Things to do in DC: Classes, Books, Exhibits

Soo Sunny Park’s “Expanded Present” at the Smithsonian’s FUTURES exhibit, which ends this week. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.

DC Factory Week. Celebrate the first-ever DC Plant Week with a series of plant-themed events in and around the city. Start the week at their launch party and warehouse sale (Sea, Free, Eckington).

Happy birthday, Alexandria! Celebrate 273 years of Alexandria at First Thursday Street Festival (game, free, Alexandria) or the Alexandria Birthday (Saturday, free, Alexandria). But be sure to question yourself before you go to a Alexandria themed quiz night (Friday, $8+, Alexandria) and explore the city you celebrate at 9th Annual Old Town Pub Crawl (Saturday, free, Alexandria).

With the new. Attend the opening of “A trip not soon forgotten” as well as other summer exhibitions at the Arlington Arts Center with a WELCOME (Saturday, free, Arlington). Ohe new exhibits opening across the city this month include the H2 Ah! Gallery (Opens Friday, free, Georgetown), Paintings by Robert Novel (opens Saturday, free, Mount Vernon Triangle), Where “We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists from the Robson Family Collection” (free, Penn Quarter).

  • Last chance. Haven’t seen the Smithsonian’s “FUTURES” exhibit yet? Discover his Closing party (Wednesday, free, the National Mall), which will include bands, performances and a dance party.
  • Do it yourself. If you’re looking for a more hands-on experience, attend a art lesson at home (Wed, free, virtual) Where story time at the National Building Museum’s Playhouse exhibit (Sat & Sun, free, Penn Quarter).

Watch out, bookworms. For a week of good reading, head to Sale of second-hand books Carpe Librum (Saturday, Free, Capitol Riverfront) Where Conference on the book “The Quanders” (Saturday, $8, Alexandria). You can also hear book lectures by authors such as Rachel Big (Friday, Free, Adams Morgan), Kristian Williams (game, free, Adams Morgan), Lidia Yuknavich (game, free, NOMA), Jason Kander (game, free, Friendship Heights), April White (Fri, Free, Friendship Heights), Where David Hoffman (Saturday, Free, Friendship Heights).

New pleasure for July. Many new activities are opening this month, including Let’s skate DC (Sat & Sun, free, The Wharf), Swing dance party (Fri, free, The Wharf), yoga at chinatown park (Sat, Free, Chinatown), and the month of July Fessenden park cleaning (Saturday, free, Tenleytown). And you only have two weeks left to catch the yoga at the Flow on the Lawn series (Tuesday, free, Columbia).

Be classy. Dine and drink in style in a Calabrian wine tasting dinner (Sun, $95, Vienna), the Tipsy Titanic Drag Brunch at Trummer (Sun, $38, Clifton), or one dinner event at the headquarters of the African Union (Friday, $59, Georgetown).

Go on a treasure hunt. Search the city with a limousine treasure hunt (Sat, $69, Rosslyn) or try it The Capital Clues app at its launch event (Sun, free, the National Mall).

Catch a movie. This week’s outdoor movies include Superior gun (game, free, the National Mall), Canteen Bambina (game, free, The Wharf), Ratatouille (Sun, free, the National Port), Julia and Julia (game, free, National Port), and Clifford the big red dog (game, free, Mosaic District). If you can’t stand the heat, watch Ferris Bueller’s day off from the comfort of your own car in Union Market (Friday, $20 per car, NOMA) or see The princess to be married with a live score (Saturday, $40+, The Wharf). (Kramers is give free tickets for the show!)

Summer music. Head toward Music at the Triangle to listen to Juliet Lloyd’s new album (Sea, Free, Mount Vernon Triangle) or see more free outdoor music at Glen Echo Park’s summer concert series (game, free, Glen Echo), NaLa Fridays at the Park (Friday, Free, Arlington), Fridays at Fort Totten (Fri, free, Brightwood Park), Concerts on the Square (Saturday, Free, Arlington), and the See you at the Circle Concert Series (Saturday, free, Cercle Dupont).

Random fun. Fmore festivities Tsimshian Celebration (Sat & Sun, free, the National Mall), After Hours at the National Museum of Asian Art (Friday, free, the National Mall), the Atlas Brew may release Cookout (Saturday, $30, Capitol Riverfront), or the inauguration of the new district city ​​crest (Saturday, free, Tenleytown).

Julia P. Cluff