Founded in 1994, Otakon is an annual convention held in the summer months to celebrate Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc) and its fandom. The event runs from Friday to Sunday and is packed with a schedule that has tons to do.
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW | 9 am | Tickets / More Info
summer evenings at the hirshhorn museum
The Hirshhorn Museum invites you to join them every Thursday evening in August as they transform into the city's most refreshing destination for dynamic art, after-work drinks, and thought-provoking conversation. Don't miss the last late night opportunity to enjoy "Linn Meyers : Our View From Here".
Independence Ave & 7th St SW | 5 pm
travel the tropics tour
Discover some of the many plans found on our diverse planet, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Yucatan Peninsula, as you trek through the U.s Botanic Garden's canopy walk.
100 Maryland Ave SW | 11 am | Tickets
Part 2 of August's Thursday night series "Deserts & Sandscapes" with a screening of Walkabout.
3107 Mt .Pleasant St NW | 8 pm | Tickets
bae bae k-pop dance party
Come beat the summer heat this August with Bae Bae, DC's biggest k-pop dance party! Over four hours of k-pop and k-hip-hop at U Street Music Hall featuring their popular midnight dance contest and idol photo booth. And, as always, there will be lots of opportunities for you to win awesome k-pop prizes.
1115 U St NW | 10:30 pm | Tickets
cooking up history: julia child's kitchen classroom
Join us the National Museum of American History for their monthly cooking demonstration program as they salute a culinary great (whose kitchen happens to be on display right here at the museum): Julia Child!
14th St & Constitution Ave NW | 2 pm
gordi at songbyrd
2477 18th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets
beginners watercolor workshop
Grab a friend or date and come explore the basics of watercolor painting!
You will learn how to:
- mix paint
- create light and dark values
- make marks with different types of brushes and brushstrokes
- create textures using household objects, such as salt or alcohol
You'll leave with a finished floral painting to hang in your home!
1730 M St NW | 7 pm | Tickets
trapped in the 90's hip hop brunch
This Saturday is a very special edition of Trapped in the 90's Brunch and Day Party event at the SAX Restaraunt & Lounge!There will be NO WORK and NO SCHOOL so come out and enjoy yourselves at SAX in a LAVISH and FUN environment! Trapped in the 90's Hip-Hop Brunch is Washington DC’s only truly unlimited brunch, created for brunchees to enjoy an unlimited experience.
764 11th St NW | 1 pm | Tickets
5th annual international march for elephants
For the fifth year, join friends around the world calling for the end of the ivory trade and rhino horn trade while advocating to save endangered species from extinction. Assembly Time: Begins at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial for photos & live video on why elephants matter to you on the planet ... Right near the corner of Henry Bacon Drive & Constitution Avenue. March Start Time: At noon, we shall begin our peaceful march with starting point of the Lincoln Memorial, up on Henry Bacon Drive where police escort begins on one lane of the street; left on 15th to Pennsylvania ave; left on Pennsylvania Ave. before the White House for a peaceful rally at Lafayette Square with distinguished speakers from around the world.
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW | 11 am
Lea DeLaria is a Jill of All Trades. She started as a standup comedian and has transitioned to nearly every aspect of show business, save for polka, while starring as the unapologetically out character Carrie “Big Boo” Black on “Orange Is the New Black.” DeLaria’s next big act brings her back to her first love—jazz. DeLaria is releasing her fifth studio album, “House of David: delaria+bowie=jazz,” a record of 12 David Bowie covers with a jazz influence. Catch her this weekend at Blues Alley in Georgetown.
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW | 10 pm | Tickets
georgetown waterfront free yoga
Workout beside the water with an energizing Saturday morning with the DC Dragon Boat Club, Laurent Amzallag's YALA Fitness program and waterfront yoga classes by M Street Yoga. Students are asked to gather at the yellow umbrellas right at the Wharf/Cantina Marina Parking Lot/Gangplank Marina office.
600 Water St SW | 8 am
pathway to self love : a day long hike and self exploration
Give yourself the gift of this outdoor workshop and move toward the fulfillment and love you crave in your life. In this powerful workshop, you will identify what gets in your way, discover tools that will infuse self-love into your life, and connect to the deeper motivations that spring from a well of self-love.
5200 Glover Rd NW | 10 am
drunk vs faded spelling bee
It’s time for Drunk vs. Faded! The most fun way to make new friends and drink on a Saturday night in the city. Using a draft lottery, four audience members will be randomly selected to drink and form Team Drunk. They’ll take on Team Faded, made up of four pre-selected DC residents with legal activities in their bodies. Team Drunk and Team Faded will go head-to-head in a spelling contest - all words suggested by the audience!
1101 Kenyon St NW | 8 pm | Tickets
bryce vine live at songbyrd
2477 18th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets
science comedy night
Welcome to another round of Science Comedy night in Washington, DC - a show where only funny science jokes, stories, and songs are allowed! Join us for our special August show, "Music to my Myringa!" Listen to a scientist give a presentation with hilarious musical accompaniment by the incredible Romane Walters! This show's performers will also include top notch veteran storytellers, scientists, and hilarious stand-up.
1523 22nd St NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets
Scribe Night features readings of five scenes from local playwrights read by professional actors on stage in front of a panel of three theatre professionals and the audience.
Each writer submits 5-10 pages of an unpublished work they want feedback on and one question they need answered. Those pages are given to the actors for a cold read. The writers are kept anonymous, to encourage fearlessness in their submissions and give a platform for previously unknown playwrights.After each reading comes (loving) judgement! Each one of the three panelists gives their brief feedback. At the end of the night, each panelist picks one play segment to “adopt,” meaning that they’ll give a longer, written feedback to the playwright after the show. Tickets are $5-10 Pay-What-You-Want.
3548 14th St | 7:30 pm
Come celebrate #MeatlessMonday at The Madison House and learn how to cook an amazing plant-based meal with Danni Rawsome! You'll learn hands-on how to prepare an amazing plant-based meal, eat dinner, and take the recipe home with you.On the menu this week: Curry Sweet Potato Curry & Chickpea Stew.
1611 U St SE | 6 pm | Tickets
xyzt: abstract landscapes
Enjoy one of DC's newest museums that's completely interactive- Artechouse. Touch, dance, stomp and feel your way around the exhibits. A helpful tip: bring a jacket! The main showroom is a little chilly. Enjoy champagne at the bar after you've loaded your phone with pictures.
1238 Maryland Ave SW | Tickets
reptiles alive at tenley library
Meet all kinds of awesome live reptiles and enjoy the funny and entertaining animal stories told by expert wildlife educators.
4450 Wisconsin Ave NW | 4 pm | Tickets
flash! an evening of stories, writing and shopping
This interactive literary evening teaches you about the art of flash fiction. Takle inspiration from the vast selection of items in the ship and try your best short form. Share your stories for your chance to win a prize!
300 Tingey ST SE #140 | 6:30 pm | Tickets
food in the garden
American History is an evening series that presents food, drinks and dynamic conversation that connect with the past to make sense of the present and shape the future. Each evening focuses on a different topic and mixes historical connections with modern day approaches. Explore how the historical movements of people and their culinary traditions influenced foodways in America. Focusing on how herbs and spices from around the world and across the country introduced new flavors and textures, the evening will feature a panel discussion with experts and historians and an interactive reception with:
- Custom cocktails courtesy of New Columbia Distillers
- Tours of Common Ground: Our American Garden with Smithsonian Gardens
- Interactive activities with Smithsonian Gardens
- And more!
1400 Constitution Ave NW | 6:30 pm | Tickets / More Info
femme night: persepolis
Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian animated biographical film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.
Femme Night brings people together over a free screening at the best cafe in town, Colony Club. Come grab a drink and watch a new movie, stay to discuss it, or just to hang.
3118 Georgia Ave NW | 8:30 pm
couples therapy: a comedy show
Couples Therapy: A Comedy Show The THIRD Wednesday of the month is your scheduled appointment to laugh with Rahmein Mostafavi and a host of guest comic “therapists” that will assist all you lovers out there with you relationship issues. Whether you are dating, married, divorced, or just single and hopeful, this show has got you covered. Is he leaving dirty socks around the house? Is she spending too much time on her phone and ignoring you? Did one of you vote for the other candidate? Let’s figure it out together. For better or worse, this cast of comic therapists will have you in tears…one way or another!
1100 13th St NW | 7 pm | Tickets
the ART AND HISTORY OF THE U.S 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
bouquets and rose
You're invited to an evening of bouquet making and rosé sipping while enjoying beautiful rooftop views. The in-house farmer and flower arranger Nick will guide guests through arranging two bouquets of rooftop grown flowers (one large and one small) and share all his tips and tricks for arrangements and care. As you’re trying your hand at floral arranging, you’ll sip rosé, and enjoy some lite snacks. Tickets include: One large bouquet (plus mason jar), one small bouquet (plus mason jar), rosé, and light snacks.
55 M St SE | 6:30 pm | Tickets
underground comedy at ri ra
No cover. 21+.
3125 M St NW | More Info
old school game night
Check out the Ugly Mug's Old School Game Night to hang and meet with other gamers and have an overall great time. $5 for unlimited play & mini tournament.
723 8th St SE | 7 pm | Tickets
oak house live at the black cat
1811 14th St NW | 7:30 pm | Tickets
outdoor movie: beauty and the beast
200 M St SE | 7 pm | Tickets
live music in the courtyARD
800 G St NW | 5 pm
vinyl me please
Enjoy a night of music, meeting the local vinyl-loving community, & drinks.
2477 18th St NW | 6:30 pm
short shorts comedy show
Who wears short shorts? WE ALL WEAR SHORT SHORTS! In this show one of the most basic and important rules of comedy will be broken. All performers are required to wear shorts on stage! We know the comedy scene has been itchin' to show their beautiful legs, so this is the show for you!
All the sets will be 3 minutes long, but if a comic shows us more short shorts, they can have more sets. Hey, we may even play short shorts, so send your videos! Note that the following count as shorts: Rompers, underwears, skirts if you're willing to tape the middle together.
4603 Georgia Ave NW | 8 pm
matt costa at us botanic garden
100 Maryland Ave SW | 5:30 pm | Tickets
celebrating the women of craft beer
City Tap is celebrating the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment & kicking off DC beer Week with an all out tap takeover featuring the women of craft beer.
901 9th St NW | 11:30 am
prince and mj experience
2477 18th St NW | 9 pm | Tickets
gallery experience : ai weiwei trace at hirshhorn
Visitors are invited to join a close-looking tour of "Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn" led by a Hirshhorn Gallery Guide. The tour and conversation will be interpreted into American Sign Language and English.
Independence Ave & 7th St SW | 1:30 pm
cinematery + tours: double indemnity
Cinematery's 2017 theme is film noir, featuring dark and mysterious whodunits. Join us on the cemetery grounds for a screening of Double Indemnity, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck . BYOB and dinner, too. Gates open at 7:30 pm and the movie begins around 8:30, or dusk. $10 suggested donation at the main gate.
1801 E St SE | 6 pm | Tickets