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What to Do This Weekend: June 21 to 24
A barbecue festival, pool parties, and museum crashing.
By Jason Koebler
Eat as much barbecue as you can hold at the Safeway Barbecue Battle on Saturday. Photograph from the 2010 Barbecue Battle by Flickr user Jeff Kubina.
Comments () | Published June 21, 2012

Thursday, June 21

SCAVENGER HUNT: We know you’re fit, clever people—try out Georgetown BID's* Georgetown Dash,” a race/scavenger hunt hybrid through the neighborhood. You’ll have to solve clues and complete physical challenges around the neighborhood. The winning team’s prize package will be worth over $2,000, so bring your thinking caps and your running shoes. Afterward, enjoy drink and appetizer specials at Mr. Smith’s. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run DC. $100 for four people, $25 individual. 6 PM.

APARTMENT CRASHING: Even if you love where you’re living, it’s worth checking out Rhode Island Row, a new apartment complex in Northeast. The complex’s grant opening celebration is open to everyone and includes free food from local restaurants, DC Brau beer samples, a deejay, and apartment tours, just in case you are looking. Free. 7 PM.

NEW AGE-Y STUFF: The Benevolent Media Festival is a weekend-long celebration of do-good projects, including documentaries, photography, storytelling, and eco-friendly design. Check out the kickoff party tonight at Epic Yoga, featuring music, art, and beers from New Belgium Brewing Co. (they do Fat Tire), Honest Tea, and Ocean Vodka. Your $8 ticket gets you a free drink and vegan desserts. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. 7 PM.


Friday, June 22

SOUTHERN PRIDE: The Nats are a quick jaunt up the Parkway in Baltimore, but you can still check out the Fairgrounds next to the stadium for South on South Capitol, a Southern rock music concert and fair. You’ll get local and regional Southern rock bands (both covers and originals), mechanical bull rides, and, of course, cornhole, food trucks, and a general party scene. Free. 4:30 to 11:30 PM.

SOLSTICE: Enjoy the longest day of the year with a party hosted by the guys trying to harness the sun’s energy. Hosted on the solar-powered roof of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ headquarters, the summer solstice party features live music, beer, drinks, and food. $40. 6 PM at 900 Seventh St., NW.

PARTY AND CULTURE: The day may be long, but Brightest Young Things’ party at the National Geographic Museum will go long into the night. You’ll get after-hours access to the whole museum (don’t break anything) and will also be treated to a scavenger hunt, an auditorium full of rare Nat Geo footage, TED-style informative talks, and more. Don’t worry—for those of you expecting a rager, there’s also going to be a dance floor, human-size hamster balls, food trucks, and plenty of booze. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. 8 PM.


Saturday, June 23

CULTURE: Pho is delicious, but there’s more to Vietnamese cuisine than the tasty soup. Learn more about the country’s culture at Vietfest, a celebration of Vietnamese music, fashion, entertainment, and food at George Mason University. Dress up in traditional Vietnamese attire for free admission. $5. 10 AM to 8 PM.

SWIM: The Mother Trucker food truck/pool party extravaganza is back and is always a good time. By now, you know the deal: lots of food trucks, drinks, deejays, slip and slides, and general debauchery at Capitol Skyline’s rooftop pool (and out front . . . no truck-to-roof technology exists yet). $15. 11 AM to 8 PM.

SWIMSUITS: After Mother Trucker, head to Front Page, which you swore off (except for on free taco/$2 Corona day) for its Swimsuit Soiree, a swimsuit contest with drink specials, burgers and hot dogs, and “celebrity judges” (something tells us not to expect Drake). The swimsuit contest winner gets a cool $1,000. Free. 6 PM.

BARBECUE: Head to Pennsylvania Avenue, but ideally not this event’s annoying website, for the 20th annual Safeway Barbecue Battle to try offerings from dozens of barbecue joints from around the country. There will also be cooking demonstrations, music, a talent show, inflatable pig balloons, and more. $12. Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 7:30 PM.


Sunday, June 24

BIKE AND MOVIE: Benevolent Media is back with a cycle-in movie. Start with a group bike ride around Adams Morgan, down to Wangari Gardens (near Children’s Medical Center) and back to the Fridge for a feature-length documentary about community gardening in DC. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Cintia Cabib and Josh Singer of Wangari Gardens. $5. 3 PM.

RUM: It’s associated with pirates and the islands, so you know that as a spirit, rum probably has the most stories to tell (outside of maybe whiskey . . . definitely more than vodka). Richard Foss, a culinary historian and author of Rum: A Global History, will appear at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center to talk about the spirit’s beginnings and its role in history, including the American Revolution. Sadly, no rum will be served. Free. 2:30 to 4:30 PM.

*This post has been updated from a previous version.        

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

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