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Wednesday, June 26

Yell/cheer at the TV screen

Plenty of places are hosting watch parties for night one of the democratic primary debates. DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee is hosting one at Local Sixteen. Smitty’s bar is hosting one. Sun’s Cinema is hosting. Big Board’s showing it. Really most places probably will be. (Debate starts at 9)

A night of mridangam

Bossa Bistro is hosting a show by three musicians playing the mridangam, an Indian percussion instrument, violin and sax. Stay after for a jam session. (9pm)

Also || jane austin trivia | profs & pints: internet threats | congressional baseball game | paddle the potomac alternative HH | sudhouse comedy show | busboys & poets comedy night |  WriteNight Takoma | storytelling about women's health | NPR’s White Lies listening party | Graphic Sex Project workshop/talk

beaded prayers project | anti-human trafficking conference on the hill

Thursday, June 27

Capital Book Fest

Step outside during the day and peruse the sprawling Capital Book Fest’s thousands of used books, CDs and DVDs - all on sale for under six bucks. (10am-6pm)

A night full of creativity

Local startup PAKKE is hosting a party to open Cheshire, a “warehouse of intrigue”, filled with arts, a pop-up bar, art installations and cool people. (6pm)

Also ||  “explore the umami magic that is cheese” | Cunningham centennial dance celebration | be a post-breakup badass  | musical chairs art workshop | concert at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Crystal city crafts market | showtime rummage sale | tunes: Faye Webster @ DC9 | tunes: Los Van Van @ Howard | Brazilian dance night

Friday, June 28

Rally to decriminalize sex work

Come out to Freedom Plaza on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots to support decriminalization of sex work and rally for the safety of Black and Brown trans women. (4-7pm


Jam into the Bullpen at Navy Yard for a bevy of food trucks of all sorts - from smoothies to empanadas to korean bbq. (4pm-11pm)

Also || NSO Pops celebrates the life of Judy Garland | play: Intimate Apparel | panel about football (fútbol) culture with Guerrilla FC | jazz in the garden | Capital Fringe Fest preview 

tunes: improvisational collective & jazz | tunes: Elena & Los Fulanos | walk-in model casting

Saturday, June 29

ICE Out of DC! / ¡Fuera ICE de DC!

After ICE targeted and arrested two Washingtonians last weekend, rally in Columbia Heights to protect our neighbors. (You also don’t need to wait to post bail for those imprisoned.) (4:30-7 pm)

Party with Solid State Books

730DC bookstore crawl fan favorite Solid State Books celebrate their first birthday with a weekend of activities including live music, a comedy show, and giveaways. 

Smithsonian Folklife

The Folklife festival kicks off Saturday celebrating the social power of music, with a special focus on the music of DC. There will be concerts, demos from archivists, zine-making and a local record label market, plus food and drink. (Sat-Sunday)

Also || mussel power open house | tree walk: Tidal Basin | real drag/fake awards | gtown undercover | Granny & the Boys at Nando’s????

one journey fest | Start Making Sense | BRNDA at Dwell

Sunday, June 30

A history of DC art spaces

DCPL and the NGA kick off a series highlighting the local and DIY art and music spaces that have defined the city’s creative scene over the years. Feel the nostalgia. (2pm)

  • Catch the premiere of the film Punk the Capital, a documentary about the explosion of punk-rock in DC in the 70s and 80s. (also 2pm)

Dance outside

Hop on board with Sunset for Dancers, the weekly evening outdoor dance party for bachata, zouk and kizomba dancing. Get there early for a workshop for beginners. (5pm)

Also || day 2 of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival | cat yoga @ crumbs & whiskers | tunes: Good Charlotte | tunes: American folk music w Don Flemons | jewelry & gender equity in Wakanda (sold out, limited standby seats)

DC Polo | DC Free Store | tunes: pop punk queercore and more

Monday, July 1

America’s Birth Certificate

Profs & Pints tackles the Declaration of Independence. Rick Bell will discuss why the document was no big deal when it arrived in London, and how it became what it is today. (6pm)

We all die. Why not talk about it? 

