Grab the sunblock—you're going to need it for our weekend picks!
Summer is finally here, and we've curated the perfect weekend lineup to celebrate its arrival! Get some fresh air with outdoor events like beer gardens, bike rides, live music, and more all over the DMV. Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, June 25 to Sunday, June 27.
*Keep in mind with the shifting circumstances of COVID-19, events may be canceled or rescheduled. Please refer to the event's website or social media pages for more information regarding safety guidelines.*
Friday, June 25
Summer Beer & Wine Gardens | Sandy Spring Museum | Sandy Spring, MD | Friday
Join Sandy Spring Museum for a summer beer garden right on their front lawn! Hosted monthly over the summer, guests can gather for local brews and bites while enjoying outdoor entertainment on the museum's grounds. This month's theme, Caribbean Night will transport you to a vibrant paradise with food truck Reggae Vibes, Loew Vineyards, Silver Branch Brewing, and the talented steelpan player Domenic Lewis. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Find out more here.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Virtual) | Washington, DC | Friday-Sunday
Brought to you by the Smithsonian, this unique showcase highlights the diverse cultures that make up our world, and this year's event offers a mix of in-person and virtual programming. Watch a cooking demo for Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, explore the art of Sengelese metalsmithing, and learn about Palestinian heritage through food and poetry. While most of the workshops are free, the knowledge you'll gain from them is priceless. Check out the schedule here.
Saturday, June 26
World Heritage Festival/Festival of Kites | Old Mill Park | 2201 Caroline St | Fredericksburg, VA | Saturday
FREE event! Head on over to Old Mill Park for a cultural bonanza. There'll be refreshments, live entertainment, and kite-flying from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can also shop unique, one-of-a-kind treasures from over 60 vendors, including ceramics and hand-crafted jewelry. Make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing, as CDC guidelines will be enforced. Get the details here.
Pride Ride Group Bike Event | Shaw-Howard U Street Metro to Dupont Circle Metro | Washington, DC | Saturday
Happy Pride month! Normally we associate Pride with a parade, but how about a bike ride to shake things up? Presented by goDCgo and We Ride DC, ride through DC's Capital Pride Parade route covering queer-owned businesses, parks, and other landmarks significant to LGBTQ+ history and liberation. Pride is all about community, and this is a great way to show it! The ride meets at 11 a.m. and departs at noon. It's also free of charge. Get the details here.
DC's Royals: A Celebration of Drag | Dupont Underground | 19 Dupont Circle NW | Washington, DC | Saturday
What do you know about drag? This engaging showcase from Dupont Underground goes beyond RuPaul's Drag Race and into its long history in our nation's capital. Learn about its early roots in an exhibit featuring archival photos and footage during the day, followed by a live drag show at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome, so invite your family and friends to join in on the fun! Tickets are available for each event or bundled together. Buy them here.
Symphonic Pops at the Chrysalis | Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods | Columbia, MD | Saturday
Summer concert season is here, and what better way to kick things off than with The Columbia Orchestra? Held outdoors at the Chrysalis, enjoy a delightful array of popular songs from Porgy and Bess to The Mandalorian with vocals by Montel Butler and Emily Casey. With its generation-spanning repertoire, there's something for everybody! Tickets are $15-$20, with free admission for kids under 2. The show starts at 5 p.m. Buy your tickets here.
Sunday, June 27
Growing Pride at The Garden | The Garden Alexandria | 5380 Eisenhower Ave Suite C | Alexandria, VA | Sunday
FREE admission! Celebrate Pride this season with some summer fun at The Garden! The venue's going to be hosting LGBTQ+-friendly food trucks, live musicians, and local businesses from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. both outdoors and indoors. Kids are gonna love the crafts and snow cones (though let's be real, adults will too!) Proceeds raised will benefit Safe Space NOVA, which supports LGBTQ+ youth across Northern Virginia. Read more about it here.
Summer Vintage Pop-Up Market | The Ice House | 200 Commerce St | Alexandria, VA | Sunday
Thrifters, this pop-up market is calling your name! Browse vintage finds ranging from funky clothing to home decor between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with fun giveaways thrown in for good measure. Plus its location at The Ice House means you can grab some frozen custard from Goodies! Whether you love trolling thrift stores for that one-of-a-kind treasure or just feel like bopping around town, this is worth the stop. Register for your free ticket here.
At the Movies: Monkey Beach (Virtual) | National Museum of the American Indian | Washington, DC | Sunday
The closing film for The Americas Film Festival of New York is Monkey Beach. Based on the 2000 novel by Eden Robinson, viewers can step into a world of ghosts and spirits as protagonist Lisa embarks on a journey to save her brother and reconnect with her cultural history. Be sure to stick around after the screening for a Q&A session with director Loretta Sarah Todd! The movie starts at 4 p.m. Check it out here.
Summer of Love PRIDE Walk | Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park | Silver Spring, MD | Sunday
In Montgomery County, it's time to walk with pride! Come hang out at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park for a fun-filled evening celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Take a stroll through the park while enjoying food trucks like Pop Up Poutine & Patisserie, games, and live tunes supplied by DJ Confetti the First. Visitors can also bring additional snacks and lawn chairs. The festivities start at 4:30 p.m. and admission is free. Register here.
What are you up to this weekend? Going to any of the events on our list or doing something different entirely? Share your plans with us in the comments—we'd love to hear 'em!