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Things to do in DC: festivals, exhibits, live music


Happy June 10!

June 16 AND Father’s Day arrive on Sunday, with Black Lives Matter parties, the Something in the Water music festival, restaurant deals and more. It’s another busy week in the District.

Our top 5 things to do this week

1. Celebrate Juneteenth. Sunday is June 19 and there are so many ways to celebrate, including block parties on Black Lives Matter Square (sun, free, Downtown) and in Anacostia (sun, free, Anacostia), a Black Business Fair (Satfree, inside, silver spring), a visual arts show (Sat, $30+on the inside, Mount Vernon Square), a pub crawl (Sat, $10+, Cardozo), a pop-up shop (Sun, free, outdoor, Anacostia)and one Black-owned market (Sat$5+on the inside, Brentwood).

  • Find out. Discover the new exhibitions on Artechouse (Until September$17+, Downtown), the African Art Museum (Free game, African Art Museum)the American Indian Museum (Open sea.free, virtual) and the National Archives (Sat-Mon, Downtown). The National Museum of African American History and Culture also hosts a Juneteenth sign (Sea, free but registration requiredindoors in person and virtual, Downtown) and documentary screening (Fri, free but registration required, Downtown).
  • Enjoy live performances by black artists. Head toward Pharrell Williamsit is something in the water festival (Fri-Sun, $400+, The National Mall) or attend a show at The Kennedy Center (Tue-Sun, $29+, Foggy background), Wolf Trap (Sun, $27+, Vienna), The Shakespeare Theater Company (Open Thursday, $49+, Penn Neighborhood), Capitol cider house (Satfree, Petworth), BusBoys and poets (Sun, $25, Colombia) Where union stadium (Sun, $35+, The platform).
  • Taste foods from black culture. Try the special Juneteenth menu at Sweet Home Cafe at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Fri-Mon, prices vary, Downtown) or discover the cultures of the African diaspora in Washington Youth Garden (sun, free, National Arboretum).
  • Listen to black authors. Attend readings and book signings by authors such as Nicole A. Taylor (Monday, free but registration required, Downtown), Heavenly Mohammad (Monfree, Downtown), Taylor Johnson (Sea, free but registration required, Adam Morgan), Ibram X Kendi (Mon, $18+, Chevy-Chase)and Jordan Calhoun (Sam, free, Chevy-Chase).

2. Dad day! Father’s Day is also this Sunday, so be sure to treat your dad by taking him out for a drink, giving him a gift, enjoying brunch or even attending the Cultural Festival and Father’s Day Bazaarwhere he can enjoy shows, poetry and special promotions (Fri-Sun, $20+, indoors, silver spring).

  • Relax and have a drink. Tell a nerdy dad joke and get a free beer at Atlas Ivy City Brewery and Tap Room (Sun, free, Navigationy Court) Where boundary stone (Sunfree, Eckington). Guinness Open Gate Brewery will also serve special beers and their release for Father’s Day, Rice Lager (Sun, $55+, Baltimore), Where you can pamper your pops at Hook Hall’s daddy’s night (Fri, $59, park view).
  • Father’s Day food. The Juniper Restaurant will roast a whole pig to celebrate dads day (Sun, $19 for children, $42 for adults, west end). You can also try The good life modern mediterranean brunch with three courses (Sun, $55, Circle Logan), a All-you-can-eat roast pork at Fair Winds Brewery (Sunfrom $15, Newington)or a three-course Indian brunch menu in advance at Indian Modern Karma (Sun$55 for children, $75 for adults, Chinese district).
  • To relax the mood. Laugh like crazy and celebrate dad with the Father issues Comedy series (Fri-Sun, $20+, Adam Morgan).

3. Break a sweat. Join the sweet ride (Sat, $15+, Alexandria)circumnavigate the waters of the Occoquan (Saturday, $66, Woodbridge), or attend a fitness (Monday, free, The National Harbor)Zumba (Monday, free, The National Harbor)or yoga class (Monday, free, The National Harbor).

4. Learn something new. Travel to Ancient Egypt with the National Geographic Museum’s immersive King Tut experience (Begins Fri.$16+, Downtown)enjoy Dumbarton House after hours at screaming happy hour (Marry, suggested donation of $5on the inside, Kalorama)or ccelebrate the life and career of Judy Garland during her 100th anniversary celebration (Thursday, $30+, virtual).

5. See a show in the summer air. go out with the David Thong Band (Sea, free, The platform), Form (Marry, $12+,Bristow), Sheryl Raven (Thursday, $49+,Vienna), Japanese breakfast (Marry, $40+,Vienna)Where tears for fears (Sun, $22+, Colombia).

What else looks fun this week

  • Enjoy urban nature. Observe the gardens in high season at Philadelphia Flower Show (Tu es, $155+), cruise the Potomac while enjoying margaritas and a Caribbean vibe (Sat, $32+, georgetown), or get into the summer spirit with a bonfire and wagon ride (Sat, $32+, Gaithersburg).
  • More outdoor movies. Kick off the Wharf’s Sunset Cinema Series with Black Panther (Free game, The platform). You can also see Bill and Ted take on the Music (Free game, Farragut Square), Paternity (Thursday, The National Mall), Keanu (tuesday, free, Adam Morgan), F9: the fast saga (tuesday, free, Downtown), The terminal (tuesday, free, The national port)and Mama Mia! (Free game, Mosaic District).
  • Tasty visit. Explore the chocolates of the world with a Embassy Row Chocolate Tour (Sun, $32+, Circle Dupont).
  • Give back. Help clean up the Potomac at National Harbor River Cleanup (Sat, The national port) or donate blood Bloodmobile (Sun, mosaic district).
  • Be crafty for Pride. Make a pride inspired cross stitch (Sun, $40, indoors, Georgetown/Union Market) or create a sense of pride and sample craft beers at the Great class of gay printing (Thursday, $30+, indoors, Takoma).
  • From the farm to your table. Find a summer farmer’s market, including those in Mosaic (Thu/Sun, Mosaic District), Circle Dupont (Sun, Circle Dupont), 14&U (Sat, Adam Morgan), Capital Harvest in the Square (Fri, The National Shopping Center), Bloomingdale’s (Sun, Bloomingdale’s) and Heights of Colombia (Marry, Columbia Heights).