Not since the good old days when our biggest worry was actually having to take a bath, have we enjoyed the word zest so much. Today, however, instead of soap form, we're digging the festival form of this word in ZestFest. It's the coolest.

First of all, it's two weeks long and it just started on Tuesday, which means there's almost 12 more days for us to continue enjoying ourselves. And for a good cause, too. ZestFest's goal is to activate spaces, create new parks and make the streets of NoMa (the largely overlooked area just north of Union Station and Capitol Hill in the western part of the NE corridor) more vibrant and exciting. And with co-sponsors like NoMaBID and The Pinkline Project, that shouldn't be hard.

Today, for instance, stop by Au Bon Pain Plaza at 2nd St. and N St., NE, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to hear music by rock/folk artist Sitali Siyolwe and get a free chair massage from Lunar Massage. And tomorrow, pop down to Union Center Plaza at 810-840 1st St., NE between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to hear pop/jazz music by Flo Anito, win prizes and visit the pop-up bicycle repair shop courtesy of Bike & Roll.

But the real excitement happens on the weekends when the festival goes all day long. Bring some kids (they don't have to be clean) and check out “Family Field Day” in collaboration with the Capitol Hill North Neighborhood Association on Saturday. It'll feature outdoor games, face painting, a picnic, food trucks (The Big Cheese and That Cheesecake Truck), $10 screen-printed T-shirts designed by Albus Cavus, a dance performance by Joy of Motion Dance Center’s youth hip hop performance company Groove Elements and music by Cloud IX and Tamika Love Jones. It goes from 4-9 p.m. at Loree Grand Field at 2nd and L Streets, NE. We'll bring the 'staches if you bring your upper lips.

To peep the complete calendar, click here.