July 5th - July 11th Staff Picked Events

Photo via GardensDecor.com

Photo via GardensDecor.com

july 5th

tour: the art and history of the us botanic garden

Ever wonder why the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory is located on its present site? What the architectural style of the building is? How Bartholdi's Fountain became part of the USBG? Where many of the first plants in the Conservatory originated? This walking tour will explore how historical currents, architecture, sculpture, and landscape architecture came together to create this grand garden.

100 Maryland Ave SW | 2 pm | Tickets

vintage game night

If you want to feel fancy when you really aren't- come play croquet and other vintage games at the former home of President Woodrow Wilson! Happy hour drink specials will be available.

2340 S St NW | 5:30 pm | More Info / Register

 night at the museum

Experience The Hive after-hours collection of more than 2.700 artfully arranged paper tubes with musical performances, drinks and food from Hill Country's Backyard Barbeque. 

National Building Museum | 7 pm | Tickets

cheese tasting

Join Glen's Garden Market to sample the very best cheeses of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Learn how they're made, pair them with wine, and receive a 15% discount on everything you've sampled. 

2001 S St NW | 7 pm | Tickets  


july 6th

happy birthday frida

Say Feliz Cumpleanos to Frida Kahlo! Come and celebrate the beloved Mexican artist with drink specials and dishes in the Frida-themed bar. 

401 7th St NW | 4 pm

grease outdoor film screening 

Keeping the fun rolling at Canal Park, enjoy this screening of the well loved musical Grease.

200 M St SE | 7 pm 

fringe festival open night: matthew law

Come celebrate the Fringe's opening night as they turn the Trinidad Theatre stage into the ultimate dance party. Come for good times, great music, and to make new friends! 

1358 Florida Ave NE | 9 pm | More Info

moose jaw bluegrass at mr.henry's

Come out and join Moose Jaw as they return to Mr. Henry's playing fantastical bluegrass while you partake in much-needed merriment.

601 Pennsylvania SE | 8 pm | Tickets



july 7th

independance prom

Dust off your old prom dress, grab a date, bust out your best red-white-and-blue gear and prepare to spend the night singing to live music, dancing, [drinking] and falling in love under the stars (and stripes). 

1811 14th St NW | 8 pm | Tickets

first friday 

Enjoy a great first Friday of the month with over a dozen businesses on Georgia Ave NW. Drink, food, and retail specials, live music, art and more. 

Park View Georgia Ave NW | 6 pm 

daybreaker dc / daybreaker hive

The National Building Museum is launching their 2017 summer architectural installation, Hive. It's a piece that soars to the highest heights in the Museum and it's made of 2,700 giant paper tubes. 
Soooo ...
Let's dance in it.
With the museum as your dance floor, enjoy tunes from DJ Baronnhawk.

401 F St NW | 6 am | Tickets

friday night concert series: the reagan 

Bring your friends down to Yards Park to relax, enjoy the river view, food and beverages, and ofcourse live bands! This week catch The Reagan Years live!

355 Water St SE | 6:30 pm 

friday nights in the HEIGHTS

Columbia Heights brings you live music, local food offerings, drink specials, and face painting! This month, catch Caribbean-style performances from Caiso Steelband rocking the blocks of Newark St & Wisconsin Ave.

3401 Idaho Ave NW | 6 pm | More Info


july 8th

taste of the world at nats park

Join the Nationals as we celebrate Washington DC's international community with the 2nd annual culinary event "heard round the world." With the purchase of a special ticket to Taste of the World at Nats Park, you'll be able to enjoy a pregame food festival filled with unique flavors that will send your tastebuds on a roadtrip! You'll also be going home with a unique set of Nationals salt & pepper shakers! 

1500 S Capitol St SE | 2 pm | Tickets 

crabs and beer seafood party at big chief

Join the Big Chief for their latest installment of Crabs and Beer! Enjoy beer and Jameson specials all day! 

2002 Fenwick St NE | 12 pm | Tickets

full moon walk: national mall monuments & memorials

Meet people, see places, learn things, have fun all during the full moon walk! Washington DC's monuments and memorials on the National Mall are spectacular in the evening, and even more so during a full moon. Since July's full moon falls on a Saturday it's a perfect time for an evening walk with familiar and new friends from our Meetup group.  Our walk will start at the base of the Washington Monument, east side, and then cover approximately 3 miles past DC's most famous monuments and memorials. We will stop briefly at the Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln Memorials for photo/bathroom breaks.

2 15th St NW | 7:15 pm | Tickets

risk! live at the black cat

RISK! is the show where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. Hosted by Kevin Allison of MTV"s The State, this particular RISK! live show will feature incredible true stories from Kevin Allison and some of DC's best local performers. 

