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Festivals


Valuing its role as an informal learning environment and cultural community partner, the Museum has a history of offering numerous large-scale family festivals for learners of all ages to enjoy. Celebrate the building arts with the Washington, D.C. community by experiencing hands-on activities, demonstrations, and performances at the following festivals:

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A young girl receives instruction on hammering at the Miller & Long nail driving competition held during the Festival of the Building Arts.
© Peter Cutts

The Big Build

A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Building Arts

An interactive, fun-for-all-ages celebration of our built environment.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Join us for The Big Build.

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A boy explores robotics at the annual Discover Engineering Family Day.
Photo by F.T. Eyre

Discover Engineering Family Day

Debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn ideas into reality.
February 22, 2014
Become an engineer for a day.

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The Great Hall decorated with cherry blossom balloons for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony.
© Bob Peavy

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day

Celebrate Washington, D.C.'s cherry blossom season with a fun-for-all-ages family day exploring Japanese arts and design.
March 22–23, 2014
Celebrate Washington, D.C.'s beautiful blossoms.