16 Virtual And IRL Things To Do Around D.C. This Weekend


FOLKLIFE FEST: Weekend one of the 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival is here, and the jam-packed interactive event brings something for everyone. On Friday, you can learn about bees, get schooled in traditional Bedouin cooking techniques, or practice Arabic calligraphy. Saturday kicks off with a coffee tasting and ends with an ode to Puerto Rican percussionist Tito Matos, and Sunday has everything from an origami workshop to an oyster shucking class. (National Mall; all weekend; FREE)

SAVOR IT: Calling all craft beer heads. Over 100 independent breweries come together this Friday for SAVOR, a night of enjoying brews and bites. Breweries based everywhere from California to Texas will offer their best crafts, and each one will be paired with a small plate. Attendees will also get to mingle with the folks behind every brew. (The Anthem; 7 p.m.; $144+)

BETTER TOGETHER: What sounds more like summer than the sweet, acoustic guitar riffs that kick off Jack Johnson’s biggest hits? You can enjoy songs like “Better Together” and “Banana Pancakes” from your picnic blanket this weekend when he headlines the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Funk wizards Durand Jones & The Indications kick off the show, a good enough reason to attend on its own. (Merriweather Post Pavilion; 6 p.m.; $51.50+)

JAMMIE SLAM: Drift into the weekend with this slumber party poetry slam. The Takoma Busboys and Poets hosts Pajama Jammie Jam Poetry Slam, featuring emcee Simply Sherri. The slam is love and erotica themed, with three rounds: Cupid Ain’t Sh*t, Love is Grand, and Freak Me, Baby. Poets, bring your best: a cash prize of $100 is on the line. Clothes required; pajamas optional. (Busboys and Poets Takoma; 9 p.m.; $8)

MORE: Daybreaker Natüre Tour (The REACH; 6 a.m.; $45); Midsommar Party (Electric Cool-Aid; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; FREE); Juneteenth Liberation Dialogue (Arts + Industries Building; 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; FREE); Darrell Scott and Robbie Fulks (The Hamilton; 6:30 p.m.; $15+); Summer Solstice Celebration (Arlington; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; FREE); Heavyweights Comedy Show (Lost Origins Gallery; 8 p.m. $10); National Treasure (Gateway Park; 8 p.m.; FREE); Standup Comedy Showcase (Crystal City Sports Pub; 8 p.m.; $15+); ASL Open Mic (Busboys and Poets K Street; 9 p.m.; $8); Las Nubes (Slash Run; 9 p.m.; $10)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture celebrates Pollinator Week in 2017. U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr


SOLSTICE SATURDAY: Humidity’s been around for a minute, but summer only just arrived. Celebrate the first Saturday of the season this weekend with the Smithsonian. They’re keeping a handful of their museums — Castle and Haupt Garden, Arts and Industries Building, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of Asian Art, and the National Museum of Natural History — open until midnight. The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Hirshhorn Museum will be open until 8 p.m. (Various locations; 8 a.m. to midnight; FREE)

POLLINATOR FEST: It’s Pollinator Week, an annual event that celebrates pollinators and encourages us to do our part to protect them. Join the celebration with the Department of Energy and Environment’s Pollinator Festival at Kingman and Heritage Islands Park in Anacostia, which will feature interactive educational activities led by bee expert Natasha Garcia-Andersen. (Kingman and Heritage Islands Park; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; FREE)

BBQ BATTLE: Things are about to get smokey on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Giant National Capital BBQ Battle is back for its 30th year this weekend. Head downtown to munch on some freshly cooked barbecue, and wash it down with craft brews and wine. The two-day event will be scored by a lineup of musicians that includes American Authors, Backyard Band, Chuck Brown Band and Vertical Horizon. (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; $20)

CARIBBEAN CELEBRATION: June is a time for LGBTQ+ pride, but it’s also reserved for Caribbean pride, designated as the official Caribbean American Heritage Month. Close out the month this weekend at Union Market’s family-friendly outdoor celebration. African and Caribbean dance studio KaribFIT will perform along with reggae group Image Band, and CariBeatCuisine will provide a menu of Caribbean specialties like Trini doubles and Jamaican jerk chicken. (Union Market; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; FREE)

