July 26th - August 1st

july 26th

no pulp comedy showcase

No Pulp Comedy continues their monthly tradition of bringing the best local comics into The Black Squirrel for a night of complete hilarity. This month No Pulp will feature Mark “Dark Mark” Joyner, who has shared the stage with the likes of Wyatt Cynac and Todd Rex. As always, the night will be hosted by long time friend Pete Steele and Adrian Rooney. Admission is free and no reservation required. Also Performing are:
Matt Brown, Dawud Shabazz, Paris Sashay and Elana Torres.

2427 18th St NW | 8 pm

dj diaspora at songbyrd

DJ Diaspora brings her unique blend of soulful electronic music to the Songbyrd. You'll hear tropical house, Afrodisco, nudisco, Afrobeat, nujazz, Latin beat, Afro house, broken beat, and other treats from as close as the DMV and from as far as Tanzania.

2477 18th St NW | 9 pm

secrets of the washington national cathedral 

The Washington National Cathedral is one of Washington’s most magnificent and stunning structures. Although the foundation stone was laid in 1907, it was not until September 29, 1990, exactly 83 years after ground was broken, that the final stone was set in place. This walk tells the story of one 20th –Century Greek-born sculptor and artist, Constantine Seferlis, who devoted nearly 20 years to carving the stone that brought the National Cathedral to life. Led by Seferlis’ son, Clift, a stone carver in his own right, you will walk the beautiful grounds and hear the cathedral’s history as only someone who knows the building intimately can tell it.

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW | 7 pm | Tickets

free movie screening: detroit

From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty--Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 67'.

5300 Wisconsin Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets 

yoga in luce

Unwind with yoga and art appreciation in the Smithsonian American Art Museum!. Relax, reflect on artwork and sip tea. 

800 G St NW | 6 pm | Tickets

movie + a meal: the godfather part ii

Join Via Umbria for a Movie and a Meal as they screen the second installment of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Series. 

1525 Wisconsin Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets 

pop-up prints

International Visions Gallery & Consulting Presents its July pop-up show featuring lithographs, etchings, woodcut prints, and more from artists including: Sawsan Chalabi, EJ Montgomery, Jack Perlmutter, Fred Mutebi, Arturo Palomeino, Helen Zughaib and more!

2629 Connecticut Ave NW | 7 pm | Tickets

 

july 27th

asian american literature festival

Come for the launch of a new Asian American poetry issue of POETRY magazine, a host of performances, mentoring, workshops and maker spaces, pop-up libraries, tarot readings, writer-scholar speed-dating, a bookswap, an animated adaptation of a chapter from Viet Nguyen’s forthcoming novel *The Committed* (sequel to *The Sympathizer*), and a durational collective reading of Carlos Bulosan’s *America is in the Heart*.

National Portrait Gallery | 1 pm | Tickets 

newseum nights: rock on

Celebrate summer with the event that’ll have you and your friends saying, “Righteous party, dude!” Join us at Newseum Nights: Rock On as we travel back to one of everyone’s favorite decades – the 80s. Guaranteed wicked time for all.

555 Pennsylvania Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

plant swap

Maybe you bought more tomato plants than you had room for. Maybe your plants have grown way larger  than you thought? Not a problem! Come to the Old City Farm plant swap and get something better suited for your space all while meeting some of your fellow DC gardeners. 

925 Rhode Island Ave NW | 6:30 pm

botanic garden cooking demo: tomato burst

No such thing as too many summer tomatoes. The Cook Sisters' new recipes will tickle your palate while paying homage to the summer's favorite fleeting flavor.

100 Maryland Ave SW | 12 pm | Tickets

board game night

Labyrinth Game Shop invites you to join them in their weekly board game night! Bring your own games or enjoy their library of over 400 board games.

645 Pennsylvania Ave NW | 6 pm

sommelier wine TAStING night

Join Slate Wine Bar for their Sommelier Wine Tasting: Everything happens for a Riesling!

2404 Wisconsin Ave NW | 4 pm | More Info / Tickets

 

july 28th

cryfest: the smiths vs the cure dance party

1811 14th St NW | 9:30 pm | Tickets

jazz in the national sculpture garden

616 E St NW | More Info 

off the rails! storytelling happy hour

Off the Rails! features favorite local performers making up stories on the spot. This shows theme is PARTY 

25th annual sinatra soiree

Join the Capital Club for their biggest party of the year! A Friday night of cocktails and carousing at the 25th Annual Sinatra Soiree.

