $12.

Howard County Fair

When: Aug. 6-13

Where: Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship)

Howard County Fair features pig races, pony rides and magic shows. A "Kids and Critters" Barn will be open for children to pet and observe furry animals. Tickets go for $5 for adults, free for children under 10 and $2 for seniors 62 and older.

Great Frederick Fair

When: Sept. 16-24

Where: Frederick Fairgrounds (797 East Patrick Street, Frederick)

The Great Frederick Fair will have performances from an array of musicians, including Vince Gill and Foreigner. The fair will also host a crafting contest and an antique vehicle show. Admission $5 for those older than 11; children younger than 11 can enter for free.

St. Mary's County Fair

When: Sept. 22-25

Where: St. Mary's County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown)

Guests at St. Mary's County Fair can watch the Queen of Tolerance be crowned. There will also be a ton of agricultural competitions and horse pulls. Tickets for adults are $5, tickets for children 6 to 12 are $1, and tickets for children under 6 are free. Season passes are also available.

Washington County Fair

When: July 16-23

Where: Washington County Agricultural Education Center (7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro)

The Washing County Fair will have all the typical fair activities -- a carnival, animal exhibits, bull riding and demoltion derby. Admission is free for kids 5 and under and $3 for everyone else.

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<![CDATA[Burtons Grill & Bar Opens Second Location in No. Va.]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:55:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015851879_1200x675_748551235877.jpg The restaurant Burtons Grill & Bar, which serves traditional American fare, is opening a second Northern Virginia location Monday in Sterling. Dylyn Coolidge of the restaurant showed News4's Eun Yang how to make candied apples stuffed with Brie, candied bacon and more.]]> <![CDATA[Pike District's Effect on Traffic, Shopping and Dining in Montgomery Co.]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:53:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015857220_1200x675_748785219698.jpg Montgomery County is redeveloping the area around White Flint Mall into a community called the Pike District. Chris Gordon reports on the effect on traffic, shopping and dining out in the county.]]> <![CDATA[Get Your Passes for African American Museum's Grand Opening]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:54:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NewSmithsonian.jpg

A series of events are set for the grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

President Barack Obama, along with other dignitaries, will dedicate the museum at an outdoor ceremony, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 24.

Gather at the Washington Monument grounds across the street from the museum to watch the ceremony of a set of Jumbotrons. Also, enjoy a three-day festival.

Admission to the museum is free, but you must have a timed pass to enter for opening day and beyond.

The museum will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on opening day. The museum is offering extended hours Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After more than four years of construction, the new 400,000-square-foot Smithsonian museum is laid out to allow visitors to take a journey, first following slave ships across the ocean.

Passes will be available online in the coming days, the Smithsonian said. A limited number of passes will be available each day for walk-in visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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<![CDATA[Road Trip! 10 Places to Cool Off Within 100 Miles of DC]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:14:44 -0400 Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags America (13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland) range from beginner-friendly to... intimidating. Case in point: On the 132-foot funnel known as the Tornado, all you have to cling to is a four-person raft! (Good luck not screaming). You'll also find a huge variety of slides, a water park version of a half-pipe, a lazy river and a "beach." DISTANCE: 16 miles from downtown D.C. ]]> Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags America (13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland) range from beginner-friendly to... intimidating. Case in point: On the 132-foot funnel known as the Tornado, all you have to cling to is a four-person raft! (Good luck not screaming). You'll also find a huge variety of slides, a water park version of a half-pipe, a lazy river and a "beach." DISTANCE: 16 miles from downtown D.C. ]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_227760997.jpg The heat is on! Whether you're looking for the best local waterparks or want to get out (way out) in nature, read on for our picks.

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<![CDATA[Hop-On Brew, Wine and Distillery Tours in Charlottesville]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:45:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/Screen+Shot+2016-07-11+at+8.57.39+PM.png

Experience all the wine, brewery and whiskey tours that Charlottesville, Virginia, has to offer without having to assign a designated driver:

Charlottesville is known for its rolling hills, historic landmarks and some of the best wineries in Virginia -- worry less about how you get to your destinations with CVille Hop on Tours, where you can visit 30 local wineries along with five ciders, two distilleries and four breweries. 

Notable stops include:

The tours are always accessible to everyone, with no minimum number of participants in your group required. Each bus transports up to 14 people to and from each destination. 

You also get selected tastings at each stop with Hop On exclusive production tours at two facilities. All-inclusive tours start at $65 per person.

If you're looking for more than a brew or wine tour, take a history, outdoor or food tour; find the info on their sister site, Cville Tours

Photo Credit: CVille Hop on Tours - Owners]]>
<![CDATA[Map: D.C. Swimming Pools Open for Summer]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:43:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/swim5.jpg

Get ready to jump in the pool! Pools in the District are open for the season.

D.C. has 18 outdoor pools and 19 spray parks open to the public; see hours here.

