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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for June 28-30

We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.

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Friday

 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The free festival salutes different international cultures every year on the National Mall with craft exhibits, live music and cooking demos. The 2024 edition focuses on Indigenous Voices of the Americas and specifically celebrates the National Museum of the American Indian, which turns 20 this year.
More info | Free Admission

 

Folger Shakespeare Library new exhibition gallery

Folger Shakespeare Library’s New Galleries, Café and Shop
After a multi-year renovation, there’s a myriad of new ways to explore the world's largest Shakespeare collection: investigate the First Folios, try your hand at setting type, unwind in the scenic gardens, get some reading done in the Great Hall or sip a tea at Quill & Crumb Café. Additionally, the Elizabethan Theatre will reopen its doors for shows and poetry readings, and the learning lab will present opportunities for families to connect with Shakespeare in interactive new formats.
More Info
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

 

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds 
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Plus, discover Gachapons hidden throughout the exhibit to win prizes from local businesses or snag a book from the 'Isekai Library'. Make sure to take advantage of tickets with a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% off)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence 
Inspired by the incredible Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence (you can see all 60 panels at The Phillips Collection in DC), Step Afrika! uses its innovative style of percussive dance to tell the riveting and heroic story of millions of Black migrants who relocated from the rural South to the industrial North in the early 20th century. The award-winning dance company utilizes the imagery, colors and motifs of the paintings to create a performance filled with stunning movements and drama.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Mike Birbiglia
A graduate of Georgetown University in DC, Mike Birbiglia has gone on to become one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking voices in stand-up comedy. Birbiglia has also proven himself as an improv performer, screenwriter, filmmaker and playwright, a Renaissance man who isn’t afraid to go deep in his material. In a return to his old stomping grounds in DC, Birbiglia will perform three straight nights at the illustrious Warner Theatre.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Les Savy Fav
There’s wearing your heart on your sleeve and then there’s the music of Les Savy Fav. Unabashed and loud while also capable of deep sensitivity, the group is led by titan-of-the-stage Tim Harrington. The lead singer’s performances are legendary. Expect the post-punk group to be particularly fired up as they tour in celebration of the release of their first LP in 14 years.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

Saturday

 

Lavender Con
Local all-queer independent bookstore Little District Books celebrates LGBTQIA+ authors and stories with Lavender Con, held for the first time at the National Press Club. Authors confirmed to appear include Aaron H. Aceves, Ethan M. Aldrige, Terry Bartlet, Terry Benton-Walker, Diane Billas, Andre Bradley, Ciera Burch and many others. The event will also offer a Queer + Bookish Market featuring a variety of local vendors.
Tickets
National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

 

Bruce Onobrakpeya: The Mask and the Cross
In 1966, acclaimed Nigerian sculptor and printmaker Bruce Onobrakpeya was petitioned by Catholic priests to interpret the Passion of the Christ, resulting in Fourteen Stations of the Cross, one of his most beloved works. The piece began a long fascination with Christian iconography in Onobrakpeya’s work. Many of his most striking pieces can be seen in this special presentation at the National Museum of African Art.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Capital Brutalism 
The National Building Museum goes deep into what’s up with all those brutalist buildings around DC. Capital Brutalism explores the history, current state and future of seven polarizing buildings and the WMATA Metro system in the District. Check out archival documents, drawings, construction photographs, architectural models and contemporary images that provide context and shed light on the stories of these buildings and what inspired their design.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

This Morning, This Evening, So Soon: James Baldwin and the Voices of Queer Resistance
Guest curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als, the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibit focuses on one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. James Baldwin beautifully spoke out against injustice throughout his stirring career. He and other queer artists had to keep their sexuality hidden even while speaking up for civil rights. In addition to portraits of Baldwin, the exhibit also highlights many of his contemporaries including Lorraine Hansberry, Barbara Jordan, Bayard Rustin, Essex Hemphill and Marlon Riggs.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Washington Mystics vs. Las Vegas Aces
See DC’s exciting WNBA team in action at the 4,200-seat Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. The Mystics will take on Candace Parker, A’ja Wilson and the two-time defending WNBA champions, the Las Vegas Aces.
2 p.m. | Tickets
Entertainment & Sports Arena, 801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Broadway in the Park
Visit Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. as the performing arts hub partners with Signature Theatre for the fourth edition of Broadway in the Park. Broadway stars Laura Benanti and Jordan Fisher join Signature performers for a night of renditions of classic songs from My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, Nine, Cabaret, Pippin, In The Heights, Mamma Mia, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

 

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel has been brilliantly adapted by playwright Matthew Spangler for this special production at the Kennedy Center. Set in Afghanistan, The Kite Runner concerns two childhood friends torn apart by war, which erupts on the day of their highly anticipated kite-flying tournament. From there, the epic tale stretches across two decades and two continents, revealing the power of forgiveness and friendship.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Ramblin’
Acclaimed contemporary ballet company Chamber Dance Project, led by award-winning choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning, will present its new season at Shakespeare Theare Company's Harman Hall. Ramblin' also features music by The Red Clay Ramblers, a Tony Award-winning group that has mastered bluegrass and old-time string tunes. In total, 12 dancers and 10 musicians will take the stage to take on a stunning repertory.
Tickets
Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Sunday

 

Forensic Science on Trial
The National Museum of American History explores historic courtroom cases and how forensic science has come to be used in the pursuit of justice. Artifacts from more than 150 years of trials showcase at least 12 forensic science techniques; three items can claim to come from “the trial of the century.” 
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Picturing the Presidents: Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection
In honor of the upcoming presidential election, the National Portrait Gallery displays daguerreotype and ambrotype portraits of eight commanders-in-chief who held the office in the 19th century. The collection includes a rare ambrotype pin from Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential campaign credited with contributing to Lincoln’s 1860 victory. Visitors can also check out a modern daguerreotype that depicts the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Collecting Memories 
The Library of Congress opens its new David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery with a brand-new exhibit filled to the brim with fascinating artifacts across its 120 items. Collecting Memories includes Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a map from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, lyrics from The Sound of Music and much more in its examination of how cultures preserve the past.
Hours | Free Admission
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540

 

Funny Girl
The Kennedy Center hosts a sensational Broadway revival of Funny Girl, the story of Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreams of mega-stardom on the stage. Even though she’s told time and again she’ll never succeed, Fanny becomes an iconic Broadway star. Featuring classic songs like “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “People,” Funny Girl is a timeless love letter to the theater.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Orville Peck
Sporting an aesthetic and sound unlike any seen before in country music, Orville Peck will be a must-see attraction when his Stampede Tour comes to The Anthem at the end of June. Peck’s signature look – a fringe mask with a cowboy hat and any number of eye-catching outfits – goes perfectly with his cavernous and mysterious take on psychedelic country music.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Places to Stay

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Need some inspiration for a place to stay in between events? Washington, DC is filled with a multitude of hotels to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for that specialty boutique hotel or booking at your favorite hotel brand, Washington, DC's booking engine has it all. Find your stay today!
 

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