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


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