See a map of D.C.'s outdoor pools and spray parks below: 

View D.C. Outdoor Pools and Spray Parks in a full screen map

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<![CDATA[4th Annual Taste of Prince George's Set for Aug. 13]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 13:39:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015677457_1200x675_738905155838.jpg Mark your calendar! The 4th Annual Taste of Prince George's will be held Aug. 13 at Six Flags. More than 30 restaurants will feature their dishes. Founder Quianne Perrin stopped by News4 Midday to talk about what guests can expect. ]]> <![CDATA[DC Restaurant Week Returns Aug. 15-21]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:53:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_393216367.jpg

Gird your stomachs -- it's happening again! Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is coming up Aug. 15-21, as dozens of local spots dish up discounted two- and three-course meals.

Most lunches are $22, with most dinners set at $35.

Participating spots are literally too numerous to list, but include BRABO Tasting Room, Filomena, Macon Bistro & Larder and STK. See the complete list online here; some restaurants' prix-fixe menus are also listed. 

Just a word of caution: These are popular deals, so you should make a reservation to ensure you nab a spot. 

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<![CDATA[Hold Your Nose! Corpse Flower Hits Peak Bloom in DC]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:15:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-08-02_0956_001.png

Hold your nose! The corpse flower at the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) has finally started to bloom. 

The flower began opening early Tuesday morning, the USBG wrote on its Facebook page.

Viewers have described the plant's smell as "a combination of garlic, fish, diapers and rotting meat," the USBG said in the statement. That stench is expected to peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m Tuesday. 

Your nose won't be happy, but your eyes will enjoy the display. The flower, native to Indonesia rain forests and nicknamed "the stinky plant," can grow up to 12 feet tall. Though the purple-green plant looks like one giant bud, it is actually made up of hundreds of tiny (smelly) flowers.

The last time the garden displayed a blooming corpse flower was 2013 -- and it wasn't the one blooming right now. 

Corpse flowers bloom erratically, since it can take anywhere from years to decades for the large plant to get enough energy to bloom. The plant that's stunning us all with its stinkiness is blooming for the first time, at six years old.

Though it normally closes at 5 p.m., USBG will stay open until 11 p.m. during peak bloom.

If you're not interested in getting an up close and personal whiff of the flower, you can check out the livestream above. 

Photo Credit: Screenshot of USBG Livestream
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<![CDATA[Getting a Taste of Philly at the DNC]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:21:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2016-07-27_1320.png You can't go to Philly and not get a cheesesteak. News4 takes a break from the Democratic National Convention to get a taste of the city. ]]> <![CDATA[Gaze at the Stars at Shenandoah Night Skies Fest]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:06:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2016-07-26_1305.png The beauty of the night sky in Shenandoah National Park is always breathtaking. And with this intense heat, there can be no better place to cool down in the evening than under this blanket of stars out in the park. From Thursday until Sunday, the National Park Service presents its Night Sky Event. Greg Redfern, an ambassador for NASA and speaker for the Night Skies Festival, stopped by News4 Midday to offer a preview.]]> <![CDATA[Corpse Flower to Hit Peak Bloom in DC Soon]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:59:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160725+corpse+flower+botanic+garden.jpg

Planning a trip to the United States Botanic Garden? You might want to plug your nose.

A corpse flower, named for its odor, is expected to hit peak bloom at the garden from Thursday to Sunday, the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) said in a release Monday.

“We’re open until 8 p.m. every night while the flower is getting ready to bloom. As soon as we see it’s going into its ‘stench cycle’ let’s call it, we’re going to stay open until 11 o’clock at night,” said Ari Novy, the executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, told WTOP Radio.

Viewers have described the plant's smell as "a combination of garlic, fish, diapers and rotting meat," the USBG said in the statement.

Your nose won't be happy, but your eyes will enjoy the display. The flower, native to Indonesia rain forests and nicknamed "the stinky plant," can grow up to 12 feet tall. Though the purple-green plant looks like one giant bud, it is actually made up of hundreds of tiny (smelly) flowers.

The last time the garden displayed a blooming corpse flower was 2013 -- and it wasn't the one you're about to see this week. 

Corpse flowers bloom erratically, since it can take anywhere from years to decades for the large plant to get enough energy to bloom. The plant that's about to stun us all with its stinkiness is blooming for the first time, at six years old.

The corpse flower went on display at the garden Friday. Though it normally closes at 5 p.m., USBG will stay open until 8 p.m. while the flower is there and keep its doors open until 11 p.m. during peak bloom.

Photo Credit: United States Botanic Garden
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<![CDATA[Baby Porcupine Born at National Zoo]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:32:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/255*120/porcupette.jpg

The National Zoo has welcomed an adorable new baby porcupine, or porcupette -- yes, this is a word.

The baby was born Tuesday and appears to be doing well and is nursing, the zoo said.

Its prehensile-tailed porcupine population now totals three, including the newly born baby. The proud parents are Bess and Clark, the zoo said.

The family is available for viewing at the zoo's small mammal house.

The porcupette weighed in at 378 grams Thursday morning. Its sex isn't yet known, but a quill has been collected for genetic testing. The results won't be in for a few weeks, said National Zoo spokesperson Annalisa Meyer.