1250 New York Ave NW | 8 pm | Tickets / Info

la fiesta de independencia peruana

Peru has so much to offer, from the food to their landscapes. Join Toro Toro as they celebrate Peru's independence! Come enjoy a handcrafted pisco sour or any other cocktail at one of our three bars!

1300 I St NW | 10 pm

friday night margarita cruise

To help better embrace the beautiful summer weather, enjoy a special night with an amazing cruise around the Nation's Capitol with tasty margaritas. Enjoy a pleasant evening full of beautiful views, mingling and mixing and tasty drinks.

Georgetown Waterfront Park | 8:30 pm | Tickets / More Info

party like it's 1999

Join Duplex Diner for their 19th anniversary! Celebrate the 90's and early 2000s for a night to remember.

2001 18th St NW | 8 pm 

 

july 29th

hip hop book club

Hip Hop Book Club is a monthly organized discussion on musical contributions to hip hop culture by various artists. Hip Hop Book Club isn't a "book club" in a literal sense, but rather in theory. Where members  take some of Hip Hop's dopest projects and discuss them in a book club-like atmosphere.

2477 18th St NW | 1 pm 

dogs day of summer

Join the Smithsonian National Postal Museum from 12-2PM for the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival! There will be adoptable dogs, demonstrations with the Amtrak K-9 police unit, scavenger hunts, and other hands-on family activities.

2 Massachusetts Ave NE | 12 pm | More Info 

butterflies at brookside gardens

Come for a special morning of photographing butterflies at Brookside Gardens. You'll have special access to the butterflies for two hours before the conservatory opens to the public. You'll begin outside with a discussion of techniques and settings for butterfly photography, as well as some close-up garden photography.

Capital Photography Center | 7 am | Tickets

fitness event : yoga gathering

WithLoveDC is thrilled to offer their free yoga gatherings at the U.S Botanic Gardens!  These classes aim to crate an accessible space for all people to tune into their breath while enjoying the amazing space around them.

100 Maryland Ave SW | 10:30 am | Tickets

smoothies x sounds

A Saturday filled with smooth sounds from Foots x Coles ft. Alex Vaughn / BlaqueStone / Dj Rachi / Dj Geena Marie. Live art by Edan and Filthy Fell Off. 

3118 Georgia Ave NW | 6 pm

milkshakes n funnel cakes

Grub, goodies, and giveaways. 

651 Florida Ave NW | 5 pm | Tickets

petting zoo

The Petting Zoo will be located in Milian Park, adjacent to the Freshfarm Market from 10 AM to Noon.= The Mini Zoo will feature adorable, petable animals including chicks, chickens, ducks, sheep, goats and possibly even a llama, donkey, pig or zebu, all available for gentle petting from our residents and visitors.

499 Massachusetts Ave NW | 10 am

 

july 30th

pait and sip classics: icecream cone

Stay cool this summer in this delicious Ice Cream painting class.

1728 Connecticut Ave NW | 5 pm | Tickets

palestinian tales: a storytelling workshop

Since 2015, the Boston-based Palestinians Podcast has hosted a series of live storytelling events, where 5-8 storytellers share their truths, trials, triumphs, and tribulations. The DCPFAF will host a FREE storytelling workshop with Palestinians Podcast at The Potter's House. Participants will explore the art and importance of storytelling, discover the essentials of good storytelling, and work to build their own narrative by discussing topics of identity, culture, community and struggle. 

1658 Columbia Rd NW | 2 pm | Tickets

community yoga classes

Join Clara Wallace in a one hour flow yoga practice! This is a donation based class to support non-profit, N Street village. 

2805 M St NW | 2 pm | Tickets

latin jazz with cuarteto bomba 

Cuarteto Bomba plays a modern fusion of Latin jazz with influences from around Latin America. Based on Afro-Cuban rhythms, the group incorporates styles from Peru, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the region. These local veterans of the Latin and jazz scene will give you a new perspective on traditional and contemporary jazz and Latin American classics. Don't miss their live set Sundat at Bossa!

2463 18th St NW | 7 pm

sunset for dancers

Sunset for Dancers is a great chance to learn or master exciting Latin, Brazilian, French Carribean and African partner dances. 

