Thursday, June 28
FASHION: Join Meghan from District Sparkle as she launches Giving Labels a Meaning, a venture that’ll sell accessories and clothes from local designers, with a portion of the proceeds going to children’s advocacy charities. Today’s inaugural event at the Hillyer Art Space costs $15 to get in and features include cupcakes and other sweets, plus the chance to buy vintage and brand new clothes from a host of designers. With any luck, it’ll make the question “Who are you wearing?” mean something. Tickets are available online. 7 PM.
MUSIC: Head to Beacon Hotel’s rooftop for Art Soiree, to enjoy the classical piano stylings of Christian Dallas Blakely before giving in to DJ Fotifo when things get a little crazy. Tickets ($10) are available online. 5 PM to midnight.
Friday, June 29
FOOD/DRINK: I’m pretty sure the only reason poutine—French fries topped with gravy and cheese—hasn’t caught on yet is because of a massive cultural aversion to all things Canadian. That makes sense, but give our neighbors to the north a break—the stuff is delicious. In honor of Canada Day (which is actually Sunday, but whatever), Rhino Bar will be serving up all-you-can-eat poutine with an open bar and blaring music, of course, from 7 to 10 PM. $25.
DANCE: Check out Policy’s H.A.R.D. Skin dance night for the latest in house, electronic, and dubstep music. Proceeds from the event will go to finding a cure for scleroderma, a disease that turns your skin hard and can lead to lung failure. Tickets ($20) are available online. 6 PM.
WINE: With no waterslides and not even a wave pool to speak of, it’s unclear why Crystal City decided to call a park with some pretty fountains a “water park.” We’ll forgive the false advertising this time: Check out Wine in the Water Park, a night featuring vinos curated by the Washington Wine Academy, food from Jaleo, and the musical stylings of DJ Adrian Loving. Free. 7 PM.
Saturday, June 30
CLOTHES: Summer exists so you can show off, so why wouldn’t you wear the brightest colors you can? The Vapiano in Bethesda is hosting Tangerine Tango Swap Saturday, where your old duds will magically turn into new (to you) pieces through the magic of sharing. Be sure to bring stuff that stands out—any bold colors will do. $10. Drop-off from 1 to 2:30 PM; swap from 2:30 to 4 PM.
MUSIC: It’s not quite the Fourth, but Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year (REALLY, FOUNDING FATHERS?). The Great American Festival is taking over the National Harbor Waterfront with three stages of bands and deejays, lots of booze, and fireworks. Bands include Ozomatli and Eve 6, whom you are probably surprised still exist. Tickets ($40) are available online. 3 PM.
CULTURE: The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is in full swing, so head to the Mall to learn more about and experience Creole, Native American, and Hawaiian culture. There will also be events celebrating rap and gospel music, tattoo art, and lots more. There’re things to do all weekend, but the best thing to do is to show up and see what’s going on. Check the website for the full schedule.
Sunday, July 1
BEER: Port City Brewing Company has expanded its tasting room, and you’re the ones who get to take advantage. Get a brewery tour, including a flight of all Port City has to offer for just $7, then fill up your pint with whichever one you prefer. The Big Cheese truck will hawk its wares, and Justin Trawick will play two sets of his catchy tunes. Free. Noon to 6 PM.
AMERICA: Trying to cross things off the bucket list? Red Palace’s All-American Burlesque Circus features a combination you’ve never seen before—stunts, burlesque, and deep burning love for America. Now you can’t say you’ve never been to the circus . . . or a patriotic burlesque show. Tickets ($10) are available online. 8:30 PM.