Bess and Clark had another baby, named Charlotte, back in October. Since then, Charlotte has been moved to a different zoo, Meyer said.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian National Zoo
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<![CDATA[Art Lovers Have Virginia Town Over a Barrel]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015428860_1200x675_725444163613.jpg A wine barrel art project highlights businesses around Purcellville, Virginia.]]> <![CDATA[Rained Out? Find Rescheduled Fireworks Shows]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 21:02:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_109507571.jpg

Opted out of seeing fireworks on the Fourth due to the evening's persistent rain? You've got a few more chances! Several spots in Maryland have rescheduled their fireworks shows.

Rescheduled for Tuesday night:

  • College Park (University of Maryland College Park, 7965 Baltimore Ave.)
  • Dundalk (North Point Government Center/Grange Elementary, 1733 Merritt Blvd.)
  • Greenbelt (Buddy Attick Lake Park, 555 Crescent Road
  • Salisbury

Rescheduled for Friday night:

  • Gaithersburg (Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 South Frederick Ave.)
  • Solomons Island

Rescheduled for July 24:

  • Frederick (Baker Park, 121 N. Bentz St.)

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<![CDATA[Folklife Fest Brings Basque Country, Sounds of Calif. to DC]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:22:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/folklifeCrop.jpg

Head to the National Mall to find the culture and flavors of Basque Country and the sounds of California at this year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The annual festival at the National Mall celebrates traditional cultures and lifestyles, usually featuring one to three themes each year. This year, it's all about the traditions of Basque Country of northern Spain, as well as the music and stories shaping California. 

Basque: Innovation by Culture features traditional Basque foods, such as bean stew and pimientos rellenos, as well as music and dance performations, sports and language lessons.

At Sounds of California, which celebrates the many cultures thriving in one of the country's most diverse states, you'll find musical performances of everything from native song traditions to Japanese American Buddhist traditions to Mixteco fiesta traditions.

The fest also offers several events with the theme "On the Move: Migration and Immigration Today."

See the full schedule here.

"People think it's the greatest way to learn about other cultures and other people," said Richard Kurin, former director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage, in a promotional video. "It is an intimate type of learning where you can learn right from the practitioners of those cultural traditions."

The festival kicks off at the National Mall from June 29 to July 4, then picks up again July 7 through 10. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special events most evenings starting at 6:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Maryland Live! Casino to Add $200M Hotel, Events Center ]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:09:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/maryland+live.jpg

A $200 million expansion of the Maryland Live! Casino will add a 17-story hotel, massive concert venue, luxurious spa and many more amenities to the largest gaming center in the state, casino officials announced Monday.

The hotel is slated to include 310 rooms, an event center, meeting spaces, a spa and new dining options, which will all be adjacent to the casino in Anne Arundel County. The expansion plan also include a 1,500-seat concert venue, a shopping center and about 1,000 parking spaces.

"The addition of our flagship Live! Hotel is just the latest investment we are making to ensure Maryland Live! continues to be the preferred choice for visitors seeking a world-class gaming and entertainment experience," said Robert J. Norton, president of Cordish Global, the developers behind the expansion, in a release.

The plan comes amid the ongoing construction of the MGM National Harbor resort in Prince George's County, which will include hundreds of luxury rooms for guests and more than 3,000 permanent jobs for those in the area. MGM National Harbor is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The Live! Hotel is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the area, including about 550 in construction and about 400 permanent jobs, according to a statement from the casino.

Groundbreaking for the Live! Hotel is scheduled for this fall, and the project should be completed by the end of 2017.

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<![CDATA[Fireworks Finder: Fourth of July in the DC Area]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:02:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160622+fireworks.jpg

The battle of the booms is on again this year, as tons of spots in and around the District celebrate Independence Day with parades, fireworks and family activities. No matter where you are in the DMV, there's bound to be a close-to-home option for your Fourth of July festivities. 

All events are happening July 4 unless otherwise noted.


National Mall

Head to the National Mall to celebrate independence surrounded by memorials to the founding fathers. While you're at the mall, you can catch an Independence Day Parade from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's Capitol Fourth Concert from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the U.S. Capitol's West Lawn (East Capitol Street NE and First Street SE) will feature performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and others. Gates for the concert open at 3 p.m. The National Park Service puts on the firework show over the National Mall at 9:09 p.m.

Fireworks by Boat

If you're looking to skip the crowds at the National Mall, watch the fireworks by boat on the Potomac River. A number of ferry companies are offering special cruises, including Odyssey and D.C. Harbor Cruises, so you can spend the evening eating dinner on the river and watching the firework show.

The Palisades

Check out the Palisades' 50th annual parade and picnic. Lineup for the 11 a.m. parade begins at Whitehaven Parkway (enter through Foxhall Road) at 10 a.m., and you are welcome to participate. The parade ends at the Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place NW), where you can also enjoy hot dogs, watermelon, live music and moon bounces at a free picnic.

National Archives

Remember the reason we're celebrating with the National Archives' Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. After that, you can catch a live musical performance and take a peek as the Independence Day Parade winds past the building (700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). If you get there between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., you can also sign a replica of the Declaration.


Spend the evening at the Annapolis City Dock (160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis) for all the Fourth of July fun you could desire -- a parade at 6:30 p.m., music from the U.S. Naval Academy Band at 8 and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.