3300 Water St NW | 5 pm | Tickets 

plant night

Follow along party hosts for an hour and a half DIY terrarium class! All tools are provided and food and drinks are available for purchase. 

1 Dupont Circle NW | 1 pm | Tickets | 21+

 

july 31st

grace mitchell / surf rock is dead / nah live at songbyrd

2477 18th St NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets / More Info

life drawing

Every Monday Hillyer Art Space invites you to The Life Drawing series--an independent figure drawing class that allows students to work from a nude model in your choice of mediums. While skill level is varied, there is no immediate instruction, which allows each student to practice their drawing skills at their own pace. The Life Drawing series at Hillyer Art Space is the perfect opportunity to practice your skills and independently work with access to a live model. 

9 Hillyer Ct NW | 6 pm | More Info

comics and cocktails

Geek talk and drink specials. All are welcome!

1523 22nd St NW | 6:30 pm

concert series at the u.s. capitol

Throughout the summer, The United States Navy Band takes advantage of the warm weather and landmarks in Washington, D.C. to perform in its Concerts at the Capitol Series. Outdoor concerts at important landmarks and tourist destinations provide the opportunity for a special atmosphere. These concerts also provide an excellent opportunity for outreach, as many audience members may not otherwise be aware of the variety of concerts the Navy Band provides.

U.S Capitol Building West Lawn | 8 pm | More Info

the harry potter themes comedy show

Everyone's favorite boy wizard who conquered He Who Must Not Be Named is turning another year older on July 31st - and we're celebrating with a comedy show! We have Harry Potter-themed stand-up bits, hilarious fan fiction and sketches, and a few other surprises. We are also concocting special punch for the event! Grab your tickets fast to secure seating otherwise you may have to stand or levitate.

829 Upshut St NW | 8 pm | Tickets

 

august 1st

improv comedy night with the penthouse basements

The Penthouse Basements return to the Pinch (after taking July off) for the most talked about monthly improv showcase in the DMV. Thankzgiving 2007 and Doublestuff will be performing some long form improv in addition to the short form improv form The Penthouse Basements. Free admission, just make sure you grab some food or drinks so we can continue to do this fantastic monthly showcase.

3548 14th St NW | 7 pm

Cinema Al fresco

The theme of Georgetown's Annual Sunset Cinema summer outdoor movie series is Women in Film, featuring iconic movies with strong female leads and story lines, from comedies to inspirational dramas. Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and head to the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park to enjoy the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge, along with the movie Erin Brokovich.

Georgetown Waterfront Park | 8:30 pm | Tickets

wine tasting: summer reds, some are not

Who says red wine in the summer cant be refreshing? It's possible to beat the heat and still stay loyal to red. Join Via Umbria as they walk you through four light and bright selections and give you tips on how to enjoy them!

1525 Wisconsin Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

 

July 19th - July 25th

july 19th

ginger beer workshop

Soda season is upon us! Nothing beats the heat like the sweet fizz of an ice-cold soda pop. But who wants all that sugar? All those chemicals? All that...what is phosphoric acid, anyway? Rachel Armistead, co-founder of The Sweet Farm and avid soda lover, teaches you how to make your own lightly fermented ginger beer (and other sodas) with less sugar, natural ingredients and seasonal flavorings. Attendees will leave with a how-to guide, a handmade ginger bug (wild soda culture), and recipe ideas for a summertime's worth of sweet, delicious fizz!

300 V St NW | 6:30 pm | More Info / Tickets

hive late night

The latest in the Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series, Hive is comprised of thousands of colorful paper tubes interlocked to create awe-inspiring, interactive chambers. Experience Hive after-hours with musical performances, drinks and food from Hill Country's Backyard Barbeque and live music from Jonny Grave. 

401 F St MW | 6 pm | Tickets

eastern market potluck

225 7th St SE | 7 pm | More Info

femme night: mona lisa smile

Catch a screening of Mona Lisa Smile  at Colony Club! 

3118 Georgia Ave NW | 8 pm

open mic night at dc improv

The Improv is opening their stage to local comics in their main show room. Free admission but make sure you RSVP.

1140 Connecticut Ave NW | 7:30 pm | RSVP

mappy hour

Bring your questions, ideas and maps! This is your chance to meet new adventure buddies, get some beta on your upcoming trip, ask about other people's favorite travel gear, and way more. Come for good conversation, campfire games, and ideas for future adventures! 

