What You’re Doing This Weekend

Belgian and Asian festivals, Capitol Groove Fest, Mother Trucker pool party

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What are you doing tonight? We offer up some suggestions:


  • Belga Cafe (514 8th St. SE) throws a White Party as part of Belgian Restaurant Week. Wear white, sip white beers, and comtemplate that fries are, sadly, not quote in the color scheme.
  • Haven't been to Jazz in the Garden yet? The summer's half over -- what are you waiting for? the free concert series has crowds grooving in the Sculpture Garden outside the National Gallery of Art every Friday evening. This week's performance comes from Incendio, billed as playing Latin guitar world fusion jazz. 5-8:30 p.m.; free.


  • The Taste of Belgium comes to the East Lawn at Yards Park (10 Water St. SW), featuring Belgian food (mussels and fries, obviously) and Belgian beers like Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden. Local chefs will compete in Stella Artois annual Mussels Throwdown. You can also catch boule (Belgium's version of baseball) and Belgian music. Noon-7 p.m.; free admission.
  • Nine local artists, including the Silver Liners, Drop Electric and Lightwaves, are getting together for mus-x’s Capitol Groove Fest, at the Fairgrounds at Navy Yard Metro. The day will be filled with musical performances, food trucks and cold drinks (we hear Pinkberry is a sponsor). Noon; $25-$50.
  • Fire breathing, bounce houses and balloon animals? Yes, this is a 21+ party -- there are 10 bars, too. Head out to the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I St. SW) and let loose at their summer Mother Trucker pool party, which also features 20+ food trucks. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $15. admission.
  • The "Yes, Chef," Marcus Samuelsson is coming to the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) to celebrate his new memoir. With a cooking demonstration and tasting, and a special performance by Christian Scott, this night will be nothing less than... tasteful. (Sorry.) 7 p.m.; tickets $50, which includes an autographed copy of the book and a glass of wine.


  •  The 2012 Asian Festival at George Mason University (4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, Va.) will serve up dishes from 35 Asian restaurants, a multicultural marketplace, and live performances. China, Thailand, India and the Philippines will be featured in special themed areas. Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; free admission


  • The Bounty of the Bay Crab Boil at Jackson 20 (480 King St., Alexandria) will dish up Maryland blue crabs; stuffed and shucked Chesapeake Bay oysters; fried clams with tartar sauce; summer corn and more. Drink specials include craft canned beers for $5, and "working man's" canned beers (think PBR) will be available for $2 each. 6-8 p.m.; $45.
  • Wrap up your weekend with a movie under the stars. Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor shows the 2012 flick "Big Miracle," starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. Sunset; free.
  • Expression Live, a free concert in Downtown Silver Spring, features performers of music, poetry, dance and more from around the D.C. area, as well as free snacks, giveaways and kids' activities. This year's event will benefit Hearts and Homes for Youth, a Montgomery county nonprofit that helps troubled teens become productive adults. 3-7 p.m.; free.

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