For Your Weekend: Truckeroo, Folklife Festival

It's official: Summer's here! Here are some fun things to keep in mind:

-- Outdoor movies are one of the best parts of a D.C. summer. This weekend's offerings include "La La Land," "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "The Iron Giant."

-- Checked out our guide to 100+ Things to Do in D.C. This Summer? Get ready to make this the #BestSummerEver.

Here's what's coming up this weekend:

Community Connections

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 27-July 1 and July 4-8, National Mall

Celebrate the cultures of Armenia and Catalonia with food, art, craft vendors and talks from Smithsonian curators. Admission is free.

See a full list of activities here, including:

  • Friday: Armenian cheese-making, "Making Meaning: The Economic and Healing Power of Craft" discussion, Catalonian puppet-making
  • Saturday: Discussion on fashion from the fictional "Black Panther" nation of Wakanda, music from West Bengal, Catalan-style fireworks display 
  • Sunday: Maritime songs with Cuban influences, virtual reality experience at the world's oldest winery in Armenia

Independents Day Georgetown
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Georgetown


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Turn out to celebrate and patronize some of Georgetown's independent businesses alongside music, fair food and face painting.

DC Asian Pacific American Film Presents: Asian American Stories
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Chinatown

Catch "Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story" and "Race: The Al Young Story" -- two films by Rick Quan, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster. You'll find the screening at the Xfinity Store in Chinatown. It's free, but register in advance.

Remarkable Indonesian Night
Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Chevy Chase

Indonesian performers are bringing music and dance from the nation to Chevy Chase. Adult admission starts at $15.

Music In Motion Festival
Saturday, 7 p.m., Dupont Circle

Enjoy the sounds of Latin America and Africa while showing down on Colombian food and drinks. Tickets start at $14.

Patuxent Wildlife Conservation Tram Tours
Weekends through Aug. 30, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge

Hop on the free 30-minute tram tour to see animals in their natural habitats. Check the weather before you go: Tours are cancelled for thunderstorms, heavy rain or heat indexes over 100 degrees.

RiverPalooza 2018
Various dates through Aug. 25

The Potomac Riverkeeper Network is hosting several boating trips along the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers through summer. Trips range from culturally based tours, fishing trips and overnight paddles. Register in advance; costs vary.

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:

This summer, 250 tons of sand will transform a parking lot at Pike & Rose into a staycation destination.

Parties and Food

Truckeroo Food Truck Festival
Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Navy Yard

Chow down on eats from a host of food trucks at The Bullpen.

Red White & Brew Festival
Saturday, 1 p..m., Buzzard Point

Wear your drinkin' hat for unlimited full American beers and as many cider, craft beers and wine sips as you'd like. Tickets start at $50.

Rosé All Day
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Yards DC

Tickets cost $10 and get your your first glass of rosé.

Can We Talk: R&B Dance Party
Saturday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., RedRocks H Street

Entry costs $10.

That BIG 80s Party
Saturday, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Union Stage

Attire: leg warmers. Music: DJ Dave Paul & DJ Marco. Cost: $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

The All American Bar Crawl 2018
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Dupont Circle

The classic (and typically messy) Dupont bar crawl is getting a red, white and blue coat of paint ahead of Independence Day. The Front Page, Mad Hatter and Sign of the Whale are among participants. Check out Groupon for discounted tickets.

Laissez-Fair(e): A "Natural" Wine Social
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., H Street Corridor

Maybe you've heard of raw water. Well, you'll find something similar in natural wine and you'll get a chance to try it this weekend. Tickets cost $45 and come with four tastings.

Backyard Beach Party feat. Aslin
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Heurich House Museum

Bring your own beach towel or lawn chair for this kickback at an old brewmaster's castle. Tickets start at $20 in advance and come with one Aslin beer.

Art, Exhibits, Comedy and Music

One Year: "1968, An American Odyssey"
Opens Friday at the National Portrait Gallery

Through the doors of the National Portrait Gallery, you'll find a trip back to one of America's most tumultuous years, featuring 30 objects -- including photographs, paintings and magazines -- that that tell the story of a year that changed the course of history. This exhibition will be open until May 19, 2019. 

"Watching Oprah"

If you love Oprah, you'll love the exhibit devoted to her at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The exhibit "Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture" debuted last week and will remain open until June 2019. Here's a look at what you'll find:

Photos: Oprah Exhibit at African-American Museum Includes 'You Get a Car' Memorabilia, Pages From Her Diary

Jazz in the Garden
Friday, 5 p.m., National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Joshua Bayer Jazz is set to bring swing and bop sounds to one of D.C.'s favorite outdoor concerts.

No Kings Collective presents CONGRUENT
Opens Friday evening; runs through July 1, H Street Corridor

Artists' collectives are coming together to showcase D.C.'s art culture. This exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Friday; you can visit through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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.

Immersive Art Exhibit Celebrates the Wonders of Light

Sports and Sporting

World Cup Specials & Watch Parties
Various locations

The FIFA World Cup is on, and the D.C. area is hosting plenty of watch parties with food and drink specials so you can soak up all the excitement. 

Salsa With Silvia Presents Pre-Fourth of July Social Party
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Park View

Learn to salsa and bring your own beverage for this party and workshop. Tickets cost $10 online and $15 at the door.

Waterfront Workouts
Saturday, 9 a.m., The Wharf

You can partake in a free yoga class each Saturday in June on The Wharf, courtesy of Yoga Factory. Bring your own mat!

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