For Your Weekend: Citi Open, Sneakers, Summer Spirit Festival

We're in the home stretch of summer. Get outside and enjoy it!

But first:

— Free things makes us happy. Here's where to enjoy yourself on the cheap in Maryland and D.C.

— Cher is shaking things up at MGM National Harbor. Here's all the concerts heading to D.C. in the coming months.

— Time is ticking for a summer vacation! Here's 10 places to check out in Virginia, day trips around Maryland and the best spots within 100 miles.

— Feeling hungry? You definitely will feel the stomach rumbles after checking out the best ways to eat and drink your way through summer.

Outdoor movies are one of the best parts of a D.C. summer.

— Have you checked out our guide to 100+ Things to Do in D.C. This Summer? Get ready to make this the #BestSummerEver.

Here are our top picks for your weekend:

Citi Open
All Weekend, Rock Creek Park Tennis Center

D.C.'s premiere tennis event is back for its 50th anniversary. It runs through Sunday, and each day boats multiple sessions. This is a professional tournament, and competition is intense. Most tickets start at $25, but Citi Open partnered with the American Experience Foundation to provide special discounted tickets for kids from low-income families.

If tennis isn't enough, the Citi Open also offers tailgate parties with endless food and drinks, a ladies' day with brunch and even its own Brew Fest.

The Nationals Play the Reds

Friday, 7:05 p.m. — Virginia Tech Night
Saturday, 7:05 p.m. — U.S. Coast Guard Night
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — Seniors Stroll the Bases

Summer Spirit Festival
Saturday and Sunday, Doors open 1 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavilion

Erykah Badu, Nas, Method Man & Redman, Lion Babe and more artists are scheduled to perform Saturday while Sunday brings The Roots, Anderson .Paak, Daniel Cesar and Lizzo. Weekend passes start at $108 and day passes start at $60.

Free Pick
Outright 2018: DC's LGBTQ Literary Festival
Opening party on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., programming Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

The festival kicks off Friday night with a comedy show at Ten Tigers Parlor (tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door). The D.C. Reeves Center hosts two reading rooms and a series on panels on Saturday. You can attend a number of workshops on Sunday. Here's a full schedule.

Bringing the War to Our Doorsteps Exhibit
All weekend, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

This special exhibit features photos from the front lines of the Civil War's Antietam battlefield— some of the first images to bring civilians to war.

Fun House at the National Building Museum
All weekend, the National Building Museum

Jump into the adult-sized ball pit at National Building Museum's Fun House by Snarkitecture. Tickets cost $16.

Check out our first look here:

Interactive 'Fun House' Opening at National Building Museum

The Story of the Gun
Through Aug. 9, Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Mike Daisey tackles the subject of guns in this 90-minute blend of comedy and commentary. Tickets start at $20.

The Second City's Generation Gap
Through Aug. 12, Kennedy Center

Chicago's famed comedy troupe takes on the battle between millennials, baby boomers and Generation X. Tickets start at $49.

Daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., CityCenterDC

Practice your golf swing with the latest high-tech tools. Here's Tommy McFly's preview:

News Fore! Trying to improve your golf swing, or want to give golf a try for the first time? An indoor golf pop-up with high-tech tools to measure your performance is now open at CityCenterDC. News4’s Tommy McFly shows how it works.

For Your Friday

WEModel USA 2018 Fashion Gala & Charity Event
6 p.m. to 10 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts

Tickets start at $30 for this fashion show and modeling competition that's also standing up to human trafficking.

The Washington Mystics
Friday, 7 p.m. 

THe Mystics take on the Las Vegas Aces.

Comedy School Showcase
7 p.m., The DC Improv Comedy Club

A comedy show for $10? We're in.

Open Bar Rooftop Pool Party
8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Penthouse Pool and Lounge

DC Fray is hosting this pool party that boasts fun inflatables, games, sun beds and two hours of an open bar (from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Tickets cost $55.

For Your Saturday

Where To Next? Race
9 a.m., Wunder Garten

Rush around the city and complete different challenges. Organizers say it's part scavenger hunt, outdoor escape room and city tour. Tickets start at $80.

Taste of Studio Theatre
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Studio Theatre

Peek behind the curtain ahead of the Studio Theatre's 40th season. The day kicks off with the opening of the "Black Broadway on U" photo exhibit opening. You can also preview set designs, enjoy a performance from Batala Washington and cap the day off with cake.

Sneak Attack DC
12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Blind Whino

Lace up your best sneakers, and head to Sneak Attack DC, a sneaker festival that lets you buy, sell and even trade shoes. There will also be art exhibits, community events, DJ sets and a screening of the movie "Rock Rubber 45s." General admission starts at $15 in advance.

Tarara Summer Concert Series
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tarara Winery, Leesburg, Va.

Enjoy music from Gonzo's Noise.

International Champions Cup: Real Madrid v Juventus
6 p.m., FedExField

If the World Cup didn't scratch your itch for soccer, here's your chance to see two top teams right in the D.C. area. Tickets start at $60.

For Your Sunday

Free pick
Free Community Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
12 p.m. to 5 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts

Enjoy one of D.C.'s unsung museums for free.

15 Unsung Museums of the DC Area You Shouldn't Miss

Rickey Competition
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Sample 10 different bartenders' takes on D.C.'s original cocktail, The Rickey. 

Bitch Sesh
3 p.m., 9:30 Club

Fans of "The Real Housewives," this one's for you. It's a live show of the popular Earwolf podcast. Tickets start at $39.50.

Pre-Pride Pool Party
2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Embassy Row Hotel

Remember when it rained on the D.C. Pride Parade, but it was great anyway? Re-live the glory at Embassy Row's rescheduled pool party. Tickets cost $18 in advance or $25 at the door.

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