For Your Weekend: What to Do Around DC June 28-30

Don't miss the two-day Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Saturday and Sunday, which will spotlight D.C.'s punk and go-go scenes

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 29-30
National Mall and other locations


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This year's theme is the "Social Power of Music," which will put D.C.'s most legendary music scenes, go-go and punk, on display. "These homegrown DIY, youth-driven music communities embody histories of migration, displacement, segregation, and political activism in the city," organizers say.

You can visit the D.C. Music Preservation Pop-Up on the Freer Plaza. There will be workshops and audio digitization demos.

Visitors can also still look forward to live music, food and drink from local food trucks, instrument workshops, a local record label market and more. The event is free, and you can get more info here.

Established in 1967, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual event produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. It honors contemporary living cultural traditions, and has featured participants from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Normally, the festival is a two-week affair with craft demonstrations, narrative sessions, cooking demonstrations and more, but this year it’s a bit smaller, going for only two days.

Fireworks at Mount Vernon
Friday and Saturday, 6-9:45 p.m.
Mount Vernon

Get George Washington's view over the Potomac while catching what's sure to be a glorious pre-Fourth of July fireworks display. The show will be choreographed to patriotic music in celebration of America's birthday.

You can choose to get a tour of the mansion, which costs $36 for adults and $30 for youth. If you go for just the fireworks, it costs $26 for adults and $20 youth. Kids 5 and under are free.

NSO Pops: 50 Years Over the Rainbow: A Judy Garland Celebration
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Kennedy Center

Judy fans, this one is for you. The National Symphony Orchestra will recreate "Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall," which is "often called the greatest night in show business history." Tickets start at $25.

Smithsonian Pride Film Series
June 27-28
Warner Bros. Theatre, National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian is keeping the pride month pride going with a film series revolving around the LGBTQ+ community. The series starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday with the 1996 film “The Birdcage,” followed on Friday by 2018’s “Love Simon” at 6:30 p.m. and “The Favourite” at 8:30 p.m. Adults can expect to pay about $12 per ticket, with cheaper prices for seniors age 60+ and children ages 3-12.

Hello, Dolly!
June 4 - July 7
The Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW

This is one of the last weekends to say hello to Dolly, with the run of the 1964 musical’s revival ending on July 7. The show lasts about two and a half hours, and has received rave reviews all around — not surprising, since Tony winner Betty Buckley is in the lead role. Tickets range from $49-$159 and can be found here.

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Solid State Books First Birthday Weekend
June 29-30
Solid State Books, 600 H Street NE, Washington, D.C.

Head to one of D.C.'s favorite independent bookstores to celebrate their first birthday. On Saturday, you'll find hourly giveaways and a comedy show. On Sunday, there will be more giveaways and an author talk with Angie Kim, author of "Miracle Creek."

There's also happy hour pricing on select beers and wines all weekend and merch discounts.

Totally 90s Film Festival
June 29 & 30
Warner Bros. Theatre, National Museum of American History

Trekkies rejoice, for the Smithsonian’s “Totally 90s” Film Festival is still going strong, and this weekend features several films about the adventures of the Starship: Enterprise. On Saturday, the Warner Bros. Theatre will show “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” at 5 p.m., followed by “Star Trek Generations” at 7 p.m. Then, on Sunday, the same theatre is showing “Star Trek: First Contact: at 4:30 p.m., followed by “Star Trek: Insurrection” at 6:30. As a bonus for any film enthusiasts, the last three movies will all be shown on 35mm film. Adult tickets cost about $12, with cheaper prices for seniors and children between ages 3 and 12.

Columbia Festival of the Arts
June 14-30
Locations vary depending on event

This is the last weekend of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, a two-week summer festival that brings arts and entertainment experiences to the Columbia, Maryland, area. This weekend includes the Columbia Film Festival, which runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a “Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater” at the Merriweather Post Pavilion this Saturday and a performance by the Columbia Orchestra at the Chrysalis on Sunday. Tickets and more information about each event are on the festival’s website.


Truckeroo Food Truck Festival
June 28, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
The Bullpen at Nats Park, 1201 Half St. SE

Truckeroo is back for the second time this month, with more food trucks showcasing the best food in the D.C. area. The festival is family-friendly with live music, drinks, games and more, and the food ranges from tacos to korean to seafood. Learn more here.

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Capital Fringe Festival Preview
7 p.m.
Market SW (4th Street and M Street SW, Washington, D.C.)

Preview one of D.C.'s most exciting theatre festivals on Friday at Market SW. It's a way to get a taste of all the festival's offerings in one night and one place.

Monologist Mike Daisey and "The Simpson's" writer Mike Reiss will be there, along with local talents Robin Bell, Iris Dauterman and Claudia Rosales Waters. It's free and open to the public.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
June 28, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna VA

50 years ago, in 1969, the Beatles released their iconic album Abbey Road. Now, Wolf Trap is hosting a 50th anniversary celebration that features the greatest hits from the album, and some early Beatles favorites. Tickets range from $30-$60, and can be found here.