1st & L St NE | 6:30 pm | Tickets

yoga in the galleries

Yoga in the Galleries continues with weekly Kripalu yoga class. $10 per class and all levels are welcome!

4400 Massachusetts Ave NW | 10 am | Tickets

tasting: spread the love (of cheese)

Cheese lovers unite!  Join via Umbria's experts for a tasting of soft and creamy, spreadable cheeses. Spread the word, spread the love, spread the cheese.

1525 Wisconsin Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

 

july 20th

 

brew at the zoo

Drink beer. Save wildlife! Join Friends of the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.'s best beer festival on July 20. Enjoy great times and great brews with unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries, exotic animal encounters, live music and entertainment, and fare from popular food trucks—it's a unique after-hours Zoo experience. Brew at the Zoo is an adult event. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. No babies or children are allowed. Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's mission to save species.

3001 Connecticut Ave NW | 6 pm | Tickets

riverfront outdoor movie: star wars rogue one

200 M St SE | 7 pm | Tickets 

underground comedy

Underground Comedy, D.C.’s premier independent comedy production company, brings rising comics from around the country to perform in Washington, D.C. The performance will feature comedy from Brittany Carney, Ryan Donahue, Sam Evans, Benjy Himmelfarb, Dylan Meyer, Cerrome Russell, Paris Sashay, and Kasaun Wilson.

2700 F St NW | 6 pm | Tickets

jane krakowski & tituss burgess 

Award-winning actors and Broadway veterans Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski, with special guest Judah Friedlander, bring their one-of-a-kind chemistry to the NSO, singing hits from the stage and screen for one unforgettable performance.

2700 F St NW | 8 pm | Tickets 

capitol riverfront outdoor movie: star wars rogue one

200 M St SE | 7 pm | Tickets

 

july 21st

 

kendrick lamar: the damn tour w/ travis scott

601 F St NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

saison wafel: beer and wafels

Saison Wafel Bar presents it's first annual Wafel and Beer celebration in honor of national Belgium day! 

1309 5th St NE | 4 pm | More Info

dmv comedy showcase

Some of the best stand-ups from the local comedy scene are coming to DC Improv's lounge for a night full of laughs and fun.

1140 Connecticut Ave NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

big duo improv night

3118 Georgia Ave NW | 8 pm | More Info

team happy trees at town tavern

Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create art over cocktails at a local restaurant or bar, guided by a professional artist and party host. Grab your friends and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Must be of legal drinking age. Food and drink may be purchased at the event.

2323 18th St NW | 5 pm | Tickets

circus district : juggle jam #8

Throw caution to the weekend! Conquer the thrilling challenge of juggling with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. This workshop begins with a short demo, moves into some goofy warm-ups, then puts juggling props in your hands and offers pro tips to jumpstart your newfound circus habit. After practicing controlled chaos, put on a show with your fellow jugglers and get the thundering applause you deserve! All ages are welcome. Equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.

545 7th St SE | 6 pm

 

july 22nd

 

yoga gathering

WithLoveDC is a movement to spread love, joy, and acceptance throughout the District. The Practice With Love classes aim to create an accessible space for all people to tune into their breath while enjoying the amazing spaces around our beautiful city. WithLoveDC is thrilled to offer their free yoga gatherings at the U.S. Botanic Garden; come flow with us! Please note: This program is first-come, first served with limited space available. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mats.

100 Maryland Ave SW | 10:30 am | Tickets

sauf haus bier garten 3 year anniversary

A day filled with live music, drink specials, giveaways and most importantly BIER.

1216 18th St NW | Tickets

bad rabbits live at songbyrd music house

2477 18th St NW | 8 pm | Tickets

yoga at the wharf

600 Water St NW | 8 am | More Info

 

july 23rd

 

international meetup cruise & salsa

Welcome to the fun-filled Boat cruise with International meetup, salsa training and Belly dance performances, while enjoying the spectacular view of the DC monuments. Bienvenido al crucero lleno de diversión con singles internacionales.

3050 K St NW | 3 pm | Tickets

wwe monday night raw

601 F St NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets

free music in the courtyard

Free music in the Fringe courtyard bar! All ages, pets welcome, bar open!

