What to Know
- Run outside early on Friday, grab a National Doughnut Day freebie and head to a book talk or Pride party before storms roll in.
- Stay out of the rain by perusing through Dupont and Kalorama museums' free day, and prepare for the Capitals' first Stanley Cup home game!
- More rain is in the forecast, but it may be worth getting outside for cooler temperatures.
As 2018 (slowly but surely) rolls into summer, here are some fun things to keep in mind:
-- GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT: Friday is National Doughnut Day. That means free donuts. Here's where to find them.
-- Outdoor movies are one of the best parts of a D.C. summer. This weekend's offerings include "The Post," "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) and "The Lion King."
-- Have some frugal fun with our Free & Cheap Things to Do in D.C. guide.
Time for Pride
While the parade isn't for another week, we're too excited to wait and apparently we're not alone.
District of Pride Performance
Friday, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre
Talented young members of D.C.'s LGBTQ community perform a free showcase.
Invoke Your Pride: A Night at the African Art Museum
Friday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., The National Mall
Grab a drink and puruse exhibits after-hours before dancing away the evening or catching a curator talk at the African Art Museum. Tickets start at $30 and drinks are not included.
SUBMERGE: Pre-Pride Pool Party
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Embassy Row Hotel
Everyone's welcome for adop in the pool. Pre-sale tickets start at $18 and come with towel service, DJs and drink specials.
12th DC Latinx Pride: La Fe
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mount Vernon
Head to the Metropolitcan Community Church of DC and celebrate Latinx pride with free appetizers, food and refreshments alongside a bilingual panel discussion. The event is free, but RSVP.
"Pride Womxn's Kickoff Celebration 2018"
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Ivy City
Tagg Magazine and LURe are hosting this celebration of LGBTQ womxn sponsored by Whitman-Walker Health. Tickets cost $10 or $30 for VIP (which comes with two drinks). Food will be served and there will be dancing.
Gay Men's Chorus of Washington presents TransAmerica
Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m., Lincoln Theatre
Celebrate transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer neighbors with a stunning show with dancers, costumes and, of course, song. Tickets start at $25.
Electric Rainbow Party at The BackRoom
Sunday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Shaw/U Street Corridor
Party your way into Pride Week. If you miss it, no worries! Another Electric Rainbow will close things out.
"Latinx LGBTQ+ History Walking Tour"
Sunday, 3 p.m., Adams Morgan
Take a guided walk between SunTrust Bank in Adams Morgan and the Columbia Heights Metro and learn about many sites sigficant to D.C.'s LGBTQ history.
Pride Patio at Jackson 20 Courtyard
Sundays in June, Alexandria
Port City Brewing Company is popping into Alexandria's Jackson 20 bar. Proceeds benefit NOVA Pride.
Sunday, 3 p.m., Dupont Circle
Who will become queen of the kickball field? Wear your tallest heels and stride into Steadman Park to watch an afternoon of pride-filled kickball.
Sports and Sporting
Saturday, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
The series is tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 — which also happens to be the first on their home ice. You won't want to miss it. Watch at home on NBC Sports Network or check out a watch party in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
Or, hang just around the corner from Capital One Arena, where Sting and Shaggy are teaming up to perform on the National Portrait Gallery steps. It's free. We're also floored.
Saturday Night Dancing
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Wharf
Try out swing dancing and sip on drinks from Cantina Bambina on The Wharf's Transit Pier.
Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiiwalker are in town for The Champion Tour.
All weekend, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Before the annual jazz festival really ramps things up later this month, Merriweather Post Pavilion is hosting powerhouses Antia Baker, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Smokey Robinson, Snarky Puppy and many other artists. Note that Saturday and Sunday tickets are officially sold out.
Jazz and Family Fun Days
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6:30 p.m., The Phillips Collection
This free, family-friendly DC JazzFest preview brings over a dozen artists to the Phillips Collection, with performanced ranging from kids' music set to a jazz theme to sets interpreting paintings with music.
Arts and Exhibits
Author Talk: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Friday, 7 p.m., Chinatown
Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize winner, will be in town to discuss his book "The Refugees." Tickets are required, but free.
AfropolitanDC Presents Wakanda Runway
Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Dupont Circle
Fashion, cocktails and the most important Marvel movie come together for a fun night.
"The Post" at Golden Cinema
Friday, sunset, downtown
Farragut Friday's sunset movie series begins strong with a screening of "The Post" and pre-movie talk from a former Washington Post executive who worked on the film.
