What’s Going On This Weekend? Here are the Best Events in Town

by Prince Of Petworth August 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

What to Do in D.C. This Weekend (8/10 – 8/12)

Pop-up bars, classic films, and coffee.

Photo by Tim Brown


PARTY IN THE GARDEN…The Enid A. Haupt Garden is between the Museum of African Art and the Freer|Sackler Galleries, and it’ll be bumpin’ tonight for an after-hours event. Come by for late-night access to the African and Asian art exhibits, music by a DJ, cocktails, talks by the curators, a photo booth, and African and Asian-inspired food.

LARP IT UP…Get your Asian pop culture fix in at this weekend’s Otakon convention. Friday through Sunday, come by for all things anime, manga, film, music, video games–you name it. Not only can you listen to the music from Final Fantasy performed live, you can also see an MMA demonstration, LARP while dressed up as your favorite characters, and check out art.

JUST KEEP PADDLIN’…This is kind of like a triathlon, except way more lowkey and way more fun. Run, Paddle, Repeat is an event where you run a mile to the Capital Riverfront, then stand-up paddle board for 30 minutes, then run another mile. No training required, and you can always stay longer to paddle board, if you like.

FALL FEST…The East of the River Fall Fest in Anacostia brings together live performances, go-go music, and free Caribbean food. There’ll be a drive for back-to-school supplies, too, as well as HIV testing.

ANDHot Chip at U Street Music HallJam at a 90s dance partyDance to disco at City WineryMeditate with a gongJazz in the GardenTake a beer-tasting tour at BluejacketCatch anime film In This Corner of the WorldEast Coast and West Coast wine face-offListen to stories told by refugeesPlay board games at the Potter’s House

Photo by Justin Schuck


TOUR DE PARK…Ever walked through Meridian Hill Park and wondered, Hmm, how did all this get here? Take a tour with Fiona Clem, who wrote a book about the park, and learn about the 12 acres of space modeled after Italian gardens, its history, and its significance within the neighborhood and city.

DRINK 4 ART…Rorschach Theatre is teaming up with the mastermind behind the Game of Thrones and Royal Wedding pop-up bars to create a one-night-only bar of its own. Inspired by upcoming plays on the theater’s roster, three separate installations will take you through a Icelandic winter, the mysterious cosmos, and the Elysian Fields (all with a drink in-hand, of course). Hosted at Union Drinkery, fund will go toward the theater.

ATTN. MOVIE BUFFS…Hosted every two years, the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s preservation festival is all about those hard-to-find movies that span cinematic history. To celebrate, catch a slew of unique films at the National Gallery through September 3, from works by pioneering female directors to silent comedies. On tonight’s agenda? The Ernst Lubitsch classic Trouble in Paradise.

ANDShakira at Capital One ArenaBring the kiddos to a puppet showDo yoga at the U.S. Botanic GardenThe Mulligan Brothers at Pearl Street WarehouseLearn 2 preserve fruits and veggiesPhotograph butterfliesA pottery workshopA dog-friendly happy hour at the National Building Museum

Photo by Joe Flood


BUZZZZ…Are you a caffeine addict? This is for you–the Line Hotel will host the second annual DMV Coffee Roaster’s Showcase. Come try some of the area’s best java, from Vigilante to Swing’s to Qualia. Not our fault if you can’t fall asleep tonight.

BOUQUET + ROSE…This may sound basic, but whatever–it’ll be fun! Head to Up Top Acres’s rooftop farm to make flower bouquets whilst drinking rosé. A farmer will walk you through arranging two bouquets while you sip and snack, and after, you’ll get to take your flowers home in mason jars (because, of course).

FEELIN’ JAZZY…MahoganyBooks is a local store that sells books written by, for, or about folks from the African diaspora. Today, it will team up with the Anacostia Arts Center for a jazzy afternoon. The folks behind the book D.C. Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, D.C., will talk about our city’s contribution to the growth of jazz, as well as historical jazz sites in the area. After, the group will sign books, and you’ll be treated to live jazz by the Kent Miller Quartet.

ANDPedro the Lion at Black CatFried chicken + champagneMeditate on a rooftopCatch a film at the Embassy of SwedenLearn to use PhotoshopTake a dance class on the waterfrontPartake in a guided meditation with your little onesWatch some French New Wave filmsTwo words: water aerobicsA book talk with How Schools Work author Arne DuncanPorch Life at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage


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