Civil Impacts Art Exchange
June 28, 9 p.m.
The Velvet Lounge, 915 U Street NW

This weekend is the launch of the Civil Impact Arts Exchange. Put on by public benefit organization Civil Impact, which aims to clean up corruption in the campaign finance system, the event features performers and DJs representing D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Tickets are $5, and can be found here.


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One Journey Festival
June 29, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

The One Journey Festival celebrates the talents, stories and contributions of refugees and displaced people worldwide, with a combination of art, food, music, dance, storytelling and technology. The event is entirely volunteer-run, and while they accept donations (100% of which will go to hosting the festival next year), it is free and open to the public. Register here to attend.

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Annapolis Pride Parade & Festival

June 29, 12 p.m.
Parade Route down West St. from Amos Garrett Blvd to Calvert St., Annapolis, MD.

This year is Annapolis's first annual Pride Parade and Festival, and with floats, vendors and a great parade route, it's sure to be a good one. The parade starts at noon and is scheduled to run for 45 minutes, while the festival runs from noon to 5 p.m.

Frederick Food Truck Festival
June 29, 1-7 p.m.
Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St, Frederick MD

This is the first annual Frederick Food Truck Festival, and it will feature local food trucks, breweries and music that showcases the local culture. The event is family friendly, with inflatables for kids to play in, and will also feature vendors selling art, beauty products and more. Advanced tickets are $10.00, or $20.00 when you arrive (although there are plenty of discounts for seniors, students and military members, and kids under 7 get in free) Learn more about pricing and get tickets here.

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Tree Walk: The Tidal Basin
12:30-1:15 p.m.
The Tidal Basin

Join Casey Trees and the National Park Service on a stroll around the Tidal Basin and West Potomac Park, where rangers will discuss some of the area's iconic trees.

Washington Mystics Pride Game
June 29, 2 p.m.
D.C. Entertainment & Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Drive SE

This Saturday, the Washington Mystics are hosting their annual Pride game, playing the Connecticut Sun. News4's very own Meagan Fitzgerald will be an honorary captain for the game, along with her fiancée Kelly Heath. In addition, there will being a Pride auction with Mystics team and player signed items, with all the proceeds going to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Ticket prices start at $12.

All American Bar Crawl
June 29, 2019, 2-10 p.m.
Various bars, but registration is at The Front Page in Dupont Circle

If you want to get patriotic a week early — or you really want to forget something that happened this week — the All American Bar Crawl is this Saturday in Dupont Circle. The event promises patriotic souvenirs including an event mug, exclusive food and drink specials, free raffles and free pictures of the event. Participants must be 21+, and tickets are $20 if you sign up online, $40 if purchased day-of. Get the full list of participating bars, and register for the event, here.

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Apple #StoryMakersFestival Block Party

June 29, 5 - 11 p.m.
Apple Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW

This free block party will have live art and musical performances by bands like "Back Yard Band" and "Bat Fangs." There will also be food from Ruby Scoops Ice Cream, Lattimores Funnel Cakes, and Swizzler. The event is put on by design-build studio No Kings Collective.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
June 29, 8 p.m.
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Ave. SW

D.C.’s very own Major League Soccer team is playing Toronto FC at home this weekend, and with the District’s team currently ranked number three in the Eastern Conference, it should be a fun one to watch. Ticket prices start at $30, and can be found here.


L'Homme Cirque: The One-Man Circus
June 30, 1:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Strathmore Campus, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda

David Dimitri is a veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus, and was lauded "Lord of the Wire" by The New York Times. Tickets for high-flying family fun are $20 for kids and $30-$75 for adults. Buy tickets online if you're interested — prices increase to $23 and $33 at the door.

Ms Senior DC Pageant 2019
2-5 p.m.
UDC Theatre of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW

Eight women age 60 and above will compete for the title of Ms. Senior DC, getting the chance to compete at a national competition.

Meet some of D.C.'s amazing contestants:

Ms.Senior DC contestants share how the definition of beauty has changed for them.

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Screening: "Punk the Capital"
2 p.m.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Many of us know that punk had a real moment in D.C., spawning Minor Threat, Bad Brains and other iconic bands in the late 70s. "Punk the Capital" dices into the scene with some old-school-cool footage. It's free to attend, but it's a good idea to get a ticket in advance

Space Was the Place: An Abbreviated History of DC Art Spaces
2-3 p.m.
National Gallery of Art

D.C. is known for it's world-class museums, but has also been home to many home-grown art spaces over the years. Join the D.C. Public Library's Ray Barker for a tour through some of these spots.

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Fairfax Hometown Celebration
June 30, 5-8 p.m.
Veterans Amphitheater, 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax VA

This weekend is Fairfax, Virginia's, Hometown Celebration, featuring games, food trucks and a performance by the City of Fairfax Band. This is the first year the city has hosted an event like this, and you can get more information here.

Sunset for Dancers 2019 with Brazilian Forró
5-9:30 p.m. with after party
Georgetown Waterfront Park, 3300 Water St NW, Washington, D.C.

Dance until the weekend is over with all your neighbors. Newbies can start with a workshop on Brazilian Zouk, Bachata or Kizomba dance at 5:30 p.m. before a DJ comes on and Georgetown Waterfront Park comes alive. Tickets are $10 and it's a good idea to bring water. The after party at Church Hall has no cover.

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