The U.S. Navy band Cruisers will serenade guests with a contemporary performance before fireworks choreographed to music light up the sky at the Inner Harbor. The concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre (201 E. Pratt St., Baltimore) and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.


This year's Germantown Glory July Fourth celebration will kick off with a concert by Tina Turner Revue featuring Suzette Dorsey in the Maryland SoccerPlex at South Germantown Recreational Park (18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds). Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

College Park

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to relax in the grass under the fireworks celebration at the University of Maryland College Park (7965 Baltimore Ave., College Park). The event will also include hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and more classic summertime eats. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.

Chesapeake Bay (July 1)

Start your celebration early! Watch fireworks over the water in the town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, on Friday, July 1. The exciting show will begin at dusk.

Deep Creek Lake

Enjoy a fireworks display with an unparalleled scenic view of Marsh Mountain and Deep Creek Lake at the area's annual Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display. Be sure to check out Deep Creek Lake's website for a full list of ideal viewing spots. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.


A drum circle, picnic areas and a walking trail are all available for visitors to enjoy at Buddy Attick Lake Park (555 Crescent Road, Greenbelt). The drum circle will begin at 5:30 p.m., with music from the Greenbelt Concert Band at 7:30 and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Laurel (July 2)

The city's 38th annual Fourth of July celebration is an all-day event July 2 that will include a parade, a car show, a hot dog eating contest and, of course, fireworks over the lake. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m., with tons of fun activities in between.

Ocean City

The Reagan Years will perform a free concert on the beach (N. Division St., Ocean City) starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m. 

Prince George's County (July 2-4)

Head to Six Flags America (13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro) on July 2, 3 or 4 for an evening of live music followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The park's July Fourth Fest also includes special offers for pass holders.


Rockville's Independence Day festivities will kick off with a peace gathering at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park (1800 Pickard Drive, Rockville), followed by three live music performances. Fireworks over the football field will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Solomons Island

Spend the holiday near the water, starting with a boat parade around Solomons Island at noon. Fireworks will begin between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. 

Takoma Park

Takoma Park will celebrate its 127th July Fourth events with a parade and fireworks at Takoma Park Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring). The parade will begin at 10 a.m., and evening events -- including a performance by the Takoma Park Community Band and the Polyphony Marimba Ensemble -- will start at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.


Alexandria (July 9)

Celebrate Alexandria's birthday July 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The celebration offers food, entertainment, a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, fireworks and plenty of birthday cake. The event will take place at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St., Alexandria).

Arlington (no fireworks)

Arlington promises food trucks, kickball, face painting, moon bounces and more at their Independence Day celebration at Long Bridge Park (475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington). There is no on-site parking, but you can catch free shuttles from the Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro stations. Along with live performances, the event, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m., offers a view of the D.C. fireworks.

Colonial Williamsburg

Catch some food, entertainment and fireworks at Colonial Williamsburg 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Williamsburg Lodge (310 S England St., Williamsburg). Tickets are $89.95 for adults and $50.95 for children ages 3 to 10.


The City of Fairfax marks its 50th Independence Day Celebration with a parade from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Following the parade, there will be a Superhero Fest, where you can meet your favorite heroes, including Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America and others from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The evening show at Fairfax High School (3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax) will start at 6 p.m., featuring performances by local bands, capped off with fireworks at 9:30.

Falls Church

Falls Church will celebrate Independence Day at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) with live music starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

Great Falls

Take a walk or jog early at an 8 a.m. 5K in Great Falls Freedom Memorial. Then you can catch a 9 a.m. Little Patriot Parade for toddlers and a main parade at 10 a.m. at the Great Falls Village Centre (776 Walker Road, Great Falls), followed by music, food and games. An evening of live music, games and food trucks at Turner Farm Park (925 Springvale Road, Great Falls) begins at 6 p.m. and ends with an evening firework show.


Head to Bready Park at the Herndon Community Center (814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon) to make arts and crafts, play games and buy food starting at 6:30 p.m. You can listen to live music starting at 7:15 p.m. and catch fireworks at 9:30.


Leesburg kicks off the day at 10 a.m. with an Independence Day Parade that winds through the historic downtown area starting at Ida Lee Park (60 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg). You can taste a variety of food and listen to live music starting at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. at the park. You can park in interior lots off Ida Lee drive or at field parking off King Street.


Spend the day in the historic downtown of Manassas and enjoy rides, food and vendors. You can also compete in bike decorating, watermelon eating and apple pie contests. The event lasts from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. on the Manassas Museum lawn (9101 Prince William St.).


Catch some DJ music and snack vendors before a firework show at Churchill Road Elementary School (7100 Churchill Road, McLean). The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. If the parking lot fills up, you can catch free shuttle buses from the McLean Community Center or St. John's Episcopal Church.

Mount Vernon

Spend your Independence Day at George Washington's historic estate (3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon). Mount Vernon celebrates with a naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens, military reenactments, live music and daytime fireworks at 1 p.m. The day goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $9 to $19, but kids age five and younger get in free.

