Check out musicals, movies, and a show for pets this weekend in the DMV!

The weekend is almost here, and we're here for it! Give your weekend plans some pep with outdoor festivals, concerts, and some of the hottest musicals of the summer (Hamilton, anyone?). We can't think of anything better!

Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, June 28, to Sunday, June 30. 


Smithsonian Folklife Festival | National Mall | Saturday-Sunday

Feel the power of music right in the heart of D.C.! Music-related activities, demos, and an exciting lineup of artists await you at this weekend-long festival. Prepare to be amazed by the cultural scope on display! Admission is free. Find out more here!

Washington Valor vs. Atlantic City Blackjacks | Capital One Arena | Friday

See Washington go toe-to-toe with the Atlantic City Blackjacks. Start your Friday off right with a home game! Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets start as low as $10. Check it out here!

Jazz in the Garden | The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden | Friday

Decompress with an evening of music each Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the National Gallery's lovely Sculpture Garden. Expect a wide variety of genres, from blues and jazz to reggae and Afro-funk! This week's selection is Hendrik Meurkens Quartet. Make this free event a weekly tradition! See the full schedule here.

One Journey Festival | Washington National Cathedral | Saturday

Drawing over 5,000 visitors annually, One Journey celebrates the rights and humanity of refugees. All day, witness powerful storytelling and performances, explore craft booths, and delight in delicious multi-cultural cuisine. Admission is free, but registration is encouraged. Check it out here!

Betty Buckley in Hello, Dolly! | Kennedy Center | Ongoing

Hello, Dolly! See legendary actress Betty Buckley star as the eponymous character in this dazzling rendition directed by Jerry Zaks. Audiences will be charmed by the stage theatrics and iconic songs Broadway fans know and love! Tickets are $49-$159. Buy them here!

Pride Film Series | National Museum of American History | Friday

Representation is important, especially in film! In honor of Pride Month, watch screenings of significant LGBTQ films Love, Simon and Academy Award-winning drama The Favourite. Screening times vary. Tickets are $11-$12. Buy them here!

DinoRoars | Smithsonian National Zoo | Ongoing

Hear that sound? Dinosaurs are afoot in the National Zoo! Wander the zoo's grounds, and spy six fierce dinosaurs as they move and make noise. See the stegosaurus, dilophosaurus, and of course the T-Rex! Along with zoo admission, this dino safari is free. Don't forget to check out the Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live Show while you're there (tickets required) Find out more here!


Fish N Paddle Saltwater Slam | Ocean City | Saturday-Sunday

The ultimate fishing tournament is reeling through Ocean City! For two days, experience the open waters fishing for flounder, bluefish, and more. The top three winners will receive a cash prize out of $7,000! Fishing fanatics won't want to miss this! Basic entry registration is $100. Find out more here!

Boz Scaggs | Live! Casino & Hotel, Hanover | Friday

The veteran bluesman is making a stop in Hanover for his Out of the Blues Tour. Hear iconic tunes like the toe-tapping "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle," as well as new material off his recent record Out of the Blues. Tickets start at $45. Find out more here!

Summer Beer & Wine Garden | Sandy Spring Museum | Friday

See the museum's lovely grounds transform into a community beer garden! From 6:30 to 9 p.m., sip on beverages from Calvert Brewing Company and enjoy tasty bites from Charlie's Empanadas. Play lawn games and listen to tunes by Joe Reiff Jazz. Tickets are $5-$10 with kids receiving free admission. Check it out here!

Hamilton | Hippodrome Theatre | Ongoing

Need we say more? Hamilton is coming to Baltimore! Witness the story of Alexander Hamilton told through the lens of hip-hop, jazz, and blues in the wildly popular musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. While most tickets have sold out, don't fret! There's still a chance of scoring $10 tickets through the show's ticket lottery! The show runs from June 25-July 21. Find out more here!

Nepal American International Film Festival | AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | Friday-Sunday

See what's new in the world of Nepalese film with this expansive film festival! Attend panels featuring luminaries in the industry and watch feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Single-day and festival passes are available for purchase. Find out more here!

Amy Helm | Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis | Friday

Blues, gospel, country – Amy Helm can do it all! Watch the inventive songwriter take the stage at Rams Head on Stage in support of 2018's This Too Shall Light. Jam to her unique renditions of Milk Carton Kids' "Michigan" and Rod Stewart's "Mandolin Wind." Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $35. Buy them here!


Independence Fireworks Show | George Washington's Mount Vernon | Friday-Saturday

Engage in Fourth of July festivities at the estate of the OG founding father! Play a round of bocce ball, watch an ice cream-making demo, and stay for the finale of fireworks over the Potomac River. Admission is $26-$36 with a tour of the mansion. Find out more here!

The World Turned Upside Down: Gluck's Merlin's Island/Ullman's The Emperor of Atlantis | The Barns at Wolf Trap | Friday-Sunday

Spend a night at the theater with a double-feature! These thought-provoking plays handle themes of death, power, and love and will leave you feeling inspired! The last performance is on Sunday, so now's your chance! Tickets are $36-$92. Buy them here!

GEXCon | Dulles Expo Center | Friday-Sunday 

The ultimate gamers' paradise is back in D.C.! RPG, Tabletop, and console gaming will be on display among special exhibitions. Participate in tournaments or rest easy in a casual game with friends – gamers of all kinds are welcome! Online tickets are $30-$55. Check it out here!

Rain-A Tribute to The Beatles | Wolf Trap | Friday

They may not be The Beatles, but that won't matter when you see them play! Hear the Fab Four's greatest songs in honor of the 50th Anniversary of their seminal record Abbey Road. Tickets start at $30. Find out more here!

Sixth Annual Pops for Pets | Lubber Run Amphitheater | Friday 

Bond with your family – and furry friends – at this delightful free concert! Bring a picnic dinner and bop along to a wide array of tunes from the Arlington Philharmonic. The event will also support the Animal Welfare League of Arlington as well as the Philharmonic. Check it out here.

What are your plans for the weekend? Tell us what you'll be doing in the comments – we'd love to hear from you!