Vintage Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mount Pleasant
Five vendors are heading to Suns Cinema to hawk vintage clothing, housewares, accesories and more.
Introduction to Flash Fiction
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Merdian Hill Park
If you've ever considered writing but didn't know where to start, this workshop on penning 1,000-word stories could jump start a new hobby.
Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium Walk Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, Dupont and Kalorama
Five museums will open up for free this weekend: Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History (Sunday only), The Phillips Collection and the President Woodrow Wilson House.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Penn Quarter
Landmark E Street is hosting special screenings of two Stanley Kubrick films. Barry Lyndon is scheduled for Saturday; Eyes Wide Shut is scheduled for Sunday.
Sew Your Own Bow Tie
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Petworth
A group called Queer Sew is hosting their first public event where you can learn the basics of sewing and how to make your own bow tie. Tickets are $28.45.
Pike and Rose's "The Beach"
Open daily, Rockville
Now open for summer, a parking lot at Pike & Rose has transformed (via 250 tons of sand) into a staycation destination. Check out our preview here:
All weekend, Southwest Waterfront
A one-of-a-kind experience from Paris has made its way to the District. Through June 30, art lovers have the chance to dance, celebrate and immerse themselves in the wonders of light.
2nd Annual SmartPhilm Festival
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tenleytown
We imagine you'll either feel inspired or like you've missed some amazing oppurtunities to make films on your phone. Either way, this is definitely a unique film festival.
Various times, downtown
The all-female Broadway hit is now in D.C.
Parties, Eats and Drinks
Taste of Peru Washington DC 2018
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Van Ness
Head to University of the District of Columbia and have some extra ceviche for us! Tickets start at $15 and give you access to cultural programs and chef's demonstrations.
SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., downtown
Sample nearly 200 craft beers and a menu curated by breweries in the beautiful National Building Museum. Tickets start at $135, but if you don't want to pay up you can find special brews at Penn Commons, Jack Rose Dining Saloon and The Sovereign.
A Tasting of Wines from Turkey & Austria
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Dupont Circle
Learn about reds, whites and rosés from an expert while enjoying free sips at the The Mediterranean Way Gourmet Market. RSVP requested.
Silent R&B Party DC
Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Silent Disco just got a better beat.
Mess Hall Presents: New Kitchens On The Block
Saturday, 12 p.m. or 3 p.m., Edgewood
Some of the best-known restraunteurs in the city are showcasing new eateries at this food festival. Organizers promise noms and cocktails from the teams behind Timber Pizza, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Green Hat Gin and One Eight Distilling. Tickets start at $65.
Cocktail Class with DC Refined
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Wharf
Learn to mix at one of D.C.'s buzzy new bars, Whiskey Charlie. Tickets start at $32.23.
Yappy Hour - Patio Party Benefitting the Humane Rescue Alliance
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., W Hotel
You've gotta have that second Maker's Bark if it's for the good of rescued dogs and cats!
Summer Rooftop Silent Disco
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Shaw
Tickets for one start at $16.
Discussion: Is There A Chi Next Door?
Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tenleytown
Discuss lessons and themes from "The Chi," Lena Waithe's new show for Showtime. Tickets start at $15 and include parking, food, drinks and libations. You'll find it at American University.
Chinatown Community Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chinatown
Find street food, performances, cultural and fitness demos, henna and face painting on I (Eye) Street Northwest between 5th and 6th Streets.
Glover Park Day 2018
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Glover Park
Get outside for live music, crafters, artists, vendors and even a doggy obstacle course in the neighborhood that gives us Sprig & Sprout, Rocklands BBQ and other favorites.
One Journey Festival Celebrating Refugees
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Glover Park
Learn the stories of refugees around the world with talks, cooking demos (including one from Jose Andres!), dance workshops and storytelling. There will also be a technology booth that offers a full virtual reality experience with Royingya refugees.
Volunteer with Hands on DC
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Help paint a mural, clean or landscape a school and create a wonderful learning environment for D.C. kids. You'll be assigned a school after registering.
Washington Folk Festival
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Glen Echo
Absorb five stages of music, dance and story telling at one of Glen Echo Park's largest yearly festivals. Here's a schedule. Pro-tip: Parking nearby will be tight, but the festival offers spots and a free shuttle from the GEICO praking lot in Chevy Chase. Details here.