MORE VA PRIDE: Both Arlington and Loudoun counties are helping close out Pride month with first-ever Pride celebrations. Head to Arlington Pride Gateway Park Saturday in Rosslyn for food, music, a drag show, classes, and family-friendly activities, or visit Loudoun Pride in Sterling Sunday for live performances, vendors, food, music, and more. (Arlington Pride at Gateway Park; Noon-7 p.m.; FREE; Loudoun Pride at Claude Moore Park, Sunday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; $10 for youth, $15 for adults)

YANN TIERSEN: The whimsical world of beloved Parisian coming-of-age flick, Amélie, would not exist without its unforgettable score. The man behind the music, Yann Tiersen, stops in D.C. this weekend. In addition to his Amélie compositions, expect experimental soundscapes and classical-leaning compositions. (9:30 Club; 8 p.m.; $35)

MORE: Puppet Festival (Rhizome DC; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; FREE+); Streetmarket (Howard Theatre; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; FREE); Block Party (Generation Hope; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $50); One Journey Festival (National Cathedral; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; FREE); Collaborative Screen Printing Workshop (Shop Made in DC Georgetown; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $40); Georgetown Sweets Tour (Georgetown; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; $35); Friendship Heights Festival (Wisconsin Avenue NW; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; FREE); Living Longer in the Future (Arts + Industries Building; 4 p.m.; FREE); Macy Gray (City Winery; 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; $55+); Isaac Dunbar (Union Stage; 6 p.m.; $20); Tash Sultana (The Anthem; 6:30 p.m.; $45+); Black Tie Sicilian Ball (Embassy of Italy; 7:15 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.; $120+)

A scavenger hunt at the National Zoo is on this weekend. Angela N. / Flickr


ZOO SCAVENGER HUNT: See the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before with Things to Do’s National Zoo Scavenger Hunt. Upon arrival, you’ll be split up into teams with other attendees and receive a list of photos to take, trivia to answer and items to acquire. The teams with the most points at the end of the hunt will win prizes. (National Zoo; 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; $20)

GONDOLA TOUR: Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the (theoretical) one over the Potomac. This virtual tour instead takes you through Venice on a gondola in real time. A tour leader will guide you along the canal and explain important landmarks along it. It wouldn’t be a Venetian gondola tour without some Italian singing — this tour’s gondolier has got that covered. (Virtual; 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; $20)

PRIDE MARKET: LGBTQ+ crafters and makers are at the center the second annual Growing Pride market at of The Garden in Del Ray. Pick up candles in cheeky mugs from Anarchy Candle Company, clay jewelry from the Rainbow Icon, and embroidery hoops from What’s the Stitch. The event is for the whole family, with crafting lessons for kids, food trucks and live music. (Alexandria; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; FREE)

INDIGO AND SHIBORI: Channel a little bit of summer camp craftiness with Indigo and Shibori 101, a workshop led by Sophie Kanter that takes you through the Japanese fabric dyeing technique known as shibori. Bring a couple of medium-sized white pieces, and leave with them glowing in a bright blue hue of indigo. Make sure to wear clothes you don’t care about, because the shirt on your back might end up with some indigo on it, too. (Rhizome DC; 1 p.m.; $15+)

TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA: Start those vocal warmups now — up and coming singers and rappers can take the stage at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts this weekend in the DMV Talent Extravaganza. Dozens of local performers will get the chance to compete for first, second and third place in this community event. (Bowie Center for the Performing Arts; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; $30)

MORE: Motorcycle Social (Dunn Lewis; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. FREE); Dock Days of Music (DC Brau; 2 p.m.; FREE); Great American Songbook (Capital One Hall; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; $45); A Continuing Talk On Race (Busboys and Poets Shirlington; 5 p.m.; FREE); Gender Queer (Politics & Prose Chevy Chase; 5 p.m.; FREE); Tillie Walden (East City Bookshop; 6:30 p.m.; FREE); American Aquarium (9:30 Club; 7 p.m.; $20); Comedy and Drag (DC Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern; 7 p.m.; $15); The Besnard Lakes (Pie Shop; 7:30 p.m.; $12); Thank You Scientist (Union Stage; 8 p.m.; $22); Lotion Princess (Comet Ping Pong; 9 p.m.; $15)

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