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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for July 12-14

We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.

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Capital Fringe Festival
During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there productions from DC’s vibrant creative community. The annual celebration of theatre and freedom of expression features entirely original productions that delve into a spectrum of human experiences. Explore the angst of a presidential election's eve, the joy of budding relationships and the contemplation of mortality. Journey through a church transformed into a dance club in the cosmos and uncover the history of Black firefighters in DC. From flamenco to modern dance and beyond, the festival promises an exhilarating exploration of creativity and diversity. Check out the festival’s website for this year's themes, programming and a full schedule.

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds 
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Plus, discover Gachapons hidden throughout the exhibit to win prizes from local businesses or snag a book from the 'Isekai Library'. Make sure to take advantage of tickets with a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% off)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


USA Rugby vs. Scotland

USA Rugby Men's Eagles vs. Scotland
The 2024 American Series, presented by USA Rugby and AEG Rugby, offers four action-packed, coast-to-coast, international test matches featuring the USA Rugby Men's Eagles team. In the DC edition of the series, the Eagles will take on Scotland in an epic match at Audi Field. The last time these two teams met, the USA team scored a dramatic and historic victory, marking the program's first win over a major rugby nation. The highly anticipated rematch takes place at the state-of-the-art Audi Field.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


A concert poster for Janet Jackson's 'Together Again' tour featuring special guest Ludacris. Janet Jackson is shown with voluminous hair, wearing a denim jacket over a white top, with the event details below.

Janet Jackson
The Queen of Pop is coming to DC this summer. The five-time GRAMMY Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee reintroduced the world to her jaw-dropping stage show last year. Now Janet hits the road again for another epic 36-date tour that will see her perform some of the greatest pop songs ever at venues across the country. Nelly will serve as the opener and special guest.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence – Final Weekend
Inspired by the incredible Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence (you can see all 60 panels at The Phillips Collection in DC), Step Afrika! uses its innovative style of percussive dance to tell the riveting and heroic story of millions of Black migrants who relocated from the rural South to the industrial North in the early 20th century. The award-winning dance company utilizes the imagery, colors and motifs of the paintings to create a performance filled with stunning movements and drama.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024




A composite image showing a detailed golden peacock illustration on the left and a portrait of a bearded man on the right, divided diagonally.

Ruffled Feathers: Creating Whistler’s Peacock Room
One of the most famous rooms in the nation’s capital receives a full in-depth investigation thanks to a new exhibit at the National Museum of Asian Art. The Peacock Room is the museum’s calling card, and this display will be located right next door. The creation of James McNeill Whistler was originally meant for the London home of British businessman Frederick Leyland. Its origin story and tangled history is detailed through paintings, works on paper, decorative art and additional ephemera.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


(D)rafts and (C)rafts
Dozens of artisans and local craft beverage makers will be on-hand for the second edition of (D)rafts and (C)rafts, DC’s small-scale producers’ festival. The DC Brewers’ Guild and the DC Makers’ Guild host the event at Dock 5 in the Union Market District. Your ticket grants you unlimited tastes from 20 craft beverage producers and the chance to browse products from 40 local businesses.
12-4 p.m. |  Tickets
Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


green lawn outside of Taco Bamba with two pincers

Taco Bamba © John Rorapaugh, Leading DC

Band Bash at City Ridge
Bring a blanket to the rolling green lawn at City Ridge for a summer evening of live music by local bands. Laid-back listening can also be paired with music-themed giveaways, lawn games and a stop to Tiny Vinyl's pop-up shop. You can also make it dinner and show by grabbing some grub from one of City Ridge's many on-campus spots.
4-8 p.m. | Reserve
20 Ridge Square Washington, DC 20016


People enjoying an outdoor mini golf course with colorful obstacles and decorations themed around Pixar films, including a large number 95 from Cars. The area is lively with participants of various ages.

Pixar Putt

Pixar Putt at The Wharf
Go to infinity and beyond this summer with whimsical, Pixar-themed mini-golf. The outdoor pop-up is open daily at The Wharf for a limited time and includes 18 interactive putt-putt holes inspired by some of Pixar’s most beloved films, from Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. to Turning Red and Inside Out. Book your tee time for a daytime outing or an 18+ after-hours activity. 
580 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


A vibrant painting by Derek Fordjour titled 'Airborne Double' from 2022, depicting two abstract figures in dynamic poses against a textured orange background, with blue and white clothing and headgear.

Derek Fordjour, Airborne Double, 2022

Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage
The Phillips Collection presents the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to exploring collage by contemporary Black American artists. Explore more than 50 works by 49 artists including luminaries such as Mark Bradford, Kerry James Marshall, Tschabalala Self and Kara Walker. Celebrate the broad variety and complexity of Black identity in art across a wide range of forms, including paper, photographs, fabrics and salvaged materials.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
Let the National Symphony Orchestra transport you to far-away planets with Star Wars: A New Hope live in concert! Attendees can sit out on the lawn or in-house to enjoy John Williams’ Oscar-winning score live alongside HD projections of the film. Do or do not – there is no try.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182




A black and white photo of a couple. The man is wearing a suit and hat, smoking a cigar, and holding a book. The woman stands next to him, wearing a dress and looking directly at the camera.

Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan (Bert Collins and Pauline Terry), 1950

Gordon Parks: Camera Portraits from the Corcoran Collection
The National Gallery of Art honors one of the best set of eyes in American history with a 25-portrait exhibition. Gordon Parks revolutionized photography in post-World War II America, situating his subjects in their environment while also paying close attention to their expression, character and dress. You can see images of Muhammad Ali and Leonard Bernstein alongside shots of a Harlem gang leader and a Detroit couple in this moving tribute that features some of Parks’ most beloved photographs.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


A landscape painting depicting a lush green hillside with a small stream. A person in a hat sits on the grass near the stream with a dog.

Blossom Time, Willard Metcalf, 1910

Shifting Boundaries: Perspectives on American Landscapes
Discover powerful new details and context around some of the greatest works of art in American history. The National Museum of Asian Art approaches the fascinating New England landscape portraiture of legendary artists such as Willard Metcalf, Dwight Tryon, Winslow Homer and Abbott Thayer. By empowering a variety of voices, the exhibit reveals how the landscapes depicted have shifted in the century since these works were first showcased.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Collecting Memories 
The Library of Congress opens its new David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery with a brand-new exhibit filled to the brim with fascinating artifacts across its 120 items. Collecting Memories includes Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a map from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, lyrics from The Sound of Music and much more in its examination of how cultures preserve the past.
Hours |  Free Admission
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540


Forensic Science on Trial
The National Museum of American History explores historic courtroom cases and how forensic science has come to be used in the pursuit of justice. Artifacts from more than 150 years of trials showcase at least 12 forensic science techniques; three items can claim to come from “the trial of the century.” 
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


Funny Girl – Final Weekend
The Kennedy Center hosts a sensational Broadway revival of Funny Girl, the story of Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreams of mega-stardom on the stage. Even though she’s told time and again she’ll never succeed, Fanny becomes an iconic Broadway star. Featuring classic songs like “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “People,” Funny Girl is a timeless love letter to the theater.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Places to Stay

Hotel room in the Hay Adams

Need some inspiration for a place to stay in between events? Washington, DC is filled with a multitude of hotels to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for that specialty boutique hotel or booking at your favorite hotel brand, Washington, DC's booking engine has it all. Find your stay today!

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Do you know where you’ll be dining pre- or post-event? From pop-up restaurants to award-winning hot spots to laid-back food halls, our DC food guide is perfect for helping you plan a more memorable experience.

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