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12 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC
Our end-of-the-week picks for Aug. 25-27
Ranked the number one Latin dance festival in the U.S. the last two years, DCBX#9 takes over the nation’s capital for four days this August. Veterans and newbies of dancing bachata, the sexier-than-salsa dancing style from the Dominican Republic, will have plenty of chances to strut their stuff, from concerts to contests to workshops. In addition to its dance events, the festival recognizes the art form’s best of the best, along with difference makers in the Hispanic community at the DCBX Excellence Awards. Meanwhile, its Global Impact Film Festival celebrates different cultures and raises awareness about important worldwide issues, while a speaker series for entrepreneurs helps fuel the next big ideas.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Jazz in the Garden – Final Performance
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden for the final time of the summer this Friday. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. The final show will feature Black Masala, a six-piece band that plays an eclectic mix of music.
5 – 8:30 p.m. | Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565
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Shakespeare Theatre Company Free for All: 'Othello' – Final Weekend
Each year, Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts its special Free for All series, in which performances of one of The Bard’s classic plays are made available to the public, free of charge. This year, Othello takes center stage, weaving a tale of betrayal and manipulation in one of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedies. Free tickets can be retrieved via online lottery or in-person the day of the show – visit the website for more details. The production wraps up on Sunday.
8 p.m. | Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Capital Dragon Boat Regatta at The Wharf
The action-packed dragon boat race takes place near the Southwest Waterfront’s beautiful new development, The Wharf. Groups of 20 frantically paddle towards the finish line with a drummer onboard inspiring the team. Boats are decorated in a variety of colors, creating quite the visual on the water. Best of all, this fast-paced spectacle can be watched for free. Check the Regatta’s website for schedule and other details as race day draws near.
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Maryland Renaissance Festival
Check out this unique festival that takes place every year in Annapolis, MD (roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC). Fill the holiday weekend by checking out Renaissance-themed artisans, performances (including dances and musicians) and food. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish. The festival occurs on select dates through Oct. 22.
10 a.m. | Tickets
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
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17th Street Festival
17th Street in Dupont Circle has so much to see and do, it needs its own day-long festival for you to take in all its wonder. Live music will be present throughout the proceedings, providing a soundtrack as you browse through roughly 100 vendors, including 50 artists displaying fine art, crafts and jewelry. There’s even a kid’s zone, where the little ones can enjoy a moon bounce, a ball crawl, face painting and games, as well as a pet zone featuring dogs and cats (you can even adopt one!).
12 – 6 p.m. | Tickets
17th Street NW from P Street to R Street NW (1500 and 1600 blocks), Washington, DC
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Harbor Dome: Summer Snow Globe
National Harbor wants to inject some winter into your summer. Step inside their Summer Snow Globe for craft cocktails, live music and falling snow, running from Thursday – Sunday this week. Each day also features live music, with a different band or DJ taking center stage every day. Forget about August temperatures and cool down at one of the area’s most vibrant destinations. The Snow Globe is only for ages 21 and over.
12 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Tickets
National Harbor, Intersection of Waterfront St. and National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
This three-day celebration of movies takes place in Bethesda, MD from Thursday – Saturday. The scenic Strathmore Campus is a fantastic place to enjoy an evening outdoors, so bring along the crew to catch either Moana, Rogue One or The Lego Batman Movie (or all three, since attending is free). Ridgewell’s will be on-site with food, too! Screenings begin at dusk. The festival benefits the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. | Free admission
Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
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DC Beer Week
DC Beer Week returns to celebrate the craft beer community in and around DC. Events occur throughout the week, with two marquees happening this weekend. Old Ebbitt Grill will host its fifth annual BrewHaha on Saturday, featuring 10 local breweries, 10 chefs from local restaurants and live music. On Sunday, DC Brau’s brewery will host a Reggae & Dub Showcase, complete with their signature brews, as well as food trucks. Check out the full event calendar to see what else is going on this week.
‘Artful Innovation: Inclusive Design and Technology’ – Final Weekend
The illustrious Kennedy Center hosts more than plays. Until Aug. 30, you can check out objects that combine creativity in design and functionality through cutting-edge technology in this free special exhibit at the Center’s Hall of States. View true innovation that may just alter your perception of what is truly possible – and gain a glimpse into the future.
Opens at 10 a.m. | Free admission
Hall of States, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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‘June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation’ – Final Weekend
The Renwick Gallery showcases the work of June Schwarcz, a forward-thinking artist who used enamel to create an amazing body of work over 60 years. The exhibit features nearly 60 artworks and represents the first retrospective of Schwarcz’s work in 15 years. You will see the artist’s pioneering work in the form of three-dimensional objects, plaques, panels, vessels and more. The exhibit closes on Sunday.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006
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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
The Washington Nationals are the hottest ticket in town. The division-leading team sent five players to the All-Star Game this year, including slugger Bryce Harper and aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Well on their way to their fourth National League East title in six years, the Nats will take on the archrival New York Mets for a weekend series at the gorgeous Nationals Park, which will host the All-Star Game next year. The game will also fall on Players’ Weekend, when MLB players can sport nicknames on the back of their jerseys and rock multi-colored accessories.
1:35 p.m. | Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
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For more events, festivals and things to do in Washington, DC, check out our events calendar.