Potomac Nationals

As the Potomac Nationals take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 6:35 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium (7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge), you can celebrate the day with an all-you-can-eat pre-game picnic 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and postgame fireworks. Tickets are available online.


Take a spin on a carousel or a ride on a boat from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting at 4 p.m., you can enjoy live music at Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston) followed by 9:15 p.m. fireworks. Call 703-471-5415 to make a reservation to stay at the park's campgrounds overnight.


Check out a chili dog eating contest and shows by the Old Bay Circus Company at Vienna's Fourth of July Celebration at Yeonas Park (1319 Ross Drive SW, Vienna). You can catch the circus shows at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., and live music starts at 7 p.m. The day culminates with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Trillectro 2016 Lineup Announced]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:11:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/N77A2743.jpg

Kid Cudi and Rae Sremmurd will headline the fifth annual Trillectro music festival coming up Aug. 27, the event organizers announced Wednesday.

The daylong festival -- which brings together established and up-and-coming R&B, hip-hop, electronic and indie rock artists -- will also feature plenty of local stars including GoldLink, Ari Lennox, Jay IDK and more at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

More than a dozen total performers will take to the stage, with YesJulz as the host for the third year in a row.

Presale tickets are on sale now for $55-$95, but seats are going quickly. Head to Trillectro's website to see the full lineup and purchase tickets.

Photo Credit: Josh Cogan]]>
<![CDATA[Colonial Williamsburg Considers Adding Hamilton Actors ]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:38:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hamilton1.png

If you just can't wait until "Hamilton" hits D.C. in 2018, you may soon be able to find the likeness of the United States' first treasury secretary in an equally tourist-heavy location -- Colonial Williamsburg.

As the musical's popularity skyrockets among young people -- as evidenced by the 11 Tonys it took home this month -- the area is looking into adding actors to play Alexander Hamilton in an October reenactment, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Stephen Seals, the manager of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's interpretive development program, told the paper that "Hamilton" has ignited an excitement for history in teens -- an increasing number of whom are now strolling the historic area in tees bearing images from the pop musical.

"The show really has sparked a need to know in young people," Seals Told The Virginian-Pilot.

Hamilton actors would join an existing cast that includes George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette as they reenact Washington's push to Yorktown in 1781, an important storyline in the stage version of the young man's life as well.

Seals did not provide any details on when or how the actors may be hired.

But if reenactments are not quite your style, and you're prepared to hold out for the real deal, be sure to do your homework on how to get tickets to the show that's making history really, really cool again.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Quicken Loans National: What to Know If You Go]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:57:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482842440.jpg

Headed to the Quicken Loans National golf tournament in Bethesda this week? Here's what to know before you go.


Thursday, June 23
Gates open 7 a.m.
First round 7:20 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, June 24
Gates open 7 a.m.
Second round 7:20 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday, June 25
Gates open 7 a.m.
Third round 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday, June 26
Gates open 7 a.m.
Final round 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony on 18th green 6:30 p.m.


Kids ages 12 and younger are admitted to the grounds free if with a paid adult (limit two kids per adult). Free youth grounds tickets are available for pickup at the ticket office.


Attendees may be subject to inspection before entering. The following items are forbidden:

  • Backpacks/large purses
  • Beverage containers and coolers
  • Large camera bags and cameras (except Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Chairs in bags and folding-arm chairs (higher than 18 inches or wider than 20 inches)
  • Ladders
  • Packages
  • Pets/animals
  • Periscopes
  • Picnic baskets
  • Radios and televisions
  • Signs/banners
  • Video cameras/recorders
  • Weapons and firearms

Find a detailed list of what is and isn't permitted online here.


  • Devices must be on silent at all times.
  • You can make or answer calls only in designated cell phone zones.
  • You may not use devices to capture audio/video at any time during tournament week.
  • Monday through Wednesday, still photography of all areas is permitted.
  • Thursday through Sunday, you may not take photos of players as they make golf shots within any competition area.
  • Still photography of all other areas is permitted.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Sample 20+ Restaurants at Taste of Reston]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:30:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160609RestonTaste.jpg

Food, beer, wine, family activities, live performances and more: You can catch it all at the Taste of Reston food festival, coming up June 17 and 18 at Reston Town Center.

Along with tasting food from more than 20 participating restaurants, you can sip on wine and craft beer at the event, which was voted Northern Virginia's best food festival by Virginia Living magazine for five straight years.

For a more in depth look at some food, stop by a Wine n' Dine session, where local chefs share their favorite recipes.

Between samplings of food and drink, you can watch live entertainment on four stages. Performances include bands, DJs, dance groups and cooking demonstrations. You'll also find a family fun zone with games, arts and crafts, entertainment and other activities for all ages.

The festival will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 17 and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 18. You can buy food and drink at the event using food tickets, which are $1 each or 24 for $20. Each food tasting "costs" one to five tickets. Online ticket sales close June 16 at 5 p.m.

Photo Credit: Taste of Reston]]>
<![CDATA[Looking for a Getaway? Try These Md. Spots]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 21:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/200*120/Untitled-1218.jpg News4's Melissa Mollet takes us on hikes, through fields of lavender and around waterfalls in Maryland.]]> <![CDATA[From Sea to Sculpture: Washed Ashore Transforms Plastic Pollution]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:28:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/marlinFONZ.JPG

Chompers the Shark is a fish out of water at the Smithsonian National Zoo. So is Priscilla the Parrot Fish, and Flash the Blue Marlin, too.