1358 Florida Ave NE | 1 am 

pleasant pops summer bash

Join Pleasant Pops for an afternoon of live music, samples, and pop up shops from Zora & Amelia and Urban Jungle.

1781 Florida Ave NW Ste G | 1 pm

free yoga in the garden

Come on out to Old City Farm & Guild  for another excellent (and free!) outdoor yoga practice taught by Alisha Lineswala. After, stroll through the farmer's market and pick up your fresh produce, smoothies, and more!

925 Rhode Island Ave NW | 9:30 am 

team happy trees

Not a master gardener? No problem! Don't have a green thumb? Guess what? No problem! Just follow along while party hoses guide you through step by step instructions on how to make your own terrarium! 

801 E St NW | 5 pm | Tickets

 

july 24th

 

wwe monday night raw

601 F St NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets 

run club

Join Glen's Garden Market for their biweekly run club! $5 will get you a slice of pizza and a draft beer or kombucha after your run.

2001 S St NW | 7 pm

weekly bar bingo

Making your Mondays better one week at a time.

1414 14th St NW | 8 pm 

comics and cocktails

Geeky talk, drinks and food.

1523 22nd St NW | 6:30 pm

concert at the u.s capitol

Throughout the summer, The United States Navy Band takes advantage of the warm weather and landmarks in Washington, D.C. to perform in its Concerts at the Capitol Series. Outdoor concerts at important landmarks and tourist destinations provide the opportunity for a special atmosphere. These concerts also provide an excellent opportunity for outreach, as many audience members may not otherwise be aware of the variety of concerts the Navy Band provides.

U.S Capitol Building West Lawn | More Info

movie mondays: the lost world

Join Dupont Underground as they bring retro films paired with some of the best improvisational musicians in DC. 

19 Dupont Circle NW | 7 pm | Tickets 

 

july 25th

 

90's hiphop & rnb happy hour

It's summertime and Songbyrd is feeling nostalgic for golden era hi-hop and R&B rams,

2477 18th St NW | 6:30 pm

GEORGETOWN sunset cinema: brooklyn

Head down to Georgetown Waterfront Park at sunset for a free screening of Brooklyn

Georgetown Waterfront Park | 7 pm

super smash bros & melee tournament

2446 18th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets

sangria and succulents

Join Urban Jungle at their CoHi/Shaw showroom to enjoy some refreshing sangria and learn how to build your own terrarium.

2603 Sherman Ave NW | 6:30 pm | Tickets

pop-up prints

International Visions Gallery presents its pop-up show featuring lithographs, etchings, woodcut prints, and more from artists! 

2629 Connecticut Ave NW | 7 pm | Tickets

July 12th - 18th Staff Picked Events

July 12

 

Georgetown's 2017 sunset fitness in the park

FREE one-hour outdoor fitness classes in the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park. Each class is hosted by a Georgetown yoga, barre or Pilates studio, and the events are all summer long!

Georgetown Waterfront Park | 6PM-7PM | More info and registration 

underground comedy at the big hunt

As featured on Comedy Central and in the Washington Post, Underground Comedy presents DC's best stand-up comics at The Big Hunt every Wednesday through Saturday.   The Big Hunt is a Washington Post editor's choice for best beer in DC!  

1345 Connecticut Avenue NW | 8PM

studio ghibli festival: princess mononoke 

Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke the box office record on its original release in Japan.

550 Penn St NE | 11 am | Tickets

watercolors and cocktails

Join cookbook author & illustrator Marcella Kriebel in an evening of watercolor painting of an original recipe by mixologist Gina Chersevani. Participants will enjoy a specialty seasonal cocktail prepared by Buffalo and Bergen, and each will be supplied line art of an illustrated recipe of Chersevani's drink to paint in watercolor. Watercolor techniques will be shared as well as a demo of how to make the drink at home. Each participant will bring home one of Chersevani's classic cocktails as a hand colored illustrated recipe. Art materials for this project are included. 

1309 5th St NE | 6:30 pm | Tickets

comedy film bucket list: the blues brothers

If you haven't seen this classic, consider yourself on a mission from God to see it. Come check us out at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Suggested meal pairings: four fried chickens and a Coke, or some dry white toast, nothin' on it.

2903 Columbia Pike Arlington | 7:45 pm | Ticket

art in context: korea

Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for "Art in Context: Korea", a discussion on Korean culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships. Panelists include Julia Kwon, a visual artist whose exhibition "Like Any Other" is currently on view at IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space, and Tom Vick, Curator of Film at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries. Additional panelists to be announced.

