Thursday, July 12
HOT DRY MESS: I don’t know about you, but I prefer my pool parties wild, loud, and, most important, wet. But if you’re classier than me, tonight’s cocktail pool party at the Washington Plaza is right up your alley. Dress to impress in a summer cocktail dress or suit—there’ll be prizes for the best garb. Free. 6 PM.
ARTY PARTY: RAW Artists is hosting a night of fashion, photography, music, and performance art at Cafe Asia. More than 20 local artists will be showing off their work—luckily, the artists have been hand-picked because their works create a party environment, so come ready to dance. Buy tickets ($10) online. 8 PM.
A SPORT YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT: Have you checked out Kastles Stadium? For anything other than LivingSocial’s beer tasting party a couple months ago? Didn’t think so. The month-long season just kicked off, and with no baseball in town because of the All Star break and the Nationals’ road schedule, it’s time to get to know your local World Team Tennis squad. Martina Hingis takes the court today. Tickets ($30 to $50) are available online. 7 PM.
Friday, July 13
FOOD TRUCKS: I plug this every time, but I know how you love your food trucks, so here goes again: Truckeroo, the monthly food truck festival at the Fairgrounds (near Nationals Park) is back. You can expect more than 20 of your favorite food trucks, live music, bar games such as cornhole, and free-flowing booze. Oh, and also a sad day hanging out at Farragut Friday. Free. 11 AM to 11 PM.
USA! USA! USA!: It’s Bastille Day, which local French institutions go BONKERS for: The French Embassy naturally has one of the best celebrations, with a buffet of traditional foods (French takes on fries, toast, frozen bread-shaped pizzas . . . just kidding), an open wine and Champagne bar, and lots of French pride. Not ready to shell out a c-note? Check out our Bastille Day guide for other options. Tickets ($100) are available online. 7 PM.
SORT OF AN EVENT?: Give a happy hour a name, and it becomes an event—clever marketing, guys. Union Pub is hosting Cool Down, DrinkUP, a happy hour/networking event for you new go-getters on the Hill. Check it out, especially if you lean (or fall over) Republican. Free. 5:30 PM.
Saturday, July 14
DOG SHOPPING: Sick of being kicked out of Macys every time you try to bring your Great Dane along? No longer! Bring your four-legged friend to Urban Chic’s Shop With Your Dog event and not only will you be welcomed, but you’ll save 20 percent off everything in the store. Just make sure ol’ Fido doesn’t have a taste for dresses.
HOT WET MESS: Another recurring guest in this space: the Mother Trucker pool party/food truck extravaganza at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Here’s a refresher: lots of food trucks, drinking, swimming, slip-and-slides, music, and hip twentysomethings. $15. 11 AM to 8 PM.
RECESS: If you miss schoolyard games like Double Dutch, four square (not the app), and, on rainy days, the occasional game of checkers, head to Adult Recess at the National Harbor. It’s like getting a chance to relive your childhood, but with alcohol . . . and if you want to hit on someone, you’ve got to do better than pulling his or her hair. Tickets ($10) are available online. 7 PM.
Sunday, July 15
MINI GOLF: Can’t get enough of the National Building Museum after Best of Washington? Or do you just have a weird obsession with playing indoor miniature golf courses that feature an odd number of holes (looking at you, H Street Country Club)? Check out the museum’s tribute to America’s best use of windmills at this newly opened exhibit. Each hole was designed by a local architect or artist, and most are modeled on a famous building, garden, bridge, or landmark. $5.
EATING: Here’s this week’s obligatory Sunday pig roast/crab feast: Addie’s is actually upping the ante by providing both in one day, killing a crustacean and a swine with one proverbial stone. Get all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, pulled pork, and all the fixins plus unlimited beer for $70, which Addie’s assures us is “good for a two-hour time period.” Noon to 7 PM (tickets sold in two-hour increments).
BIRTHDAYS: Dupont Circle’s FreshFarm farmers market has been around for 15 years, and it’s time to celebrate its remarkable maturation from a pimply-faced 14-year-old to a punk 15-year-old who’s always spouting off about the environment. Just kidding, we love you, bro. Members of U.S. Royalty and Modern Man will play live music, there will be cake, prizes, and balloon animals—and don’t forget that the market will still be on in full force. Free. 4 PM.