In fact, each of the 17 gargantuan sea creature sculptures along the zoo's Olmstead Walk are made of pieces that just don't belong -- shards of plastic hand-picked by volunteers off shorelines across the country in an effort to raise awareness about the world's plastic pollution problem.

The sculptures, the largest of which is 20 feet long, traverse the country as part of the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit, now on display at the zoo until September. They serve as a reminder of the harm humans have done to the world's water by leaving behind our sand buckets, rubber tires, bottle caps, water coolers and so much more.

All in all, more than 315 billion pounds of plastic are floating in the ocean today, according to Washed Ashore's website.

But with a team of more than 12,000 volunteers who have collected more than 17 tons of trash from the nation's coasts since the project launched in 2010, the sculptures are also a striking example of how we can all play a role in beautifying the oceans.

"It's terrible that this much trash is in the ocean, but what wonderful scenery it makes," said Emily Lester, 11, who was visiting the zoo from West Virginia and stopped to admire a sculpture of a northern fur seal.

Adults and children alike stopped to gape at the patchwork of plastics that comprise every statue. Every detail -- from eyelids to textured tongues to scaly fins -- is considered in the designs, led by artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi. Volunteers and staff members work together to wash and assemble the plastic sculptures at the organization's headquarters in Bandon, Oregon.

None of the pieces are re-painted or dyed. Every tennis ball, piece of rope, beach shovel, fake goose and so many other scraps of debris are pieced together just how they were found.

"I think they're awesome," said Pamela Montague, who stopped to take pictures of Chompers the Shark during her visit to the zoo from Delaware. "To represent all the trash people leave behind is so creative."

The artwork will be on display at the zoo through Sept. 5. Visitors are also invited to celebrate World Oceans Day at the zoo June 11, with a variety of activities such as crafts and demonstrations.

Photo Credit: Friends of the National Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Air Force Cycling Classic in Clarendon Saturday]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:00:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-06-09_1438.jpg The 19th Air Force Cycling Classic will take place in Clarendon Saturday and Sunday. There will be races for amatuers, professionals and kids. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with event director Rob Laybourn about the races, activities complementing the cycling and the purpose of the event.]]> <![CDATA[Ride on a Pirate Ship at National Harbor's Summer Fest]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:00:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015009870_1200x675_702271043606.jpg National Harbor is holding Summer Fest every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer. This year's theme is "Pirates on the Potomac," and to celebrate, the National Harbor is offering scavenger hunts for hidden treasure, lessons on how to talk like a pirate, rides on a pirate ship and other free activities. NBC4's Barbara Harrison talks to Rachel Dinbokowitz and Chef Bill Downes about the event, and Downs reveals a secret recipe for a crab dip to top off your burger.]]> <![CDATA[PHOTOS: Washed Ashore Exhibit Is Trash to Treasure]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Parrot+fishFONZ.JPG More than 12,000 volunteers have contributed to the cause that makes trash into striking sculptures. The collection of sculptures travels the country to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the water. You can see 17 of the sculptures at the National Zoo through Sept. 5.

Photo Credit: Friends of the National Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Redskins Announce Training Camp Schedule]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:03:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453831984.jpg

The Washington Redskins announced the schedule for training camp in Richmond, Virginia.

Training camp begins July 28 and runs through Aug. 14. All sessions are free and open to the public. 

Fans can bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, as there are no bleachers available.

Richmond will provide parking options to be announced closer to the beginning of camp.

Alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, firearms, glass bottles, video cameras and animals (except for certified guide dogs assisting disabled guests) are prohibited. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the site. All fans and their bags are subject to search.

Thursday, July 28
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Friday, July 29
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Saturday, July 30
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Monday, Aug. 1
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 2
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Wednesday, Aug. 3
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Special Teams Practice

Thursday, Aug. 4
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Friday, Aug. 5
1 p.m. Practice

Sunday, Aug. 7
1 p.m. Practice

Monday, Aug. 8
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Tuesday, Aug. 9
1:35 p.m. Practice

Saturday, Aug. 13
Fan Appreciation Day
1:35 p.m. Practice

Sunday, Aug. 14
10:35 a.m. Walkthrough
3 p.m. Practice

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[What to Do Today: Your Memorial Day Guide]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:50:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-535367748.jpg

Memorial Day brings many good things: the unofficial beginning of summer, barbecues, days off work and a chance to honor those who sacrificed everything for their country. Our guide will keep you from missing a single fun or meaningful event.

Forecast: A few clouds and temperatures in the high 60s to low 80s. The western suburbs of D.C. have a chance for a few sprinkles in late morning. There's also a chance for rain in the afternoon, and showers east of I-95 in the evening.

National Memorial Day Parade

Of course D.C. has one of the biggest Memorial Day parades in the nation. This parade happens on the National Mall, honoring veterans from the Revolutionary War onward. The parade begins at 2 p.m. along Constitution Ave NW and runs between 7th and and 17th streets NW.

