Things To Do In DC This Weekend: Festivals, Exhibits, Concerts

Things to do

Fun things to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area.

2019 Smithsonian Solstice Saturday Celebration. Photograph by Angela N./Flickr.

No plans this weekend? Here are some last minute things to do.

  1. Celebrate it summer solstice. Head to the Smithsonian’s Solstice Saturday Celebration enjoy extended museum hours, a dance party at the National Museum of Asian Arts, a astronomy festival near the Museum of the American Indians, the Live Longer Festival and glow yoga in the Arts and Industries Building, and a performance from the 21st Century Consort to the Hirshhorn (Saturday, free, the National Mall).
  2. Kick off the Folklife Festival. The Smithsonian’s Folk Life Festival starts this week (Thursday to Monday, free, the National Mall), with entertainment all weekend including the opening ceremony at the Freer Gallery of Art (Free game), a concert with Dubai-based band NOON and DC’s Experience Unlimited (Free game), a screening from the movie My garden with a thousand bees (Fri, free)another one concert with bluegrass icon Alice Gerrard (Fri, free), a performance in memory of Puerto Rican percussionist Tito Matos (Sam, free), a Ode to the Ozarks (sun, free), and many other events, workshops and performances.
  3. Celebrate Pollinator Week. Learn more about pollinators and how you can help protect them at Pollinator Festival (Sam, Free, Anacostia) or explore an outdoor installation on a Around the visit of pollinators (Fri-Sun, free but registration required, Adams Morgan).
  4. See a new exhibition. Head to Exhibition “The Art of Banksy” to see the works of the famous street artist (Game, $35+, Chinatown), Discover the beauty of Frida Khalo’s works at “Portraits of Frida” (Sat-Sun, $20, Petworth), or attend the Premiere of the exhibition “Birthright” at the National Portrait Gallery (Sat, Free, Penn Quarter). The Smithsonian opens “We Belong Here” to coincide with the anniversary of Title IX (open Thursday, free).
  5. Go out to a concert. Listen to live music in a concert with the Latin artist MISTER G (Game, free but registration required, the National Mall), a Rayshun Lamarr concert at Franklin Park (game, free, downtown), a Pearl Pebble Concert (Fri, free, Navy Yard), or at Fridays at the park at National Landing with covers of some of your favorite pop songs (Fri, Free, Arlington).
  6. Watch a movie. Attend the screening for They they (Free game), Best of Show (Free game), Soul (Free game), Passenger 57 (Tuesday, free), Where national treasure (Fri, free).
  7. Festivals galore. Taste authentic Caribbean street food at Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month (Sat, free); head towards the Mercado Street Summer Festival for lots of food, drink and live music (Sat, Free, Takoma); or go to the National Cathedral for the Festival of a trip (Saturday, free, Cleveland Park). You can also continue the Pride Month celebrations at Arlington Pride Festival (Saturday, Free, Rosslyn) Where Growing pride in the garden (Sun, Free, Alexandria).
  8. Learn more about nature. Participate in a service project and help clean up Arlington in a summer solstice celebration (Friday, free, Arlington). Learn how to take care of your plants at Plant Care Basics at the National Landing (free game) or attend a barter and sale of plants (sun, free).
  9. Celebrate DC. Shop local businesses at Van Ness Summer Pop Up (Saturday, free, Van Ness) or the Summer craft fair (Saturday, free, Columbia). You can also experience DC’s art, commerce and culture at The Streetsense Street Market (Saturday, free, Shaw).

Julia P. Cluff