For Your Weekend: Southeast DC Porchfest

What to Know

  • Saturday's forecast has a mix of sun and clouds, and isolated spots could get a shower. Highs stay above 80 degrees
  • Sunday comes in hot with a high of 89 degrees, but a 30% chance of rain in the afternoon

Here are some ways to spend this warm weekend. Enjoy some live jazz, Thai curry and art or even spend a few hours in a giant bounce house just for adults.

But first:

All Weekend

Free Pick
Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th St. & Independence Ave. SW

Contemporary Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija will open his new exhibition about the protests against Thai government policies at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden over the weekend. The exhibition will include large-scale murals, documentaries and a communal dining room, where visitors can dine together over bowls of curry.


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The free curry, prepared by resturant Beau Thai, is available through Sunday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or as long as supplies last.

Free Pick
Capital Trans Pride
May 18-19
Various locations

Kick off pride festival season with Capital Trans Pride’s weekend series of workshops, happy hours and more to highlight important issues in the Transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

Free Pick
Ballston Quarterfest
May 18-19 , 12 to 6 p.m.
Wilson Boulevard, Between N Taylor and N Randolph, Arlington, VA

Spend the whole weekend enjoying free outdoor concerts from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can purchase drinks at the Street Pub on Wilson Boulevard. There's plenty for foodies, too, considering this event is a rebrand of a Taste of Arlington: There's a restaurant crawl on Saturday (wristbands start at $51) and a Food Truck Alley available on Sunday.

The World's Largest Bounce House

May 17-19
Rosecroft Raceway, 6336 Rosecroft Dr, Oxon Hill, MD

This is what dreams are made of. The Big House America is coming to Maryland, bringing the so-called world's largest bounce house to our backyards.

It's definitely not just for kids: There are adults only hours for those aged 16 and up priced at $28 for a 3-hour run. Sessions where younger ones can bounce freely are available for kids under 3 ($16), kids under 7 ($24) and kids under 16 ($24). Find more details here.

"In Peak Bloom" at ARTECHOUSE
Through May 27
1238 Maryland Ave. SW

The larger-than-life main exhibit allows you to interact with a swirling cherry blossom cloud, while other rooms feature live plants that respond to your touch and augmented reality stories. Adult admission starts at $15.


Free Pick
Free Art Museum Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW

Organizers of the 10th Annual Art Museum Day invite you to to the National Museum for Women in the Arts for a day of free admission and a 10 percent discount at the museum shop.

DC Bike Ride
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

D.C.’s only closed-road, car-free bike ride will begin bright and early Saturday morning. Bring the whole family along for the 20-mile trip. There will be bikes to rent before the event, and music, food and beverages at the finish line.

Free Pick
41st Annual Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival
Main Street Warrenton
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This family-friendly event features vendors, entertainment and lots of food for purchase.

WMZQ Fest starring Chris Young: Raised On Country Tour
4 p.m.
Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, Virginia

Love a good summer music festival? Head over to Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday for a country music festival featuring headliners Chris Young, Chris Janson and Dylan Scott.


Free Pick
Porchfest Southeast
Hillcrest Neighborhood
11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Follow the music through Southeast D.C., where local musicians will play right on their porches and lawns. It's free to attend, but a good idea to bring cash tips for the musicians. There will also be some kid-friendly activities like face painting at some stops.

Vendors and exhibitions will be located at Denver Street SE, between the 3200 and 3300 blocks.

DC Polo Society Opening Day
2 p.m.
Congressional Polo Club, 14660 Hughes Rd, Poolesville, MD

The inaugural season of the D.C. Polo Society kicks off on Sunday with the opening day polo match. There will be yard games, food trucks and complimentary wine and beer. The event is open to all ages.

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