Death Cafe at Rhizome is a space where people can talk about death -- about what happens to you in dying and death, about what it means to lose someone, about anything else on your mind. (6:30 pm)

Also || pantheon | tunes: Advance Base (fka Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) | lecture on the history of Barry Farm/Hillsdale | play: The Negroes Are Congregating | film: Putney Swope | doc: Bad Reputation (about Joan Jett) | Aziz Ansari

Tuesday, July 2

Don’t Mute DC

Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, author of Go-Go Live: the Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, examines the important role of go-go in DC cultural landscape and the danger of its erasure. (6:30 pm

"It's like online shopping for your social calendar"

Get a head start on the events we're most excited for this summer with our weekly Looking Ahead feature. 

Also || profs & pints: francis scott key | tunes: 47SOUL | tragic tales walking tour


7/3: hamiltunes | jane austen film flist (1st of 4 dates in july)

7/4: Cap Hill 4th of July parade | independence day concert | an american celebration

7/5: first friday | capital fringe begins

7/6: silver spring writer’s group | asana & ales | volunteer @ kingman island | Book Talk: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. | Immigrant and Refugee Music Festival

7/9: The Welders: LadyM | Capital Fringe Begins

7/10: wharf wednesdays | jane austin film fest

7/11: 4848 Fest | ANN (through Aug 11) | immigrant sounds rooftop HH

7/12: white ford bronco @ the bullpen

7/13: SWEET SUMMER HEAT! | tap dance showcase | trivia crawl | DC Volunteer Fair

7/16: meridian hill neighborhood assn mtng | edgar allen poe cabaret night

7/17: Gallery Talk: Suffragists and Suffragettes

7/18: World Stories, brew @ the zoo | CHAI @ KenCen Roof

7/19: Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Ra Ra Riot | the sandlot

7/20: Give me a Platform Convention

7/21: stand up paddle board yoga | women’s self defense | dumpling making class

7/22: Kennedy St Festival

7/24: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth) | Annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim

7/26: comedy in a secret location!

7/27: learn to make deep dish ‘za | tiki block party

7/28: visit the used book cellar | prime time pro wrestling championship

7/29: poets on the fringe

7/30: outdoor fitness in farragut


8/1: Rooftop HH at KenCen

8/3: Film and Director Q&A with Pam Sporn and Matthew Birkhold: Detroit 48202 Conversations Along a Postal Route

8/4: Legally Blonde @ Keegan Theatre

8/6: sunset cinema

8/7: evening meditation in rock creek park

8/10: stargazing in RCP

8/19: Brain Injury Families & Friends Support Group

8/21: art noights

8/23: accessible yoga teacher training | fountain fridays

8/24: 17th Street Fest

8/27: worst decision stories

8/28: Black Artists of DC

8/29: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! Live

8/30: Appaloosa


9/4: love sick (through sept 24)

9/12: zoo uncorked

9/13: Shakey Graves & Dr. Dog

9/14: falls church fest | volunteer at h st farms

9/19: the beltway brawl | giant jenga!

9/21: zoo fiesta

9/24: The Atlantic Festival

9/25: Pitango Game Night | outdoor zumba

9/27: Great Meadow Public Night & Stargazing

9/28: Black Owned Wine & Spirits Fest | kat wright

9/29: open jazz jam


10/3: Life Stories Institute | happy hour comedy show

10/4: Hispanic Heritage Month Film & Discussion: Exiled, America's Deported Veterans

10/5: Annual NoVa star gaze | taste of bethesda

10/6: Takoma Park Street Fest | learn to make sangria

10/12: welcome an honor flight

10/13: menopause the musical

10/16: Photoshare

10/17: cider dinner

10/18: boo @ the zoo

10/23: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth)

10/25: night of the living zoo

10/31: food truck thurs


11/1: supernatural, first fridays @ art underground

11/2: Hot Cider Hustle

11/3: learn to make paella

11/7: Boozy Gelato HH

11/9: From Grain To Glass: An Immersive Tour

11/16: “the ultimate foodie outing”

11/29: zoo lights


12/6: creative coffee | happy hour flow

12/12: brew lights

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