Note that there are numerous road closures in effect around the Mall for the parade:

  • Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd to 6th streets NW
  • 15th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 14th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 10th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 9th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 7th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 6th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution

National Memorial Day Concert

Lucky people who live in D.C. or are visiting for Memorial Day can actually go to the concert -- although the show also looks good broadcast live on PBS. The Beach Boys are headlining this year, along with the U.S. Navy Band and other musical military acts. The free event takes place on the Capitol's West Lawn -- try to ensure your spot by showing up when gates open at 5 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Falls Church Memorial Day Festival and Parade

Falls Church celebrates with a 3K fun run starting at 9 a.m., with live music from 40 Thieves at 9:15 a.m. and kids' amusements all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a 165-year-old farmhouse is open for tours. In honor of Memorial Day, a veterans ceremony is set for 11 a.m, with a performance by the Falls Church Concert Band at 12:15 p.m. and a parade kicking off at 2 p.m.

Rockville Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade

Rockville celebrates Memorial Day with the Rockville Band and Chorus at 9 a.m., a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and a parade at 10:30 a.m.

National Museum of the Marine Corps 

A Huey medevac helicopter shot down during the Vietnam War has been transformed into modern art on display at this museum in Triangle, Virginia.

"Washed Ashore" at the National Zoo

With "Washed Ashore," the zoo has debuted stunning animal sculptures -- all made from trash, to inform and remind people about the more than 300 billion pounds of trash that winds up in our oceans.

PostSecret at the National Postal Museum

For the past 12 years, Germantown resident Frank Warren has received thousands of postcards bearing the anonymous senders' deepest secrets, and shares them on his website, PostSecret. More than 500 of the postcards -- works of art in themselves -- are on display at the Postal Museum through Aug. 3.

Visit Arlington National Cemetery

A quarter-million American flags will be placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of fallen soldiers -- which promises to be a profound sight. On Memorial Day, the Memorial Day Roses Foundation will also give visitors roses that they can leave on the graves.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Places to Visit in DC With Family & Friends]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 09:15:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2016-05-23_0529.jpg Forget the museums and monuments on the National Mall. We found some spots in D.C. you may want to check out. First 4 Traffic's Melissa Mollet reports.]]> <![CDATA[BioBlitz Events Give Hands-On Experience in Local Parks]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 12:47:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2016-05-20_1245.jpg This weekend, nature-lovers can help National Park Service workers document the flora and fauna in local parks. News4's Megan McGrath talks with a Park Service spokeswoman about the offerings, including a tour of a "magical garden" in the District's Kenilworth neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Kingsmill Resort's Lazy River: Actually Pretty Fast]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 13:01:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/kingsmill2.jpg

You don't need to go far for a family vacation filled with water parks, relaxation and history -- Kingsmill Resort is rolling out the red carpet with their Ultimate Family Fun vacation package.

The resort's three-night, four-day vacation package starts at $125 per person per night and includes tickets for you and your family to three key Williamsburg destinations: Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg. The package also includes daily breakfast, complimentary shuttle service, free parking and discounted golf.

You should also know that Kingsmill's massive onsite lazy river (which is actually pretty fast) is opening May 27 -- all 250,000 gallons of it.

The lazy river, which whisks guests along at up to 5 mph, surrounds the resort's outdoor pool -- and because Kingsmill is on the banks of the James River, you may see Navy ships sitting idle just beyond your deck, a unique feature of the location.

Inside the resort, you'll find an indoor pool that's always a balmy 85 degrees and a sports club fit for an athlete. Other highlights include the Kingsmill Spa, with 50 services covering head to toe.

The Ultimate Family Fun Vacation package is available most days May 27 thorough Sept. 5.

Kingsmill Resort is located at 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, about three and a half hours from downtown D.C.

Photo Credit: Kingsmill Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Our Picks for Virginia's Best Tea Rooms]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:13:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_419886892.jpg

Afternoon tea never looked so good. Whether you fancy traditional British tea or Southern tea, Virginia has plenty of proper tea rooms for your next tea-drinking destination.

Rosemont Manor
16 Rosemont Manor Lane, Berryville

Presidents have walked the halls of this historic manor in Berryville, where you'll find a selection of curated teas where they blend traditional British afternoon tea with the old-fashioned Southern tea charm.

"You are stepping back into a time where people were kinder, more gracious, where life slows down for a moment and you truly get to enjoy the time, season and the moment," said Michael Haymaker, director of design at Rosemont.

Rosemont Manor is located about an hour and 40 minutes from downtown D.C.

The British Pantry
41153 John Mosby Highway, Aldie

The only way you could know about the British Pantry is if you've driven by it. That's how we found out about this gem of a tea room. This tiny British-style tea room offers creative afternoon teas, like the Winter Warmer, Tears for Downton Abbey and Bunny Whimsy, depending on the time of year and upcoming holidays. Kids seem to love learning the etiquette of using proper tea settings -- and chowing down on the tasty mini-cake bites, of course.

The British Pantry is located about 90 minutes from downtown D.C.

