Here's your weekend roundup for the start of summer!
Summer is officially here, and we can't wait to celebrate! Soak in the sun at food festivals and concerts, or shake it out at indoor dance parties. This weekend, the DMV has it all!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23.
Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour | Capital One Arena | Friday
The pop star's massive Sweetener tour is coming to Capital One Arena. Sing along to all your favorites off Sweetener and Thank U, Next. Get your friends together for the hottest concert of the summer! The show starts at 8 p.m., and right now the tickets start at $168. Find out more here!
Summer Solstice Hip Hop Film Festival | National Museum of American History | Saturday
Part of the Smithsonian's Solstice Saturday celebration, catch evening screenings at Warner Bros. Theater of popular films centered around the hip-hop scene like Wild Style and The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan. Tickets are $12. Check it out here!
Can't Feel My Face: 2010s Dance Party | 9:30 Club | Saturday
DJs Wiley Jay and Ozker are bringing the decades' biggest jams to 9:30 Club for an all-night dance party. Mega-hits from Beyonce, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, and Rihanna will keep you dancing all night long! Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $12. Buy them here!
America Now: Celebration of Music | Smithsonian American Art Museum | Saturday
From 6 p.m. to midnight, experience live performances from Rare Essence, DJ Beauty and the Beatz, and the Out of Town Blues Band in the museum's atmospheric Kogod Courtyard. Admission is free. Find out more here!
Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle | Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Saturday-Sunday
What better way to celebrate summertime than with barbecue? For two days, sample the best ribs, dogs, and burgers, and check out spectacles like the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Event proceeds help the USO-Metro and Capital Area Food Bank. Tickets are $12-$15. Check it out here!
AFI Docs Film Festival | Multiple Locations | Multi-day
One of the biggest film festivals is back in D.C.! Attend screenings of can't-miss documentaries, crew panels, discussions, and everything on the art of the documentary. Movie buffs will be like kids in a candy store! Festival passes are available at a variety of price points. Find out more here!
10th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall | by Smithsonian Castle | Saturday
Go otherworldly and explore the skies at this Summer Solstice festival! From 6 to 11 p.m., catch breath-taking views of Jupiter, Saturn, and the sun, with instruction by event coordinator Dr. Donald Lubowich! Admission is free! Check it out here!
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit & Father John Misty | Merriweather Post Pavilion | Friday
Two of indie music's biggest acts are co-headlining a tour – sign us up! Catch Jason Isbell with his band The 400 Unit and songwriter Father John Misty as they perform off of their respective records The Nashville Sound and God's Favorite Customer. Jade Bird will open. Tickets are $45-$75. Find out more here!
Camaro Nationals | Frederick Fairgrounds | Friday-Saturday
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., see over 400 Camaros on display, including limited-edition models of the iconic car. While you're there, grab a bite to eat or shop around Frederick. Car enthusiasts are in for a big treat! Find out more here!
Chesapeake Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival | Harbor Point-Central Plaza Inner Harbor | Saturday
This 6th annual event features crab, crab, and more crab (30,000 to be specific!). Enjoy the popular seafood along with beer, wine, and tons of can't-miss live entertainment. Tickets are $59. Find out more here!
Farm to Table Dinner | Historic Elkridge Furnace Inn, Elkridge | Friday
Usher in the Summer Solstice with this farm-fresh dinner at the scenic Elkridge Furnace Inn. From 7 to 10 p.m., feast on salads and grilled meats all harvested from local farms within a five-mile radius. You can't get any fresher than that! Tickets are $58. Buy them here!
Maryland Foodie Fest | Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen | Saturday
Indulge your foodie tendencies with this regional food festival! Sip on local craft beer and try bites from Maryland restaurants. The Phillips Seafood Crab Cake Eating Contest will no doubt be a festival favorite. Stretchy pants will be required for this eating extravaganza! Tickets are $25-$89. Check it out here!
Jellyfish Festival | North Division Street, Ocean City | Friday-Sunday
This fitness/music festival is celebrating its first year only in Ocean City! Enjoy live entertainment and engage in fitness challenges ranging from biking and skating to surfing the Ocean City waters. A variety of admission packages are available for purchase. Buy them here – they're going fast!
Frederick Pride | Carroll Creek Linear Park | Saturday
Gather in historic downtown Frederick for the 8th annual pride celebration. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., friends, family, and strangers alike can come together to show their pride! The event's festivities haven't been announced yet, so check their website for updates!
Phish | Merriweather Post Pavilion | Saturday-Sunday
Jam gods Phish will perform two dates at Merriweather Post Pavilion as part of their 26-date summer tour. Rock out to Trey Anastasio's sprawling guitar in the atmospheric Columbia venue (it's sure to be trippy). Tickets are $45-$90. Check it out here!
Winestock | Little Washington Winery, Washington | Saturday
Let your hair down at the biggest bash at Little Washington Winery! Enjoy award-winning wines, browse craft booths, and jam out to sets from Bottle Shop, Leon Rector, and Josh Lowe & The Dubious Brothers. Online tickets are $20. Buy them here!
Summer Solstice and Virginia Seafood Root to Table Dinner | Walsh Family Wine, Purcellville | Sunday
Magnolias at the Mill and Walsh Family Wine are teaming up for a delicious seafood dinner in Loudoun County. Dine on a spread of oysters, clams, and saltwater fish, and indulge in the finest wines. Add the lush views of the vineyard, and you've got yourself an unforgettable experience! Admission is $100 per person and $85 each for groups of 4. Seating is limited, so make your reservation today!
Classic Albums Live performs: Pink Floyd's The Wall | Wolf Trap | Saturday
In honor of its 40th anniversary, see the iconic album performed in full at Wolf Trap. Watch a lineup of skilled musicians bring "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Mother" to life. By the end you'll be waving your cellphone to "Comfortably Numb"! Tickets are $25-$55. Buy them here!
Buddy Guy with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Samantha Fish | Wolf Trap | Sunday
They may play the blues, but you certainly won't feel that way watching Buddy Guy on the stage! See the blues legend along with fellow musicians Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Samantha Fish perform a passionate set at Wolf Trap. Tickets are $30-$50. Buy them here!
Huzza Alexandria! Huzza NoVa Parks! | Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria | Saturday
Celebrate the anniversary of Alexandria's founding and the formation of NoVA Parks with a fun open house! Enjoy an afternoon at the property with socializing, games, and a yummy treat! Admission is free, but guests can make a donation if they wish. Find out more here!
Night Hike | Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington | Saturday
Wanna see things that go bump in the night? From 7 to 8 p.m., let a nature guide show you the flora and fauna that lurk in the dark. This informative outing is perfect for kids and adults alike! Admission is $10. Check out more here!
What are your weekend plans? We would love to hear them in the comments!