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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for June 21-23

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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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


Clipper Round the World Yacht Race History

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Arrival & Activation
For the first time, the nation’s capital will serve as a host port and team partner for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, in which eleven teams must circumnavigate the globe under extreme conditions. Having begun their journeys last September in Portsmouth, UK, the fleet arrived in DC on June 17. Before the teams traverse the Atlantic Ocean to their next stop, there will be an exciting activation at The Wharf all weekend long. Check out the Events DC website for more details.
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Home Rule Music Festival
Now in its second year, the Home Rule Music Festival celebrates the rich music and cultural scene of DC. Events take place across three days over two weekends, with performances at venues spread across the city. Opening Night takes place at Black Cat in DC on Friday with a day of performances at The Parks at Walter Reed on Saturday.
The Parks at Walter Reed, 1010 Butternut Street, NW, Washington, DC
Alethia Tanner Park, 227 Harry Thomas Way, NW, Washington, DC


Two musicians perform outdoors by a waterfront. The female artist on the left plays an acoustic guitar while singing into a microphone. The male artist on the right plays a keyboard and smiles, with a background of pedestrians and a scenic river view.

© Georgetown BID

Fête De La Musique – World Music Day
Faites la fête at Georgetown's first iteration of the free, live music festival that has been celebrated in France for over 40 years. Listeners can catch R&B, Americana, jazz, bluegrass, spoken word or rock across the fest's locations throughout Georgetown's commercial district and at the French Embassy. 
More info | Free Admission


The Hold Steady
As part of its annual Constructive Summer live multi-night weekends, The Hold Steady visit 9:30 Club for three straight nights of musical debauchery. Thousands of shows and nine LPs into their existence, the group remains one of the best live bands around, with lead singer Craig Finn responsible for some of the most memorable one-liners in recent rock history.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001




Sampling Pavilion: A large crowd gathered around a sampling pavilion at the Giant BBQ Battle, watching a cooking demonstration under a white tent.

Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle
Rib roasters and sauce bosses show off their delicious wares during the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle. Dozens of pit masters, local restaurants and live music shut down Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets NW for a lively street party. Cooking demos and free tastings make for a delicious (and filling) experience. Tickets start at $20.
Pennsylvania Avenue (between 3rd & 7th Streets NW), Washington, DC


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


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


The Church & The Afghan Whigs
Two bands that emerged in separate decades – but stood out from their contemporaries all the same – visit the Lincoln Theatre as part of a special double-bill tour. The Church has been crafting new-wave art-rock since their inception in 1980; the Australian group released their 26th album earlier this year. The Afghan Whigs railed against the plaid-shirt grunge sound upon emerging in the 1990s, as likely to riff on Marvin Gaye as Black Sabbath. Expect riveting sets from both of these legendary groups.
7:15 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Out and About Festival feat. Brittany Howard
Celebrate nature, music and Pride at this year’s Out & About Festival, which highlights LGBTQ+ artists and allies who live out loud. The one-day festival, hosted in America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, will be headlined by Grammy-winning artist Brittany Howard, beloved by fans as the lead singer and guitarist for Alabama Shakes.
Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182


A group of children seated around a storyteller in an open-air courtyard with a modern architectural background.

The Hirshhorn

Smithsonian Solstice Saturday
Celebrate the official first Saturday of summer with the Smithsonian. Institutions like the Hirshhorn, the National Zoo, the National Museum of Asian Art and the National Museum of American History will curate special projects and programs, host exciting performances and grant the rare chance to explore the museums into the evening. Attendees can also take part in hands-on activities at the Astronomy Festival, which will take place outside of the Hirshhorn. 
More Info | Free Admission


Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic
Let the National Symphony Orchestra whisk you away to the worlds of Peter Pan and Encanto with Disney in Concert. The one-weekend-only, live-to-film concert celebrates the centennial of Walt Disney Animation studios and is sure to have something for every Disney fan.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566




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


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


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


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.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Rose: You Are Who You Eat
Woolly Mammoth Theatre welcomes you to an entirely different type of feast. The tale of John Jarboe begins with his aunt sharing that he had a twin sister in the womb … whom he ate. As you can imagine, John is a bit taken aback by this, which inspires this musical ode to the consumed twin named – you guessed it – Rose. Expect lots of song, storytelling and hilarious wordplay.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Jhené Aiko
Mark your calendar for when an R&B sensation with six Grammy nominations to her name rolls into the nation’s capital. Jhené Aiko embarks on her first headlining tour in five years. She’ll be supported by Coi Leray, Tink, Umi and Kiana Lede. One of their 26 stops is Capital One Arena, which is sure to be rocking for this star-studded crew.
7 p.m. | Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Places to Stay

Hotel room in the Hay Adams

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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Do you know where you’ll be dining pre- or post-event? From pop-up restaurants to award-winning hot spots to laid-back food halls, our DC food guide is perfect for helping you plan a more memorable experience.

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