9 Hillyer Ct NW | 12 pm | Tickets 

 

July 13

 

movie night in canal park: moana

The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs invites you to join us in Chinatown Park for this summer's Asian and Pacific Islander-themed movie line up.  The events are free and open to the public. Popcorn and popsicles will be provided.

200 M Street SE | 8:15PM 

spanish tap takeover

Join us as we team up with Estadio, one of our favorite 14th St. neighbors, to celebrate the wonderful beers and cuisine of Spain. Mark your calendars; you don’t want to miss this party! On this night, ChurchKey will pour no less than 30 exceptional drafts from six of the best craft brewers from Spain.  To celebrate the occasion, we’ve invited Estadio Executive Chef Rufino Bautista to add a few of his favorite dishes to ChurchKey’s menu, available for one night only.

1337 14th Street NW | 4PM-11PM 

game of thrones trivia night

$500 cash prize for the top team, Awesome Con prize raffles, costume contest and more! We will be tapping Ommegang's finest with the release of "Bend the Knee," along with other themed drinks "Lannister's Gold," "White Walker," and "Wildfire." We do anticipate a sell out so get your tickets early!  Registration begins at 6:30pm, with trivia starting at 7:30 pm. Pregame Happy Hour: (4-7 pm) $2 off all drafts, $5 rail drinks and $6 wines!

801 E Street NW | 7:30PM

cozy boys

1215 Connecticut Ave NW | 10 pm | Tickets 

cooking demo: tomato burst

There's no such thing as too many summer tomatoes. The Cook Sisters new recipe will tickle your palate while paying homage to the summers favorite fleeting flavor. 

100 Maryland Ave SW | 12 pm | Tickets  

sam o.b

2477 18th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets 

 

July 14

 

Free jazz at franklin park

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) has partnered with Wolf Trap again this summer to bring you live outdoor jazz on July 14 in Franklin Park.Compete with friends in a game of cornhole and take a photo with Wolfie to kick-start your weekend. Enjoy lunch from your favorite food truck, or bring your own!  Get comfortable on checkered picnic blankets, or relax at the red park tables and chairs provided by DowntownDC.  Come out to be inspired by the music, explore fun lawn games, and receive giveaways while supplies last!

K and 13th Street NW | 12PM-2PM

Matthew Klam - Who Is Rich? — in conversation with Jake Tapper

Klam won awards, acclaim, and a spot on The New Yorker’s “Twenty Best Fiction Writers in America under 40” list for Sam the Cat, his nervy, ironic debut collection of seven long stories. Coming sixteen years later, his first novel is a richly evocative study of passion and family as well as a sharply satirical look at today’s mass-consumer society. Unfolding during an artists’ conference at a seaside getaway, the story focuses on Rich and Amy, a cartoonist and student of narrative painting, respectively, as they meet again after a fling the previous summer to see what happens next. In Klam’s telling, what happens is painful and funny, compelling and unsettling.

Klam will be in conversation with Jake Tapper, Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN. 

5015 Connecticut Avenue NW | 7PM

reggae on the roof 

Island vibes meet D.C. this installment of Del Campo's rooftop "Del Campo At Dusk" party series. The July 14 party will take a Jamaican theme, complete with Reggae tunes, jerk chicken, beef patties, roast pork, and flowing drinks. The party starts at 6 p.m. All-you-can-eat tickets are $35, with bottomless drinks available for $30 (or buy them a la carte at the cash bar).

777 I St. NW | 6PM | More info and tickets 

jazz in the garden

If you’re looking for a fun evening of free music – or a great date idea – then Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art is a must.  It’s a delightful evening of music in an inspiring setting.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden | 5PM - 8:30PM 

royal headache at black cat

Like the Exploding Hearts and Buzzcocks before them, the Sydney-based Royal Headache are a true pop-punk band - able to blend old-school garage rock with sing-along melodic sensibilities. The result is a sound that's both immediate and essential. And definitely something to check out.

1811 14th Street NW | 8PM | Tickets and more info 

this show will only bring you happiness

915 U St NW | 7 pm

 

July 15

 

DC Taco, Beer and Tequila Festival 

Over twenty taco trucks and taqueira restaurants and more than forty local breweries are participating.  There will be live music and Lucha Libre wrestlers performing throughout the day.

136 N Street SE Washington, DC | Tickets and more info

Hillwood museum french festival

Indulge your inner Francophile with eighteenth-century French amusements in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection.

4155 Linnean Street NW  | 10AM-6PM  | More info and tickets

nerds trivia night

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.  Beer and wine will be available.

This month, to celebrate the paperback release of My Bookstorethe winner of an additional book themed flash round will receive a special prize book bundle.

5015 Connecticut Avenue NW | 8PM | More info 

common people: 90s Alt-pop/hip hop dance party

Every other month, DJ lil'e brings 90s alternative music, peppered with 90s hip-hop favorites to the Black Cat for Common People. If your 90s musical taste is equal parts Blur and Biggie, this is the dance party for you.  Tickets available the night of the show. 

1811 14th Street NW  | 9:30PM 

dc zinefest

DC Zinefest is an independent, volunteer-organized  event that offers a space for zine makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the DC community. This year will feature 50+ zine vendors from the DC area and from afar!

1525 Newton St NW | 10 am 

rent party

1811 14th St NW | 8 pm | Tickets

ASTRONOMY day

Explore space on this day devoted to astronomy! Activities will include a 40 foot long NASA traveling exhibit, crafts, animated movies, and planetarium programs. 

5200 Glover Rd NW | 10 am | More Info

 

July 16

 

International Colombian Festival 

This international festival celebrating Colombian culture and food comes to the RFK Festival Grounds in 2017 for the first time.

RFK Stadium 2400 East Capitol St SE | 10AM | More info

flower arranging at the u.s botanic garden

In this open level class, Arrin will walk students though the basics of arranging flowers. Emphasis will be placed on mimicking the natural rhythms in nature. All materials will be included!

100 Maryland Ave SW | 2 pm | Tickets

the yoga hive

This summer, the National Building Museum will present a new, interactive installation designed by Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York. Titled “Hive,” it will be the latest in the Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall. Come to enjoy a one hour, all-level yoga practice INSIDE the Hive in the Great Hall! Space is limited. BYO yoga mat.

401 F St NW | 10 am | Tickets 

sunday supper: fried chicken picnic

Join Chef Wendi James in the kitchen for a demonstration cooking demo featuring a fried chicken picnic in the garden! 

921 Pennsylvania Ave NW | 11 am | Tickets

 

july 17

 

muggle monday movie night at black cat

Enjoy happy hour and a screening of Prisoner of Azkaban for wizarding movie night Mondays. Complete with magical drink specials - including alcoholic and non-alcoholic Butterbeer! 

1811 14th Street NW | 7PM

songbyrd karaoke: what would ian curtis do edition

Host Johnathan welcomes you to the Songbyrd Music House mainstage for a beautiful swampy-summer Monday basement edition of Karaoke Sexy.

2477 18th St NW | 8 pm 

music in the fringe courtyard

1358 Florida Ave NW | 11 am

 

july 18

 

Sunset cinema: hidden figures

This year's movie theme is Women in Film, featuring iconic movies with strong female leads and story lines, from comedies to inspirational dramas. Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and head to the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park to view films with the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge. Films start at sunset--around 8:30/8:45 p.m. Arrive early to picnic and to get the best seating!

Georgetown Waterfront Park | 8:30PM 

trivia under the stars

From sports to pop culture, geography to politics, your knowledge will be tested all while enjoying an evening in the heart of NOMA!

1st & L St NE | 7 pm | Tickets 

film & beer: if a thousand clarinets

Bistro Bohem will present the film "If a Thousand Clarinets" (Kdyby tisíc klarinetů) as part of the ongoing Film and Beer Series on July 18, 2017, at 7 pm. In this classic, musical comedy, a reporter uncovers a military base where rifles have mysteriously transformed into musical instruments. The film features many stars from the 60s and musical numbers - from rock 'n' roll to jazz. As the commander in the film says, "Music is the triumph of the human spirit." Enjoy an evening of film and beer that will keep your feet tapping. 
600 Florida Ave NW | 7 pm 

sangria and succulents

Join Urban Jungle for some refreshing sangria as they teach you how to build your own terrarium. Learn tips and tricks on creating fabulous works of art using the simple beauty of succulents. 

2603 Sherman Ave NW | 6:30 pm | Tickets