1811 14th St NW | 8 pm | Tickets  

sound scene X: dissonance 

Sound Scene X, organized by local sound collective DC Listening Lounge, unites audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a sonic wonderland highlighting the unique sounds of D.C. This year’s event focuses on the theme of "dissonance." Throughout the day, visitors will have the rare opportunity to listen to the solar system in real time, play a veggie keyboard, build wind chimes from recycled materials, compose melodies based on body temperature, choose their own personal "audio adventure,” and more. New this year, Sound Scene X will feature opportunities for hearing impaired visitors to welcome more members of the Washington community. This will include original vibration compositions experienced through cutting-edge bodysuits, tactile chairs that let visitors feel a quartet composition, and American Sign Language interpreters and visual guides. Sound Scene X also features performances by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and the PanLara steel drum band as well as scheduled programming throughout the day.  Free and open to all ages, with advance registration recommended.

Hirshhorn Museum | 10 am | Tickets 


july 9th

sunset for dancers

Sunset for Dancers is incredible, when its nice out over 100 people gather here each Sunday to enjoy music in the most beautiful outdoor setting. It's a great opportunity to learn practice or watch exciting Latin, Brazilian, French Caribbean and African partner dances. Here we #moveasone with#purapaixão. Come learn Brazilian Zouk Lambada with Octavio Jan, DC's master of Kizomba and Brazilian Zouk partner dance. Our intensive Zouk workshop this will cover basics steps, and sensual body isolation.
Georgetown Park | 5 pm | Tickets

2nd annual 90's brunch party

Come out and dress up as your favorite 90's music or TV characters like Hey Arnold, Doug, Power Rangers, MC Hammer, LL Cool J,Spice Girls, etc; You can also just dress old school, baggy jeans, neon spandex, etc; Don't feel like dressing up, no biggie (pun intended], just come out and enjoy the music. There will be multiple drink and food specials(chicken &waffles!). Full Brunch menu will be available! Prizes go out to the best male and female costumes! CAPRI SUNS WILL BE THERE, DON'T MISS OUT!

2003 18th St NW | 12 pm 

rihanna & drake power flow yoga

1000 Florida Ave NW | 11:30 am | Tickets

scavenger hung of the national zoo

Join us at this new event based on our popular scavenger hunts. Today’s scavenger hunt takes place throughout the National Zoo. Look for items, answer trivia, get exciting pictures and win big prizes!
3001 Connecticut Ave NW | 11:30 am | Tickets 

yoga & Whiskey

Enjoy... Yoga/Whiskey Tasting Tour/Strut Social with Snacks.

1369 New York Ave NW | 11 am | Tickets

july 10th

free community yoga class

6:30 pm | More Info / Tickets

free pure barre pop up class

Come join Pure Barre DC for a FREE pop-up class on the rooftop of Insignia on M. Please bring your own yoga mat and don't forget your water! This is a 45-minute Pure Barre structured class.

1111 New Jersey Avenue Southeast | 7AM

Cocktails and Comedy 

Come see some of the finest local comedians for free at Dirty Martini!

1223 Connecticut Avenue NW| 7:30PM


july 11th

Taco tuesdays

$6 tacos all day at Lost Society.

2001 14th Street NW | 5:30-11PM

Banana Stand

A team of "banistas" will be passing out some potassium to morning commuters outside Union Station on July 11. There won't be money in this banana stand, though, because the fruit will be free, courtesy of Amazon.

Union Station | 7:30AM-10:30AM 

free film screening: the human beast

As part of its Summer film series "Once Upon a Time: From Books to Movies", the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the screening of the 1938 film The Human Beast by Jean Renoir.

4101 Reservoir Road NW | 7PM | More info

Opening Reception: Exhibit by Emirati Artist Ebtisam Abdul-Aziz

The reception will feature a conversation with Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdul-Aziz and Dana Al Marashi, head of Heritage and Social Affairs at the embassy of the United Arab Emirates,moderated by Maya Allison, chief curator at New York University Abu Dhabi.

1050 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1060 | 6PM 

bastille day celebrations at central michel richard

 Celebrate Bastille Day at DC’s premier French-American bistro. Central will kick off its weeklong celebration of festive food and wine pairings on Tuesday, July 11. In honor of the holiday, Central will end the week with a special three-course menu for $48 with optional French wine pairings for an additional $24, available Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15. The prix fixe menu includes gougères and fricassé d’escargots in the appetizer course, a lamb chop, piperade, baby kale & yogurt cumin sauce entree and Paris-Brest for dessert.  

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | All day 

PIRATe treasure hunt

Yo ho ho! Pirates of all ages should make their way to the planks at The Yards to explore the neighborhood on the sea to find prizes and treasure from the shops and restaurants of The Yards. Pirate-themed giveaways — and pirates! —will both be on hand. Adult and children’s maps will be available.

The Yards | 5:30PM