White Oak Tea Room
5690 Roanoke Road, Troutville

This pub-style tearoom is located in an 18th-century house known as the Cloyd House. The refurbished home-turned-tavern has guests enjoying premium whole leaf teas in flavors such as ginger root, lavender and peach apricot along with Assam, Kenyan and Yunnan blends.

White Oak Tea Room is located about four hours and 15 minutes from downtown D.C.

Crest Hill Antiques and Tea Room
4303 Fauquier Ave., The Plains

Crest Hill Tea Room is located in The Plains, an area with some of the best rolling farm fields of Virginia -- and throughout May, Crest Hill is celebrating Mothers Day every day. The spot offers a luncheon with petite soup, assorted tea savories with chocolate tier, pastries and veggie garnish. Each guest will also receive a long-stemmed rose, a gift and a 15 percent discount in the store.

Crest Hill is located about an hour and 35 minutes from downtown D.C.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[GI Film Festival Coming Up]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:25:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-05-16_1723.jpg Co-founders Laura Law-Millet and Brandon Millet preview some of the films being shown at the upcoming G.I. Film Festival, called the "Sundance for Veterans." The festival runs May 21-29, in and around D.C. ]]> <![CDATA[Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day With Buddy Bison]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 16:00:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014743095_1200x675_687360067711.jpg Grace Lee, executive director of the National Park Trust, and Buddy Bison dish on National Kids to Parks Day, coming up May 21.]]> <![CDATA[10 Activities to Cheer You Up Despite the Rain ]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 10:45:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_332856707.jpg

D.C.'s record-breaking stretch of rainfall is making our yards look like jungles, but worse might be the effect on our moods. Days and days of dreary weather is wearing on the psyche -- so we dug deep and found ways to have fun despite the weather.

1) Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden for an indoor walk through nature.

A stroll through the U.S. Botanic Garden (100 Maryland Ave. SW) may be the closest you'll get to a true nature walk this week. Head to the gardens Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for a free yoga session sponsored by WithLoveDC, which aims to foster acceptance and accessibility for everyone in D.C.

2) Pretend you're skipping town at the EU embassies.

Leaving town to escape the weather might be a bit of a logistical challenge. Lucky for you, 28 EU embassies are opening their doors Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day packed with food, culture and a massive scavenger hunt. Keep your umbrella handy though because this annual event always promises long waits in outdoor lines.

3) Get a head start on swim season at Great Wolf Lodge.

If you really miss D.C.'s summer humidity, Great Wolf Lodge (549 East Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia) may be just the place for you to celebrate the summer to come. The lodge's indoor water park includes a variety of slides and pools the whole family can enjoy. While you're there, plan a visit to Elements Spa Salon for a truly relaxing getaway.

4) Embrace the gloom and search for comfort foods.

A rainy day is a perfect opportunity to leave your neighborhood in pursuit of good food. Baked and Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW) in Georgetown offers cupcakes and coffee in a cozy environment if you're willing to take on the weekend lines. For a quieter scene, head to Teaism, which has multiple locations around the District, and get a bite to eat and, of course, a great cup of hot tea.

5) Or stay home and get cooking.

If you really can't bear the thought of heading out in the gloom, search for a new recipe to try at home. Look to websites like Allrecipes, Epicurious or Pinterest for a wide variety of new ideas, or call your friends for a baking day and recipe swap.

6) Work off all that food at an indoor trampoline park.

Now that you've eaten your way through a weather-induced slump, it's time to get your adrenaline going at Flight Trampoline Park (7200 Fullerton Road, Springfield, Virginia). Bouncing around on 15,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines only 30 minutes away from the city will certainly cheer you up on even the most dismal of rainy days. Check the park's website for a schedule of unique trampoline workout classes called "Fit Flight," which are hosted four days per week.

7) Climb out of the gloom with a rocky adventure.

An afternoon of indoor rock climbing is another way to get ready for all the outdoor fun that is yet to come this summer. Multiple gyms and climbing locations in the area -- including Sportrock (Alexandria and Sterling) and Earth Treks (Arlington and Rockville) -- offer rock walls and climbing classes for beginners. Be sure to check website like Groupon and LivingSocial for local deals on climbing passes.

8) Fly high at trapeze school.

Few indoor workouts are more invigorating than soaring through the air at the Trapeze School New York (1299 New Jersey Ave. SE). The school's flying trapeze course is a fun way to escape both your comfort zone and the bad weather. Take an indoor class now and come back again to experience the outdoor rig when the weather gets warmer.

9) Enjoy the rain or sunshine at Biergarten Haus on H Street.

The D.C. treasure otherwise known as Biergarten Haus (1355 H St. NE) offers multiple indoor and outdoor bars, giving you the perfect social space no matter what the weekend weather turns out to be. Enjoy three outdoor spaces plus a rooftop deck if the sun shows for a moment, or stay inside for two stories of German-inspired boozy fun right here in the District.

10) Do dinner and a show at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.

Of course, if the weather really does have you down, a movie marathon paired with take out pizza are classic rainy day standbys. But at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Virginia), you can relax with a classic movie while the pros do the work for you. The theater serves alcohol and a full menu and provides tableside service to moviegoers.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>