What to Do This Weekend: June 6 to 9

The Capital Pride Parade, DC Jazz Fest, and Israel’s 65th birthday.

By: Jason Koebler

Thursday, June 6

GOLF: Indoor mini-golf is back at the National Building Museum, and unlike last year, you don’t have to skip work to check it out. On six nights this year, the course will stay open until 9 PM. There are two nine-hole courses this year, both designed by top area architects. $5. 6 to 9 PM.

POETRY: The new(ish) Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville is hosting a poetry open-mike night, hosted by a poet named Komplex. Some of the area’s best performers come out for the event, many of them professional. But you’ll also be wowed by (and sometimes cringe at) some of the amateur talent that shows up. Tickets ($5) are available online. 9 PM.


Friday, June 7

DANCE: Brightest Young Things is teaming up with Capital Pride for Spandex, a superhero-themed, LGBT-focused but straight-friendly party at the old Wonder Bread Factory in Shaw. The night will feature burlesque, drag queens, live music and deejays, ice cream food trucks, and a lot of sweaty people dancing. Tickets ($20) are available online. 9 PM.

GET JIGGY: Jazzy Jeff recently reunited with Will Smith on a British talk show to perform the Fresh Prince theme song, which was an amazing moment in human history. This week, the deejay will be at the Howard Theatre spinning classic summer hits plus some new stuff to get the season started right. Tickets ($15) are available online. 9 PM.

MUSIC: In addition to Jazz in the Garden, which we always recommend, this week is DC Jazz Fest. Dozens of artists from around the country will take over all the usual spots and a few others as well—check out the website for a full schedule of performers. This week in the Sculpture Garden, Sin Miedo, one of DC’s best (only?) salsa bands heats up the night. Free. 5 PM.

COMEDY: Velvet Lounge hosts Comedy on the Table, featuring six of Washington’s up-and-coming women comics. The best part: It’s free. 7 PM.


Saturday, June 8

FREE STUFF: Like a yard sale without the haggling, Freecycle Fete asks people to bring their old junk and give it away to people who might not think it’s junk. To spice things up, there’ll be karaoke, a pie-eating contest, food trucks, and games. Free. 3 PM.

PRIDE: Thousands of people will hit the streets for the annual Capital Pride Parade, which travels about a mile and a half from Dupont to Logan Circle. The parade has more than 170 floats, attracts about 100,000 spectators, and is always good for people-watching, especially if you like looking at half-naked men. Along the route, most bars and restaurants have some sort of drink special. Free. 4:30 PM.

DANCE: This weekend, Rosslyn hosts Supernova, a three-day performance-art festival. To celebrate, the Big Bang Dance Party at Artisphere should suffice: It’ll be loaded with deejays, dancers, live musicians, performance artists, and, of course, Artisphere’s always impressive art installations. Tickets ($15) are available online. 9 PM.

BOOKS: The Southwest DC Public Library is getting rid of its old stuff with a gigantic used-book sale. That means top-notch books, DVDs, and music for just a couple bucks (or less) each. There’ll also be a section of new bestsellers. Small paperbacks are 3 for $1; most books cost $2 or less. Free. 10 to 2.


Sunday, June 9

ART: Supernova continues with performances all day in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, featuring a Grandma Parade at 3 and 16 performance artists doing their thing both in the park and nearby. Free. Noon to 5.

FESTIVAL: Israel is turning 65, and Union Market is celebrating in the best way: with food and wine. Four Israeli musicians will perform out front, there will be Jewish food and an Israeli beer and wine garden, food trucks, and various things for the kids to do. Free. Noon to 5.


Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter