Imagine the gunshots and cash registers from “Paper Planes” mixed with rah-rahs from “Bad Romance” and a side of “Material Girl,” and you’ve got an approximation of the Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. M.I.A. dance party Friday at the 9:30 Club. DJ Lil’ E spins. $10.
Celebrate the end of the World Cup with international music at Funxion. DJs I-Wah and Cortega spin Afrobeat and other music from around the world. There’s no cover. It all starts at 10 Friday night.
The animals are usually the main attraction at the National Zoo, but Saturday it’s plants. For Family Garden Day at the Zoo, the horticulture team talks participants through its thousands of plants, which come from both deserts and rainforests. Learn about the interdependence of animals and plants and which plants you can find in your backyard. 10 to 4. Free.
You’re an expert at throwback parties. You’ve pulled out your jumpsuits for the Legwarmers and been Goo Goo Dolled to death. Now you get to pick between love beads and Beatles cuts. Party Lights—a set of ’60s soul, girl-group, and garage music—comes to the Black Cat backstage Saturday night at 9:30. Free.
For those more into DJs than divas, the turntable experts from Fatback and Mass Appeal will spin together, creating improv mash-ups for a party called On & On at DC9 Saturday night. No cover. 9 PM.
Even if you haven’t ventured outside all week, you might reconsider for a rooftop pool party. The Capitol Skyline Hotel hosts the year’s first Adult Swim Saturday from noon to 10, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The trick is to get there early—admission is free until 2.
The biggest party on earth is finally coming to an end. Celebrate a month’s worth of slacking off at work to watch soccer by heading to Disco Soccer!, the World Cup finals party at Beacon Hotel Sky Bar Sunday afternoon. There’s free entry, free drinks, and disco music afterward—so even if your squad loses, you don’t have to sulk. Better luck in four years!
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