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Wednesday, June 12

Pop-up Bike Pump Track

For the next two weeks, Bethesda will be hosting a pop-up bike track. So head out to Elm Street Park anytime the sun is up to relive your BMX glory days. (Dawn to dusk)

“Lions of Czech Film”

A Czech film based on a 1960’s mining disaster, Dukla 61, will be playing at The Avalon. The movie explains how the disaster happened due to greed, cutting corners, and reduced worker safety. Totally no parallels to modern business practices… (8pm)

Also || Sooner/Later, Bold trumpets and jazz, Wolfmother, Charity screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hill Country Live Karaoke, DC Bike Party Pride Ride

Thursday, June 13

Exhibition opening at Sense Gallery

Catch the opening for “A Bloom is A Blur,”  two-person exhibition showcasing new works from queer DC artists Eames Armstrong and Matt Storm exploring the concept of blur and in-between spaces. Show is on view through June 29. (7pm - 9 pm)

Patagonia made a fish doc

And they’re screening it in store with free food and beer. “Artifishal” sheds light on the environmental costs of hatcheries and fish farms that put the wild fish population in danger. Proceeds from Artifishal swag will benefit local nonprofit Anacostia Riverkeeper. (7pm)

6/13: pups in the park | fight imposter syndrome | capitol hill film classic | paint & sip with the domestic violence resource project  | politics & art: district vox | greenerminds summer social | straw ban outreach | This Is Not a Drill by Jefferson Pinder | DC4D turns 15! | tunes: cold weather company (say 730 sent you for a free CD) | talk @ the library of congress: women in leadership | jazz archives tour & live jazz dinner

Friday, June 14

Jazz Fest at the Wharf

DC Jazz Fest kicks off a 3-day weekend jazz-stravaganza at venues along the Wharf, including many open-to-the-public sets on their piers and at other venues and ticketed events at the Anthem. Check out the full schedule.

Black Owned Food Truck Festival

Check out this all-evening festival spotlighting Black-owned food trucks, plus drink specials and DJs. (5pm)

Also || Norwegian singer Marja Mortensson concert | Mortified live podcast | local standup showcase | Festival Afro Bahia (weekend long) | Newseum Exhibit - Seriously Funny

CinESomnia: Rocky Horror Picture Show, comedy: the unified theatre scene

Saturday, June 15

By the People art festival

This multi-location, two-weekend festival kicks off on Saturday. Check the full schedule of performances and the art fair to support local artists.

Many kinds of music

  • Enjoy free outdoor jazz at the sculpture garden of the Kreeger Museum as part of DC Jazz Fest. (12-2pm)
  • Celebrate Juneteenth and commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Black people with ONE DC featuring live go-go, speakers, food, local artists and more. (1-5pm)
  • Head to the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden (a lovely bike ride off the Anacostia River Trail) for afternoon music, food and activities for kids. It’s blooming season! (3-5pm)
  • DC-based punk band Priests is putting on a record release show at 9:30 Club with opener Mock Identity. Rock out. (10pm)

Also || midnight showings of The Room and Rocky Horror | pride daybreaker | Manifesto: Art x Agency exhibit | Flash 6-yr anniversary | Hari Kandabolu standup | Love + Solidarity Collective salon on rootedness | Kim Petras concert

Who Weekly? Live podcast recording | women empower expo | yoga on the waterfront | hamilton singalong | chinatown community fest | brookeville beer fest | BollyX | | skip the sitter, bring your kids to the bar | second city | the plot to assassinate Lincoln in Anacostia | AU Summer Art Opening Reception | burleith summer picnic | Clean Waterways: Trash Hot-Spot cleanup | tunes: Rachel Levy // Shormey // Emily Yacina // Merce Lemon  | Jonny Grave Quartet |  learn about meteorology with atlas obscura

Sunday, June 16

Trump Presidential Twitter

The Daily Show is at it again with an interactive pop-up exhibit with the “finest works from Trump’s Twitter collection.” (12-8pm)

Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition

The Corcoran is putting on an exhibit explores the cancellation of a 1989 retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe, the role of artistic freedom and censorship. (1-6pm)

Also || tunes: Emperor Plum, Pen Palindrome, Clara Joy, The Booyah! Kids | hillwood yoga | dc jazz fest international showcase | IRL meetup: big chief | photographer Antonia Tricarico @ Politics & Prose

Monday, June 17

Space Stuff

DC9 Hosts Astronomy on Tap, where scientists will talk about their work with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. After the talk, stay for bingo, trivia, & rooftop stargazing. (8pm)

Gwen & Ida: The Object is Of No Importance

DC Playwrite David Kesseler’s fictional memory play explores the lives of two overlooked creative talents Welsh painter Gwen John and English-American film star and take-no-nonsense cinema/television director Ida Lupino. (7pm, or through June 29)

Also || profs & pints: spiders

Tuesday, June 18

Do something productive

By taking a class on how to be productive. Pick up some helpful tactics for improving your well-being while balancing work-life demands. (6:30 pm)

Colonialism and the Green New Deal  

Assistant professor at Georgetown Olufemi Taiwo explores how sweeping policy initiatives from the world’s most powerful nations could negatively impact other countries as they pursue new ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. (6:30 pm)

Also || Kishi Bashi - Omoiyari Intimate Album Release Show | deadpool outdoor movie screening | pride trivia | The Inner Loops

Looking Ahead (medium post updated 6/11!)



6/19: watercolor & cocktails | graphic sex project | Strike Wave

6/20: Make It & Take It: Art Happy Hour | America’s Last Wild Places | future of VR | LeDroit park cooking & history | moco underground reading | Capital Arts Collective pop-up arts market | USWNT World Cup Watch party | talk: national book award winner Jacqueline Wood

6/21: music industry night: streaming | DC Black Theatre & Arts Fest | ariana grande! | Kennedy street festival | pitch your single friend | America Now! Smithsonian festival | Desert Hearts: Marbs - Evan Casey and Special Guest Thugfucker

6/22: Pasta 4 Pets: Pasta Dinner and Bingo Fundraiser for HRA | 10th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall | National BBQ fest | America Now Music celebration @ portrait gallery | mini golf in rosslyn | solstice dance party | Anacostia River tour with GGW | Mystical Disco | Summer Solstice at NMAI | eat your Hart out

6/23: By the people ends | 5K to empower the homeless | shepherd park annual picnic | talk: queer science fiction | LGBTQ AF Comedy show | Sunday Love: Christian Löffler - Marcus Worgull - Atticus Moon | dance exchange | talk: james baldwin’s legacy

6/24: Housing and the Green New Deal

6/25: Babysit some QTs for Generation Hope | talk: REM’s early years | profs & pints: GoT | peoples’ choir: 80s

6/26: WriteNight Takoma | beaded prayers project | anti-human trafficking conference on the hill | jane austin trivia | profs & pints: internet threats | congressional baseball game | NPR’s White Lies listening party

6/27: Universe or Multiverse?| Crystal city crafts market | “explore the umami magic that is cheese” | Cunningham centennial dance celebration

6/28: play: intimate apparel (through july 20) | fringe fest preview | stonewall 50 + decrim now rally

6/29: mussel power open house | real drag/fake awards | gtown undercover | one journey fest | folklife fest | Start Making Sense

6/30: cat yoga @ crumbs & whiskers | DC Polo | good charlotte | talk: jewelry & gender equity in Wakanda


7/1:women’s self defense class |pantheon | rose all day

7/3: hamiltunes | jane austen film flist (1st of 4 dates in july)

7/4: Cap Hill 4th of July parade | independence day concert | an american celebration

7/5: first friday | capital fringe begins

7/6: silver spring writer’s group | asana & ales | volunteer @ kingman island | Book Talk: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. | Immigrant and Refugee Music Festival

7/9: The Welders: LadyM | Capital Fringe Begins

7/10: wharf wednesdays | jane austin film fest

7/11: 4848 Fest | ANN (through Aug 11) | immigrant sounds rooftop HH

7/12: white ford bronco @ the bullpen

7/13: SWEET SUMMER HEAT! | tap dance showcase | trivia crawl | DC Volunteer Fair

7/16: meridian hill neighborhood assn mtng | edgar allen poe cabaret night

7/17: Gallery Talk: Suffragists and Suffragettes

7/18: World Stories, brew @ the zoo | CHAI @ KenCen Roof

7/19: Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Ra Ra Riot | the sandlot

7/20: Give me a Platform Convention

7/21: stand up paddle board yoga | women’s self defense | dumpling making class

7/22: Kennedy St Festival

7/24: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth) | Annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim

7/26: comedy in a secret location!

7/27: learn to make deep dish ‘za | tiki block party

7/28: visit the used book cellar | prime time pro wrestling championship

7/29: poets on the fringe

7/30: outdoor fitness in farragut


8/1: Rooftop HH at KenCen

8/3: Film and Director Q&A with Pam Sporn and Matthew Birkhold: Detroit 48202 Conversations Along a Postal Route

8/4: Legally Blonde @ Keegan Theatre

8/6: sunset cinema

8/7: evening meditation in rock creek park

8/10: stargazing in RCP

8/19: Brain Injury Families & Friends Support Group

8/21: art noights

8/23: accessible yoga teacher training | fountain fridays

8/24: 17th Street Fest

8/27: worst decision stories

8/28: Black Artists of DC

8/29: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! Live

8/30: Appaloosa


9/4: love sick (through sept 24)

9/12: zoo uncorked

9/13: Shakey Graves & Dr. Dog

9/14: falls church fest | volunteer at h st farms

9/19: the beltway brawl | giant jenga!

9/21: zoo fiesta

9/24: The Atlantic Festival

9/25: Pitango Game Night | outdoor zumba

9/27: Great Meadow Public Night & Stargazing

9/28: Black Owned Wine & Spirits Fest | kat wright

9/29: open jazz jam


10/3: Life Stories Institute | happy hour comedy show

10/4: Hispanic Heritage Month Film & Discussion: Exiled, America's Deported Veterans

10/5: Annual NoVa star gaze | taste of bethesda

10/6: Takoma Park Street Fest | learn to make sangria

10/12: welcome an honor flight

10/13: menopause the musical

10/16: Photoshare

10/17: cider dinner

10/18: boo @ the zoo

10/23: Write Night DC (poetry of incarcerated youth)

10/25: night of the living zoo

10/31: food truck thurs


11/1: supernatural, first fridays @ art underground

11/2: Hot Cider Hustle

11/3: learn to make paella

11/7: Boozy Gelato HH

11/9: From Grain To Glass: An Immersive Tour

11/16: “the ultimate foodie outing”

11/29: zoo lights


12/6: creative coffee | happy hour flow

12/12: brew lights

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